Our holiday will include some of best sights in the South Island of New Zealand. After the long flight, we will spend a couple of days in and around Auckland to acclimatise before heading south to Wellington. During our short stay here, we may include a walk to the top of Mount Victoria. We then take a ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton, before arranging our hire vehicles.
From Picton, we drive west, along the north coast of the South Island, to Nelson. We look forward to 3 full days here, including walks in the Abel Tasman National Park and a cruise around Tasman Bay.
From Nelson, we head south and west to Franz Josef in the foothills of the Southern Alps for another 4 night stay. During this time we will enjoy a hike on the Franz Josef Glacier and other walks in the area, such as the Lake Wombat Track and the Callery Gorge Walk.
Our next destination is Queenstown. During our 3 days here we will include a day trip to Milford Sound and a boat cruise in Fiordland. We can also visit Arrowtown and try our hand at gold panning.
Our final destination is Christchurch. We will spend our last couple of nights here for a final bit of sightseeing, which may include a trip to the summit of Mount Cavendish in the Christchurch Gondola.
Ten years after the first ‘trip of a lifetime’ to New Zealand, I am planning a return trip to celebrate reaching another milestone. I have announced details now to give you plenty of time to decide and to allow you to save both time and money for the trip.
The trip will mainly be a South Island tour, including Abel Tasman National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown and finish in Christchurch. But we will start in Auckland for a bit of nostalgia, including a walk on Rangitoto Island, before travelling south by train, via National Park, to Wellington.
1 – 2 Feb (2 nights): Auckland – Station Backpackers Hotel
3 – 4 Feb (2 nights): Wellington – Hotel Waterloo
5 – 8 Feb (4 nights): Nelson - Cedar Grove Motor Lodge
9 – 12 Feb (4 nights): Franz Josef – 50 On Cron Motel
13 – 16 Feb (4 nights): Queenstown – Lomond Lodge
17 – 18 Feb (2 nights): Christchurch – Lorenzo Motor Lodge
A trip on New Zealand's famous Northern Explorer, which covers over 400 miles of the North Island, taking in volcanoes, coastline, lava fields and unspoilt islands.
The New Zealand South Island line scales the snow-capped Southern Alps, travels through Maori hunting grounds and finally reaches Christchurch, a city sitting on a volcano.