South Island Discovery Self-Drive 12D/11N
Experience some of the best sites the South Island has to offer as you travel north from Christchurch to the famous Marlborough wine region and then along the stunning scenery of the west coast before arriving in beautiful Queenstown, where adventure awaits.
You can continue this experience back to Christchurch by combining it with our South Island Explorer.
- Indulge in the wine and food region of Marlborough
- Explore a glacier in Franz Joseph
- Get your adrenaline pumping in the adventure capital of Queenstown
Max group size:
- - 13 day intermediate auto car hire on standard insurance, pick-up from Christchurch Airport on day 1 and drop-off Queenstown Airport on day 12.
- - 2 nights Christchurch, 2 nights Blenheim, 2 nights Nelson, 1 night Hokitika, 1 night Franz Josef, 3 nights Queenstown standard hotel accommodation *Advertised pricing is on a per person basis*
Departures:Departs Daily, Year Round
Day 1: Christchurch Airport. Overnight Christchurch.
Christchurch Airport to Christchurch 10 km / approx. driving time of 15 mins.
Day 2: Christchurch. Overnight Christchurch.
Optional Add-On: Ko Tane Maori Cultural Performance and Hangi dinner. Half Day Tour.
Optional Add-On: International Antarctic Centre General Admission. Half Day Tour.
Day 3: Blenheim via Kaikoura. Overnight Blenheim.
Christchurch to Kaikoura 180 km / approx. driving time of 2.5 hours
Kaikoura to Blenheim 130 km / approx. driving time of 1.5 hours.
Day 4: Blenheim. Overnight Blenheim.
Optional Add-On: Marlborough Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour. Full Day tour.
Day 5: Nelson. Overnight Nelson.
Blenheim to Nelson ~120 km / approx. driving time of 1.5 hours.
Day 6: Nelson. Overnight Nelson.
Optional Add-On: Abel Tasman Kayak & Walk Tour. Full Day Tour.
Day 7: Hokitika. Overnight Hokitika.
Nelson to Hokitika 320 km / approx. driving time of 4 hours.
Day 8: Franz Josef. Overnight Franz Josef.
Hokitika to Franz Josef 130 km / approx. driving time of 1 hour 45 mins.
Optional Add-On: Glacier Heli Hike. Half Day Tour.
Day 9: Queenstown via Wanaka. Overnight Queenstown.
Franz Josef to Wanaka 285 km / approx. driving time of 3.5 hours.
Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / approx. driving time of 1 hour.
Day 10: Queenstown. Overnight Queenstown.
Optional Add-On: Skyline Gondola & Luge. Half Day Tour.
Optional Add-On: Shotover Jet. Half Day Tour.
Day 11: Queenstown. Overnight Queenstown.
Optional Add-On: Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Full Day Tour.
Day 12: Queenstown Airport.
Departure from Queenstown Airport.