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Southern Alps & Southern Lakes self drive tour

This 9 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch.


From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country past Lake Tekapo before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park. Then to Queenstown for two nights with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities here. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Motels.

Rental car insurance included

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:

Private airport transfers

Private train station transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Rotorua Skyline Gondola and luge ride


Itinerary summary for: Southern Alps & Southern Lakes self drive tour

Day 1: Arrive into the 'Garden City' of Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 2: Your car is delivered this morning, then you have the day free to explore Christchurch and surrounds
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 3: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 4: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 5: Explore all the adventure and attractions that Queenstown has to offer
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 6: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 7: Spend the day explore the glaciers and wild west coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 8: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 9: Depart Christchurch today