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South Island: 7D / 6N (Nelson to Invercargill)

Day 1: Arrive Nelson

Arrive in Nelson domestic airport where you will uplift you rental car and travel into your central city hotel which his in the heart of Nelson. Discover Nelson and the surrounding area, including the WOW Museum, Abel Tasman National Park, or some of the great shops and cafe’s scattered through the city.

Day 2: Nelson

There is big interest from the international wine world on the fruit of the region’s wines.. Innovative and adventurous winemakers are crafting together flavours from a diverse array of grapes.. Many have cellar door tastings where you can meet the people behind the wines and learn about their art. Take a winery tour around the region.

Alternatively the food of the Nelson area is divine. Buy fresh produce at the Saturday market, take away a chunk of cheese or an aromatic loaf of freshly made bread. Be sure you stop in Golden Bay for a bowl of delicious local scallops or to experience catching your own.

Day 3: Nelson – Punakaiki (274km 3hr 45min)

In the morning you will head down the centre of the South Island and out to the west coast to the famous pancake rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki. Tonight you will be staying at the Punakaiki Resort, and would recommend dining at their award winning restaurant, Waterline.

Day 4: Punakaiki – Hokitika (88km 1hr) – Franz Josef (136km 2hr)

Continue down through Hokitika, which is host to the Wildfood’s Festival each year in March. Get adventurous with your taste buds from huhu grubs to pickled walnuts. Continue onwards into the glacier region to stay in Franz Josef for the night. You may want to relax in the Glacier Hot Pools in the evening, nestled amongst the rain forest.

Day 5: Franz Josef – Wanaka - Queenstown

Head down through Haast Pass through Wanaka and into the Cardrona Valley, where you have to stop for lunch at the iconic Cardrona Pub. Continue onto Queenstown, New Zealand’s alpine resort. Your hotel Nugget Point is located above the Shotover River looking towards the Remarkable. In the evening you may want to travel to the top of Bob’s Peak on the gondola for dinner and stunning views out over Lake Wakitipu.

Day 6: Queenstown

Today you could take part in one of the many adventurous activities Queenstown is renonwned for. Alternatively take in a wine tour at Gibston Valley, or take a cruise over to Walter Peak for a barbeque lunch on the edge of the lake. In the evening take in one you may want to dine at the award winning Gantley Restaurant which is located right next to your hotel.

Day 7: Queenstown

After checkout, return you rental car to the airport where you will depart on your international or domestic flights.
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Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation with cooked breakfasts.
  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 500 Estimated driving time: 7 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

Deluxe Superior - From: NZ $960.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Trailways HotelNelson2Day 1
Punakaiki ResortPunakaiki1Day 3
Westwood LodgeFranz Josef1Day 4
Distinction Nugget PointQueenstown2Day 5

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Intermediate Car with GPS - 7 days            

Inclusions

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  • 6 nights accommodation with cooked breakfasts.
  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 500 Estimated driving time: 7 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.