South Island Showcase
From the east coast to the west and back again, this 9-day journey through New Zealand’s South Island comes filled with soul-stirring scenery and unique experiences. Beginning in Christchurch, you’ll travel counter clockwise around the island, with overnight stays in Franz Josef, Wanaka, Te Anau and Queenstown.Don’t forget your camera - photo opportunities abound throughout this tour! Explore picture-perfect Queenstown, framed by the aptly named Remarkable Mountains; embark on a cruise through UNESCO World Heritage Site, Milford Sound, and discover one of the most beautiful places on earth; spot endangered Hector dolphins while onboard a nature cruise in Akaroa; and be sure to grab a window seat as you board the TranzAlpine - one of the world’s greatest train journeys.On this South Island tour, you’ll also get the chance to learn about Maori culture. Watch a jade (pounamu) carving demonstration with a traditional carver and learn about its cultural significance, before exploring the beauty of Franz Josef Glacier on a guided walk, where you’ll learn about the Maori legend behind this breath-taking landscape. With the perfect balance of active adventure and relaxation, this Cosmos tour is the best way to explore the spectacular South.
One of the greatest things about a Cosmos escorted tour is the peace of mind it provides. We take care of all the details and include transportation, hotels, professional Tour Directors, sightseeing with knowledgeable Local Guides, and even occasional meals—so you can immerse yourself fully in your travel experience! With Cosmos, you enjoy the benefits and convenience of escorted travel, ample free time to explore your destination the way you want, and longer stays in key cities so that you can ...