Circle the South TravelPass

Circle the South

The South Island of New Zealand is famous for its stunning scenery - see its highlights as you circle the Southern Alps on this TravelPass itinerary. OPTION: Add a stop at Mount Cook between Christchurch and Queenstown and drink in the views at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

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Buy your Circle the South TravelPass

$549NZD

Add on travel via Mount Cook

$644NZD

Minimum 4 days of travel

Start anywhere en-route

Includes TranzAlpine railway travel

Includes Milford Sound day tour

Option to add on travel to Mount Cook

New Zealand Circle the South TravelPass

Itinerary details

Your pass is divided into the following 'legs'. You can book travel in either direction (i.e. follow the itinerary from top to bottom, or bottom to top). You can also stop as often as you like along the way on each leg (for example, on the Christchurch to Queenstown leg you can book from Christchurch to Ashburton, Ashburton to Tekapo and Tekapo to Queenstown).

IMPORTANT: Milford Sound cruises are shown as 'extras' on the bus services  for these tours. You must select and add these extras to your cart in order to book them. You can also add other extras (like meals) to your tour in the same way. At the checkout we'll book the trip on your pass and you can pay for any extras that aren't included in your pass.

When booking tours you must book to and from the stops shown. View our TravelPass tours page for more information.

Christchurch to Queenstown

Starting in Christchurch, the Garden City, travel through high country farmland and past stunning blue lakes to Queenstown. Nestled in the Southern Alps, this resort town has everything: snow sports, adventure activities, wineries and a great nightlife!

Milford Sound Day Tour (Queenstown-Queenstown)

Set off on a day tour to Milford Sound and cruise the fiord, marvelling at its beauty.

Queenstown to Franz Josef

Travel through the lake district and cross the Southern Alps at Haast Pass onto the West Coast, arriving at Franz Josef, home to the 12-kilometre long accessible glacier.

Franz Josef to Greymouth

Make your way up the West Coast to the mining town of Greymouth.

Greymouth to Christchurch (TranzAlpine train)

Cross over the Southern Alps on the trip of a lifetime – the TranzAlpine railway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Marvel at the scenery around you: from fertile plains to snowy mountains and river gorges.

OPTION: Take the extra-scenic route from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook.