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7 Day South Island Encounter

Christchurch

Franz Josef

Queenstown

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
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Motel
  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car on arrival at Christchurch Airport. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps visit the floral displays and wonderful new visitor centre at the Botanic Gardens, stroll the tree-lined pathways through Hagley Park or the renowned Canterbury Museum. From on-board the historic Christchurch Tramway you can hop on/hop off as you please.
Day 2: Christchurch - Mount Cook - Queenstown
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Traverse the flat farmland & braided rivers of the Canterbury Plains, cross Burkes Pass to the arid McKenzie basin, spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook, NZ’s highest peak. See the deep glacial lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki and rugged Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown. Enjoy spectacular views and delicious buffet dinner this evening from the Skyline Gondola and Stratosfare Restaurant. (included).
    Christchurch to Mount Cook driving time: approx. 4 hours, 40 mins
    Mount Cook to Queenstown driving time: approx. 3 hours, 30 mins
Day 3: Milford Sound Day Excursion (optional extra) or day at leisure in Queenstown
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Motel
  • Highlights: Time today for a day trip to magnificent Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound, ask us for details.
    Alternatively, choose from the many activities, adventure and fun in and around the exciting resort of Queenstown. Samples include serene lake cruising, thrilling tandem skydiving and hot air ballooning, river jetboating, local cycling and walking pathways.
    Queenstown to Milford Sound driving time: 4 hours
Day 4: Queenstown - Franz Josef (or stay an extra night in Queenstown in lieu of one night at Franz)
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Motel
  • Highlights: Perhaps visit historic Arrowtown, then the gold rush relics of the Kawarau Gorge, beautiful, serene Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Cross Haast Pass into glacier country, Mt Aspiring & Westland National Parks, the region famed for Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier.
    Queenstown to Franz Josef driving time: approx. 4 hours, 40 mins
Day 5: Franz Josef
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Motel
  • Highlights: Experience the heartland of glacier country, a close up experience of this frozen river of ice.
    Optional half day hike or heli-hike available, ask for us for details.
    Or enjoy local scenic walks, kayaking on beautiful bush-fringed lakes and lagoons or luxuriate in the hot pools.
Day 6: Franz Josef - Greymouth - Christchurch
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Motel
  • Highlights: Drive through lush native forests to the river town of Hokitika. Perhaps an optional stop at the Treetops Walkway for outstanding alpine and forest views, before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps at Arthurs Pass to reach the Canterbury Plains once again.
    Franz Josef to Greymouth driving time: approx. 2 hours, 20 mins
    Greymouth to Christchurch driving time: approx. 3 hours, 20 mins
Day 7: Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre before you drop off your rental car at Christchurch Airport on departure.




Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: TRC15
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$1655
$1105
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$1690
$1140
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$1725
$1175
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
  • 7 days' rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (subject to excess)
  • 6 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected
  • Queenstown Skyline Gondola and buffet dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant for 2 adults
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
  • 10% discount for travel between 01 May and 30 Sept


    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Just ask us!
Includes:
  • 7 days' rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (subject to excess)
  • 6 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected
  • Queenstown Skyline Gondola and buffet dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant for 2 adults
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
  • 10% discount for travel between 01 May and 30 Sept


    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Just ask us!