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Southern Splendour – 06 Days / 05 Nights

6 Day Self Drive itinerary covering the following places of interest in the South Island of New Zealand including Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Dunedin, and Mount Cook. A choice of 5 categories of rental vehicle with a choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

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


Southern Splendour – 06 Days / 05 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 03: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 04: QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 05: DUNEDIN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 06: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >

Southern Splendour – 06 Days / 05 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH:

Pick-up self drive rental vehicle on arrival at Christchurch International Airport. Self drive to your hotel in the “Garden City”. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own with rental vehicle.


DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / QUEENSTOWN:

Check out of your hotel this morning and self drive to Queenstown today. Depart Christchurch and travel across the flat Canterbury Plains to the farming servicing centre of Geraldine, and over gentle rolling hill country to Fairlie before climbing up the Burkes Pass and into the MacKenzie High Country. Stop at the “Church of the Good Shepherd”on the shores of Lake Tekapo to admire the view. Continue on past Lake Pukaki and Twizel and through the small settlement of Omarama before climbing over the Lindis Pass and descending into the province of Central Otago. Dive across Lake Dunstan and pass through the fruit growing region around Cromwell. Drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge and arrive at Queenstown set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax.


DAY 03: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN:

Full day self drive excursion to Milford Sound. Travel alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath the towering Remarkables mountain range and across the flat Southland Plains to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Park. Pass through Beech forests, glaciated valleys, the Homer Tunnel with its 1:10 gradient, and stunning scenery to reach the majestic Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord which is dominated by Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown afterwards.


DAY 04: QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN:

Check out of your hotel this morning. Depart Queenstown and self drive through the Kawarau Gorge to the fruitgrowing region of Cromwell once more, and on through Central Otago following the Clutha River to Alexandra and Roxburgh, and on through Lawrence, where the discovery of gold at nearby Gabriels Gully started the Otago Gold Rush in the nineteenth century and created the wealth that built the City of Dunedin. This afternoon enjoy a self drive sightseeing tour along the Otago Peninsula with visits to the Royal Albatross Colony Visitors Centre, Natures Wonders with the Yellow Eyed Penguins, and Larnach Castle and grounds, built by William Larnach in the nineteenth century and the only castle in New Zealand. We recommend that you drive along the Otago Harbour edge on the low road out along the Otago Peninsula and return via the High Road and Larnach Castle.


DAY 05: DUNEDIN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH:

Check out of your hotel this morning. Self drive to Christchurch via Mount Cook. Depart Dunedin and travel north to Oamaru and then inland following the Waitaki River into the MacKenzie High Country and on to New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mount Cook. Take in the stunning views and enjoy the mountain fresh air. Time here for an Optional scenic flight subject to the weather on the day. (Not included in the tour costs.) Depart Mount Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki and on to Lake Tekapo and the “Church of the Good Shepherd” before descending Burkes Pass and driving across the flat Canterbury Plains to arrive at the “Garden City” of Christchurch in the late afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure.


DAY 06: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH:

Your arrangements will conclude today with the drop-off of your self drive rental car at Christchurch Airport prior to boarding your departure flight back home. We trust that you enjoyed your Kiwi holiday with Adventure Pacific.


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