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14 Day Hollyford Track and Southern Encounter

Christchurch to Christchurch, 14 days 13 nights self drive tour, staying in Hotel 4 star

14 Day Hollyford Track and Southern Encounter
14 Day Hollyford Track and Southern Encounter
14 Day Hollyford Track and Southern Encounter
14 Day Hollyford Track and Southern Encounter

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This two week South Island driving and walking self drive itinerary includes a variety of wilderness experiences, including a glacier hike on the West Coast, and a taste of the Routeburn Track with a one day guided hike. The highlight of this trip is without a doubt the three day Hollyford Track guided walk. A hidden gem in Fiordland National Park, the gentle terrain makes this a perfect option for those wanting a slightly easier walking adventure. Incorporated into the hike is a thrilling jet boat ride on the Hollyford River, and a spectacular scenic flight from Martins Bay to Milford Sound. Add in the possibility of seeing seals, dolphins and penguins, and you've got the makings of a trip that will be remembered forever.

The approximate total driving distance and time for this itinerary is: 1608 kms / 997 miles, 19.1 hours

You can expect to spend around NZ$232 in fuel cost on this itinerary based on an intermediate sized car.

 

Day 1

Welcome to Christchurch City, transfer to accommodation and rest of day at leisure

Private transfer Christchurch airport to your accommodation

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

Your tour documentation pack and support

Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support

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.

Welcome to Christchurch City

Welcome to Christchurch City
Welcome to Christchurch City
Welcome to Christchurch City
Welcome to Christchurch City

Christchurch, New Zealand's garden city is steadily being transformed into a vibrant urban destination. Encompassing a large green belt, it is known for its wide tree lined avenues and lush gardens. Take the double decker hop on/hop off bus for an easy way to see the sights - or ride a historic tram across town to the renowned botanic gardens and the unique cardboard Transitional Cathedral.

Your accommodation - The George Hotel, Christchurch

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 5-10 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking
The George Hotel, Christchurch
The George Hotel, Christchurch
The George Hotel, Christchurch
The George Hotel, Christchurch
 

Day 2

Take the TranzAlpine scenic train journey across the Southern Alps, then drive to Franz Josef

Driving distance and time: 167 kms / 104 miles : 2.0 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Private transfer hotel to Christchurch train station

A private transfer will collect you this morning and deliver you to Christchurch train station in time for your train journey.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Christchurch to Greymouth

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Christchurch to Greymouth
TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Christchurch to Greymouth
TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Christchurch to Greymouth
TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Christchurch to Greymouth

Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the West Coast glaciers.

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday.  You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.

GPS navigation system

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.

Greymouth to Franz Josef

Greymouth to Franz Josef
Greymouth to Franz Josef
Greymouth to Franz Josef
Greymouth to Franz Josef

Leaving Greymouth today you will head south to Franz Josef and Glacier Country. Pass through Hokitika and be sure to take a detour to the spectacular Hokitika Gorge, a turquoise coloured river surrounded by native bush-clad cliffs. Continue on through Ross, a historic gold mining town where several buildings still remain intact. As you travel further down the coast you’ll also go through Hari Hari, the town where Guy Menzies, the first person to fly solo over the Tasman crash landed. Follow the coast through several small towns before catching a glimpse of the Franz Josef glacier as you arrive into the town centre.

Your accommodation - Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • All rooms non smoking
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
 

Day 3

Explore Franz Josef Glacier during your exciting Glacier Heli-Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike with The Helicopter Line

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike with The Helicopter Line
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike with The Helicopter Line
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike with The Helicopter Line
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike with The Helicopter Line

Take a scenic flight over all three Franz Josef glacier icefalls. Landing high on the glacier take a two hour guided trip through some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. Your guide will choose the route as you go through a wonderland of blue ice and frozen pinnacles. You'll have endless views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest as well as plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you have while you are in New Zealand. Should weather not be suitable to take this flight you are able to transfer your booking onto a similar tour on any of the Helicopter Line operations in Queenstown or Mt Cook.

Walking tracks in and around Franz Josef area

Walking tracks in and around Franz Josef area
Walking tracks in and around Franz Josef area
Walking tracks in and around Franz Josef area
Walking tracks in and around Franz Josef area

There are many walks and hikes in and around Franz Josef. The information below is provided by the Department of Conservation. Located in Franz Josef village is a Department of Conservation information center and you can get updates on track conditions and suitability plus you can learn about the area, its natural history and its people. Listed below are a selection of short walks but check with the Department of Conservation information center for weather conditions, track suitability and conditions  first.

Douglas Walk

The Douglas Walk is an easy one-hour forest walk that passes by the Peters Pool viewpoint and crosses several moraines before descending to the bridge across Dolly Creek on the way back to the road.

Category:  Walking track. Completion Time:  1 hr return

Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk

The 40-minute walk to the terminal face of the Franz Josef Glacier follows a rocky path over riverbed. Only experienced and prepared visitors should attempt climbing on the glacier.

Category:  Walking track. Completion Time:  1 hr 30 min return

Lake Wombat Track

The Lake Wombat Track leads you through a lush rimu forest to the idyllic Lake Wombat.

Category:  Walking track. Completion Time:  1 hr 30 min

Okarito walking tracks

North of the Franz Josef Township sits the coastal settlement of Okarito and the Okarito Lagoon. The lagoon is home to more than 76 species of native birds including the kōtuku/white heron and royal spoonbills.

Category:  Walking track.

Peters Pool Walk

The spectacular view at Peters Pool includes Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere, and the Fritz Range, including Mt Moltke and Mt Roon.

Category:  Easy access walk. Completion Time:  25 min

Sentinel Rock Walk

Just a short distance south of the Franz Josef Township you will come to the Glacier and Sentinel Rock walks. The Sentinel Rock Lookout offers impressive views of the glacier, the valley and Waiho River.

Category:  Short walk. Completion Time:  20 min

Tatare Tunnels Walk

The 80-minute return Tatare Tunnels Walk follows an old 4WD road to a junction with the Callery/Waiho Walk. From there follow the track to the old water tunnels.

Category:  Walking track. Completion Time:  1 hr 20 min return

Terrace Walk

Follow the Terrace Walk as it winds through forest and goes by remnants of past gold mining operations.

Category:  Short walk. Completion Time:  30 min

Your accommodation - Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 4

Take the Haast Pass to Wanaka, then over the Crown Range to Queenstown

Driving distance and time: 344 kms / 213 miles : 4.3 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Franz Josef to Queenstown (via Wanaka)

Franz Josef to Queenstown (via Wanaka)
Franz Josef to Queenstown (via Wanaka)
Franz Josef to Queenstown (via Wanaka)
Franz Josef to Queenstown (via Wanaka)

Heading south you pass through the second glacier town of Fox Glacier. A short side trip to view the glacier is easy before heading along the coast and more classic West Coast bush scenery. At Knights Point Lookout elephant seals can often be seen basking on the sandy beaches at the far end of the point. Crossing the massive Haast River you turn inland and head into the valley climbing through mountains littered with waterfalls.

The Haast Valley offers a spectacular view of the river and its enormous power. The Blue Pools near Makarora are a great 30 minute walk. Lakes Wanaka and Hawea guide you into the township of Wanaka before you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Queenstown. This drive should be planned as a whole day to really enjoy the scenery and to allow time to explore the walks, and many stops en route.

Your accommodation - The Rees Hotel

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 3 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 30 mins +
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Dinner service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
  • Gym/fitness centre
The Rees Hotel
The Rees Hotel
The Rees Hotel
The Rees Hotel
 

Day 5

Enjoy a guided day hike today on the famous Routeburn Track in Mt Aspiring National Park

Routeburn Track Encounter Guided Day Walk

Routeburn Track Encounter Guided Day Walk
Routeburn Track Encounter Guided Day Walk
Routeburn Track Encounter Guided Day Walk
Routeburn Track Encounter Guided Day Walk

The Routeburn Track traverses wild and scenic mountain country between the Hollyford and Dart Valleys at the base of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Since the 1880's the Routeburn Track has proved to be one of the most accessible and popular journeys into New Zealand's forests and mountains. The Routeburn Encounter is a fully catered, guided one-day walk up the spectacular Routeburn Valley departing from and returning to Queenstown. It is an ideal trip for people who have limited time or are uncertain of their ability to do a longer hike. Although there is some altitude gain (400m) to Routeburn Flats, the track is very well formed and of a good gradient. Average fitness is all that is required to complete the walk to Routeburn Flats and return. The 300m (1000 feet) climb to Routeburn Falls is somewhat tougher, but well within the abilities of the majority of our walkers. The return distance to Routeburn Flats is 13km (8 miles), adding the optional but recommended climb to Routeburn Falls makes a total return distance of 19km (11 miles).

Your accommodation - The Rees Hotel

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 6

Travel to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland. This evening is your Hollyford pre walk briefing

Driving distance and time: 164 kms / 102 miles : 1.9 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Queenstown to Te Anau

Queenstown to Te Anau
Queenstown to Te Anau
Queenstown to Te Anau
Queenstown to Te Anau

Following the shores of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables mountain range towers over you as you approach township of Kingston. You'll venture into Southland before crossing the rolling tussock-lands of Mossburn (deer capital of New Zealand) and shortly arriving into Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Hollyford Track 3 Day Wilderness Journey - Pre Walk Briefing

Your pre-departure briefing begins at 17:30. This is a chance for you to meet your guide and fellow walkers. Your guide will "walk" you through the next three unforgettable days, it will cover the details you will need to know for your departure the following day such as what to bring, what’s provided, itinerary breakdown and departure pick-up schedule. This is also the opportunity to ask any questions and to pick up and make use of our backpacks and rain jackets if required.

Your accommodation - Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
  • All rooms non smoking
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
 

Day 7

Your first day on the Hollyford track takes you through beech forest and past sparkling waterfalls

Hollyford Track 3 Day Wilderness Journey

Hollyford Track 3 Day Wilderness Journey
Hollyford Track 3 Day Wilderness Journey
Hollyford Track 3 Day Wilderness Journey
Hollyford Track 3 Day Wilderness Journey

The Hollyford 3 Day Wilderness Journey is an all-inclusive spectacular walk from the mountains to the sea that is suitable for a wide range of fitness levels. Unlike any other walk, the scenery is geologically spectacular and ever-changing - snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rainforests, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, reefs, sand dunes and surf. The experiences are diverse- hiking, wildlife interaction, historical tales, jet boating, and a magnificent scenic flight to Milford Sound. Included in the package is return transport from Queenstown or Te Anau to the track, meals, snacks, accommodation, and use of backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in well-appointed lodges with twin share rooms. Expert guides will ensure your group (maximum 16 people) experience New Zealand's wilderness at its best.

Day 1 - Native Rain Forest, Alpine Views, Waterfalls and Crystal Rivers

Depart for the Hollyford Valley and travel through the majestic Eglington Valley to the start of the Track visiting Gunn's Camp museum on the way.You will follow the swift, clear waters of the Hollyford River, beneath the gaze of the mighty Southern Alps. You'll retrace the footsteps of original Māori and early pioneer explorers, as the track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside impressive tumbling waterfalls.At the end of the first day of your guided walk adventure, you’ll be welcomed at Pyke Lodge by your friendly lodge hosts. Here you’ll be able to enjoy the majesty of Mt Madeline while reflecting on a great first day of your guided walk experience.Walking Distance: Approx 19.5kms (12miles).

Your accommodation - Hollyford Track Lodges

Style: Bush Campsite

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hollyford Track Lodges
Hollyford Track Lodges
Hollyford Track Lodges
Hollyford Track Lodges
 

Day 8

Today you'll jet boat on the Hollyford River and walk through ancient podocarp forest to the Tasman Sea

Day 2 - Lakes, Jet Boating, 1000 Year Old Forest and Wildlife Experience

Day 2 - Lakes, Jet Boating, 1000 Year Old Forest and Wildlife Experience
Day 2 - Lakes, Jet Boating, 1000 Year Old Forest and Wildlife Experience
Day 2 - Lakes, Jet Boating, 1000 Year Old Forest and Wildlife Experience
Day 2 - Lakes, Jet Boating, 1000 Year Old Forest and Wildlife Experience

After an initial short walk to Lake Alabaster, you'll board a jet boat for the next part of your adventure. This provides an exciting scenic ride along the Hollyford River and down to Lake McKerrow, where the glassy waters whisk past and the mountains rise dramatically above. Learn about the human history in the Hollyford Valley. Throughout your multi-day adventure, you’ll discover the triumphs and tragedies of ill-fated Jamestown, you’ll pass ancient forests with thousand-year-old giants such as native Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea. Then visit the fur seal colony at Long Reef on the wild West Coast. You may see the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Tonight you will be staying at Martins Bay Lodge which completes an unforgettable second day.Walking Distance: Approx 15kms (9miles).

Your accommodation - Hollyford Track Lodges

Style: Bush Campsite

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9

Your final day on the Hollyford, time to explore the coast before a magnificent scenic flight to Milford Sound, then back to Te Anau

Day 3 - Martins Bay Beach and Coastline and Scenic Flight to Milford Sound

Day 3 - Martins Bay Beach and Coastline and Scenic Flight to Milford Sound
Day 3 - Martins Bay Beach and Coastline and Scenic Flight to Milford Sound
Day 3 - Martins Bay Beach and Coastline and Scenic Flight to Milford Sound
Day 3 - Martins Bay Beach and Coastline and Scenic Flight to Milford Sound

Start today by exploring Martins Bay Spit, a famous landmark separating the powerful Tasman Sea from the Hollyford Valley. Here you will view historical sites, where chief Tutoko and his people guarded entry into the Hollyford Valley, controlling access into and out of highly valued pounamu (greenstone/jade) gathering areas. Your guide will also highlight the plant and wildlife of this unique environment helping you to discover the diversity of this remote area.Return to Martins Bay Lodge for lunch, your lodge hosts bid you farewell as you board the helicopter for a scenic flight along the rugged coastline and into the dramatic Milford Sound. Once in Milford you’ll be met by your return shuttle and travel along the impressive Milford Road, up through the famous Homer Tunnel, cutting through a divide of sheer granite rock, on your last leg back to Te Anau and Queenstown.Walking Distance: Approx 8.5 kms (5 miles).

Your accommodation - Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 10

Head north to Dunedin, for the scenic option take the Southern Scenic Route

Driving distance and time: 285 kms / 177 miles : 3.3 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Te Anau to Dunedin

Te Anau to Dunedin
Te Anau to Dunedin
Te Anau to Dunedin
Te Anau to 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.

Your accommodation - Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: onsite paid parking NZ$10-NZ$15 per 24 hrs
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
 

Day 11

Drive north along the east coast, then inland to Mt. Cook National Park

Driving distance and time: 317 kms / 196 miles : 3.7 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Dunedin to Mt. Cook National Park

Dunedin to Mt. Cook National Park
Dunedin to Mt. Cook National Park
Dunedin to Mt. Cook National Park
Dunedin to Mt. Cook National Park

Heading north from Dunedin your first stop should be Moeraki to explore the famous and unique boulders strewn on the beach. Another worthwhile stop is Fleurs in the township, one of the finest cafes in New Zealand. Before heading inland along the Waitaki Valley you pass through the historic township of Oamaru and its Stone buildings. Take time to head into the old quarter and if your timing is right you may get to see some of the local resident little blue penguins. The Waitaki Valley makes a large contribution to New Zealand's electricity supply with its 3 hydro dams. Arriving into Omarama you are now truly in the high country but don't think these vast empty lands are useless, these are some of the country's most productive merino sheep stations. The turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki guide you the final 45 minutes to 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.

Your accommodation - Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Internet facilities: On site free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Hairdryer
  • All rooms non smoking
Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium
Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium
Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium
Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium
 

Day 12

This morning take the glacier explorers trip. This afternoon enjoy one of the many walks

Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook

Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook
Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook
Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook
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.

Short walks in and around Mt. Cook Village

Short walks in and around Mt. Cook Village
Short walks in and around Mt. Cook Village
Short walks in and around Mt. Cook Village
Short walks in and around Mt. Cook Village

There are many short scenic walks beginning in and around the Mt. Cook Village, suitable for all ages and abilities. Located within the Mount Cook Village is the Department of Conservation information centre, where updates on the track conditions and suitability is available as well as information on the history of the area and its wildlife.

Below is a snapshot of some of the walks available:

 - Bowen Bush Walk  - 10 minute return

 - Glencoe Walk - 10 minute return

 - Red Tarns Track - Two hour return

 - Kea Point Walk - Two hour return

 - Hooker Lake - Four hour return

Your accommodation - Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 13

Travel the Inland Scenic Route to Christchurch

Driving distance and time: 327 kms / 203 miles : 3.7 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Mt. Cook National Park to Christchurch

Mt. Cook National Park to Christchurch
Mt. Cook National Park to Christchurch
Mt. Cook National Park to Christchurch
Mt. Cook National Park to Christchurch

Leaving Mount Cook national park, travel a short distance before stopping at the visitor centre on the southern shores of Lake Pukaki. Learn about the formation of the region and take in the spectacular views of Mt. Cook. Lake Tekapo also displays the same reflective qualities of Lake Pukaki - making the waters a bright turquoise. You’ll go through the small town of Tekapo, home to some of the most photographed subjects in the country, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue. It's a great place to take a scenic flight, enjoy a guided horse trek, a boat trip on the pristine lake or just marvel at the magnificent views. From here you travel through Burkes Pass and into the rich farming valley that surrounds Geraldine. Continue on across the vast Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch City, your destination for the night.

Your accommodation - The George Hotel, Christchurch

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 14

Depart Christchurch today

Driving distance and time: 7 kms / 5 miles : 0.2 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Depart Christchurch today

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

 
 
price from
NZ$ 8,095.00 pp (small car, low season - details)

This tour includes