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.

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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9 Days | South Island
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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Self Drive
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Lively
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10 Days | South Island
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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Self Drive
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Adventure
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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. Explore the wild West Coast, the top portion of the Southern Alps and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - and return via Kaikoura to Christchurch.
Tour Type
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 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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Self Drive
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Lively
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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 | 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 | Whole of New Zealand
Indulge in a sensational 13 Day New Zealand food and wine tour that offers a variety of unspoiled landscapes combined with great New Zealand wine and food and accommodation and activities to enhance your whole experience.
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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13 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Travel should not be measured in miles but in experiences that make the journey memorable. This luxurious New Zealand tour includes bespoke accommodation private, expert led experiences like sailing, visiting with local artists and vintners.
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Self Drive
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Relaxing
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14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Our former Prime Minister, Helen Clark spent time in the company of Peter Greenberg, chief correspondent for the Travel Channel. Helen's mission was to show Peter the best of New Zealand, this tour follows the path taken by the pair.
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Self Drive
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Lively
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14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Planned by those with families, the New Zealand Family Adventure Holiday opens your child’s mind to a world of endless possibilities and wonder, while experiencing the best New Zealand has to offer. A seamless mixture of adventure and education that both you and you're kids will love. Activities are age appropriate and accommodations are family friendly.
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Self Drive
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Adventure
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14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
It is little wonder that Peter Jackson selected New Zealand to bring Tolkien's Middle-earth to the big screen. Gentle streams dissect emerald green valleys as giant mountains stand sentinel and ancient glaciers tumble to the sea. Embark on an unexpected journey and get ready for an awesome self drive LoTR (Hobbit) filming locations tour.
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Self Drive
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Lively
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14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
This is an active adventure honeymoon without compromising on the highlights of New Zealand or the romance! Hike the Tongariro Crossing, kayak remote bays in the Abel Tasman National Park and get up close and personal with glacial icebergs at Mt Cook.
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Self Drive
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Lively
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17 Days | Whole of New Zealand
This self drive holiday that makes you feel like you have really had a holiday – no rushing around on this itinerary. The North Island’s Relaxing Journey is designed for those needing space and relaxation. Enjoy exceptional scenery, stunning beaches and experience our great outdoors.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
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17 Days | Whole of New Zealand
An Easygoing New Zealand Self Drive Adventure. Enjoy a touch of hiking, cycling and glacier walking. Get the best views from trains, boats and automobiles - we will make sure you have time to enjoy a drop of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on the way.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
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19 Days | Whole of New Zealand
If kayaking, hiking, canyoning, and caving sounds good, and you are keen on the LoTR’s & Hobbit Trilogies then the New Zealand's Northbound Trilogy Adventure could be just the ticket. You need to be in good shape but don't require any special training or equipment to enjoy kayaking in Milford Sound, canyoning in Wanaka, hiking Fox Glacier, Abel Tasman and the Tongariro Crossing and try caving in Waitomo.
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Self Drive
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Adventure
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23 Days | Whole of New Zealand
The 'Ultimate New Zealand Self Drive Golf Tour' caters for golfers and non-golfing alike. It is perfect for lovers of world-class golf courses set amongst magnificent landscapes. Off the fairways you’ll enjoy the top highlights of the country at a relaxing pace.
Tour Type
Self Drive
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Lively
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