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5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch provided by Leisure Tours

5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

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Follow the safety guidelines as issued by the New Zealand Government and maintain good hygene and social distancing measures. Do not travel if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms. If the city in which you are departing from is in alert level two, then please wear a facemask for all transport.
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Updated 09/24/20
Overview
Itinerary
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22 stops
Day 1
Christchurch - Mount Cook -...
Day 2
Milford Sound Day Excursion
Day 3
Queenstown
Day 4
Queenstown - Franz Joseph
Day 5
Franz Joseph - Greymouth -...
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Duration
5 days
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live commentary on board
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Tranz Alpine from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Entry/Admission - TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Gloria Lee wrote a review Nov 2019
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The driver Marc took us to and from Franz Josef Glacier on Nov 7 & 8 had very bad attitude. He yelled at us for being late but it was not the case, the previous driver Robbie did not tell us what time to get back to the coach after the coffee break on Nov 7. When Marc took
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Manager at 5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch
Responded Dec 2, 2019
Having now had the opportunity to investiagte this matter I can advise as follows; The driver actually remembers the incident quite clearly. The couple were not initially there when he arrived to pick them up in Franz Josef, they arrived at 0912. The driver had driven them the previous day and they had been late getting back to the coach when stopping at the Salmon farm in Paringa. The driver informed them that the company policy when passengers are not present at time of departure is to ring our Supervisors and inform them of the missing passengers, following that he will depart without them if both he and the supervisors have been unable to locate them. This is our normal procedure as the drivers have to also think about the other passengers on board that have returned on time for the bus. The correct pick up time is 0910 however as per our GPS the driver didn’t depart until 0912. All other passengers from the hotel had been checked in between 0902-0906. They were checked in at 0912. Marc has been driving with us since 2015 so is one of our more experienced drivers.
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LWJax wrote a review May 2019
Jacksonville, Florida4 contributions1 helpful vote
This was the most flexible tour I've ever seen. If you can't find exactly what you want, just let them know and I'm confident they will work it out exactly as you want. I appreciated that everyone on the tour seemed to have a different origin, stays, and destination and was
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at 5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch
Responded May 26, 2019
Thank you for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed your time on our 5 day South Island tour. Yes, it has been excellent weather recently down south - particularly in Milford Sound which has had incredible weather over the past few weeks. Thank you for praising our flexibility with our multi day tours. We do our very best to cater to customer's needs and provide different options and add ons if need be. I'm sorry to hear that your name was misspelled and that you weren't dropped off at your hotel but instead across the street. Occasionally when we make bookings, suppliers such as the train can make a simple mistake of misspelling names on the booking. The majority of the time it is easily overcome, as was the case with you. As for the shuttle drop off, I'm sorry to hear that happened and thanks for for reporting this. We will take this up with the transfer company to assure that it doesn't happen again. Once again, thanks for the great review and I hope you visit New Zealand again at some point in the future!
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lancelotte f wrote a review May 2019
Greater Melbourne, Australia27 contributions10 helpful votes
Comfortable coach. Came on time.Only drawback was the pickup at Queenstown was at the bus stop near the Hotel rather than from the hotel lobby. Inclement weather can make the wait at the busstop uncomfortable.The coach driver guide Stuart on the Christchurch to Queenstown run
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at 5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch
Responded May 27, 2019
Thanks for the great review. I'm pleased to hear you had a nice time on your 5 Day South Island Tour. And it's great to hear you enjoyed the commentary from your guides from Christchurch to Queenstown and on the Milford Sound Nature Cruise. I'll be sure to pass on your praise to them. It's sad to hear that the standard of the guides dropped on your second trip to Franz Josef. The salmon farm is usually just a shortstop and, as you mentioned, very weather dependent - it is not usually apart of the standard itinerary. However, we will pass on your feedback to both the driver and the salmon farm operators. And as for the pick up, the reason there are central pickups is to avoid the passengers sitting in the coach for up to an hour whilst the coach is going around doing all of the pickups at different hotels. It allows passengers to be picked as quickly as possible, so the tour can commence and not arrive too late in Queenstown. I'm sorry to hear that the weather made this wait uncomfortable. Thanks again for the great review and I hope you visit New Zealand again soon.
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G9240TTcharlesp wrote a review Nov 2018
Pretoria, South Africa53 contributions7 helpful votes
As 1st timers to NZ we had completed the Auckland to Wellington Northern Explorer scenic rail-trip and then The Interislander Ferry to Picton before starting on this prearranged 5-day tour. A bucket-list life-time experience that every eager tourist should experience. The
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at 5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch
Responded Feb 4, 2019
Excuse the late reply. We didn't get a notification about this review and I've only just seen this now. Any way, I just want to say thank you very much for the kind words. Our south island package tours are becoming some of our most popular tours for the simple reason of, as you said, it ticks all the bucket list items. It's great to hear that everything went so smoothly and you were graced with nice weather and zero mishaps. We certainly hope you enjoyed the rest of your NZ vacation and get the opportunity to visit us again sometime.
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Michael D wrote a review Apr 2018
15 contributions8 helpful votes
Coming from Australia, they said New Zealand is a small country. Don’t be fooled, it’s much larger than you think. And it packs an even larger visual punch. Be prepared for some long road trips on comfortable buses with a magnificent train ride back to Christchurch (we began our
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Manager at 5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch
Responded Apr 25, 2018
Thank you taking the time to provide a detailed description of the five day tour and it is pleasing to hear that you found that everything meet and possibly exceeded your expectations. It is great to get feedback like this from our customers so others who maybe considering these tour options can see what they are actually like. I do hope you have the opportunity to visit New Zealand again at some future date and discover some more of our natural wonders.
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JennyC5060
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Great afternoon’s experience
Our driver Phil was super friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and just overall amazing. The selection of winerie
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carolbI8720UU
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Private 6 Week Tour
I traveled with a group of 13 on a private prearranged itinerary for 6 weeks. Our air flights to both islands, coor
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Becca P
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Trip of a lifetime!
We enjoyed an amazing tour of the South Island of NZ. Felt safe and well cared for. Terrific driver, Ian. Lovely ac
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I1235TVbrianr
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Awesome
Graham our driver was awesome. He was humble, friendly and approachable and most of all cared for us.
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anzacjack
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4/5
Great selection of wineries with both boutique and larger-scale operations represented. Our first tasting started l
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nathant544
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Superb day on the Waipara Wine Trail
Had a superb day on the Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch. I would highly recommend this tour if
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Travel34855117471
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Beautiful day
What a beautiful spot. Had the best fish n chips in a very long time. Wonderful shops to brows through. Everyon
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Travel34855117471
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Amazing experience, i would highly recommend.
Well organized, lovely friendly and helpful staff. Onboard videos informative. Great trip got what we expected ev
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Robert T
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Worth a look
Interesting kitchen area and a lovely outdoor area with a great vintage car. Friendly volunteers giving a great ed
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Jamtraveltips
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Didn't really see a whole lot
Our full day, small group tour of Christchurch began in Akaroa and was given by Ian. It took us about an hour and
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Camper715744
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Giants House must see
We walked to the meeting spot once off the ship and boarded a small van. The van held about 15 people. We drove u
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Sharon C
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Waste of a Day
Although the bus left on time and we were aware of the travel time to Christchurch, we didn’t expect to have only
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LynW207
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Akaroa & Surrounds
We were met ashore in Akaroa with a friendly welcome and to our surprise we were upgraded and we got to go to Chris
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amandamaaike
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Winery Tour
I went on this tour with my mother and 3 year old son, and everyone (driver, winery staff, and fellow tourists) wer
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BobC_Florida
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Great Wineries with Great People!
My wife and I had such a good time. We ended up becoming good friends with everyone else on the tour. Well worth th
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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 7 days in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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