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Ultimate 3 week budget guide to South Island New Zealand in a campervan

We embarked on a 3 week trip across the South Island New Zealand and it honestly changed our life. The South island of New Zealand is one of the most picturesque landscapes to explore on the entire globe, we will take you through our exact itinerary, places to visit, and areas to stop overnight in a campervan.

New Zealand is like a love affair that you never want to end. Every time we visit a little piece of our soul is left with this beautiful Country. The diversity across such a small island is incredible, and we are so excited to share our road trip experience with you!

What this blog will cover:

  • A suggested 3 week itinerary for visiting the South Island of New Zealand

  • Our total budget breakdown for 3 weeks

  • Driving distances between each stop

  • Points of interest in the South Island

  • Campground overnight suggestions

So, let’s start at the beginning.

White Horse Hill Campground

This itinerary is based on flying in and out of Christchurch International airport. For the South Island, Christchurch is likely to be the most convenient airport and is usually the cheapest when flying internationally. There is another airport in Queenstown which is popular if flying domestically or coming from Australia.

Wilderness NZ van