Touring the South Island, New Zealand

Here's some info to help you plan your NZ holiday.
Seeing new places, doing new things makes 4 the best holidays. Courtesy of Aoraki Cottage

As both North and South Islands of New Zealand  - are long and skinny
it is best not to try to travel the whole 4500km to circum navigate NZ.
NZ has a longer coastline than the USA. We always say the South Island is five times nicer than the North, less people, friendlier and has awesome
alpine lakes, farmland and mountain scenery.

You're not here to see the Tar Seal Motorways of New Zealand,
and compare them with the ones back home, so you'll need to get
off the hi-way, explore the beautiful Farms, lakes, rivers and mountains
that makeup 100% Pure NZ. The best idea is to take an Island or region
and explore it thoroughly. 

They also say meeting and getting to know local people, tasting their food,
culture and trying/learning new skills, new experiences makes for the best holidays. 
That takes a while, you'll want time to relax and unwind so at Wellspring Farm we offer Free Dairy/Deer Farm and Adventure Tours and large discounts on staying five nights plus offer the option of guided Tours of interest and Treks so you can explore
and enjoy the mountains, rivers and lakes of our beautiful country.

South Island in 10 -12 days - Here are some ideas for you

1) Christchurch (1) Chateaux on the park offers SIA staff discounts theme of a castle and knights in shining armour interesting place for children ->  visit Timaru (Caroline Bay) -> visit Oamaru (Yellow eyed Penguins) 2) Stay Moraki (1) (A holiday home means you can cook in home, see The light house)-> visit Dunedin (Larnachs Castle/Dn Railway Station, chocolate factory) ->
3) Stay Owaka (1) New Haven Camping ground ask for large family cabin with linen, seals, sea lions -> Visit Milford Real Journeys nature boat tour and Glow worm caves -> 4) Stay Te Anau (1) (Glow worm Caves and Fiordland National Park Headquarters) ->
5) Stay Wanaka or Queenstown (3)(The puzzle world and toys museum and a Walk up Mt Iron /Gondola and Luge ride, Boat rides, an evening walk around the Kelvin Heights Golf Course and peninsula) ->
6) Stay Aoraki Cottage on Farm near Geraldine (3) (Farm Animals, Deer/fawns, Sheep/lambs, Large outdoor Spa, Dairy/Deer farm tour, Kayaks and canoes on safe pond, kakahu river) ->
7) Christchurch Airport. (11 days)

 Touring the South Island in 12-14 days

 
 Christchurch -> Stay Kaikoura  (Whale Watching) -> Stay Hanmer Springs (2) (Geothermal hot pools) -> Stay Aoraki Cottage on Farm near Geraldine (3) ( Farm Animals, Deer fawns, Large outdoor Spa and separate Eco (fire) Bath, Dairy and Deer farm tour, Kayaks and canoes on safe pond, kakahu river)
->  Stay Wanaka or Queenstown (3) (The puzzle world, Walk up Mt Iron and toys museum, Gondola and Luge ride, Jet Boat rides and an evening walk around the Kelvin Heights Golf Course and peninsula) 
-> visit Te Anau/Milford  (Glow worm Caves and Fiordland National Park Headquarters)
-> Stay Owaka Nuggets Point lighthouse ->visit Dunedin Oamaru (Yellow eyed Penguins)
->Stay Moraki You'll only see the Yellow eyed penguins at dusk/night time
visit Timaru or alternative stay Aoraki Cottage on Farm near Geraldine 
-> Christchurch.   

Don't feel you have to do everything just because we list it, you are here to relax on holiday so can pick and choose, but at least you know what's there to see and do.
 

Touring the South Island 10days 

Christchurch -> drive 2 hrs -> Stay Hamner Springs (1)(Geothermal Hot springs and rivers, Conical Hill, Mini golf) Stay Aoraki Cottage on Farm near Geraldine (3) ( Farm Animals, Deer fawns, Large outdoor Spa and separate Eco (fire) Bath, Dairy and Deer farm tour, Kayaks and canoes on safe pond, kakahu river.  From here in the centre of the South island you can day trip both Oamaru (Blue and Yellow eyed Penguins) and Tekapo/Mt Cook (and walking the Hooker valley can see glaciers and Mt Cook)
->  Stay Wanaka and/or Queenstown (3) (The puzzle world, Walk up Mt Iron and toys museum, Gondola and Luge ride, Jet Boat rides, Arrowtown and an evening walk around the Kelvin Heights Golf Course and peninsula) 
-> visit Te Anau (Glow worm Caves and Fiordland National Park Headquarters)
-> Stay Owaka(1) Nuggets Point lighthouse ->visit Dunedin -> Stay Moraki (1) You'll only see the Yellow eyed penguins at dusk/night time  visit Oamaru (Blue penguins)
visit Timaru (Moari Rock art, Argentile art gallery (free))  -> Stay Christchurch (or alternative stay Aoraki Cottage on Farm near Geraldine). (10 days)  

Don't feel you have to do everything just because we list it, you are here to relax on holiday so can pick and choose, but at least you know what's there.


or if you really want to do the West coast (Which can look really nice in the winter/spring but expect sandflies and rain in summer/autumn) can I suggest you come up the middle of the island, which saves eight hours driving.

South Island plus West Coast - 14 days
Christchurch Antartic Centre, drive 2.5hrs Visit Arthurs Pass National Park Headquarters drive 2.5hrs
-> Stay Hokitika (1) (Greenstone/Jade), drive 2.5hrs ->
Stay Franz Josef (2)- Sir Cedrix's Motels but ask for family unit with linen (That tip should save you $500, they also put on soup and toast for dinner) (Lake Matheson, Fox glacier, Westland national Park Head quarters, glow worms) 3hours -> visit Haast but drive 3hrs more (Tip- Take the time to do all the short walks 15-20 minutes off the main road spectacular waterfalls, fish etc) ->
Stay Wanaka (1) (The puzzle world, Walk up Mt Iron and toys museum) Drive via the Cardrona valley ->Stay Te Anau (1) (Glow worm Caves and Fiordland National Park Headquarters)  -> Queenstown (2)  Gondola and Luge ride, Jet Boat rides and an evening walk around the Kelvin Heights Golf Course and peninsula) 3-4 hours drive
->Stay Aoraki Cottage on Farm near Geraldine (3) ( Farm Animals, Deer fawns, Large outdoor Spa and separate Eco (fire) Bath, Dairy and Deer farm tour, Kayaks and canoes on safe pond, kakahu river.  From here in Geraldine the centre of the South island you can day trip both Oamaru (Blue and Yellow eyed Penguins) and Tekapo/Pukaki/Mt Cook (and walking the Hooker valley can see glaciers and Mt Cook)
Christchurch Airport (Just 1-1/2 hours)

All the best hope you have a great holiday
We'd love to meet you if you are coming this way
Dave @ Aoraki Cottage Treks and Tours
Geraldine

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