Te Waipounamu is the Māori name for the larger of New Zealand's two main islands. The South Island, affectionately referred to as the Mainland by its inhabitants, is nearly one third larger than the North however less than one quarter of the population lives there. We've handpicked all the must-see spots and most popular attractions for your driving holiday itinerary in the South Island. And remember, all our tour itineraries are infinitely customisable free of charge. So, you'll see everything you want to see regardless of how long you have. Take a look at our South Island New Zealand Self Drive Tours and start the road trip of a lifetime now.

5 Days | South Island
This sophisticated all-season town enjoys the best of both worlds offering bespoke and authentic luxury experiences in beautifully natural settings hosted by our warm and welcoming people. You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Queenstown and part of its charm is the array of less hectic quality activities on offer. Here is a suggested five days in Queenstown that won't disappoint!
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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7 Days | South Island
New Zealand is a small island nation, with a fascinating history. This self drive itinerary embraces the heritage and culture of New Zealand's South Island. Historic accommodations have been selected to provide a sense of place, and the landmark locations that celebrate the architecture, art, history and culture of New Zealand are included in this itinerary.
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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7 Days | South Island
Short of time but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand's South Island, well without going over the top and leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we have compiled a couple of New Zealand Short Break self-drive itineraries that allow you to see and do those iconic New Zealand site-seeing and activities New Zealand is famed for - the Must-dos.
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Self Drive
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Lively
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8 Days | South Island

It took two years to film the LoTR trilogy, but many millions of years to build the sets.....This 7 Day LoTR New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary gets you up close and personal with the grand landscapes that inspired Director Peter Jackson to make the majority of the Trilogy in New Zealand's South. We have added activities that get you away from the mainstream like a Jet Boating adventure up the spectacular Dart River, an island cruise of Lake Wanaka and a couple of back country safaris that will get you into the back of beyond to where most people never get to see.

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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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8 Days | South Island
The New Zealand Winter Family Holiday is designed for family fun, with an interesting array of activities and experiences to keep your kids engaged, while also keeping it enjoyable for parents. Family adventures both off and on the snow that have been tried and tested for years by own children. 
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Self Drive
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Lively
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8 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Short of time but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand, well without going over the top and leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we have compiled a New Zealand North & South Island Tour that allows you to see and do iconic New Zealand site-seeing and activities that New Zealand is famed for - the MUST-DOs.
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Self Drive
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Lively
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9 Days | South Island
The South Island of New Zealand is a haven for walkers and hikers. This self-drive New Zealand itinerary focuses on easy going guided walks for hikers of modest fitness who love being in the bush and the natural environment. No hiking experience is necessary and you need only carry a day pack, with the knowledge that comfortable accommodations awaits you at the end of the day.
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Self Drive
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Lively
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9 Days | South Island
Just relax and enjoy, feel like you have really had a holiday – no rushing around on this itinerary. The South Island Relaxing Journey is designed for those needing space and relaxation. Enjoy exceptional scenery, stunning lakes, wild rivers and our remote Southern Alps.
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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10 Days | South Island

This is a moderate to easy 9-day walking and/or kayaking adventure (you have options) with the best accommodation available in these remote regions. Enjoy spectacular scenery & wildlife enjoyed from the water by kayak and the well groomed coastal tracks of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Transfer through the vineyards of Marlborough. Enjoy a 3 night 4 day freedom walk into the the sheltered coves of the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound.

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10 Days | South Island
This tour will delight the traveller who is interested in New Zealand's varied alpine and marine environments. The tour begins and ends in Christchurch, traveling clockwise to the West Coast and back down the East Coast of the South Island, taking in the West Coast, and the top portion of the Southern Alps before heading to the Marlborough Sounds, and returning via Kaikoura to Christchurch.
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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11 Days | South Island
We are often asked to create walking itineraries that cover a diverse spectrum of New Zealand's unique and natural environments, within a manageable time-frame. This tour has been very popular with guests and for good reason. Experience the magical Hollyford Valley in Fiordland and the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds, these are both considered 'A'-list New Zealand hiking experiences.
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Self Drive
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Lively
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11 Days | Whole of New Zealand
The Wine & Scenic Highlights Tour of New Zealand has been designed for the discerning traveler to experience New Zealand at a relaxed pace while enjoying wine tasting, exploring New Zealand's rich cultural heritage and visiting our most dramatic landscapes seen through-out the North and South Islands. 
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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12 Days | South Island
This 12 day New Zealand relaxed adventure itinerary will provide you with unspoilt landscapes both at the unique properties chosen and the locations experienced. We purposely keep you away from the tourist traps, allowing you to savour the peace and tranquility that New Zealand is famed for.
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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12 Days | South Island
This is a world-class scenic landscape and a treasure trove of awesome geology, rare flora and fauna that is full of truly wonderful history. On this 12 Day New Zealand self drive itinerary you walk, fully guided and supported, the Milford Track - renowned as the 'finest walk in the world'. Next up, you explore the Wild West Coast experiencing its glaciers, forests and wildlife before taking a spectacular train journey over the Alps to Christchurch.
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Self Drive
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Lively
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12 Days | South Island

Embark on a journey into some of New Zealand's finest scenic destinations, secluded in the great wilderness areas of the West Coast and mighty Southern Alps of the South Island. This is a camping and adventure tour for intrepid lovers of nature as well as those seeking a unique snapshot of our great outdoors.

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12 Days | Whole of New Zealand
A perfect mix of day excursions focusing on New Zealand's iconic scenic highlights in both the North and South Islands. Keeping the amount of driving to a minimum, we have also included four 2 night stays giving you the opportunity to relax and get a real sense of the place. Enjoy a Doubtful Sound Cruise, Natural Hot Mineral Springs, Franz Josef Glacier and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua.
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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12 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Spoil yourself, Enjoy the freedom of our New Zealand Luxury Self Drive Itinerary. Stay at some of the best lodges New Zealand has on offer. Experience truly unique and interesting places and meet genuinely friendly people. Have plenty of time to relax and enjoy being in our beautiful country - wish you didn't have to leave.
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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13 Days | South Island

In June as the ski season draws to a close in Europe and North America and summer in South East Asia starts to heat up, it's time to adventure down to New Zealand’s South Island and enjoy our exhilarating pristine powder paradise. If you really want diversity when carving up the white stuff, it is here you will undoubtedly experience heaven.

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Self Drive
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