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

20 days +
27 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! 

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
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
Tekapo Star Gazing
Franz Josef Kayak Adventure
A 2-day Photography Masterclass with Meghan Maloney
Queenstown Wilderness Jet Boat Ride and Funyaks
Included in Price
  • 20 days Motorhome hire
  • Travel Guide created by Meghan, including her secret photography spots and local tips
  • 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
  • Airport transfer
Not Included in Price
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • An actual guide or host of the trip

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 motorhome [included]
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Pick up your motorhome [included]
Pick up your motorhome and start your road trip! Your vehicle is certified self-contained complete with solar power, full toilet & shower facilities giving you total flexibility to freedom camp in New Zealand safely
and comfortably. The motorhome comes with a large double bed, mountain bikes, a GPS navigation unit, outdoor camping equipment, a Kiwi welcome pack (including a bottle of NZ Premium Tohu wine!), 24/7 AA Roadside Assistance, all linen & bedding, essential kitchen items and a 24/7 WhatsApp Customer Services Support Number. We're proud to partner with Kiwi Motorhomes, a New Zealand owned and operated family business of proud Maori descent.
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.

The Trip in Photos

Pick up your motorhome [included]

Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura

Pick up your motorhome [included]
Ohau Seal Colony

Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura

Ohau Seal Colony
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 West Coast Glaciers

Lake Matheson - The best reflections you'll ever see
Hokitika Gorge

Day 4: Arthur's Pass to West Coast Glaciers

Hokitika Gorge
Franz Josef Kayak Adventure [included]

Day 5: West Coast Glaciers

Franz Josef Kayak Adventure [included]
Thunder Creek Falls

Day 6: West Coast Glaciers to Haast Pass / Cameron Flat

Thunder Creek Falls
Blue Pools

Day 6: West Coast Glaciers to Haast Pass / Cameron Flat

Blue Pools
Rob Roy Glacier Walk

Day 7: Cameron Flat to Lake Wanaka

Rob Roy Glacier Walk