Peak Performance

The nine-day Southern Alps road trip takes you on a glorious ride from the sea to the mountains and back again, culminating in a Milford Sound excursion where the two connect in a perfect finale. Optional activities allow you to customize your trip and make the most of each diverse region, be it walking on glaciers or sipping wine amongst the vines.

Premier Stays
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Based on 2 ppl, double occupancy. Prices vary depending on season. Request Your Date for exact pricing and a range of activity add-ons.

Summary
Length9 days | 8 nights
DestinationChristchurch to Queenstown
Lodging

Premier Stays

Classic Stays

Classic Stays
Modern, well-appointed properties that provide a comfortable, convenient base from which to explore. Perfect for the region, they’re typically within easy access to cafes and other amenities.

Premier Stays
Quality lodgings in superb settings, from stylish lakeside lodges to restful alpine retreats. Note that in a few cases, Classic Stays are used on a trip classified overall as Premier to allow access to stunning, remote locations where Premier Stays are not available.

Luxe Stays
Exclusive, indulgent hideaways with exceptional facilities and service. The best in New Zealand (and perhaps the world). Note that in a few cases, Premier Stays are used on a trip classified overall as Luxe to allow access to stunning, remote locations where Luxe Stays are not available.

Special Stays
Some tours feature overnight cruises and multiple-day hikes, with stays in private lodges or Department of Conservation huts, for special wilderness experiences.

FitnessEasygoing

Easygoing
You’re comfortable on tracks with gently undulating terrain and can move comfortably and freely. Suitable for families with young children. Note, activity add-ons may change rating.

Moderate
You enjoy walking/light hiking, can handle a hill or two, and appreciate life-affirming soft adventures that dip a toe outside your comfort zone.

Active
You’ve got a bit of Kiwi in you and are ready to hit the hills and push yourself a little. Some of these trips include multi-day hikes that get you further into the wild. It’s not all Bear Grylls, though. You’re happy to enjoy a rewarding glass of pinot at day’s end.

This is an overall guide. Our trips include a range of activities across the spectrum. Request a Detailed Itinerary for more details on fitness levels needed for individual activities.

StyleSelf Drive

Small Group
Scheduled, guided adventures with just the right number of like-minded travellers to share in the laughs and make new friends.

Private
Guided, professionally crafted trips with your own group and your choice of travel dates.

Self Drive
Self-guided, stress-free road trips with all the elements sorted for you. Our professionally crafted itineraries and booking team, your dates and travel companions.

Bespoke
Guided or self-guided, this is your personal New Zealand dream made manifest. A fully customized experience based on your passions, finessed with our professional planning.

Interests
Soft Adventure,
GO BESPOKE

If you already have a dream in mind, our Travel Shepherds await the challenge of bringing it to fruition. Request a Custom Quote based on your interests.

Daily Brief

Click on the orange icons to read about lodging along the way (not available on mobile). C=Classic, P=Premier, L=Luxe, S=Special Stays. Note accommodation may vary based on departure date. For hotel links and more information, Request a Detailed Itinerary above.
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You will be transferred to your hotel on arrival where a Black Sheep Touring Co. representative will meet you for an orientation on your self drive tour and to talk about travel in New Zealand. The remainder of the day is free to explore what is described as the most English of New Zealand's cities. Your trip notes will advise on Christchurch highlights so you can make the most of your time there.

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Collect your rental car and depart Christchurch, driving inland over the glorious Southern Alps. Cross alpine rivers and wind beneath snow-capped peaks before descending to the wild West Coast region and winding your way to your seaside accommodation. Explore hidden tracks and natural features outlined in your trip notes and enjoy the bounty of talented craftspeople here.

3

This part of the South Island is honeycombed with intricate cave systems which can be explored in a choice of ways, from scenic caving to adventure caving to New Zealand's unforgettable cave rafting. Request a Detailed Itinerary for options on this day, including above-ground alternatives.

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This morning is a spectacular drive to New Zealand's glacier region where you'll be based for the next two nights. Enjoy comfortable accommodation in a quaint alpine village with mountain views and rainforest paths.

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Your trip notes recommend the best way to make the most of this spectacular region. Walk along the glacial riverbed to view the impressive terminal face of Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and explore additional trails through neighbouring ancient rainforest. Optional activities allow you access to the glacier, including a variety of glacier hikes and a heli-flight that lands you on the neve.

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This morning, embark on a stunning drive to Queenstown. Your notes identify sensational hidden walks and scenic stops along the way. Dense rainforest gives way to the stark mountains of the Mt Aspiring National Park as you enter the Otago region. Queenstown, resting on beautiful Lake Wakatipu and flanked by the aptly named The Remarkables range is a stunning setting in which to stay for your remaining three nights.

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Queenstown is New Zealand's adrenalin center. There is a wide range of optional activities available, including jetboating, horse trekking, whitewater rafting, sky diving, four-wheel-drive adventures, and bungy jumping, or more leisurely pursuits such as walking, fishing and wine trails. Talk to your Black Sheep Travel Shepherd about available options.

8

Today, we have included a coach excursion into spectacular Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Letting someone else do the driving optimizes your ability to take in the otherworldly scenery. At Milford Sound, board your vessel and cruise the length of the fiord out to the Tasman Sea, passing alongside thundering waterfalls and lounging fur seals.

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Depending on your flight schedule, you'll have time to relax and make final purchases before dropping your rental car at Queenstown airport and travelling home or to your next destination--perhaps a Black Sheep North Island adventure?

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Trip Inclusions

Of course, a successful road trip is more than just your hands on the wheel and the wind in your hair. See below for the inclusions in your Self Drive journey—inclusions that take the stress out of your trip, so all you have to do is worry about that hairdo.

Accommodation

All accommodation during your tour

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Activities

Milford Sound Nature Cruise including coach tour from Queenstown

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Meals

Included meals as outlined in your itinerary. Meal inclusions may change based on hotel availability.

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Transport

Compact automatic rental car (Toyota Corolla or similar) with no-excess insurance and unlimited kilometres

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Support

Professional office staff to help plan every aspect of your trip
Detailed pre-trip information
Meet and greet by a Black Sheep team member upon arrival (Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown only)
Detailed Self Drive touring pack delivered on arrival
Background support from Black Sheep HQ
Flight assistance available

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Gear & Amenities

Stainless steel water bottle & holder
NZ road atlas
Trip notes with detailed itinerary, directions, insider tips, dining and activity recommendations, and more

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Southern Alps
Self Guided
Self Drive

WORDS CAN’T DESCRIBE HOW PERFECT OUR TRIP WAS.

SHERRI KLIPOWICZ, CORNELIUM, NC, USA