Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

Tramway Restaurant Christchurch

Tramway Restaurant Christchurch

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Skyline Gondola + Dinner @Queenstown

Skyline Gondola + Dinner @Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu @ Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu @ Queenstown

Milford Sound Cruise

Milford Sound Cruise

Milford Sound Waterfall

Milford Sound Waterfall

Fly a Plane @ Wanaka

Fly a Plane @ Wanaka

Fly a Plane @ Wanaka

Fly a Plane @ Wanaka

Heli Hike @ Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier

Heli Hike @ Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier

Departure City: Christchurch

End City: Christchurch

Duration:  8 Days

Type of Tour: Self-drive or Privately Guided

8-Day South Island Encounter Tour 

Overview

This scenic tour covers the destinations that offer the most spectacular scenery in South Island & New Zealand. From the whale watching in the waters of Kaikoura, staying by the famous bright turquoise Lake Pukaki in Lake Tekapo, trying out some great outdoor activities in the adventure capital, Queenstown, cruising on the 8th wonder of the world, Milford Sound , and exploring accessible glaciers in glacier town, Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier. 

Highlights

  • Discover the most spectacular destinations in South Islands

  • Stay nearby the beautiful lake

  • Join the world famous Stargazing Tour

  • Fly a plane yourself in one of the most beautiful places on earth

  • Explore the world-famous adventure capital

  • Cruise on New Zealand's "8th Wonder of the World"

  • Opportunity to make contact with the glaciers

 
 

Itinerary

Day 1 Christchurch


On your arrival, your private driver guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel or If you're a self-drive guest, you will pick up your car rental and drive to the hotel. Explore the garden city at your own leisure. Optional activities: Punting on the Avon; Dinner on Tramway Restaurant




Day 2 Christchurch - Lake Tekapo


You will continue to Lake Tekapo today. On your arrival, you will explore this beautiful lake town at your own leisure. Later this evening, you will join the world famous stargazing tour at Mt.John Observatory where it has the darkest sky which makes it the best place for this experience. Christchurch - Lake Tekapo: 228km (approx. 3hours)




Day 3 Lake Tekapo - Queenstown


Today you will continue traveling down to Queenstown. On the way, you will stop at the fruit capital where you get to taste and purchase the freshest New Zealand fruits. Before entering Queenstown, you may also pay a visit to Arrowtown where you will find this historical gold mining town still retaining its old charm. After checking into the hotel upon your arrival, it's your leisure to explore this the most popular destination in New Zealand. Later this evening, you will enjoy the Skyline Gondola up to the top complex and enjoy stylish buffet dinner. Lake Tekapo - Cromwell: 196km (approx. 2hours & 15mins) Cromwell - Arrowtown: 47km (approx. 45mins) Arrowtown - Queenstown: 21km (approx. 22mins)




Day 4 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown


Today will be one of the highlights of this tour. You will travel through Te Anau and enjoy the spectacular alpine landscape to Milford Sound. You will board a scenic cruise on the Milford Fjord and enjoy an international buffet lunch served onboard. Return back to Queenstown and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Queenstown - Milford Sound: 287 (approx. 4hours) Milford Sound - Queenstown: 287 (approx. 4hours)




Day 6 Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier


Today, you will travel to West Coast, Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier. On the way, you will stop at Wanaka. Have you ever dreamed of flying a plane yourself? Here is the place where your dream will come true. You will experience of flying a plane and overlooking Wanaka from above. Then, you may grab a lunch and explore this beautiful town. On your arrival in Fox Glacier/ Franz Josef, you may spend the rest of your afternoon at your own leisure. Queenstown - Wanaka: 67.5km (approx. 1hour & 10mins) Wanaka - Franz Josef: 286km (approx. 3hours & 45mins) Wanaka - Fox Glacier: 262km (approx. 3hours & 16mins)




Day 7 Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier - Greymouth


You may choose to join the Heli Hike tour or spend the morning at your own leisure. This tour is highly recommended as it offers a great experience of making an actual contact with the glaciers. (Please note that this optional activity is not included; can be added to the tour as per request.) Later this afternoon, you will travel to Greymouth. On your arrival, you may explore this biggest city in West Coast at your own leisure. Optional activties: Heli Hike Franz Josef - Greymouth: 173km (approx. 2hours & 15mins) Fox Glacier - Greymouth: 196km (approx. 2hours & 45mins)




Day 8 Greymouth - Christchurch - Depart for home


You will travel back to Christchurch this morning. You will be transferred directly to Christchurch International Airport or return your car at the airport. Then, take a flight home. We trust you enjoyed your vacation with iKiwi Travel. Greymouth - Christchurch: 241km (approx. 3hours & 20mins)




Day 5 Queenstown


Today is your free day to explore the endless optional attractions & activities available. Queenstown offers various of outdoor activities, such as, bungy jumping, skydiving, paragliding, jetboating and many more! Simply tell us what you would like to do and our friendly team will get it booked for you in advance to avoid any dissapointment. Optional Activities: Bungy Jumping, Skydiving, Paragliding, Jetboating, TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises, Walter Peak Farm Tour and many more.





 

Additional Information

What is included:


  • A choice of two transport options: Private driver guide up to 9 hours per day (transport, driver's accommodation, meals & tips included) or Rental car for 8 Days.
  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Mt.John Stargazing Tour in Lake Tekapo
  • Skyline Queenstown Gondola + Buffet Dinner
  • Milford Sound Cruise + Buffet Lunch
  • 30 minute Fly A Plane Experience in Wanaka




Not included:


  • Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any excursions not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Any tips & gratuities other than driver guide's tips





All iKiwi Travel package tours are flexible:

  • Can be taken in the reserve direction;

  • Can be extended with extra nights and additional locations;

  • Can be personalized with specific optional tours and activities. 

Simply send us a message or fill in a form for a tailor-made tour.