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South Island / Stewart Island: 11 days / 10 nights - Christchurch to Christchurch

Day 1: 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, attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, Punting on the Avon, the International Antarctic Centre, and the brand new Christchurch Art Gallery or a view of the city from the Cashmere Hills.

Day 2: Christchurch – Mt Cook / Aoraki

Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains before arriving at the picturesque Lake Tekapo. Continue along SH8/80 to New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Mt Cook/Aoraki. In the afternoon you may want to view the icebergs on Lake Tasman with the Glacier Explorer’s Tour, or take in walk at Hooker Valley or one of the other many walks in this area.

Day 3: 3 Mt Cook / Aoraki - Queenstown

Continue south though the small town of Twizel before traveling through the historic Central Otago region to Lake Wakatipu and the ‘Alpine Resort’ of Queenstown.

Day 4: Queenstown

Today you could take part in one of the many adventurous activities Queenstown is renowned for including bungy jumping, jet boating, mountain biking and white water rafting to name a few.. 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.

Day 5: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

An early morning start as you had around the back of Lake Wakitipu and through to Te Anau. From there you will take th spectacular road through Fiordland and into Milford Sound for your 2 hour Nature Cruise. Return to Te Anau in the evening where if you have the energy, you may want to take a tour of the local glow worm caves.

Day 6: Te Anau – Invercargill - Stewart Island

Depart Te Anau this morning and travel through the town of Gore to reach Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Here you drive out to Bluff and park your rental car before boarding the Stewart Island ferry. On arrival in Oban on Stewart Island, you will enjoy a 1.5hr guided tour of the island by coach. Use the remainder of the day to explore the island.

Day 7: Stewart Island – Bluff - Invercargill

Today is at your leisure on Stewart Island until check in for your return ferry mid afternoon back to Bluff and Invercargill There are many optional wildlife cruises and walks in this untouched natural area that you may wish to take.

Day 8: Invercargill – Dunedin

Depart Invercargill and head along the Catlin’s coast, past sweeping beaches and towering cliffs to New Zealand’s most Scottish city, Dunedin. Explore the inner city of Dunedin including the Botanic Gardens and the beautiful Dunedin Railway Station.

Day 9: Dunedin

Today could 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 world's rarest penguin - the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, and you will also see New Zealand Fur Seals in their natural habitat.

Day 10: Dunedin – Oamaru – Christchurch

Your journey take you north today up past the Moeraki Boulders, through the historic town of Oamaru then up into the city of Christchurch.

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.
Route map

Inclusions

  • Ferry ticket Bluff to Stewart Island Return
  • Oban Island Tour 1.5 hours
  • 10 nights superior accommodation
  • 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: Moderate Total Km: 1750 Estimated driving time: 24 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 $1,420.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Chateau on the ParkChristchurch1Day 1
The Hermitage HotelMt Cook1Day 2
Distinction Nugget PointQueenstown2Day 3
Distinction Luxmore HotelTe Anau1Day 5
Stewart Island LodgeStewart Island1Day 6
Ascot Park HotelInvercargill1Day 7
Scenic Hotel Dunedin CityDunedin2Day 8
Chateau on the ParkChristchurch1Day 10

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Compact Car with GPS - 11 days            

Inclusions

South & Stewart Island Tour
  • Ferry ticket Bluff to Stewart Island Return
  • Oban Island Tour 1.5 hours
  • 10 nights superior accommodation
  • 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: Moderate Total Km: 1750 Estimated driving time: 24 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.