Couple exploring New Zealand's South Island lakes

Great Value South Island NZ Road Trips

Starting in Christchurch & convenient motel accommodation

These itinerary ideas all have motel accommodations throughout. Motels offer excellent value, convenience and flexibility.

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Explore south island mountain landscape
  • South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, National parks, Scenic flights, Scenic trains, Thermal parks and attractions
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  • One of our most popular tours this 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Islands beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park, the gateway to Fiordland National Park, Te Anau. Then Queenstown's excitement and adventure before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. Finally cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch. A fitting end to your 'taste of the south'.

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NZD$1,689
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Try Kayaking in Milford Sound
  • South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, National parks, Scenic cruises, Scenic flights, Thermal parks and attractions, Wildlife & nature
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  • Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county to Lake Tekapo. You will pass Lake Pukaki with views of Mt Cook on route to Queenstown.  Your first night in Queenstown you'll cruise Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Station for a farm show and gourmet BBQ.  From Queenstown you will enjoy a spectacular flight to Milford Sound.  Once in Milford sound you will take a scenic nature cruise, before flying off to Mt Aspiring National Park for the amazing Dart River Safari. Next day you will be travelling north stopping at Franz Josef before heading back to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Train.

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NZD$2,482
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Lake Mackenzie
  • South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Maori culture, National parks, Scenic flights
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  • This South Island loop takes you along the coast between the South’s two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin. In Dunedin you have time to explore the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula, before continuing south to Te Anau, gateway to Milford Sound where you’ll cruise the length of the fiord.  This 11 day tour wouldn’t be complete without 2 nights in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown before you follow the Southern Alps north to Mt Cook National Park and back to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,958
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Stroll with the sheep on the Otago Peninsular, Dunedin
  • South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Scenic cruises, Scenic flights, Wildlife & nature
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  • 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 to Te Anau and Milford Sound for you Real Journeys Nature Cruise, then to the Adventure Capital of Queenstown where you have time to explore the natural beauty of the region. On your return to Christchurch, you journey up the West Coast, with the highlight being the Franz Josef Glacier which you can experience during a heli-hike or scenic flight if you choose. Return to Christchurch aboard the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train.

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NZD$2,469
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Queenstown by night
  • South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Maori culture, Scenic cruises, Wildlife & nature
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  • Taking you south from Christchurch, this 10 day includes the majestic scenery of the lower South Island.  Beginning with the large open spaces of the McKenzie Country and Mt. Cook National Park, you then travel to the coast and the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin with its nearby wildlife havens.  In Fiordland there is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise, before you continue to the mountains and lakes of the Southern Lakes region.

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NZD$1,795
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Wellington cable car
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Maori culture, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature
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  • Explore the wonderful wildlife of Kaikoura and the aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park, before crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island and the quirky capital city of Wellington. Travel through the central plateau to Rotorua and its bubbling mud pools and unique Maori culture before arriving into Auckland the ‘City of Sails’. Continue north to the tropical Bay of Islands for a relaxing end to your New Zealand experience.

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NZD$2,587
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Lake Matheson on the West Coast
  • South Island Self Drive
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  • From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country and past turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  You’ll then enjoy two nights in Queenstown surrounded by spectacular mountain vistas.  Its then on to the West Coast glaciers, where there’s time for a scenic flight if you choose.  The final leg of your travels takes you along the rugged coastline to Greymouth where you board the TranzAlpine for your scenic train journey back to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,476
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Milford Track Fiordland
  • South Island Self Drive
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  • This 10-day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, discover the charms of each destination. Begin with a journey past the mountains of the Southern Alps and turquoise waters of alpine lakes before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  Next, you venture further south to Te Anau, the gateway to the Fiordland National Park.  Here you’ll explore the pristine wilderness on a Milford Sound nature cruise.  In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital, there’s time to enjoy the scenery and endless activities on offer before returning to Christchurch via the magnificent West Coast Glaciers.

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NZD$2,071
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Waimakariri River, TranzAlpine Crossing
  • South Island Self Drive
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  • A relaxed 10 day tour exploring the cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, with its wonderful architecture and the magnificent peninsula. You cross the historic Central Otago goldfields region to the alpine town of Queenstown, where adventure beckons.  Travel to the West Coast glaciers via the majestic forests of Mt Aspiring National Park.  After exploring the glacier region you’ll return to Christchurch on board the world renowned TranzAlpine Scenic Train.

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NZD$1,838
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Dunedin railway station
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Food & wine, Scenic flights, Scenic trains, Thermal parks and attractions
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  • Starting in Christchurch this 3-week tour takes you around New Zealand's South Island before heading north to immerse yourself in the Maori culture. First, you'll visit the Mt Cook National Park, the Southern Lakes, cruise Milford Sound and meander up the dynamic west coast. Once you cross the Cook Strait you'll spend time in the quirky capital, journey the central plateau to the cultural centre, Rotorua. Highlights for many include a ride on the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Railway and perhaps catching a glimpse of a whale off the Kaikoura coast.

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NZD$4,076
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