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.
Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity, and innovation thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel.
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.
If the sky is clear at night, be sure to venture outside to see the Milky Way! Lake Tekapo is situated in the Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, one of the best places in the world to view the night sky.
Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Dunedin 286 km / 177 miles, 4 hours
Travel to Dunedin, one of the
You also have the option to discover the Otago Peninsula on a wildlife cruise, to see the world’s only mainland nesting place of the Northern Royal Albatross. Along the way, you will get the chance to see fur seals, up to 20 species of rare ocean birds, and—if you’re lucky—penguins and dolphins. Or you can view the local penguin colony up close on an Argo tour.
Stay 2 nights in Dunedin.
Relax and explore Dunedin today with the option to play golf at one of the many golf courses in the area, please enquire for further information. Or add on the Taieri Gorge Railway Adventure and explore the various gorges and viaducts inland of Dunedin by train.
You can visit attractions of interest such as the Olveston Historic Home or the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. You may also like to go for a browse around the shops, stop for a coffee or a nice lunch in one of the prestigious cafés and restaurants Dunedin has to offer.
Driving time Dunedin to Queenstown 282 km / 175 miles, 4 hours
Journey through Central Otago before arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital and scenic resort town.
Relax and explore Queenstown this afternoon, with the option to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Underwater Observatory, or the Ivan Clarke Gallery; ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin; or simply enjoy a lakefront stroll or a bit of boutique shopping.
Stay 4 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. Option to play at Jack’s Point Golf Course or The Hills Golf Course instead.
Relax and explore Queenstown today with the option to play golf at Jack’s Point or The Hills Golf Course.
Alternatively, you have the option to take a day trip to Glenorchy. At the Head of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is nestled between the Richardson (east) and Humboldt (west) Mountain Ranges and overlooked by the mighty snow-capped Mount Earnslaw in the north. From Glenorchy you can travel on to a number of fantastic valleys, including Rees Valley, Paradise Valley, Dart Valley, and Routeburn Valley. These valleys border both Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park, and they are ringed by some of the most dramatic mountains in New Zealand.
The tiny Kinloch township lies further along the road; this is an excellent spot to enjoy a coffee while taking in the views over the stunning shores of Lake Wakatipu. Home to approximately 200 people, Glenorchy is a welcoming and vibrant town offering a range of cafés, restaurants, bars, shopping, hiking, fishing, and much more. Glenorchy’s surrounding landscape has become a prime location for film scouts, and was chosen to depict many scenes in the award-winning Lord of the Rings movies. More recently, the area has featured in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, Hercules, and countless adverts.
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. After your cruise, relax while your coach travels through stunning scenery delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
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 Mt Iron, Mt 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 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 rain forest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards New Zealand’s glaciers and Franz Josef.
While in Franz Josef you may wish to soak in the Glacier Hot Pools, nestled in lush rainforest in a haven of natural tranquility. You can walk to the terminal face of Franz Josef Glacier to take a look at the ice, or enjoy one of the local walks. In Franz Josef township you have the chance to see New Zealand’s rarest kiwi at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, a unique and interactive experience that brings together nature, conservation, and wildlife all under one roof.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Driving time Franz Josef to Hokitika 134 km / 83 miles, 2.5 hours
Discover more West Coast beauty as you travel to Hokitika, famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from gold, molten glass, paua or bone or carve your own creation from wood or jade “pounamu.” Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty, enjoy its expansive beach or one of the many walking tracks.
While in Hokitika, you may wish to make the scenic drive to Hokitika Gorge, where an impressive turquoise river flows through a narrow canyon, or Lake Kaniere, a beautiful lake nestled beneath the mountains.
You could also visit the National Kiwi Centre, where you will be able to see a rare kiwi; view New Zealand’s living dinosaur, the Tuatara; and participate in feeding the giant eels. Or make a drive north to Shantytown, where you can explore the heritage village, ride the steam train, try your hand at panning for gold, and take old-time styled photos.
Stay 1 night in Hokitika.
Driving time Hokitika to Christchurch 253 km / 157 miles, 3.5 hours
Driving along the Arthurs Pass Highway through Porters Pass and Arthur’s Pass National Park is one of the most stunning drives in New Zealand. This coast-to-coast route traverses the Southern Alps – an incredible showcase of pristine mountains and rivers. Highlights include the impressive Waimakariri and Otira River gorges, driving along the Otira Viaduct and exploring natural wonders like the Castle Hill Rocks and Cave Stream Reserve.
Arrive in Christchurch this afternoon. On your final evening in Christchurch, you might like to enjoy a unique city experience aboard the Tram Restaurant. Relax and unwind with a three-course gourmet meal and welcome drink while you journey around the city on a historically restored tram.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Drop your rental car off at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.
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