8 Day Southern Glacier
Self-drive Holiday: Southern Glacier - Christchurch to ChristchurchDay 1: Christchurch
On arrival at Christchurch Airport private transfer to your airport accommodation.
Day 2: Christchurch to Mount Cook to Queenstown - 594km
This morning make your way to the rental car airport depot where you will collect your rental car for your exclusive use.
Travel from Christchurch, through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range. This afternoon, continue on to the alpine resort town of Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.
Day 3: Milford Sound Excursion - 580km
A full day journey into the heart of Milford Sound. Experience the world famous fjord, rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps, past the stunning Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls. At Milford Sound, board your nature cruise to see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Later today return to Queenstown.
Day 4: Queenstown
Make your way to downtown Queenstown for your transfer to the Shotover River for a thrilling jet boat ride in the canyon. The thrilling ride skims past rocky outcrops, around crags and boulders and through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Return to Queenstown where the afternoon is free to enjoy some of the many activities on offer.
Day 5: Queenstown to West Coast Glacier- 355km
A memorable trip through some of the most magnificent scenery in New Zealand to the West Coast. This remote area has a ruggedly beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow capped mountains.
Day 6: West Coast Glaciers
At Franz Josef Glacier, your expert tour guide will take you on a Glacier Valley Walk alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history. Near the terminal face, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier. After your tour, relax in the Glacier Hot Pools, a haven of natural tranquility, nestled in the lush rainforest.
Day 7: West Coast Glaciers to Greymouth to Christchurch - 180km
Travel north this morning up the wild, west coast. You may wish to make time to detour to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes where the surging sea has sculptured amazing shapes out of the rocks, before returning you rental car to the train depot in Greymouth. At Greymouth, board the scenic Tranz Alpine train, a journey famous for its spectacular mountain scenery as it traverses the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Transfer on arrival to your hotel.
Day 8: Christchurch
This morning transfer to Christchurch Airport.
Standard Class Hotels | Compact car rental (CDAR) (7 Nights)Dates From:
8 Dec 20 - 31 Mar 21Twin
NOTE: Rates for children are available, price on application.
Suggested accommodation - Standard Class Hotels:
Day 1: Chateau on the Park, Christchurch
Day 2: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown
Day 3: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown - including a picnic lunch
Day 4: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown
Day 5: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef
Day 6: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef - including full breakfast
Day 7: Chateau on the Park, Christchurch - including full breakfast
Car hire is based on Compact auto (Group C - CDAR) for pick-up at Christchurch City depot and drop-off at Greymouth depot. Options to upgrade car rental and accommodation (Superior) are available, price on application.
Co-Pilot Kit will be handed over by the transfer driver.
Terms and Conditions
PACKAGE TERMS & CONDITIONS: It is our policy to present the cost of our holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices. Valid for sales to 31 Jan 2021. Valid for travel commenced and completed within the period 1 Sep 2020 to 31 Mar 2021 (unless otherwise specified). Minimum 7 nights.Subject to availability. Land only, airfares are additional.
Twin rooms may not be available at all properties. If a twin room is required, extra costs may apply. If suggested accommodation is not available, a similar property will be booked.
Rental car is operated by Avis.
Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres, standard motor vehicle insurance, excess reduction (NIL excess), airport fees, GPS and GST.
Rental car excludes: Fuel and optional extras.
Rental car must be dropped off by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid any additional charges.
Standard Avis terms and conditions apply.
Cancellation policy: Bookings cancelled within 60 days prior to travel incur a cancellation fee of NZ$50 in addition to any fees levied by the properties/suppliers.
Inventory & availability can change on a daily basis. All components are strictly subject to availability.
Prices shown are based on per person costs in New Zealand Dollars, for payment by cash, cheque or eftpos only. Credit card sales not permitted unless Travel Agent acts as a merchant. Events beyond our control such as currency fluctuations and changes to the price of aviation fuel may result in prices variations . Strict cancellation fees apply. Packages are based on consecutive nights. For split stays please contact your travel consultant. For full terms and conditions and cancellation fees please contact your local travel agent for more information. Trade enquiries via GO Holidays.]]>
- Private arrival & departure transfers
- 7 nights accommodation
- 6 days car rental with GPS
- Co-Pilot self drive kit
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- Shotover Jet boat ride
- Glacier Valley Walk tour and admission to Glacier Hot Pools
- One way TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
- Add your best available airfare on the day