South Island Itineraries

Check out our great range of South Island itineraries.

Lake Hawea near Wanaka

When used in conjunction with our handy Travel Planner, these itineraries will help you to plan your ideal South Island adventure.

Our itineraries have been carefully developed to showcase the very best of this truly amazing island.

We hope they help you to plan your perfect holiday.

And you can even combine your favorite South Island itinerary with a North Island itinerary, and see both islands.

To see our sample South Island itineraries, you can just scroll down the page.

Or, read on to learn about our amazing self drive packages.

How to best use these itineraries

You can use your chosen itinerary as a guide for your holiday, then just hire a car or motorhome from us, and off you go!

Just scroll down a little further to see them.

The famous Shotover Jet near Queenstown

Or let us do all the work for you

Each itinerary is also available as a self drive package based on that itinerary.

And we also have hundreds of other packages, ranging from 3 to 21 days.

These packages include car hire, accommodation, and selected activities.

No need for you to be worrying about making all those bookings.

Let our experienced, local experts do it all for you.

It's a great way to take the hassle out of organizing your trip.

Want more information on our self drive packages?

To learn more about our New Zealand self drive packages just click here.

The beautiful South Island

New Zealand's spectacular South Island is famous for its stunning scenery and almost endless range of activities.

Known by the traditional Maori people as Te Wai Pounamu (which means the waters of greenstone), the South Island is a visual feast.

From the awesome Fiordland (which includes Milford and Doubtful Sounds), to the wild West Coast, beautiful Queenstown, World Heritage listed Mt Cook, and the amazing Tasman region, the South Island has something for everyone.


South Island Showcase 21 to view

Christchurch, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Nelson and the Abel Tasman, Punakaiki, West Coast glaciers, Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Invercargill, Dunedin, Mt Cook, Christchurch.

The stunning Kaikoura township flanked by the Seaward Kaikoura ranges

South Island Highlights 15 to view

Wellington, Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo/Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Wanaka, West Coast glaciers, Punakaiki, Christchurch.

The Wild West Coast near Punakaiki

South Island Sun and Snow 15 to view

Christchurch, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Nelson and Abel Tasman, Punakaiki, West Coast glaciers, Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Christchurch.

Franz Josef Glacier Ice Hiking - Courtesy Tourism West Coast

Top of the South 10 to view

Christchurch, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Nelson and Abel Tasman, Punakaiki, Christchurch.

One of the many beautiful bays in the Abel Tasman National Park near Nelson

Lower South 10 to view

Christchurch, Dunedin, Te Anau / Milford Sound, Queenstown, Christchurch.

Dunedin's historic railway station

Canterbury Introduction 7 to view

Christchurch, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Christchurch.

A giant Sperm Whale dives off the coast of Kaikoura

Queenstown & Mt Cook 7 to view

Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Christchurch.

Looking across Lake Pukaki towards Mt Cook

Queenstown & Glaciers 7 to view

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Wanaka, West Coast glaciers, Christchurch.

Beautiful Lake Wanaka

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail 10 to view

Napier and Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and the Marlborough district

South Island Itineraries - other South Island Attractions

Other major highlights on the South Island include Dunedin and its "Scottish" charm, Christchurch (the "Garden City"), the pretty lakeside town of Wanaka, the Marlborough region (famous for its wineries), and Southland, to name a few.

North Island Itineraries

Interested in the beautiful North Island? We also have a range of itineraries covering the best spots on the North Island.

Very different in character to the South Island, the North Island features attractions such as the geothermal and Maori cultural delights of Rotorua, Ruapehu's volcanic wonders and ski fields, the bays and beaches of the Coromandels and Bay of Islands, and the charms of the major cities Auckland (the "City of Sails") and Wellington, to name a few.

View North Island Itineraries HERE.

South Island Coach Tours

Don't want to drive yourself? No problem. We also have a full range of fully featured escorted coach tours of the South Island.

Tour in air conditioned comfort

Sit back and relax in air conditioned comfort as our experienced tour staff take you to the best spots on the South Island. With accommodation, many meals, and selected activities included, our South Island coach tours are great value for money, and are the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing South Island holiday.

You can view our range of South Island coach tours HERE.

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