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, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch
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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
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
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
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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
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)
Location
South Island
3,4, or 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

Grab your hiking boots and swap everyday life for the towering mountains, high country lakes, and ice-carved fiords of New Zealand's iconic backcountry. Featuring spectacular day hikes on the Milford and Hooker Valley Tracks, plus a fully guided three-day Routeburn Track adventure, this South Island itinerary takes you to the beating heart of the New Zealand wilderness.

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From $3997
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
3,4,and 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Picton

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.

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From $4245
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
3,4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown

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.
 

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From $6919
per person