New Zealand’s South Island on Self-Drive
The absolute best NZ self-drive holidays, only with Holidaysmith! Experience for yourself why our NZ holidays are fast becoming so damn popular!
Day 1: Christchurch
Start your exhilarating road-trip in the South Island of New Zealand. Pick up your self-drive rental car, head to your hotel in Christchurch and relax after your long flight. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at Christchurch.
Day 2: Christchurch – Lake Tekapo
Start the first leg of your grand South Island road trip with a drive to the stunningly blue Lake Tekapo. Enjoy Lake Tekapo’s serenity during the day and at night, experience star-gazing below one of the clearest star-studded night skies in NZ. Overnight at Lake Tekapo.
Day 3: Lake Tekapo
A short drive today will bring you to NZ’s highest mountain, Mount Cook. The road is right along the stunning Lake Pukaki, the colour of which has to be seen to be believed! Mt. Cook itself is one of the best places for short alpine hikes in NZ. You also have the option to take a scenic helicopter flight that includes a snow landing. Overnight at Lake Tekapo.
Day 4: Lake Tekapo – Queenstown
Drive to Queenstown today and settle in. Later, take the Skyline Gondola cable car, which not only offers amazing panoramic views of Queenstown but where you can kick-off your adventures with thrilling Zip-lining, Paragliding & Luge Rides. Overnight at Queenstown.
Day 5: Queenstown
Have a blast in the world’s adventure capital and one of NZ’s most fun places, with a line-up of virtually every imaginable outdoor activity. Adrenalin high guaranteed! Sky-diving, White-water rafting, Fly-boarding, Quad-biking, Paragliding – you name it and Queenstown has got it! Overnight at Queenstown.
Day 6: Queenstown
Experience the exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat Ride. Follow it up with your choice of adventure sports. Overnight at Queenstown.
Day 7: Queenstown
Spend another day indulging in your pick of adventure activities. Or go on a picturesque drive to Glenorchy and experience the Dart River Funyaks. Choices abound and there are literally no dull moments. Overnight at Queenstown.
Day 8: Queenstown – Wanaka
Drive from Queenstown to Wanaka today, a picturesque town en route to NZ’s West Coast. After your four action-packed days at Queenstown, spend the day at leisure here, soaking in the beautiful surroundings. Overnight at Wanaka.
Day 9: Wanaka
Wanaka also offers some of the adventure sports that Queenstown does, so if you missed out on some of them like sky-diving or if you want the thrill of piloting a sport aircraft on your own, you can indulge in the same at Wanaka. Overnight at Wanaka.
Day 10: Wanaka – Franz Josef
Proceed to Franz Josef along the South Island’s stunning West Coast – take your time getting there as the journey’s the goal here! Overnight at Franz Josef.
Day 11: Franz Josef
Go for a thrilling Glacier Heli-hike today, where you land on the glacier by helicopter and then hike on the frozen ice. Later, you can relax in the glacier hot pools. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in the backdrop of picture-perfect alpine scenery. Overnight at Franz Josef.
Day 12: Franz Josef – Christchurch
The drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch is again very scenic – so take your time! In Christchurch, catch up on last minute shopping or spend the day at leisure after an adventure-packed holiday! Overnight at Christchurch.
Day 13: Christchurch – India
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