Nz annandale scrubby bay 2 partner luxury
Nz annandale scrubby bay 2 partner luxury
A New Zealand adventure

4 weeks from Queenstown to Christchurch

Dive deep into the true natural beauty of New Zealand, on a route less travelled but no less fascinating. The hidden wonders of the South Island are waiting to be discovered. This journey gives you the opportunity to uniquely experience the ever-changing landscape. Have close encounters with rare and native wildlife. Meet the locals and more.

Quick facts about this sample itinerary

Below, you can discover our suggested locations. Feel free to adjust your comfort level, add activity packages along the route, and indicate whether you would like us to arrange your flights. The price indication is based on travel in high season, so shoulder season travel will often give you a price advantage.

Route and Impressions

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Enjoy a day trip to the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu by jet boat
Enjoy a day trip to the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu by jet boat
Hiking enthusiasts will be in heaven in the Fiordland National Park
Hiking enthusiasts will be in heaven in the Fiordland National Park
Cycle through New Zealand's spectacular landscapes
Cycle through New Zealand's spectacular landscapes
Have a close encounter with Kiwi on Stewart Island
Have a close encounter with Kiwi on Stewart Island
Invercargill is the gateway to Stewart Island
Invercargill is the gateway to Stewart Island
Explore an untouched, rugged corner of New Zealand
Explore an untouched, rugged corner of New Zealand
Have a close encounter with wildlife on the Otago Peninsula
Have a close encounter with wildlife on the Otago Peninsula
Lake Wanaka is the gateway to exploring the wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park
Lake Wanaka is the gateway to exploring the wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park
Enjoy picturesque views in every direction in Omarama
Enjoy picturesque views in every direction in Omarama
Don't miss out on a picture-perfect moment at The Church of the Good Shepherd
Don't miss out on a picture-perfect moment at The Church of the Good Shepherd
Soak up the fresh rural air with views of the snow-capped Southern Alps
Soak up the fresh rural air with views of the snow-capped Southern Alps
The best way to explore Christchurch is on foot
The best way to explore Christchurch is on foot

Queenstown

2 nights

New Zealand's adventure capital is centred around the crystal waters of Lake Wakatipu and nestled between dramatic mountain ranges.

Fiordland National Park

3 nights

A nature lover’s paradise named on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Ancient rainforests, snow-capped mountains, tumbling waterfalls and the remarkable Milford and Doubtful Sound fiords.

Central Otago

2 nights

Featuring a vast brown landscape, snow-capped mountains, crystal blue rivers, deep gorges and tussock-clad hills. Go vineyard hopping or cycle the 152-kilometre Otago Central Rail Trail.

Stewart Island

3 nights

Experience the wild beauty with dense forest, rugged coastline and sandy beaches. The Rakiura National Park makes up 85% of the island. Discover the hiking tracks and spot native Kiwi birds.

Invercargill & Southland

1 night

Southlanders are friendly with a unique thick accent. Varying landscapes can be discovered from waterfalls and forests to rolling hills, farms and remote coastlines. You can even drive on the beach at Oreti Beach.

Catlins

3 nights

Swim with rare Hector’s dolphins at Curio Bay. Spot yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and sun-bathing sea lions. Heading inland, there are many waterfalls to explore, scattered around the coastal rainforest. 

Otago Peninsula

4 nights

The scenic drive to Otago Peninsula boasts rugged volcanic views with untouched beaches. Home to an abundance of wildlife including New Zealand fur seals, albatross and yellow-eyed penguins.

Wanaka

2 nights

An ultimate outdoor base to explore the Southern Alps and Mt Aspiring National Park. The crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka are ideal for fly fishing, boat cruises, jet boating, kayaking and swimming.

Omarama

2 nights

Omarama is home to world-class gliding - soar over the Waitaki Valley and soak up the views of Mount Cook. Sports enthusiasts don’t have to look too far - hiking and mountain biking tracks are plentiful.

Tekapo

2 nights

Gleaming with bright turquoise waters and surrounded by the peaks of the Southern Alps. It’s the best place to stargaze in New Zealand, with its clear nights and lack of light pollution.

Canterbury High Country

2 nights

It’s all about adventure, farms and relaxing amongst nature in the highlands. Go hiking through the mountains, kayaking on Lake Heron or mountain biking on the remote Bridge to Nowhere Cycle Trail.

Christchurch

2 nights

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens should be at the top of your list during your stay here, spreading over 21 hectares. Set in Hagley Park, it is a popular park for the locals to enjoy a range of sporting activities. 

Price From

£5,988 Per person
Whats included?
  • 28 nights staying at small-scale accommodations
  • Moderate travel pace with 1-4 nights at each location
  • Average driving distance between each accommodation is 2-4 hours
  • Stay at 12 different locations
  • Choose from a diverse mix of activities in nature and with locals
  • Stay with locals, away from the crowds
  • Fully insured large SUV
  • Your holiday is CO2 compensated
  • Return economy flights
  • We can alter this itinerary to suit your needs and interests

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