10 Day South Island Farm Stay Holiday Package
Discover the stunning South Island with this all inclusive self drive holiday package including a real Kiwi experience with a farm stay in New Zealand…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation (including 2 night Farm Stay near Akaroa)
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic with Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
- TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise and High Country Farm Lunch
- Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
- Fox Glacier Valley and Terminal Face Walk
- Ko Tane Maori Experience Evening with Hangi Dinner and Kiwi House Tour
Day 1 Arrive Queenstown
Arrive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Collect your rental car from the airport and explore the vibrant downtown, or relax in your accommodation.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 2 Queenstown
Start your holiday off with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Disembark at the Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you will enjoy a fantastic gourmet BBQ lunch. Afterwards, an entertaining farm show will allow you to experience high-country farm life.
Day 3 Queenstown
Today, get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride! It’s a thrilling ride as the Shotover Jet twists and turns through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds.
In the afternoon, explore Queenstown or add on an exciting adventure – options include 4WD tours, bungy jumping, helicopter flights, or the Skyline Luge.
Day 4 Wanaka
Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest state highway, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.
Stay 1 night in Wanaka.
Day 5 Fox Glacier – Glacier Country
Driving time Wanaka to Fox Glacier 262 km / 163 miles, 3.5 hours
Carry on up the West Coast to reach Fox Glacier – there are many short walks and viewing points to take in along the Haast Pass Highway, which will help break up the journey.
In the afternoon, discover Fox Glacier with the highly recommended Fox Glacier Valley and Terminal Face Walk. This is an informative and leisurely trip to the dynamic face of the glacier. It is here that the Fox River emerges from the ice, and where ice collapses are often heard and seen. Although you will not walk on the glacier, your guide will take you to the final resting place of the ice that has travelled 12 kilometres from the base of the Southern Alps to the river valley floor. This two hour trip is easy going. There is a strong focus on providing you with quality interpretation so you can learn about the glacier and the surrounding environment. It is usually possible to view the cave at the terminal face of the ice from which the Fox River emerges.
Stay 1 night in Fox Glacier.
Day 6 Greymouth
Driving time Fox Glacier to Greymouth 196 km / 121 miles, 2.5 hours
Enjoy your journey along the West Coast, stopping at towns of interest such as Franz Josef, before continuing on to Greymouth. Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast of the South Island, with around 13,000 people calling it home. This hardy West Coast town has a history of jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. The West Coast is known for its rugged beaches and coast, and for the ‘coasters,’ or the locals. They are an independent bunch, who are self-resilent but also friendly and hospitable.
Stay 1 night in Greymouth.
Day 7 Hanmer Springs
Driving time Greymouth to Hanmer Springs 213 km / 132 miles, 3 hours
Travel on to Hanmer Springs, a year-round holiday destination offering a variety of outdoor activities, great cafes and of course the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Visitors have been travelling to bathe in the rejuvenating hot mineral pools for over 120 years! Relax in open-air thermal public and private pools and de-stress with spa therapies.
Stay 1 night in Hanmer Springs.
Day 8 Akaroa
Driving time Hanmer Springs to Akaroa 216 km / 134 miles, 3 hours
Journey along the South Island’s stunning East Coast to reach Akaroa on Banks Peninsula.
Escape to Okains Bay, one of Banks Peninsulas unique and beautiful bays near Akaroa. Kawatea is a gracious historic homestead set in mature gardens, surrounded by 1500 acres of coastal land farmed by the family for five generations. Enjoy the secluded beaches with panoramic views and excellent swimming and walking opportunities. Learn about Maori culture and the life of the early settlers at the acclaimed Okains Bay museum. Join your hosts in the evening for creative country fare from their garden whilst sharing experiences with fellow travellers.
Stay 2 nights near Akaroa at a Farm Stay.
Day 9 Akaroa
Today, relax and explore the farm and its surrounds further. Option to add on a Harbour Cruise or Swimming with Dolphins. Akaroa Harbour is home to the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector Dolphin.
Day 10 Christchurch
Driving time Akaroa to Christchurch 81 km / 50 miles, 1.5 hours
Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City, and explore the city – you could visit the botanic gardens or the Canterbury Museum, or go punting on the Avon River.
In the evening, enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience which includes a guided tour through the kiwi house to see kiwi and other New Zealand wildlife icons. Then you will be greeted with a traditional Maori Welcome and challenge (wero), followed by a tour of the replica Maori village, where you will learn about their history, ancestors and traditions. Before dinner you will experience a traditional Maori performance including the haka and a waiata a ringa. Finally, to finish off your evening, enjoy a four course dinner with traditional hangi mains, where food is cooked underground long and slow from stones that are heated in a pit.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 11 Depart Christchurch
Drop off your rental car at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch at your leisure.