21-Day Road Trip Adventure Through the South Island of New Zealand

3 weeks +
78 Activities
21 Locations

Trip Summary

Discover the most stunning areas of New Zealand's South Island. This trip includes the more popular destinations but also takes you to places not many people have been to. Best of all? You can do it all by yourself, independently, because you will travel around in your own motorhome!

Starting in Christchurch, you will drive on the most incredible roads, go penguin spotting, discover breathtaking hiking trails, walk on the steepest street in the world, experience Māori culture, cruise through the Milford Sound and bungy jump at the world's first bungy jump location! Ready for an epic South Island road trip? 

Starting from

$2320 USD per person
94% Recommended
Bram and Manon (Flip Flop Wanderers)

About Bram and Manon

We are Bram and Manon, an adventurous couple with a passion for slow travel. As the Flip Flop Wanderers, we travel fulltime around the world. When we visit a country, we want to experience it really well. That’s why we don’t stick to the country’s highlights. We take our time to get off the beaten path, learn about the culture, meet the local people and find out what it is like to live there. We do a lot of research before we go to make the most of our time and we’d like to share these experiences to help others plan their trip. We hope we can inspire you to go on an amazing adventure!

Trip Highlights

Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier
Visit Lake Tekapo
Drive the beautiful road to Mount Aspiring
Bungy jump at the world's first bungy jump location in Queenstown
Cruise through the Milford Sound
Arthur's Pass - one of the most beautiful passes through the Southern Alps
Tekapo Stargazing - the only guided hot pools and star gazing experience in New Zealand
Included in Price
  • Campervan hire (Certified Self Contained)
  • Bram and Manon's exclusive travel guide, including photography spots and local tips to discover the best of New Zealand
  • Ōtāutahi Hikoi | Christchurch Culture Walk
  • Evening Penguin Tour
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Queenstown Gondola + 3 Luge Rides
  • Kawarau Bridge Bungy
  • Tekapo Stargazing - Soak in the Stars
  • Tandem Skydive
  • Airport transfer
Not Included in Price
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Tour guide

Trip Overview

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

The biggest city in the South Island is known as 'the city of exploration'. Christchurch has been through massive changes in the last years and it's a great time to come and explore it all - the new architecture, street art, cocktail bars, bustling restaurants, laneways and green public spaces. Pick up your campervan and discover this energetic city!

Activities

Pick up your campervan [included]
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Pick up your campervan [included]
Pick up your campervan and start your road trip! Your vehicle is fully serviced, entirely AA Safety Certified and built to go the distance in New Zealand's rugged backcountry. It is fitted out with a fully functional
kitchenette (fridge, sink, gas cooker, pots & pans and utensils), extendable hose tap, a huge double bed, a secondary battery, USB powerpoints, curtains and super security (the van comes with an alarm / immobiliser and a lockbox for your passport & valuables). We're proud to partner with the NZ owned and operated Mad Campers.
Enjoy the view from Port Hills
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Enjoy the view from Port Hills
At the southern side of the city, you can find the Port hills. These hills are great for trekking with on one site views over the city and on the other side you’ll look out over a beautiful bay. Start at the cafe
Sign of the Kiwi with the Mitchells Track and make your way back via the Cedrics Track (one hour return).
Ōtāutahi Hikoi | Christchurch Culture Walk [included]
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Ōtāutahi Hikoi | Christchurch Culture Walk [included]
In this 60 minute tour on foot, the wonderful Amiki team will introduce you to the meaning behind the name Ōtautahi and follow the footsteps of their ancestors, sharing many traditional Māori and Settlers stories
and ways of life. Amiki will also introduce their guiding principle of manaakitanga including their whakatauki (proverb) ‘Kia atawhai ki te iwi’, Care for your people. The guides also teach you a traditional māori greeting. You will walk past traditional mahinga kai (food gathering) and pā (māori village) sites and bring to life the stories of the past and present as how they have been woven into the emerging city of Christchurch.
Optional - Extra night in Christchurch
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Optional - Extra night in Christchurch
Have more time? Stay an extra night to explore all of the Christchurch goodness. As the city of exploration, you will enjoy discovering amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and
state-of-the-art architecture.

The Trip in Photos

Pick up your campervan [included]

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Pick up your campervan [included]
Enjoy the view from Port Hills

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Enjoy the view from Port Hills
Enjoy the view from Port Hills

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Enjoy the view from Port Hills
Optional - Extra night in Christchurch

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Optional - Extra night in Christchurch
Scenic Drive via Summit Road (2 hrs)

Day 2: Christchurch to Banks Peninsula

Scenic Drive via Summit Road (2 hrs)
Scenic Drive via Summit Road (2 hrs)

Day 2: Christchurch to Banks Peninsula

Scenic Drive via Summit Road (2 hrs)
Scenic Drive via Summit Road (2 hrs)

Day 2: Christchurch to Banks Peninsula

Scenic Drive via Summit Road (2 hrs)
Evening Penguin Tour [included]

Day 2: Christchurch to Banks Peninsula

Evening Penguin Tour [included]
Evening Penguin Tour [included]

Day 2: Christchurch to Banks Peninsula

Evening Penguin Tour [included]