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07 Day Essential South Island Family Package

Tour Highlights

Family NZ$6699
• 7 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
• Car Hire: Premium Toyota RAV4 with Full Insurance
• Ko Tane Maori Experience with Hangi Dinner and Kiwi Tour
• Queenstown TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Farm Tour
• Milford Sound Nature Cruise
**Includes FREE Skyline Queenstown Gondola Pass**

This 7 day New Zealand family vacation package is the perfect self-drive option for an unforgettable South Island family vacation. This is a great way for you and your family to visit some of the South Island’s best vacation spots and top destinations. With fun activities to entertain the kids, and the planning stress taken away, this vacation package will offer a unique family vacation.

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch

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Ko Tane The Maori Experience

Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City. Collect your rental car from the airport, discover the city or relax in your Christchurch accommodation.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner. Hear stories and learn how Maori traditions live on today. Experience an authentic Maori welcome. Watch a challenge by the Maori warriors, a karanga (call) from the Maori women welcoming you onto the marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Relax and enjoy the beautiful waiata (songs), the worldrenowned haka (challenge), and the elegant poi dance. Learn Maori customs including Maori musical instruments, haka and poi. The dining experience is a culinary opportunity like no other. Following dessert, you will be transported down into the valley to conclude your evening beside the awe-inspiring Pohutu geyser.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 2 Lake Tekapo

Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours

Depart Christchurch and travel south across the Canterbury Plains before heading inland towards the Southern Alps to reach Lake Tekapo, an amazing turquoise lake. Tekapo presents many worldclass attractions, from the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd and Mt John Observatory to scenic flights exploring NZ’s highest mountains and largest glaciers, including Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier, and Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.

Day 3 Wanaka

Driving time Lake Tekapo to Wanaka 199 km / 123 miles, 3 hours

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Lake Wanaka

Travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass, which links the Mackenzie Basin to Central Otago. Arrive in Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views, a relaxed atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.

Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.

Day 4 Wanaka

Wanaka has the buzz of a genuine alpine town and is the ultimate hub for outdoor adventures, and with Mount Aspiring National Park located close by it’s the perfect destination for exploring the Southern Alps.

Relax and explore Wanaka – you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum. 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.

You could also visit Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room to sample local wines or catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre.

Day 5 Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour

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TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise

Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest State Highway, and admire the vistas from fantastic viewing points. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital.

In the afternoon, 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.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 6 Queenstown > Milford Sound

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound, where you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Milford Sound is sure to impress! Sheer cliffs, towering snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys, sub-tropical rainforest, marine life… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! After your cruise, relax while your coach returns through stunning scenery before delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.

Day 7 Queenstown

Relax in Queenstown for the day, enjoying this stunning family destination. You might like to make a trip to Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure located 20 minutes from Queenstown. Arrowtown is charming and quirky – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – many classy, most individual, and not one from an international chain.

Go out for a lovely evening meal and celebrate a family holiday to remember!

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

Tour Prices

Discounted Save up to 20%

Family: NZ$6699 or AU$6199
Twin/Double: NZ$2349 or AU$2149 PP
Child: NZ$1099 or AU$999 PP

* Family: 2 Adults and 2 Children (14 years or under)
* Child rate applies (5-14 years) when accompanied by two adults, under 5 years FOC
* AUD conversions may vary
* A peak season surcharge may apply

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