14 Day South Island Kiwi Experience Holiday Package

NZ$3699 per adult

14 Day South Island Kiwi Experience Holiday Package

Discover the stunning South Island with this all-inclusive self drive holiday package including a fantastic stay on a farm in Kaikoura…

Holiday Package Includes:

  • 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation (including 2 night Farm Stay in Kaikoura)
  • Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
  • Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise ex Queenstown by Scenic Coach
  • Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
  • Gourmet Lunch Wine Tour Marlborough

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City. Collect your rental car from the airport, discover the city or relax in your Christchurch accommodation.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 2 Lake Tekapo

Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours

Depart Christchurch and travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the Southern Alps to reach Lake Tekapo, an amazing turquoise lake. Tekapo presents many world class attractions, from the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd to scenic flights exploring NZ’s highest mountains and largest glaciers, including Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier.

Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.

Day 3 Queenstown

Driving time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown 254 km / 158 miles, 3 hours

Travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass, which links the Mackenzie Basin to Central Otago. Arrive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

First off, get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride with Shotover Jet! It’s a thrilling ride as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 4 Queenstown > Milford Sound

Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound, where you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Milford Sound is sure to impress! Sheer cliffs, towering snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys, sub-tropical rainforest, marine life… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! After your cruise, relax while your coach drives through stunning scenery before delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.

Day 5 Queenstown

Explore Queenstown today, with the option to add on a must-do Queenstown activity to really make the most of it. Our top picks are TSS Earnslaw Dining ExperiencesJet BoatingScenic Helicopter FlightsBackcountry Safaris and Wine Tours.

Day 6 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour

Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest State Highway, and admire the vistas from fantastic viewing points. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views, a relaxed atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.

Stay 1 night in Wanaka.

Day 7 Franz Josef – Glacier Country

Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 285 km / 177 miles, 4 hours

Discover the Haast Pass Highway, where there are many short walks and natural attractions to view along the way. Continue north, through dense rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards New Zealand’s most famous glaciers.

In the afternoon, you have the option to add on a scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow.

Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.

Day 8 Hokitika

Driving time Franz Josef to Hokitika 136 km / 85 miles, 1.5 hours

Discover more West Coast beauty as you travel to Hokitika, famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from gold, molten glass, paua or bone or carve your own creation from wood or jade (pounamu). Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty, enjoy its expansive beach or venture down one of the many walking and mountain biking tracks.

Stay 1 night in Hokitika

Day 9 Abel Tasman

Driving time Hokitika to Abel Tasman 359 km / 223 miles, 4.5 hours

Journey towards the Abel Tasman, an area renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, unmodified estuaries, long sunshine hours and the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. In the afternoon, relax on one of the many golden beaches.

Stay 2 nights in Abel Tasman.

Day 10 Abel Tasman

In the morning, enjoy a boat cruise into the Abel Tasman National Park, where you can relax on the hot golden sand or enjoy a day walk. Take in the natural beauty and enjoy!

Day 11 Blenheim

Driving time Abel Tasman to Blenheim 159 km / 98 miles, 2.5 hours

Today, meander around the coast to reach the Marlborough wine country. Marlborough is recognised internationally for its distinctive, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc. As New Zealand’s largest winemaking region, Marlborough is home to about 65 wineries, 290 grape growers, and over 4,000 hectares planted in grapes, mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.

Stay 2 nights in Blenheim.

Day 12 Blenheim

Experience the famous wines of the region on a gourmet lunch wine tour. As you enjoy plenty of tastings and a three-course meal in a beautiful winery restaurant, you will quickly fall in love with this fantastic wine region. Learn more about the winemaking process, and taste the subtle differences between different vintages and different soils. This tour is a must-do for any wine aficionados.

Day 13 Kaikoura

Driving time Blenheim to Kaikoura 129 km / 80 miles, 2 hours

Journey through Marlborough today and along the South Island’s stunning East Coast to reach Kaikoura. Kaikoura is famous for its delicious seafood delicacies and of course whale watching.

Experience a working farm and stay in either the historic farm house or the quirky shearers’ quarters. During your stay, enjoy one of the short walks in the area and visit the farm animals – you’ll get a chance to collect eggs, feed the Kune Kune pigs, and meet the horses and give them an apple or two. Watch out for the cheeky goat and the two resident farm cats.

Stay 2 nights in Kaikoura at a Farm Stay.

Day 14 Kaikoura

Today, relax and explore the farm stay and its surrounds further, with the option to add on a fantastic whale watch flight.

Day 15 Depart Christchurch

Driving time Kaikoura to Christchurch 180 km / 111 miles, 2.5 hours

Travel to Christchurch at your leisure, drop your rental car off at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.