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South Island Discoverer Wellington to Christchurch

This 16 day tour starts in Wellington and finishes in Christchurch.


Starting in the capital city of Wellington this tour begins with a cruise across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Explore Blenheim, Kaikoura and Christchurch before heading further south through Mt. Cook National Park to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Te Anau and Fiordland beckon including a cruise on Milford Sound before heading to the adventure capital of Queenstown. Westland National Park and the unique West Coast glaciers offer a chance to explore before you return to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Motels.

Rental car insurance included

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

Private airport transfers

Private train station transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Interislander ferry crossing

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: South Island Discoverer Wellington to Christchurch

Day 1: Arrive into Wellington
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 2: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Lugano Motor Lodge

Day 3: Travel the Coastal Pacific Highway to Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 4: Head south through the North Canterbury countryside to Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 5: You have a day to explore the evolving city of Christchurch or maybe take a day trip to Akaroa
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 6: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 7: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 8: Explore historic Dunedin or discover the wildlife of Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 9: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 10: It's a spectacular journey to Milford Sound where you'll join a fantastic nature cruise on the fiord
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 11: Travel through rolling Southland countryside to Lake Wakatipu which will lead you to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 12: Enjoy one of the many activities on offer in Queenstown the 'Adventure Capital'
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 13: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 14: Explore Franz Josef and surrounds
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 15: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 16: Depart Christchurch today