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5 - 9 day itinerary ideas

Even though you might be short on time you wont be short on scenery. We can create an itinerary that will ensure you get to see the best of New Zealand's South Island. We specialize in custom and tailor-made New Zealand Road trip tours, holidays and packages.
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TSS Earnslaw Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown
  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Scenic trains
  • Motels
  • This Road Trip is an 8 Day Scenic exploration of the South Island's iconic locations. Visit Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook National Park, in the adventure-packed town of Queenstown, take a ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat. Carry on to Te Anau & Fiordland National Park for a cruise on Milford Sound. Head through Wanaka to the West Coast Glaciers and then board the TranzAlpine scenic train to cross the incredible Southern Alps making your way back to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,795
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature
  • Motels
  • 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$2,461
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Scenic trains
  • Hotel 4 star
  • One of our most popular tours this 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.

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NZD$2,375
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county and onto Mt Cook National Park. Then journey south via Queenstown to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park, another World Heritage site. From Te Anau you can take the day to drive the return trip along the stunning Milford Road to reach Milford Sound where you will take a scenic nature cruise. Then drive through Southland to Otago, stopping in Dunedin, the 'Edinburgh of the South' before heading back to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,475
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Scenic trains
  • Hotel 3 star
  • This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,748
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Milford Sound New Zealand
  • Seat-in-Coach Touring
  • Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Scenic trains
  • Motels
  • A 5 day tour of the spectacular South Island. Visit Queenstown, explore Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and finally enjoy the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey. A tour easily customisable to your own schedule.

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NZD$1,495
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature
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  • Traverse the mountains and alpine lakes of the South Island on this family tour from Christchurch to the adventure capital of Queenstown. Get the whole family excited with highlights along the way including a close up encounter with the rare yellow eyed penguins in Dunedin. When you reach Queenstown you'll journey up the Skyline Gondola for a bird's eye view of the mountains and lake, while you're there, try out some fast-action fun on the Skyline Luge! The next day cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Station for a kiwi style BBQ lunch and farm tour - meet the farm dogs and get up close with some highland cattle!

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NZD$1,651
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Scenic trains, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature
  • Motels
  • Starting and finishing in Queenstown this tour begins with a journey to the world renowned West Coast Glaciers.  Here you'll have two nights allowing plenty of time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. From Greymouth you'll take the spectacular Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch, where you'll have a day to explore this remarkable city.  From Christchurch drive south to Mt Cook National Park, where Sir Edmund Hillary prepared to conquer Everest.  You then journey back to Queenstown where you'll have time to relax or enjoy the countless activities on offer here before departing for home.

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NZD$1,934
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Scenic trains
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  • This short loop of the lower South Island visits the Mackenzie high country and Lake Tekapo first. With views of Mt Cook National Park you continue south to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown. Return to Christchurch via the West Coast Glaciers with a spectacular crossing of the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine scenic train.

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NZD$1,414
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature
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  • This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Beginning with the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey from Christchurch to the West Coast town of Greymouth.  From there you will explore the countryside of the West Coast, Otago, Southland, Fiordland and Canterbury.  Along the way highlights include the glaciers of the West Coast, adventure in Queenstown, Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park and magnificent Mt Cook National Park.  You'll also explore the south's two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin.

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NZD$1,649
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