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South Island: 11D / 10N (Christchurch to Christchurch)

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

Arrive at Christchurch Airport and uplift you rental car from before driving into the city to stay one night. In the afternoon you could discover the wonder sights of this garden city, including the attractions such as the Christchurch Gondola, the International Antarctic Centre, and the new Christchurch Art Gallery or a view of the city from the Cashmere Hills.

Day 2: Christchurch - Oamaru

Head south today down the coast through onto the historic town of Oamaru. After discovering the historic buildings of Oamaru, you will drive south onto Dunedin. Memorable for its historical architecture, Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Explore the sights of Dunedin including Larnach Castle, the worlds steepest street, or the buildings of Otago University.

Day 3: Dunedin

Today you will drive out onto the Otago Pennisula to visit to wonderful natural wildlife attractions. Otago Pennisula is home to the only mainland Royal Albatross Colony in the world. You will also visit Natures Wonders to view and the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, and New Zealand Fur Seals in their natural habitat. In the evening have a drink or dinner at one of the pubs around the Otagon.

Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau

In the morning take a leisurely drive back through Otago and Southland onto Lake Te Anau where you will be staying for 2 nights. In the early evening you will take a 2 hour tour of the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

Day 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound

This morning you will take a spectacular drive in the Fiordland National Park, and down into Milford Sound. Here you will take a 2.5 hour cruise in this very special area. In the afternoon head onto New Zealand's action capital, Queenstown.

Day 6: Queenstown

Start the day with an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet boat. There is so many of things to do in Queenstown year round, and of course there is the skiing in winter. Be sure to head up the Gondola for a spectacular view of Lake Waikatipu during your visit there.

Day 7: Queenstown - Clyde - Omakau - Wedderburn

You will drive for 1 hour east through to Clyde. Here Your 2 day rail trail experience starts where you will be introduced to fitted for your cycle equipment. With an itinerary provide you will be transferred with your bike to Omakau where you will start your 43 km ride to Wedderburn. You will travel through Poolburn gorge section, featuring two tunnels and two viaducts all set in a secluded rocky gorge. Stop at the Oturehua Tavern for lunch or continue onto Wedderburn, the highest section of the Otago Rail Trail. Stay the night at the Wedderburn Cottages.

Day 8: Wedderburn - Hyde - Wanaka

Today you will ride mostly downhill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco Capital of Otago. You will then ride through the small town of Waipiata. The highlight must be the trail section between Daisybank and Hyde with the Taieri river close by, Capburn and Prices creek bridges followed by the last tunnel. Take a break at the spectacular Otago Central Hotel in Hyde. You will then be shuttled by bus back to Clyde to pick up your car before continuing onto Wanaka where you can relax by lake at your hotel.

Day 9: Wanaka - Mt Cook/Aoraki

Continue north today and onto New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook. There is so much to do in this region including great walking tracks, visiting the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre or exploring the icebergs on Lake Tasman with the Glacier Boat Tour (seasonal).

Day 10: Mt Cook/Aoraki - Christchurch

In the morning you will drive down through the very picturesque Lake Tekapo, then over the Canterbury Plains and back to Christchurch for your last evening.

Day 11: Christchurch

After checking out from the hotel, your tour arrangements conclude with the return of your rental car to the airport or depot.
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Inclusions

  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • 10 nights accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • 1 breakfast
  • Entry into Royal Albatross Centre Dunedin (seasonal)
  • Entry into Natures Wonders Dunedin
  • Real Journeys Te Anau Glow Worm Tour
  • Real Journeys Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Shotover Jet Boat Queenstown
  • Otago Rail Trail Bike Hire and Transfers
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Moderate Total Km: 1700 Estimated driving time: 25 hrs

This mileage/time is based on city to city as set out in the itinerary and does not include other excursions or general mileage.

Booking info

Superior - From: NZ $1,880.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Chateau on the ParkChristchurch1Day 1
Scenic Hotel Dunedin CityDunedin2Day 2
Distinction Luxmore HotelTe Anau1Day 4
The ReesQueenstown2Day 5
Wedderburn CottagesCentral Otago1Day 7
Edgewater Resort – Lake WanakaWanaka1Day 8
The Hermitage HotelMt Cook1Day 9
Chateau on the ParkChristchurch1Day 10

Book Now Enquiry Rental Car Category:

Intermediate Car with GPS - 10 days            

Inclusions

Otago Rail Trail and Nature Tour
  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • 10 nights accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • 1 breakfast
  • Entry into Royal Albatross Centre Dunedin (seasonal)
  • Entry into Natures Wonders Dunedin
  • Real Journeys Te Anau Glow Worm Tour
  • Real Journeys Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Shotover Jet Boat Queenstown
  • Otago Rail Trail Bike Hire and Transfers
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Moderate Total Km: 1700 Estimated driving time: 25 hrs

This mileage/time is based on city to city as set out in the itinerary and does not include other excursions or general mileage.