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The Southern Circuit Luxury self drive tour

This 12 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch.


From Christchurch this tour takes you along the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt. Cook National Park. It’s then onto Dunedin where you have a whole day to discover the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula.  Continue south to Fiordland Lodge and Milford Sound for you Real Journeys Nature Cruise, then to the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown where you have time to enjoy the countless activities on offer here and explore the natural beauty of the region from your base at Blanket Bay Lodge. On your return to Christchurch you journey up the West Coast, with the highlight being the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which you can experience during a heli-hike or scenic flight if you choose.  You’ll return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Luxury Lodges & hotels.

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:

5 dinners

All breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Mt.Cook Ski Plane glacier highlights flight & glacier landing

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Premier tour including Larnach Castle

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike


Itinerary summary for: The Southern Circuit Luxury self drive tour

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch City
Accommodation: The George Hotel

Day 2: Collect your rental car this morning, then you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus

Day 3: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Camp Estate at Larnach Castle

Day 4: A day to explore the wildlife and history of Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Camp Estate at Larnach Castle

Day 5: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Fiordland Lodge

Day 6: Take the amazing journey to Milford Sound where you'll experience the fiord on a nature cruise
Accommodation: Fiordland Lodge

Day 7: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Day 8: Spend the day relaxing or enjoy the many activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Day 9: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 10: Explore the glaciers by air and foot on an amazing heli-hike adventure
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 11: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: The George Hotel

Day 12: Depart Christchurch today