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South Island 23 day self drive tour

This 23 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch.


This comprehensive tour carves a figure eight through spectacular South Island scenery.  From Christchurch travel through the Mackenzie Country to Mt Cook then on to Otago and Dunedin. A detailed exploration of Fiordland National Park follows, before heading north to Queenstown and then to the West Coast Glaciers. Crossing the Southern Alps enjoy a night in Arthur's Pass National Park before heading to the east coast and Kaikoura. Enjoy the Marlborough wine region and the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park before turning south along the wild west coast. You return to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Motels.

Rental car insurance included

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: South Island 23 day self drive tour

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch today
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 2: Explore the ever changing city of Christchurch or maybe take a day trip to Akaroa
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 3: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 4: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 5: Discover the wildlife of Otago Peninsula or step back in time on the Taieri Gorge Railway
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 6: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 7: Take the journey to the 'Sound of Silence' for your overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound
Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 8: Return to Te Anau and this afternoon cruise across the lake to the remarkable glowworm caves
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 9: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound, allow plenty of time for photo stops
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 10: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 11: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 12: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 13: Take a scenic flight or walk to experience the glaciers of Westland National Park
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 14: Follow the windswept coastline north to the Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki
Accommodation: Hydrangea Cottages (Self check in required)

Day 15: Head inland and drive over the Otira Viaduct to Arthur's Pass National Park
Accommodation: Arthurs Pass Alpine Motel

Day 16: Descend to the coastline and pass through the North Canterbury countryside to Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 17: Drive the coastal road before reaching the vineyards of Blenheim
Accommodation: Bella Vista Blenheim

Day 18: Travel via the beautiful Queen Charlotte Drive to the idyllic Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation: Ocean View Chalets

Day 19: Explore Abel Tasman National Park home to aqua blue waters and playful seals
Accommodation: Ocean View Chalets

Day 20: Pass between two national parks as you travel to the wild West Coast
Accommodation: Buller Bridge Motel

Day 21: Follow the rugged coastline south to Greymouth
Accommodation: Charles Court Motel, Greymouth

Day 22: Cross the Southern Alps on the great scenic train journey, the TranzAlpine
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 23: Depart Christchurch today