Self-drive: 9D8N Lake and Glaciers

Christchurch – Glacier Region – Queenstown – Milford Sound – Mt Cook – Tekapo – Christchurch

From NZD 1,852 per person

HIGHLIGHTS Meander through lands, famous for wild seascapes, lush rainforests and stunning sunsets with this New Zealand lakes and glaciers Tour Package.
Take a moment to slow down, relax and really enjoy New Zealand’s gentle side on this beautiful tour.
SALES VALIDITY Up to 29 December 2023
INCLUDE 8 Day Rental Car Hire
8 Nights Accommodation
International Antarctic Centre
Skyline Gondola Ride
Scenic Lake Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch
Private Touring & Independent Coach Tours can be arranged upon request
Antarctic Centre – Christchurch & South Canterbury
Skyline Gondola Ride – Queenstown
Walter Peak BBQ Lunch – Queenstown

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 - Glacier Region

Depart across the Canterbury Plains, a fertile patchwork made with every shade of green, through the spectacular scenery of Arthurs Pass National Park and on to the West Coast.  New Zealand’s rugged West Coast is a wild and untamed place known for its rivers, rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures.  Here, mighty rivers of solid white ice, relics of the world’s last ice-age, tumble down the rocky valleys.  Overnight:  Glacier Region


Day 3 - Glacier Region

A temperate climate at a low altitude make Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers among the most convenient to visit in the world.  Steep valleys bear scars from where glaciers have retreated and advanced over millenia and here, the ice age is still underway.  Today is a free day to add your preferred activity. Visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks or, for an absolute bucket list experience, add a scenic flight with a glacier landing and a thrilling hike to your itinerary. Overnight: Glacier Region


Day 4 - Glacier Region - Queenstown

Travel through wilderness towns, waterfalls and river scenery on today’s scenic journey to Queenstown.  We recommend stopping for a break, and to stretch the legs, at Makarora’s Blue Pools before continuing on to Wanaka and Queenstown.  Overnight:  Queenstown


Day 5 - 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.

Make your way to the Skyline Base for a Gondola Ride to the top of Bob’s Peak and enjoy some spectacular panoramic views high above Queenstown.  You might like to add some Luge rides to your bucket list for some extra fun.

Then head down to the waterfront to board the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship for a scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm. Here you will enjoy a gourmet BBQ lunch before your cruise back to Queenstown central.  Overnight:  Queenstown


  • Skyline Gondola Ride
  • Walter Peak BBQ Lunch

Day 6 - Queenstown

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


Day 7 - Queenstown - Tekapo/Mt Cook

Today’s journey takes you to a scenic wonderland with golden tussocks, snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes.  Hug the shores of beautiful Lake Pukaki to a rugged land of ice and rock, home to Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Overnight: Tekapo or  Mt Cook


Day 8 - Tekapo/Mt Cook - Christchurch

Be sure to stop for a while at Lake Tekapo where the ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ takes pride of place against the backdrop of a vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Then continue north east where braided rivers and familiar plains will signal your arrival back into Christchurch.


Day 9 - Depart Christchurch

Arrangements conclude today with the return of your rental car to Christchurch 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 Quality Hotel Elms
The Riccarton Hotel
Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton
Rydges Latimer Christchurch Hotel
Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel
Crowne Plaza Christchurch Hotel
Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel
Sudima Christchurch City Hotel
Lake Tekapo & Aoraki Mt Cook
Hermitage Hotel Hermitage Hotel Hermitage Hotel
West Coast & Glacier Country
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Queenstown Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Lakeview
Heartland Hotel Queenstown
Holiday Inn Queenstown
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
Heritage Queenstown Hotel
Hilton Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Scenic Suites Queenstown


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

1 May 2023 – 30 September 2023

Pax Standard Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 3,479
2 2,813 1,852
3 2,591 1,630 1,486
4 2,480 1,519 1,375
*Breakfast 256


Pax Superior Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 4,033
2 3,367 2,129
3 3,145 1,908 1,651
4 3,035 1,797 1,540
*Breakfast 256


Pax First Class Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 4,634
2 3,969 2,430
3 3,747 2,208 1,939
4 3,636 2,097 1,828
*Breakfast 256


1 October 2023 – 30 April 2024

Pax Standard Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 4,076
2 3,328 2,184
3 3,079 1,935 1,729
4 2,954 1,810 1,605
*Breakfast 256


Pax Superior Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 4,609
2 3,860 2,451
3 3,611 2,201 1,892
4 3,486 2,076 1,767
*Breakfast 256

Pax First Class Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 5,279
2 4,530 2,785
3 4,281 2,536 2,122
4 4,156 2,411 1,997
*Breakfast 256

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

1 May 2023 – 30 September 2023

Pax Standard Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 3,831
2 2,989 2,028
3 2,709 1,748 1,603
4 2,568 1,607 1,463
*Breakfast 256


Pax Superior Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 4,835
2 3,543 2,306
3 3,263 2,025 1,768
4 3,123 1,885 1,628
*Breakfast 256


Pax First Class Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 4,986
2 4,145 2,606
3 3,864 2,325 2,057
4 3,724 2,185 1,916
*Breakfast 256


1 October 2023 – 30 April 2024

Pax Standard Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 4,263
2 3,422 2,278
3 3,141 1,997 1,792
4 3,001 1,857 1,651
*Breakfast 256


Pax Superior Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 4,796
2 3,954 2,544
3 3,673 2,263 1,954
4 3,533 2,123 1,814
*Breakfast 256


Pax First Class Hotel
Single Twin Triple
1 5,466
2 4,624 2,879
3 4,343 2,598 2,184
4 4,203 2,458 2,044
*Breakfast 256
  • Sales period: up to 29 December 2023
  • Travel period: up to 30 April 2024
  • 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.
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