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New Zealand South Island Adventure – 9 Days

Overview – New Zealand South Island Adventure

This short but epic New Zealand South Island Adventure self-drive itinerary across South Island takes in the country’s highest peak, its premier wine-producing region and three of its most populated cities, where you’ll gain insight to the country’s fascinating history, diverse cultures and thriving cosmopolitan dining scene. There are plentiful opportunities to experience the stunning landscapes the South Island is known for, as well as ample time to relax and unwind, with a glass of New Zealand’s finest in hand.

The New Zealand South Island Adventure tour can be easily be incorporated into your travel itinerary.

We can design this trip to suit your specific requirements
Any aspect of the itinerary can be customised, from excursions to accommodation

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New Zealand South Island Adventure
New Zealand South Island Adventure
New Zealand South Island Adventure

New Zealand South Island Adventure Sample Itinerary

Accommodation Options

Private Self-Drive Tour Sample Itinerary
9 Days/8 Nights
Departs ex Dunedin


  • Dunedin, with its charming Scottish-Maori heritage
  • Beautifully preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture
  • Gateway to the bird-rich Otago Peninsula
  • Mount Cook National Park, home of New Zealand’s highest peak
  • Endless opportunities for outdoor adventure including hiking and kayaking
  • Christchurch, South Island’s pretty capital
  • Museums, parks and a chance to see the iconic flightless kiwi
  • Explore the idyllic ‘Top of the South’
  • Acclaimed vineyards and the exquisite Abel Tasman National Park
  • Ample time to relax, take in gorgeous landscapes and sample regional cuisine

Getting There

Dunedin airport is serviced by international flights direct from Brisbane (approximately 3.5 hours) and regular domestic flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.


Find out more about the destinations featured in this sample itinerary.

Combine With

It’s possible to add in the thrill capital of New Zealand – Queenstown – as well as Franz Josef Glacier, as you drive northwards from Dunedin. Both these destinations are easily accessible en route to Christchurch, and are worthy of a few days’ stay to take advantage of all the outdoor activities they offer.

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