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Christchurch Roundtrip

This route will be a real life experience. The various nature of the southern island is stunning and you will not regret to come here! Winding roads will take you to fjords, mountains and marvelous beaches. During this trip you have to leave the vehicle twice (Kaiteriteri and Bluff) to visit places which can't be reached by one of our vehicles. Small Island Abel Tasman is beautiful for nature and animal lovers and the ferry trip is a great experience! Next breathtaking Island you will discover is Stewart Island. Taking the ferry which only takes you one hour and gives you the greatest views. When arriving in Balclutha go to Nugget Point for amazing views or take a Tautuku Walk. This route will take you to Twizel where you can see the world's most endangered wading bird when booking a guided tour. At the end of this self drive holiday you will arrive back in Christchurch, and conquer your fear in Adrenaline Forest!

Itinerary

 Day 1:  Christchurch
 Day 2:  Christchurch to Picton
 Day 3:  Picton - Abel Tasman (leave vehicle at Kaiteriteri)
 Day 4:   Abel Tasman
 Day 5:  Abel Tasman - Punakaiki
 Day 6:  Punakaiki - Franz Josef
 Day 7:  Franz Josef
 Day 8:  Franz Josef - Wanaka
 Day 9:  Tongariro
 Day 10:  Wanaka - Queenstown
 Day 11:  Queenstown
 Day 12:  Queenstown - Fiordland
 Day 13:  Fiordland - Stewart Island (leave vehicle at Bluff)
 Day 14:  Stewart Island
 Day 15:  Stewart Island - Balclutha
 Day 16:   Balclutha
 Day 17:  Balclutha - Dunedin
 Day 18:   Dunedin - Twizel
 Day 19:  Twizel
 Day 20:  Twizel - Christchurch
 Day 21:   Christchurch

Highlights

Location: Coastalestuaries Abel Tasman national Park | Photographer: Julian Apse | Copyright: Julian Apse

Abel Tasman National Park

It may be the smallest national park but that does not make it any less interesting. Granite and marble formations dominating the headlands, Te Pukatea Bay has a perfect golden beach and native wild life is all around.

Location: Milford Sound | Photographer:Rob Suisted | Copyright:Tourism New Zealand

Milford Sound

Milford Sound or is de Maori language Popiotahi is a fjord which lies within the Fiordland National Park, Pipiotahi Marine Reserve and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. In an international survey from TripAdvisor(2008), it came out as the world’s top travel destination.

Nugget Point

In the Otago coast lies the distinctive beauty of the Nugget Point. Rock formations are found scattered along the bay looking like a broken pieces of necklaces in a calm blanket of blue. In five minutes, you will get to the lighthouse with breathtaking views everywhere you look. Wildlife also abounds in the landform with visits from seals, sea lions, penguins shearwaters and shags.

Location: New Zealand | Photographer: Becky Nunes | Copyright:Tourism NZ

Moeraki Boulders

These boulders are extremely big and a scattered around on Koekohe Beach. A Maori legend says that the boulders are remains of eel baskets that washed ashore from the wreck of an Arai-te-uru, which is a large sailing canoe.

Adrenalin Forest

If it’s adrenaline rush you are looking for, then this forest with the word in its name is just the destination you have to go to! Found in Canterbury in Wellington, there are over 100 thrilling adventures and, challenges in six levels. When you go here, be ready a full day of heart-pumping activities and test your skills in all the obstacles.

Video

Hiking with Kate Rew
Walk together with Kate through the Abel Tasman National Park. She shows us what you can find along a 20km long trail through a jungle kind of rain forest. Golden beaches, aspen an crystal clear water is just the start of this incredible island.