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Southern Eco Experience – 12 Days / 11 Nights

12 Days Self drive itinerary covering the following places of interest in N.Z. including Christchurch, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Doubtful Sound, Te Anau, Stewart Island, Invercargill, and Dunedin. A choice of 5 vehicle types, daily departures and choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

Includes self drive rental vehicle with pick-up on arrival at Christchurch Airport and drop off again at Christchurch Airport at the time of departure, with a choice of 5 vehicle types, and a choice of 3 standards of hotel accommodation, with sightseeing and entrance fees included as specified, and daily buffet breakfast at the hotel. Daily departures throughout the year.


Southern Eco Experience – 12 Days / 11 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / MOUNT COOK / DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 03: DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 04: DUNEDIN / INVERCARGILL: view detail >
DAY 05: INVERCARGILL / BLUFF / STEWART ISLAND: view detail >
DAY 06: STEWART ISLAND: view detail >
DAY 07: STEWART ISLAND / INVERCARGILL: view detail >
DAY 08: INVERCARGILL / TE ANAU: view detail >
DAY 09: TE ANAU / DOUBTFUL SOUND / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 10: QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 12: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >

Southern Eco Experience – 12 Days / 11 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH:

Arrive at Christchurch International Airport. Pick up self drive rental vehicle at airport on arrival. Self drive to your hotel in the “Garden City”. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore and enjoy on your own.


DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / MOUNT COOK / DUNEDIN:

Depart Christchurch and self drive to Dunedin today traveling across the Canterbury Plains to Geraldine and over rolling hill country to Fairlie. Climb up through the Burke’s Pass to the MacKenzie High Country. Stop at the “Church of the Good Shepherd” on the shores of Lake Tekapo before following Lake Pukaki to the highest mountain in New Zealand – Mt Cook. There will be time here for an Optional scenic flight over the Southern Alps with a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier subject to the weather on the day. (NB: Optional scenic flight is not included in the tour costs.) Continue via Twizel and Omarama and follow the Waitaki River to Oamaru on the coast and then on south to Dunedin via Palmerston and Wakouiti. Arrive in the Edinburgh of the south and the rest of the day is at leisure.


DAY 03: DUNEDIN:

Today you will enjoy local city sightseeing by self drive rental car and view popular buildings with classic Gothic architecture such as the First Church, Dunedin Railway Station, Otago Boys High School, Dunedin Cathedral, University of Otago, also visit the Botanical Gardens, Town Belt, and Octagon. In the afternoon drive out along the Otago Peninsula following the harbours edge to the Royal Albatross Colony. Later visit Natures Wonders to see the Yellow Eyed penguins and then visit the grounds of Larnach Castle, built by William Larnach in the nineteenth century and the only castle in New Zealand. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore this lively student city with its scottish heritage.


DAY 04: DUNEDIN / INVERCARGILL:

After breakfast check out of the hotel and self drive from Dunedin to Invercargill either by the main road or via the scenic Catlins Coastal Route. Travel south via the South Otago towns of Milton, Balclutha, and through the Southland Province and the farming town of Gore, more famous now for the annual Country & Western Music festival to arrive at Invercargill, the southern most city in N.Z. The rest of the evening is at leisure to relax.


DAY 05: INVERCARGILL / BLUFF / STEWART ISLAND:

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel this morning. Check out of hotel and self drive by rental car to the port town of Bluff, famous for the oysters which are found off the coast of Southland in the Foveaux Strait. From Bluff board the ferry to Stewart Island, an unspoilt island comprising of less than 1,000 inhabitants with prolific flora and fauna and where native Kiwis abound. The rest of the day is at leisure to experience any of the many Optional activities available here. One of the most popular Options in the evening is to go on a guided tour to view the Little Brown Kiwi in its natural habitat as it forages for food in the bush and on the beach. [Optional activities are not included in the tour costs] NB: The Kiwi Spotting night tour is a very popular activity and it is recommended that you pre-book to avoid disappointment as they only operate this tour every second night and numbers are limited to minimise impact on the Kiwis. The rest of the evening is at leisure to relax.

DAY 06: STEWART ISLAND:

After breakfast at your hotel this morning, today is a free day at leisure with time to explore on your own or to experience some of the many Optional activities available here. (Please note Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)


DAY 07: STEWART ISLAND / INVERCARGILL:

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. Transfer to the Stewart Island Wharf and return to  Invercargill via the ferry to Bluff and self drive to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the southern most city in the world with its very wide main streets.


DAY 08: INVERCARGILL / TE ANAU:

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and self drive from Invercargill to Te Anau by rental car via the Southland Plains. Te Anau is a small town set on the picturesque shores of Lake Te Anau and is the gateway to the Fiordland National Park, now proclaimed a World Heritage Park. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening you will enjoy a tour to the Te Anau Glow worm caves with a cruise on Lake Te Anau.


DAY 09: TE ANAU / DOUBTFUL SOUND / QUEENSTOWN:


Full day excursion to Doubtful Sound. Check out of hotel after breakfast and drive from Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Park to Manapouri where you will board your launch for the trip across Lake Manapouri. Here you will board your coach and take a ride deep inside the granite rock to the main turbine room of the Manapouri Power Station. It was quite some engineering feat in its construction. Climb over the Wilmott Pass and descend into Deep Cove at Doubtful Sound. Board another launch for a cruise out to the Tasman Sea and back, passing through pristine wilderness. You may see dolphins, seals and penguins today as you cruise through this unspoilt natural ecosystem. Afterwards, return to Manapouri and self drive to Queenstown by rental car via the Southland Plains and arrive in the late afternoon.

DAY 10: QUEENSTOWN:


Free day at leisure with an opportunity to explore on your own with self drive rental car or to experience some of the many Optional activities available here such as jetboating, bungy jumping, whitewater rafting, gondola ride up to Bob's Peak, TSS Earnslaw cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Sheep Station, 4WD safaris and many more options. Enjoy Queenstown the "Adventure Capital" of New Zealand. (Please note that Optional activities above are not included in tour cost.)

DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN / CHRISTCHURCH:

This morning after breakfast at the hotel, check out and self drive to Christchurch traveling through the Kawarau Gorge once more and the fruit growing area around Cromwell and across Lake Dunstan and through Central Otago to the Lindis Pass and up into the MacKenzie High Country. Continue through the settlement of Omarama and on to Lake Tekapo. Descend Burkes Pass to Fairlie and through rolling hill country to Geraldine and across the straight, flat roads of the Canterbury Plains to "Garden City" of Christchurch.


DAY 12: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH:

Your arrangements conclude today with the drop-off of your self drive rental car at Christchurch Airport before checking in for your departure flight. Farewell New Zealand. We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.


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