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Self Drive New Zealand’s Southern Alps

Christchurch, Mount Cook, Wanaka & Queenstown

Best time to travel
Sep - May
Ideal length
10 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€4,769 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Christchurch and home from Queenstown.
  • Private transfers and 10 days’ pre-arranged car rental in a Mitsubishi ASX, or similar.
  • 10 nights’ luxury accommodation in our partner properties in Christchurch, Mount Cook, Wanaka and Queenstown.
  • Set out on an unforgettable scenic flight over the spectacular Southern Alps.
  • Experience one of Queenstown’s top adrenaline activities, jetboating on the Dart River.
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A treasure-trove for the outdoorsy, this suggested itinerary to New Zealand’s South Island is close to nature and far from ordinary. The South Island is a haven for adventurers, hikers and nature-lovers alike, with remarkably diverse landscapes, from glaciers and snow-capped mountains to green-garbed mountains plunging into tiffany-blue lakes. We will take you to the core of the impressive terrains with thrilling excursions and expert guidance alongside luxurious accommodations to rest your head. A self-drive itinerary, we’ll also leave plenty of time for your own discoveries along the way.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Christchurch.

Upon arrival in Christchurch, privately transfer to your luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch where you will spend two nights. Pick up your rental car and enjoy time to explore the largest city in the South Island before driving to Mount Cook.

Experience the natural wonders of Mount Cook.

Arrive at your luxury accommodation, your base to explore the natural wonders of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and your home for the next three nights.

Mount Cook
We have arranged a terrific ski plane adventure over the Southern Alps.

Offering spectacular views from the moment you lift off to the moment you land, cross the snow-capped peaks and descend over the Tasman Terminal Lake.

Southern Alps
Your next stop is wild Wanaka.

Drive to your luxury rural retreat in Wanaka. Spend two nights enjoying incredible hiking trails and endless discovery, returning to cosy nights by the fire or in slipper baths, under the stars. Then, drive to your ultra-luxurious Queenstown accommodation, where you’ll spend three nights.

Tin Tub, Wanaka
Journey deep into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park.

Experience breathtaking scenery during an exhilarating jetboat ride. Follow the glacier-fed rivers in your jet boat, enjoying exciting 360-degree spins along the way. Your guides will give you expert knowledge on the area’s rich history, the Greenstone trail and countless Maori legends.

Mt Aspiring National Park
Drop off your rental car in Queenstown and privately transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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The George

The George

Overlooking the picturesque River Avon and Hagley Park, the George is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch.

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The Hermitage Mount Cook

The Hermitage Mount Cook

With unique activities and genuine Kiwi hospitality, the Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base to explore the natural wonders of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

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Tin Tub Luxury Lodge

Tin Tub Luxury Lodge

Positioned high on a ridge overlooking Wanaka, with views from Lake Wanaka to the mountains, Tin Tub Luxury Lodge promises a breathtaking rural escape, blending seamlessly into its surrounds.

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Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Eichardt’s Private Hotel

The pinnacle of luxury in picturesque Queenstown, Eichardt’s Private Hotel’s enviable location, on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, is matched only by its impeccable service and unbridled luxury, right in the heart of Queenstown.

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What people are saying

The whole engagement from start to finish with OROKO is possibly the best experience we have had for a holiday. The trip to Sorrento marked a special occasion and OROKO put together an itinerary that gave us the perfect balance between organised trips and time to experience Sorrento on our own time. The OROKO App is the go-to for all information and documentation relating to your trip.  If your objective is to sit back and have your trip professionally arranged with your guidance I can definitely recommend OROKO to do this on your behalf.

Donal, Sorrento, 2022


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