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10 Day New Zealand Southern Highlights

Self-Drive Tour - New Zealand
Image: Milford Sound, New Zealand
ANZCRO / 10 Day New Zealand Southern Highlights

10 Day New Zealand Southern Highlights


per person

Discover the spectacular South Island of New Zealand, taking the loop from Christchurch down the central spine of the Southern Alps, and then to the east and west coasts.

During the course of this self-drive tour you will also have ample time to experience unique optional sightseeing activities, including Taieri Gorge Railway or Cadbury World in Dunedin, Nomad Safaris 4WD safari in Queenstown, a helicopter flight in the glacier region, as well as many more options for those wishing to explore further.

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Tour Inclusions

The following are included in your package tour:

10 days hire of a Hitch Rentals Toyota Corolla or similar

Stopover at the Franz Josef Glacier

9 nights accommodation

See the spectacular Milford or Doubtful Sounds

Breakfast at selected hotels

Visit the Moeraki Boulders

Conditions:  Prices are per person, twin/double-share and subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission (Oct 17) but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel 1 Oct 17 – 30 Sep 18. Blackout periods and surcharges may apply. Car hire excess fee of NZ$2,500 + GST applies. This will be imprinted on a credit card upon collecting the vehicle. Excess reduction options are available at an additional cost per day. There are no airport fees as the depots are located offsite from the airport. An airport shuttle transfer service is available to take you to the depot during office hours. Car parking fees may apply in some locations.

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Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

Haere mai! The Garden City is waiting for you just beyond customs and baggage claim. Collect your rental car from the airport depot and plot a route to your designated hotel – depending on your arrival time, there are a few things you should check off on your day of leisure. Why not speak to one of our experienced travel planners before you go, and make the most out of your time in Christchurch?
Stay: Rendezvous Hotel (incl breakfast)

Day 2: Christchurch, Tekapo, Omarama, 312km (3 hrs 40 mins)

Drive through the MacKenzie Country to Lake Tekapo, where you stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of local stone and oak in 1935. You’ll be treated to tourist stops aplenty as you continue your journey to Omarama, with many quiet places to enjoy a pre-packed snack or stop for a quick photo.
Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3: Omarama to Dunedin, 233km (2 hrs 55 mins)

Oamaru, famous for its white limestone buildings, is also home to Moeraki Beach with its mysterious, spherical, 60-million-year-old boulders. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high, so get your feet wet as you stop to explore the beach. Continue south on your journey to Dunedin, the ‘Edinburgh of the South.’
Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel

Day 4: Dunedin to Te Anau, 290km (4 hrs 10 mins)

Drive through the rolling hill country of South Otago and Southland. After the farming centre of Gore, cross the Waimea Plains towards Fiordland. Visit Lake Manapouri with its rugged bush-clad mountains, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau. The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park, and the perfect stopover on the way to Milford or Doubtful Sound.
Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (2 nights)

Day 5: Free day to visit Milford or Doubtful Sound

A bucket-list worthy trip, Milford Sound is one of the world's most spectacular fiords. This 22km-long fiord is situated in a magnificent alpine landscape in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Want to experience this spectacular place up close? Why not book your place on one of the popular day walks? 
Looking for an alternative to the jagged peaks of Milford Sound? With its rolling hills, verdant rainforest, and twisting hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away. Sometimes called 'the Sound of Silence', there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. 
Need more information to make your decision? Speak to our ANZCRO travel experts.

Day 6: Te Anauto Queenstown, 175km (2 hrs)

Spend the morning in Te Anau. You may like to take an excursion across the lake to visit the Te Anau Caves, take a walk along the side of Lake Te Anau, or catch the local movie Ata Whenua – Shadowland. This is a locally-produced, 32-minute film that explores Fiordland by helicopter and is highly recommended. After lunch in one of the local cafés, make your way to Queenstown.
Stay: Millennium Hotel (incl breakfast - 2 nights)

Day 7: At Queenstown

Enjoy a full day to experience this magnificent stop. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts adventure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Here you can take a thrilling jet boat ride, experience the ultimate bungy jump, pan for gold, raft the white water rapids, take a wine trail, fish for trout, play golf, or 4WD sheer canyons. 
Speak to our ANZCRO travel experts for more information about the activities you can do in Queenstown.

Day 8: Wanaka to Franz Josef, 283km (4 hrs 5 mins)

Today make your way through Wanaka and up the West Coast to the glaciers – Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are without doubt the greatest lure of this region. Nestled on the edge of the rainforest and descending 2500m over 13km, these great cascading frozen rivers are only 6km from the Tasman Sea and in this respect are unique. They are also amongst the fastest moving glaciers in the world with, Franz Josef known to move up to 5m per day on occasions.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (incl breakfast)

Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchurch, 486km (6 hrs 55 mins)

Today you will travel north along the narrow, bush-clad coastal plain through Hokitika to Greymouth. Turn inland towards the Southern Alps, over Arthur’s Pass and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Stay: Sudima Christchurch Hotel

Day 10: Depart Christchurch

Quick! Take advantage of a half-day tour and milk your last day in New Zealand for every second. There are a lot of little things to do before returning your rental car to the airport depot with plenty of time for your onward flight. Speak to your ANZCRO travel planner for an idea or two.

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