• 10 Days New Zealand South Island Across The Southern Alps - Self-Drive Tour

    Our self-drive tours of New Zealand give you the freedom of the road with a well-paced program of the top highlights. On arrival you will be provided with a trip orientation and receive a detailed self-drive packet, full of insider advice. Customize your trip with optional activities.
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10 days
From S$ 5,190/Adult

Itinerary

The Country Holidays Difference

- Our representative will meet you on arrival to kick start you trip with a quick orientation
- We provide a Self-drive Document Pack – Includes an atlas and exploring guide, maps, itinerary, vouchers, departure cards and itinerary with directions
- We base you in intimate boutique hotels and lodges and recommend the best experiences



  • Day 01 - Singapore / Christchurch
    Fly Singapore/Christchurch SQ297 1945/1035 +1 – Daily (9 h 50 m)
  • Day 02 - Arrive Christchurch

    Welcome to Christchurch New Zealand! Upon arrivel, you will be met by our representative who will hand over your self-drive documentation and provide you with an orientation. Collect your rental vehicle and drive to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

  • Day 03 - Christchurch – Akaroa-Christchurch

    This morning, take a day trip to Akaroa Township (drive 84 km/52 miles – about 1h 15m), then take a cruise with only 12 swimmers per vessel and go swimming with the Dolphins, come face to face with some of the world’s smallest, friendliest and rarest dolphins – the Hector’s Dolphins! (Available Sep to May only) Note: Duration 3 hours (2 hours in the water), catered to children above 8 years.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 04 - Christchurch / Arthur’s Pass

    Drive about 150km or 3 hours with scenic stops to Arthur’s Pass. Traverse the Canterbury Plains, then wind your way up into the foothills of the Southern Alps. The scenery changes constantly as you drive. Arrive in Arthur’s Pass, and after checking into your lodge, go for a walk or hike.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 05 - Arthur’s Pass

    Today take a walk or mountain bike on one of the many trails, go fishing or canoeing on the still water of the lake or take an hour-long tour of the farm.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 06 - Arthur’s Pass / Franz Josef Glacier

    Drive 180km/110 miles allowing 2½ hours to the glaciers. Travel to Franz Josef and visit the information center, then settle into your comfortable alpine accommodation

    Later, take a half-day Glacier Hike – wearing crampons and follow your guide amongst crevasses and ice ridges leading to the middle of the glacier.

    Note: Duration 4 hours/ Moderate fitness and agility required

     

    Optional supplement (Alternative): Replace the glacier hike with either of the 2 experiences:

    • Glacier Heli-Hike – a scenic helicopter flight over three icefalls to Fox Glacier’s most spectacular formations; explore ice arches and pinnacles on foot before flying back.
      Note: Duration 4 hours/ Moderate fitness and agility required)
    • Glacier Heli-Flight – short scenic helicopter flight with a landing on the glacier.
      Note: Duration 20 min/ All fitness levels)

    Meals included: Breakfast (and Dinner for Cat 2 and 3)

  • Day 07 - Franz Josef Glacier / Queenstown

    Today start with a walk around a nearby kettle lake created by retreating glaciers long ago, but now rimmed by lush forest. Continue driving through the Haast Pass on your way to Queenstown. Dense rainforests give way to the mountains of Mt Aspiring National Park as you enter the Otago region. Pause at Lake Wanaka, then cross the Crown Range and descend into Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.(381 km/ 5 hr 25 min)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 08 - Queenstown

    Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure center. There is a broad range of optional activities available individually or in combined packages, including jetboating, whitewater rafting, sky diving, four wheel drive adventures, horse-trekking, quad biking, bungy jumping or more leisurely pursuits such as walking, fishing and wine trails.

    We include the Shotover Jet experience – a thrilling jet boat ride through the scenic Shotover River Canyon. (Note: Duration 1 hr 30 min/ Suitable for all fitness levels)

    Optional supplement (Alternative): Replace the shotover experience with the Dart River Safari to the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, beneath the spectacular peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park. This was one of the locations used for The Lord of the Rings. Catch a jet boat up the Dart River Valley, then disembark and board an inflatable canoe for a leisurely paddle back; the ice-blue waters pass through the sheer rock walls of the awesome Rock Burn Chasm, accessible only by canoe. (Note: Duration 9 hours/ suitable for all fitness levels)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 09 - Queenstown

    You have another day in Queenstown for more great experiences. We include a day on the Routeburn Track (Nov-Apr only) in Mt Aspiring National Park. The day walk starts with a smooth track 6kms (4 miles) to Routeburn Flats. Spend time by the river and have lunch in an alpine meadow or continue further up the more challenging section of the track to lunch at Routeburn Falls Lodge. Those who climb to Routeburn Falls are rewarded with spectacular views and the comfort of the lodge. (Duration: Total walk is 13-19 km/ Moderate fitness and agility required)

    Optional supplement (Alternative): Replace the routeburn track with one of the below:

    • Milford Track (Nov-Apr only) is reached by boat from Te Anau. Enjoy the boat journey to the northern end of Lake Te Anau and the start of the Milford Track. Hike to historic Glade House where you may stop for lunch. Visit the small museum and continue your hike along Clinton River and to the top for a fantastic view of Lake Te Anau. Descend a dry river bed to catch the return launch. (Note: Total walk is 11 km/ Moderate fitness required)
    • Milford Sound fly/cruise – perhaps the most iconic of New Zealand’s natural areas, Milford Sound is a 5-hour drive from Queenstown, but only a 35 minute flight through spectacular alpine scenery. Once on the ground, embark on a scenic cruise on the full length of the fiord before returning to Queenstown airport by air. Hotel transfers are included and pick-up is 1 hour before departure time. (Note: Departs 8am, 10am, 12noon or 2pm, for 3.5 hours/Flights operate subject to weather)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 10 - Queenstown / Christchurch / Singapore

    Transfer to Queenstown airport this morning and board your departure flight.

    Fly Queenstown/Christchurch  NZ5374 0730/0835 (1 hr 5 min) 
      Christchurch/Singapore  SQ298 1155/1745 (10 hr 50 min)


    Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

 

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