Now here’s some thing a little different for you Pirates, head out to the land of Hobbits and glaciers this spring and experience some of the most jaw dropping scenery New Zealand has to offer.
We have also listed a number of 'must see' stops along the way, creating a rough itinerary for you. Save the pennies by packing some sleeping bags and a tent, or, if that's not your style, we have added links to some local hotels.
Booking Info Timeframe: 1. Apr. 2019 - 31. Aug. 2019
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- Travel duration: 17 nights
- Example date: 27th May - 16th June 2019 - includes some night flights
- Departure from London to Christchurch
- Luggage included
- Based on 2 adults
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About your stay
Where to go
Below we have pointed some highlights in New Zealand's South Island, along with some hotel suggestions that suit all budgets. Note that if you'd prefer to keep costs down there are a number of 'DoC land sites'. Here, you can park up and camp out for a small donation (some are completely free - make sure you swat up on their locations before departing).
The locations listed by no means have to be done in order, or at all! This is your road trip, you make the rules!
Pirate Top Tip
If you're looking to save some money on fuel we say it's a good idea to invest in an AA fuel card. Collect points every time you fill up at certain fuel stations to accrue money off each time!
You’ll land in the South Island’s ‘capital’ of Christchurch, so why not stop over and spend some time there?
Don’t be mistaken for it’s small size, this is a city with a lot of spunk with a population that refuses to allow a number of earthquakes dampen their spirits.
There are a lot of things to see and do within the city limits, with new buildings sprouting up all over, the city hs a fresh new vibe. There are plenty of top quality eateries and bars around. You can also opt to explore outside of the city where there are a number of exciting opportunities and experiences. Why not grab a whale watching tour in Kaikoura (about 2.5 hours north of Christchurch) we recommend Hassle Free Tours as they will pick you up from your hotel and transport you there. Keep your fingers crossed for sightings of a number of whale species like blue, sperm and killer, as well as a playful pod of dolphins!
Head about 5 hours south along the stunning east coast to Dunedin, the home of one of NZ's main breweries - Speights - which is always worth a visit. If that's not really your jam, there are plenty of gardens as well as the famous Baldwin Street - also known as the steepest street in the world!
Next up it’s Invercargill, the gateway to Bluff - the most southern point in the whole country, because - why not!?
Time to head north Pirates to be in awe of the scenery surrounding Queenstown, this compact town is set in a valley carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago. With jaw dropping mountains as far as the eye can see, this tiny town is a Mecca for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Hiking trails litter the surrounding area, or get that adrenaline pumping with a bungie jump or skydive. For something a bit more relaxed, Queenstown is the doorway to one of New Zealand’s most stunning sights, Milford Sound - day trips here can be organised at a number of places in town. We recommend booking a coach transfer to Milford Sound as the road is very windy and has an increased risk of accidents.
Fox/ Franz Josef Glaciers
Heading northwards once more, deeper into glacier territory. It has long been argued which glacier is more spectacular Fox or Franz. You can settle this debate yourself by visiting both or simply pick one. Both have great walks around - or splash out and get a hell ride to the top!
Then it’s back to Christchurch through the New Zealand Alps, through the Arthur’s Pass National Park - make sure to top up on fuel when you can as this is a pretty sporadically populated part of the country!