11 Day South Island Self Drive from $2199pp*

10 nights hotel, city tour, whale watching, car rental, transfers and more

Explore the South Island of New Zealand at your own leisure. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of, staying at a superb selection of accommodations along the way.

Package Includes

  • 2 nights Christchurch; Chateau on the Park - A doubletree by Hilton
  • ​Discover Christchurch city tour. The tour commence by covering the central city highlights including the botanical gardens, Museum and Art Centre, the Avon river, Bridge of Remembrance, the cities new pop up container mall and many other CBD highlights. The tour of the central city includes an informative commentary relating to Christchurch Earthquake in February 2011 and the prominent sights relating to both the earthquake and the cities rebuild. The highlights will include the cities transitional cardboard cathedral and the severely damaged Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals as well as the cities pop up container shopping mall. On leaving the inner city, the tour travels to Mona Vale as historic homestead and gardens. Up to the Sign of the Takahe, an historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps, then over the Port Hills to the Port of Lyttleton, through the harbor tunnel to the seaside suburb of Summer and cave rock before returning to the central city where the tour will conclude.
  • 2 nights Kaikoura; The White Morph
  • Whale Watch Tour. Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm whales are the stars of the show and year round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Pilot Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Kaikoura often hosts the largest dolphin, the Orca, and it is home to the world's  smallest and rarest dolphin - the Hector's dolphin. The area also attracts the largest concentration and variety of sea birds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrels and seven types of Shearwater.          
  • 3 nights Nelson; Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments
  • Beaches, Bays and Seals - Guided sea kayaking trip.  Kayak the scenic Torrent Bay coast and view seals on Pinnacle Island (weather permitting).  Then walk around the picturesque inlet along Anchorage beach.
  • 2 nights Punakaiki. Punakaiki Resort              
  • TranzAlpine Greymouth to Christchurch. Truly one of the world’s great scenic train trips through the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests and tussock land on one side of the Alps and lush green landscapes on the other.
  • 9 day Avis car rental with unlimited miles and insurance
  • 1 night Christchurch; Chateau on the Park - A doubletree by Hilton
  • Transfers in Christchurch
  • Islands In The Sun Emergency Travel Assistance (available 24 hours)


Pricing Details

Price per person from $2199*

Travel Dates

4/1/2018 - 9/30/2018

Other travel dates apply, please call for details.

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*Terms & Conditions (USD): Prices are land only, 'from' per person, based on double occupancy and valid for travel between 1 April and 30 September 2018; otherwise supplements will apply. Book by 15 September 2018. Airfare is not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Car insurance, security deposit, one way fees and deductible are additional; please ask for details. Prices are in US dollars and current at time of posting (21 February 2017) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. Strictly subject to availability. Not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Upgrades are available. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour Code: SN18004. CST# 2001136-50

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