The South Island of New Zealand is home to dramatic mountain ranges, powerful waterfalls and eye-wateringly beautiful lakes. More than that though, it’s also known as the adventure capital of the world. Looking to skydive, bungee jump, heli hike and canyon swing? Look no further.
Travelling by bus is the best way to experience the dramatic landscapes of the South Island. Your Driver Guide will know where all the secret stop are, the best times of day to avoid the crowds and help you book all your accommodation and activities.
The South Island is set up for all kinds of travellers and offers a vast range of accommodation options to suit every style and budget. Our South Island itineraries, give you several accommodation options, including, backpacker hostels and holiday parks. Read more about our different accommodation options for the South Island.
Are you looking for a pre-planned itinerary to make your trip through the South Island as seamless as possible? Look no further. Crafted using our decades of experience travelling the country in a big green bus, we’ve created epic South Island travel itineraries ranging from 7, 10 and 14-day.
No matter whether you’re travelling in summer or winter, the South Island of New Zealand is a year-round destination. From skiing in Wanaka and bungy jumping in Queenstown in winter to kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park and hiking in Mount Cook in summer, you won’t be short of things to do whatever the weather. Check out our winter and summer to-do lists to ensure you’re packing in all your chosen season’s must-dos.
We love hearing about the adventures our passengers get up to, from meeting your best friend, screaming your way back to earth during a skydive, conquering that MASSIVE mountain or being challenged by a new cultural perspective. Here are a few to inspire you.
Read the latest South Island travel stories, news and travel inspiration from Kiwi Experience's blog.
Put misty mountains, volcanic craters, glacial rainforests and a healthy dose of Lord of the Rings in a blender, and you’d finish up with New Zealand’s South Island.
17 Feb 2020
The jewel in the crown that is the South Island.
28 May 2018
Kaikoura, where mountains drop down to aquamarine waters and whales dwell in the deep blue depths.
20 Apr 2018
In search of the ultimate adventure playground?
10 Oct 2016
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