8 day self drive holiday New Zealand
South Island (NZ8S)
The New Zealand South Island holiday for visitors wanting the get the very most out of their short visit to the South Island of New Zealand, great scenic diversity from mountains to sea, stunning scenic drives, plus quality time in key city and village locations. Enjoy activities and experiences to really get an appreciation of some of the best of New Zealand South Island.
Day 1 - Arrive Nelson
Day 2 - Nelson
Day 3 - Punakaiki
Day 4 - Punakaiki to Fox Glacier
Day 5 - Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Day 6 - Queenstown day trip to Milford Sound
Days 7 & 8 - Queenstown and end trip
|Nelson is renowned for its artisans and
galleries including the highly regarded Hoglund Art Glass
studio. Local produce including wines are also a feature
of the region. White sandy beaches and great food make Nelson
a popular holiday destination.
|Full day in the Abel Tasman National Park.
From Kaiteriteri walk, sea kayak or sail north along the
picturesque Kaiteriteri coastline, including the famous
"Split Apple Rock". Beach stops for a swim, visit Tonga
Island Seal Colony. A range of options are available incl
1, 3 -or 5 day guided trips staying in beachfront lodges.
|From the sheltered haven of Tasman Bay
travel south through the inland Nelson Lakes region before
heading west to the dramatic and rugged scenery of the 'coast
road'. Winding its way between the bush clad slopes, studded
with Nikau Palms and the surf of the Tasman Sea this has
to be one of New Zealand's most beautiful drives. Your overnight
stop is Punakaiki where you will find the intriguing Pancake
Rocks and blowholes.
|A day packed with features
today as you travel south through historic 'gold rush' towns
and settlements, past bush clad lakes, wild beaches and
onwards to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
Or continue through to Lake Moeraki for an eco-lodge experience at the Moeraki Wilderness Lodge.
|Leaving behind the lush vegetation of
South Westland you will travel the hills and valleys of
the Haast Pass where roadside walkways provide easy access
to a number of waterfalls and mountain pools. Emerge into
the tussock country of the Southern Lakes district as you
pass lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. The fruit and wine
growing region around Cromwell leads you to the craggy confines
of the Kawarau Gorge famous for its historic bridge and
some spectacularly located vineyards. Finish this full day
of sightseeing in beautiful Queenstown.
|Travel by luxury coach from Queenstown
taking in views of Lake Wakatipu, the lakeside town of Te
Anau and the sights of the Milford Road, stop for short
walks, before cruising the wonderful Milford Sound with
its soaring peaks and cascading waterfalls. Watch for seals,
dolphins and penguins as you make your way to where the
fiord meets the sea and back. Scenic flight options to Milford
Sound or both ways are also available.
|Journey up the Dart River into the stunning
scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Then free time
to enjoy some of the many other Queenstown activities. Ride
the Gondola for spectacular views over the town and across
the lake to the mountains, Bungee jump, take one of the
many hikes including the famous Routeburn Track for a day.
Catch a fish, white water rafting, horse treks, winery visits,
the possibilities are endless!