Southern Explorer South Island

Lower South Island NZ Southern Explorer self drive tour
  • STOPS
  • 1. Dunedin
  • 2. Catlins Southland
  • 3. Fiordland
  • 4. Southland
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  • Recommended a minimum of 7 days to complete this lower South Island New Zealand tour itinerary

    This self-drive itinerary incorporates only the South Island of New Zealand. The arrival point of this itinerary is Dunedin where you can pick up your rental vehicle.  Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to Otago University.

    From Dunedin travel to the Catlins Coast. This region takes you to enthralling wildlife experiences, beautiful waterfalls and rustic farmland scenery. Beaches, forest walks and nostalgic hospitality will capture your heart. From the Catlins, travel down to the Southland region taking in Invercargill and the Southern Scenic Route.

    Next, visit the world famous Fiordland area which incorporates Te Anau, Manapouri, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Mostly dominated by the steep sides of the snow-capped Southern Alps, Fiordland’s scenery never fails to enthral travellers.

    Finally finish up in Southland which includes Invercargill, Catlins, Gore, Fiordland, Bluff & Stewart Island. Southland is lush and green with tranquil waterways which attract fly-fishing enthusiasts in search of brown trout. Near-pristine southern rainforest provides opportunities for day walks and hiking. Invercargill Airport has flights to most of New Zealand major cities, and rental car options are also available.

    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.new zealand driving times

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    Dunedin

    Dunedin's largest industry is tertiary education. The city is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand's first university (1869), and the Otago Polytechnic. Popular visitor attractions in Dunedin include the Cadbury World chocolate factory and Speights Brewery - famous for its promotional branding based on being 'a real southern man' and being 'the pride of the south'. The Dunedin Chinese Garden and tea shop offers guided tours of the garden, and NZ Sports Hall of Fame displays and exhibits memorabilia that salutes the champions and their contributions to New Zealand's renowned sporting heritage. The Taieri Gorge takes you on a journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge from Dunedin's historic Railway Station to Middlemarch. On the doorstep of the city on the Otago Peninsula, where you can find incredible wildlife - the Yellow Eyed Penguin (the world's rarest penguins) a mainland albatross colony, fur seals and sea lions. Many eco-tourism tour guides operate daily cruises enabling visitors up close encounters with these rare animals. The Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza in Dunedin will be host to 4 Rugby World Cup 2011 games

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

    Enquire about Dunedin Accommodation

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Catlins Southland


    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
    13 total
    Motorhome Rentals
    7 total
    Campervan Rentals
    7 total
    Motorcycle Tours & Rentals
    2 total
    Buses, Taxis & Shuttles
    18 total
    Charter Flights
    4 total
    Ferries & Water Taxis
    3 total

    Enquire about Dunedin Transportaion

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Catlins Southland


    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
    12 total
    Scenic Flights
    3 total
    Leisure & Family Activities
    33 total
    Horse Treks
    3 total
    Fishing and Hunting
    3 total
    Boat & Yacht Charters
    4 total
    Heritage and History
    12 total
    Spas & Health Resorts
    4 total
    Golf Tours
    2 total
    White Water Rafting & Sledging
    3 total
    Cycle Trails
    2 total

    Enquire about Dunedin Activities

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Catlins Southland


    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
    5 total
    Venues and Functions
    5 total
    Shopping and Services
    6 total

    Enquire about Dunedin Dining & Functions

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Catlins Southland


    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
    20 total
    Diving Tours
    2 total
    Tours By Region
    40 total
    New Zealand Wide
    16 total
    Maori Culture
    7 total
    Wine Tours
    5 total

    Enquire about Dunedin Tours

    Please fill in your details

    Next stop: Catlins Southland


    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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