• Escorted Tour

South Island Summer Grand Tour

Featuring Franz Josef, Milford Sound, The Catlins and Mount Cook

The Scenic South Island in summer time provides a stunning panorama of magnificent southern mountain scenery, meandering rivers and coastal plains. Experience the scenic south in style travelling by train and luxury coach. 
We take the time to explore the City of Christchurch and the Akaroa Peninsula before we travel on the TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth. The West Coast, Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound are all included before a special day in The Catlins. The tour concludes at the foot of Mt Cook where we enjoy two nights at the spectacular Hermitage Hotel. Our tour is planned at a leisurely pace with frequent two night stops and our tour escort ensures your 14-day tour is relaxing, fun and hassle free.

What our clients say about previous tours

"The whole tour was a highlight" - Brian and Robyn
"Exceeded all my expectations" - Marjory
"Seeing the South Island for the first time I was impressed with the beauty and freshness" - Lois
"I loved the Catlins"- Glenys
"Mount Cook the final destination was the icing on the cake"-Val and Alex

Your travel itinerary

Saturday 19 February

Auckland – Christchurch

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Depart from Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive Christchurch late morning. Experience an orientation tour of the city before checking in to our inner city hotel. This afternoon enjoy an informative walking tour with the remainder of the day free. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

Sunday 20 February


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Depart by coach for a day on Banks Peninsula. The drive through natural beauty has spectacular views overlooking bays and beaches before arriving in Akaroa. Time to enjoy the
history, shops, harbour and French character. Lunch at own expense before returning to Christchurch.

Monday 21 February

Christchurch – Greymouth – Franz Josef

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This morning board the Tranz Alpine train to journey across the spectacular Southern Alps. We climb the mountain range with scenic stops along the way including Arthurs Pass. We continue through the renowned rain forests and wetlands to arrive in Greymouth. Transfer to our coaches and enjoy a
scenic drive to Franz Josef for our two night stay.

Tuesday 22 February

Franz Josef

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A sightseeing day to this unique part of New Zealand, passing through typical west coast bush and rain forests we explore both Fox and Franz Josef. If you prefer an optional helicopter ride to Franz Josef Glacier is available. Return to Franz Josef for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Wednesday 23 February

Franz Josef - Queenstown

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Today our journey continues south past Fox Glacier winding through lush forests and eventually back to the coast line to the last village before catapulting you into the mountains and over one of the most spectacular mountain passes, the Haast Pass. The road then continues alongside the two mountain
fed lakes of Wanaka and Hawea before entering the wine country at Cromwell and on into the Kawarau Gorge arriving
into Queenstown late afternoon for a two night stay.

Thursday 24 February


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Today is at leisure to enjoy ‘The Jewel of the South’. Maybe take the gondola to admire the panoramic views of Lake
Wakatipu or for the more adventurous a helicopter ride above Lake Wakatipu. The choices are extensive. This evening
we enjoy a Lake Cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw for a special Gourmet BBQ dinner at Walter Peak Station.

Friday 25 February

Queenstown – Te Anau

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After breakfast we follow the Lake Wakatipu shoreline through farmland to the beautiful Lake Te Anau for a two night stay. An afternoon optional tour is available to the Te Anau Glow Worm

Saturday 26 February

Milford Sound Cruise

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Drive through mountain beech forests framed by spectacular snow-capped mountains and the Homer Tunnel before emerging at Milford Sound for your lunch time cruise.

Sunday 27 February

Te Anau – Invercargill

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After breakfast we drive along the scenic southern route and rich Southland countryside to Invercargill.After lunch the afternoon is free. Why not discover the world class vintage truck collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, or learn
about the legend of speed - Burt Munro at E Hayes Motorworks. Or simply take a stroll through the botanical gardens.

Monday 28 February

Invercargill – The Catlins - Dunedin

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After breakfast we drive into the Catlins. Highlights include podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling.

Tuesday 01 March


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This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ including Olveston House, Signal Hill, the world’s
steepest street, Botanical Gardens, University and the Forsyth Barr sports stadium. The afternoon is free.

Wednesday 02 March

Dunedin – Mt Cook

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After breakfast we travel north to Oamaru and then inland alongside the Waitaki river passing through Duntroon, Kurow, the Benmore Dam, Omarama, the gliding Capital of New Zealand before arriving at Mt Cook for our two night stay.

Thursday 03 March

Mt Cook

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A day to participate in optional activities and / or simply enjoying the area at your leisure. The Sir Edmond Hilary Alpine
Center is included in your stay. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

Friday 04 March

Mt Cook – Christchurch – home

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We depart Mt Cook National Park after breakfast returning again past the azure waters of Lake Pukaki, through Tekapo, Fairlie and Geraldine across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Arrive in time to fly home late this afternoon.


• 13 nights hotel accommodation
• Cooked breakfasts daily
• Four lunches and 12 dinners
• All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
• Commentaries provided by your drivers and guides
• Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
• Return airfares from Auckland to Christchurch (other destinations please ask)
• All gratuities are included
• Trans Alpine Train Christchurch to Greymouth
• TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Special Walter Peak BBQ Dinner
• Lunchtime scenic cruise of Milford Sound
• Catlins Experience
• Olveston House Tour Dunedin
• Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at Mt Cook


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $ 4,995  $ 6,597

*This is a cash or direct debit price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


  • Domestic travel insurance – please ask us for a quote
  • Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
• FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 08 January 2022
• Bookings made after 08 January 2022 must be paid in full at time of booking


• Deposit – non refundable
• After 08 January 2022 – the tour is non refundable
• If this tour is cancelled due to Covid 19 government travel restrictions, and if a refund is available, Pukekohe Travel reserves the right in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of up to $350 per person.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable domestic travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please ask us for a quote


Optional Tours

The optional tours have always proved popular

Tuesday 22 February Franz Josef and Fox Glacier Helicopter Flight, $280 per person
Imagine flying the entire length of the Fox Glacier and there is time for a glacier snow landing before descending the Glacier Valley, with the mountains behind.

Thursday 24 February Queenstown Helicopter Flight $280 per person
Look down on spectacular scenery as you cross Lake Wakatipu with a special landing during the flight. Continue over Ben Lomond and the famous historic Skippers Canyon. See the renowned steep canyon walls of the
Shotover River and fly past Coronet Peak and the Wakatipu Basin.

Friday 25 February Te Anau Glow Worm Caves $99 per person
Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “one of the most unusual limestone cave experiences on the planet’, the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves is a must-do for anyone visiting Fiordland.

These optional tours attract a separate charge and can be included at time of final payment (see booking form)

Health and Fitness

  • To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required with the ability to walk 400 metres unaided
  • Mobility frames are not practical or permitted


Advantages of joining our South Island Summer Tour

Hassle Free

Our experienced tour escort allows you to sit back and relax. No tipping is expected and our family friendly manner makes this a tour to remember..

Our Accommodation 

Accommodation has been carefully selected on location, a high standard of comfort and friendly, helpful service. Rooms have single, twin or double beds, en-suite bathroom, television, radio, telephone and generally have tea and coffee making facilities.

Travelling alone

We will do our utmost to match suitable participants in share accommodation to avoid the single room supplement.  For those who prefer, we have rooms for sole use.

Extend my holiday please

Yes, it is possible to extend your holiday at the end of the tour.

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change