South Island Best Tours and Activities

Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour
Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour
         
Christchurch, South Island
Varies
from 28 NZD
Explore the tranquil side of Christchurch with a classic boating, or punting, experience on the beautiful Avon River. A punter provides informative commentary as he or she rows you and your companions past the city center and Christchurch Botanic Gardens in a narrow boat. You can upgrade your tour to include Christchurch Botanic Gardens tour, a Christchurch Gondola ride, or a Christchurch Tram's hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of downtown.
Hanmer Springs Extreme Paintball
Hanmer Springs Extreme Paintball
         
Hanmer Springs, South Island
30 minutes
from 35 NZD
Paintball is a fun and challenging way to unleash your competitive soul. Prepare to win battles and make enemies when you shoot down the opposition. The combat zone is in Hanmer Springs, where there are plenty of other exciting activities to combine for a fun day's adventure. This is an affordable, safe activity, and is great for groups and students. You can buy extra sets of paint balls when you book or at any point in your game.
Hanmer Springs Claybird Shooting
Hanmer Springs Claybird Shooting
         
Hanmer Springs, South Island
15 minutes
from 35 NZD
Practice your aim on this claybird shooting course. Located on the braids of the scenic Waiau River, this activity is sure to test your skill. Licenced experts are ready to help and teach you all you need to know. Your ten shots take about 15 minutes, making this an affordable and time efficient option. This is a safe activity for travelers looking to add a little more thrill to their holiday! Available to anyone 16 years or over.
Adrenalin Forest Obstacle Course in Christchurch
Adrenalin Forest Obstacle Course in Christchurch
         
Christchurch, South Island
3 hours
from 44 NZD
High excitement, stomach churning and a great confidence builder. Test your skills on an Adrenalin Forest aerial obstacle course. Each level is harder than the last, to conquer them all and claim your bragging rights you'll be climbing, jumping and swinging up to 20 meters up in the air.
Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour
Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour
         
Queenstown, South Island
Varies
from 46 NZD
Admire the spectacular sights of Milford Sound on a scenic cruise! As you marvel at one of the world's most incredible natural wonders, see dolphins, seals and penguins against a backdrop of cascading waterfalls and a lush rainforest. If you want to see more stunning scenery, take an optional coach tour from Queenstown or Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, stopping for short, guided walks and plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
New Zealand's Biggest Swing: Nevis Swing Queenstown
New Zealand's Biggest Swing: Nevis Swing Queenstown
         
Queenstown, South Island
4 hours
from 51 NZD
Get your heart racing as you fly across a wide river valley on the Nevis Swing, the biggest swing in the world. Located outside of Queenstown, the swing starts from a platform high above the Nevis River and gives you a few moments of free fall before you swoop through the air in a massive, high-speed arc. Ride solo or with a friend, enjoying fantastic views during this daredevil experience in New Zealand's adventure capital.
Kawarau Bridge Zipline Experience from Queenstown
Kawarau Bridge Zipline Experience from Queenstown
         
Queenstown, South Island
2.5 hours
from 51 NZD
Go ziplining from the Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown, coined the 'Adventure Capital of the World.' On the Kawarau Zipride, you'll experience adrenaline-fueled fun with up to six friends as you ride either solo or tandem across three parallel ziplines, reaching speeds of up to 37 mph (60 kph) on a 426-foot-long (130-meter) cable next to the Kawarau River. You have your choice of different styles, such as riding upside down or flying like Superman.
Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Luge
Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Luge
         
Queenstown, South Island
Varies
from 56 NZD
Imagine yourself steering a three-wheeled luge cart around bends, over bumps and through tunnels with the view of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu below.
Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown
         
Milford Sound, South Island
2 hours
from 56 NZD
Enjoy exploring New Zealand's gorgeous Lake Wakatipu on a catamaran cruise from Queenstown. Surrounded by stunning mountains including the Remarkables and the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake and a highlight of Queenstown. Your captain provides informative commentary about the sights and wildlife around the lake as you cruise to the western shore to take in the stunning scenery. Choose from a selection of morning and afternoon cruises to fit your schedule.
Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise
Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise
         
Queenstown, South Island
3.5 hours
from 60 NZD
Experience rural New Zealand as you're taken on a walking tour of the farm. Learn about traditional farming practices and the significance of the various animals. Watch sheep dogs in action, see the shearing and maybe try your hand at spinning wool. Then stroll through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel's Homestead for a traditional morning or afternoon tea.
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise
         
Milford Sound, South Island
105 minutes
from 63 NZD
Towering peaks and cascading waterfalls - this has to be the spectacular Milford Sound. Described as the 'Eighth Natural Wonder of the World', this cruise will take you past the incredible Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point. See marine life in their natural environment as you discover the magic of this deep fiord.
Half Day Iconic Dunedin City Tour
Half Day Iconic Dunedin City Tour
         
Dunedin, South Island
4 hours
from 66 NZD
Explore the city of Dunedin! Personalized small group sightseeing with knowledgeable local guide. Daily departures available for cruise passengers and city based passengers. Start 9am from ship's wharf Port Chalmers, start 9:30am from Dunedin Railway Station. Maximum of 10 people in the group so plenty of opportunity to get out of the vehicle and have a good look around each site.
Christchurch Sightseeing by Classic Double-Decker Bus
Christchurch Sightseeing by Classic Double-Decker Bus
         
Christchurch, South Island
3 hours
from 70 NZD
On this 3-hour sightseeing tour, see the sights of central Christchurch aboard New Zealand's only open-top double-decker bus tour, and then see greater Christchurch on a tour by closed-top double-decker bus.
2 Hour Quad Bike Experience from Franz Josef
2 Hour Quad Bike Experience from Franz Josef
         
Franz Josef, South Island
2 hours
from 72 NZD
Tucked under the majestic Southern Alps on New Zealand's rugged untamed West Coast sits Franz Josef village and the magnificent Franz Josef glacier offering spectacular mountain views & dense rainforest. This is where you will experience a 2-hour small group quad bike journey. You will be amazed at what is around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding ATV quads.
Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Mt Nicholas High Country 4WD Tour
Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Mt Nicholas High Country 4WD Tour
         
Queenstown, South Island
3.5 hours
from 76 NZD
Discover New Zealand's Lake Wakatipu and Mt Nicholas high country on a catamaran cruise and 4WD tour from Queenstown. Cruise to the lake's western shore while hearing informative commentary from your captain. Then hop into a 4WD vehicle and zip into the mountains for a bird's-eye view on the stunning region. Visit a merino sheep farm, take short walks on the mountain, and snack on morning or afternoon tea before returning to Queenstown by boat.
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
         
Franz Josef, South Island
3 hours
from 76 NZD
This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glaciers history, you're able to venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced guide.
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
         
Te Anau, South Island
2.5 hours
from 80 NZD
The fascinating Te Anau caves system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau offers an underground adventure that charms visitors of all ages. This tour takes you to a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms.
Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
         
Picton, South Island
3.5 hours
from 82 NZD
Visit Ship Cove on a morning boat cruise that explores the Marlborough Sounds, a broad network of waterways that makes up 20 percent of New Zealand's coastline. Enjoy time to disembark at Ship Cove where you can see a memorial to Captain Cook, Maori wood carvings and the sheltered beach. Throughout your journey, marvel at breathtaking scenery and hear informative commentary from your knowledgeable captain about the marine life, cultural history, and natural features of this beautiful region
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
         
Akaroa, South Island
2 hours
from 82 NZD
Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife including dolphins, penguins and marine bird life on this Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise. Cruise on a modern 60 feet catamaran, perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. The vessel is the largest and most luxurious on the harbour. There's lots of space on the 2 decks for unenterrupted viewing and inside seating.
Queenstown Segway Tour
Queenstown Segway Tour
         
Queenstown, South Island
1 or 2 hours
from 86 NZD
See the highlights of Queenstown on a Segway tour, the perfect introduction to New Zealand's capital of outdoor adventure. Begin with a short lesson on how to operate your personal Segway, and then follow a guide around the shores of Lake Wakatipu, passing through Queenstown Gardens and other scenic spots. Enjoy a personalized experience on this small-group tour limited to eight people. Choose either a 1- or 2-hour tour offered at various times throughout the day.