South Island 7 Day Tour

Spend a week exploring New Zealand's stunning South Island, sleep amongst the glaciers in Franz Josef and discover Lake Tekapo and Queenstown!

map Christchurch, New Zealand
7 days
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
8 am
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 years
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What's Included

  • Spend a week exploring New Zealand's South Island 
  • Stargaze at the largest dark sky reserve in the world in Lake Tekapo
  • Ride the TranzAlpine train
  • Enjoy a free gondola ride with stunning views of Queenstown
  • Wake up alongside the beautiful lakes of Tekapo and Wanaka
  • Learn about destinations and New Zealand history with a passionate Kiwi guide 
  • Spend two nights in Franz Josef surrounded by magnificent glaciers and rainforest
  • Enjoy a guided tour of every location
  • Be treated to surprise stops only possible with a small group
  • Transport, accommodation and breakfast included

What's excluded

Add ons are available throughout the tour for an extra cost. You can also upgrade your accommodation to a private room, for $599 per room.

Why do we love this

The stunning South Island is a must see in New Zealand. Because of the small group size, this tour takes you to some surprise hidden spots, which we think is pretty cool. Pair that with an awesome guide and New Zealand's spectacular scenery, and you've got the tour of your dreams.  



It's time to head to the land of the long white cloud! Fall in love with New Zealand as you explore its endless mountain ranges, pristine lakes and stunning scenery. Be awed by the amazing Queenstown, Lake Tekapo and Franz Josef on this that will show you the best of New Zealand's South.

Day 1 - Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Start your journey in Christchurch at 8.00am. Spend a few hours exploring the town and discover beautiful gardens, funky markets and gorgeous scenery. This area was devasted by an earthquake in 2011 and today is undergoing an impressive transformation. 

Next, make your way to Tekapo, home to one of New Zealand’s most famous lakes. The bright turquoise Lake Tekapo, surrounded by the jagged Southern Alps, will take your breath away. Minerals left by ancient glaciers are the cause of its magical turquoise-coloured water and with towering mountains and pink and purple Lupin flowers along its banks, the lake seem almost surreal. 

This spot is picturesque by day and dazzling by night so get ready to be impressed. It's also part of IDA International Dark Sky Reserve so its the perfect spot for some serious stargazing.  

Day 2 - Lake Tekapo to Queenstown

After a breathtaking morning in Lake Tekapo, head to Queenstown for a day of adventure.

From the golden lands of MacKenzie country - where the epic battles of Return of the King were filmed - to the dramatic mountain peaks of the Southern Alps surrounding us, it’s like you’re driving into a postcard as you arrive. 

Ride a gondola over the city and catch magnificent views of this jewel of the South Island. There's no other place like it, and you'll be wowed by the scenery and endless beauty that surrounds you.

Day 3 - Queenstown

Spend today wandering the streets of Queenstown and taking in all this beautiful place has to offer. Browse the mall, explore the beach or try a famous Fergburger. It's up to you!

There are many different options to choose from, whether its paragliding, mountain biking, bungy jumping or horse riding through some stunning Lord of the Rings locations in Glenorchy.

You can also head to one of New Zealand's most famous sights, Milford Sound. Scenery lovers can't miss this. Whether you choose a scenic flight or a cruisey coach trip, you’ll love the scenic journey as much as the destination. Sailing around the fjords beneath thundering waterfalls and towering cliff faces, you’ll understand why it's called the '8th Wonder of the World '.

Day 4 - Queenstown to Wanaka

Leave the beauty of Queenstown behind today and hit the road... it's time to cross the mountains into wondrous Wanaka. It's an exciting ride, and you'll catch plenty of stunning views along the way. This is a landscape of snowy peaks and frosty trees, a true Kiwi wonderland. 

Visit incredible Lake Wanaka for a real taste of New Zealand wilderness. Surrounded by snowy mountains and with plenty of great walks, this is a great spot to explore. 

One of the best ways to admire Wanaka is from the air. Treat yourself to a skydive or a scenic flight in a vintage plane - you can even take a flying lesson. Or if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, stroll around the lake and check out the famous Wanaka Tree, standing all alone in the water. It’s up to you.

Day 5 - Wanaka to Franz Josef

Wake up from your snowy camp for uninterrupted views of stunning Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Watch the sun gently rise over these massive peaks and enjoy the birds and wildlife around the lake as the day warms. 

You're heading to Franz Josef today, land of icy glaciers and snow fun. Have fun exploring, skiing or having snow ball fights!

Make sure you keep your eyes open during the journey. From mountain passes to cascading waterfalls to classic Kiwi coastal views, you won’t want to miss this. 

Between September and December it’s whitebait season (a small fish that’s a delicacy in New Zealand) and fried up with eggs and served on toast, it’s a local treat and shouldn’t be missed. Stop at one of the local spots along the way to try it out.

Day 6 - Franz Josef

After waking to snowy surrounds, your day exploring the stunning Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers begins! 

To exploreFranz Josef Glacier, take a 1.5-hour walk and arrive within 750m of its terminal face. There's also a range of natural attractions close to Franz Josef Glacier Village, so prepare to lose yourself in the rainforest, waterfall, and lake explorations.

There are heaps of ways to enjoy Franz Josef Glacier; weather permitting, to get up onto the bluest ice you can take a scenic helicopter flight and hike onto the glaciers. Maybe you’d prefer to kayak on a glacial lake, or just relax in the steamy hot springs down below.

As well as the awesome glacier activities you could also try out quad biking, horseback riding and even a bit of group karaoke tonight in Franz Josef!

Day 7 - Franz Josef to Christchurch

It's goodbye to snowy paradise today.

Hop aboard and road trip up the wild west coast to Greymouth. A town with a history of gold mining and dramatic river floods, this is another sublime spot to wander and explore.

Have some fun take the world-famous TranzAlpine train back to Christchurch. One of the top 10 train journeys in the world, it's the perfect highlight for the end of your trip. 

Your trip ends at Christchurch Railway Station at 6:30 pm.

This is a 7-day tour, starting and finishing in Christchurch.


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This tour starts at 8am at our Haka accommodation - (location may vary - we'll confirm the location in your final tour letter 3-4 weeks before your tour.)

On the final day, we take the world famous Tranz Alpine Express Train from Greymouth to Christchurch. This train journey is rated one of the top 10 train journeys in the world as the scenery is simply spectacular! This means the tour ends at Christchurch Railway Station at 6:30pm.

There are shuttle buses that take you into the city centre for around $5 and for all of you staying at Haka Lodge after your tour, a group taxi will cost just a few dollars each. There is a busy taxi stand directly outside the train station.

A high number of people stay at Haka Lodge the night the tour ends but if you are needing to depart immediately, we suggest booking flights for anytime later than 9pm.

Yes. Around 70% of our guests are solo so you can absolutely join this, or any other of our tours. 

Yes - but we cannot guarantee availability, especially in peak times, so if there is something that is definitely on your bucket list we suggest you pre-book it as part of your tour.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Age/Child Policy

HAKA TOURS offers’ adventure, snow and mountain-biking tours across New Zealand that are designed for travellers that are young of heart and ready for a good time. To travel with us we require that you are at the minimum age limit of 18 years at the time of travel. Anyone over the age of 50 years is more than welcome on our tours but please be aware that a moderate level of fitness is required whilst on tour, so we do recommend that you are relatively fit, healthy and looking for the adventure of a lifetime. If you have any concerns surrounding your age and whether or not our tours will be suitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss your options.

  • Local Partners

In many parts of New Zealand, HAKA TOURS works with highly reputable local specialist operators. These local partners are all passionate about the activities they operate and offer the same high standards as HAKA TOURS.

  • Passports & Visas

All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. It is important that you ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. Visit the NZ Immigration website to see if you need a visa to holiday here:

  • Luggage Limits

Within New Zealand travel, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day pack. Airlines permit only one cabin bag per person, in which personal items such as cameras, make-up etc. should be carried, though you need to check with your airline provider as to their specific requirements. Over-limit luggage cannot be carried. HAKA TOURS operates in a similar way and asks if you have over the above limit to please get in touch before your tour. Baggage is at 'owner's risk'. Most airports, hotels & hostels offer storage services for additional luggage.

  • Important Information Exclusion of Liability

Whilst HAKA TOURS will take all reasonable steps to provide an enjoyable tour, it accepts no liability for any loss of enjoyment experienced by passengers due to circumstances beyond its control. HAKA TOURS further accepts no liability for any loss beyond its reasonable control and provides no warranties in addition to those set out under The Fair Trading Act 1986, and nothing herein restricts any passenger from exercising their rights and remedies pursuant to law.

Your Travel Agent will forward booking confirmations and other payments to HAKA TOURS on your behalf, but your Travel Agent is not our agent for the purpose of receipt of monies. Receipt of booking confirmations and subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipt of those monies by HAKA TOURS and the Travel Agent has no authority expressed or implied to receive monies on our behalf. There is no liability on the part of HAKA TOURS in respect to any monies paid to the passenger's Travel Agent unless and until HAKA TOURS notifies the passenger (by way of a booking confirmation advice or payment receipt advice) that monies have been received by HAKA TOURS.

The optional tour excursions are not operated by, or at the direction of, or on behalf of HAKA TOURS, its employees or agents or any other persons or companies associated with HAKA TOURS. All Optional Activities are an additional cost to the tour price and by taking bookings for these tours, HAKA TOURS acts as each optional tour operator's agent.

These tours include the services of operators other than HAKA TOURS e.g. hoteliers, airlines and optional tour excursions, which are not under the direct control of HAKA TOURS, and whilst HAKA TOURS takes all reasonable care in selecting these operators, it cannot accept responsibility for those operators' conduct or the conduct of their representative employees or agents or for any ramifications of that conduct.

On tours including activities such as trekking, swimming and snorkelling, passengers accept that degrees of risk are involved.

No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of any representative of HAKA TOURS, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. HAKA TOURS will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour.

  • Amendment Fees

There will be no charge to request a change of tour departure after the original booking has been confirmed, as long as it is done more than two months prior to the original tour departure date. Any further changes or amendments within 45 days of the tour departure, will incur a $500 NZD amendment fee (except when change is due to HAKA TOURS cancelling a tour departure). If there is any change to the price of the tour that you change your booking too, since the time of your original reservation, the new tour price will apply to the new reservation.

  • Pre-Booked Activities

The activities' retail prices are set by other operators and may rise at any time, out of our control. Therefore at 45 days prior to tour departure HAKA TOURS reserves the right to charge customers any difference in price in order to match the most recent price at that time. We estimate that activity prices usually go up 2-5% per year. The price difference will appear on your account as "Activity Price Alignment". Furthermore, by pre-booking additional activities, you also confirm your acceptance of our "Optional Activities Booked On Tour" policy below which are also operated by a voucher process.

  • Any activity bookings made within 45 days of departure are subject to availability.


  • Optional Activities Booked On Tour

Activities booked on tour will be charged at the standard retail rate. We operate a voucher system with our activity partners which means we pay in full via a "voucher" for any optional activities instead of you paying the activity provider direct. The activities you select whilst on tour will be added to your "Activity Balance Sheet" with the full balance taken at the end of the tour or when your activity balance exceeds $500 NZD. By operating a voucher system with our activity suppliers, we are able to better manage tour logistics. Your activity balance can be paid via MasterCard, Visa or cash. Credit card payments have a 2% credit card processing fee. Haka Tours do not qualify for any group booking discount with our activity suppliers. By agreeing to these terms and conditions you agree to our activity voucher process whilst on tour.

  • Itineraries

Itineraries are subject to alteration without notice and intended as a guide only. Alterations may come about due to road or weather conditions, strikes, public holidays, local festivals and cultural or other reasons. Due to the nature of the terrain and remote areas, weather fluctuations can adversely affect road conditions that may necessitate alterations to itinerary with little or no notice. Any additional expense incurred by the passenger is not HAKA TOURS responsibility. HAKA TOURS can give no guarantee as to the exact arrival and departure times for carriers and operators used by HAKA TOURS in the tour and HAKA TOURS will not be liable for the failure of any other services or attractions beyond its control.

  • Minimum and Maximum Numbers

As is normally the case with group tours, a minimum number of bookings are required in order for a tour to be financially viable and to have a pleasant group atmosphere. In the event that adequate numbers cannot be achieved, it may be necessary to cancel a scheduled departure and to offer the nearest possible alternative date (or a full refund of monies paid). The date on which the decision is made whether a tour will operate is 30 days before the scheduled departure date. In the event of a breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles other than those specified to ensure the operation of a tour.

Haka Tours restrict guest numbers to a maximum of 16 per tour. Prior to making any travel arrangements such as flights, customers are required to receive confirmation from HAKA TOURS that there is adequate space on the chosen departure date, once any other booking requests are processed. In this case, confirmation is in the form of a ‘Welcome Letter’ sent via email by HAKA TOURS

  • Maximum numbers in shared dorms

Our included accommodation is dorm share (unless you are upgrading to a private room). While our maximum number of guests in a dorm is 6, on rare occasions up to 8 tour guests will share a dorm.

  • Smoking

Government regulations forbid smoking in tourist coaches. The vast majority of hostels also are non-smoking, with some having designated smoking areas outside.

  • Customer Feedback

If a problem occurs during your tour, then it is in your own best interests to advise your Tour Manager immediately so that steps can be taken to resolve the matter there and then. If you remain dissatisfied, any complaint must be made in writing to us within 30 days.

  • Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is your responsibility. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade strongly recommends you obtain travel insurance at the time you pay for your travel. Failure to obtain travel insurance is at your own risk. When obtaining travel insurance you must declare all pre-existing medical conditions and any adventurous activities, e.g. skiing, mountain biking, etc.

  • Accident Compensation Commission (ACC)

If you are injured whilst in New Zealand, ACC may be able to help with the cost of the treatment and support you need whilst you're here. However, it is important to be aware that you cannot sue for personal injury - ACC replaces that right. Furthermore, ACC only covers treatment and rehabilitation costs whilst in New Zealand; it is not a replacement for travel insurance and does not cover illness, disrupted travel plans or emergency travel to get you back home.

  • Your Responsibilities

Haka Tours do not tolerate any form of abuse, verbal or otherwise, of its personnel. Any person abusing or threatening Haka Tours personnel or associated representatives will automatically forfeit their right to onward travel.

There may be times when Haka Tours’ personnel and/or representatives have to make a decision in the interests of safety. It is a condition of booking that you comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed representative of Haka Tours. If you do not comply with the said representative or are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of members of the tour, Haka Tours reserves the right to refuse to allow you to continue the tour. In such a case Haka Tours will not be liable for any refund, compensation or any additional costs incurred by you. Haka Tours cannot accept liability for the behaviour of others on your tour nor if any facilities are curtailed as a result of their actions.

  • You agree that Haka Tours representatives may take on tour photographs and video recordings of you while you are a passenger. These may be used in the Haka Tours’ brochures and/or advertising and publicity material (including social media) without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films.
  • You agree that Haka Tours may use any text written in comments books, recorded in customer surveys or input to online forums, in brochures, websites and/or advertising and publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of comments.


  • Fitness and Medicals

Some activities are strenuous in nature. Passengers should be of reasonable health and fitness and carry all required medication. HAKA TOURS must be advised of any prior medical conditions at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy

Outside 45 days - Loss of tour deposit
8 - 44 days - 50% of tour cost
Within 7 days - 100% of tours cost

(Note: Holiday cost includes base tour price, any add-ons and activities booked through us). Please be aware that if you have booked through a third party like a travel agent, their cancellation policy and terms and conditions may differ to our own. Be sure to check their particular terms and conditions, including cancellation policy, as they will apply.

No refund will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason. This includes a refund of accommodation, transport, sightseeing, activities, meals or services not utilised.

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