15 day self drive holiday New Zealand South Island
Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch travel to Kaikoura
Day 2 - Kaikoura
Day 3 - Blenheim/Marlborough
Day 4 - Blenheim to Nelson
Day 5 - Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park
Day 6 - Nelson to Hokitika
Day 7 - Hokitika to Fox Glacier or Lake Moeraki
Day 8 - Fox Glacier or Lake Moeraki
Day 9 - To Queenstown
Day 10, 11 & 12 - Queenstown
Day 13 - Queenstown to Te Anau Fiordland
Day 14 - Te Anau & Milford Sound
Day 15 - Te Anau and end trip
|Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch|
Following your arrival in Christchurch,
collect your rental car and head north through the wine
growing region of Waipara and the rolling grazing country
of North Canterbury. Travel 2 1/2 hours to Kaikoura, set
amongst spectacular coastal scenery this location is famous
for its Whale population that is present all year round.
|Day 2 - Kaikoura to Blenheim/Marlborough|
Meet the amazing giants of the sea aboard
your Whale Watch Tour this morning, a truly unforgettable
encounter, before continuing your journey north. Enjoy more
of the splendid coast line watching for dolphins and seals
along the way, before heading into Marlborough's renowned
wine growing region.
|Day 3 - Blenheim/Marlborough|
A full day escorted tour today to sample
great regional wines, take in the fabulous scenery - including
the picturesque Marlborough Sounds - and taste freshly steamed
mussels straight from the mussel farm. A day designed to
keep the taste buds and the camera busy.
|Day 4 - Blenheim to Nelson|
Nelson is renowned for its artisans and
galleries including the highly regarded Hoglund Art Glass
studio. Local produce including wines are also a feature
of the region. White sandy beaches and great food make Nelson
a popular holiday destination.
|Day 5 - Nelson|
Full day in the Abel Tasman National Park.
From Kaiteriteri walk, sea kayak or sail north along the
picturesque Kaiteriteri coastline, including the famous "Split
Apple Rock". Beach stops for a swim, visit Tonga
Island Seal Colony. A range of options are available incl
1, 3 -or 5 day guided trips staying in beachfront lodges.
|Day 6 - Nelson to Hokitika|
From the sheltered haven of Tasman Bay
travel south through the inland Nelson Lakes region before
heading west to the dramatic and rugged scenery of the 'coast
road'. Winding its way between the bush clad slopes,
studded with Nikau Palms and the surf of the Tasman Sea
this has to be one of New Zealand's most beautiful drives.
Along the way visit Punakaiki where you will find the intriguing
Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Your overnight is the historic
sea side town of Hokitika. Evening sunset on the beach before
heading to the town's famous Glow Worm Dell
|Day 7 - Hokitika to Fox Glacier or Lake
Spend the morning in the many interesting
art and craft galleries around Hokitika, visit the West
Coast Historical Museum or stroll the wild West Coast beach
and maybe find a piece of greenstone. Lunch at one of the
cafes before driving south this afternoon, pass bush
clad pristine lakes, remote farms, wild rivers and native
forests. This region is packed with natural features, at
days end arrive at Westland National Park including the
Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Option of heading a bit further
south to the Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
|Day 8 - Fox Glacier or Lake Moeraki|
A day at Fox Glacier for a guided walk
onto the glacier, maybe take a Fox Glacier HeliHike for
an exhilarating and memorable experience. Time for a leisurely
walk around Lake Matheson with it's stunning reflections
of Mount Cook, visit the wild west coast beach at Gillespie's
Beach and an evening visit to the Glow Worm forest. From
Lake Moeraki enjoy this pristine temperate rainforest lake
side preserve on guided or self guided nature experiences,
visit the stunning wilderness coast.
|Day 9 - To Queenstown|
Leaving behind the lush vegetation of
South Westland you will travel the hills and valleys of
the Haast Pass where roadside walkways provide easy access
to a number of waterfalls and mountain pools. Emerge into
the tussock country of the Southern Lakes district as you
pass lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. The fruit and wine
growing region around Cromwell leads you to the craggy confines
of the Kawarau Gorge famous for its historic bridge and
some spectacularly located vineyards. Finish this full day
of sightseeing in beautiful Queenstown.
|Days 10, 11 & 12 - Queenstown|
Journey up the Dart River into the stunning
scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Then free time
to enjoy some of the many other Queenstown activities. Ride
the Gondola for spectacular views over the town and across
the lake to the mountains, Bungy jump, take one of the many
hikes including the famous Routeburn Track for a day. Catch
a fish, white water rafting, horse treks, winery visits,
the possibilities are endless!
|Day 13 - Queenstown to Te Anau|
A two and a half hour drive today means you can spend the morning in Queenstown or the afternoon in Te Anau, allowing time to visit the amazing glow worm caves. The journey today begins with a scenic drive beside Lake Wakatipu before crossing predominantly grazing country, then to the boundary of the Fiordland National Park.
|Day 14 - Te Anau day trip to Milford Sound|
Drive from Te Anau taking in the sights
of the Milford Road, stop for short walks, before cruising
the wonderful Milford Sound with its soaring peaks and cascading
waterfalls. Watch for seals, dolphins and penguins as you
make your way to where the fiord meets the sea and back.
If you don't want to drive then we recommend a small
group guided trip. Visit the Te Anau glow worm caves, take
a cruise on Doubtful Sound, walk the Milford track or several
others we recommend. Try Milford Sound sea kayaking for
a fantastic day amongst nature.
|Day 15 - Te Anau and end trip|
Flights to return you to all main centres
depart from Queenstown throughout the day . Your departure
time from Te Anau will be subject your onward travel arrangements,
allowing for the return drive back to Queenstown. We can
assist with these connecting flights or build them into
your international ticket arrangements.
This holiday can be customised to suit your interests,
golf, wine, hiking, art, culture... just let us know. You can also have all
or part of this holiday combined with a holiday in Australia. Price will be
determined by accommodation choices, activities to include and flight costs.
Contact us for more information, we are here to help you get the very best from
Please use this form to ask us about this holiday.
New Zealand Australian Holidays
85 Phillips Drive
Phone: +64 (07) 577 1434