This adventurous self-drive tour of the South Island explores
the natural beauty of this unique part of New Zealand. Walk
near to imposing glaciers, kayak on picturesque lakes and stop
at panoramic viewpoints on leisurely drives through the scenic
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Arrive into Christchurch and collect your car hire. Stay overnight at the
Heritage Christchurch (two-bedroom suite). (N)
Travel across the Canterbury Plains for a 1-night stay at Mantra Lake
Tekapo (two-bedroom apartment). Relax in the hot springs or take a hike
or bicycle ride around the glacier-fed waters of Lake Tekapo. (N)
Drive past braided river valleys, native beech forests and lush alpine
meadows on your way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.
Stay 3 nights at Oaks Shores (two-bedroom apartment), set against the
Remarkables mountain range and next to Lake Wakatipu. (N)
Days at leisure. Optional excursions include a 4x4 tour through Skippers
Canyon, rafting, kayaking or ziplining. (N)
Drive through the Kawarau Gorge and via Cromwell and Lake Dunstan
to Wanaka for an overnight stay at the Distinction Wanaka Serviced
Apartments (two-bedroom apartment). This town provides access to
Mount Aspiring National Park. (N)
Travel to the West Coast, a remote area full of rainforests, snow-capped
mountains and thundering waterfalls. Leisurely walks can be taken to the
foot of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers with the chance to soak in the glacier
hot pools. Overnight at Punga Grove (two-bedroom unit). (N)
Return your car hire in Greymouth before boarding the TranzAlpine train
to Christchurch. Traverse the Southern Alps passing stunning mountain
scenery. Overnight at Heritage Christchurch (two-bedroom suite). (N)
Transfer to the airport and fly home or continue your holiday. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
The above itinerary can be combined with other itineraries and is priced per person, based on a family of four travelling together, sharing two-bedroom
accommodation and car hire throughout, allowing you to travel at your own pace. Alternatively Cox & Kings can arrange for shared transfers or
a private driver/guide to take you between destinations. This itinerary is just an example of the many possibilities for a family holiday to
New Zealand; please speak to a Cox & Kings New Zealand expert to put together your own family holiday.
Please not that international flights are not included in the guideline price.
Set in a quiet location in Wanaka, Distinction Serviced Apartments is a stylish property offering spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. All feature modern decor and most have mountain views with some offering panoramic views over Lake Wanaka.
Features: 58 rooms, gym, sauna, pool, parking, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, hairdryer, kitchenette, iron & ironing...
Heritage Christchurch is located at the heart
of Christchurch on Cathedral Square. The main
rooms are located in the Heritage Tower wing
and feature contemporary décor and furnishings
whilst the suites are located in the preserved
and restored historic Old Government Building
and are more traditional in...
The Mantra Lake Tekapo is within walking distance of Lake Tekapo village, in the heart of the Mackenzie Country. The property offers spacious self-contained apartments, each featuring three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, and bathrooms with under floor heating. Shared facilities include a swimming pool, jacuzzi and an outdoor area complete with a...
Set on Lake Wakatipu's shores, Oak Shores is an apartment-style property that is a 5-minute drive from Queenstown's shops, restaurants and bars. There is a range of multi-room accommodations available and a landscaped courtyard with barbecue facilities, set against the backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain Range.
Features: 121 rooms, restaurant, gym, sauna, parking.
Room amenities: Television, kitchenette, coffee and tea facilities,...
Located in the centre of Franz Josef, just a short walk from many shops, cafes and restaurants, Punga Grove is a 3-star motel style property. Each of the 20 guestrooms has modern amenities and kitchen facilities. Additionally, the property has a guest laundry service and car...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
NSF2017: 8 Nights
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...
The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...
The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...