Grand South Island Explorer

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Self-drive Holidays

From snow-capped peaks to thermal pools, from turquoise lakes to coastal forests, this is our most comprehensive self-drive of the South Island. A roundtrip journey from Christchurch, you’ll travel through towns steeped in gold-rush history, farmland, lakes, rivers and wine regions. Soak up spectacular alpine scenery, cruise Milford Sound and marvel at majestic glaciers and mountain ranges. Discover the Abel Tasman National Park’s stunning coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. And, traverse the ‘Great Divide’ on the TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch. There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife and birds along the way from whales in Kaikoura to albatross on the Otago Peninsula. And, we’ve built in time for you to relax along the way - enjoy soaking in thermal pools, sampling local food and wines and taking in those incredible views.

Discover Tailor-Made Travel

  • Award-winning holidays
  • ATOL protected
  • Incredible value


6 meals

6 breakfasts


19 nights in comfortable standard hotels and boutique lodges

Excursions and visits

  • Marvel at Mount Cook’s turquoise lakes and snow-capped peaks
  • Enjoy alpine scenery, glaciers and cruise the fiords of majestic Milford Sound
  • Traverse the ‘Great Divide’ on the TranzAlpine, one of the world’s top rail journeys
  • Enjoy wine tasting in the Gibbston Valley and Marlborough region, home to Cloudy Bay
  • Spot wildlife from the whales of Kaikoura to the penguins and fur seals on the Otago Peninsula
  • Explore national parks, coastal walkways and discover the blowholes at Punakaiki’s pancake rocks
  • And, take time to relax in thermal hot pools and under starry skies

Not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Optional excursions


20 days Avis Group C car rental

TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Greymouth to Christchurch

Sightseeing tours as indicated


  • 19 nights

  • Australasia . New Zealand . Dunedin . Mount Cook . Te Anau . Queenstown . Franz Josef . Kaikoura . Blenheim

  • International flights not included

From £1,984 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 20 days


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