7 Day South Island Self Drive Tour: Embark on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island, where nature unfolds its beauty in a series of captivating sights. From the Wild West Coast to the serene lakes and towering glaciers, this itinerary promises an unforgettable adventure.
West Coast Wonder self drive itinerary (car rental included) has been pre-planned and for ease and peace of mind we have pre-booked all your accommodation and sightseeing needs to allow a truly memorable experience. The West Coast of New Zealand is an untamed coastal paradise bursting with remarkable scenery and rare native wildlife.
CHRISTCHURCH – PUNAKAIKI – GREYMOUTH – GLACIER REGION – QUEENSTOWN – MT COOK
(B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner
On arrival in Christchurch, ‘The Garden City’, self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
Depart Christchurch, over the Southern Alps to Greymouth. On arrival in Greymouth, continue by coach to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks, magnificent limestone formations carved over millions of years. (B)
Depart Greymouth and travel south along the Scenic West Coast, with views of both the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. Stop at Hokitika enroute where you can view greenstone carvers & glass blowers at work. View Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glaciers and nearby Lake Matheson, formed some 14,000 years ago from trapped ice. On calm days, the still waters provide brilliant reflections of Mts. Cook and Tasman. (B)
Depart the Glacier Region today through spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to Haast Pass, Gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Follow the shores of Lakes Hawea and Wanaka to Queenstown. (B)
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price. (B)
Travel through the Central Otago region to Mt Cook, or as known in Maori ‘Aoraki’, the cloud piercer. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo before travelling across the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch.
Your arrangements conclude today with the return of your rental car. (B)
Our Package Touring offers the following:
No minimum number of passengers
Breakfasts Daily at all hotels
All sightseeing entry fees included (as mentioned in each itinerary)
A choice of accommodation options
All tours can be added to
All packages can be taken in reverse (except ‘Stunning New Zealand’)
Standard Accommodation Options
Standard is equivalent to a good 3-star tourist hotel.These hotels represent excellent value for money and usually have a licensed restaurant and bar on the premises.
Superior Accommodation Options
Superior describes hotels in the 3 1/2 to 4-star category. More often than not, these will be centrally located and offering a wide range of services and facilities.
First Class Accommodation Options
First Class are central city or resort location hotels at the top end of the scale rating 4 to 4 1/2 stars. All hotels at this level have excellent facilities, bars and restaurants etc, full services, and many feature swimming pool, spa baths, and fully equipped gymnasium for the enjoyment of guests.