South Pacific Tours

Paradise. White sandy beaches. Cocktails with tiny umbrellas in them. If you need a break from work or uni, the South Pacific brings everything tropical and wonderful together. So many delightful islands, so little time! Take it all in with a South Pacific cruise hopping from island to island and seeing what Tahiti, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and New Zealand have to offer.

Set sail for the South Pacific

There's so much to explore in the South Pacific even if you're not on a cruise. Student Flights has heaps of South Pacific tours including Cook Island tours, Fiji tours, Tahiti tours, Vanuatu tours and New Zealand tours.

A Cook Island tour is as close as you'll get to a deserted island far away from uni exams and deadlines. Here, you can swim in one of the world's largest coral lagoons full of vibrant, colourful fish.

Or maybe you'd like to dive headfirst into everything Vanuatu has to offer. Vanuatu tourscan take you to see a shipwreck the size of the Titanic. Or, if you want to join the rest of the honeymooners, Tahiti tours are for you. The main island of French Polynesia, Tahiti is so beautiful it's hard to believe a place like this exists.

Fiji tours are great for adventure, watersports and relaxation. If you're a diver, head to Sawailau caves, which are only accessible by an underwater tunnel. New Zealand is also an adventure sports destination – think paragliding, bungee jumping or jet boat riding. If you're an adrenalin junkie, New Zealand tours are for you.

For all the goss on what's happening in the South Pacific now plus the lowdown on the best South Pacific tours and South Pacific cruises, call Student Flights. We've got amazing deals on stacks of South Pacific tours including Cook Island tours, Fiji tours, Tahiti tours, Vanuatu tours and New Zealand tours. Whatever South Pacific tours or South Pacific cruises you're looking for, give us a call on 1800 046 462 today.

South Pacific Tour Packages

  • Skyline Gondola and 5 Luge Rides

    from $49*

    • Return gondola ride.
    • 5 Luge rides.
    Scenic gondola ride to the Skyline complex to enjoy Queenstown's most spectacular views and a fun filled gravity ride on the Luge.

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  • Glacier Valley Walk

    from $69*

    • Informative personalised tour to the Terminal Face of the glacier.
    • BONUS Mountains to the Sea DVD.
    • BONUS FREE admission to Glacier Hot Pools.
    This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings.

    With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glacier's history, you're able to venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.

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  • Hukafalls Jet

    from $95*

    • 30 minute jet boat ride.
    • Complimentary transfers from Taupo accommodation if required.
    • Lifejackets and spray jackets.
    • BONUS Receive a FREE Hukafalls Jet beanie.
    • BONUS Reduced Rate - SAVE $10* per person.
    Combine 360 degree spins and passing nature at disorientating speeds for an amazing must-do visitor experience, before even reaching the awe inspiring majesty that is the Huka Falls.

    From the unique vantage point on the boat, you have the best water level vies of the Falls - New Zealand's most visited natural attraction.

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  • Discover Milford Sound Day Tour

    from $237*

    • Discover Milford Sound Day Tour including buffet lunch.
    Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound onboard a glass roof, toilet equipped coach. You'll experience the world famous fiord - rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.

    Journey across the Southern Alps and travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock. Uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, then walk across The Chasm.

    At the deep waters of Milford Sound, board your Red Boat cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. You return following the cruise by coach, or you may like to take the option of a scenic flight (additional expense) back to Queenstown over Sandfly Point, Sutherland Falls, Lake Quill, the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, Cecil Peak and Walter Peak.

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  • Ice Explorer

    from $295*

    • Heli hop from the township into the pinnacles area of the glacier.
    • Guided navigation through ice mazes.
    • BONUS reduced rate - SAVE $15* per person.
    This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice. You will explore the awe inspiring landscape of the Franz Josef Glacier. A Short Helihop from the township takes you into the Pinnacles area of the glacier. Here a guide navigates you through a maze of ice and explains the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years.

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  • Double Banger - Funyak Safari & Shotover Jet Tour

    from $379*

    • 1 x Shotover jet boat ride.
    • 1 x Funyak canoe ride.
    • 1 x 4WD.
    • Pick up from specific accommodation providers.
    • BONUS reduced rate - SAVE $67* per person.
    A truly unique Safari and the only adventure of its type in the Queenstown region, this Safari is a fun way to intimately explore and experience this amazing area. Start with an exciting jet boat trip up the Dart River, negotiating the classic braided river system and stopping to discover why this area is so rare and special.

    You'll then begin your "Funyak" adventure in one of our unique inflatable "Funyak" canoes; paddling and drifting a spectacular downstream journey taking in all the awe-inspiring sights. Amongst the ancient beech forest you'll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch as well as have the opportunity to explore hidden side streams, rock pools and where you'll be taken by back-road 4WD safari vehicle to Glenorchy viewing breathtaking scenery that has inspired movies the world over.

    Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons and hold on tight for Queenstown's only exhilarating full 360 degree spins. Can you handle canyons? With the award winning Shotover Jet, the world's most exciting Jet boat ride and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons

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  • South Island Lick Tour, 7 Days

    from $1,244*

    • 7 day South Island Lick Tour departing Christchurch.
    • 6 nights accommodation in Dorm Rooms 4-6 share.
    • Breakfast daily.
    • Transport.
    • Services of a Kiwi Tour Guide with expert local knowledge.
    • Guided tour of every location.
    • Gondola ride in Queenstown.
    • World famous Tranz Alpine train journey on day 7.
    • Option to add a day trip to Milford Sound (at additional expense, paid direct).
    • Wake up alongside the beautiful lakes of Tekapo and Wanaka.
    • Tons of surprise stops and experiences on the way.
    • BONUS Kawarau Bridge Bungy experience with AJ Hackett.
    • BONUS Zipride experience with AJ Hackett.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Lake Tekapo - Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef

    Day 1. Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
    Intro: Explore downtown Christchurch before heading to the lakes and mountains of Tekapo. While Christchurch was seriously damaged during several earthquakes a few years ago, the city is undergoing a wonderful transformation and has nothing but potential. We'll explore the iconic downtown area and check out the cool ways the city has reunited and is being rebuilt. With lots of quirky shops, specialized cafes and spots to dine along with a young fun kiwi culture, Christchurch shouldn't be missed. We'll then make our way to Tekapo, one of New Zealand's most famous lakes. Surrounded by the jagged Southern Alps, the bright turquoise Lake Tekapo will leave you questioning if someone dropped blue food coloring in it. Minerals left by ancient glaciers give the lake its iconic turquoise color, combined with the high mountains and purple and pink summer Lupin flowers along its banks, Lake Tekapo couldn't be prettier. And once the sun goes down it gets even better. Thanks to the super clear skies, the area around Tekapo has been declared a "Star Reserve" and it's the best place in New Zealand to see the stars and galaxies above. Watch the stars come out over the lake from the hostel that's just a few feet from the shore.

    Day 2. Lake Tekapo to Queenstown
    Intro: Journey to the jewel of the South Island - Queenstown. The road to Queenstown is almost as beautiful as the town itself. Between wine tasting in the famous Otago region to exploring some of the local salmon farms, we'll have the chance to see a more diverse side of the South Island. Not to mention dozens of glacial blue lakes, soaring mountains and lush valleys. The undisputed adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is always at the top of the list of any trip around the South Island. Surrounded by the stunning Remarkables, some of the most beautiful mountains in NZ, and sprawling along the banks of blue Lake Wakatipu, its location is straight from a postcard. Together we'll hop on up the gondola and see Queenstown from above. There is nothing like watching the sunset over New Zealand's prettiest town with new friends before experiencing the famous nightlife in town. We'll crash for the night at the Haka Lodge in Queenstown, cook some meals together, and chill out in this new, luxury hostel-lodge in town.

    Day 3. Queenstown
    Intro: Take in Queenstown's beauty and all it has to offer. With a full day in Queenstown, you can pack in as many activities and things to do as you wish. From paragliding from the Gondola to mountain biking, to bungy jumping while your Haka friends cheer you on, and local walks, there are many different options to choose from. From horse riding and taking in some of the stunning Lord of the Rings locations in Glenorchy to swinging through a canyon Tarzan-style with a new friend, Queenstown is definitely a highlight of any trip to New Zealand. Queenstown is also home to New Zealand's most famous burger at Fergburger, and grabbing one with friends is a great way to spend a meal in town. If you're into hiking you might even be able to hop on one of New Zealand's Great Walks and tackle part of the Routeburn track. One of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, Milford Sound, is not to be missed. Driving into the park is stunning in and of itself, but just wait 'til you get on the water Sailing around the fiords beneath thundering waterfalls and towering cliff faces, it's easy to see why this is one of the most popular spots in New Zealand. Beautiful in rain or shine, Milford is universally loved by all. Whether experiencing it from the decks of a boat to kayaking around the steep cliffs, Milford takes the cake as one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful areas of the South Island. With the occasional sea lion or dolphin popping up to say hello, it makes the journey there and around even more special.

    Day 4. Queenstown to Wanaka
    Intro: Cross the mountains into Wanaka. The drive to Wanaka from Queenstown is spectacular, filled with great views, beautiful stops and plenty of surprises. We'll stop in the stunning and historic Arrowtown for a bit of exploring. En route to Wanaka, we stop in at New Zealand's oldest pub for a drink or two in Cardrona before arriving at the lakeside holiday town of Wanaka. A year round destination, Wanaka is surrounded by towering mountains and a glacial blue lake with plenty of things to do and with a thriving young vibe in town. In the warmer months, there are tons of lake activities to choose from, such as swimming, waterskiing, kayaking and wakeboarding. There are beautiful hikes and bike rides all around the lake and plenty of adventure activities to chose from too. In the winter, Wanaka is one of New Zealand's most popular snow sports destination, with several great ski fields close by. Hit the cafes on the lakefront for a drink at the end of the day with the group to unwind.

    Day 5. Wanaka and Franz Josef
    Intro: Head east to the glaciers. Start the day off right with a skydive over Wanaka taking in the spectacular glaciers we'll head to later in the day, and even get views of Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Or take a step back in time with a flight over the lake and town in a vintage Tiger Moth biplane. You'll also have the chance to mountain bike along the lake, climb up the iconic Mt. Iron in town for some sweet views or hit up the iconic Puzzling World for a bit of fun and games. We'll then make our way towards the wild west coast of the South Island, traversing the beautiful mountains in Haast, and getting a good look towards the sea. Get excited, this is one of the most scenic and iconic road trips around New Zealand. Apart from the sick West Coast views, there are plenty of surprises and secret spots in store today. Between September and December it's whitebait season, a small fish that's a delicacy in New Zealand. Fried up with eggs and served on toast, it's a local treat in New Zealand and shouldn't be missed. We'll stop at a one of the secret local spots to try it out.

    Day 6. Franz Josef
    Intro: Take in the stunning Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Another New Zealand favorite - Franz Josef Glacier. Here bright blue ice fields surrounded by green mountains drop down into a temperate rainforest, the only kind in the world. Relatively easy to access, hiking on or around the glaciers is a must-do. From taking a scenic helicopter flight and then hiking on the glaciers to trying ice-climbing for the first time to relaxing in the hot springs down below, there are plenty of different ways to enjoy Franz Josef. You can even carve your own Greenstone necklace in town. Apart from the beautiful glaciers, there are also plenty of opportunities for kayaking, quad biking, horseback riding and even a bit of group karaoke in Franz Josef. With Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain twinkling behind the glaciers, Franz Josef is about as beautiful a setting as you can find in New Zealand.

    Day 7. Franz Josef to Christchurch
    Intro: Road trip up the South Island's wild west coast. Many kiwis are fond of saying that the west coast of the South Island is what all of New Zealand used to look like. Sweeping, ancient rainforests drop down to rugged coastlines with huge waves crashing into beautiful beaches with the magnificent Southern Alps in the background. It doesn't get much prettier than that. If this is your last stop then you'll get the chance to head over the Trans Alpine train back to Christchurch, one of New Zealand's most iconic and stunning train journeys through the Southern Alps. We say goodbye to our new Haka Friends

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    12,000 Ft Tandem Skydive-45Sec Free Fall

    from $289*

    • Tandem skydive with skydiving instructor.
    • Skydiving jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and gloves provided.
    • Transport from Wanaka accommodation to Wanaka Airport.
    Your skydive experience starts here with your briefing inside Skydive Lake Wanaka's very own cabin of adventure. Meet your skydiving instructor and take to the skies in a custom built X-STOL offering a comfortable and quick flight to altitude. This is a good opportunity to take in the jaw dropping views on the way up to your chosen skydive altitude.

    Enjoy 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted views of Wanaka's world renowned lakes and mountains. Once your parachute activates enjoy the view as you float exhilarated toward the ground. After a smooth landing at Skydive Lake Wanaka you can take a moment to take in what you just did You need to allow a couple of hours from pick up at your accommodation to drop off back at your accommodation.

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  • Short 3 Day escape

    Bay to Bay, 3 Days

    from $345*

    • 3 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 2 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
    • The service of an escorted services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and Driver.
    • Transport by modern air-conditioned vehicle with FREE WiFi.
    • Stunning Bay of Islands.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Bay of Islands - Auckland

    Explore the stunning Bay of Islands with Topdeck on this 3 day escape in New Zealand.

    Day 1: Bay of Islands
    Kia Ora We head north from Auckland to our hotel in seaside Paihia, nestled among the Bay of Islands. An optional 'Rock the Boat' Overnight upgrade could see you sailing among the 144 islands, stargazing from deck and sharing laughs at the cosy bar.

    Day 2: Bay of Islands
    A free day to explore this fascinating area. Optional activities include a catamaran cruise to spot dolphins, a kayak trip through mangrove forests and even sand-boarding down the Te Paki sand dunes. We can also learn about Kiwi history at Waitangi Treaty House or hike to Haruru Falls through native bush. Not bad.

    Day 3: Auckland
    Back to Auckland today where our tour ends.

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  • Join this Topdeck's NZ adventure

    Sweet as North, 4 Days

    from $699*

    • 4 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 3 nights accommodation in hotels, motels & lodges.
    • 1 night accommodation in a traditional Maori Marae.
    • 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners.
    • Transport by modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi.
    • The service of an escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader & Driver.
    • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae.
    • Kapa Haka performance.
    • Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova.
    • Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Rotorua - Tongariro National Park

    Explore Auckland and Wellington, hike in Tongariro National Park (aka Mordor), tour Maori-influenced Rotorua and even spend the night on a Maori marae on this unforgettable Topdeck NZ adventure.

    Day 1 Auckland to Rotorua (Marae Stay).
    Kia Ora Brace yourself for plenty of Maori culture today as we head to the unique geothermal city of Rotorua. Embracing all things Maori, we spend a night in a traditional Maori Marae (sacred meeting house). Our Whanau host will enlighten us with Maori history and legend before we are treated to an exclusive cultural performance by the Te Arawa people. We also interact and learn facets of the cultural performance including the actions of various Haka and Poi dances.

    Day 2 Rotorua.
    Today you are free to enjoy this sulphuric town as you see fit Feel a million miles away in the famous thermal spa pools, or get your pulse racing with endless adventure Choose from mountain biking, white water rafting, or the original OGO Zorb. Another option is The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, an absolute must-do for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans. Tonight we rest up at our accommodation right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, a short stroll from the vibrant city centre.

    Day 3 Rotorua to Tongariro National Park.
    On today's menu is exploring the diverse landscape of Wai-O-Tapu region (Maori for sacred waters), an active geothermal area located in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. We check out bubbling mud pools before witnessing the thundering waters of the Huka Falls and reaching Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. After some time to enjoy Taupo, we journey towards the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park. Here we bunk down for the next two nights in an authentic alpine retreat nestled on the edge of Whakapapa Village. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Kiwi roast lamb dinner followed by some Kiwi dessert, pavlova.

    Day 4 Tongariro National Park.
    The utterly beautiful Tongariro Crossing is yours to take on today if you desire. Two active volcanoes, a cold mountain spring, lava flows, an active crater, emerald lakes and hot springs combine to make this an enjoyable and memorable trip into an incredibly interesting area of the park (8 hour hike - transfers at own expense, seasonal and subject to weather conditions). If hiking is not your thing, there are a variety of other optional.

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