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.
From ancient Maori cave paintings to 19th century Gold Rush towns, the South Island boasts a wealth of New Zealand history and culture. Step back in time with us to pan for gold in Arrowtown, explore New Zealand's only castle, and meander along Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu in a vintage steamship.