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Join us on a truly majestic driving holiday, a 2500km loop over 14 days, encompassing the best sights in the South Island, on some of the best driving roads in the world. Classic sports cars, eclectic luxury accommodation, and plenty of flexibility for you to indulge your own interests, this is indeed a Grand Tour. We’ve take care to balance destinations, driving time & optional activities to ensure a superb unhurried experience.

A Grand Tour: Top to Toe South Island 14 Day Tour, Mar 2018

Driving Mode: Active - 2500 km over 14 days

Christchurch > Aoraki / Mt Cook > Arrowtown > Te Anau (Milford Sound) > Queenstown > Fox / Franz Josef Glaciers > Punakaiki > Nelson (Abel Tasman) > Blenheim > Kaikoura > Hanmer Springs > Christchurch


  • Nelson / Abel Tasman National Park – unspoilt sand and crystal clear seas
  • Fiordland National Park – Cruise the Milford or Doubtful Sounds
  • Queenstown / Arrowtown / Wanaka – Stunning lakes and mountains
  • Fox / Franz Josef / Punakaiki – Glaciers and the wild West Coast
  • Marlborough – home to 150 wineries, plus the stunning, intricate waters of The Sounds
  • Optional extra cost activities include:
    • Wine tasting
    • Golf courses
    • Sea cruises
    • Scenic Flights


  • 14 days classic or modern sports car hire
  • 13 nights premium accommodation & breakfasts
  • 3 group dinners
  • Discretely escorted for your peace of mind
  • Flexibility to proceed at your own pace or travel together
  • Sat Nav / GPS & bluetooth speaker hire

With a superb & rarified choice of travelling in style...

C (Characterful) Class
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 Cars with character and panache yet also offering superb value for money.
E (exhilarating) Class
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 Premium luxury Europeans with an excellent reputation for serious driving enjoyment. 
S (sublime) Class
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 Few places in the world offer cars as sublime and iconic as these for self drive hire.

Tour Route (Kaikoura to Blenheim Opening 2018)

Detailed Itinerary

Click the tabs to reveal your day by day delights! Accommodation will be from one of options shown. 

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Arrive Christchurch. Meet at overnight accommodation lunchtime to collect your cars and then again in evening for a communal welcome dinner.

Optional Trip to Akaroa to get acquainted with your cars!

Drive distance: 170 km                  Driving time: 3 hrs


Drive distance: 370 km                  Driving time: 4.5 hrs

Via the Inland Scenic Route

Drive distance: 280 km                  Driving time: 3.5 hrs

Via Lake Wanaka

Drive distance: 180 km                  Driving time: 2.5 hrs


Drive distance: 410 km                  Driving time: 5.5 hrs

Optionally via Milford Sound (180 km 2.5 hours if not)

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Rest day…if you want to….

Drive distance: 360 km                  Driving time: 5 hrs


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Lovely options to go vineyard hunting, walking in the Abel Tasman National Park, or a 3 hour round trip to the tranquil Golden Bay.


Drive distance: 130 km                  Driving time: 2 hrs


Drive distance: 270 km                  Driving time: 4 hrs

Our Farewell Dinner!


Drive distance: 140 km                  Driving time: 2 hrs

The last short stretch…..time for a quick soak before leaving Hanmer & driving the cars to the drop off point in Christchurch early afternoon and farewells….until the next one!



Click below to see all destinations & potential accommodation & activity options at a glance




Discretely escorted - it's all about you...

By your side when you need us, leaving you free if you don’t.

We drive the whole route too, and each day you’re welcome to drive along with us or head off on your own exploration and pace, spending your time as you please. At each location we recommend diverse activities you can opt in to with fellow travellers.  Tell us your interests: food, wine, gardens, walks, culture, museums, nature, art, cruises, photography, cars….and with our knowledge of living in the South Island, we’ll point you to the best experiences the locals know. Sat nav / GPS units ensure you don’t get lost, and unlike some other travel tours, we’re there to come and help out in person.

Ready to tour?

All cars come with unlimited km, comprehensive insurance & roadside assistance. We also provide a personalised familarisation session and documentation for your car. 

The car you see here is the car you’ll get. A 15% deposit using secure payment facilities reserves your unique car and dates, so why not….