This independent tour only self-drive itinerary is just one example of what you could do with your time. From the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef discover the beauty of the area before flying to Christchurch to explore the wonder of the South Island
From Cairns, travel north along the Captain Cook Highway towards Cape Tribulation. You will be located between two World Heritage sites; Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Cape Tribulation is home to over 3000 plant species and plants representing all stages of their evolution over the last 400 million years.
Head south through Mareeba and on to Yungaburra, located amidst the lakes of the tropical Tablelands. Why not visit the Tablelands Regional Gallery or head down into the Crystal Caves.
Take a short stop at Millaa Millaa Falls en route to Mission Beach, a haven for rest, relaxation and wellness. Experience the local culture and visit the artisan markets held on the first and third and last Sunday of each month.
Depart via the town of Innisfail. Perhaps stop at the Johnstone River Crocodile Farm. Return to Cairns to drop off your car at the airport and fly to Christchurch. Collect your car in Christchurch and then travel across the patchwork fields of the Canterbury Plains towards the Southern Alps and across to the West Coast. (BD)
Journey down the West Coast to the Franz Josef Glacier. If you book the optional sightseeing package, you’ll enjoy a guided half-day valley walk and glacier pools.
Continue south past Fox Glacier and over the Haast Pass. Enjoy the beautiful scenery en route to Queenstown. Full day free to explore.
Drive to the lakeside resort of Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland, a great wilderness area of rugged coastline and rainforest.
Scenic drive through typical ‘Lord of the Rings’ country to Catlins Coast, a region boasting rainforests and diverse wildlife. (B)
Continue to the Scottish-style university city of Dunedin with time to explore and visit the wildlife sanctuaries on the Otago Peninsula.
Take the coastal road north, past Moeraki Boulders and head inland to the base of awe-inspiring Mount Cook and the shores of Lake Tekapo.
Your tour ends on arrival in Christchurch where you’ll drop off your car by the same time you picked it up.
Holiday Price Overview
Sightseeing as specified
Basic Car Hire
Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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