The Essential South Island 9 day tour

9 days / 8 nights
From NZ$3,974 per person Double / Twin Share
Double / Twin Share

This is one of our most popular South island self-drive tours

Starts & finishes in Christchurch

Departure Dates

Any date to suit your plans

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch 
Accommodation: Orari Bed and Breakfast 

Day 2: Collect your rental car and travel to Mt Cook for an afternoon of alpine activities 
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus 

Day 3: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown 
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel 

Day 4: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown 
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel 

Day 5: Journey to the remote Doubtful Sound for your wilderness cruise 
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel 

Day 6: Travel the Haast Pass to the West Coast and this evening relax in the glacier hot pools 
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge 

Day 7: Discover the remarkable world of ice atop the Franz Josef Glacier during your heli-hike 
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge 

Day 8: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Orari Bed and Breakfast 

Day 9: Depart Christchurch today 

  • 8 nights accommodation in Boutique lodges & hotels
  • Rental car hire including unlimited kms, airport fees, additional drivers, GPS navigation
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Private train station transfers
  • TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Glacier Explorers tour, Mt Cook National Park
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre explorer pass
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Entry to Glacier Hot Pools
  • Franz Josef Glacier Helihike

Description & Highlights

This is one of our most popular South island self-drive tours

Starts & finishes in Christchurch

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch 
Accommodation: Orari Bed and Breakfast 

Day 2: Collect your rental car and travel to Mt Cook for an afternoon of alpine activities 
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus 

Day 3: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown 
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel 

Day 4: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown 
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel 

Day 5: Journey to the remote Doubtful Sound for your wilderness cruise 
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel 

Day 6: Travel the Haast Pass to the West Coast and this evening relax in the glacier hot pools 
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge 

Day 7: Discover the remarkable world of ice atop the Franz Josef Glacier during your heli-hike 
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge 

Day 8: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Orari Bed and Breakfast 

Day 9: Depart Christchurch today 

Included In Package

  • 8 nights accommodation in Boutique lodges & hotels
  • Rental car hire including unlimited kms, airport fees, additional drivers, GPS navigation
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Private train station transfers
  • TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Glacier Explorers tour, Mt Cook National Park
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre explorer pass
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Entry to Glacier Hot Pools
  • Franz Josef Glacier Helihike
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