South Island Experience

11 day Self Drive - from £1395

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


  • Penguin colony at Oamaru
  • Day trip to Stewart Island
  • Thrills of Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Nature cruise
  • Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch to Oamaru (220km)

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.

Standard: Bella Vista Motel Oamaru
Deluxe: Pen Y Bryn Lodge Oamaru, Breakfast included

Day 2: Oamaru to Dunedin (110km)

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

Standard: Kingsgate Hotel
Deluxe: Larnach Lodge at Larnach Castle, Breakfast included

Day 3 to 4: Dunedin to Invercargill (210km)

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.

Standard: Ascot Park Hotel
Deluxe: Beersheba, Breakfast included

Day 5 to 6: Invercargill to Te Anau (160km)

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.

Standard: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Deluxe: Fiordland Lodge, Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 to 8: Te Anau to Queenstown (170km)

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.

Standard: Mercure Resort Queenstown
Deluxe: Browns Boutique, Breakfast included

Day 9: Queenstown to Franz Josef (180km)

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 hike or scenic flight over.

Standard: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef, B&B basis
Deluxe: Westwood Lodge, Breakfast included

Day 10: Franz Josef to Greymouth

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

Standard: Ashley Hotel, Greymouth
Deluxe: Breakers Boutique, Breakfast included

Day 11: Greymouth to Christchurch

After a night in Greymouth, return your vehicle and embark on the TranzAlpine train which leads you through the Southern Alps towards your final destination of Christchurch.

11 day Self Drive - from £1395

With flights from £2295

Optional Upgrade

Our Deluxe South Island Experience self drive includes all the benefits of our standard option and offers superior hotel accommodation.

11 day South Island Experience Self Drive Deluxe – from £2065

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All prices are per person and based on 2 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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Self Drive Touring

Relaxed and enjoyable self drive tour. Book them as they are or ask your consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Standard or Deluxe hotels
  • Air conditioned car
  • Inclusive vehicle insurance
  • Maps and driving information
  • Flexible itineraries


Your self drive includes comfortable touring hotels as standard.


Upgrade your self drive from Standard to Deluxe. Deluxe hotels include breakfast and offer more intimate accommodation from lodges to country houses and small hotels. Enjoy a warm welcome and personal service.

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