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Tour New Zealand's South Island

Want to experience the amazing scenery of New Zealand's South Island? Start your planning here by browsing through our South Island self drive touring itinerary suggestions. Find tours you like and contact us to customise them to suit your travel preferences perfectly.

 

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TranzAlpine Train, New Zealand

The Essential South Island 9 day Tour

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours, Scenic cruises, Adventure, Honeymoon, Scenic flights
 In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions.more
Milford Track Fiordland

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks, Wildlife & nature
  This 10 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights in Christchurch, Fiordland and Queenstown you'll have time to discover the charms of each destination. You begin with a journey past the mountains of the Southern Alps and turquoise waters of alpine lakes before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  Next you venture further south to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.  Here you’ll explore the pristine wilderness on a Milford Sound nature cruise.  In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital, there’s time to enjoy the scenery and endless activities on offer before returning to Christchurch via the magnificent West Coast Glaciers.more
The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Mountains and Lakes South Island Family Tour

7 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring
 Get the whole family excited as you traverse the mountains and alpine lakes of the South Island on this family tour from Christchurch to the adventure capital of Queenstown.more
Otago Peninsular, Dunedin

Coast to Coast self drive tour

13 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature, National parks
  Starting and finishing in Christchurch this tour visits Mt. Cook National Park, travels through the Southern Lakes region and into the deep south. Time to explore Dunedin and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula before crossing the rich farmland of Southland toward Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. There is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise. Then to Queenstown for two nights with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities here. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki, New Zealand

15 day South Island Natural Discovery self drive tour

15 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature, National parks
 Explore and enjoy some of New Zealand's unique flora, fauna and scenery on this 15 day South Island tour.more
Larnach Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand

South Island 21 day self drive tour

21 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks
  This comprehensive tour carves a figure eight through spectacular South Island scenery.  From Christchurch travel through the Mackenzie Country to Mt Cook, then on to Otago and Dunedin. An exploration of the remote Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park follows, before heading north to Queenstown and then to the West Coast Glaciers. Crossing the Southern Alps enjoy a night in Arthur's Pass National Park before heading to the east coast and Kaikoura. Enjoy the Marlborough wine region and the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park before turning south along the wild west coast. You return to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
Glenorchy, mountain landscape

A Taste of the South self drive tour

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours
  One of our most popular tours this 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Islands beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park, the gateway to Fiordland National Park, Te Anau. Then Queenstown's excitement and adventure before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. Finally cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch. A fitting end to your 'taste of the south'.more
TranzAlpine Train, South Island, New Zealand

9 Day Southern Explorer

9 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks
 A classic South Island itinerary taking you through the dramatic scenery surrounding the Southern Alps.more
Explore the lagoons in Abel Tasman National Park

Top of the South Island Self Drive Loop

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Food & wine, Wildlife & nature, National parks
  Visit the less explored upper South Island, home to amazing wildlife, including whales in Kaikoura and the delightful seal colony in Abel Tasman National Park.  In Blenheim, you’ll sample the region’s best known export, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc before heading south to the West Coast and Punakaiki Rocks.  You return to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass National Park, where you stay at the Wilderness Lodge an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand and experience life on a high country station.more
Skippers Canyon, Queenstown

Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown

10 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, National parks, Classic driving tours
  Taking you south from Christchurch, this 10 day includes the majestic scenery of the lower South Island.  Beginning with the large open spaces of the McKenzie Country and Mt. Cook National Park, you then travel to the coast and the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin with its nearby wildlife havens.  In Fiordland there is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise, before you continue to the mountains and lakes of the Southern Lakes region.more
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