If you love road trips, South Island in New Zealand is a varied and stunning landscape, an ideal choice for a road trip, covering lakes, mountains, lush lands, stunning buildings and more. This well-planned itinerary offers the best of experiences of this region of New Zealand. During the span of 6 nights and 7 days, you visit places like Christchurch, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Adventure activities and sightseeing is the highlight of this tour.
- Explore Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’ of New Zealand
- Visit the popular attractions of Dunedin
- Optional Glowworm tour in Te Anau
- Boat cruise at Milford Sound, a World Heritage Site
- Feel the high adrenaline rush at Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World
- Halt at Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand
Day 1: Arrival in Christchurch
Today you arrive in Christchurch, popular as the 'Garden City' of New Zealand. It is also the 'Gateway to South Island'. Meet our tour representative who would help you in assisted transfer to the hotel in a chauffeur-driven car. Complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. After this, you are now free to spend the day as per your own liking. This lovely place is a delight to visit and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the hills on the other. You can do so much just in few hours. Indulge in activities like mountain biking, bungy jumping, skiing, hiking, golfing, surfing, dolphin and seal viewing, and swimming. Do not forget to shop at the famous parks and, visit the stunning gardens and the wineries. Christchurch is the largest city of South Island.
Stay overnight in Christchurch.
Day 2: Christchurch - Dunedin
After breakfast on day 2 of the tour, you begin moving southwards across the Canterbury Plains passing Timaru and Oamaru towns in order to arrive at Dunedin. The lovely and lush green Canterbury Plains offer a remarkable site of a variety of crops. This road journey is going to be a treat for you. Timaru and Oamaru are popular heritage towns. The destination of the day, Dunedin is a city with Scottish influence, it is quite popular for its natural history and Otago University. On arrival, check-into the hotel. The city houses a number of striking structures of Victorioan architecture. During leisure hours, you can visit the historic public buildings, extravagant houses, decorative hotels and impressive churches.
Day 3: Dunedin- Te Anau
Post breakfast, the morning is free for optional activities. You can visit the popular attractions of Dunedin such as Dunedin Railway Station. Votanic Garden, Otago Peninsula, Toitu Otago Settlers museum, Tunnel beach, Chinese Garden and more. Later on, you depart from Dunedin crossing the Southland Plains. Treat your eyes to the lovely views of the surroundings while you are driving past the towns of Gore and Balclutha. Finally you arrive at Te Anau town that is places on the shores of Te Anau Lake. After completing the check-in formalities, your day is at leisure. It is an ideal stopover for those who are visiting Milford Sound. Food and shopping experiences are great here. You can opt for Glowworm tour tonight, which is going to an amazing experience. Take a boat from the Lake and travel across it to arrive at 12000-yr-old limestone caves, etched into twirling shapes because of the force of the river that flows through these caves. Tourists travel through these caves, by boot and on foot. The case has a space where you can spot thousands of shining glow worms, seen only in New Zealand. This is a superb experience for all age-groups. This tour doesn't take more than two and a half hours.
Day 4: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
On day 4, after breakfast, get all set to move forward. You cross the Eglinton Valley with a flat floors and steep sides. While you enjoy the scenery, drive past the spectacular man- made Homer Tunnel, an engineering marvel. Finally you arrive at Milford Sound, known for its scenic beauty and colorful hues. Milford Sound, a World Heritage Site, has been described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world'. A must thing-to-do here is a cruise on the very popular fiord, flanked by Mitre Peak and the gushing Bowen Falls. Treat your eyes to the lovely views of cliffs rising from the sea water and the seals, enjoying sunbathing. Do not forget to take pictures. If you are lucky, you might spot dolphins and penguins. Later, continue with your journey. Arrival at Queenstown. Check-in formalities.
Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 5: Queenstown
After a sumptuous breakfast, explore this beautiful place called Queenstown, an alpine resort with breathtaking and exciting scenery. The options are endless. You can partake in horse trekking, bungy jumping, river surfing, jet boating. Gondola rides, boat riding, fishing, hiking, and rafting. The food, wine, golfing experience and spa therapies are extremely luxuries. It is also the Adventure Capital of the World. Placed on the shores of Wakatipu Lake, this place is bounded by mystical mountains and is a must-visit during your tour to South Island of New Zealand. You can partake in adventure activities and can also enjoy sightseeing here. Coronet Park, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Wanaka, Shotover River, Hollyford Track etc. are some of the attractions in Queenstown that can be explored.
Stay overnight in Queenstown.
Day 6: Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch
Today, after breakfast, you begin driving through the Central Otago region towards Lake Pukaki- one of the largest alpine lakes in South Island and Mount Cook, also known as Aoraki, the cloud piercer. It is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Your visit here is going to be a memorable one. Later on, next you visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the banks of Lake Tekapo, this place is not only a place of worship but is popular as a wedding venue due its breathtaking location. Now, you cross the Canterbury Plains to return back to Christchurch.
Day 7: Departure
On the last day of the tour, after breakfast, depart for your home destination.