South Island New Zealand Self Drive Holidays - 10 to 14 days long

Enjoy the spectacular South Island on these 10 - 14 day New Zealand self drive holidays

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Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Wildlife & nature

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.

Goldfields and Glaciers South Island tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks

A relaxed 10 day tour exploring the cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, with its wonderful architecture and the magnificent peninsula. You cross the historic Central Otago goldfields region to the alpine town of Queenstown, where adventure beckons.  Travel to the West Coast glaciers via the majestic forests of Mt Aspiring National Park.  After exploring the glacier region you’ll return to Christchurch on board the world renowned TranzAlpine Scenic Train.

Top of the South Island Self Drive Loop

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Walking & hiking, National parks, Food & wine

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, an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand including the cheeky Kea which is regularly seen in the park.

The Southern Circle self drive tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours

This South Island loop takes you along the coast between the South’s two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin.   In Dunedin you have time to explore the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula, before continuing south to Te Anau, gateway to Milford Sound where you’ll cruise the length of the fiord.  This 11 day tour wouldn’t be complete without 2 nights in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown before you follow the Southern Alps north to Mt Cook National Park and back to Christchurch.

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is 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.

South Island Coastal Self Drive tour

  14 days/13 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks

You’ll begin this journey with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean as you travel south from Christchurch.  In Dunedin there’s time to explore the Otago Peninsula with its abundant wildlife, then you’ll follow the Catlins coastline to the bottom of the South Island.  On the western side of the island highlights include a nature cruise on the famous Milford Sound, the spectacular West Coast Road edging the Tasman Sea and the remarkable Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.  The top of the South Island brings the calm aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park and the Marlborough Sounds before you return to the Pacific Ocean.

Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks, Wildlife & nature

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.

Southern Adventure 10 day tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

The perfect South Island adventure for those wishing to explore the wilderness of the south and meet the wonderful marine wildlife of the southern waters.  You’ll enjoy five very different cruise experiences including the pristine Milford Sound, an exciting iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake, gliding through subterranean waters of a glow worm cave and two wildlife cruises with the chance to see dolphins, seals and royal albatross.

The Southern Circuit self drive tour

  12 days/11 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

From Christchurch this tour takes you along the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt. Cook National Park. It’s then onto Dunedin where you have a whole day to discover the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula.  Continue south to Te Anau and Milford Sound for you Real Journeys Nature Cruise, then to the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown where you have time to enjoy the countless activities on offer here and explore the natural beauty of the region. On your return to Christchurch you journey up the West Coast, with the highlight being the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which you can experience during a heli-hike or scenic flight if you choose.  You’ll return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is 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.

Top of the South

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Food & wine, Walking & hiking

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, an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand including the cheeky Kea which is regularly seen in the park.

Trilogy Trail South

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR

The towering snowcapped mountain peaks, deep blue lakes, ancient native rainforest and wide open plains of the South Island provided the setting for many Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies most dramatic scenes. Take a journey through the real Middle-earth!

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour - reversed

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Classic driving tours, Scenic trains, National parks

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 scenic train journey across the Southern Alps to the ruggedly beautiful West Coast with its spectacular glaciers.  Other highlights of this fantastic adventure include a nature cruise in the pristine Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, the adventure capital of Queenstown and the magnificent mountains of Mt Cook National Park.

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Classic driving tours

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.

Southern Highlights Wellington to the Southern Alps

  10 days/9 night Journey from Wellington to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks

From the North Island you’ll cruise across the Cook Strait, passing through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to Picton.  From here you’ll journey south for an exploration of mountains, glaciers and coastlines that are home to a range of marine wildlife.  Highlights of this tour include, Mt. Cook National Park, the spectacular West Coast and the grand finale which takes you across the Southern Alps on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

11 Day Natural Wonders Tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

Self drive tour with the family as you explore the South Island's natural wonders and National Parks

The Capital to the Southern Alps

  10 days/9 night Journey from Wellington to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks

From the North Island you’ll cruise across the Cook Strait, passing through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to Picton.  From here you’ll journey south for an exploration of mountains, glaciers and coastlines that are home to a range of marine wildlife.  Highlights of this tour include, Mt. Cook National Park, the spectacular West Coast and the grand finale which takes you across the Southern Alps on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

The Southern Circuit

  13 days/12 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours

From Christchurch this tour takes you along the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt. Cook National Park.

The Southern Circle Day Walks

  14 days/13 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Walking & hiking

Self drive this classic South Island route and enjoy some of the finest day walks in New Zealand. Plus of course, time to enjoy everything else the region has to offer.

Southern wildlife, fiords, mountains and glaciers

  13 days/12 night Journey from Dunedin to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Scenic flights, Scenic cruises

This itinerary starts in Dunedin and after exploring the wonderful peninsular you cross to immerse yourself in Fiordland and Milford Sound. Extended time in the resort town of Queenstown before popping 'over the hill' to Wanaka and sampling some great wines. Then it's up the coast to Glacier Country before crossing the Southern Alps by Tranz Alpine train and into Christchurch. his a great itinerary to add onto one of our shorter North Island suggestions.

Iconic South Island Tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Honeymoon, Adventure, Luxury touring, National parks, Walking & hiking, Scenic flights

Explore the South Island's heart taking in all the iconic scenery that makes this such a beautiful destination.  From Christchurch you cross the Southern Alps on the spectacular TranzAlpine train journey.  On the West Coast you'll travel from the rainforests of Punakaiki to the Glaciers of Franz Josef.  3 nights in Queenstown allow time for a fabulous flight over Milford Sound and Dart River Safari, before returning to Christchurch via Mt Cook National Park.

Top of the South self drive tour

  13 days/12 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, Food & wine

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.  Your journey takes you down to Franz Josef where you’ll have a once in a lifetime glacier adventure, then over to 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.

Essential South Island National Parks

  13 days/12 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, National parks, Scenic flights

Discover the essence of the South Island... Its natural wilderness.  You’ll explore 5 wonderful national parks with a range of activities, including sea kayaking, scenic flights and a thrilling glacier heli-hike.  This tour is perfect for those wanting to immerse themselves in the mountains, remote beaches, rivers and fiords that make up the spectacular South Island landscape.

The Wonders of the South Tour

  14 days/13 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature

Taking in such wonders as Doubtful Sound, the Otago Peninsula, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast Glacier region and Queenstown - this is a wonderful holiday with many 2 night stops.

South Island Luxury Wine Adventure

  10 days/9 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Food & wine, National parks, Adventure, Luxury touring

Experience two of the South Island's wine regions while exploring the magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps, Southern Lakes and West Coast on this 10 day adventure tour.

Southern Wine & Luxury Lodge Journey

  10 days/9 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Food & wine, National parks, Adventure, Luxury touring

Experience two of the South Island's wine regions while exploring the magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps, Southern Lakes and West Coast on this 10 day adventure tour.

14 Day Journey to Middle Earth

  14 days/13 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Scenic trains, The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Scenic flights

'Not all those who wander are lost... ' Experience the awe-inspiring scenery of the South Island (Middle Earth) on this action packed 14 day vacation.

12 day Ultimate South Island

  12 days/11 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours, Walking & hiking, Scenic flights

Explore New Zealand's South Island with adventure and style.  Some great adventures in the glorious Central Otago and the Canterbury High Country.

Coast to Coast self drive tour

  13 days/12 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Honeymoon, Luxury touring, 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 Peninsular 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. Along the way you will stay at magnificent luxury retreats set in breath-taking locations.

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, National parks

This 10 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights at The George Hotel in Christchurch, at Fiordland Lodge and Queenstown's Matakauri Lodge 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. 

Southern Highlights and Routeburn Track Guided Walk

  12 days/11 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Walking & hiking, National parks

Starting and finishing in Christchurch this tour allows time to self explore the tracks and trails of Mt. Cook National Park before venturing south and embarking on the 3 day Routeburn Track Guided Walk. This fully guided and supported 3 day hike is with Ultimate Hikes and you spend the evenings in the wonderfully equipped lodges. From Queenstown head north to the West Coast and the glacier region before returning to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

Milford Track & Southern Encounter

  12 days/11 night Journey from Queenstown to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Scenic cruises, Walking & hiking

The Milford Track is regarded as one of the finest hikes in the world and on this 12 day tour you’ll discover for yourself the spectacular scenery and remoteness that make it so popular.  Your 5 day guided walk includes all meals and premium lodge accommodation, perfect for relaxing after tackling the likes of MacKinnon Pass.  You’ll also visit Mt Cook National Park and a High Country Sheep Station for contrasting South Island scenery and a total Southern experience.

Hike the Routeburn, Drive the South

  13 days/12 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Walking & hiking

Starting and finishing in Queenstown this tour begins with the stunning beauty of the Routeburn Track. Your fully guided and supported 4 day hike is with Ultimate Hikes and you spend the evenings in the wonderfully equipped lodges before returning to Queenstown. From Queenstown you drive north-west to the pristine wilderness of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, where you immerse yourself in the natural wonders at Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge and the West Coast Glaciers.  Continuing north, you board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch.  From Christchurch you journey south to Mt Cook National Park, where Sir Edmund Hillary prepared to conquer Everest, and it's here we've saved the best for last.  You'll get a bird's eye view of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on the ultimate scenic flight, with a snow landing on the remote Tasman Glacier.