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    South Island

    New Zealand

EXPERIENCE THE SOUTH ISLAND


New Zealand’s South Island boasts a range of unique experiences from golden beaches to glacial valleys, thermal springs to thrilling adventure and local wildlife to wineries. The south has been likened to Europe – with many features – but all in closer proximity! When you drive here, the landscape continuously changes and there are surprises around every bend.

The best way to discover these diverse experiences and landscapes is on a private drive or self-drive holiday from Christchurch. To help visitors get the most out of their South Island journey, there are five hero itineraries to choose from, and for those with more time these journeys can be extended or combined.

Map of South Island

Explore The Regions


Tasman Region

Tasman

There are so many reasons to explore Tasman and Nelson. The beautiful environment includes amazing beaches along with a wealth of activities, artisan products and eateries. One of the sunniest cities in New Zealand, Nelson is the perfect spot to base yourself while you spend some time exploring Abel Tasman National Park.

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Marlborough

Marlborough

Enjoy a range of recreational activities from tasting some of the world’s finest Sauvignon Blanc and exploring the wineries of New Zealands largest wine growing region to swimming with dolphins in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

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Kaikoura Wale Watching | Luxury Touring NZ

Kaikoura

The seaside settlement is the most northern district in the Canterbury region located on the east coast of the South Island (an ideal location for both north and south bound travellers). Located on the Alpine Pacific Touring route, close to Hanmer Springs alpine spa village and the Waipara Valley wine region. Famous for whale watching and amazing seafood!

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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs & Hurunui

Hanmer Springs is a resort town 90 minutes from Christchurch known for Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, with its mineral waters. The surrounding mountains are home to trails and seasonal ski slopes. To the south, rugged Waiau Gorge is known for its whitewater rapids and abundant salmon and trout.

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Christchurch & Canterbury

The Canterbury region stretches from Kaikoura in the north to Waimate in the south and as far inland as Mackenzie Country. Its landscape is diverse with the Pacific Ocean to the east, Southern Alps to the west, and the patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains.

Christchurch is reinventing itself in the wake of earthquakes. Experience urban regeneration and innovation amid flourishing gardens. Discover vibrant new retail, restaurants and creativity.

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Mt Cook - Lake Pukaki

Aoraki-Mt Cook / Mackenzie

The heart of New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps. Here you will find lakes, glaciers and New Zealands highest peak Aoraki/Mount Cook. Lake Tekapo, within the Mackenzie Region, is home to the Church of the Good Shepard – an historic and iconic church on the shore of the lake.

Enjoy clear starry nights in the Dark Sky Reserve, sunny days and epic snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes and golden tussocks.

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Hokitika West Coast - Luxury Touring New Zealand

West Coast

The West Coast Region of the South Island is one of the more remote and most sparsely populated areas of the country. The West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it, is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Not to be missed on a trip to New Zealand!  The Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet. It is also home to four National Parks; Kahurangi, Tai Poutini, Aspiring and Paparoa.

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Catlins Otago

Coastal Otago & Dunedin

Dunedin city is full of authentic welcoming characters that tell it like it is. With abundant wildlife on its doorstep and heritage buildings housing the great cafes and nightlife.

The Waitaki District is surrounded by natural beauty. It is a haven for wildlife including Oamaru Blue and Yellow-Eyed Penguin colonies, shags, seals, and an abundance of birdlife. Oamaru township features elegant 19th century architecture, calls itself the Steampunk capital of New Zealand, and is the finishing point of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle way—a 300km journey from the mountains to the sea.

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Luxury Touring New Zealand | Queenstown

Queenstown, Wanaka & Central Otago

It begins with the landscape – it breathes, there’s an energy, a feeling, that sets Queenstown apart.

Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. New Zealand’s most inland region, with a landscape dominated by rugged mountains, lakes, deep river gorges and tussock-clad hills, Central Otago is rich in pioneering history.

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Fiordland

Home to Mitre Peak, and stunning fiords, Fiordland is known as the sightseeing and walking capital of the world.

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Luxury Touring | Southland, New Zealand

Southland

Southland’s unmatched beauty provides a natural playground – no matter what your passion.

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