11D10N Glacier Wonder
- South Island, self-drive holiday
- Christchurch - Glacier Region - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau - Dunedin - Mt Cook - Tekapo - Christchurch
- 10-day rental car hire
- 10 nights’ stay
- International Antarctic centre
- Milford Sound cruise including Lunch
- Argo Wildlife tour
For more information, contact our UOB Travel Consultants at 6252 6822 or click here.
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
Depending on your preferred travel choice, you will either be met and privately transferred, or self-drive to your stay.
Christchurch is set between the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps. This is a vibrant, ever-changing city with inner city parks and gardens delightfully interwoven by the meandering Avon River. Enjoy admission to the International Antarctic Centre today or tomorrow for an icy insight into this astounding continent. Overnight: Christchurch
Day 2: Christchurch - Glacier Region
Depart across the Canterbury Plains, a fertile patchwork made with every shade of green, through the spectacular scenery of Arthurs Pass National Park and on to the West Coast. New Zealand’s rugged West Coast is a wild and untamed place known for its rivers, rainforests, glaciers, and geological treasures. Here, mighty rivers of solid white ice, relics of the world’s last ice-age, tumble down the rocky valleys.
Christchurch - Glacier Region: 240-380km (approx 3.5-5hrs) Overnight: Glacier Region
Day 3: Glacier Region
A temperate climate at a low altitude makes Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers among the most convenient to visit in the world. Steep valleys bear scars from where glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia and here, the ice age is still underway.
Visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks or, for an absolute bucket list experience, add a scenic flight with a glacier landing and a thrilling hike to your itinerary. Overnight: Glacier Region
Day 4: Glacier Region - Queenstown
Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most exciting destinations. It is a hub of adventure surrounded by famous landscapes, renowned vineyards and goldmining history. Today is a free day to add some of the endless optional activities on offer.
Glacier Region - Queenstown: 350km (approx 4hrs,45mins). Overnight: Queenstown
Day 5: Queenstown
Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World.
Today is a free day to add some of the endless optional activities on offer. Overnight: Queenstown
Day 6: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau
Fiordland is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Today's stunning journey takes you past mirror lakes, spectacular waterfalls and water-sculpted rocks. Venture into Milford Sound, a New Zealand treasure carved by ice age glaciers and famously described as the eighth wonder of the world. After a big day out, reflect on memories of a lifetime on your return to Queenstown.
Queenstown - Milford: 287km (approx 3hrs, 50mins)
Milford – Te Anau: 120km (approx. 1hr, 30mins). Overnight: Queenstown
Day 7: Te Anau - Dunedin
We recommend adding a one-hour side trip to your journey today to view the stunning scenery and wildlife at Nugget Point, The Catlins before arriving in the city of Dunedin.
Dunedin and its surrounds are a vibrant mix of heritage and wildlife. Set amidst a magical landscape edged by the sea, Dunedin City has the finest examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere.
Te Anau - Dunedin: 290km (approx. 3hrs, 20mins). Overnight: Dunedin
Day 8: Dunedin
Beyond Dunedin city, the Otago Peninsula boasts an array of native wildlife with penguins, albatross, seals and sea lions. Today you’ll experience a guided wildlife tour with spectacular coastal views and personal encounters with nature. Overnight: Dunedin
Day 9: Dunedin - Tekapo/Mt Cook
The road from Dunedin is lined with breath-taking beaches and fascinating geology. We recommend a stop at the fascinating Moeraki Boulders before visiting the delightful historical town of Oamaru. Continue inland to a dramatic vast landscape of a rugged land of ice and rock that showcases multiple peaks including New Zealand’s highest mountain. Overnight: Tekapo or Mt Cook
Day 10: Tekapo/Mt Cook - Christchurch
Be sure to stop for a while at Lake Tekapo where the ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ takes pride of place against the backdrop of a vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Then continue north east where braided rivers and fertile green plains will signal your arrival into Christchurch.
Tekapo/Mt Cook - Christchurch: 230-330km (approx 3-4hrs)
Day 11: Depart Christchurch
Arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or return of your rental car.
(i) Rental Car "Days" are based on a 24-hour hire.
Early arrivals into and/or late departures out of New Zealand may necessitate a longer hire period.
(ii) Adding Optional Tours may necessitate an additional nights' stay in that location.
Terms and Conditions
- minimum 2 adults to travel at all times
- prices quoted are subject to change without prior notice and are correct as at time of print/update
- package prices are subject to change without prior notice
- other terms & conditions apply