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Enjoy one of Pure Journey's classic self-drive of coach touring routes around New Zealand or Australia. These holiday tours ensure you get to see and experience some of Australasia's best scenery and attractions. Choose to visit both countries or just one. Australia is a vast country and although New Zealand is much smaller there are tricky roads and endless bush to contend with so knowing the right place to stop can be half the challenge. Our team of travel specialists will guide you through the selection process, making sure you have everything you need to enjoy your perfect vacation. 
New Zealand hosts stunning lakes, mountains, geothermal activity, and glaciers while Australia showcases golden sandy beaches, aquatic wonders rainforests, and the contrasting red deserts. Both countries are home to incredible native wildlife and offer cultural experiences and adventure that every generation can enjoy.

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  • 8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$2,044pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • NZ South Island Self Drive
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.

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NZD$2,346
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9 days Map
  • 9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$4,024pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Boutique lodges & hotels
  • NZ South Island Self Drive
Family touringFood & wineLuxury touringWildlife & 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.

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NZD$4,024
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8 days Map
  • 8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$2,943pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Boutique lodges & hotels
  • NZ South Island Self Drive
Family touringFood & wineLuxury touringWildlife & 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

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NZD$2,943
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6 days Map
  • 6 days/5 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$1,078pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • NZ South Island Self Drive
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

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NZD$1,382
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9 days Map
  • 9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$2,684pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • NZ South Island Self Drive
Family touringWildlife & nature

Ideal for those wanting to get off the beaten track away from the tourist centres. Spectacular scenery in some of the South Island's 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!

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NZD$2,684
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9 days Map
  • 9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$3,915pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Boutique lodges & hotels
  • NZ South Island Self Drive
Family touringLuxury touringWildlife & 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.

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NZD$3,915
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7 days Map
  • 7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$1,966pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • NZ South Island Self Drive
Family touringWildlife & 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.

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NZD$2,267
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  • 5 days/4 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$2,980pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touring

Enjoy 5 days exploring New Zealand's South Island with this excellent independent coach touring itinerary. Journey from Christchurch in a loop around the South Island, visiting all the must see destinations and enjoying a selection of exciting activities along the way.

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NZD$2,980
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7 days Map
  • 7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$1,158pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • NZ South Island Self Drive
Family touringWildlife & 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.

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NZD$1,158
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7 days Map
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown
  • Prices start from NZD$2,865pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touringWildlife & nature

This 7 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Begin with the renowned TranzAlpine scenic train, then there is time to explore the west coast glacier regions, the alpine-adventure town of Queenstown and the breath taking Milford Sound.

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NZD$2,865
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