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South Island Highlights
Discover the beauty of the South Island: stunning wine regions, shimmering glaciers, amazing Queenstown and beautiful Milford Sound.
- Style: Fly Drive Holiday
- Duration: 17 days/16 nights
- Starts in: Queenstown
Guide Price £2339
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- Milford Sound
- Marlborough Sounds
- Franz Josef Glacier
Days 1-3 Queenstown
Arrive in Queenstown, the heart of the South Island, set amongst the magnificent landscape of the Southern Alps. Offering endless activities, catch the gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for astounding views before enjoying the trendy café scene and lively nightlife of this vibrant city.
Day 4 Milford Sound
Take a tour from Queenstown to Milford Sound where you’ll experience the dramatic scenery at its most majestic by staying overnight on board the Milford Mariner cruise boat.
Day 5 Queenstown to Wanaka
Travel back to Queenstown and pick up your car, before driving north to Wanaka via the spectacular Crown Range Road.
Day 6 Wanaka
The tranquil lakeside town of Wanaka is a wonderful base from which to explore the remarkable Mount Aspiring National Park.
Day 7 Wanaka to Christchurch
Stop for a picnic by the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo en route to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch, enjoy a walk through the beautiful botanical gardens and take a tram ride around the city.
Day 8 Christchurch to Kaikoura
Head north to this picturesque coastal town, framed by the imposing Kaikoura Ranges.
Day 9 Kaikoura
Today enjoy a fascinating whale watching cruise to spot the dusky dolphins and sperm whales that reside in the waters year round.
Day 10 Kaikoura to Marlborough Sounds
Explore beautiful vineyards and admire the views on the coastal drive to the Marlborough region. Visit a local winery and sample a zesty Sauvignon Blanc, before taking the short boat transfer from Picton to your hotel in the Marlborough Sounds.
Day 11 Marlborough Sounds
Easily accessible from your waterside hotel, cruise the sounds, try sea kayaking and enjoy walks on the Queen Charlotte Track.
Day 12 Marlborough Sounds to Nelson
Take the boat transfer back to the mainland and drive through the vineyards to Nelson, enjoying the country’s sunniest climate.
Day 13 Abel Tasman NP
Take a day trip to the Abel Tasman National Park to discover golden beaches, tranquil lagoons and the native wildlife of this beautiful area on an easy kayak tour.
Day 14 Nelson to Hokitika
Witness a dramatic change in scenery on the drive along the remarkable coastal road.
Days 15-16 Hokitika to Franz Josef
Welcome to glacier country. Arrive early and perhaps take either a breathtaking helicopter flight, landing on the glacier, or enjoy a fantastic heli hike to see the very best of this impressive region.
Day 17 Franz Josef to Queenstown
Drive back to Queenstown, passing the majestic snow-tipped peak of Mount Cook en route, a perfect end to an incredible journey.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- 13 days Compact Inclusive Plus car hire including zero excess insurance, 15% discount (book by 30 Apr 20), unlimited mileage, 24 hour Roadside Assistance & additional drivers
- 15 nights 3H to 4H accommodation
- 1 night on board the Milford Mariner
- 3 breakfasts & 1 dinner
- Kaikoura Whale Watch Cruise
- Abel Tasman Cruise & Kayak Tour, from Nelson
- Return water taxi from Picton to the Marlborough Sounds
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