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Self Drive: 7 Day Milford Sound Spectacular

$1,399
Per Person

Typically $1,599
Our 7 day self drive New Zealand package takes you through the stunning landscapes of the South Island. Drive yourself through lakes, mountains and glaciers. Starting and ending in Christchurch.

the tour

Our 7 day self drive New Zealand package takes you through the stunning landscapes of the South Island. Drive yourself through lakes, mountains and glaciers. Starting and ending in Christchurch.

Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county to Mt Cook. From Mt Cook journey south via Queenstown to Te Anau.  From Te Anau you can take the day to drive the return trip along the stunning Milford Road to reach Milford sound, where you will take a scenic nature cruise. Next day you will travel through Southland to Otago, stopping in Dunedin before heading back to Christchurch.

A highlight of this tour is a cruise of Milford Sound. An on board nature guide provides detailed interpretation and commentary. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and to view the stunning scenery, including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks. Keep a lookout for dolphins, seals and penguins!

INCLUSIONS

This self drive New Zealand package includes 6 nights accommodation. It includes rental car hire with insurance. You can also have the option to upgrade your vehicle. Your car will come with GPS navigation, unlimited kms, airport / ferry terminal fees and additional drivers. You will receive detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and more! As this is a self-drive tour there are no set departure dates and you can travel whenever you like! Please contact us for more information or book online. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Christchurch accommodation.

Tour documents and itinerary Once you touch down in New Zealand your detailed tour pack will be hand delivered by one of our trusted representatives. The pack contains everything you need for the duration of your stay. It will include a comprehensive, printed and bound version of your itinerary as well as clear driving instructions and maps for each leg of your journey. It also contains all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities – along with relevant brochures and information. While in New Zealand we offer 24 hour support – details on how to contact us at any time will be well documented.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Christchurch Hop On Hop Off City Tour – 24 Hour Pass. Discover the true magic of city sightseeing on-board this city tour bus. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views. Join friendly local guides as they take you on a journey of discovery through Christchurch. Listen to “live” entertaining and informative commentary and learn about the fascinating history, from pioneering days to modern times.

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: Heartland Hotel Cotswold, Christchurch

OPTIONAL: Christchurch Hop On Hop Off City Tour – 24 Hour Pass $67 per person

DAY 2: Christchurch ~ Mount Cook

Collect your rental car this morning, then you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country.

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park.

Today you’ll drive through the heart of the South Island, crossing the vast Canterbury plains. Catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie. Ascending Burkes pass you’ll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo. Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier fed turquoise blue colour. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village. Please note there are no food or shops at Mount Cook you will need to stock up prior to arriving in Mount Cook if you wish to self cater.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook Experience 500 year old icebergs up-close on the Mt Cook terminal lake. The Glacier Explorers tour is the only one of its kind in New Zealand – and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of them are accessible. See towering ice cliffs and floating icebergs from the safety of a specially designed boat. These boats provide a safe way to view unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand’s largest glacier – The Tasman.

MEALS: Breakfast

DRIVE DISTANCE: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.1 hours

OVERNIGHT: Hermitage Hotel Room Mount Cook View, Mount Cook

DAY 3: Mount Cook ~ Te Anau

Follow the dry hills to the Lindis Pass, into Central Otago. From here you follow the Kawerau Gorge to Lake Wakatipu then south towards Te Anau.

Mt. Cook National Park to Te Anau Twizel, just south of Aoraki/Mt. Cook was the location of many Lord of the Rings movie scenes and a little further on is Omarama, the gliding capital of New Zealand. Wrinkly Rams is a local café and also offers an informative sheep shearing demonstration. The Lindis Pass is one of New Zealand’s highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres. The tussock covered hills offer an unusual contrast as you pass from the Mackenzie Basin and into Central Otago. The first Central Otago settlement you reach is the quaint village of Tarras, which has a number of boutique stores and a lovely café. A short drive, further along, is the historic and scenic Bendigo Reserve, which was one of Otago’s original gold mining settlements. Well marked paths will guide you to the remains of stone cottages and other buildings from this bygone era. Cromwell sits at the head of the Kawarau Gorge and the historic old town is well worth the visit, the buildings are now home to quaint shops and cafes. The old town buildings were relocated from the valley that now sits deep under Lake Dunstan. Continue on through the sheer cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge as they guide you towards the Gibbston Valley, one of New Zealand’s premier wine-growing regions. At the famous historic Kawarau Bridge, you can take a bungy jump or sit back and enjoy the drama as visitors hurtle off the bridge. Approaching Queenstown the impressive Remarkables mountain range comes into view and then beautiful Lake Wakatipu as you head south. The lake guides you into Southland through its rich farming pastures and into Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Begin your Te Anau Glowworm experience with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau on board the luxury catamaran, Luminosa, to the western side of the lake. On arrival, you’ll enter the caves through Cavern House, where informative displays detail the history of this 12,000 year old underground network. You’ll then explore by limestone pathway while your guide points out hidden whirlpools, sculpted rock formations and a rushing underground waterfall. See a magical display of thousands of glowworms as you glide through the darkness in a small boat.

MEALS: Breakfast

DRIVE DISTANCE: 421 kms / 261 miles : 5.0 hours

OVERNIGHT: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

OPTIONAL: Te Anau Glowworm Caves – $190 per person

DAY 4: Te Anau ~ Milford Sound Cruise ~ Te Anau

Journey along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound where you’ll take a scenic cruise on the fiord before returning to Te Anau.

The road to Milford Sound offers some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery in the country. From crystal clear lakes and towering mountains to lush glacier formed meadows, this area is dramatic and unyielding. Stretch your legs on the Chasm Walk, a short stroll through native beech forest to see several powerful waterfalls .Continue on through the Homer Tunnel, an engineering marvel at 1219 metres long. Arriving into the village of Milford,you will be greeted with an amazing view of Mitre Peak. A day cruise into the heart of the sound with Real Journeys is not to be missed. You’ll learn about how this magnificent area was formed and experience the wonder of the falls that line the Fiord before back-tracking the way you came.

Milford Sound Cruise with Real Journeys – Get up close and personal with Milford Sound on a leisurely cruise of this spectacular fiord. From thundering waterfalls to sky-high mountains to lush rainforests, Milford has it all. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. Informative, participative and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest.

MEALS: Breakfast

DRIVE DISTANCE: 233 kms / 145 miles : 3.6 hours

OVERNIGHT: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

DAY 5: Te Anau ~ Dunedin

The drive from Te Anau to Dunedin takes you through classic Southland farmland scenery but if you want to spend the whole day exploring a little off the beaten path than taking the Southern Scenic Route through The Catlins is highly recommended. Following the incredible Otago coastline to Invercargill the route passes through Manapouri and onto Tuatapere before Colac Bay and the fishing town of Riverton. From Invercargill the route hugs the coastline and there are many side-trips to secluded and deserted beaches and bays to explore before you arrive into the remarkable Edwardian City of Dunedin.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Monarch Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock

An unforgettable experience viewing rare and fascinating wildlife. Board the Monarch Boat and take in the fascinating sight of the Northern Royal Albatross as it comes in to nest on spectacular cliffs of Taiaroa, Otago Peninsula. You’ll also see eight other species of birds including sooty shearwaters and petrels as well as sea lions and fur seals – and if you’re really lucky – dolphins and whales.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Larnach Castle and Gardens

Larnach is New Zealand’s only Castle, built in 1871 by politician and merchant, William Larnach, a man of great vision who helped shape New Zealand’s early history. It was built for William’s beloved first wife Eliza; it took 200 workmen three years to build the shell and a further twelve years were spent by master craftsmen to embellish the interior. The Castle is located high up on the Otago Peninsula and looks down on Dunedin city giving beautiful views. The gardens have an International Garden of Significance status and have a unique collection of specialised areas for you to explore. The Ballroom cafe is a fantastic place to rest and reflect on all you have seen while enjoying a delicious range of refreshments. As with the entire castle, the ballroom had an interesting and varied history prior to its beautiful restoration, uses ranged from a lunatic asylum, antique sales room to the penning of sheep.

MEALS: Breakfast

DRIVE DISTANCE: 285 kms / 177 miles : 3.3 hours

OVERNIGHT: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge, Dunedin

OPTIONAL: Monarch Wildlife Cruise $109 per person | Larnach Castle & Gardens $67 per person

DAY 6: Dunedin ~ Christchurch

Heading north from Dunedin your first stop should be Moeraki to explore the famous and unique Moeraki Boulders strewn on the beach. Following a look at these incredible and unique geological features don’t miss a visit to Fleur’s Cafe in Moeraki Township for the freshest seafood you’ll experience. The town of Oamaru is most famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. Explore the old quarter or if you don’t mind a late arrival into Christchurch then stay longer to see the blue penguins come ashore at dusk. The port town of Timaru is next and then the vast Canterbury Plains. Crossing New Zealand’s longest bridge at Rakaia you can view some great examples of the South Island’s famous braided rivers. Arriving into Christchurch City puts you close to the airport and the International Antarctic Centre, a visit is highly recommended. Here you can get as close to experiencing life on the frozen continent without actually visiting plus see New Zealand little blue penguins and ride in a Haaglund Tracked vehicle.

MEALS: Breakfast

DRIVE DISTANCE: 346 kms / 215 miles : 4.2 hours

OVERNIGHT: Heartland Hotel Cotswold, Christchurch

DAY 7: Departure

Explore more of Christchurch before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

MEALS: Breakfast

DRIVE DISTANCE: 7 kms / 5 miles : 0.2 hours

Description

Our 7 day self drive New Zealand package takes you through the stunning landscapes of the South Island. Drive yourself through lakes, mountains and glaciers. Starting and ending in Christchurch.

Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county to Mt Cook. From Mt Cook journey south via Queenstown to Te Anau.  From Te Anau you can take the day to drive the return trip along the stunning Milford Road to reach Milford sound, where you will take a scenic nature cruise. Next day you will travel through Southland to Otago, stopping in Dunedin before heading back to Christchurch.

A highlight of this tour is a cruise of Milford Sound. An on board nature guide provides detailed interpretation and commentary. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and to view the stunning scenery, including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks. Keep a lookout for dolphins, seals and penguins!

INCLUSIONS

This self drive New Zealand package includes 6 nights accommodation. It includes rental car hire with insurance. You can also have the option to upgrade your vehicle. Your car will come with GPS navigation, unlimited kms, airport / ferry terminal fees and additional drivers. You will receive detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and more! As this is a self-drive tour there are no set departure dates and you can travel whenever you like! Please contact us for more information or book online. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

INCLUSIONS

 

7 Day self drive tour of South Island

6 Nights 3* hotel accommodation

6x Breakfasts

Car hire in Toyota Corolla (or similar)

  • 5 door hatch back
  • Automatic transmission
  • Air conditioning, Bluetooth, AUX and USB
  • 1.8 litre
  • 5 passengers
  • 2 large bags, 1 small bag
  • GPS navigation

Rental car insurance

Detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and more

Private airport transfers

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

EXCLUSIONS

 

International Airfares

Other meals not included in itinerary

Beverages for all meals

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Optional tours

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2021/2022:

This self-drive tour departs any day until 25 March 2022. Every day is guaranteed. 

HOTELS

 

3 STAR HOTELS: 

Christchurch: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Mount Cook: Hermitage Hotel Room Mount Cook View

Te Anau: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Dunedin: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

Upgrade to Toyota Highlander 4×4 (or similar) – $100 per person

  • 5 door AWD SUV
  • 5 passengers
  • 3 large bags / 2 small bags
  • Air conditioning, reverse camera, bluetooth, AUX and USB
  • 3.5 litre engine
  • GPS included
  • Automatic transmission

 

OPTIONAL TOURS: 

DAY 1: Christchurch Hop On Hop Off City Tour 24 hours pass $67

DAY 2: Glacier Explorers Mt Cook

DAY 3: Te Anau Glow Worm Caves $190

DAY 5: Monarch Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock $109

DAY 5: Larnach Castle and Gardens $67

 

Prices are per person and in AUD. Please add optional tours to your cart at checkout.

 

EXTRA NIGHTS: 

Extra nights are not available with this package

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 25 March 2022

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 45 days prior to travel

Bookings are subject to availability

 

RATES:

7 Day Self Drive South Island LOW Season (April-Sep) – $1499

7 Day Self Drive South Island HIGH Season (Oct-Nov) – $1599

7 Day Self Drive South Island PEAK Season (Dec-March) – $1699

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

Low Season – $1100 per person

High Season – $1200 per person (Add additional at checkout)

Peak Season – $1300 per person (Add additional at checkout)

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

Contact us for child rates

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise. 

All rental cars include full cover insurance with varying levels of excess or deductible applicable. This is noted when you select the rental car you prefer.

Note however some insurances may exclude damage to windscreens and tyres. Additional cover may be offered at car pick up. We strongly advise all clients to check insurance terms and conditions.

Car advertised in package may change according to availability. It will be similar standard and model.

Day tours included in itinerary may join a larger group than specified

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

We offer a 21 Day Money Back Guarantee. See Refund policy for details

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

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