On this amazing 14 day tour you can expect to see snow-capped mountains, bright turquoise coloured lakes, waterfalls, glaciers surrounded by rainforest and rugged beaches. You will be met at the airport by one of our friendly representatives who will give you your route notes and hand over the keys to your rental. In the afternoon you could take a Christchurch city tour. Today you will head north through the wine growing area of Waipara to Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is a sea life paradise which boasts whales, seals, albatross and dolphins. There are over 17 species of whale to be found in Kaikoura all within 8 km of the coastline. This afternoon you will take a whale watching tour of 3 hours. Keep a look out for Killer Whales and orcas as well as many species of dolphin. This is an experience not to be missed included activity.
Ultimate south island self-drive
Your drive today takes you through the Southern Alps to Hanmer Springs. This is a thermal alpine village nestled in the mountains.
You will get the opportunity to take a dip in the thermal waters and view the mountains from the hot pools. Your stop tonight is Punakaiki where you can explore the pancake rocks and blowholes situated right next to the village; a bizarre, rugged, rocky landscape, which impresses thousands of visitors each year with its powerful forces of nature.
You have the option of enjoying a true blue New Zealand pub meal this evening before calling it a night optional — extra cost. In Punakaiki this morning you can explore the pancake rocks and blowholes situated right next to the village; a bizarre, rugged, rocky landscape which impresses thousands of visitors each year with its powerful forces of nature.
Next up, check out the beautiful Truman Track down to the beach, or a section of the Pororari River Track. Driving South down the coast from Punakaiki, check out the stunning Hokitika Gorge with its beautiful bright blue waters and surrounding native forest.
Arrive in Franz Josef Glacier Driving from New Zealand to tonight afternoon, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a short scenic helicopter flight with snow landing on Franz Josef Glacier, or a 3 hour guided heli-hike on the ice of glacier itself! Tonight you will have the chance to relax and unwind with a soak in the Glacier Hot Pools, each filled with pure water from the Glaciers optional — extra cost.
One of the prettiest and most dramatic journeys in the country is what you can experience on this tour over the Haast Pass through to Wanaka. The walking possibilities are endless today around Haast and Haast Pass and you can do one of or several walks, some of which feature spectacular waterfalls and deep blue coloured pools where it is possible to see trout swimming.
One of our favourite spots at The Road Trip is Ship Creek, an isolated beach featuring native totara trees hugging rugged coastline. Tonight you will stay in Wanaka, one of the most popular kiwi vacation hot spots situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Today is a chance to explore the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka.
Perhaps browse the preserved Chinese gold mining village or wander the boutique shops the town has on offer. Your next stop is Amisfield Winery where you will enjoy a 4 course degustation lunch overlooking the stunning Lake Hayes. This afternoon you will drive a further 2.
Day 1: spend the day in christchurch
Be prepared for one of the jewels of the New Zealand landscape! The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound is one of the most spectacular in the world and certainly a highlight on any New Zealand tour. This morning you will experience all that the fjords have to offer with a 1. Keep a look out for dolphins, seals and the Fiordland crested Penguin.
On your trip back to Te Anau there is the opportunity to take some short walks in the Fiordland National Park.
This morning in Te Anau you will take a tour by boat across Lake Te Anau to the glow worm caves to view the shimmering light of thousands of luminous glow-worms in a 12, year old grotto included. Skirting your way around Lake Wakatipu makes for some stunning photography and you will be amazed by the Remarkables Mountain Range, one of the most famous back drops for Lord of the Rings.
The afternoon is free to spend as you wish in Queenstown, and there is plenty to see and do!
This morning you will enjoy an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet! Perhaps drive out to the head of Lake Wakatipu and experience the breath-taking scenery of the Glenorchy area. A popular option with our clients is a helicopter flight to the top of Coronet Peak, where passengers are able to get out on the snow days a year!
Day 2: christchurch to hanmer springs
You leave Central Otago today through the Kawarau Gorge and Cromwell where you can make a stop en route and visit a local fruit shop for a chance to try real fruit ice cream and perhaps sample New Zealand famous manuka honey products. En route to Lake Tekapo, perhaps take a trip to the top of Mt John to experience the feeling of being on top of the world. Tonight you will stay in the town of Lake Tekapo and enjoy its turquoise coloured waters. This morning you will drive through to Christchurch where the rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring.
Tonight you can enjoy a meal in the central city at one of the many new and exciting restaurants in Christchurch optional — extra cost. Today after returning your rental, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
We trust that you have had a memorable self- drive tour with us. Thank you again for all the work you did and the wonderful, trip of a life time, you provided us with. Cities, Skiing, Adventure, Lord of the Rings tours, we do it all!
Ultimate South Island Self-Drive. How long is your trip? Any trip duration Up to 1 week weeks weeks More than 4 weeks.
Call us instead. Day 1 — Christchurch Arrival You will be met at the airport by one of our friendly representatives who will give you your route notes and hand over the keys to your rental. Budget Family Accommodation: Paparoa Park Motel or similar Classic Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort or similar ocean view Breakfast included today Day 4 — Punakaiki to Franz Josef Glacier — km 3 hour drive In Punakaiki this morning you can explore the pancake rocks and blowholes situated right next to the village; a bizarre, rugged, rocky landscape which impresses thousands of visitors each year with its powerful forces of nature.