20-Day Self Drive Photography Adventure in New Zealand’s South Island

20 days +
52 Activities
12 Locations

Trip Summary

Discover the South Island and experience the real New Zealand through the eyes of an award-winning local nature photographer. All from the comforts of your own home whilst on the road! 

Discover the mirror reflections at Lake Matheson, hike to Rob Roy Glacier, drive the scenic route to Milford Sound, enjoy a Gondola ride in Queenstown, marvel at the night skies in Lake Tekapo and fly in a ski plane and helicopter for a spectacular snow landing on the Tasman Glacier.

Starting from

$2500 USD per person
98% Recommended
Meghan Maloney

About Meghan

As a landscape photographer, I travel to many beautiful and often underrated spots in the country to capture the essence of New Zealand's natural environment. I want to share these with you so you can experience the real New Zealand for yourself. When you visit, I want you to experience moments that take your breath away and create memories that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Trip Highlights

Ultimate Alpine Experience (including a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier!)
Lake Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Tekapo Star Gazing (Soak in the Stars! The only guided hot pools and star gazing experience in New Zealand)
Franz Josef Kayak Adventure
A 2-day Photography Masterclass with Meghan
Queenstown Wilderness Jet Boat Ride and Funyaks
Included in Price
  • Campervan hire (or alternatively, hotel and car hire)
  • Exclusive access to Meghan's travel guide (with secret photography locations, hiking tips and food recommendations)
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura
  • Franz Josef Kayak Adventure
  • Lake Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk
  • Queenstown Wilderness Jet Boat Ride and Funyaks
  • Electric Bike Hire Glenorchy
  • Moments with Meghan: 2-day Photography Masterclass
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Ultimate Alpine Experience
  • Tekapo Springs Star Gazing
  • Queenstown Gondola + 3 Luge Rides
Not Included in Price
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • An actual guide or host of the trip (Airguides trips are unhosted)

Trip Overview

Stop 1: Kaikoura

Stop 1: Kaikoura

Collect your motorhome at the vehicle depot in Christchurch and make your way to Kaikoura, the place with New Zealand’s most abundant sea life. Encounter a variety of whale species in their natural environment, swim with the dolphins, walk on the coastal walkway amongst the seals and capture this all with an amazing backdrop, including both mountains and sea. You will stay in Kaikoura for two nights.

Activities

Whale Watch Kaikoura
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Whale Watch Kaikoura
Get ready for New Zealand’s ultimate marine experience! Today, you will get up close to nature and experience it like never before. On any given day, this tour will guide you to the magical Giant Sperm Whale.
Ohau Seal Colony
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Ohau Seal Colony
Kaikoura offers an awesome opportunity to spot native fur seals up close in their natural environment. Observe seals of all shapes, ages and sizes playing happily amongst the rocks.
Hislops Wholefood Cafe
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Hislops Wholefood Cafe
Hislops Wholefoods Cafe serves up a hearty and wholesome menu. A great start to the day when you’re heading off to explore the region!
Puhi Puhi DOC campsite
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Puhi Puhi DOC campsite
Camping a night in this scenic reserve is the perfect base to explore the surf beach of Mangamaunu and the Seal Colony at Ohau Point just down the road.

The Trip in Photos

Whale Watch Kaikoura

Stop 1: Kaikoura

Whale Watch Kaikoura
Ohau Seal Colony

Stop 1: Kaikoura

Ohau Seal Colony
Hislops Wholefood Cafe

Stop 1: Kaikoura

Hislops Wholefood Cafe
Puhi Puhi DOC campsite

Stop 1: Kaikoura

Puhi Puhi DOC campsite
Castle Hill

Stop 2: Arthur's Pass

Castle Hill
Devils Punchbowl Falls

Stop 2: Arthur's Pass

Devils Punchbowl Falls
Lake Pearson (DOC campsite)

Stop 2: Arthur's Pass

Lake Pearson (DOC campsite)
Lake Pearson (DOC campsite)

Stop 2: Arthur's Pass

Lake Pearson (DOC campsite)
The Famous Sheffield Pie Shop

Stop 2: Arthur's Pass

The Famous Sheffield Pie Shop