NOV 30TH-DEC 8TH
Road trip with Bryan! Starting in Christchurch and ending in Queenstown.
We’ll enjoy scenic drives amongst wildflowers, numerous waterfalls, glaciers and quiet nature trails.
Day 1/Nov 30: Street Photography in Christchurch – Urban regeneration and innovation meets heritage and culture in Christchurch!
Day 2/Dec 1: Christchurch to Hanmer Springs (Driving Time: ~ 2 hours)
Pick up our rental car(s) and head north to Hanmer Springs famous for its thermal springs complex. A perfect place to photograph, relax and spend the night!
Day 3: Hanmer Springs to Westport to Punakaiki (Driving Time: ~ 4 hours)
Leave Hanmer Springs today and head onto the West Coast. Break up a long day of driving by making a quick stop in Westport. You have the chance of viewing seals just south of Westport at the Cape Foulwind seal colony.
Punakaiki is an epic small settlement on the wild West Coast. It has a much-visited pancake rock formation and is a very scenic place to spend the evening.
Day 4: Punakaiki to Franz Josef (Driving Time: ~ 4 hours)
Today we’ll be doing a lot of driving, (and stopping!) but there’s a silver lining. The entire drive, especially on the way to Greymouth and even beyond as you venture further down the West Coast, is absolutely incredible! Lonely Planet ranks it one of the top 10 most beautiful drives in the world, and it’s certainly one of the top 3 in New Zealand.
Franz Josef Village is a busy little place thanks to the Franz Josef Glacier found just outside of town. The Franz Josef Glacier starts high in the Southern Alps and makes its way all the way to the temperate rainforest. It’s a stunning sight and walking on it is an absolute must. Chances are you’re in need of a relax after the big days you’ve already had, so spend the night soaking away sore muscles and preparing for the next days glacier hike with a soak at the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools.
Depending on weather and how much time we want to commit to big Franz, you have a couple different options for checking out the glacier the next day. Franz Josef Glacier Guides offers a half day ice explorer tour with a guide that includes helicopter trip from the village onto the glacier. It’s an NZ Must Do, and an incredible experience!
Day 5: Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka (Driving Time: ~ 5 hours)
After our Franz Josef Glacier experience, it’s time to head further down the West Coast, over the Haast Pass and on to Wanaka. This is another fantastic drive, one that shouldn’t be rushed, yet as you’re slightly short on time with plenty of the South Island still to see.
Day 6 – 9: Queenstown
This is the Adventure Capital of the World, so take your pick – jump out of an airplane, throw yourself off a bridge with a bungy cord tacked on to your waist or simply stick with us and take in the views of Walter and Cecil Peak from Queenstown’s waterfront. We’ll take the Skyline Gondola for big views across Lake Wakatipu.
A visit to Milford Sound is a must-do whilst traveling New Zealand! We’ll travel through beautiful Fiordland and the majestic Milford Road before joining a cruise on Milford Sound. You will experience the incredible Fiordland National Park and enjoy unique photo stops and short walks along the way, allowing you to check out the native flora & fauna and the majestic glacial scenery.
Points of interest:
- Milford Sound
- Franz Glacier
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