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Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Blue Penguin Oamaru
Dunedin Albatross
Invercargill, New Zealand
Lake Wakatipu Queenstown
Franz Josef Glacier
Hokitika Gorge
TranzAlpine

South Island Experience

11 day Self Drive – from £1765

With flights from £3215

An unforgettable South Island adventure including a cruise on the spectacular Milford Sound and a visit to remote Stewart Island.

Highlights:
  • See the penguin colony at Oamaru
  • Enjoy a day trip to Stewart Island
  • See the thrills of Queenstown
  • Relax on a Milford Sound Nature cruise
  • Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your New Zealand Self Drive holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Blue Penguin Oamaru

Day 1 – Christchurch to Oamaru

Drive from Christchurch through the expanse of the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Oamaru, famous for…

Drive from Christchurch through the expanse of the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Oamaru, famous for its colonial white stone architecture and Blue Penguin colony.

    Christchurch > Oamaru | 220 kms

    Bella Vista Motel Oamaru

Blue Penguin Oamaru
Dunedin Albatross

Day 2 – Dunedin

After an overnight stay continue south to Dunedin nestled in the Otago Peninsula, teaming with unique…

After an overnight stay continue south to Dunedin nestled in the Otago Peninsula, teaming with unique and diverse wildlife.

    Oamaru > Dunedin | 110 kms

    Distinction Leisure Lodge

Dunedin Albatross
Invercargill, New Zealand

Day 3 to 4 – Invercargill

Meander from the East Coast to the South Coast via the Southern Scenic Route taking you…

Meander from the East Coast to the South Coast via the Southern Scenic Route taking you to Invercargill for a two night stay. A full day excursion to Stewart Island is included where you may be lucky enough to spot the rare and elusive Kiwi.

    Dunedin > Invercargill | 210 kms

    Ascot Park Hotel

Invercargill, New Zealand
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

Day 5 to 6 – Te Anau

Continue North to the gateway to the Fiorldlands. With two nights in Te Anau we have…

Continue North to the gateway to the Fiorldlands. With two nights in Te Anau we have included a full 2 hour nature cruise around Milford Sound to allow you to fully experience the wonder of this serene landscape.

    Invercargill > Te Anau | 160 kms

    Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Lake Wakatipu Queenstown

Day 7 to 8 – Queenstown

Drive north towards the scenic beauty of Queenstown, encased by the Remarkables Mountain Range. Enjoy a…

Drive north towards the scenic beauty of Queenstown, encased by the Remarkables Mountain Range. Enjoy a two night stay with time to take the Skyline Gondola, enjoy the thrills of any number of activities or cruise the still waters of Lake Wakatipu.

    Te Anau > Queenstown | 170 kms

    Copthorne Resort Lakefront Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu Queenstown
Franz Josef Glacier

Day 9 – Franz Josef

Travel further still to the icy wonder of the Franz Josef glacier, one of the world’s…

Travel further still to the icy wonder of the Franz Josef glacier, one of the world’s most accessible advancing ice flows and one which you can take full advantage of by embarking on a valley walk or scenic flight over.

    Queenstown > Franz Josef | 180 kms

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

    Breakfast
Franz Josef Glacier
Hokitika Gorge

Day 10 – Hokitika

Continue your journey up the West Coast and spend the remainder of the day in Hokitika.

Continue your journey up the West Coast and spend the remainder of the day in Hokitika.

    Fran z Josef > Hokitika | 138 kms

    Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika

Hokitika Gorge
TranzAlpine

Day 11 – Christchurch

After a night in Hokitika, travel to Greymouth to return your vehicle before embarking on the…

After a night in Hokitika, travel to Greymouth to return your vehicle before embarking on the TranzAlpine train which leads you through the Southern Alps towards your final destination of Christchurch.

    Hokitika > Christchurch | 240 kms
TranzAlpine

Your Itinerary

You can customise your New Zealand Self Drive holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Christchurch to Oamaru

Drive from Christchurch through the expanse of the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Oamaru, famous for its colonial white stone architecture and Blue Penguin colony.

    Christchurch > Oamaru | 220 kms

    Bella Vista Motel Oamaru

Blue Penguin Oamaru

Day 2

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Dunedin

After an overnight stay continue south to Dunedin nestled in the Otago Peninsula, teaming with unique and diverse wildlife.

    Oamaru > Dunedin | 110 kms

    Distinction Leisure Lodge

Dunedin Albatross

Day 3 to 4

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Invercargill

Meander from the East Coast to the South Coast via the Southern Scenic Route taking you to Invercargill for a two night stay. A full day excursion to Stewart Island is included where you may be lucky enough to spot the rare and elusive Kiwi.

    Dunedin > Invercargill | 210 kms

    Ascot Park Hotel

Invercargill, New Zealand

Day 5 to 6

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Te Anau

Continue North to the gateway to the Fiorldlands. With two nights in Te Anau we have included a full 2 hour nature cruise around Milford Sound to allow you to fully experience the wonder of this serene landscape.

    Invercargill > Te Anau | 160 kms

    Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

Day 7 to 8

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Queenstown

Drive north towards the scenic beauty of Queenstown, encased by the Remarkables Mountain Range. Enjoy a two night stay with time to take the Skyline Gondola, enjoy the thrills of any number of activities or cruise the still waters of Lake Wakatipu.

    Te Anau > Queenstown | 170 kms

    Copthorne Resort Lakefront Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu Queenstown

Day 9

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Franz Josef

Travel further still to the icy wonder of the Franz Josef glacier, one of the world’s most accessible advancing ice flows and one which you can take full advantage of by embarking on a valley walk or scenic flight over.

    Queenstown > Franz Josef | 180 kms

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

    Breakfast
Franz Josef Glacier

Day 10

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Hokitika

Continue your journey up the West Coast and spend the remainder of the day in Hokitika.

    Fran z Josef > Hokitika | 138 kms

    Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika

Hokitika Gorge

Day 11

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Christchurch

After a night in Hokitika, travel to Greymouth to return your vehicle before embarking on the TranzAlpine train which leads you through the Southern Alps towards your final destination of Christchurch.

    Hokitika > Christchurch | 240 kms
TranzAlpine

This Self Drive Includes

10 nights accommodation
10 nights car hire, with unlimited kilometers
Stewart Island day tour
TranzAlpine rail journey
Milford Sound Cruise

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • An upgrade to deluxe hotels from £869

Next Step

Please get in touch with our New Zealand Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

South Island Experience

11 day Self Drive – from £1765

With flights from £3215

All prices are per person and based on two sharing a double or twin room. Price shown based on low season travel from May to September, subject to availability. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Supplements will apply if alternative hotels are booked.

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New Zealand South Island Experience, Route Map