South island

New Zealand

South Island Holidays

Holidays in South Island, New Zealand, bring you spectacular countryside, dramatic landscapes and popular cities. Explore the mountains with hiking and skiing, take in the beautiful Milford Sound and spot whales and dolphins or try some of the world’s most adventurous sports.

Adventurers will love the opportunities to bungee jump, try a canyon swing or white water raft, while families will find plenty to discover as well. Couples can explore the emerald green vineyards, as well as Queenstown and Christchurch which are home to boutique shops, gourmet restaurants and a thriving Kiwi culture. Whether you want to enjoy luxury hotels and helicopter tours or take in the scenery from the Lord of the Rings films, you’ll find something to enjoy on a holiday in New Zealand’s South Island.

Adventure and luxury on South Island holidays

At Hayes & Jarvis, we have over 65 years of experience and offer expertise in global destinations, allowing us to help you build the right holiday for you. Whether you want to see the highlights or explore a destination like a local, we’ll tailor make your itinerary to suit your needs.

Explore the best the South Island of New Zealand has to offer with our South Island Wanderer tour. Visit the museums and lively streets of Christchurch and the beautiful Winelands of the Marlborough region, before hiking a glacier and trying adventurous sports in Queenstown. Our New Zealand Splendour Tour will take you to Milford Sound, where you can witness the majestic natural beauty of the island, as well as on one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys, through the Southern Alps. 

Destination Highlights
  • Kayak in Milford Sound
  • See whales and dolphins
  • Experience culture in Christchurch
  • Bungee jump and ski
  • Hike the Franz Josef glacier
  • Lord of the Rings set
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +13
  • Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
  • Visa Information All British passport holders can visit New Zealand for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa.
  • Language English
  • Flight Time 27 hours with stopover options including Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok
  • Health Information No vaccines required - please speak to your GP for advice.

Our South Island destinations

Queenstown

South Island

Queenstown

Queenstown
Christchurch

South Island

Christchurch

Christchurch
Fiordland Te Anau

South Island

Fiordland and Te Anau

Fiordland and Te Anau
Marlborough and Helicopters

South Island

Picton and Marlborough

Picton and Marlborough