Days 1-2 : Christchurch
On arrival, transfer to The George for 2 nights. Spend the next day relaxing after your flight, or book an excursion to tour the surrounding area such as a Lord of the Rings scenery tour or a trip to the former French settlement of Akaroa.
Day 3 : Kaikoura
Collect your car hire this morning and drive north to the coastal town of Kaikoura. Stay overnight at the Fyffe Country Lodge. Whale-watching cruises can be pre-booked. Upgrades available to the Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses, a luxury eco retreat in the Kaikoura mountains.
Days 4-5 : Blenheim
Drive to Blenheim in the heart of the wineproducing region of Marlborough and visit some of the excellent local wineries. Stay 2 nights at Chateau Marlborough in Blenheim.
Days 6-7 : Nelson
Drive to Nelson in the Tasman Bay, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. During your stay we recommend pre-booking a full-day tour into Abel Tasman National Park or visiting Nelson’s superb Museum of Wearable Art and Classic Cars. Stay 2 nights at Cambria House.
Day 8 : Punakaiki
Drive south-west to the small coastal town of Punakaiki, best known for its ‘pancake’ limestone rock formations and blowholes. Stay overnight at Punakaiki Resort. (B)
Days 9-10 : Franz Josef
Continue south along the rugged west coast to the town of Franz Josef and stay 2 nights at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Guided walks to the glacier terminal face or a scenic helicopter flight are recommended. (D, B)
Days 11-12 : Queenstown
Continue south-west through the spectacular Southern Alps to Queenstown and stay at the Rees Hotel for 2 nights. Following day at leisure for a cruise on the lake or a helicopter flight to a mountain top for a romantic picnic.
Day 13 : Milford Sound
Drive into Fiordland National Park, passing through the lakeside town of Te Anau before continuing to Milford Sound. On arrival, board the Milford Mariner* for an overnight cruise on this dramatic fiord. (D)
Days 14-15 : Dunedin
Morning cruise through Milford Sound, keeping an eye out for seals and dolphins, before driving east to Dunedin, a city with strong Scottish influences and history. Stay at Fletcher Lodge for 2 nights or pay the supplement to stay at the Camp Estate at Larnach Lodge on the Otago peninsula. Prebookable optional excursions include a wildlife cruise and a visit to New Zealand’s only castle - Larnach Castle. (B)
Day 16 : Onward travel
Return your car hire to the airport and fly to your next destination. (B)
As per itinerary :- B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.