Arrive in Christchurch – New Zealand’s Garden City. Collect your rental car from the airport, discover the city or relax in your Christchurch accommodation at Peppers Clearwater Resort and Golf Club.
If you would like to explore Christchurch this afternoon, your options include visiting the Canterbury Museum where you can find rare Maori artefacts; the stories behind them will fascinate you. The museum has a
Stay 2 nights in Christchurch.
Today walk in the footsteps of Clearwater graduates such as Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and women’s golf star Lydia Ko on Clearwater’s manicured fairways and greens surrounded by natural spring-fed lakes as you enjoy your 18 hole round of golf. The course features both the standard Par 72 championship layout (5 tees) and an Executive Par 60 “30|30″ challenge designed by Sir Bob Charles. Set within nearly 200 hectares of the Clearwater Resort and just minutes from Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand’s premier championship golf course has something for everyone.
Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 227 km / 141 miles, 3.5 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the majestic Southern Alps. Cross the barren Mackenzie Country to reach the glacial lakes as you journey towards Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo presents many world class attractions such as the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, the luxurious spa complex Tekapo Springs and of course the world famous Mt John Observatory.
Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown 256 km / 159 miles, 3.5 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki a picturesque turquoise glacial lake, before you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital and scenic resort town.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown or Arrowtown.
Enjoy 18 holes of golf at the prestigious Millbrook Golf Resort. This scenic golf course will provide you with the most unforgettable Queenstown golfing experience. Designed by renowned professional and master golf Sir Bob Charles. Millbrook’s course is best described as a mix between the world-class immaculately manicured ‘Parklands’ courses and ‘Links’ courses, offering a variety of natural hazards including tussocks, streams, schist stone, trees and buildings.
Relax and explore Queenstown today or take the short drive to the historic mining town of Arrowtown.
In the afternoon enjoy a breathtaking scenic helicopter flight taking you over the Remarkables mountain range and Kawarau river. Watch jet boats race up the Shotover and take in the amazing Lake Wakatipu from the air. Landing in the Wakatipu Basin for a great photo opportunity and to take in the surrounding mountains. This 20 minute flight will be a highlight of your travels.
Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the vistas from fantastic viewing points. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka boasting panoramic views, a relaxed atmosphere and a myriad of walking tracks. There is so much on offer in Wanaka, enjoy one of the many stunning walking tracks; take a look around Wanaka’s boutique shops, visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s iconic illusional attraction as well as the famous National Toy and Transport Museum and Warbirds and Wheels Museum, or just sit back and relax and take in the stunning views.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Today play a challenging 18 holes of golf at the picturesque Wanaka Golf Course surrounded by mountains and overlooking Lake Wanaka! It is nestled above the township of Wanaka boasting superb views and a very high standard of course maintenance. The course at Wanaka Golf Club is set in spectacular alpine scenery. The front nine is blessed with views over Lake Wanaka township to the lake and mountains beyond. The back nine has more of a parkland feel with tree-lined fairways and views of Mount Iron, Mount Gold and the Cardrona Valley. Snow-capped peaks surround the course in winter, but the climate in Wanaka ensures it is playable all year round.
Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 284 km / 176 miles, 4 hours
Discover the Haast Pass Highway where there are many short walks and natural attractions to view along the way. Continue north, through dense rain forest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards New Zealand’s glaciers.
Option to add on a scenic helicopter tour over the glaciers.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Driving time Franz Josef to Greymouth 172 km / 106 miles, 2.5 hours
Train travel Greymouth to Christchurch 223 km / 138 miles, 4.5 hours
Drive north to reach Greymouth where you will drop off your rental car and board your TranzAlpine Train which journeys from the West to East Coast. Your train travels through the spectacular Southern Alps, gorges and river valleys before reaching the fields of the Canterbury Plains.
Arrive in the garden city of Christchurch and make your way to your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Make your way to Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.
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