This 12-day premium tour of New Zealand's South Island takes you around some of the most magical scenery in the world.

Southern Explorer Tour Highlights

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A 12-day premium tour of New Zealand, discovering the magical beauty of the South Island
  • An itinerary designed for small groups of travellers in their mid-thirties & upwards
  • 11 nights in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation, with a mix of hotels, motels, lodges, & rainforest retreats
  • 6 continental breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Take the iconic & scenic Interislander ferry over the Cook Strait
  • Taste some of the world’s best sauvignon blanc at a Marlborough wine tasting
  • Cruise through Wanaka on a scenic e-bike (bicycle with electric motor) experience
  • Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant in Franz Josef
  • Take in the stunning Southern Alps & the vast Canterbury Plains aboard the TranzAlpine inland rail journey
  • Services of an expert tour manager
  • Transport onboard a comfortable 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
  • Wellington to Christchurch tours depart from the meeting point at Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman, 169 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)
  • Christchurch to Wellington tours depart from the meeting point at Bealey Suites, 263 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location) 


Important - Please note bookings are on a request basis. You will be contacted within 72 hours to confirm your booking or discuss alternative dates

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Frequently Asked Questions about Southern Explorer Tour


Everyone has their own favourites, but in general, these are the most popular:

  • Milford Sound Day Trip – departs Queenstown
  • Heli Hike – Franz Josef
  • Mou Waho Sustainable Boat Trip


Yes! The wonderful thing about a small group tour is that even if you join the tour as a solo traveller, by the end of the tour, you will have met new friends from around the world!


Accommodation is a twin-share room, and if you are travelling alone, the crew will arrange for you to share a room with a fellow guest (of the same gender), or you have the choice to upgrade to a private room.


Please also note that there are no single person supplements unless you want to have your own private room - in this case, upgrades are available.



Included in this tour are 6 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners.


The guides know the best places in each town and city for different budgets and tastes, and they will point these out on the way to each location.


The tour group, along with your guide, will often head out to a local pub for a beer and a meal. Evening meals can range from NZ$25 upwards.



Yes – they often have vegetarian/vegan guests and all cafes and restaurants in New Zealand will offer meat-free options. If you can’t see anything on the menu, just ask, as most places will happily prepare something for you.



This tour was designed for travellers in their mid-thirties and upwards; however, anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join. More important than age is an attitude – the guides have found over the years that if you have a thirst for adventure, then age is no barrier. Please do keep in mind, though, that a reasonable level of fitness is required for any optional activities.


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Tour Operator

Haka Tours
169 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand