Take a stunning drive down New Zealand’s South Island on this 10-day adventure. Starting from Christchurch on the eastern coast, head inland and travel down the edge of the spectacular Southern Alps. See Aoraki/Mount Cook, the tallest peak on the South Island, as well as Queenstown, Te Anau and the magnificent Milford Sound. Embark on guided treks and hikes to see the mountains, glaciers, flora and fauna in all their beauty.
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After arriving at Christchurch International Airport, you have the choice to either pick up your rental car and drive into the city or be met on arrival and taken there.
• Arrive at Christchurch
• Head to your hotel
Drive distance – 333 km / 207 miles
Travel from Christchurch to the impressive scenery of Mount Cook National Park, taking you along the banks of the picturesque Lake Pukaki. After arriving at your hotel, take on a bit of star gazing. Begin with an introduction before heading out on a short drive to the outdoor site, using high powered binoculars to admire the wonders above.
• Drive from Christchurch to Mount Cook
• Lake Pukaki
• Star gazing
Enjoy a guided walk of the Hooker Valley. Your knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide will tell you all about the unique flora and fauna of the region and the local history as you trek through this amazing landscape.
• Hooker Valley tour
Meals included: Lunch
Drive distance – 199 km / 124 miles
Take a fantastic drive through the South Island countryside, heading south from Mount Cook to the southern edge of Lake Wanaka. Wanaka is famed for its outdoor actives such as mountain biking, fishing and kayaking.
• Drive from Mount Cook to Wanaka
Begin your day with a scenic drive around Lake Wanaka and into the Matukituki Valley. Once there, depart on a guided trek along the river banks. After entering Mount Aspiring National Park by a swing bridge across the river, steadily climb into a rainforest. Continue trekking and you will discover open ground of alpine herbs and flowers, and the glory of the Rob Roy Glacier.
• Drive into the Matukituki Valley
• Guided trek to Rob Roy Glacier
Meals included: Breakfast & lunch
Drive distance – 73 km / 45 miles
Located on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown offers fantastic activities and scenery from the lake to the valley.
• Drive from Wanaka to Queenstown
This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a gradual climb through a 130 million-year-old world of ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. On you return explore the old forgotten paths of the Maori as you travel along the old Greenstone trails.
• Walk through Mount Aspiring National Park
Meals included: Lunch, snacks & refreshments
Drive distance – 172 km / 107 miles
Depart on a trip across Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on South Island, to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves. Following a catamaran journey to the western side of the lake, take time to view the interesting displays at Cavern House – the entry to the caves. You can also experience a short guided walk into the forest behind the Cavern House to view native flora and fauna.
• Drive from Queenstown to Te Anau
• Visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves
• Optional guided forest walk
From Te Anau travel along the spectacular Milford Road to Milford Sound where you join a nature cruise to the Tasman Sea. After the cruise, rejoin the small coach and begin your journey back to Te Anau. The day is tailored to the weather and seasonal highlights to ensure you get to enjoy to best out of this World Heritage Area.
• Nature cruise
Meals included: Breakfast & lunch
• Enjoy a last day in Te Anau ahead of your flight back to the UK
Meals included: Breakfast