New Zealand South Island Holidays
New Zealand’s South Island was built for adventurers. With its vast, undulating landscapes, abundant wildlife and outdoor opportunities aplenty, it can be tricky to know where to begin. But with the dramatic beauty of Milford Sound, the whales of Kaikoura, and the daring soul of Queenstown to choose from – to name just a few – it’s near impossible to get it wrong. From the winelands to Middle Earth, our Travel Experts absolutely love the South Island, so whether you want to really get under the skin of it, or combine it with a trip to the North Island, we can help. Get in touch and we’ll tailor make a South Island holiday to your exact specifications.
Popular South Island Holidays
New Zealand’s South Island is full to the brim of amazing travel experiences and our range of tailor-made holidays called Journeys is all about showing off the best of the best. Discover Christchurch and learn all about the earthquake that struck in 2011, stop off at Lake Tekapo, seek adventure in Queenstown, hike through the ice fields of Franz Josef, spot humpbacks in Kaikoura, and so much more. There’s plenty of wildlife encounters, rainforest exploration and grape-growing experiences to be had, and we can plan it all for you. And if that’s not enough, all our Journeys itineraries include flights, accommodation and transfers, so you won’t have to worry about a thing – except having a good time.
Where to Go in New Zealand’s South Island
There’s so much to see in New Zealand’s South Island. Spot whales to the north in Kaikoura, experience the gold rush in Greymouth, hike through Abel Tasman National Park, sip Sauvignon in Marlborough, and learn all about Christchurch’s recovery from the devastating earthquake that hit over six years ago. Heading south, the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are absolutely unmissable (and best experienced from above on a helicopter flightseeing tour), while Queenstown is the perfect place to get your adventure on: consider skydiving or bungee jumping here. And to the very south-west is a real treasure in the Fiordland National Park – choose from Milford or Doubtful Sound or, if you have time, do both.
South Island Holiday Types
Whether you’ve got an adventurous spirit or simply love to soak up the culture of a place, our holidays to New Zealand’s South Island have all bases covered. Check out our holiday types below for some inspiration…
More About New Zealand's South Island
Currency: New Zealand dollar
Flight time: London to Christchurch flight time is 24 hours and will include a stopover.
Visas: British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa.
Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required
Top 3 Things to Do in New Zealand’s South Island
- See Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers from above in a helicopter
- Skydive in Queenstown
- Cruise through Milford or Doubtful Sound
When to Go to South Island
New Zealand’s South Island enjoys a moderate climate, with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout the year, even in the depths of winter. As the South Island features both an extensive coastline and a mountainous interior, its weather can vary considerably depending on where you are.
Why Book Your South Island Holiday With Flight Centre
South Island Journeys Holidays: Our range of tailor-made South Island holidays called Journeys include all the best bits you expect from a trip – flights, accommodation and transfers – not to mention some great tours and experiences.
Local knowledge: With Experts in South Island and in the UK, we know the city inside-out. Many of our Experts are from, have lived in or been to the city, so know exactly what to include to create your perfect trip.
Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.
Flight Centre Concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: If you book a South Island holiday with us you’ll have access to our dedicated concierge service and our 24/7 Emergency Assistance phoneline.