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Bungy Jumping Queenstown Image credit: AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

21 Day Christchurch Round Trip

This route will be a real life experience. The various nature of the southern island is stunning and you will not regret to come here! Winding roads will take you to fjords, mountains and marvelous beaches. During this trip you have to leave the vehicle twice (Kaiteriteri and Bluff) to visit places which can't be reached by one of our vehicles. Small Island Abel Tasman is beautiful for nature and animal lovers and the ferry trip is a great experience! Next breathtaking Island you will discover is Stewart Island. Taking the ferry which only takes you one hour and gives you the greatest views. When arriving in Balclutha go to Nugget Point for amazing views or take a Tautuku Walk. This route will take you to Twizel where you can see the world's most endangered wading bird when booking a guided tour. At the end of this self drive holiday you will arrive back in Christchurch, and conquer your fear in Adrenaline Forest!

bird species


Day 1: Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Picton (337km, 4hrs 33mins)

Day 3: Picton - Abel Tasman (leave vehicle at Kaiteriteri) (198km, 2hrs 41mins)

Day 4: Abel Tasman

Day 5: Abel Tasman - Punakaiki (285km, 3hrs 56mins)

Day 6:  Punakaiki - Franz Josef (215km, 2hrs 42mins)

Day 7: Franz Josef

Day 8: Franz Josef - Wanaka (284km, 3hrs 37mins)

Day 9: Wanaka

Day 10: Wanaka - Queenstown (68km, 1hr)

Day 11:  Queenstown

Day 12: Queenstown - Fiordland (171km, 1hr 59mins)

Day 13: Fiordland - Stewart Island (leave vehicle at Bluff) (179km, 2hrs 7mins)

Day 14: Stewart Island

Day 15: Stewart Island - Balclutha (150km, 1hr 45mins)

Day 16: Balclutha

Day 17: Balclutha - Dunedin (79.3km, 1hr)

Day 18: Dunedin - Twizel (254km, 3hrs)

Day 19:  Twizel

Day 20: Twizel - Christchurch (285km, 3hrs22mins)

Day 21: Christchurch


Te Pukatea, New Zealand Image via José Luiz Gonzalez

Abel Tasman National Park

It may be the smallest national park but that does not make it any less interesting. Granite and marble formations dominating the headlands, Te Pukatea Bay has a perfect golden beach and native wild life is all around.

Milford Sound Fiordland, New Zealand Image Adam-Bryce

Milford Sound

Milford Sound or is de Maori language Popiotahi is a fjord which lies within the Fiordland National Park, Pipiotahi Marine Reserve and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. In an international survey from TripAdvisor, it came out as the world’s top travel destination.

Nugget Point, New Zealand Image: Graeme Murray

Nugget Point

In the Otago coast lies the distinctive beauty of the Nugget Point. Rock formations are found scattered along the bay looking like a broken pieces of necklaces in a calm blanket of blue. In five minutes, you will get to the lighthouse with breathtaking views everywhere you look.

Moeraki, Otago, New Zealand Image via Miles Holden

Moeraki Boulders

These boulders are extremely big and a scattered around on Koekohe Beach. A Maori legend says that the boulders are remains of eel baskets that washed ashore from the wreck of an Arai-te-uru, which is a large sailing canoe.

Places to stay

Caravan parks in New Zealand's South Island

Dunedin Holiday Park

Dunedin Holiday Park


North South Holiday Park

Queenstown Cabin and Tourist Park, New Zealand

Queenstown Cabin & Tourist Park

Twizel Holiday Park, New Zealand

Twizel Holiday Park

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