12 Day South Island Self Drive Including Airfare from $4399pp*

Christchurch, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura and Nelson

Christchurch is located on the east coast of the South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Hanmer Springs is a resort town in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for Thermal Pools and Spa, with its mineral waters. The surrounding mountains are home to trails and seasonal ski slopes.
Kaikoura is a coastal town of New Zealand. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and its sperm whale population. The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway winds from the town centre to lookout points at Point Kean. Close by, the rock platforms are home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals.
Nelson is a city facing the Tasman Bay. It's a popular base for nearby caving sites, vineyards and Abel Tasman National Park.

Package Includes

  • Round trip flights onboard Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to New Zealand
  • 3 nights Christchurch; Heritage Christchurch in a 1 bedroom suite
  • Wine Trail tour. This tour explores four of North Canterbury's boutique vineyards,  Waipara Hills, Pegasus Bay, Graystone and Waipara Springs all producing a fine selection of both white and red wines. The Wineries are located in the Waipara area, which is well known for its warm dry climate and limestone rich soils. Both elements are ideal for quality wine production.
  • Akaroa Day Tour. Visit the beautiful unspoiled old French whaling depot of Akaroa. In the afternoon enjoy the Akaroa Harbour Cruise on the Canterbury Cat with beautiful sea views exploring the delights of Akaroa Harbour and sighting dolphins, penguins and seals.
  • Avis car rental pick up Downtown Christchurch and drop off Nelson Airport. Including unlimited miles and insurance
  • 2 nights Hanmer Springs; Heritage Hanmer Springs in a Superior room
  • Jet Boat Ride and Quad Bike. Jet Boating:  Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the Waiau River. Jet through narrow gorges, white water rapids and braided shallows. You’ll thrill to the experience of travelling across just centimeters of water or rotating through a 360°spin,    famous features of the amazing jetboat technology, first invented in NZ. Quad Biking: Great scenery and great action. Fully guided, instruction and equipment provided. Small, large and two seater bikes, auto and manual are available. You'll have the freedom to drive safely to the conditions and within your ability. Two hours of spectacular scenery and awesome fun and best of all  any age can enjoy it - especially families!    
  • 2 nights Kaikoura; The White Morph in a Deluxe studio
  • 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. 
  • 2 nights Nelson; Rutherford Hotel Nelson in a Premium room
  • Beaches, Bays & Seals Kayak & Walk. Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a scenic cruise past the islands and golden coves of the Astrolabe Roadstead to Anchorage Beach. On the golden beach sands in front of our Torrent Bay Lodge, your friendly, expert Guide settles you into a stable double kayak with full instructions and safety brief.  Then it's on to the water to paddle amongst the wondrous headlands, coves and islands of the granite coast. Your Guide will ensure you make the most of the day depending on the tides, weather conditions, and your interests and abilities. Watch out for resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast. Enjoy watching the antics at the seal colony on Pinnacle Island (weather permitting). Stop at a sheltered golden cove for a lunch break. On your return journey, in favorable winds, your Guide will hoist a sail to ride the breeze. At the end of your paddle, take an unguided walk (approximately 2 hours, 3 miles) around the picturesque Torrent Bay inlet to the long golden beach at Anchorage. The track is well marked and easy to follow so you don’t need a Guide to enjoy this walk.
  • Arrival transfer in Christchurch
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Islands In The Sun Emergency Travel Assistance (available 24 hours)


Pricing Details

Price per person from $4399*

Travel Dates

9/25/2018 - 3/31/2019

Other travel dates apply, please call for details.

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*Terms and Conditions: All prices are from per person, Valid for economy class travel from Los Angeles for international flights for low season travel between 25 September 2018 and 31 March 2019, supplements will apply for travel other dates. Bookings must be made 90 days prior to departure. Minimum stay of 10 days after departure of the outbound transpacific flight is required. Black-out dates and seasonal supplements will apply. No refunds are allowed except that tickets purchased one week or more prior to departure may be cancelled without penalty within 24 hours of ticketing. Voluntary ticket changes are permitted at a charge of up to $200 per transaction plus any difference in airfare. Other restrictions apply. Governmentally-imposed taxes and fees and carrier-imposed charges are included. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for details information regarding their checked baggage policies. Some services provided by other carriers. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (27 June 2018) All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Optional sightseeing package available is at an additional cost and must be pre booked. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour Code: SN18021. CST#2001136-50

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