Overview

Discover the most magical regions of the South Island of New Zealand. Explore the West Coast Glaciers, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Dunedin, whilst learning about our history and heritage, flora and fauna.

10 Day Self Drive Tour with your choice of Standard or Superior Accommodation for 9 nights.

Itineraries

All itineraries can be amended or combined with other itineraries. Please advise amendments when requesting a quote.

Christchurch - Glaciers - Queenstown - Te Anau - Dunedin - Christchurch

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Arrive Christchurch
Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown to Te Anau
Day Trip to Milford Sound
Te Anau to Dunedin
Dunedin to Christchurch
Depart Christchurch

Day 1

Arrive Christchurch

Day 2

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

Travel Time: 5 hrs

Distance: 381 kms

Day 3

Franz Josef Glacier

Day 4

Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 354 kms

Day 5

Queenstown

Day 6

Queenstown to Te Anau

Travel Time: 2 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 171 kms

Day 7

Day Trip to Milford Sound

Travel Time: 4 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 400 kms

Day 8

Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel Time: 3 hrs 45 mins

Distance: 283 kms

Day 9

Dunedin to Christchurch

Travel Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 396 kms

Day 10

Depart Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, known as the ‘Garden City' where you will pick up your car. Today is yours for optional activities.

Overnight Accommodation in Christchurch

This morning you leave Christchurch and drive across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps, through scenic Arthur's Pass and on to the West Coast and Greymouth. Head south along the west coast passing through Hokitika, home of the 'Wild Food Festival' to reach the twin glaciers of Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.

Option: take the spectacular TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, before driving down to the Glaciers.

Two nights accommodation in Franz Josef

There are many ways to explore this unique region, guided terminal face walks, heli hikes and scenic flights are all on offer. At the end of your day relax in the Glacier Hot Pools.

Estimated Driving Time: 4 hrs 30 mins, Distance:

After leaving Haast you take on the dramatic twists and turns of the Haast Pass, before stopping at the wilderness town of Makarora, where you can fuel up and refresh. Passing the northern end of Lake Wanaka, closely followed by Lake Hawea you arrive at scenic Wanaka.

The shortest route to Queenstown is over the Crown Range Road. It's a challenging drive, but the views are amazing. More conservative drivers can take the route that runs beside the Shotover River, Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River.

Two nights accommodation in Queenstown

Today is at your leisure to explore the many sights and sounds Queenstown has to offer you. If adrenalin is what you're after try Jet boating on the Kawarau or Shotover Rivers. The region isn't only about adrenalin producing and thrilling adventures, the Queenstown region also offers attractions including new wineries, galleries, art trails and challenging golf courses. You could take a ride up the Skyline Gondola to a view that will take your breath away, and have a sumptuous buffet dinner in the restaurant.

Drive south following the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu and cross rural farmlands to Lake Te Anau. Take a short drive to view Lake Manapouri before reaching Te Anau.

Two nights accommodation Te Anau

The road to Milford is one of New Zealand's most scenic drives. The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you'll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park.

The rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. Grand, brooding, serene and wild are just some of the words that will come to mind on your Milford Sound Cruise. Tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces and seals are some of the things you'll remember. Return to Te Anau.

Follow the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu until you reach Alexandra. Explore the historic mining area of St Bathans before reaching the art deco town of Ranfurly. Follow the mighty Clutha River south, passing fertile stone orchards as you drive across the rugged country of Central Otago to reach Dunedin. Tonight enjoy a Speights Brewery Tour followed by dinner at the Ale House.

Overnight accommodation in Dunedin

Be sure to check out the unique geological formations known as the Moeraki Boulders located 70km's north of Dunedin. At historic Oamaru home of the Little Blue Penguins, carry on towards the Canterbury Plains.

From Timaru take the scenic route through Geraldine, before passing Methven to Christchurch.

Overnight Accommodation in Christchurch

Your day is at leisure in Christchurch before returning your rental car.

Day 1, Arrive Christchurch

Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, known as the ‘Garden City' where you will pick up your car. Today is yours for optional activities.

Overnight Accommodation in Christchurch

Day 2, Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

Travel Time: 5 hrs

Distance: 381 kms

This morning you leave Christchurch and drive across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps, through scenic Arthur's Pass and on to the West Coast and Greymouth. Head south along the west coast passing through Hokitika, home of the 'Wild Food Festival' to reach the twin glaciers of Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.

Option: take the spectacular TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, before driving down to the Glaciers.

Two nights accommodation in Franz Josef

Day 3, Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

There are many ways to explore this unique region, guided terminal face walks, heli hikes and scenic flights are all on offer. At the end of your day relax in the Glacier Hot Pools.

Day 4, Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 354 kms

Estimated Driving Time: 4 hrs 30 mins, Distance:

After leaving Haast you take on the dramatic twists and turns of the Haast Pass, before stopping at the wilderness town of Makarora, where you can fuel up and refresh. Passing the northern end of Lake Wanaka, closely followed by Lake Hawea you arrive at scenic Wanaka.

The shortest route to Queenstown is over the Crown Range Road. It's a challenging drive, but the views are amazing. More conservative drivers can take the route that runs beside the Shotover River, Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River.

Two nights accommodation in Queenstown

Day 5, Queenstown

Queenstown

Today is at your leisure to explore the many sights and sounds Queenstown has to offer you. If adrenalin is what you're after try Jet boating on the Kawarau or Shotover Rivers. The region isn't only about adrenalin producing and thrilling adventures, the Queenstown region also offers attractions including new wineries, galleries, art trails and challenging golf courses. You could take a ride up the Skyline Gondola to a view that will take your breath away, and have a sumptuous buffet dinner in the restaurant.

Day 6, Queenstown to Te Anau

Queenstown to Te Anau

Travel Time: 2 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 171 kms

Drive south following the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu and cross rural farmlands to Lake Te Anau. Take a short drive to view Lake Manapouri before reaching Te Anau.

Two nights accommodation Te Anau

Day 7, Day Trip to Milford Sound

Day Trip to Milford Sound

Travel Time: 4 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 400 kms

The road to Milford is one of New Zealand's most scenic drives. The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you'll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park.

The rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. Grand, brooding, serene and wild are just some of the words that will come to mind on your Milford Sound Cruise. Tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces and seals are some of the things you'll remember. Return to Te Anau.

Day 8, Te Anau to Dunedin

Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel Time: 3 hrs 45 mins

Distance: 283 kms

Follow the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu until you reach Alexandra. Explore the historic mining area of St Bathans before reaching the art deco town of Ranfurly. Follow the mighty Clutha River south, passing fertile stone orchards as you drive across the rugged country of Central Otago to reach Dunedin. Tonight enjoy a Speights Brewery Tour followed by dinner at the Ale House.

Overnight accommodation in Dunedin

Day 9, Dunedin to Christchurch

Dunedin to Christchurch

Travel Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 396 kms

Be sure to check out the unique geological formations known as the Moeraki Boulders located 70km's north of Dunedin. At historic Oamaru home of the Little Blue Penguins, carry on towards the Canterbury Plains.

From Timaru take the scenic route through Geraldine, before passing Methven to Christchurch.

Overnight Accommodation in Christchurch

Day 10, Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Your day is at leisure in Christchurch before returning your rental car.

Additional Information

Pricing

Cost per person

May to September 2019

 Twin/Double
Standard 3-3.5 Star Accommodation  From AU$2,912* per person
Superior 4 Star Accommodation From AU$3,516* per person

* PLEASE NOTE *

Prices are estimates only, and are subject to availability and exchange rates when booking, seasonal or holiday price surcharges (such as Christmas/New Year and Easter); as well as special events that may be on. Please forward a request and we will be happy to forward a quote.

Car Rental

  • Car hire excess fees of up to NZ$3500 + GST applies. This will be imprinted on a credit card upon collecting the vehicle. Excess reduction options are available at an additional cost per day. 
  • Airport/Ferry pick up fee applies in some locations. This must be paid direct in New Zealand. 
  • Car parking fees may apply in some locations.

Payment

  • Deposit: $200 per person within 7 days of booking
  • Full Payment: 60 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full no more than 6 days after booking

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellation Fees up to 100% can apply after booking. Extra deposits or full payment may be requested to cover these charges prior to booking.
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Includes

Includes:

 9 nights accommodation

  • 1 Night Christchurch
  • 2 Nights Franz Josef
  • 2 Nights Queenstown
  • 2 Nights Te Anau
  • 1 Night Dunedin
  • 1 Night Christchurch

9 days car hire (C/CDAR Toyota Corolla or Similar)

Entry to Glacier Hot Pools

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Speights Brewery Tour and Ale House Dinner

TranzAlpine Train Journey Christchurch to Greymouth

Options

Itineraries

All itineraries can be amended or combined with other itineraries. Flights can be included from Australia if required. Please advise amendments when requesting a quote.

Airfares

International flights can be included from Australia for all Australian residents.

Optional Extras

Explore Franz Josef

Half Day Helihike

Helihike Guides will outfit you in thick socks, boots, an alpenstock and waterproof coat then a helicopter flight over the Pinnacles, to land high on the glacier. This section contains many ice caves and beautiful ice formations which you will explore with your guide. All too soon it’s back into your helicopter for the return flight. Departs 9 am, noon & on demand daily.

Scenic Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Explore the rugged West Coast of the South Island on a helicopter flight from Franz Josef township. See the untamed beauty where the mountains meet the Tasman Sea, and where rainforests give way to Glaciers. Nowhere else in the world can glaciers be found in such a dramatic setting, in such close proximity to the sea, making Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers truly unique.

Explore Queenstown

Shotover Jet Ride

Shotover Jet is New Zealand’s most popular and instantly identified visitor activity. Nothing you have experienced will have you prepared for the excitement of a Shotover Jet ride. From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed through the towering, rocky canyons of the famous Shotover River.

Skyline Gondola with Buffet Dinner

An essential inclusion on your Queenstown schedule. Travel by gondola to Bob’s Peak high above the township and lake where the unsurpassed views are matched only by a range of activity options that may require a day rather than an hour or two. The views stretch from Coronet Peak to the left, over the town and Remarkable Mountains, along Lake Wakatipu’s southern arm toward Kingston and to your right, across the lake, Cecil and Walter Peaks and the Earnslaw plying its waters as well.

Highlights

Glacier Hot Pools

The Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility and are the perfect way for visitors to unwind. The 3 invitingly warm main pools are surrounded by native bush and are fed with pure local glacier water. A truly rejuvenating & unforgettable experience.

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Milford Sound Nature Cruises give a close-up understanding of Milford Sounds rainforest, towering rock walls, and wildlife, with professional nature guides aboard. The nature guides share accounts of the fiord’s history during the cruise, and are pleased to answer any questions you may have.You will cruise so near to waterfalls that water drenches the foredeck; or you will glide quietly through the sounds whilst looking out for dolphins, seals and penguins.

Speights Brewery Tour & Dinner

Visit a working brewery, learn about its history of brewery and get an understanding of what goes into a world-class beer. After your tour, enjoy a tasty 2 course meal at the Speights Ale House.

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