Natural Focus Safaris

Spectacular Southwest New Zealand – 9 Days

Overview – Spectacular Southwest New Zealand

The southwest of South Island brims with natural splendours such as cerulean lakes, snow-capped mountains and glistening glaciers. This Spectacular Southwest New Zealand self-drive adventure takes you from the pretty Christchurch over the stunning Southern Alps to the remote Franz Josef Glacier, before heading down to beautiful Queenstown, the country’s adrenalin capital. Cap off the journey with a scenic cruise along Milford Sound, a gorgeous fjord dotted with waterfalls.

The Spectacular Southwest New Zealand 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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Spectacular South West New Zealand
Spectacular South West New Zealand

Spectacular South West New Zealand Sample Itinerary

Accommodation Options

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


  • Christchurch, South Island’s lovely capital
  • Home of the International Antarctic Centre and various fascinating museums
  • Franz Josef Glacier, a glistening natural wonder
  • Opportunities for heli-hiking, flightseeing and ice climbing
  • Queenstown, New Zealand’s premier adrenalin capital
  • Endless thrills from skiing and jet-boating to mountain biking
  • Milford Sound, a stunning steep-sided fjord
  • A chance to cruise amid waterfalls, dolphins and seals
  • See the South Island’s magnificent scenery
  • Immerse yourself in the country’s most pristine wildernesses

Getting There

South Island’s vibrant capital, Christchurch, is easily accessible by plane. It’s efficient airport is serviced by international carriers from Australia, China, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. The terminal also receives daily flights operated by Air New Zealand from major cities in North Island such as Auckland and Wellington.


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

Combine With

Dunedin is not far from Queenstown. With its strong Scottish and Maori flavour, this unique city on the island’s southwest coast is worth a visit simply for its beautifully preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Just outside of Dunedin, the remote Otago Peninsula is another highlight – its wild shores are a haven for rare albatross and penguin species.

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