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New Zealand's South Island: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour with TranzAlpine Train Journey & Milford Sound Cruise

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Travel until 13 Apr 2023

From Franz Josef glacier village to snowcapped Queenstown and otherworldly Milford Sound, a road trip through New Zealand’s South Island is simply unforgettable – and on this seven-day self-drive tour, you can see it all and more.

It would be remiss to take the quickest route in a land dominated by expansive landscapes of winding roads and steep valleys framed by the breathtaking Southern Alps and ancient glaciers. To fully appreciate the movie-worthy magic of New Zealand, take your time savouring the South Island's scenery and unearth these wonders at your own pace, broken up by incredible sightseeing in Christchurch, a magical TranzAlpine train journey and a scenic cruise of Milford Sound. Whether you're pining for respite from city life or seeking new adventures, this tour offers a vast array of terrain ripe for exploration with five days of car rental to ensure you leave no corner of this natural wonderland undiscovered.

Your self-drive tour includes:
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast and a morning tea at the summit of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • TranzAlpine travel from Christchurch to Greymouth — one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys
  • Lake Wanaka cruise and guided nature walk of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • Scenic cruise of the majestic Milford Sound
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary

Your journey takes you to: Christchurch — Franz Josef (via Greymouth) — Wanaka — Queenstown — Milford Sound — Queenstown.

Keen to see the North Island? Extend your New Zealand discovery with an optional seven-day North Island self-drive tour.

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7 Days from
A$1,799
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Twin Share

holiday Options

7 Days
Twin Share - Low Season
7 Days from
A$1,799
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) — you must purchase TWO packages
  • Includes private room with ensuite throughout tour with king or queen bed
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast and a morning tea at the summit of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • TranzAlpine travel from Christchurch to Greymouth — one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys
  • Lake Wanaka cruise and guided nature walk of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • Scenic cruise of the majestic Milford Sound
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary
7 Days
Twin Share - High Season
7 Days from
A$1,999
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) — you must purchase TWO packages
  • Includes private room with ensuite throughout tour with king or queen bed
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast and a morning tea at the summit of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • TranzAlpine travel from Christchurch to Greymouth — one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys
  • Lake Wanaka cruise and guided nature walk of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • Scenic cruise of the majestic Milford Sound
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary
7 Days
Solo Traveller - Low Season
7 Days from
A$2,799
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Includes private room with ensuite throughout tour with king or queen bed
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast and a morning tea at the summit of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • TranzAlpine travel from Christchurch to Greymouth — one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys
  • Lake Wanaka cruise and guided nature walk of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • Scenic cruise of the majestic Milford Sound
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary
7 Days
Solo Traveller - High Season
7 Days from
A$2,999
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Includes private room with ensuite throughout tour with king or queen bed
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast and a morning tea at the summit of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • TranzAlpine travel from Christchurch to Greymouth — one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys
  • Lake Wanaka cruise and guided nature walk of Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve
  • Scenic cruise of the majestic Milford Sound
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary
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