Description

If you only have time to visit one island in New Zealand, or have already been to North Island and want to get the best out of your journey south, this eight day tour will provide you with an unforgettable experience. The Southern Glacier trip takes you to all the special places on South Island including Queenstown, Mount Cook, Milford Sound, and the west coast glaciers. And this wonderful self drive tour begins and ends in the beautiful city of Christchurch.

Day 1
Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of the tour package. You will then have time to explore this lovely city with its tranquil parks and open spaces. Christchurch is also a great place for shopping and the restaurants are first class.

Day 2
Christchurch / Mount Cook / Queenstown

Today you have a long drive, but it is worth it as you travel across the Canterbury Plains to reach Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, by lunchtime. There is an opportunity to take a scenic flight for an overview of Mount Cook's ice falls, snow fields and glaciers before continuing your journey over the Lindis Pass and through the Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown

Day 3
Milford Sound Excursion

An early start as you follow Lake Wakatipu via Kingston arriving in Te Anau for a morning tea break. Follow the shores of Lake Te Anau before entering the Eglington Valley. Pass the mirror lakes and travel through the avenue of the disappearing mountain. The spectacular drive continues through the mountains, valley and forests of the Fiordland National Park, with a dramatic descent into Milford Sound. A fascinating launch cruise to Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak is included.

Day 4
Queenstown

A full day free to explore the many exciting optional excursions available in Queenstown. Take a scenic flight, gondola ride or perhaps cruise the lake on the vintage Earnslaw. Try a thrilling jetboat ride or the Dart River excursion, white water rafting or the world famous bungy jump. You can also visit nearby historical Arrowtown

Day 5
Queenstown / West Coast Glaciers

A memorable trip today through some of the most magnificent scenery in New Zealand. Travel via Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and over the Haast Pass to the beech forests of Mt Aspiring National Park. The journey is around 350 miles but the views are so spectacular that you won't want it to end.

Day 6
West Coast Glaciers

At Franz Josef Glacier, your expert tour guide will take you on a Glacier Valley Walk alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history. Near the terminal face, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier. After your tour, relax in the Glacier Hot Pools, a haven of natural tranquility, nestled in the lush rainforest.

Day 7
Greymouth / Christchurch

Travel north this morning up the wild, west coast. You may wish to make time to detour to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes where the surging sea has sculptured amazing shapes out of the rocks, before returning you rental car to the train depot in Greymouth. At Greymouth, board the scenic Tranz Alpine train, a journey famous for its spectacular mountain scenery as it traverses the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

Day 8
Christchurch

Your wonderful tour of the South Island comes to an end today where it began in Christchurch. A transfer to the airport is included for your onward flight or journey back to the UK, taking with you a lifetime of memories from Lord of the Rings country.

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Self drive around the spectacluar Southern Glaciers of NZ

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Glacier Tour Taking In South Island Highlights

Self drive around the spectacluar Southern Glaciers of NZ

9 nights fr £2395pp

Includes flights
Other hotels:

Valid for deps 01 Mar - 31 Mar 2018

Tour details 8 days

Standard fr £1369pp
Superior fr £1443pp
Valid between: 01/10/2017 - 31/03/2018

Tour Highlights

  • Christchurch
  • Mount Cook
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • West Coast Glaciers
  • Greymouth

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation (room only)
  • Standard FDMR vehicle hire (full size)
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Guided walk to the Glacier Terminal Face
  • Tranz Alpine train journey Greymouth- Christchurch
  • Shantytown entrance at Greymouth

Not included:

  • Optional Excursions & Tours

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