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. Refine your search by using the 'Tour Finder' on the left hand side.
New Zealand is home to some of the rarest and most unique birds on earth. With a stunning backdrop of golden bays, vast wetlands, mountain ranges, and ancient forests, you'll travel the full length of the South Island for unforgettable encounters with our best-loved and most endangered species in their natural habitats.
Embrace your wild side on this unforgettable journey to the South Island's isolated hidden gems. Be awed by the Marlborough Sound's secluded bays, the rugged Catlins Coast, and the majestic fiords of Milford Sound.
Featuring three New Zealand Great Walks tracks, hand picked for their unsurpassed beauty, your itinerary includes a 5 Day hike along the famous Milford Track with expert guides by your side.