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NZ South Island tours

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

Enjoy a taste of the South Island of New Zealand on a Pure Journeys self-drive tour. Our 5 - 9 day South Island holiday tours range from Southern Lakes family tours, seeing the incredible Alps, islands, glaciers and Sounds, to our premium luxury South Island self-drive tour, taking in the island's natural beauty. Fantastic wine and food on offer, with amazing activities and adventures. Kiwi-flavoured self-drive tours, with customised itineraries planned around NZ's South Island, giving you control of what you want to see and do.

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A Taste of the 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 Hotel 4 star

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

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.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

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

Southern Lakes and TranzAlpine 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring

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

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

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.

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: Family touring, Wildlife & nature

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!

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

A classic South Island itinerary taking you through the dramatic scenery surrounding the Southern Alps.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

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.

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, Family touring, Wildlife & nature

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.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions. This holiday enables you to see and experience the highlights of New Zealand's South Island on a small timeframe. Contact us today if you wish to alter this itinerary to meet your personal needs and budget.

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, Family touring, Wildlife & nature

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.

7 day South Island Scenic Holiday - ON SALE

  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, Family touring, Wildlife & nature

From Christchurch, you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country and past turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki before arriving at Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park.  You’ll then enjoy two nights in Queenstown surrounded by spectacular mountain vistas.  It's 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 before you head back to Christchurch through stunning Arthurs Pass.

5 Day Queenstown Escape

  5 days/4 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

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

Discover and explore the best Queenstown and Fiordland have to offer on this 5 day self drive tour.