7 Day South Island Family Holiday Package
This 7 day South Island family vacation package is the perfect self-drive option for an unforgettable family vacation. This is a great way for you and your family to visit some of New Zealand’s best vacation spots and top destinations. With fun activities to entertain the kids, and the planning stress taken away for you, this vacation package will offer a unique New Zealand family holiday. We have several New Zealand family packages, please enquiry for more options.
Holiday Package Includes:
- 7 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota RAV4 or similar automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
- Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise ex Queenstown by Scenic Coach
- Scenic Helicopter Flight Over Franz Josef Glacier with snow landing
- 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 and its many family attractions, or relax in your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 2 Lake Tekapo
Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 230 km / 143 miles, 3.5 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the Southern Alps to reach Lake Tekapo, an amazing turquoise lake. Lake Tekapo presents many world class attractions great for the whole family, from the famous Church of the Good Shepherd and Tekapo Springs 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 Queenstown
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown 254 km / 158 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. Queenstown awaits you, New Zealand’s adventure capital and top family vacation destination.
In the afternoon, get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride with Shotover Jet!
Plus choose from an exciting range of optional family activities including rafting, 4WD safaris, lake cruises and more. Ask about our family package deals.
Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Day 4 Queenstown > Milford Sound
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 rain forests, marine life… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! After your cruise, relax while your coach drives through stunning scenery before delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
Day 5 Wanaka
Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest State Highway, and admire the fantastic views along the way before your arrival into Wanaka. Boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and myriad walking tracks, Wanaka is a great family destination. Wanaka offers a host of family attractions such as Puzzling World, the Toy and Transport Museum, and Have A Shot.
Stay 1 night in Wanaka.
Day 6 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 and the town of Franz Josef.
In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow, a family experience to remember!
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Day 7 Greymouth > Christchurch
Driving time Franz Josef to Greymouth 180 km / 112 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 the TranzAlpine Train which journeys from the West to East Coast. The train travels through the spectacular Southern Alps and past 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.
Day 8 Depart Christchurch
Make your way to Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.