South Island Road Trip

8 Days 7 Nights


Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival you will be transferred by share shuttle from the airport to your hotel.

Day 2: Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Today Seat in Coach passengers enjoy the world renowned Tranz Alpine scenic train journey from Christchurch across the vast Canterbury Plains before climbing the Southern Alps, then descend through the lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth. Self Drive passengers will collect their rental vehicle this morning, and drive themselves across the plains and over the Southern Alps – A journey that will afford some fabulous photo opportunities including the spectacular Otira Viaduct.

From Greymouth journey south along the rugged West Coast to the Glacier region and overnight in Fox Glacier Township.

Day 3: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

One of New Zealand’s most spectacular touring days. The scenery changes from wild West Coast beaches and abundant rainforest to vast mountain vistas and on to the Southern Lakes District. Arrive in Queenstown for a 2 night stay.

Day 4: Queenstown at Leisure

A full day to enjoy the sights and activities in Queenstown. We have included entry to the Skyline Gondola where you will find an awesome panoramic view of the region. There are many optional activities for you to experience including the Shotover Jet, Appellation Wine Tours, Dart River Jet Boat Safari, Nomad 4WD drive adventures and many more. We would be happy to pre-book any of these for you. (additional costs apply).

Day 5: Queenstown, Milford Sound and Te Anau

Today is a New Zealand touring highlight. A full day trip leaving from Queenstown and travelling alongside the beautiful Lake Wakatipu to the Lakeside town of Te Anau. After a short stop here your journey continues along the Milford Sound road passing through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery. We have included a cruise including lunch with Southern Discoveries on their modern boat where you will be spoilt with unlimited, close-up viewing of waterfalls, wildlife and Rain forests. Following your cruise return to Te Anau where you will stay for one night.

Day 6: Te Anau to Dunedin

A half day journey will take you to Dunedin, an historic city with beautiful old buildings including the Dunedin Railway Station building. You will arrive in time to partake in an optional Speight’s Brewery tour or an excursion to visit the wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. We suggest you visit ‘Natures Wonders’ where you will experience a genuine New Zealand sheep farm which includes penguin sightings and seals. To enjoy Natures Wonders we recommend you pre-book a tour with Awesome Wildlife Eco Tours (optional). We can arrange this for you.

Day 7: Dunedin to Christchurch

Return to Christchurch along the eastern coast of the South Island passing through the towns of Oamaru and Timaru. Overnight in Christchurch before your departure.

Day 8:

Today you will be transferred from your hotel to the Christchurch Airport or return your rental car to the depot before departing.

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Optional activities are things you can choose to do along the way that are not included in your package.



  • Christchurch - The Garden City
  • West Coast - Glacier Region
  • Queenstown - Adventure Capital
  • Te Anau - Gateway to Fiordland National Park
  • Dunedin - Edinburgh of the South