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A Grand Tour of the South Island takes in the south and central regions. Starting from Christchurch, vibrantly rebuilding offering some of the best street art and shopping in New Zealand. Then you have Mount Cook, as well as Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers with their truly majestic scenery. The small but perfectly formed coastal delights that are Akaroa and Punakaiki, and the wonderful inland lakes of Tekapo or Wanaka. Plus of course the well known unmissable hot spots of Queenstown and Te Anau/Milford Sounds, the imposing stone of Dunedin or the engaging wildlife of Kaikoura, but also lesser known delights of small towns like Arrowtown and Geraldine.

Below is just a sample of destination, accommodation and activity options you could indulge in. There’s a wonder around almost every turn on a Grand Tour of the South Island, so why not wander with Roam James?

 

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Te Anau / Milford Sound Activities

Te Anau / Milford Sound Activities

Activities, Book Ahead Activities, Grand Tour

The main reason we overnight in Te Anau is for the Milford Sound cruises just 2 hours away - along one of the best alpine drives in the world. Leave early…

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Wanaka / Arrowtown

Wanaka / Arrowtown

Destinations, Grand Tour

Sometimes we may overnight around Lake Wanaka, sometimes at the quaint tree lined avenues of Arrowtown, but both reside in the glorious Wakatipu region of central Otago.

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Arrowtown Private Hotel

Arrowtown Private Hotel

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Secluded and romantic, boutique but quirky, The Arrow Private Hotel provides Arrowtown boutique accommodation which is distinctive, stylish and which offers a few pleasant surprises.

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Te Anau

Te Anau

Destinations, Grand Tour

Another gorgeous lakeside setting, Te Anau is the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. 

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Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook

Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Nestled in the beautiful Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base, home to a selection of restaurants and bars as well as a range of activities to allow you…

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Radfords On The Lake, Te Anau

Radfords on the Lake, Te Anau

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Relax in one of our fourteen spacious,  warm and luxuriously appointed 5 star motel apartments, super king & king beds in all units, all with views of Lake Te Anau…

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Aoraki / Mount Cook

Aoraki / Mount Cook

Destinations, Grand Tour

An iconic destination on any road trip. New Zealands tallest mountain defines the majestic Southern Alps. Burkes Pass brings us into Lake Tekapo just beforehand, with the almost equally iconic Church…

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Fox / Franz Josef Glaciers Activities

Fox / Franz Josef Glaciers Activities

Activities, Book Ahead Activities, Grand Tour

The adventurous amongst you can book ice hikes or heli hikes.....or just take scenic flights to take in the views like no other. Whether you've got cold or not, there…

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Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Accommodation, Grand Tour

A luxury resort located on 500 acres of stunning countryside with a golf course....

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Video Tour Christchurch & Canterbury

Video Tour Christchurch & Canterbury

Christchurch Region, Destinations, Grand Tour, Videos!

The largest and most vibrant city in the South Island, its international airport and central location makes a great starting place for our tours. Video tour punting on the river,…

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Heritage Hotel, Hanmer Springs

Heritage Hotel, Hanmer Springs

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Well appointed hotel set in delightful surroundings in the heart of Hanmer Springs, within walking distance to all Hanmer has to offer.....including those hot springs, open late into the evening.

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Gondola & Luge, Queenstown

Gondola & Luge, Queenstown

Activities, Grand Tour

The Gondola has the steepest ascent in the Southern Hemisphere but boy is it worth it for the views. And for those of you who always fancied yourself as James…

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Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura

Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura

Destinations, Grand Tour

Two hours apart and both fairly small towns, they both make great use of water & hills and encompass just about my favourate drive in the whole of New Zealand,…

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Westwood Lodge, Franz Josef Glacier

Westwood Lodge, Franz Josef Glacier

Accommodation, Grand Tour

This is an exceptional part of the world, to be enjoyed more deservingly from the comfort of your outstanding bed and breakfast accommodation at Westwood Lodge, in the heart of…

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Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura Activities

Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura Activities

Activities, Book Ahead Activities, Grand Tour

Whale watching is the thing to do in Kaikoura, and most trips have a pretty high success rate of spotting them.

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Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel

Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel is your ideal luxury hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village - a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's…

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Punakaiki Resort Hotel

Punakaiki Resort Hotel

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Situated on New Zealand's wild West Coast, 30 minutes north of Greymouth and 300m south of the famous Pancakes Rocks and Blowholes, the Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National…

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Chateau On The Park, Christchurch

Chateau on the Park, Christchurch

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is designed to provide a tranquil, resort-like stay. The 5-acre property – boasting a moat, a vineyard and a…

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The Rees Hotel, Queenstown

The Rees Hotel, Queenstown

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Showcasing breathtaking panoramic lake and alpine views, The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a sophisticated five star hotel situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just a gentle walk to…

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Akaroa And Banks Peninsula

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula

Christchurch Region, Destinations, Grand Tour

Delightful French themed small township with Dolphin cruises, lots of specialty crepes and a fabulous fun hours drive from Christchurch to get there, with gorgeous views along the way.... Watch the…

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Wanaka Activities

Wanaka Activities

Activities, Grand Tour

There's golf - even the club manager still gets distracted with the views apparently....! There's also a fantastic National Transport & Toy Museum and the eclectic sofa clad Cinema Paradiso.

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Browns Boutique Hotel, Queenstown

Browns Boutique Hotel, Queenstown

Accommodation, Grand Tour

This charming European styled boutique hotel combines both bed & breakfast with genuine New Zealand hospitality. Superbly situated in a quiet, central Queenstown location just three minutes walk to the…

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Punakaiki Activities

Punakaiki Activities

Activities, Grand Tour

One attraction here is the Pancake Rocks, although it's appeal is somewhat dependent on the interaction of tides and sea surges.  The West Coast Tree Top Walkway 20m above the ground…

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Heritage Hotel, Christchurch

Heritage Hotel, Christchurch

Accommodation, Grand Tour

This iconic hotel has just won the World Luxury Hotel 2016 award in the Historical Hotel category for the Australasia and Oceania region. A night’s stay in this opulent Italian…

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Queenstown Activities

Queenstown Activities

Activities, Grand Tour

Where do we start? There's the obvious adventure stuff Queenstown is known for where you can throw yourself off things (bungee jumping) or have something else feel like it's going…

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Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Experience the sophistication of Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel, a haven of stylish 5 star accommodation for all seasons. A boutique hotel with a modern romantic style and exclusive service awaits…

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Sofitel Hotel, Queenstown

Sofitel Hotel, Queenstown

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa offers a refined 5-star experience in the heart of Queenstown - the French art de vivre amidst the pure dramatic grandeur of New Zealand

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Christchurch Activities

Christchurch Activities

Activities, Grand Tour

Plenty of options to take a punt on the river, indulge in some serious shopping, wander museums and art galleries, or chill out (literally in one exhibit!) at the Antarctic…

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Aoraki / Mount Cook Activities

Aoraki / Mount Cook Activities

Activities, Grand Tour

All sorts from energetic hikes to scenic flights, or for those who like to look even higher for their inspiration, you're in an International Dark Sky Reserve. The star gazing…

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Arrowtown Activities

Arrowtown Activities

Activities, Grand Tour

Meandering is a great one here - plenty of opportunities with boutique shops and historical buildings, (you can even pan for gold), taking in ArtHouse movies at Dorothy Browns Cinema…

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Arrowtown Boutique Hotel

Arrowtown Boutique Hotel

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Country atmosphere, city convenience - a perfect balance. Cycling & hiking trails lead directly from this luxury Queenstown bed and breakfast to vineyards, winery restaurants & lakeside Only 15 minutes…

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Fox / Franz Josef Glaciers

Fox / Franz Josef Glaciers

Destinations, Grand Tour

It's rare you can get this up close and personal with glaciers anywhere else in the world...but you don't have to don ice boots and crampons to take in their…

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Villa Del Largo, Queenstown

Villa del Largo, Queenstown

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Spectacular lake and mountain views from every suite in this peaceful lakeside hotel. Featuring its own pebbled beach and jetty, close to ski fields and vineyards and bordering the Queenstown Trail,…

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Golf, Queenstown

Golf, Queenstown

Activities, Grand Tour

Choose from Millbrook Resort, The Hills, Kelvin Hills and Jacks Point all stunning courses that blend beautifully with the dramatic local scenery.....it's very hard to stay focused on that minuscule…

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Video Tour Queenstown

Video Tour Queenstown

Destinations, Grand Tour, Videos!

Watch life at one of the worlds favourate playgrounds play out....

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Distinction Hotel, Te Anau

Distinction Hotel, Te Anau

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers chic, elegant accommodation for the perfect Fiordland getaway. Surrounded by extensive, colourful gardens and overlooking spectacular Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland ranges,…

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Eliza’s Manor Boutique Hotel, Christchurch

Eliza’s Manor Boutique Hotel, Christchurch

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Here you have the benefits of a hotel, together with the personal service of a boutique bed and breakfast. Built in 1861, Eliza's historic B&B was for much of its…

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Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura Activities

Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura Activities

Activities, Christchurch Region, Grand Tour

Small but perfectly formed it makes a lovely stop off. Relax in the natural thermal mineral, sulphur and freshwater pools with beauty treatments and massages on site for some serious…

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Dunedin

Dunedin

Destinations, Grand Tour

Dunedin is New Zealand's best kept secret, located in the South Island this city is full of authentic welcoming characters that tell it like it is. With abundant wildlife on…

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Punakaiki

Punakaiki

Destinations, Grand Tour

Rated as one of the top drives in New Zealand to get here, it's a small but dramatic stop off on our way to the Top of The South.

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The Diary, Queenstown

The Diary, Queenstown

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Come and experience our private boutique hotel, where you can come home to relax, unwind and share your wonderful travelling experiences, whilst right in the heart of Queenstown (less than…

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Steam Boat Or Train, Queenstown

Steam Boat or Train, Queenstown

Activities, Grand Tour

Sedate, stately and steam powered - the TTS Earnslaw takes you out round the lake and the Kingston Flyer takes you out round the hills. Both have tea on board…

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Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier

Accommodation, Grand Tour

Scenic 4 star Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions,…

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