South Island Experience - 11 days

An unforgettable South Island adventure including a cruise on the spectacular Milford Sound and a visit to remote Stewart Island.


  • Penguin colony at Oamaru
  • Day trip to Stewart Island
  • Thrills of Queenstown
  • Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine 

Day 1 to 2 - Christchurch to Dunedin via Oamaru (220km/110km)
Drive from Christchurch through the expanse of the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Oamaru, famous for its colonial white stone architecture and Blue Penguin colony. After an overnight stay continue south to Dunedin nestled in the Otago Peninsula, teaming with unique and diverse wildlife.

Day 1: Bella Vista Motel Oamaru
Day 2: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Day 1: Pen Y Bryn Lodge Oamaru, B&B basis.
Day 2: Larnach Lodge, B&B basis

Day 3 to 4 - Dunedin to Invercargill (210km)
Meander from the East Coast to the South Coast via the Southern Scenic Route taking you to Invercargill for a two night stay. A full day excursion to Stewart Island is included where you may be lucky enough to spot the rare and elusive Kiwi.

Standard: Ascot Park Hotel
Deluxe: Beersheba, B&B basis

Day 5 to 6 - Invercargill to Te Anau (160km)
Continue North to the gateway to the Fiorldlands. With two nights in Te Anau we have included a full 2 hour nature cruise around Milford Sound to allow you to fully experience the wonder of this serene landscape.

Standard: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Deluxe: Fiordland Lodge, dinner & breakfast

Day 7 to 8 - Te Anau to Queenstown (170km)
Drive north towards the scenic beauty of Queenstown, encased by the Remarkables Mountain Range. Enjoy a two night stay with time to take the Skyline Gondola, enjoy the thrills of any number of activities or cruise the still waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Standard: Mercure Resort Queenstown
Deluxe: Browns Boutique Hotel, B&B basis#

Day 9 to 10 - Queenstown to Greymouth via Franz Josef (180km/340km)
Travel further still to the icy wonder of the Franz Josef glacier, one of the world’s most accessible advancing ice flows and one which you can take full advantage of by embarking on a hike or scenic flight over.

Day 9: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef, B&B basis
Day 10: Ashely Hotel Greymouth
Day 9: Westwood Lodge, B&B basis
Day 10: Breakers Boutique Accommodation, B&B basis

Day 11 - Greymouth to Christchurch
After a night in Greymouth, return your vehicle and embark on the TranzAlpine train which leads you through the Southern Alps towards your final destination of Christchurch.

11 day self drive - from £1278

11 day Deluxe South Island Experience Self Drive - from £1845

All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Standard tours include comfortable touring hotels. Deluxe tours include breakfast and more intimate accommodation in lodges, country houses and small hotels, offering a warm welcome and personal service. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.

Self Drive Tour

Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. Book them as they are or ask your consultant to add extra days in the places you choose. Available in both directions.

Your self drive tour includes:

  • Well planned route
  • Air conditioned car
  • Standard or deluxe hotels
  • Time to explore
  • Maps and information
  • Flexible itineraries


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