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10D NZ South Island Self-Drive

Self-Drive Suggested Itinerary

Christchurch → Lake Tekapo → Mt. Cook Region → Dunedin → Te Anau → Milford Sound → Queenstown → West Coast Glacier → Punakaiki → Hanmer Springs → Kaikoura

CHRISTCHURCH – LAKE TEKAPO – MT. COOK REGION (315km/3h45m)

Pick-up your car and drive to Lake Tekapo. Explore Glentunnel before the road climbs up to Mt. Hutt. Fishing, kayaking, bike riding, horse trekking and skiing are some of the things you can do at Lake Tekapo. Check out the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog statue.


Overnight: Mt. Cook Region

MT. COOK REGION, MT. COOK NATIONAL PARK – DUNEDIN (320km/3h45m)

The road to Mt. Cook takes you through the beautiful Lake Pukaki. Try heli skiing, heli hiking and aerial sightseeing. Continue your journey to the city of Dunedin and visit penguin, albatross and seal colonies.

Overnight: Dunedin

DUNEDIN – TE ANAU (290km/3h25m)

Visit Larnach Castle and Balclutha. After Gore, you’ll travel across the river plain to Lumsden and continue to Te Anau. From here, the delights of the Fiordland National Park are within easy reach. The Te Anau Caves are an excellent adventure.

Overnight: Te Anau

TE ANAU – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN (394km/5h)

On the road to Milford, look for the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain and the Mirror Lakes. Hop on a scenic Milford Sound Cruise and travel along the amazing 22 kilometre long fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak. Travel back to Queenstown via Mossburn and Lumsden for unique shopping opportunities or a farm tour.

Overnight: Queenstown

QUEENSTOWN

Spend a day at leisure in Queenstown - activities include bungy jumping, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. Or take a journey to the iconic Bob’s Peak by a Gondola and enjoy award winning cuisine in the scenic restaurant, Kiwi Haka Maori culture performances and the Skyline Luge.

Overnight: Queenstown

QUEENSTOWN – WEST COAST GLACIER (330km/4h)

Lake Hawea is the first scenic highlight of your journey today, followed by the dramatic twists and turns of the Haast Pass. Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you arrive in Rainforest County. Next is pretty Lake Paringa and the unique Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

Overnight: West Coast Glacier Region

WEST COAST GLACIER – PUNAKAIKI – HANMER SPRINGS (410km/5h)

Travel to Punakaiki, best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Hanmer Springs is a destination for relaxation and indulgence. You can soak in the hot springs or treat yourself to a range of spa therapies. Other Hanmer specialities include forest walks, horse trekking, trout fishing, jet boating, bungy jumping and golf.

Overnight: Hanmer Springs

HANMER SPRINGS – KAIKOURA (135km/1h50m)

Visit Kaikoura - one of the only places in the world where you can do a whale watch tour all year round.

Overnight: Kaikoura

KAIKOURA – CHRISTCHURCH

In Christchurch, visit heritage sites, museums and art galleries, and enjoy the highly developed restaurant scene.

Overnight: Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH

If time permits, visit the Antarctic Centre, which is only 5mins away from the airport.

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INCLUSIONS / HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9N accommodation
  • 9D car rental
  • Admission to Larnach Castle, Dunedin
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Skyline Gondola in Queenstown
  • Kaikoura Whale Watching Cruise
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TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Book & travel by 30Sep'17.
  • Accommodation seasonal surcharge, block out dates, supplements and minimum nights stay apply. Details to be advised at time of booking confirmation.
  • All passengers are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa, vaccinations, health certificates and carry a passport with minimum 6 months validity.
  • Prices exclude tipping, car rental excess, GPS, toll fee and other personal expenses.
  • Suggested itinerary is for your reference only; admissions are not included unless otherwise stated.
  • Prices quoted are per person on twin-share basis, exclude flight ticket.
  • Prices listed here are correct as of date of print and are subject to change without prior notice.
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