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This deluxe 9 day tour allows you to experience the very best of the South Island of New Zealand, from mountains and glaciers to stunning coastal scenery.

Set out from Christchurch for Arthur’s Pass. The mountain scenery is superb, and you’ll enjoy stops such as Castle Rock, where scenes from Chronicles of Narnia were filmed. Hokitika is known for its annual wild foods festival, and also offers an excellent jade and crafts scene. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier. Here you’ll enjoy a range of options from adventurous rafting, to heli-hiking on the glacier, to kayaking a beautiful West Coast lake.

Ascend from the rich rainforest of the West Coast to Haast Pass, and subsequently the drier interior of the South Island. The mountainous scenery is breathtaking throughout your drive to the charming lakeside town of Wanaka.

Next up is Queenstown. This is where you’ll find many of New Zealand’s best thrills. Its also home to some of the best golf courses in the country.

Finally, your return journey to Christchurch leads you via NZ’s highest mountain, Mt Cook. You’ll also want to check out the Church of the Good Shepherd, on the shores of beautiful Lake Tekapo. Enjoy delightful luxury accommodation throughout the route.

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Optional Tour Extensions

By default, this tour is 9 days in length. It can be done in reverse, or customised however you wish. Here are some ideas:

  • +1 night if you wish to explore the Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch.
  • +2 nights if you wish to drive to and from Milford Sound from Queenstown (you can alternatively visit by a fly-cruise-fly tour).
  • Optionally change your night in Hokitika to a night in Punakaiki, where you’ll find the Pancake Rocks.
  • You can optionally travel from Christchurch to Greymouth on the Tranz Alpine Train.
  • +1 night to change the single night at Mt Cook to a night in Omarama and a night in Lake Tekapo.  This keeps the driving route the same, but relaxes daily driving time.

What's Included?

General Inclusions

  • Private transfers to/from airport on arrival and departure day.
  • Driver-guide & vehicle on all days but arrival and departure day (this can be added for an additional cost on request).
  • All Breakfasts.
  • Route guide for your trip.
  • Optional free local sim card.
  • Full phone support and assistance.

Overnight Stops

  • 1 night in Christchurch
  • 1 night in Hokitika
  • 1 night in Franz Josef
  • 1 night in Wanaka
  • 2 nights in Queenstown
  • 1 night in Mount Cook
  • 1 night in Christchurch