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.

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Location
South Island
3 to 4.5 Star
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

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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From $1704
per person Two Adults + 2 kids under 14yrs
Provider
Location
South Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

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.

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From $1840
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3,4 & 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown

Enjoy Queenstown’s very best alpine vistas, tranquil lakes, and award-winning championship golf courses. From lakeside Jacks Point to the mountain backdrop of Millbrook, each course is an experience in itself. With a full day free in Queenstown, a flight to Milford Sound, and one of the top scenic drives in the country, this tour truly has it all.

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From $2625
per person
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Location
South Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Next Departure
Departs Daily

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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From $2802
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Routeburn and Milford Tracks, Glaciers & More. 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.

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From $2850
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown

An unforgettable winter wonderland awaits you in Queenstown and Wanaka. You'll play at four of New Zealand's top ski areas by day, coming home to 5-star hotel luxury every night. For the ultimate thrill, take an exhilarating heli-ski trip to find untouched powder in the beautiful backcountry of the Southern Alps.

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From $2880
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
3,4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

Enjoy South Island's very best alpine vistas, tranquil towns, and award-winning championship golf courses. From the spring-fed lakes of Clearwater, to the mountain backdrops of Jacks Point, each course is an experience in itself. With a full day in Queenstown, a flight to Milford Sound, and one of the top scenic drives in the country, this nine day tour truly has it all.

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From $3049
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

This tour will delight the traveller who is interested in New Zealand's varied alpine and marine environments. Explore the wild West Coast, the top portion of the Southern Alps and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - and return via Kaikoura to Christchurch.

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From $2586
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
4, 5 Star & Lodge Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Nelson

Want to bask on secluded beaches in a National Park forest? Sip world-class wines in picturesque Marlborough? Watch whales spouting seawater as they surface in Kaikoura? Marvel at Milford Sound's towering fiords? In ten unforgettable days the incredible variety of this South Island honeymoon is guaranteed to win your heart.

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From $2695
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
3.5 to 4.5 Star
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
Departs Daily

This is a moderate to easy 9-day walking and/or kayaking adventure (you have option) with the best accommodation available in these remote regions. Enjoy spectacular scenery & wildlife and the well groomed coastal tracks of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park and the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound.

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From $3477
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3.5 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

Fall in love with the South Island's magnificent mountains, giant glaciers, untouched wilderness and delectable cuisine. With romantic hideaways, jaw-dropping views and welcoming locals, this unique honeymoon destination is guaranteed to win your heart.

 

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From $4085
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

We are often asked to create walking itineraries that cover the diverse spectrum of New Zealand's unique and natural environments, within a manageable time frame. Experience the magical Hollyford Valley and the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound – Both considered 'A'-list New Zealand hiking experiences.

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From $5200
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

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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From $2685
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
Wilderness Camping/Huts
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

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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From $4267
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
Premium Hiking Lodges
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

This is a world-class scenic landscape and a treasure trove of awesome geology, rare flora and fauna. Walk, fully guided, the Milford Track. Then explore the Wild West Coast experiencing its glaciers, forests and wildlife.

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From $5410
per person (quad share Milford Track)
Provider
Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

In June as the 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.

Off-Piste Back Country, Snow-Shoeing, Boarding with APRES-SKI

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From $4200
per person