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Self Drive: 11 nights Christchurch to Christchurch

South Island Only.

Price from £1615 per person

This self drive New Zealand South Island tour includes 11 days' Toyota Corolla (CDMR) car rental with Budget, 11 nights' accommodation in Superior Bed and Breakfasts or Hotels, meals as indicated, the TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch, daily driving notes and route map.

We have used a combination of accommodation styles however, the length of stay and accommodation used can be tailored to suit the time you have available and your budget. Our staff will be happy to advise and give you a personal quotation for the arrangements that suit you.

Christchurch / Dunedin / Invercargill / Queenstown / Franz Josef Glacier / Greymouth / Christchurch

Prices depend on seasonality:  from £1615 per person to £1819 per person

Mid Category Accommodation
Prices depend on seasonality:  from £1011 per person to £1109 per person

Budget Category Accommodation
Prices depend on seasonality:  from £786 per person to £905 per person

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (NM)
After claiming your luggage at the airport, collect your rental car from the Budget office located in the terminal building. Drive to your accommodation.
2 nights: TheGeorge, Christchurch - Room only

Day 2: Christchurch (B)
A day at leisure in the Garden City. Enjoy a stroll through the Botanical Gardens, drive over the Port Hills for spectacular views of the city, mountains and sea or drive over to the French settlement of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula.

Day 3: Christchurch - Dunedin (363 kms/226 miles - 5 hours) (B)
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains to the farming district of Ashburton. Continue through the seaside town of Timaru to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.
2 nights: Fletcher Lodge, Dunedin - Bed & Breakfast

Day 4: Dunedin (B)
A day at leisure to enjoy the Otago Peninsula and to view the Yellow Eyed Penguins, Albatross and wildlife.

Day 5: Dunedin - Invercargill (210 kms/130 miles - 3 hours) (B)
Travel through the lush southland farmland to Invercargill, New Zealand's southernmost city.
2 nights: Safari Lodge, Invercargill - Bed & Breakfast

Day 6: Invercargill (B)
A free day to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Catlins district, visit Riverton or take a day tour to Stewart Island.

Day 7: Invercargill - Queenstown (190 kms/118 miles - 2½ hours) (B)
Travel through Lumsden and Winton to Lake Wakatipu and then on to Queenstown.
3 nights: Evergreen Lodge, Queenstown - Bed & Breakfast

Days 8 & 9: Queenstown (B)
Two days to enjoy the many activities available in Queenstown. We would recommend that you take a day tour to Milford Sound, visit Arrowtown and experience jetboating.

Day 10: Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier (332 kms/206 miles - 5 hours) (B)
Leave Queenstown and travel over the Crown Range to Lake Wanaka. Continue on past Lake Hawea and through the Haast Pass to the West Coast. Continue North to Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
Overnight: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11: Franz Josef Glacier - Greymouth (203 kms/126 miles - 3 hours - TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch 4 ½ hours) (B)
Continue on this spectacular journey up the West Coast through Hokitika to Greymouth. The TranzAlpine train departs in the early afternoon so you need to allow time to return your rental car to the depot at the railway station. Arrive Christchurch in the late afternoon and take a Super Shuttle transfer to your accommodation.
Overnight: The George Hotel, Christchurch. Room only

Day 12: Depart Christchurch (NM)
Day at leisure until you transfer to the airport with Super Shuttle