Budget holidays with the best views in the South Island

See more and spend less on a motorhome holiday in the South Island

You can never underestimate the experience of travelling at your own pace, stopping where you love the views the most. New Zealand’s South Island is jam packed with amazing views, lookouts, sunrises and sunset panoramas. Get your camera, grab a cost-effective campervan or motorhome from Cheapa Campa and set out on a budget holiday to capture the best views.

From Christchurch, head east and spend a few days at Banks Peninsula. With hike trails ranging from two to four days, you’ll be walking over a volcanic crater rim surrounding Akoroa Harbour, through native forest and along clifftops, sandy beaches and open pasture.

Driving north, you’ll soon hit the tip of the South Island, the Marlborough region, where watching sunset with a bottle of locally produced Sauvignon Blanc is an unbeatable experience. Enjoy it from the Oyster Bay Vineyard, with the majestic Richmond Ranges as your backdrop.

Coming around the top of the South Island, you can’t beat a few nights at Abel Tasman National Park. Totaranui campground offers access to golden sands and clear waters of Totaruanui beach – a perfect spot for a magical sunrise walk.

From blue ocean to snowy mountains – the Southern Alps are one of New Zealand’s most amazing views and an absolute must do on the South Island. Take a scenic helicopter flight and soar above this incredible landscape.