South Island NZ Scenic Route

Upper South Island NZ Scenic Self Drive Tourist Route map
  • STOPS
  • 1. Christchurch / Canterbury / Akaroa
  • 2. Hanmer Springs
  • 3. Kaikoura
  • 4. Blenheim/Marlborough
  • 5. Nelson / Tasman
  • 6. Glacier Country - West Coast
  • 7. Akaroa Banks Peninsula
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  • Recommend a minimum of 10 days to complete this South Island of New Zealand scenic itinerary for holidays in new Zealand

    This self-drive itinerary incorporates the upper South Island of New Zealand. The arrival point of this itinerary is the Canterbury region where you can pick up your rental vehicle. From here travel on to the village of Hanmer Springs, New Zealand’s premier alpine and spa destination. Next stop is Kaikoura, famous for it's crayfish (rock lobster), wildlife and whale watching tours.

    Travel up the east coast to the Marlborough wine region, home to the Marlborough Food & Wine Festival, NZ's longest running and most popular wine festival.  From here head along to the Nelson/Tasman region where you can include the Abel Tasman National Park in your trip. Next travel down to wild Glacier Country which incorporates Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers.

    This route finishes by returning to the Canterbury region where both national and international flights are available from the recently refurbished Christchurch Airport.

    Use the itinerary below by simply selecting the tourism operators you are interested in. Once submitted, this system will email all of your chosen operators and they will reply to you directly with a no obligation free quote and availability. You can also use this itinerary service to make direct bookings for accommodation, rental vehicles and activities for new zealand holidays, new zealand driving times

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    Christchurch / Canterbury / Akaroa

    Christchurch and Canterbury have an Ocean to Alps backdrop - a spectacular coastline, snow-capped mountains and the hidden bays of an ancient volcanic peninsula. This region is one of the only places in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, go rafting, mountain bike, wind surf, whale watch and visit world-class vineyards and gardens

    Click on one of the categories below to show a list of operators you would like to make enquiries too
    Bed and Breakfast & Homestays
    50 total
    Luxury Lodges & Apartments
    41 total
    Motels
    71 total
    Self Contained Accommodation
    90 total
    Backpackers & Holiday Parks
    18 total
    New Zealand Wide Chains
    13 total
    Holiday Homes
    16 total
    Farmstay
    13 total
    Hotels
    17 total

    Enquire about Christchurch / Canterbury / Akaroa Accommodation

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Hanmer Springs


    Itinerary Instructions

    These instructions apply to each stop in your itinerary. Each stop has 5 categories of Tourism Operators that you can make enquiries to.

    1. Firstly, choose a Tourism category (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) in the horizontal tab menu

    2. Next you can select the various tourism operators you would like to make enquries to by selecting the checkbox next to their name. Also each provider has an info link. Click this link to view more info about that provider

    3. Each Tourism category has sub-categories that appear horizontally. For example, Accommodation has Bed & Breaksast, Luxury Lodges etc. To select a sub-category simply click on it's name.

    4. Under each Tourism Category ie (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) there is an enquiry form for you to fill out.

    5. Each category has a different form relating to that category. For example, the Accommodation form is sent to Accommodation operators only. The Tours enquiry form goes to Tour Operators and so on.

    6. Once you have finished with a particular stop you then click the red "NEXT STOP" button above to go to the next stop

    7. Repeat the process for each stop until you get to the last stop.

    8. Once all stops are completed you are presented with a confirmation screen for you to check before you make your bulk enquiry to the Tourism Operators. You need to fill in appropriate contact information ie name, email etc so that the Tourism Operators can provide pricing to you

    9. After you have made your enquiry you will receive an email summarising your enquiry

    Driving Times Chart

    Click on one of the categories below to show a list of operators you would like to make enquiries too
    Rental Cars, Mini Vans & 4WD Hire
    27 total
    Motorhome Rentals
    15 total
    Campervan Rentals
    15 total
    Motorcycle Tours & Rentals
    7 total
    Buses, Taxis & Shuttles
    16 total
    Charter Flights
    5 total
    Ferries & Water Taxis
    4 total

    Enquire about Christchurch / Canterbury / Akaroa Transportaion

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Hanmer Springs


    Itinerary Instructions

    These instructions apply to each stop in your itinerary. Each stop has 5 categories of Tourism Operators that you can make enquiries to.

    1. Firstly, choose a Tourism category (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) in the horizontal tab menu

    2. Next you can select the various tourism operators you would like to make enquries to by selecting the checkbox next to their name. Also each provider has an info link. Click this link to view more info about that provider

    3. Each Tourism category has sub-categories that appear horizontally. For example, Accommodation has Bed & Breaksast, Luxury Lodges etc. To select a sub-category simply click on it's name.

    4. Under each Tourism Category ie (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) there is an enquiry form for you to fill out.

    5. Each category has a different form relating to that category. For example, the Accommodation form is sent to Accommodation operators only. The Tours enquiry form goes to Tour Operators and so on.

    6. Once you have finished with a particular stop you then click the red "NEXT STOP" button above to go to the next stop

    7. Repeat the process for each stop until you get to the last stop.

    8. Once all stops are completed you are presented with a confirmation screen for you to check before you make your bulk enquiry to the Tourism Operators. You need to fill in appropriate contact information ie name, email etc so that the Tourism Operators can provide pricing to you

    9. After you have made your enquiry you will receive an email summarising your enquiry

    Driving Times Chart

    Click on one of the categories below to show a list of operators you would like to make enquiries too
    Adventure Activities
    41 total
    Scenic Flights
    8 total
    Leisure & Family Activities
    54 total
    Horse Treks
    6 total
    Fishing and Hunting
    13 total
    Boat & Yacht Charters
    12 total
    Heritage and History
    13 total
    Spas & Health Resorts
    8 total
    Golf Tours
    7 total
    White Water Rafting & Sledging
    5 total
    Cycle Trails
    0 total

    Enquire about Christchurch / Canterbury / Akaroa Activities

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Hanmer Springs


    Itinerary Instructions

    These instructions apply to each stop in your itinerary. Each stop has 5 categories of Tourism Operators that you can make enquiries to.

    1. Firstly, choose a Tourism category (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) in the horizontal tab menu

    2. Next you can select the various tourism operators you would like to make enquries to by selecting the checkbox next to their name. Also each provider has an info link. Click this link to view more info about that provider

    3. Each Tourism category has sub-categories that appear horizontally. For example, Accommodation has Bed & Breaksast, Luxury Lodges etc. To select a sub-category simply click on it's name.

    4. Under each Tourism Category ie (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) there is an enquiry form for you to fill out.

    5. Each category has a different form relating to that category. For example, the Accommodation form is sent to Accommodation operators only. The Tours enquiry form goes to Tour Operators and so on.

    6. Once you have finished with a particular stop you then click the red "NEXT STOP" button above to go to the next stop

    7. Repeat the process for each stop until you get to the last stop.

    8. Once all stops are completed you are presented with a confirmation screen for you to check before you make your bulk enquiry to the Tourism Operators. You need to fill in appropriate contact information ie name, email etc so that the Tourism Operators can provide pricing to you

    9. After you have made your enquiry you will receive an email summarising your enquiry

    Driving Times Chart

    Click on one of the categories below to show a list of operators you would like to make enquiries too
    Restaurants
    12 total
    Venues and Functions
    25 total
    Shopping and Services
    5 total

    Enquire about Christchurch / Canterbury / Akaroa Dining & Functions

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Hanmer Springs


    Itinerary Instructions

    These instructions apply to each stop in your itinerary. Each stop has 5 categories of Tourism Operators that you can make enquiries to.

    1. Firstly, choose a Tourism category (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) in the horizontal tab menu

    2. Next you can select the various tourism operators you would like to make enquries to by selecting the checkbox next to their name. Also each provider has an info link. Click this link to view more info about that provider

    3. Each Tourism category has sub-categories that appear horizontally. For example, Accommodation has Bed & Breaksast, Luxury Lodges etc. To select a sub-category simply click on it's name.

    4. Under each Tourism Category ie (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) there is an enquiry form for you to fill out.

    5. Each category has a different form relating to that category. For example, the Accommodation form is sent to Accommodation operators only. The Tours enquiry form goes to Tour Operators and so on.

    6. Once you have finished with a particular stop you then click the red "NEXT STOP" button above to go to the next stop

    7. Repeat the process for each stop until you get to the last stop.

    8. Once all stops are completed you are presented with a confirmation screen for you to check before you make your bulk enquiry to the Tourism Operators. You need to fill in appropriate contact information ie name, email etc so that the Tourism Operators can provide pricing to you

    9. After you have made your enquiry you will receive an email summarising your enquiry

    Driving Times Chart

    Click on one of the categories below to show a list of operators you would like to make enquiries too
    Wildlife & Nature Tours
    29 total
    Diving Tours
    6 total
    Tours By Region
    75 total
    New Zealand Wide
    28 total
    Maori Culture
    12 total
    Wine Tours
    6 total

    Enquire about Christchurch / Canterbury / Akaroa Tours

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Hanmer Springs


    Itinerary Instructions

    These instructions apply to each stop in your itinerary. Each stop has 5 categories of Tourism Operators that you can make enquiries to.

    1. Firstly, choose a Tourism category (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) in the horizontal tab menu

    2. Next you can select the various tourism operators you would like to make enquries to by selecting the checkbox next to their name. Also each provider has an info link. Click this link to view more info about that provider

    3. Each Tourism category has sub-categories that appear horizontally. For example, Accommodation has Bed & Breaksast, Luxury Lodges etc. To select a sub-category simply click on it's name.

    4. Under each Tourism Category ie (Accommodation, Transportation, Activities, Dining & Functions, Tours) there is an enquiry form for you to fill out.

    5. Each category has a different form relating to that category. For example, the Accommodation form is sent to Accommodation operators only. The Tours enquiry form goes to Tour Operators and so on.

    6. Once you have finished with a particular stop you then click the red "NEXT STOP" button above to go to the next stop

    7. Repeat the process for each stop until you get to the last stop.

    8. Once all stops are completed you are presented with a confirmation screen for you to check before you make your bulk enquiry to the Tourism Operators. You need to fill in appropriate contact information ie name, email etc so that the Tourism Operators can provide pricing to you

    9. After you have made your enquiry you will receive an email summarising your enquiry

    Driving Times Chart

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