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New Zealand's South Island self-drive
18 days from $10,115pp
Stroll along surf beaches around Christchurch - New Brighton and Sumner - then enjoy the view from a nearby coffee shop.
Experience the golden sands and turquoise waters of the Abel Tasman National Park.
Enjoy the scenic drive all the way down the west coast - from Westport to Haast, where the forest meets the ocean - this rugged coastline is atmospheric and beautiful.
- Abel Tasman National Park
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers
- Lake Wanaka
- Milford Sound
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Day 1 Christchurch
Arrive in Christchurch today where you will be welcomed by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation for the next two nights. Relax, unwind and recover from your flight, there is plenty to do in Christchurch within an easy stroll of your accommodation.
Day 2 Christchurch
Enjoy the day at leisure in Christchurch. The nearby beach suburbs of New Brighton and Sumner are well worth a visit - here you can enjoy a coffee whilst watching the surf roll in.
Day 3 Kaikoura
Take a taxi to the airport to collect your car this morning and make your way north from the city today and head north to the coastal town of Kaikoura. Enjoy an afternoon exploring the mountainous and ocean town of Kaikoura, before making your may to your unique Purepod accommodation.
Day 4 Kaikoura
Day 5 Abel Tasman National Park
Continue north along the coastline to Blenheim, the famous wine region of the South Island, before heading west to the Kaiteriteri, on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. From here you will take a water taxi to your accommodation where you will spend the next three nights.
Day 6 Abel Tasman National Park
Today you get to explore this pristine area from the water and on foot. Start with a kayaking trip around the edges of the National Park, paddling gently with the breeze. Then, enjoy a cruise along the coast to a beautiful beach where you are dropped off to enjoy a short walk on one of the tracks here.
Day 7 Abel Tasman National Park
Day 8 Punakaiki
Day 9 Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers
Make your way south along the wild West Coast to Franz Josef, the scenery on this drive is fabulous! The rest of the day is at leisure, perhaps visit Te Koha Gallery where you can try your hand at jade carving.
Day 10 Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers
Today is at leisure to explore Franz Josef, you might like to visit Lake Matheson for stunning views of nearby Fox Glacier and Mount cook, take a glacier valley walk up to the Franz Josef Glacier or arrange for a helicopter or light aircraft flight over the glaciers.
Day 11 Lake Wanaka
Another mountainous drive down the coast and inland to Lake Wanaka. There are lots of lovely spots to stop and go for short walks; each with something fascinating to see and photograph, along the way. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Wanaka, where you will spend the next three nights.
Day 12 Lake Wanaka
This morning you will collect e-bikes before being transfered to Clutha, where you will start your private biking tour. Your guide will teach you about the region while you spend the next few hours taking in the mountains and biking back to Wanaka.
Day 13 Lake Wanaka
Today you join a delightful 4WD eco-tour to a privately owned high country station. You will see deer, sheep and cattle, learn a little about the station and take in some of the most magnificent views that Wanaka has to offer. To top it off you'll enjoy a lovely cup of tea served on top of one of Wanaka's wild hills with probably one of the most beautiful views in New Zealand.
Day 14 Milford Sound
Drive to the Milford Sound today, where you will board an overnight cruise. Spend the night exploring the fiord on this peaceful reserve. You will have a chance to take in the large waterfalls and spot local marine wildlife that frequents the area. In the evening, enjoy dinner on the cruise before you head to bed.
Day 15 Dunedin
Day 16 Dunedin
Day 17 Dunedin
Day 18 Return home
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