10 Day Tour........best of the South Island
A South Island tour starting and finishing in Christchurch. . . . . taking in the most beautiful and varied scenery in the island, exploring the south and west. . . . . . . . this tour can be modified. . . . just ask and I can tailor the itinerary to your needs.
Tour as described in the itinerary. . . many scenic and interest stops such as-
Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook
Signal Hill (views over Dunedin)
Salmon Farm at Paringa
and short walks such as:
Glow-worm(insects like fireflies)night walk at Franz Josef Glacier
I can create a customized tour for you in case you have any special requests or if you are more than 11 and need a larger vehicle.
Chch. City tour.
Christchurch-Mt Cook(5. 5 hours driving, 427KM)
Lake Tekapo. Mt John (walk 1 hour or drive). . . great views
Mt Cook Village
Mt Cook-Dunedin (4H, 331km)
Signal Hill (views over Dunedin)
Baldwin St (world's steepest street)
Dunedin-Te Anau (4H, 295km)
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (7. 5H, 420km)
Queenstown Day (driver/guide needs this day off-legal requirement)
Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier(7. 5H, 371km)
Franz Josef Glacier - Punakaiki(4H, 250km)
Punakaiki- Greymouth(45min, 50km)
Christchurch - Akaroa
Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Day Tour(1. 5H each way, 90km)
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel
Duration: 10 days
Our LTNZ licenced vehicle is a modern 2013 Toyota Hiace Minibus with 11 passenger seats and a microphone for commentary. We have air-conditioning and the seatbacks can be adjusted. Your baggage is safely stored in a trailer unit.
Other: The services of your guide and transport are included. Our LTNZ licenced vehicle is a modern 2013 Toyota Hiace Minibus with 11 passenger seats and a microphone for commentary. We have air-conditioning and the seatbacks can be adjusted. The seat configuration is 2+1 passengers along the back two rows with 2 passengers per row in the front 2 rows. There is one seat next to the driver (great for those who love photography).IE from the rear 1+2,1+2, 2, 2 and 1 passenger seat (front). Single seats are 42 cm wide (approx. 14 inches) and double seats are 89 cm wide (approx. 30 inches for 2 pax)
We are licenced to operate under both a SPSL (small pax service licence) and a LPSL (large pax service licence...over 11 pax) if needed.
Our insurance is with Lowe, Schollum and Jones (including standard industry $10,000,000 liability insurance) and my vehicle is FULLY compliant to be operated on tours as required by NZ law (Certificate of Fitness AND Certificate of Loading). Your baggage is safely stored in a trailer unit.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 NZD - Its always a good idea to have some cash on hand for personal purchases.
Other: **your accommodation..look at www.booking.com....www.bookabach...www.airbnb..I suggest the following hotels :
.....Copthorne Hotel Commodore Christchurch Airport (approx $310 NZD per room).It is near to the airport and Antarctic Centre.
.....The Hermitage, Mt Cook Village (www.hermitage.co.nz).Great hotel with views of Mt Cook and very nice food.
....Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin.
.... Lakeside Motels and Apartments, Te Anau
(NZ$170/room).Garden rooms available.
.....Heartland Hotel , Queenstown. Good views and central. Nice restaurant.
.....Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.
www.punakaiki-resort.co.nz ....in-house restaurant, views of the sea
www.paparoa.co.nz (Paparoa Park Motel).Clean nice accommodation on small hill
.....Akaroa Village Inn (www.akaroavillageinn.co.nz), views of sea
Akaroa Waterfront Motels (quieter, beside water's edge)
** Optional tours such as Black Cat Cruise , Glacier Explorer, Helicopter flight, Skyline Gondola, Shotover Jetboat, Earnslaw , Milford Cruise etc.