South Island Explorer – 12 days – from/to Christchurch

South Island Explorer – 12 days – from/to Christchurch

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Highlights of this trip: Christchurch – Punakaiki – Franz Josef Glacier/Fox Glacier – Queenstown – Fiordland National Park – Dunedin – Mt. Cook

1. Day: Christchurch

Entgegennahme vom Wohnmobil oder Camper. Lernen Sie Ihr neues Zuhause kennen und gewöhnen Sie sich an den Linksverkehr. Halt im nächsten Einkaufszentrum um sich kulinarisch einzudecken. Installation auf dem 1. Campingplatz.

2. Day: Christchurch - Punakaiki (approx. 300 km)

Drive Arthurs Pass a township in the Southern Alps and base to explore Arthur's Pass National Park. Continue to Punakaiki at the West Coast. Visit Pancake Rocks, which is a heavily eroded "pancake"-layering limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides.

3. Day: Punakaiki - Franz Josef Glacier/Fox Glacier (approx. 240 km)

Drive along the coast and visit Greymouth and Hokitika to the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.

4. Day: Franz Josef Glacier/Fox Glacier

Full day to explore the fascinating glacier world. We recommend a hike on the glacier or a heli-hike.

5. Day: Franz Josef Glacier/Fox Glacier - Queenstown (approx. 370 km)

Drive the gorgeous Haast Pass, visit Lake Hawea and Wanaka. Wanaka is a paradise for hikers. Continue to Queenstown the birth town of the bungeejumping and mekka of adventure tourism.

6. Day: Queenstown - Te Anau (approx. 180 km)

Drive along Lake Wakatipe to Te Anau and the Fiordland National Park.

7. Day: Fiordland NP

Enjoy a full day in the park. Visit the nearby fiords Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Activities such as kayaking, cycling, jet boat riding, fishing are possible and farm tours. Many species of bird life are also found locally, notably the endangered Takahe.

8. Day: Te Anau - Dunedin (approx. 300 km)

Drive via Gore or Invercargill to Dunedin. Visit Otago Peninsula home of many species of of wildlife, such as seabirds, especially albatross, pinnipeds and penguins.

9. Day: Dunedin - Mount Cook (approx. 290 km)

North of Dunedin you will see the Moeraki Boulders, unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach.

10. Day: Mount Cook

Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Mount Cook is a favourite challenge for mountain climbers. Aoraki and Mount Cook consists for three summits: Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak with the Tasman Glacier to the east and the Hooker Glacier to the west.

11. Day: Mount Cook - Christchurch (approx. 330 km)

Drive via Geraldine to Christchurch. Christchurch is the "Garden City". Visit the Botanical Garden and Canterbury Museum.

12. Day: Christchurch

Drop off your vehicle.