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.

5 Days | South Island
This sophisticated all-season town enjoys the best of both worlds offering bespoke and authentic luxury experiences in beautifully natural settings hosted by our warm and welcoming people. Here is a suggested five days in Queenstown that won't disappoint!
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
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8 Days | South Island
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.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
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.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
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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.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
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11 Days | Whole of New Zealand
This Tour has been designed for the discerning traveler. Experience New Zealand at a relaxed pace while exploring New Zealand's rich cultural heritage, visiting our most dramatic landscapes and sampling the very best food and wine.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
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12 Days | South Island
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.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
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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.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
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.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
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14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
New Zealand's Cultural and Heritage Tour celebrates the architecture, art, history and culture of our small island nation. Historic accommodation has been selected to provide a sense of place, and the landmark locations visited will come alive with fascinating stories that invoke a sense of a bygone era that is both exciting and fascinating.It's about understanding our culture by getting to know our history.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
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14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
The 'Relaxing New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary' is designed for those for the need to relax and revitalize - to reset their relaxation compass whilst still incorporating the best of our slice of paradise. Plenty of time for reading, walking on beaches, soaking in geothermal hot pools, and restful massages, including some slivers of excitement to spice things up.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
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.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
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16 Days | South Island
Tour the finest Luxury Lodges of New Zealand's South Island set in outstanding locations offering onsite and local activities, complimented by world-class cuisine and exceptional hospitality. 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.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
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18 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Your excursions will be privately guided whether it is a helicopter mountain top picnic or private wine tour on the fabulous Waiheke Island. Accommodation has been hand picked to provide the ultimate in luxury and privacy with attentive and personable hosts.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
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