- Campervan Rental: 2-bed Wanderlust Explorer (Upgrade from just $25 per night) (details here)
- Powered sites for 6 nights (Go posh for 1 or 2 night + $265 per night)
- Comprehensive Itinerary, upload to phone for GPS navigation or print out.
- Complimentary transfers to and from airport
- 24/7 breakdown assistance
- A dedicated support team at your disposal
- Itinerary activities and extras are not included
The South Island of New Zealand boasts some of the most stunning scenery anywhere in the world and this tour will take you there. Drive around New Zealand’s legendary roller-coaster roads with spell-binding scenery all around you every day, with suggested places to stop and taking you to your accommodation each day you’ll be in paradise!
Cascading waterfalls plunge into ice-fresh rivers, gleaming mirror-lakes show off their majestic snow-capped mountain neighbours, and Jurassic rain-forests blend with ancient ice-glaciers. No-where else in the world can you see so much in such a short amount of time. A two-night stay in Queenstown allows for adventure, adrenaline, exploration of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations, and a trip to magical Milford Sound if you just want to keep going. This tour packs it all in with enough time to relax and explore at your own pace.
- Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
- Optional detour to Mount Cook Village
- Southern Lakes, Otago
- Haast Pass
- West Coast Rainforests & Glaciers
Recommended Extra Activities:
- Dark Sky Experience, Tekapo
- Jet-boat rides boat cruises, wine tours, bungy, rafting, skydiving, bungy swing, (Queenstown)
- Tree-top Walk, Franz Josef
- Westcoast Wildlife Centre, (see our iconic Kiwi bird) Franz Josef
Day 1 – Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
Make your way across the tranquil Canterbury plains with the glorious Southern Alps in sight. It won’t be long before you emerge over the mountain pass to the beautiful southern lakes of Mackenzie Country, famous for its Merino sheep. Check out the tasty local provisions of country villages before arriving at beautiful Lake Tekapo with its iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, open-air hot pools and observatories for star-gazing. Overnight Lake Tekapo
Day 2 – Lake Tekapo to Queenstown
Leaving one turquoise lake for another, start your journey south passing stunning Lake Pukaki, a great point to stop and view Aoraki Mount Cook the ‘Cloud Piercer’. Why not take a detour along- side the lake into Mount Cook National Park itself to explore the village and surrounding walkways? Pretty orchards, sprawling vineyards, rushing rivers, and beautiful alpine vistas set the scene for your fabulous drive to Queenstown, adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere! Overnight Queenstown
Day 3 – Explore Queenstown (2 nights )
There’s so much to see and do today, and with a two night stop-over the choice is yours. Get the adrenalin pumping with bungy jumping, jet-boating, white-water rafting or sky-diving. Check out the wineries or take a leisurely steam-boat cruise on Queenstown’s iconic ‘Earnslaw’ across the lake to a remote sheep-farm. Take the ‘gondola’ cable car up to the top of the hill and try out the luge or Bungy at the top! Explore the surrounding historic gold-rush villages, or even take a trip to Fiordland National Park and the spectacular Milford Sound. Overnight Queenstown
Day 4 – Queenstown to Franz Josef
Make your way over NZ’s highest sealed road this morning, then between the lakes to Mount Aspiring National Park via legendary Haast Pass. Lake vistas give way to lush rainforest, rushing rivers and the rugged Tasman Sea. Look up to discover huge waterfalls and the famous Glaciers that melt their way to the sea. The tiny vibrant Franz Josef village, nestled amongst the rainforest, provides everything you need to get a taste for West Coast life. Overnight Franz Josef Glacier Village with Go Posh! Upgrade*
Day 5 – Franz Josef to Christchurch
Explore the township of Franz Josef before driving along the ‘wild’ west coast road through the rainforest, around the bluffs, and along the coast. Check out the local arts and crafts along the way, or why not take a Tree Top walk for fabulous views. Isolated and beautiful, this is the real untouched New Zealand with its huge ferns and unique Nikau palm trees. At Punakaiki, explore the amazing ‘Pancake Rocks’ and blow-holes of Paparoa National Park. Overnight Punakaiki
Day 6 – Punakaiki to Hanmer Springs
Heading back inland today you will follow the mighty Buller River that twists and bends through narrow gorges and valleys. Pass through a sleepy historic mining town before joining the incredible Lewis Pass which runs from East to West cutting through the magical Southern Alps. Your destination is the beautiful alpine resort of Hanmer Springs, famous for its natural thermal hot pools. Relax and unwind! Overnight Hanmer Springs with Go Posh! Upgrade*
Day 7 – Hanmer Springs to Christchurch
Relax and explore Hanmer Springs village this morning, maybe for some last-minute souvenir hunting, or there’s still time for bungy jumping or jet-boating, or even quad biking! Set off for your final adventure and emerge from the Alps and wind your way back down to earth, finally emerging into rolling hill farmlands filled with sheep, cattle and deer before the final drive towards Christchurch Garden City.
‘Go Posh’ Upgrade Option
Day 6 – A ‘Treehouse Treat’
staying at The Rainforest
Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier Village
Why not really treat yourself to a little bit of luxury and stay in a Tree Hut in the Rainforest!
Your Go Posh accommodation will include fresh bed linen with plush pillows, an en-suite bathroom with fluffy towels and toiletries, TV, tea & coffee making, heating, and wireless internet. Plus for a really special treat, a lovely continental-style breakfast basket! Restaurant, bar and Hot Tub on-site.
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Franklin, Gisborne, Hamilton, Invercargill, Kaiapoi, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rangiora, Rotorua, South Auckland, Taupo, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei
7 Day Camper Tour
7 day exploration of the south!