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 Experiences, Jet Boating, Scenic Helicopter Flights, Backcountry 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.