South Island, New Zealand

Which of the South Island’s unparalleled natural and cultural attractions are going to become your favourite memory? The spectacular alpine rolling past your window from the TranzAlpine train? The waves crashing on the beach outside your resort in Punakaiki? Watching the icy-blue Franz Josef Glacier inch toward the sea? Or the breathtaking beauty of the unofficial eighth natural wonder of the world, Milford Sound? Or are they all going to become new favourites? We think all.

New Zealand is not just about seeing – it’s about experiencing. On an AAT Kings’ holiday, you can explore this great country from top to bottom and experience all of its iconic natural beauty and ancient cultures. Our friendly and engaging guides will share their knowledge and stories with you, bringing your holiday to life

Explore the South Island with AAT Kings, the Guided Holiday experts. Tours range from 9 day Guided Holidays to a full experience of both the North and South Islands of up to 21 days.

North Island

The land of the long white cloud is a land of incredible natural contrast, rich culture and local charm. For a small country, New Zealand has plenty of wow factor. Wherever you go, nature is at play from the geothermal wonderland of the North to the grand alpine scenery of the South.

Nelson

Nelson is located at the top end of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the second oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest settled city on the South Island with evidence of settlement by Maori over 700 years ago.

Kaikoura

Wedged between the mountain ranges in the Marlborough region between Christchurch and Picton is Kaikoura. It sits along the rugged coastline on the South Island of New Zealand where the southern alps come close to the ocean making it one of the most picturesque places to visit.

Mount Cook

There is no missing this mountain on your New Zealand tour of the South Island. Journey from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo to observe the largest mountain in New Zealand, measuring 3754 metres high. Located in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, an alpine park, 40% of it is made up of glaciers.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is located centrally on the South Island of New Zealand and covers an area of 83 square kilometres. This picturesque lake is home to the Church of the Good Shepherd which lies lose to the lakes edge.

Fiordland National Park

The spectacular Fiordland National Park can be found tucked away in the south west corner of New Zealand’s South Island. Renowned for its exceptional scenic beauty, this National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and spans over an incredible 1.2 million hectares.