14 Day Grand South

14 Day Grand South

Tick off the South Island of New Zealand from your bucket list after completing this grand tour over fourteen days around the coast. We've included many multi-day stopovers to keep the tour at a relaxed pace with plenty of time to explore each diverse region with an emphasis on exploration of the top and bottom of the Island.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
From (NZD) $2979 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: RJ226


13 nights accommodation
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
Abel Tasman National Park Walk & Cruise (including lunch)
TranzAlpine Train Journey
Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise (including lunch)

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City. Upon arrival at Christchurch airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore what Christchurch has to offer.

Day 2
Christchurch - Nelson

This morning board your coach and travel inland north through the Lewis Pass and the Maruia Forest to Murchison, originally a gold rush town and almost completely destroyed by a huge earthquake in 1929. Enjoy a mixture of forest, farmland and hill country as you travel through a string of settlements to sunny Nelson. Nelson’s diverse geography captures everything from long golden beaches to untouched forests and jagged mountains. (3 nights)

Day 3
Abel Tasman National Park

Travel through Motueka to Kaiteriteri where you board your launch. Relax in style as you cruise the stunning golden inlets of the Abel Tasman coast. Laze on an idyllic beach or choose a walk exploring the beaches and forests. Rejoin your cruise back to Kaiteriteri and return to your hotel late afternoon. (L)

Day 4

Today is your day of leisure. Whether it is a day of adventure or a day to relax, Nelson is known as the walkway capital of New Zealand with over 40 walks available, beaches to explore, swimming spots to be found and sea kayaking to enjoy.

Day 5
Nelson - Punakaiki

Up early this morning and head south through Murchison, the scene of a massive earthquake in 1929, and on through the Buller Gorge to Westport on the West Coast. The road to Punakaiki hugs the coast, providing spectacular views of wild beaches and the tempestuous Tasman Sea. Overnight at Punakaiki, famous for its pancake rocks and magnificent blowholes.

Day 6
Punakaiki - Franz Josef

The morning is at your leisure. We recommend a walk around the stunning Pancake Rocks and blowholes – fantastic in all weather! This afternoon enjoy the views of the wild west coast as you travel to Greymouth, the commercial centre of the West Coast and the coastal town of Hokitika before arriving into Franz Josef which is known for being home to one of the world’s most accessible glaciers. (2 nights)

Day 7
Franz Josef

Today you have a whole day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a guided walk, a heli-hike or a scenic flight from the Franz Josef township. If you’d prefer a relaxing day, head to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools that are nestled amongst the lush rainforest of the glacier country or meander through the village where you will find a wonderful selection of gifts, artwork, merchandise and cafes.

Day UP
Glaciers Upgrade Package

Treat yourself and upgrade your accommodation in Franz Josef to the 5 star Te Waonui Forest Retreat, a luxury lodge hotel nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest. Our upgrade package includes luxurious accommodation, dinner on the first night – an indulgent 5 course degustation menu in The Canopy Restaurant, and a la carte breakfast both mornings. We’ve also included a stunning Franz Josef Heli Hike to help you make the most of your time in the region. Ask us for a price!

Day 8
Franz Josef - Wanaka

Today your coach will take you south along the west coast towards Haast Pass as you enjoy views of dense coastal forest, crystal clear waterfalls and wind swept sand dunes. Once at Haast Pass, the southernmost pass between the East and West Coasts of New Zealand, you will head east and experience more spectacular views of the Lake Hawea before arriving in Wanaka in the early afternoon.

Day 9
Wanaka - Queenstown

A free morning in this peaceful and popular resort. In the early afternoon rejoin the coach for a scenic drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown for a three night stay. (3 nights)

Day 10
Milford Sound

It’s an early departure today as your coach follows the southern arm of Lake Wakitipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. The scenery changes dramatically from tussock covered grasslands to glacier hewn valleys as you enter the Eglington Valley and travel through the breath taking man-made Homer Tunnel before reaching Milford Sound. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your launch for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the Sound far below. On completion of your cruise you will return to Queenstown by coach arriving in the evening. (L)

Day UP
Milford Sound Return Flight Upgrade (From NZ$395pp)

Return to Queenstown on a scenic flight taking in magnificent views of the alps, glaciers, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park – a quick and convenient way to return to Queenstown. (Duration 35mins) The flight shaves off approximately 4 hours off a return by coach. It is however very weather dependent, so if the weather doesn’t play ball, then you will need to return by coach and we will refund the upgrade price.

Day 11

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the many sights & activities in and around Queenstown. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shores of the pristine Lake Wakatipu, and in the evening experience a cruise aboard TSS Earnslaw (own expense); or if you’re planning a more active trip Downunder , then there are a myriad of activities you can take part in including jet boating, bungy jumping, skydiving, ziptreking, quad biking, snowshoeing, National Park walks and off-road 4WD tours!

Day 12
Queenstown - Mt Cook

Leaving Queenstown you will soon reach picturesque Lake Hayes and travel through Kawarau Gorge, home of award winning wineries and the famous Kawarau Bungy bridge. You will travel past the township of Cromwell and its many orchards before crossing Lindis Pass and into the Mackenzie Country. Hydro-electricity canals and glacier fed lakes will guide you into the Mount Cook National Park. Here you will find Aoraki Mount Cook; New Zealand’s tallest mountain.

Day 13
Mt Cook - Christchurch

This morning is at your leisure. Hike around one of the walking tracks; take one of the scenic flights to get up close to Mount Cook and Southern Alps’ magnificent glaciers. You also have time to explore the Tasman Glacier by the terminal lake. This afternoon you’ll travel down the Tasman Valley past Glentanner Park and Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo where you can view the Church of the Good Shepherd by the lake shore. The altar window offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains of the Mackenzie Country. The coach then continues on towards Fairlie. Continue your journey through diverse farmland and descend to cross the Canterbury plains before arriving in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city.

Day 14
Depart Christchurch

Sadly your trip has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experiences in New Zealand. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Have a safe trip home.


There are 3 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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We really enjoyed that tour. Accommodation was excellent ( well, the last one had amazing location but it was very hot that day and no air conditioning). All was well organized. We used 3 different bus companies. Great Sights was the best, then Newman and Intercity. Only Great Sights had washroom on board (this was what I asked for). The drivers (not Intercity) were very informative and helpful. Amazing vacation. We will be back. Thank you.
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Well planned tour - all the pick ups and connections worked well and having 2 nights in most places meant we were not too rushed. Accommodation, which was a mixture of small motels and large hotels was also very good. Staff in smaller motels were friendly and helpful. Coach drivers provided good commentaries on the long journeys.
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The accommodations were just what we wanted...not extravagant, but very functional. On our very last night, we could have just stayed closer to the airport due to the time limitations. The value for the money seemed very good; however, we did not really spend time comparing prices. The shuttle and coach services were excellent...prompt, friendly, knowledgeable. New Zealand is a remarkable country!
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14 Day Grand South
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ226
From (NZD) $2979 per person
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
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