With these tours we present some of our most popular and compelling self-drive itineraries. Experience the benefits of self driving but enjoy the convenience and security of us pre-booking your chosen type of accommodation and rental car. Just enjoy the travelling without having to worry about where you are going to stay.
Any of our itineraries can be modified as well as adding extra days in any of the locations. If you require something completely different, please advise and we will be happy to put something together.
During your trip you can call us anytime to make amendments to your tour, book extra activity or simply ask for some advice. We will be happy to help you anytime of the day or night.
Packages are priced per person based on double occupancy/twin share. Prices do not include international airfare
Plan and Book Ahead
Preplanning and pre-booking your New Zealand vacation before you depart is essential. Limited accommodation in certain areas during the high season could mean that a town’s accommodation can be booked out well in advance. Without pre-booking, you may find that the you pay a higher rate upon check-in or waste a lot of time travelling between accommodation providers trying to find a suitable option.
We know the best places and with our discounted rates you are guaranteed of receiving well chosen accommodation options at the best possible price. Pre-planning will ensure you make the most of your valuable holiday time. Acrossnz is well-versed with all areas of New Zealand and is totally experienced at arranging well planned self drive itineraries. Feel free to ask the advice of Acrossnz when planning your self drive adventure to make sure you maximize your holiday experience.
Book early: New Zealand has very limited availability in the summer months and often books out well in advance. It is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.
Create Your Own Self Drive Holiday
Along with choosing one of our prearranged itineraries you can construct your own ‘a la carte’ holiday by booking the rental vehicle from this link and selecting your accommodation from our accommodation link. If you choose to book your accommodation through our link we will happily assist with knowledge on your accommodation choices or amendment your itinerary to ensure your holiday is just what you want.
Camper Vans & Motor Homes
Perhaps you prefer to follow one of the itineraries we have created in a Motor Home? Just book the Motor Home with us and we will be happy to provide you for the full itinerary as well as assisting you with camping ground bookings. Click here to choose some of the cheapest options in NZ.
Welcome to Christchurch - Christchurch - Mount Cook - Mount Cook - Te Anau - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau - Queenstown - Queenstown - Queenstown - Glaciers - Punakaiki Rocks - Punakaiki - Christchurch - Depart Christchurch
On your arrival in Christchurch, you will collect your car rental at the airport and travel to your first accommodation in town. A day to enjoy the city center and its famous gardens, and of course – relax after your flight. Overnight in Christchurch
Christchurch to Mt Cook Village
Driving distance: 332 km / 206 miles
Driving: Approx 4h50m
Leaving behind the plains of Canterbury, scenic route 72 heads inland offering gentle views of farmlands and further along, the Mackenzie Country, vast and barren, is majestically scenic. Lake Tekapo with its tiny stone Church of the Good Shepherd and distant snow capped mountains makes a magical stopping place.
Heading around Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook is irresistibly close – please note that the last stretch of road off the main highway into Mount Cook village is partly gravel, an average of 50kms and 1 hour drive. On arrival, hike the Hooker valley (3-4 hrs return) to the Tasman glacier river, crossing 2 hanging rope bridges, or take a glacial lake cruise on the Tasman lake – fed by the melting glacier (additional cost). Scenic flights over the glaciers and Mt Cook are also available.
Overnight in Mt Cook.
Mt Cook Village to Te Anau
Driving distance: 422 km / 262 miles
Driving: Approx 6h8m
Leaving behind the peaks of Mount Cook National Park, the route travels south through the beautiful, bare Mackenzie country and cuts through mountain ranges. Cut through Cromwell or over the Crown Range, through Queenstown, onto Te Anau. A relaxed evening by the lake following this long driving day.
Stay 2 nights in Te Anau – the gateway to the Fiordland National Park
Te Anau to Milford Sound
Driving distance: 116 km / 72 miles
Driving: Approx 1h41m
Travelling to the Milford Sound today – one of New Zealand’s stunning scenic highways, the beauty of this route is utterly breath-taking and sure to wet your appetite for the unforgettable experience of visiting the Milford Sound. Departing Te Anau, the route takes you inland through beech forests and expansive flats before opening up to mountain vistas.
The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you’ll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park. Look for the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain and the Mirror Lakes. Mirror Lakes provide a great resting spot and at Knobs Flat there is a small shelter with an information board and toilet facilities.
The route climbs steadily towards ‘The Divide’, travels through the Homer Tunnel and leads you into the Cleddau Canyon ripe and ready for the Milford Sound cruise experience – an amazing 22km-ling fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. For the adventurist – you can replace the cruise with a guided sea kayaking – a spectacular way to explore the Milford.
Te Anau to Queenstown
Driving distance: 174 km / 108 miles
Driving: Approx 2h32m
Barren, brown and billowing aptly describe the impressive sight of tussocks as this route departs Te Anau and heads towards Queenstown; Trout fishing rivers and high country scenery are also features of the drive to Queenstown. The small towns of Mossburn and Lumsden can be explored for unique shopping opportunities – a farm tour is another possibility.
Leave time to take a break in Kingston, the home of a remarkable vintage steam train. From here, the rest of your journey clings scenically to the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
Staying in Queenstown for the next 2 nights. We will explore together your personal interests and match it with all that Queenstown has to offer.
A day to explore and enjoy this fabulous Alpine resort, from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris, bungy jumping, winery tour, and scenic drives.
Queenstown to Franz Josef
Driving distance: 355 km / 221 miles By Road and Sea
Driving: Approx 5h8m
Saying goodbye to Queenstown is never easy but rest assured, this route is well worth it! Heading towards the beautiful alpine town of Wanaka is the SH6 via Cromwell (30 minutes longer) for the cautious; or through the Crown Range for the adventurous. The highest sealed road in the country, crossing the Crown Range is an exhilarating experience with incredible scenery and requires careful driving. Rejoining SH6, there’s Wanaka, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea – all great places to stop for refreshments and photographs. The allure of Mount Aspiring National Park beckons with all its dark intrigue – Mount Awful, Mount Dreadful and Mount Dispute to name a few! An ancient greenstone/pounamu trail, the route through the Haast Pass reveals superb watery vistas – rivers and waterfalls – before the rugged and sparsely populated West Coast Road (SH6) leads to the stunning Fox Glacier and the Franz Josef Glacier. Stay 2 nights. In the evening you may relax at the Franz Josef hot pools.
Franz Josef to Punakaiki
Driving distance: 224 km / 139 miles
Driving: Approx 3h14m
Following the coastline north towards Punakaiki, SH6 is not only breath-takingly beautiful and utterly unique, it is also dotted with glorious lakes, beaches, lagoons and small interesting towns. Try glass-blowing at Hokitika, knife-making at Barrytown and gold-panning at Shantytown, the restored town from the gold-rush era, before arriving at the blowholes of Punakaiki.
Franz Josef to Punakaiki
Driving distance: 224 km / 139 miles
Driving: Approx 3h14m
Travel north along the narrow, bush clad, coastal plain past Hokitika, to Greymouth. Turn inland towards the mountains to travel through the Otira Tunnel, over Arthur’s Pass and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Overnight in Christchurch The dramatic and formidable Arthur’s Pass links the notoriously wet West Coast with the dry plains of Canterbury. This is a beautiful, satisfying yet long drive; this Pass effectively cuts through mountain ranges revealing incredible vistas of peaks, scree slopes and walls of sheer rock. The lime-stone area at Cave Stream is a favourite of cavers and rock climbers – look out for 500 year old Maori rock drawings.
The last stretch of the route towards Christchurch is, by comparison, gentle!
Your last night – in Christchurch.
Return your vehicle at the airport. We will advise of the time according to your flight – domestic of international.
Have a safe trip back home.
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|8 Seater People Mover
|12 Seater Van
Pricing is based on 2 people. Option of Double Room (1 bed) or Twin Room (2 beds) For single travellers or larger groups vacationing together please contact us for a customized quation to ensure you receive the best price. For different rooming configurations (eg triple share or special needs) please contact us.
Children under 5 travel for free (max 2 excluding certain activities) Children aged 5-14 at time of travel are an added extra (max 2)
9 nights accommodation; 10 days rental vehicle of choice; All Inclusive rate hire including unlimited kilometres, loss damage waiver (LDW, provides Accident Damages Cover which is subject to excesses that can be reduced); airport concession fee recovery; accident excess reduction insurance; local sales tax (GST); Milford Sound Cruise
Flights to New Zealand and airport taxes
Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include 15% GST (local sales tax) Click here for an online currency converter to convert prices to your own currency (approximate only)
All prices are based on travel between October 1st through to March 31st. For prices outside these dates, please contact us directly