By combining home-grown kiwi expertise with valuable guest feedback, we have carefully crafted a range of New Zealand self-drive tour itineraries. Select from a variety of flexible driving routes, time frames, and tour themes to experience your dream Aotearoa/New Zealand vacation. And, if you want something a bit more custom, we can tailor your own unique itinerary. With over 80 self-drive itineraries to choose from, your NZ road trip of a lifetime starts here! Refine your search by using the 'Tour Finder' on the left-hand side.

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

Don't miss this stunning short-stay South Island wildlife encounter: you'll discover the very best spots to see New Zealand's whales and dolphins frolicking in the wild. Get up close and personal with the ultra-rare Hector's Dolphin in Akaroa and watch giant whales in beautiful Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea.

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From $689
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
4, 5 Star & Lodge Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

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!

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From $3598
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3,4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown

Be seduced by Fiordland’s most awe-inspiring and diverse landscapes on the ultimate New Zealand walking package. Get to know the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks plus beautiful Lake Marian on this unforgettable, fully-guided 4 day South Island Great Walk adventure. Our alpine vistas, native forests, giant lakes, roaring rivers and vast fiords will leave you spellbound!

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From $2420
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

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.

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From $1135
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3,4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

Watch Kaikoura's whales breach the ocean surface, cruise the golden bays of Abel Tasman National Park, unwind in Punakaiki's coastal rainforests and traverse the Southern Alps by train on the world-renowned TranzAlpine scenic railway. This superb 7 day itinerary showcases the amazing contrasts to be found at the top of New Zealand's South Island.

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From $1357
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
3,4 and 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

For a tantalising taste of alpine splendour, you can't go wrong with our 7 Day Southern Alps Circuit Itinerary. Discover two of our most celebrated glaciers, journey through magnificent mountain passes, and bed down in our prettiest alpine towns each night! A spectacular Tasman Glacier flight (complete with snow landing) will make you feel on top of the world, and an included hot pool excursion will warm up your fingers and toes in a flash.

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From $1415
per person
Provider
Location
South Island
3, 4.5 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Short of time but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand's South Island, well without going over the top and leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we have compiled a couple of New Zealand Short Break self-drive itineraries that allow you to see and do those iconic New Zealand site-seeing and activities New Zealand is famed for - the Must-dos.

BEST OF THE SOUTH IN 7 DAYS

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From $2050
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3,4 and 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

Rugged coastlines, snow-capped peaks, jewel-toned lakes, and towering fiords are a feast for the senses on this scenery-filled 7 day South Island journey. From the harbourside charm of historic Akaroa to the lonely majesty of Milford Sound, every day reveals another facet of New Zealand's astounding natural diversity.

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From $2165
per person
Provider
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 $1899
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 $1981
per person twin share