South Island New Zealand Self Drive Holidays - 5 to 9 days long

Enjoy the spectacular South Island on these 5 - 9 day New Zealand self drive holidays

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Dunedin and Southern Lakes South Island Family Tour

  6 days/5 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

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

Interests: Family touring

Experience the mountains and alpine lakes of the South Island on this family tour, based from the Adventure Capital of Queenstown.

Southern Lakes and Tranz Alpine 6 day circuit

  6 days/5 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, Scenic trains

This short loop of the lower South Island visits the Mackenzie high country and Lake Tekapo first. With views of Mt Cook National Park you continue south to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown

Lakes, Mountains and Glaciers self drive tour

  7 days/6 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

From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country and past turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  You’ll then enjoy two nights in Queenstown surrounded by spectacular mountain vistas.  Its then on to the West Coast glaciers, where there’s time for a scenic flight if you choose.  The final leg of your travels takes you along the rugged coastline to Greymouth where you board the TranzAlpine for your scenic train journey back to Christchurch.

Milford Sound Spectacular 7 day Tour

  7 days/6 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: National parks, Wildlife & nature

Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county to Mt Cook. From Mt Cook journey south via Queenstown to Te Anau.  From Te Anau you can take the day to drive the return trip along the stunning Milford Road to reach Milford sound, where you will take a scenic nature cruise. Next day you will travel through Southland to Otago, stopping in Dunedin before heading back to Christchurch.

A Taste of the South self drive tour - reversed

  8 days/7 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

This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Beginning with the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey from Christchurch to the West Coast town of Greymouth.  From there you will explore the countryside of the West Coast, Otago, Southland, Fiordland and Canterbury.  Along the way highlights include the glaciers of the West Coast, adventure in Queenstown, Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park and magnificent Mt Cook National Park.  You'll also explore the south's two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin.

Milford Sound Highlights tour

  7 days/6 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

Leaving Christchurch you will journey into the Mackenzie county and the alpine village of Lake Tekapo. The following day you will pass Lake Pukaki with views of Mt Cook on route to the ‘adventure capital’ of Queenstown.  From Queenstown you will take a luxury coach to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a scenic nature cruise in the pristine fiord. You then travel north stopping at Franz Josef for a night to explore the glacier, before heading back to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Train.

A Taste of the South self drive tour

  8 days/7 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

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'.

Mountains and Lakes South Island Family Tour

  7 days/6 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

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.

Southern Highlights 9 Day Tour

  9 days/8 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

This 9 day scenic route will give you a wonderful introduction to the natural wonders of the South Island. Visit its two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park and Milford Sound. 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  South Island holiday.

Southern Alps & Southern Lakes self drive tour

  9 days/8 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

From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country past Lake Tekapo before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park. 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.

9 Day Southern Icons self drive tour

  9 days/8 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, Wildlife & nature

This 9 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights in Fiordland and Queenstown you'll have time to discover the charms of each destination.

9 Day Southern Explorer

  9 days/8 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

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

8 Day Southern Highlights Tour

  8 days/7 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

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

Interests: Classic driving tours

This short South Island highlights tour takes you through the countryside of Canterbury, Otago, Southland and the West Coast. Along the way you’ll pass alpine lakes, enjoy views of the Southern Alps, explore the historic city of Dunedin and ride the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

A Taste of the South self drive tour

  8 days/7 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: Classic driving tours, National parks

This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.

9 Day Natural South self drive tour

  9 days/8 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

This South Island loop takes you along the coast between the South’s two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin exploring some great wildlife locations on the way.

A Taste of the South self drive tour

  8 days/7 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

One of our most popular tours this 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.

Christchurch to Queenstown Food and Wine Tour

  6 days/5 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: Honeymoon, Food & wine

Explore two of the South Island’s popular wine regions while enjoying the magnificent views of the Waipara Valley, Mt Cook National Park and Central Otago.

Southern Highlights Tour including Milford Sound

  7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

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

Interests: Scenic trains, National parks, Family touring

Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county to Lake Tekapo. You will pass Lake Pukaki with views of Mt Cook on route to Queenstown.  Your first night in Queenstown you'll cruise Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Station for a farm show and gourmet BBQ.  From Queenstown you will enjoy a spectacular flight to Milford Sound.  Once in Milford sound you will take a scenic nature cruise, before flying off to Mt Aspiring National Park for the amazing Dart River Safari. Next day you will be travelling north stopping at Franz Josef before heading back to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Train.

Lakes, Mountains and Glaciers self drive tour

  7 days/6 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

From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country and past turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.

Southern Alps & Southern Lakes

  9 days/8 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, National parks

From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country past Lake Tekapo before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.

A Taste of the South Family Adventure

  8 days/7 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, Adventure

This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and iconic attractions.  Along the way you’ll experience exciting adventure while getting up close to icebergs in Mt Cook National Park and landing on a glacier on the West Coast.  With many included activities and fantastic family accommodation, this is the ultimate taste of the south.

8 Day Southern Highlights Tour

  8 days/7 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: Luxury touring, Classic driving tours, Scenic trains

This short South Island highlights tour takes you through the countryside of Canterbury, Otago, Southland and the West Coast. Along the way you’ll pass alpine lakes, enjoy views of the Southern Alps, explore the historic city of Dunedin and ride the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

A Taste of the Pure South

  8 days/7 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, Classic driving tours

Explore the South Island on this 8 day circumnavigation. Visit Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown, Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and the West Coast Glaciers. Complete your trip with a train journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch

A Taste of the South self drive tour

  8 days/7 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: National parks, Classic driving tours, Luxury touring

This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.  Along the way you will stay at boutique properties offering personalised service.

Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour

  6 days/5 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: Honeymoon, Food & wine

Explore two of the South Island’s popular wine regions while enjoying the magnificent views of the Waipara Valley, Mt Cook National Park and Central Otago.

9 Day Southern Explorer

  9 days/8 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: Classic driving tours, Scenic trains

Starting and finishing in Queenstown this tour begins with a journey to the world famous Mt. Cook National Park, where Sir Edmund Hillary prepared to conquer Everest.  You then continue onto the evolving city of Christchurch, where you'll have a day to explore this remarkable city.  From Christchurch take the spectacular Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Greymouth. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Then back to Queenstown where you'll have time to relax or enjoy the countless activities on offer here.

Pancakes Glaciers and Mountains

  9 days/8 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: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Walking & hiking

Ideal for those wanting to get off the beaten track away from the tourist centres. Spectacular scenery in some of the South Islands most picturesque spots! Well, to be honest we could say that about pretty much every tour, the place is that good! Punakaiki to the glaciers, beautiful Wanaka and majestic Aoraki Mt Cook. Stunning New Zealand at its best!

The Essential South Island 9 day Tour

  9 days/8 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, 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.

Essential Boutique South Island

  9 days/8 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, Scenic trains, National parks, Luxury touring, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours, Honeymoon, Scenic flights

This itinerary is one of our most popular South Island tours. In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions.

The Magnificent South Luxury tour

  8 days/7 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: Luxury touring, Food & wine, Scenic flights

A short highlights tour that takes you to the most magnificent locations in Canterbury, Otago, Southland, Fiordland and the West Coast. Visiting Mt. Cook, Dunedin, Te Anau, Christchurch and Franz Josef Glacier and including two scenic flights, a thrilling iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake and the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

9 day South Island Wine Adventure

  9 days/8 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: Food & wine, Adventure, Luxury touring

Discover two of the South Island’s highly regarded boutique wine regions while exploring the magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps, Southern Lakes and West Coast on this 9 day adventure tour.