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Mountains, Lakes & Sounds of South Island

  • Christchurch
  • Kaikoura
  • Nelson NZ
  • Hokitika
  • Franz Josef
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau
  • Invercargill
  • Dunedin
  • Lake Tekapo
  • 14 nights from
  • £4,555 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-1114

Holiday Overview

Mountains, Lakes & Sounds of South Island - a great New Zealand Fly Drive Holiday.


The southernmost of New Zealand’s South Island is filled with dramatic scenery which seems to continually fill the skies as you travel throughout this region. Not only is this home to beautiful flora & fauna but deep sounds and crystal clear lakes. The geography of this area will keep you intrigued throughout this drive as you work your way to the southern coastal cities of Dunedin and Invercargill. These well-preserved towns offer great architecture and is your turning point for this incredible trip.


Start Christchurch - End Christchurch

14 nights / 15 days

Islands visited: South Island



Witness the Giant Sperm Whales, Fur Seals and Dusky Dolphins of Kaikoura

Visit Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks

Experience Franz Josef Glacier - climbing or helicopter

Fiordland of Te Anau

Walk the shores of Lake Wanaka

Mountains, Lakes & Sounds of South Island includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation Kaikoura
  • 1 night accommodation Nelson
  • 1 night accommodation Hokitika
  • 1 night accommodation Franz Josef
  • 1 night accommodation Lake Wanaka
  • 2 nights accommodation Queenstown
  • 2 nights accommodation Te Anau
  • 1 night accommodation Invercargill
  • 1 night accommodation Dunedin
  • 1 night accommodation Lake Tekapo
  • 1 night accommodation Christchurch
  • Compact Car Hire
  • Whale Watching at Kaikoura

Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch - Kaikoura

Arrive Christchurch, collect your hire car and venture northwards to the seaside town of Kaikoura, famous for its whale watching

Featured accommodation

White Morph


Day 2 - Kaikoura

Enjoy a whale watching tour from Kaikoura

Featured accommodation

White Morph


Day 3 - Kaikoura – Nelson

Drive through some of New Zealand’s finest wine country, with perhaps a stop in Blenheim to Nelson. From the city centre it is an easy walk to the geographical centre of New Zealand, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city, port, Tasman Bay and surrounding mountains.

Featured accommodation

Rutherford Hotel


Day 4 - Nelson – Hokitika

Venture to the West Coast with a visit to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. These ancient limestone stacks were formed over 30 million years ago.  At high-tide it’s possible to witness the blowholes in action. From here make your way to Hokitika, a town famous for its pounamu (greenstone) jewellery and art works.

Featured accommodation

Beachfront Hokitika


Day 5 - Hokitika – Franz Josef

Take the relatively short drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef, ask your consultant for options regarding a once in a lifetime helicopter experience.

Featured accommodation

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier


Day 6 - Franz Joseph – Wanaka

Continue to Wanaka, on the edge of the lake, Wanaka affords stunning lake and mountain views. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Tin Tub Resort


Day 7 - Wanaka – Queenstown

Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges and is a wonderful hub for this beautiful region. After checking into your hotel spend the rest of the day at leisure

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown


Day 8 - Queenstown

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the area. Ask your consultant with regards to the many day trips and excursions that are available.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown


Day 9 - Queenstown – Te Anau

Journey to Fiordland and the lakeside town of Te Anau, spend the rest of the day at leisure

Featured accommodation

Fiordland Lodge


Day 10 - Te Anau

Enjoy a cruise in the beautiful Fjord of Milford Sound.

Featured accommodation

Fiordland Lodge


Day 11 - Te Anau – Invercargill

Today New Zealand’s most southernmost city Invercargill beckons. Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco heritage buildings give the city a charming old-world character.

Featured accommodation

Kelvin Hotel


Day 12 - Invercargill – Dunedin

Continue onwards to Dunedin. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the nearby Royal Albatross Centre.

Featured accommodation

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross


Day 13 - Dunedin – Tekapo

Turn northwards to Tekapo, the township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Tekapo is also home to the much-photographed Church of the Good Shepherd.

Featured accommodation

Peppers Bluewater Resort


Day 14 - Tekapo – Christchurch

Return to Christchurch and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps ride the Gondola to take in the magnificent view across the city, over the Canterbury Plains and on to the Southern Alps.

Featured accommodation

BreakFree on Cashel


Day 15 - Christchurch

Today your journey concludes in Christchurch.

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