8 day self drive holiday New Zealand South Island
Day 1 - Arrive Nelson
Day 2 - Nelson
Day 3 - Punakaiki
Day 4 - Punakaiki to Fox Glacier
Day 5 - Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Day 6 - Queenstown day trip to Milford Sound
Days 7 & 8 - Queenstown and end trip
|Day 1 - Arrive Nelson and stay overnight|
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 2 - 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 3 - Nelson to Punakaiki|
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.
Your overnight stop is Punakaiki where you will find the
intriguing Pancake Rocks and blowholes.
|Day 4 - Punakaiki to Fox Glacier or Lake
A day packed with features
today as you travel south through historic 'gold rush'
towns and settlements, past bush clad lakes, wild beaches
and onwards to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
Or continue through to Lake Moeraki for an eco-lodge experience
at the Moeraki Wilderness Lodge.
|Day 5 - Fox Glacier 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.
|Day 6 - Queenstown day trip to Milford
Travel by luxury coach from Queenstown
taking in views of Lake Wakatipu, the lakeside town of Te
Anau and 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. Scenic flight options to Milford
Sound or both ways are also available.
|Days 7 & 8 - Queenstown and end trip|
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, Bungee jump, take a hike including the famous Routeburn Track for a day.
Catch a fish, white water rafting, horse treks, winery visits,
the possibilities are endless!
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.
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