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8 day self drive holiday New Zealand
South Island (NZ8S)

Introduction:

The New Zealand South Island holiday for visitors wanting the get the very most out of their short visit to the South Island of New Zealand, great scenic diversity from mountains to sea, stunning scenic drives, plus quality time in key city and village locations. Enjoy activities and experiences to really get an appreciation of some of the best of New Zealand South Island.

We can customise this holiday to suit your accommodation style and transport preferences including car, motorhome and scheduled coach services.

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Itinerary Overview:

Day 1 - Arrive Nelson
Day 2 - Nelson
Day 3 - Punakaiki
Day 4 - Punakaiki to Fox Glacier
Day 5 - Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Day 6 - Queenstown day trip to Milford Sound
Days 7 & 8 - Queenstown and end trip

Itinerary map

Itinerary details:

Day 1 - Arrive Nelson and stay overnight
Nelson is renowned for its artisans and galleries including the highly regarded Hoglund Art Glass studio. Local produce including wines are also a feature of the region. White sandy beaches and great food make Nelson a popular holiday destination.

Day 2 - Nelson
Full day in the Abel Tasman National Park. From Kaiteriteri walk, sea kayak or sail north along the picturesque Kaiteriteri coastline, including the famous "Split Apple Rock". Beach stops for a swim, visit Tonga Island Seal Colony. A range of options are available incl 1, 3 -or 5 day guided trips staying in beachfront lodges.

Day 3 - Nelson to Punakaiki
From the sheltered haven of Tasman Bay travel south through the inland Nelson Lakes region before heading west to the dramatic and rugged scenery of the 'coast road'. Winding its way between the bush clad slopes, studded with Nikau Palms and the surf of the Tasman Sea this has to be one of New Zealand's most beautiful drives. Your overnight stop is Punakaiki where you will find the intriguing Pancake Rocks and blowholes.

Day 4 - Punakaiki to Fox Glacier or Lake Moeraki
A day packed with features today as you travel south through historic 'gold rush' towns and settlements, past bush clad lakes, wild beaches and onwards to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
Or continue through to Lake Moeraki for an eco-lodge experience at the Moeraki Wilderness Lodge.


Day 5 - Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Leaving behind the lush vegetation of South Westland you will travel the hills and valleys of the Haast Pass where roadside walkways provide easy access to a number of waterfalls and mountain pools. Emerge into the tussock country of the Southern Lakes district as you pass lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. The fruit and wine growing region around Cromwell leads you to the craggy confines of the Kawarau Gorge famous for its historic bridge and some spectacularly located vineyards. Finish this full day of sightseeing in beautiful Queenstown.

Day 6 - Queenstown day trip to Milford Sound
Travel by luxury coach from Queenstown taking in views of Lake Wakatipu, the lakeside town of Te Anau and the sights of the Milford Road, stop for short walks, before cruising the wonderful Milford Sound with its soaring peaks and cascading waterfalls. Watch for seals, dolphins and penguins as you make your way to where the fiord meets the sea and back. Scenic flight options to Milford Sound or both ways are also available.

Days 7 & 8 - Queenstown and end trip
Journey up the Dart River into the stunning scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Then free time to enjoy some of the many other Queenstown activities. Ride the Gondola for spectacular views over the town and across the lake to the mountains, Bungee jump, take one of the many hikes including the famous Routeburn Track for a day. Catch a fish, white water rafting, horse treks, winery visits, the possibilities are endless!

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