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West Coast Highlights – 07 Days / 06 Nights

7 Day Self drive itinerary covering the following places of interest in the South Island of New Zealand including Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mount Cook,returning to Christchurch. 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 specifed, and daily buffet breakfast at hotel. Daily departures throughout the year.


West Coast Highlights – 07 Days / 06 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH: view detail >
DAY 03: GREYMOUTH / FOX GLACIER: view detail >
DAY 04: FOX GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 05: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 06: QUEENSTOWN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 07: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >

West Coast Highlights – 07 Days / 06 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 on your own with rental vehicle.


DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH:

Check out of your hotel this morning and self drive across the Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth on the West Coast. This afternoon drive  north along the rugged West Coast with spectacular scenery to Punakaiki to see the “Pancake Rocks” and the Blow Holes which are especially spectacular at high tide. Return to Greymouth in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps to go for a walk.


DAY 03: GREYMOUTH / FOX GLACIER:

Check out of your hotel this morning and drive south to Fox Glacier. Travel via Hokitika, Ross and Harihari passing by several beautiful lakes surrounded by native bush before arriving at Franz Josef Glacier and continuing on to Fox Glacier. There is time today to do an Optional 1/2 day guided glacier walk onto the Fox Glacier itself accompanied by experienced Alpine Guides or perhaps an Optional scenic helicopter flight over the glaciers. (Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.


DAY 04: FOX GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN:

Check out of the hotel and self drive to Queenstown this morning traveling along the coast and through the small settlement of Haast at the mouth of the Haast River before following the river upstream to the “Gates of Haast” and over the scenic bush clad Haast Pass, the southern most route across the main divide. Travel past the small settlement of Makarora adjacent to the Mount Aspiring National Park and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before passing by the fruitgrowing area around Cromwell and on through the rugged but scenic Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.


DAY 05: 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 06: QUEENSTOWN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH:

Check out of your hotel this morning. Depart Queenstown and drive through the Kawarau Gorge once again to the fruitgrowing region of Cromwell and across Lake Dunstan through the barren Central Otago to the Lindis Pass and into the MacKenzie High Country and on to New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mount Cook. Time here for an Optional scenic flight subject to the weather on the day. (Please note Optional scenic flight not included in tour cost.) Depart Mt Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki and on to Lake Tekapo and the “Church of the Good Shepherd” before descending Burkes Pass to Fairlie and through gentle rolling hill country to Geraldine and across the flat Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch. The rest of the day is at leisure.


DAY 07: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH:

Your arrangements conclude today with the drop off of your rental car at Christchurch Airport prior to boarding your departure flight back home. We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.

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