This New Zealand map features every major point of interest on the South Island, complete with original photos of each location. We originally created this interactive Google Map to complement a variety of New Zealand travel guides that you can find on this website.

Once it was made, however, we realized how valuable it would be and decided to share it directly with all of you! We’ve included over 140 of our favourite places in New Zealand with original images to help inspire you and plan your perfect trip.


The image below shows where the majority of accommodation options exist for the South Island. Use this as a visual guide for considering where you want to stay, then click the image to browse pricing and options.


In conjunction with the ultimate South Island New Zealand map above, we have created a variety of photography and travel guides to help you plan your dream vacation to this beautiful destination. We invite and encourage you all to check them out and bookmark or print those you find most useful!


Sunset at That Wanaka Tree is one of the stops on our 7 day New Zealand South Island itinerary.

A week is not much time to explore the South Island, which is why we created a dedicated travel guide to crafting your own perfect New Zealand South Island 7 day itinerary. There is a rigid, intensely-packed itinerary to start from, as well as all considerations and all need-to-know information to modify it to fit your taste, as well as alternative options for a slower-pace trip.


There is no better way to explore New Zealand than by campervan. The freedom you have by traveling with your home on wheels is truly a wonderful and liberating experience.

New Zealand is the perfect place to explore this way, with ample camp sites and freedom camping available. Our New Zealand by campervan guide will take you through everything you need to know about taking the ultimate road trip around New Zealand.


The New Zealand landscape photography travel guide focuses primarily on highlighting our personal favorite destinations to photograph the incredible NZ scenery. It is also chalk-full of hidden gems that you have likely missed during your planning.

New Zealand is a landscape photographers dream! The South Island of New Zealand is home to many beautiful places and landscapes. This travel guide will help you discover all the best New Zealand photography locations and hidden gems. #newzealand #photography

Even if you are confident in your itinerary, you may find some inspiration when it comes to capturing these incredible places. We would also wager you’ve never seen photos from inside #11 😉


Autumn is a beautiful season, but is it the BEST time to visit New Zealand? Check out our the guide to help you decide!

Autumn is a beautiful season, but is it the BEST time to visit New Zealand? Check out our the guide to help you decide!

This guide was written to answer the most common question we received regarding the best time to Visit New Zealand. We’ve broken down the most relevant factors to consider by season and by month. These factors include: weather, foreign visitors, events, and more. If you are planning a “someday” trip, this is a must read for deciding what month or season is right for you!


The journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful in all of New Zealand. This travel guide will help you discover all the must-see stops along the way so you don’t miss a thing!


Sunrise from Doubtful Sound

Almost everyone planning a trip to the South Island has included a visit to Milford Sound, but very few people make the effort to visit the other incredible place Fjordland National Park has to offer. Read all about our experience, planning, and recommendations for an Overnight Cruise to Doubtful Sounds in this comprehensive guide and review.


Perhaps the most popular trail in New Zealand, this comprehensive guide details everything you need to know to hike the Roys Peak Track.

Planning to hike to Roys Peak? Here you'll find everything you need to know about Roys Peak, Wanaka, before you tackle this gruelling hike! Including how to avoid the crowds and get the best photos of this iconic location on the South Island of New Zealand. #newzealand #wanaka #royspeak

If you have any intention of attempting the Roys Peak hike, you should minimally browse the guide as there is some crucial information, such as seasonal closures, that you need to be aware of.

In addition to technical and relevant information, the guide also provides tips on photographing the views from the top!

Having a home on wheels that takes you wherever you want to go is convenient and easy to do in New Zealand. There are thousands of blogs, apps, and info centers that make it a stress-free experience.

Pouakai Hut on our New Zealand road trip on the north island

The Pouakai Hut Mt Taranaki – this is a must-do and included in some of our North Island itineraries.

However, there is one stressful part of your New Zealand road trip and that’s picking the best New Zealand self-drive itinerary that suits your timeframe and budget. It means choosing a route that hits every place you’ve dreamed of visiting and more.

For that reason, I want to list 10 different New Zealand self-drive itineraries (routes) to help plan and inspire your trip of a lifetime! Here are my New Zealand road trip itinerary ideas to help plan your New Zealand road trip.

Getting Around for your NZ Road Trip

Kiwi Motorhomes driving around New Zealand

Road tripping New Zealand with Kiwi Motorhomes!

The first step to planning your New Zealand road trip is choosing your set of wheels! Most people rent a campervan or motorhome to get around but you can also just rent a normal car and stay in hotels (as opposed to camping.)

You can search for rental cars online in advance to compare car models and prices.

You can also do this with motorhomes and campervans on a website called Motorhome Republic. It shows all of the available campervans and motorhomes for your specific New Zealand road trip dates. You can compare prices and company reviews here too!

Personally, we have rented a campervan from the company called Mad Campers before and had a great experience. Mad Campers is for budget travelers and they offer 1 and 2 berth campervans that are very comfortable and perfect for a road trip in New Zealand! You can read our full Mad Campers review for more info!

We also have a discount code for our readers. Use DTRAVEL5 at checkout to get 5% off your campervan rental with Mad Campers!

Kiwi Motorhomes is another company we personally recommend, but for motorhomes! They offer luxury motorhomes (as opposed to budget campervans) at really reasonable rates. Check out our full review on them as well as more info specific on renting a motorhome in NZ!

Kiwi Motorhomes has actually given us a discount code for our readers too! Use the code DEST5 at checkout to get 5% off your motorhome rental!

I’m not saying these are the only two good companies out there, because there really are lots! But both of these guys are great value and come approved by us – plus you get a discount!

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