South Island 10 Day Tour - feel the nature and see the sights
This tour explores the unique and beautiful South Island in a circular route starting and finishing in Christchurch. . . . explore Kaikoura, arty Nelson and the golden sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park. The West Coast is a World Heritage area (rain forest and glaciers)while Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand. Milford Sound is famous for its natural beauty or if you want a more remote visit to Fiordland try Doubtful Sound. Te Anau is on a beautiful lake and Southland is a verdant green farming district. Dunedin boasts the steepest street in the world, the Cadbury Chocolate Factory tour and access to some spectacular wildlife (penguins, an albatross colony etc. ). The tour takes us past the Moeraki Boulders and up the east coast of the island , through Oamaru and its historic port precinct to Christchurch. . . . hard to find such variety anywhere in the world !!!
I can create a customized tour for you if you have any special requests or are more than 11 and need a larger vehicle.
Christchurch City tour.
Drive to Kaikoura (2 hours)
Stay in Kaikoura
Kaikoura-Nelson (4 hours)
Makana Chocolate Factory, Havelock, Marlborough Sounds. . .
Drive to Nelson and explore this arty city. Stay Nelson.
Abel Tasman National Park day.
Murchison, Punakaiki Pankake Rocks and Blow-holes, Greymouth, Hokitika (6 hours). Stay Fox/Franz Josef Glacier.
Rainforest. Evening glow-worms - a night walk experience in the forest looking for these insects. Stay Fox Glacier/Franz .
Paringa Salmon Farm, Haast Pass, Thunder Falls (waterfall), Makorora, Lake Wanaka (6. 5 hours).
Queenstown Day. Arrowtown, Kawarau Bungy Bridge.
Qt-Te Anau. Stay Te Anau. Option of Milford Sound or Manapouri (to catch Doubtful Sound Day Tour)(3-7 hours driving)
Te Anau to Dunedin (5 hours). City tour. Baldwin St.
Oamaru, Moeraki Boulders, Timaru, Christchurch (5 hours driving). Drop-off Christchurch International Airport.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Christchurch International Airport Arrivals Lounge or your hotel
End location: Christchurch International Airport Departures or your hotel
Duration: 10 days
Transport in our LTNZ Licenced vehicle are included. Our vehicle is a modern 2013 Toyota Hiace Minibus with 11 passenger seats and a microphone for commentary.
The services of your guide and transport in our LTNZ Licenced vehicle are included. Our 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). The radio/music unit can utilise blue tooth, cd's, flash drives, i-pods etc. Your baggage is safely stored in a trailer unit.
Guide accommodation and meals are included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 NZD - Please see List of options in What Extra for possible expenses that are not included in the Price of the tour. Its always a good idea to have some cash on hand for personal purchases.
Your accommodation(I can recommend if I know your requirements)and meals.
OPTIONS such as (priced may have risen) :
Whale Watch Kaikoura $150
Dolphin Encounter (Kaikoura)..Swimming with Dolphins $165
Abel Tasman ...sea kayaking half day $120, water taxi $66, Boat/kayak/walk $125 etc.
Helicopter with glacier landing, Fox Glacier $200
Puzzling World, Wanaka $15
Skydiving (NZONE Queenstown $299/349/429, 9/12/15 k ft)
Shotover Jet QT $119
A.J.Hackett Bungy $180
Skyline Gondola, Queenstown $32
Canyon Swing QT $199
Milford Sound Cruise $100
Doubtful Sound Real Journeys Day Tour
Cadbury World, Dunedin