Christchurch: In spite of the earthquake, Christchurch is still the gateway to the South Island, and the home of new opportunities. Local business people have responded innovatively and created thriving entertainment, education and business hubs on the outskirts of the Central City.
Mount Cook: Take a journey to see New Zealand's highest mountain - Aoraki/Mt Cook, in the heart of the pristine World Heritage Park. On your way, pass by lush countryside as your driver gives you his vast knowledge of the region. If travelling from Christchurch, stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd which rests on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Or if you are travelling from Queenstown you will cross over the spectacular Lindis Pass with its amazing views. On arrival at Mt Cook Village, you have time to grab a bite to eat and explore the gorgeous alpine community nestled at the foot of the mighty snow capped mountain.
Queenstown: Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and vibrant towns with lots to see and do throughout the year. This region is renowned for its spectacular ski fields and is home of the bungy, a popular activity amongst thrill-seeking travellers.
Milford Sound: Take an unforgettable journey through the magical Milford Sound and experience the true beauty of the South Island. One thousand years ago, Maori travelled overland to Milford in search of the much prized pounamu (greenstone). These treks from the east used traditional pathways across passes such as Mackinnon Pass on the Milford Track. Today, our awesomeNZ Milford Sound tour follows in the footsteps of the ancient Maori and takes you deep into Fiordland National Park. Explore the Fiord on the Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. Learn the history of this world famous region, travel through awe-inspiring landscapes, glacier carved valleys and cascading waterfalls.
Wanaka: the lakeside town of Wanaka is a great base for some of the best snow venues including Treble Cone, Cardrona and Waiorau.
Fox / Franz Josef Glacier: Amidst the greenery and lushness of the temperate rainforest, these glaciers are easily accessible on a guided ice walk or heli-hike.
Greymouth: The Shantytown museum is a great place to appreciate the rich local history of gold mining. Greymouth is also famous for the great beer boycott of 1947 when the price of beer was raised by hotels in the area. The standoff between locals and hoteliers lasted four-and-ahalf months before the hotel keepers capitulated and the price returned to normal. For the short term at least.
Punakaiki: the closest town to the amazing Pancake Rocks and accompanying blowholes. The rocks are the result of a layering of limestone and weathering process. Catch the blowholes during high tide for the best action!
Nelson: a pocket of paradise in the top northwest corner of the South Island. Take your pick from the many outdoor adventure activities in the region including sea kayaking in the famous Able Tasman National Park, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, sailing, horse trekking or swimming with seals.
Blenheim: is situated in the Marlborough region of New Zealand on the north east corner of the South Island, due west of Wellington city. Blenheim's attractions include its wine industry, the Marlborough Sounds, gourmet foods and adventure activities.
Kaikoura: The seaside town of Kaikoura is a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching (the Sperm Whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world) and swimming with or near dolphins.
Christchurch - Queenstown* via Aoraki/Mt Cook
Queenstown - Milford** via Te Anau
BONUS! Milford Sound Cruise
Milford - Queenstown**
Queenstown - Franz Josef via Wanaka and Fox Glacier
Franz Josef - Nelson via Greymouth, Punakaiki and Westport
Nelson - Christchurch via Blenheim and Kaikoura
*Operated by GreatSights
**Operated by awesomeNZ
Minimum 5 days
Start anywhere en-route