Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club
Click to view full image

Click to view full image

Click to view full image

Click to view full image

Click to view full image

Click to view full image

Print view


Click to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full image

15 day South Island Natural Discovery self drive tour

This 15 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch.


Explore and enjoy some of New Zealand's unique flora, fauna and scenery on this 15 day South Island tour.  You begin with an Akaroa Harbour Nature cruise which takes you out to see the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin.  In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south towards Fiordland National Park.  Experience the ‘Sound of Silence’ with an overnight cruise in the remote untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound. No South Island trip is complete without time spent in the alpine playground of Queenstown then you continue to the beautiful West Coast.  Here you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Motels.

Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible.

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre explorer pass

Wildlife cruise and Yellow eyed penguin colony

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike


Itinerary summary for: 15 day South Island Natural Discovery self drive tour

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch City
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 2: Your rental car is delivered then travel over the Port Hills to the French settlement of Akaroa before exploring the wildlife of the harbour
Accommodation: Criterion Motel

Day 3: Akaroa to Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage Area. Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 4: Travel to Twizel and visit the very rare Black Stilt visitor hide. Continue to Dunedin, the 'Edinburgh' of the South
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 5: Explore Dunedin Peninsula and visit one of the world's rarest birds, the Yellow Eyed Penguin
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 6: Drive through Southland farmland scenery to Te Anau, Gateway to Fiordland National Park.
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 7: Today embark on a 24 hour adventure to Doubtful Sound. Explore the area and spend the night in this pristine wilderness
Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 8: You return to Manapouri at midday then head north to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 9: Explore and enjoy Queenstown at leisure today
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 10: Queenstown to Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge, Lake Moeraki

Day 11: Explore the flora and fauna of this unique West Coast Lodge
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge, Lake Moeraki

Day 12: Lake Moeraki to the West Coast Glaciers
Accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suites

Day 13: Explore Franz Josef and the glaciers with an exciting Heli-hike
Accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suites

Day 14: Head north to Greymouth before catching the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 15: Depart Christchurch today