Join us on this guided scenic tour across the Cook Strait, past the mighty Southern Alps and through the Wild West Coast to beautiful Queenstown.
- Sip world-class wine among the vines in Marlborough
- Experience the Southern Alps by world-renowned TranzAlpine train journey
- Whales, dolphins, and sea life – spend a day by the ocean in Kaikōura
- Discover Haast Pass on a unique Kiwi-style Road Trip adventure
- Uncover the home of the sacred pounamu, mesmerising blue lakes, and ancient forests on the West Coast
- Be captivated by the storytelling of your Tour Director throughout your great journey
You'll love this tour
This is the perfect option for those who enjoy free time to create their own adventure while having the structure of a guided expert. Meet like-minded travellers and share this journey of a lifetime on a truly magnificent expedition.
- Experienced Tour Director
- Christchurch City Tour
- Marlborough Wine Experience
- West Coast Tree Top Walk
- Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
- World-Famous Scenic Train Journeys
- Cook Strait Ferry Crossing
- Free time and optional excursions to personalise your holiday
Our Classic Southern Highlights Tour provides the perfect balance of must-see activities and free time to explore. The following activities are included:
Recommended additional activities
There are dozens of optional activities you can enjoy on our Classic Southern Highlights Tour, but these are our top four must-do activities:
Our Classic Southern Highlights Tour includes three of the greatest journeys in New Zealand - the Interislander Cook Strait crossing, Coastal Pacific train, and TranzAlpine train.
The journey is part of the destination on our tours, and our Scenic trains and ferries are the ultimate way to see New Zealand.
On our Classic Southern Highlights Tour, your journey begins aboard the Interislander Cook Strait ferry cruising through Wellington Harbour and the magnificent Marlborough Sounds.
From Picton, you'll voyage through vineyards and along the Pacific Coast to Kaikoura and then Christchurch aboard the Coastal Pacific train.
Your final journey is aboard the TranzAlpine train, traversing the Southern Alps on a breathtaking journey from east to West Coast.
Solo Traveller Options
Guaranteed Share: If you are a solo traveller, you can choose the guaranteed Share option, and we will match you with another solo traveller of the same gender in a twin-bedded room. If we can't match you with another solo traveller, we will cover the Single Supplement cost.
Single Supplement: If you are a Solo Traveller and would like a room to yourself, you can select to pay the Single Supplement when confirming your booking.
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