New Zealand: The South Island’s Top Touring

G’day mates! This week it’s all about the best touring on New Zealand’s South Island.  From sea kayaking Abel Tasman to hanging with the yellow-eyed penguins near Dunedin, to heli tours of alpine mountains  or cruising Doubtful Sound, or classic Maori cultural experiences, our top-notch friends on the South Island have got you covered!

Nelson, Abel Tasman & Golden Bay


Do you think this guy would make a good guide? Explore Abel Tasman National Park with the best tour guides- Wilsons Abel Tasman. From kayaking the hidden secrets to hiking to dolphin spotting, adventure awaits!

Dunedin & Surrounds

Are you a wildlife lover? Discover some of New Zealand’s most unique wildlife including the yellow-eyed penguin, one of the rarest in the wild, on a wildlife cruise with our friends at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours. Get a glimpse of just some of the wonderful wildlife to be seen with the great video.

Need a little inspiration?  Check out our handcrafted itineraries featuring New Zealand wildlife excursions, here.

Mt. Cook


Want to see some of the only alpine glaciers in the world up close and personal? Our friends at The Helicopter Line are the best on the South Island. Gain a bird’s eye view of Mount cook on these unique and thrilling tours. Get a taste of the excitement below.

Queenstown & Surrounds


Fiordland National Park is definitely a must do while in Queenstown in New Zealand. Nobody does it better than Real Journeys, with many different cruises, hikes and kayak trips to choose from, you can experience the park many ways. Why not try one of our favorites, the overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound.


For a unique and exciting adventure, take a tour with Ngai Tahu Tourism. Discover the water, land, and mountains through story-telling based experiences and learn about Maori culture indigenous to the Queenstown area and surrounds. And then end with an exhilarating jetboat ride on the Shotover River.


Soak in the awe-inspiring views of Queenstown from the Skyline Gondola. Once you’ve made it to the top, there’s even more to do! From dining at the award winning Stratosfare Restaurant to mountain biking and stargazing, the are loads of adventurous possibilities.

Canterbury & Christchurch


Looking to get out into the countryside and visit exciting sites? Look no further. Hassle Free Tours will bring you into breathtaking Canterbury High Country. From Alpine Safari tours to Lord of the Ring Tours or the TranzAlpine Train, you’ll find adventure around every corner.

What are you waiting for? Start planning your New Zealand adventure today! Give us a call and speak to a Travel Specialist today, 312-951-8517.  Check out our other unique and exciting destinations here.