Scenic South TravelPass

Scenic South

Drink in the South Island's most scenic routes with this itinerary, from the fairytale beauty of Queenstown to the wild West Coast. At the top of the 'Mainland', discover sunny beaches and fertile valleys in Nelson and Picton, before returning to Christchurch, where old meets new.

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Buy your Scenic South TravelPass

$549NZD

Add on travel via Mount Cook

$644NZD

Minimum 6 days of travel

Start anywhere en-route

Includes Milford Sound day tour

Option to add travel to Mount Cook

New Zealand Scenic South TravelPass

Itinerary details

Your pass is divided into the following 'legs'. You can book travel in either direction (i.e. follow the itinerary from top to bottom, or bottom to top). You can also stop as often as you like along the way on each leg (for example, on the Christchurch to Queenstown leg you can book from Christchurch to Ashburton, Ashburton to Tekapo and Tekapo to Queenstown. 

IMPORTANT: Milford Sound cruises are shown as 'extras' on the bus services  for these tours. You must select and add these extras to your cart in order to book them. You can also add other extras (like meals) to your tour in the same way. At the checkout we'll book the trip on your pass and you can pay for any extras that aren't included in your pass.

When booking tours you must book to and from the stops shown. View our TravelPass tours page for more information.

Christchurch to Queenstown

Travel from Christchurch to Queenstown, passing stunning Lake Tekapo on your way. Spend some time in Queenstown enjoying adventure activities, great food and wine and a laidback vibe.

Milford Sound Day Tour (Queenstown-Queenstown)

Take a day tour to Milford Sound (included in your pass) and cruise on the fiord - this is a must-do for any South Island itinerary! Lunch is also included.

Queenstown to Franz Josef

Journey through lush native bush into the Glacier Country where impressive rivers of ice tumble from the mountains above. Arrive in Franz Josef and explore the glacier.

Franz Josef to Nelson

Get ready for a whole new landscape as you travel through the West Coast – a place of amazing, isolated beauty. Continue through to Nelson, one of the NZ's sunniest towns with an abundance of beaches and bush walks to enjoy. 

Nelson to Picton

Make your way along the top of the South Island to Picton in the Marlborough region – gateway to the Queen Charlotte Walking Track.

Picton to Christchurch PLUS Kaikoura day trip

Explore the East Coast of the South Island en route from Picton to Christchurch, the Garden City. Due to road closures on the coastal road between Picton and Kaikoura, we've added a day trip from Christchurch to Kaikoura and back onto this itinerary so you can experience its charms.