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South Island: 8 days / 7 nights - Christchurch to Christchurch

Day 1: Christchurch - Hanmer Springs

Arrive at Christchurch Airport and be met by our local representative and shown to your rental car before driving North to the wonderful Hanmer Springs just North of Christchurch.

Day 2: Hanmer Springs - Kaikoura

Relax with the family at Hanmer Springs by heading for the thermal reserve park to soak in the naturally heated pools before a short drive onto Kaikoura in the afternoon to stay for one night.

Day 3: Kaikoura - Nelson

Kaikoura is a township on a rocky peninsula on the East Coast and is famous for the abundance of marine mammals and today you will get close to nature as you join one of the whale watch tours. In the afternoon continue North onto Nelson.

Day 4: Nelson

Nelson is the sunshine capital of New Zealand, and today you can explore the city and outlying areas including Golden Bay and other parts of the Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 5: Nelson - Westport

Today you will drive out to the old West Coast mining town of Westport. The district's heritage is on display at the museum where visitors can walk through a simulated underground mine or if you would rather you could visit the rugged coastline.

Day 6: Westport - Franz Josef

Head down the coast this morning to the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes of Punakaiki. Your afternoon drive will take you further South through Hokitika and onto Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 7: Franz Josef - Christchurch

In the morning you will join an informative guided tour of Franz Josef Glacier which will take 3 hours. In the afternoon you will take a leisurely drive back to Christchurch where your will spend you last night.

Day 8: Christchurch

Explore Christchurch city by foot or by Tram in the morning. After check out from the hotel your arrangements conclude with the return of your rental car to the airport or depot.
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Inclusions

  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • Meet and greet
  • Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour
  • Guided Franz Josef Glacier tour
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Long Total Km: 1470 Estimated driving time: 20 hrs

This mileage/time is based on city to city as set out in the itinerary and does not include other excursions or general mileage.

Booking info

Deluxe Superior - From: NZ $705.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Heritage Hanmer SpringsHanmer Springs1Day 1
White Morph InnKaikoura1Day 2
Monaco Hotel and ResortNelson2Day 3
Westport Motor HotelWestport1Day 5
Franz Josef Glacier Country RetreatFranz Josef1Day 6
Peppers Clearwater ResortChristchurch1Day 7

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Full Size Car with GPS - 8 days            

Inclusions

Family Fun (South Island)
  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • Meet and greet
  • Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour
  • Guided Franz Josef Glacier tour
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Long Total Km: 1470 Estimated driving time: 20 hrs

This mileage/time is based on city to city as set out in the itinerary and does not include other excursions or general mileage.