south island at leisure
from $1,999 per person
This self drive South Island exploration has you visiting some hidden gems that are often missed. Your 14 day itinerary gives you time to stop and explore waterfalls, lakes, mountains and fjords. Departing from Christchurch heading over to the West Coast and down to Queenstown and Dunedin before your return to Christchurch gives you a great overview of New Zealand’s South Island and witnessing Mother Nature’s work of art.
- 14 day care hire Toyota Corolla or similar
- 1 night pre & post Ramada Suites, Christchurch
- 1 night Bella Vista, Hokitika
- 2 nights Bella Vista, Franz Josef
- 2 nights Wanaka Hotel, Wanaka
- A Taste of Wanaka Wine Tour
- 2 nights Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown
- Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride
- 2 nights Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau
- Milford Sound Cruise including lunch and transport
- 2 nights Quest, Dunedin
- Entry to Larnach Castle & Gardens
01 May – 30 Sep
30 Jun 21
The South Island of New Zealand is known for its mountains, lakes and glaciers and this itinerary has you experiencing these in abundance.
Starting in Christchurch you’ll see how a city has rebuilt after devastating earthquake damage in 2011. Enjoy a Punt along the Avon, visit the Art Galleries or simply stroll Hagley Park.
Making your way to the wild West Coast over Arthurs Pass has you driving through high mountains with large scree slopes, steep gorges and wide rivers and it is one of the most picturesque drives you can do in the South Island.
On to Glacier Country where Franz Josef and Fox Glacier are one of only two places in the world where you can view glaciers descending into temperate rainforest and the most accessible glaciers in the world. While you can’t walk up and touch it with your hand by yourself, there are guides available to take you safely up and onto the glaciers.
Through to Wanaka and on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the South Island. Enjoy some adrenaline pumping activities or take a drive out to Arrowtown a small historic gold mining town and take a walk through the old village where the Chinese gold miners flocked to in 1874.
On to Te Anau and Milford where you will enjoy a cruise out through the Milford Sound which is known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls. It is also home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins.
A couple of nights in Dunedin to visit New Zealand’s steepest street and and home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and the rare yellow-eyed penguins.