Self-drive: 6D5N Southern Highlights destinations nz lake tekapo canterbury

Self-drive: 6D5N Southern Highlights

Christchurch – Tekapo – Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

From NZD 1,335 per person

HIGHLIGHTS Be charmed by magnificent vistas and majestic snow-capped mountains dotted with turquoise lakes under the world’s darkest skies with this New Zealand South Island Vacation Package
This is a great introduction to some of the most spectacular landscapes New Zealand has to offer.
SALES VALIDITY Up to 30 June 2023

5 day rental car hire 

5 nights accommodation
International Antarctic Centre
Dark Sky Experience (Thu-Mon only)
Milford Sound Cruise with lunch
Private Touring & Independent Coach Tours can be arranged upon request
Milford Sound Cruise – Te Anau & Fiordland
Dark Sky Experience – Lake Tekapo & Aoraki Mt Cook
Antarctic Centre – Christchurch & South Canterbury

Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch

Upon arrival collect your rental vehicle and self drive to your accommodation.

Christchurch is set between the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps.  This is a vibrant, ever-changing city with inner city parks and gardens delightfully interwoven by the meandering Avon River.

Enjoy admission to the International Antarctic Centre today or tomorrow for an icy insight into this astounding continent.

Overnight: Christchurch


  • Antarctic Centre


Day 2 - Christchurch - Tekapo/Mt Cook Region

Depart a fertile patchwork made with every shade of green, to a scenic wonderland with golden tussocks, snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes.  At Lake Tekapo the solitary ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ takes pride of place against the backdrop of a vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Thought-provoking, educational and entertaining, the Dark Sky Experience is an experience which will forever change the way you see the night sky.  Lap up the  fresh air and sparling skies in this International Dark Sky Reserve.  Overnight: Tekapo or Mt Cook


  • Dark Sky Experience


Day 3 - Tekapo/Mt Cook Region - Queenstown

Embrace the dramatic vast landscape of a rugged land of ice and rock that showcases multiple giant peaks including New Zealand’s highest mountain.  Then hug the shores of beautiful Lake Pukaki before travelling through the historic Central Otago region to Queenstown.  Overnight: Queenstown


Day 4 - Queenstown

Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World.

Today is a free day to add some of the endless optional activities on offer. Overnight: Queenstown


Day 5 - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Fiordland is one of the world’s last great wildernesses.  Today’s stunning journey takes you past mirror lakes, spectacular waterfalls and water-sculpted rocks. Venture into Milford Sound, a New Zealand treasure carved by ice age glaciers and famously described as the eighth wonder of the world. After a big day out, reflect on memories of a lifetime on your return to Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown


  • Milford Sound Cruise


Day 6 - Depart Queenstown

Arrangements conclude today with the return of your rental car to Queenstown Airport.

Please Note
(i) Rental Car “Days” are based on a 24 hour hire.
Early arrivals into and/or late departures out of New Zealand may necessitate a longer hire period.
(ii) Adding Optional Tours may necessitate an additional nights’ stay in that location.

Standard Superior First Class
Christchurch BreakFree on Cashel
Heartland Hotel Cotswold
The Riccarton Hotel
Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton

Self Drive: Intermediate SUV (IFAR)
All prices are per person, in New Zealand dollars

Pax Standard Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 2,432
2 1,999 1,335
3 1,854 1,190 1,088
4 1,782 1,118 1,015
*Breakfast 160


Pax Superior Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 2,831
2 2,397 1,534
3 2,253 1,390 1,185
4 2,181 1,318 1,112
*Breakfast 160


Pax First Class Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 3,154
2 2,721 1,696
3 2,576 1,552 1,353
4 2,504 1,479 1,281
*Breakfast 160


Self Drive: Full Size SUV (FFAR)
All prices are per person, in New Zealand dollars

Pax Standard Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 2,659
2 2,112 1,448
3 1,930 1,266 1,163
4 1,839 1,175 1,072
*Breakfast 160


Pax Superior Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 3,058
2 2,511 1,648
3 2,329 1,466 1,260
4 2,238 1,374 1,169
*Breakfast 160


Pax First Class Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 3,381
2 2,834 1,809
3 2,652 1,627 1,429
4 2,561 1,536 1,338
*Breakfast 160
  • Sales period: up to 30 June 2023
  • Travel period: From 01 May till 30 September 2023
  • Subject to availability.
  • Price displayed based on per person, in NZD, on twin sharing basis, land arrangement only.
  • Price displayed are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Single supplements apply.
  • Program and inclusions as listed. Optional tours expense not included.
  • In the event hotel is unavailable, hotel of similar class will be booked.
  • International or domestic airfares are not included in any tour costs. The cost of gratuities, insurance, optional sightseeing, excess baggage charges, laundry, drinks, airport taxes, meals (except where indicated) and items of a personal nature are also not included.
  • For delf-drive tours, self-drive rental vehicle touring is calculated on a 24 hour ‘per day’ hire period.  Early flight arrival and/or late departure times may necessitate an additional hire day.
  • Other terms & conditions apply. Visit or more terms & conditions.