Self-drive Holiday: Southern Glacier - Christchurch to Christchurch
Day 1: Christchurch
On arrival at Christchurch Airport private transfer to your airport accommodation.
Day 2: Christchurch to Mount Cook to Queenstown – 594km
This morning make your way to the rental car airport depot where you will collect your rental car for your exclusive use.
Travel from Christchurch, through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range. This afternoon, continue on to the alpine resort town of Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.
Day 3: Milford Sound Excursion - 580km
A full day journey into the heart of Milford Sound. Experience the world famous fjord, rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps, past the stunning Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls. At Milford Sound, board your nature cruise to see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Later today return to Queenstown.
Day 4: Queenstown
Make your way to downtown Queenstown for your transfer to the Shotover River for a thrilling jet boat ride in the canyon. The thrilling ride skims past rocky outcrops, around crags and boulders and through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Return to Queenstown where the afternoon is free to enjoy some of the many activities on offer.
Day 5: Queenstown to West Coast Glacier– 355km
A memorable trip through some of the most magnificent scenery in New Zealand to the West Coast. This remote area has a ruggedly beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow capped mountains.
Day 6: West Coast Glaciers
At Franz Josef Glacier, your expert tour guide will take you on a Glacier Valley Walk alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history. Near the terminal face, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier. After your tour, relax in the Glacier Hot Pools, a haven of natural tranquility, nestled in the lush rainforest.
Day 7: West Coast Glaciers to Greymouth to Christchurch – 180km
Travel north this morning up the wild, west coast. You may wish to make time to detour to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes where the surging sea has sculptured amazing shapes out of the rocks, before returning you rental car to the train depot in Greymouth. At Greymouth, board the scenic Tranz Alpine train, a journey famous for its spectacular mountain scenery as it traverses the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Transfer on arrival to your hotel.
Day 8: Christchurch
This morning transfer to Christchurch Airport.
|Standard Class Hotels | Compact car rental (CDAR) (7 Nights)
|28 Feb - 31 Mar 21
|NOTE: Rates for children are available, price on application.
Suggested accommodation - Standard Class Hotels:
Day 1: Chateau on the Park, Christchurch
Day 2: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown
Day 3: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown - including a picnic lunch
Day 4: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown
Day 5: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef
Day 6: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef - including full breakfast
Day 7: Chateau on the Park, Christchurch - including full breakfast
Car hire is based on Compact auto (Group C - CDAR) for pick-up at Christchurch City depot and drop-off at Greymouth depot. Options to upgrade car rental and accommodation (Superior) are available, price on application.
Co-Pilot Kit will be handed over by the transfer driver.
Includes: 7 nights accommodation, 6 days car rental with GPS, meet & greet on arrival with handover of documents, private arrival and departure transfers, Milford Sound Nature Cruise, Shotover Jet boat ride, Glacier Valley Walk tour, admission to Glacier Hot Pools, one way TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch and private transfer from Christchurch train station to accommodation.
Exclusively For You: Co-Pilot Kit including a backpack, road atlas, city maps, driving instructions and location information.
Kids Backpacks including colouring book and pencils (available to kids under 12 years, must be requested at the time of booking).