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New Zealand South Island Fly-Drive


This great New Zealand self-drive holiday package makes it easy to explore the South Island. Enjoy some of the most spectacular road trips in the world as you discover the wonders of Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Te Anau and Queenstown. Flights from Australia, accommodation and car hire with unlimited kilometres are all included!

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Trip Details:

New Zealand South Island Fly, Drive & Stay – 10 days

Celebrate the beauty of New Zealand and discover the icons of the South Island!

Fly to Christchurch and get set for an amazing 10 days. Explore beautiful Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, watch flat-bottomed punts glide along the Avon River, admire the colourful murals and enjoy getting to know the spirit of this great city.

Head to Franz Josef Glacier, one of the most photographed UNESCO World Heritage Sites in New Zealand, then pass through the Southern Alps to Te Anau and pristine Milford Sound. Spend time in picturesque Queenstown, famously known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. If you take this trip in winter, from here you could ski or snowboard on the fantastic ski fields of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

This amazing South Island itinerary gives you the flexibility to travel at your own pace and make use of those unlimited kilometres on some of the world’s most spectacular road trips!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • It’s such an easy-going and well-planned trip that’s great value for money!
  • Stay 3 nights in Christchurch and 2 nights in Franz Josef, Te Anau and Queenstown.
  • Enjoy the convenience of car hire to see more of the South Island.
  • Flights from Australia are included on this worry-free holiday!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Flights – Return economy airfare to Christchurch
    • Fly from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane (Extra $295 per person from Adelaide, Canberra or Hobart)
    • Flying with Air New Zealand, Jetstar or Qantas with baggage included
  • Car hire – 10 days Economy, automatic vehicle with unlimited kilometres
    • All-inclusive car rental
  • Accommodation – 9 nights in typically 3-star properties, standard rooms, twin share
    • 3 nights Christchurch at Aotea Motel or City Park Motel
    • 2 nights Franz Josef Glacier at Glacier View Motel
    • 2 nights Te Anau at Edgewater Motel
    • 2 nights Queenstown at Blue Peaks Lodge

Departs Tuesdays & Saturdays from Australia:

Low season – 05 October to 30 November
Mid season – 20 April to 15 September
High season – 11 September to 04 October, 20 January to 31 March
Peak season – 01 December 2022 to 19 January

Note: Prices are per person based on twin share and will vary depending on travel dates. Departures are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Please contact us for current rates.

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Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can add extra nights or upgrade from 3-star motels to enjoy the comforts of 4-star hotels. Let us know if you’d like to see more of New Zealand by adding a North Island package.

Ask us today about staying in other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for current single traveller rates.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is valid for a limited time with a deposit of $1200 per person. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). Prices were correct as of 18 September 2023.

The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Independent self-drive



This suggested itinerary is based on the pre-booked accommodation and your days are free to explore at your leisure.

Day 1: Fly to Christchurch, New Zealand
On arrival in Christchurch, please make your way to the motel for your 2-night stay.
Accommodation: Christchurch

Day 2: A day to explore the evolving city of Christchurch. Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre's stone-built buildings.
Accommodation: Christchurch

Day 3: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country. The drive is very picturesque and a great chance to experience some of the most impressive landscapes in the region. Castle Hill is two hours from Christchurch and is worth a stop to explore the incredible ancient limstone rock formations that can be seen from the road. Arthurs' Pass village is a good place for a coffee and snack break, and Hokitika on the West Coast has a range of eateries, shops and activities available.
Accommodation: Franz Josef Glacier

Day 4: Franz Josef Glacier. One of New Zealand’s most photographed natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Franz Josef Glacier serves up a dazzling landscape of snow-smothered peaks, rocky gorges, and icy waterfalls, feeding into the Waiho River. Ask us to pre book a tour of the Glacier for you. (optional extra tour).
Accommodation: Franz Josef Glacier

Day 5: Head south through the rural landscape of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge and Southland to Te Anau
Accommodation: Te Anau

Day 6: Take the spectacular Milford Road to Milford Sound. Ask us to prebook a Milford Sound Cruise for you (optional extra tour). The best thing about Milford Sound Cruises is that the weather doesn’t matter! On a sunny day, it is beautiful and on a wet day it is spectacular! Fiordland has some of the world’s highest waterfalls. In all weather, you will see water cascading down massive cliffs into the sea. Milford Sound is in the Fiordland National Park, which is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site which covers 26,000km² and encompassing four national parks. It is widely considered to be one of the World’s top travel destinations. Accommodation: Te Anau

Day 7: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown. Lake Wakatipu is an inland lake in the South Island of New Zealand. It is in the southwest corner of the Otago region, near its boundary with Southland. Lake Wakatipu comes from the original Māori name Whakatipu wai-māori.
Accommodation: Queenstown

Day 8: Take in the stunning alpine scenery of Queenstown on one of the many great activities. Queenstown sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There's bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there's skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
Accommodation: Queenstown

Day 9: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road. With its snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and golden-sand beaches, the Queenstown to Christchurch road trip is one of the best you can do in New Zealand. Allow over 6 hours and take in the incredible sights, flavours, and photo opportunities along the way. Make sure you stop at Arrowtown, Cromwell, Lindis Pass, Mt Cook National Park and Lake Tekapo.
Accommodation: Christchurch

Day 10: Depart Christchurch today

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

Travel Tips

See our blog article for more information about driving in New Zealand.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.


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