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A Taste of the South self drive tour

This 8 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch.


This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Hotel 3 star.

Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible.

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

7 breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch


Itinerary summary for: A Taste of the South self drive tour

Day 1: Arrive into the 'Garden City' of Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 2: Collect your rental car this morning, then you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Day 3: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Day 4: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 5: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 7: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 8: Depart Christchurch today