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South Island: 8D / 7N (Christchurch to Queenstown)

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

Arrive at Christchurch Airport and uplift you rental car from before driving into the city to stay one night. In the afternoon you could discover the wonder sights of this garden city, including the attractions such as the Christchurch Gondola, the International Antarctic Centre, and the new Christchurch Art Gallery or a view of the city from the Cashmere Hills.

Day 2: Christchurch - Oamaru

Head south today down the coast through Timaru and onto the historic town of Oamaru. This evening you will visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and view as the penguins return from their days fishing in the ocean. You can also take an informative tour of the colony, which is located within walking distance of town.

Day 3: Oamaru - Dunedin

After discovering the historic sights of Oamaru, you will drive south onto Dunedin. More recent settlers to Dunedin after the Maori people were the whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland and China. Memorable for its historical architecture, Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Explore the sights of Dunedin including Larnach Castle, the worlds steepest street, or buildings of Otago University.

Day 4: Dunedin

Today you will drive out onto the Otago Pennisula to visit to wonderful natural wildlife attractions. Otago Pennisula is home to the only mainland Royal Albatross Colony in the world. You will also visit Natures Wonders to view and the world's rarest penguin - the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, and you will also see New Zealand Fur Seals in their natural habitat.

Day 5: Dunedin – Te Anau

In the morning take a leisurely drive back through Otago and Southland onto Lake Te Anau where you will be staying for 2 nights. In the early evening you will take a 2 hour tour of the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves, which will start with a short trip across Lake Te Anau for a most memorable experience.

Day 6: Te Anau – Doubtful Sound – Te Anau

This morning you will picked up by coach and driven south down to Lake Manapouri where you will boarding a Real Journeys cruise boat for an 8 hour cruise into Doubtful Sound. Doubtful Sound located in a World Heritage Area and you can feel the power of nature here and the incredible remoteness. Well known for its wilderness and wildlife, Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland National Park and it is three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound. You will be coached back to Te Anau for one more night in this very peaceful town.

Day 7: Te Anau - Queenstown

Today you will drive south to New Zealand’s action capital, Queenstown. Today you have an unlimited range of options to choose from today. Take a day trip to Milford Sound, bungy jump, jet boat up the Shotover river or just enjoy the great shopping and eateries Queenstown has to offer. In winter season you could even head up to Coronet Peak for some night skiing. Be sure to head up the Gondola for a spectacular view of Lake Waikatipu during your visit there.

Day 8: Queenstown

After checking out from the hotel, your tour 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
  • 7 nights Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Entry into Antarctic Centre
  • Entry into Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
  • Entry into Royal Albatross Centre
  • Entry into Natures Wonders
  • Real Journeys Te Anau Glow Worm Tour
  • Real Journeys Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Moderate Total Km: 900 Estimated driving time: 12 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

Standard / Superior - From: NZ $1,530.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Chateau on the ParkChristchurch1Day 1
Kingsgate BrydoneOamaru1Day 2
Quality Hotel CargillsDunedin2Day 3
Distinction Luxmore HotelTe Anau2Day 5
Mercure Queenstown ResortQueenstown1Day 7

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Compact Car with GPS - 6 days            

Inclusions

Natures Southern Trail
  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • 7 nights Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Entry into Antarctic Centre
  • Entry into Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
  • Entry into Royal Albatross Centre
  • Entry into Natures Wonders
  • Real Journeys Te Anau Glow Worm Tour
  • Real Journeys Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Moderate Total Km: 900 Estimated driving time: 12 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.