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South Island - Short NZ Road Trips

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.
If you like the look of any of our ideas but want to make some changes just get in touch and we can make it happen.

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  • Self Drive - South Island
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  • 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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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • 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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  • Self Drive - South Island
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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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  • Seat-in-Coach Touring
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  • Enjoy 5 days exploring New Zealand's South Island with this excellent independent coach touring itinerary. Journey from Christchurch in a loop around the South Island, visiting all the must see destinations and enjoying a selection of exciting activities along the way. Cruise through Milford Sound with Real Journeys, visit the spectacular Mt. Cook National Park, explore the West Coast glacier region, and travel through the Southern Alps on the stunning TranzAlpine scenic train route.

    Looking to do this popular south island coach tour while our international borders are still closed? Some elements are currently paused, so please contact us to discuss the best options for your holiday.

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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • 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.

  • Viewed 20 times in the last 7 days
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  • Self Drive - South Island
  • 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.

  • Viewed 12 times in the last 7 days
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  • Self Drive - South Island
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  • Get the whole family excited as you traverse the mountains and alpine lakes of the South Island on this family tour from Christchurch to the adventure capital of Queenstown.

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  • Self Drive - South Island
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  • A classic South Island itinerary taking you through the dramatic scenery surrounding the Southern Alps.

  • Viewed 5 times in the last 7 days
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  • Self Drive - South Island
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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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  • Self Drive - South Island
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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

  • Viewed 7 times in the last 7 days
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