Top South Island Road Trips

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

We have created South Island Road Trip itineraries for you to follow, whether you have a few days or weeks available to explore.

New Zealand’s South Island is a true playground of adventure, with new experiences and awe-inspiring vistas everywhere you look. It is aptly named Te Wai Pounamu, the waters of greenstone, in Te Reo Maori, the indigenous language of New Zealand. It means the waters flowing from the valleys and mountain ranges feed the land and create a brilliant green in many areas. You will experience this beauty as you travel around the South Island.

From Golden Bay to Christchurch to the deserted West Coast, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start your road trip. We have created road trips that you can extend or shorten this itinerary to suit your trip specifically. From the big attractions to lesser-known side trips, a road trip on the South Island will provide memories that last a lifetime.

We’ll be updating this list as we continue to hit the road and find the hidden gems out there ready for you to explore.

Picton to Christchurch via Kaikoura, 3-Day Road Trip

This short trip from Picton to Christchurch via Kaikoura will give you an awesome insight of what the South Island has to offer. If you have a long weekend free or planning a trip, this 3-day itinerary is highly recommended. The route includes Blenheim, Kaikoura and Waipara, where you will experience wildlife adventures and New Zealand’s finest wines.

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Picton to Christchurch via Nelson and Golden Bay 7-Day Road Trip

A road trip from Picton to Christchurch via Nelson and Golden Bay will be a drive you will never forget. We’ve created this 7-day trip to cater for a relaxed week full of long walks and beach visits. This trip includes stops Kaiteriteri, Takaka, Wharariki Beach and Hanmer Springs. Enjoy magical views, gorgeous beaches, and beautiful national parks.

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Christchurch to Greymouth, returning via Arthur’s Pass, 3-Day Return Road Trip

This return road trip from Christchurch to Greymouth can be completed in 3 days or extended to a longer trip. Explore famous mining towns, the wild west coast and soak in the hot pools. This trip includes stops at Reefton, Hanmer Springs, Waipara and Lewis Pass.

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