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

20 days +
34 Activities
20 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! 

Photograph 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.

Travel time: 35 hrs

Distance: 2579 kms

Starting from

$1940 USD per person
100% 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
Lake Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Soak in the stars! The only guided hot pools and star gazing experience in New Zealand
Franz Josef Kayak Adventure
Wilderness Jetboat Ride and Funyak Adventure
Secret photography locations by Meghan Maloney
Included in Price
  • Standard campervan hire (Certified Self Contained)
  • Meghan's exclusive travel guide, including secret photography locations and local tips to discover the best of New Zealand
  • Whale Watch Tour
  • Franz Josef Kayak Adventure
  • Lake Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk
  • Camp Glenorchy Motorhome Site (1 night)
  • Wilderness Jetboat Ride and Funyak Adventure
  • Queenstown Gondola + 3 Luge Rides
  • Milford Sound Rainforest Campervan Park (1 night)
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Ultimate Alpine Experience
  • Star Gazing at Tekapo Springs
  • Conservation Campsite Pass
  • Airport transfer
Not Included in Price
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Tour guide

Trip Overview

Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura

Day 1: Christchurch to 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

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 New Zealand owned and operated Mad Campers.
Optional - Premium motorhome
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Optional - Premium motorhome
Prefer a bit more comfort and luxury? We have a range of premium motorhomes available for you to choose from. Contact the team for more details.

The Trip in Photos

Pick up your campervan [included]

Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura

Pick up your campervan [included]
Pick up your campervan [included]

Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura

Pick up your campervan [included]
Optional - Premium motorhome

Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura

Optional - Premium motorhome
Optional - Premium motorhome

Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura

Optional - Premium motorhome
Optional - Premium motorhome

Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura

Optional - Premium motorhome
Castle Hill

Day 3: Kaikoura to Arthur's Pass

Castle Hill
Devils Punchbowl Falls

Day 3: Kaikoura to Arthur's Pass

Devils Punchbowl Falls
Lake Matheson - The best reflections you'll ever see

Day 4: Arthur's Pass to Fox Glacier

Lake Matheson - The best reflections you'll ever see