10 Day South Island Wonders Holiday Package
Discover the stunning South Island with this all-inclusive New Zealand self drive holiday package…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
- Mt John Observatory Tour Lake Tekapo
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise ex Queenstown by Scenic Coach
- Fox Glacier Valley and Terminal Face Walk
- Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
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 Lake Tekapo
Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours
Depart Christchurch and travel south across the Canterbury Plains before making your way inland towards the Southern Alps to reach Lake Tekapo, an amazing turquoise lake. Tekapo presents many world class attractions, from the famous Church of the Good Shepherd to scenic flights exploring NZ’s highest mountains and largest glaciers (including Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier, and Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers).
At night, join Earth & Sky on their famous observatory tour at the top of Mt John! See the wonders of the southern night sky, and experience the thrill of peering through powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer – see a range of research equipment that is out-of-bounds to the general public, and experience the working environment of an astronomer.
*Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 8 years old. Families with younger children will be booked on a suitable tour.
Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.
Day 3 Queenstown
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown 254 km / 158 miles, 3 hours
Travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass, which links the Mackenzie Basin to Central Otago. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s vibrant adventure capital.
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. As you cruise through the spectacular fiord, you won’t be able to tear your eyes from the wonders of Milford Sound! Sheer cliffs, towering snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys, sub-tropical rainforests, 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 5 Wanaka
Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest state highway, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views, a relaxed atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.
Stay 1 night in Wanaka.
Day 6 Fox Glacier – Glacier Country
Driving time Wanaka to Fox Glacier 262 km / 163 miles, 4 hours
Enjoy the journey up the West Coast to reach Fox Glacier. There are many short walks and viewing points to take in along the Haast Pass Highway, which will help break up the journey—a scenic walk to the Blue Pools is highly recommended. Other points of interest along the way are Ship Cove and Bruce Bay.
In the afternoon, discover Fox Glacier with the highly recommended Fox Glacier Valley and Terminal Face Walk. This is an informative and leisurely trip to the dynamic face of the glacier. It is here that the Fox River emerges from the ice, and where ice collapses are often heard and seen. Although you will not walk on the glacier, your guide will take you to the final resting place of the ice that has travelled 12 kilometres from the base of the Southern Alps to the river valley floor. This two hour trip is easy going. There is a strong focus on providing you with quality interpretation so you can learn about the glacier and the surrounding environment. It is usually possible to view the cave at the terminal face of the ice from which the Fox River emerges.
Stay 1 night in Fox Glacier.
Day 7 Hokitika
Driving time Fox Glacier to Hokitika 159 km / 99 miles, 2 hours
Enjoy your journey along the West Coast, stopping at towns of interest such as Franz Josef, before continuing on 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 venture down one of the many walking and mountain biking tracks.
Stay 1 night in Hokitika.
Day 8 Abel Tasman
Driving time Hokitika to Abel Tasman 359 km / 223 miles, 5 hours
Journey towards the Abel Tasman, an area renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, unmodified estuaries, long sunshine hours and the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. In the afternoon, relax on one of the many golden beaches.
Stay 1 night in Abel Tasman.
Day 9 Nelson
In the morning, enjoy a boat cruise into Abel Tasman National Park, where you can relax on the hot golden sand or enjoy a day walk. Take in the natural beauty and enjoy!
Driving time Abel Tasman to Nelson 65 km / 40 miles, 1 hour
In the afternoon, make your way to Nelson. Enjoy New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours and discover the creative paradise that is Nelson, with artists, galleries, local markets and gourmet cafés.
Stay 1 night in Nelson.
Day 10 Hanmer Springs
Driving time Nelson to Hanmer Springs 308 km / 191 miles, 3.5 hours
Travel on to Hanmer Springs, a year-round holiday destination offering a variety of outdoor activities, great cafes and of course the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Visitors have been travelling to bathe in the rejuvenating hot mineral pools for over 120 years! Relax in open-air thermal public and private pools and de-stress with spa therapies.
Stay 1 night in Hanmer Springs.
Day 11 Depart Christchurch
Driving time Hanmer Springs to Christchurch 145 km / 90 miles, 2 hours
Travel to Christchurch at your leisure, drop your rental car off at Christchurch Airport and depart.