The Big South 14 Day Tour

THE BIG SOUTH 14 DAY TOUR


Experience the South Island from top to bottom, coast to coast.

CHRISTCHURCH — DUNEDIN — THE CATLINS — INVERCARGILL — STEWART ISLAND — MILFORD SOUND — TE ANAU — QUEENSTOWN — FRANZ JOSEF — HOKITIKA — NELSON —BLENHEIM — HANMER SPRINGS — CHRISTCHURCH

THE BIG SOUTH 14 DAY TOUR

Starting from NZ$6,700 per person
*based on 4 people in a private group

DAY ONE. Christchurch to Dunedin - 4 hours 45 mins driving time
A quick look around earthquake ravaged and partly rebuilt Christchurch and then south to Dunedin. A stop for a meal at the famous restaurant, Fleurs Place, at Moeraki (famous for its round boulders) is recommended. Stay Dunedin.

DAY TWO. Dunedin to Invercargill via the Catlins - 3 hours 15 mins driving time 
If castles are your thing a look around New Zealand’s Larnach Castle in Dunedin is a must, then on the road towards Invercargill, travelling the scenic coastal route through the Catlins. Seals, penguins, the “nuggets” and lighthouse at Nugget Point and the petrified forest at Curio Bay are all part of the attraction of this drive. Stay Invercargill.

DAY THREE. Day Trip to Stewart Island, fly (20 mins), or ferry (approx. 1 hour) each way
Arrive on the island and you will be transported into a different world where the pace of life matches that of the sea and the tides. Bird life abounds, while nature walks, fishing, diving are all on offer. Stay Invercargill.

DAY FOUR. Invercargill to Milford Sound back to Te Anau - 5 hours 15 mins driving 
From the far south of New Zealand you will now head north through some of the most productive farmland in the country to Te Anau. Then it’s through the awesome Homer Tunnel and on to Milford Sound for a cruise in this most magnificent fiord and then back to Te Anau to stay overnight.

DAY FIVE. Te Anau to Queenstown - 2 hours driving
A stay in Te Anau would not be complete without a visit to the glowworm caves on the western shores of Lake Te Anau. Then it will be time to head back to Queenstown heading north along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Stay Queenstown.

DAY SIX. Queenstown 
The perfect destination for adrenalin junkies; we can organise any number of exciting activities including bungy jumping, whitewater rafting, paragliding, jet boating, and more. In season there is also heli-skiing in the back country available. Stay Queenstown.

DAY SEVEN. Queenstown to Franz Josef - 4 hours 30 mins driving
From Queenstown we will drive you over the Haast Pass through mountain beech forest to the wild West Coast. You can take a guided walking tour of the glacier, or by helicopter have a bird’s eye view of the glaciers and spectacular Mt Cook. Stay Franz Josef.

DAY EIGHT. Franz Josef to Hokitika - 1 hour 45 mins driving
On our way up the coast, there will be time for a stop at Lake Matheson, a bushwalk or two and a visit to the white heron colony at Okarito if that appeals. There will also be the opportunity to pan for gold, visit mining sites or discover the local greenstone artistry. Stay Hokitika.

DAY NINE. Hokitika to Nelson - 4 hours 30 mins driving 
Bush walks in the unique New Zealand rain forest to waterfalls, gorges, and lakes abound, as does the opportunity to pan for gold, visit old mining sites or just soak up the scenery from a café. A visit to the famous Pancake Rocks and blow holes at Punakaiki is a must. and then it’s north up the road to Nelson. Stay Nelson

DAY TEN. Nelson to Blenheim - 2 hours driving
Nelson is famous for its beautiful beaches and is the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming are all on offer. Many artists make their home in this area so if arts and crafts are for you the choice is many and varied. On to Blenheim for the night.

DAY ELEVEN. Blenheim 
Time to catch your breath. Blenheim has some of the best vineyards in the country; checking out some of these wineries to sample both the wines and the local produce is recommended. Stay Blenheim.

DAY TWELVE. Blenheim to Hanmer Springs – 5 hours driving 
There are several options for the drive south to Hanmer Springs depending on the season – via Lewis Pass, through the iconic Molesworth Station or on the coastal road past Kaikoura. Hanmer Springs is a thermal spring resort so upon arrival a soak in the natural hot water beckons. Stay Hanmer.

DAY THIRTEEN. Hanmer Springs to Christchurch – 2 hours driving 
South through farmland, and back to Christchurch driving through the Weka Pass and the Waipara wine estates to Christchurch. Upon arrival there may be the opportunity to do an earthquake tour of the city before settling in for the night. Stay Christchurch.

DAY SEVEN. Christchurch to Akaroa return – 1 hour 30 mins driving each way
Akaroa is a small French flavoured village in the Akaroa Harbour just over the hill from Christchurch. Weather permitting a harbour cruise should ensure close up encounters of one of the worlds smallest dolphins, the Hector Dolphin. And on the way there is the opportunity to see sheepdogs working sheep on the hill. Stay Christchurch.


Please note that tour excursions are weather dependent and subject to availability. Third party activities may incur additional charges.
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