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8 Day NZ South Island Self Drive Adventure

Christchurch - Queenstown - Lake Tekapo - Lake Pukaki - Mt Cook

  • Explore stunning South Island you way & at your own pace 
  • 7 nights 5-star accommodation
  • Grand Traverse Scenic Flight, Milford Sound Cruise & Scenic Flight + much more
  • 7 days car hire 
  • 2021 & 2022 departure dates available

From $2,799 Typically $3,499 pp twin share

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Explore the stunning South Island of New Zealand with our fabulous 7 day self-drive tour. Travel through the magical changing scenery between Christchurch to Queenstown.  You will commence your tour in Christchurch City, enjoy the beautiful  Avon River, Cardboard Cathederal and New Regent Street. Continue onto Tekapo, enjoy a visit to the Tekapo Hot Springs & a scenic flight of Mount Cook & Westland National Parks. Next you are off to the adventure capital of New Zealand, the beautiful town of Queenstown. Tick the incredable Milford Sound off your bucket list with a spectacular cruise & scenic flight.  Return home with wonderful memories and many amazing stories to tell your friends and family. 


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8

Day 1

Arrive Christchurch 

On arrival into Christchurch airport, you will be met by the rental company representative and transferred to collect your rental vehicle. 

Enjoy the remiander of the day at your liesure. 

Accommodation: Sudima Hotel, Christchurch City - Luxe Room 

Meals included: None 

Day 2

Christchurch to Lake Pukaki 

Upon check-out, commence your drive to your accommodation in Lake Pukaki. Your stay at Lakestone Lodge includes a voucher for Tekapo Hot Springs Entry & a Picnic Voucher. You will receive these at check-in and can use at your leisure.  Nestled into the base of Mount John, overlooking Lake Tekapo and the mountains beyond is the Alpine Springs, Spa and Winter Park. Heated alpine water supplies four outdoor, large public hot pools and several private pools. A health spa, complete with massage facilities are a great way to lose stress.

Accommodation: Lakestone Lodge - Lake View Room 

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner 

Day 3

Lake Tekapo

Today depart on your scenic flight. The Grand Traverse. This flight of a lifetime is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks. The Grand Traverse is recognised as the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience; this magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery. The highlights of the Grand Traverse include: beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, golden tussock lands, and the braided river systems of the Mackenzie basin, remote High Country Sheep Stations, glacial valleys, and landforms, The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park – a magical world of permanent ice and snow, New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers – including Aoraki Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier, The Westland Tai Poutini National Park encompassing the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers spilling down to the rainforests of the west coast. Duration: 50mn.

Accommodation: Lakestone Lodge - Lake View Room 

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 4

Mt Cook Village 

Enjoy a day at leisure. We recommend that you take on one of the many wonderful walks and hikes in this region. Some only taking 40 minutes with all levels of fitness suitable or take on a big challenge and complete a full day hike. 

Accommodation: Lakestone Lodge - Lake View Room 

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 5

Lake Tekapo to Queenstown

Upon check-out, enjoy the beautiful drive through the country-side to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown. On arrival, check-in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. A welcome bottle of local Pinot Noir is waiting for you in your room.

Accommodation: The Spire Hotel - Suite 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6


Enjoy today at your leisure. 

Skydiving, bungy jumping, jetboating, canyon swinging, whitewater rafting, paragliding, is just impossible to list everything. Queenstown's reputation as the world's favourite adrenaline destination is well deserved. You can book your activities directly on site at the “I Site” downtown.

Accommodation: The Spire Hotel - Suite 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7


Meet your tour representative at the airport for your Milford Sound cruise & scenic flight. 

The most spectacular way to see the region and then to cruise with Mitre Peak Cruises to explore world famous Milford Sound, Mitre Peak, cascading waterfalls, towering cliffs, and often seals, dolphins and penguins. Your flight will fly over the alpine lakes, lush rainforest, rugged snow-capped mountains and glacially carved valleys of Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation: The Spire Hotel - Suite 

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8

Conclude Queenstown

Upon check-out, and after returning your rental vehicle to the Queenstown Airport depot. You are under you own arrangements. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 1 night 5 star accommodation at Sudima Christchurch City, Luxe King room
  • 3 nights 5 star accommodation at the Lakestone Lodge, Lake View Room 
  • 3 nights 5 star accommodation at The Spire Hotel Queenstown, Suite - Parking & bottle of local wine on arrival included
  • Breakfast daily 
  • 1 x Dinner included on Day 2 at the Lakestone Lodge
  • 7 Days car hire in a Toyota Corolla or similar - includes standard insurance, unlimited kilometre, the Accident Damage Excess is NZ$ 2,500
  • The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight, Duration 55 minutes 
  • Flight to Milford Sound from Queenstown, round trip, Duration 4 hours
  • Tekapo Springs Hot Pool pass and a picnic voucher (on arrival at Lakestone Lodge)



Sudima Hotel Christchurch City - Luxe King Room 

Lakestone Lodge Tekapo - Lake View Room 

The Spire Queenstown - Suite 


  • Meals not mentioned
  • Any additional requests
  • Travel Insurance
  • Parking from Day 1 - 4

Car hire surcharges will apply to all customers under 25 years of age and over 69 years of age


Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $


Child Policy

Please contact us for a custom quote if you are interested in travelling with children


Booking Conditions

50% deposit option available for all bookings with departures outside of 100 days. If you are departing within the next 100 days, full payment will be due at the time of booking. 


Black-out dates: 19-20 Nov 2021, 20 Dec - 10 Jan 2021 & 15-18 April 2022

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