14 Day South Island Family Holiday Package
Discover the stunning South Island with this all-inclusive self drive New Zealand family holiday package…
South Island Family Holiday Package Includes:
- 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Hyundai Sonata Sedan or similar automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
- TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise & Walter Peak Farm Excursion Queenstown
- Fiordland Jet Two Hour Pure Wilderness Experience
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- Te Anau Glowworm Caves
- Scenic Helicopter Flight over Franz Josef Glacier with Snow Landing
- Quad Bike Forest Safari
- TranzAlpine Train Journey Greymouth to Christchurch
Day 1 Arrive Christchurch
Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City. Collect your rental car from the airport, discover the city or relax in your Christchurch accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 2 Mount Cook
Driving time Christchurch to Mount Cook Village 332 km / 206 miles, 4 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 Mount Cook.
Optional Scenic Helicopter Flight with snow landing to view Mount Cook and glaciers.
Stay 1 night in Mount Cook.
Day 3 Queenstown
Driving time Mount Cook Village to Queenstown 262 km / 163 miles, 3.5 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki, a picturesque turquoise 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.
Day 4 Queenstown
In the morning, get a taste of New Zealand’s farming lifestyle at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Situated on picturesque Lake Wakatipu’s southwestern shores, the farm is the perfect place to spend a relaxing few hours. The farm tour itself is a wonderful, interactive experience for the whole family, with something to keep everyone entertained and happy. Your rural host will meet you after you disembark from the TSS Earnslaw and take you for a walking tour of the farmyard. The first stop is the holding pens, where you can help feed the sheep and deer and even get up close to the Scottish Highland Cattle. Then stroll through the lakeside gardens to the charming Colonel’s Homestead for afternoon tea. Afterwards, the farmer will lead you over to the shearing shed where you can watch the farm dogs rounding up sheep from the hill paddocks and see the farmer shear a sheep. You will then board the TSS Earnslaw for your cruise back to Queenstown.
Relax in Queenstown for the afternoon.
Day 5 Queenstown
Relax in Queenstown for the day. Choose from an exciting range of optional activities including rafting, scenic flights, 4WD safaris and more.
Day 6 Te Anau
Driving time Queenstown to Te Anau 171 km / 106 miles, 2.5 hours
Journey alongside Queenstown’s stunning Lake Wakatipu and then through lush green farmland to reach Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
In the afternoon, join Fiordland Jet! Enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout filled Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri, step foot into ancient beach forests and learn all about this unique location among Fiordland National Park. Your journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride down the Waiau river. A picturesque spot, the Waiau river is lined by ancient beech tree forest and is the Anduin River; the great river of Middle Earth! Featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings! Get the inside-story on The Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the crazy logistics involved in filming. Experience the thrill and excitement as you cruise down the powerful, surging, Waiau River. Stop in some quiet and tranquil spots, to soak up the amazing surrounds, spot a few trout, and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history.Suddenly, find yourself out on the breath-taking Lake Manapouri. Surrounded by mountains that have been carved by snow and ice over centuries, experience a sense of wonderment as you gaze at the magnificent mountains and sit in awe of their sheer beauty.
Stay 3 nights in Te Anau.
Day 7 Te Anau > Milford Sound
Driving time Te Anau to Milford Sound 116 km / 72 miles, 2.5 hours
Today, enjoy the stunning Milford Sound Nature Cruise! The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone.
Upon reaching Milford Sound you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. With specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, and wildlife. Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions.
Relax and explore Te Anau for the afternoon.
Day 8 Te Anau
Today, take the magical Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour. Explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on board the catamaran Luminosa to the western side of the lake. On arrival, there is time to view the interesting displays at Cavern House before your friendly guides accompany you underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. In this mysterious underground world, discover fossils and rock formations, and view rushing waterfalls and whirlpools. Learn how the caves are still being carved out by the incredible and relentless power of nature before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight!
Day 9 Wanaka
Driving time Te Anau to Wanaka 227 km / 141 miles, 3.5 hours
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest State Highway, 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, an alpine town boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.
Stay 3 nights in Wanaka.
Day 10 Wanaka
Relax and explore Wanaka – you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, as well as the National Toy and Transport Museum. Other options include the Warbirds and Wheels Museum and Have a Shot, where you can enjoy clay bird shooting, mini putt, a driving range and more.
Day 11 Wanaka
Today’s options include visiting Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room, or catching a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s unique movie theatre. Other options include strolling along one of Wanaka’s stunning walking tracks, relaxing on the lake’s edge or browsing through Wanaka’s boutique shops.
For a more adrenalin filled day, add on a skydive or scenic helicopter flight.
Day 12 Franz Josef
Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 285 km / 177 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 rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards New Zealand’s most famous glaciers.
In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow.
In the evening, you have the option to visit the Glacier Hot Pools for a rejuvenating soak under the stars.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Day 13 Greymouth
Driving time Franz Josef to Greymouth 174 km / 108 miles, 2.5 hours
Enjoy your journey along the West Coast, stopping at towns of interest such as Hokitika, which is famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from molten glass, paua or bone, or carve your own creation from wood or jade (pounamu). Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty before continuing to Greymouth.
In the afternoon, join On Yer Bike for an action packed wild West Coast adventure. A magical mix of mud, water and inviting trails will give you a satisfying taste of real off-roading on a 4WD Quad Bike. After some sound advice and guidance from your tour guide, you’re off on your own quad bike to tackle the puddles, hills and rainforest tracks. Your expert guide will lead the way, stopping at various points of interest as you explore this enchanted place deep in the forest.
Stay 1 night in Greymouth.
Day 14 Greymouth > Christchurch
Train travel Greymouth to Christchurch 223 km / 138 miles, 4.5 hours
Relax and explore Greymouth in the morning before dropping off your rental car and boarding the TranzAlpine Train, which journeys from the West to East Coast. Your train travels through the spectacular Southern Alps and past gorges and river valleys before reaching the fields of the Canterbury Plains.
Arrive back in Christchurch and make your way to your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 15 Depart Christchurch
Make your way to Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.