If you can afford a little luxury this evening, then you could stay at one of New Zealand’s finest historical homes at Fernside, whose gardens were chosen to portray Lothlorien, the beautiful home of the high Elven Queen Galadriel for thousands of years. The lake was also used for scenes of Sméagol and Déagol fishing and then fighting over the Ring. For those who are less fortunate, there are several options available in Greytown 13 kilometres to the north.
Day 8 Featherston - Wellington 75kms
Our starting point today is the Featherston/Martinborough intersection. The steep Rimutaka Hill lies in front of you.
11kms – The summit car-park is on the right – pass over the median strip with care! There is a great view of Lake Wairarapa and the coast to the east. To the west is the Rimutaka Incline where the specially built Fell Engine train climbed the steep 265m slope. From here it’s all downhill, literally, to Wellington.
18kms – Turn right to Rivendell which is situated in the Kaitoke Regional Park. Drive down Waterworks Road to the car-park. The location of Rivendell is well sign posted, where there is an interpretive display explaining it all on the site. Peter Jackson built a large set here, including the bedroom where Frodo recovered from his knife wound. The Pakuratahi River is ideal for swimming in summer. Return to SH2.
35kms - The Gardens of Isengard are at Harcourt Park onAkatarawa Road next door to the Harcourt Holiday Park. Here Gandalf and Saruman met to discuss the re-emergence of the Ring - a gravel road bordered by a chain-linked fence was laid as the entrance into Isengard. The park saw several trees being cut down by Orcs to provide fuel for Saruman’s furnaces. Actually, the trees were transplanted here for the scene, which required them to be `uprooted’ time and again for retakes. While here, you may wish to visit the Wellington Fault Line, where you can see where a large earthquake has lifted the ground. Return to SH2.
As you descend down to Wellington, you will be following the Hutt River. The river supplied many more of the River Anduin scenes. If you walk the Hutt River Trail south from Totara Park you may recognize where Aragorn was nudged by his horse in the river after the attacks by the Wargs in Rohan.
74kms – Wellington is not only home to Peter Jackson, but also Weta Workshop, the heart of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are several places you could visit this afternoon.
Suggested activities :-
Mt Victoria is where the Hobbits fearfully hid from the Nazgûl. Drive up Alexandra Road to the summit for sweeping views of the city, then walk down the track.
The quarry at the end of Ellice Street on the other side of Mt Victoria was used as a Rohirrim camp in Dunharrow.
The old army base in the suburb of Seatoun became the township of Bree. The only way to see this location is to view it from the beach at the end of Burnham Street. The suburb was also home to many of the cast while not required to be away on location.
Have dinner nearby at the Chocolate Fish Café a favourite haunt of the cast.
Stay in Wellington an extra day if you can, to visit all the other non LOTR attractions!
Day 9 Wellington - Kaiteriteri 65kms...internal flight
Today you fly to the South Island. Leave your rental car at the airport and collect a new one on your arrival. The flight to Nelson could be classified as a scenic flight as the views of the Marlborough Sounds and the Southern Alps are awesome! On arrival consider taking the Lord of the Rings Scenic Flight with Nelson Helicopters over the Chetwood Forest and remote Mt Olympus and Mt Owen – 3 remote locations used for such scenes as when the Fellowship hid from the Crebian (black crows) south of Rivendell, and where the now depleted Fellowship mourned the loss of Gandalf on Dimrill Dell after escaping the Mines of Moria.
Nelson is famous for its cuisine, arts and crafts, the World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars near the airport, golden beaches and the climate - and is the gateway to the nearby national parks. It is also home to Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmiths on Trafalgar Square, the designer of the One Ring, where you can purchase your own copy for a souvenir.
This evening drive on to Kaiteriteri on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park so you can have a full day in this spectacular World Heritage site tomorrow. Stop at the Harrington Brewery in Richmond for a drop of stout specially produced for Hobbiton and the Prancing Pony. Due to the number of retakes required to perfect a scene, the original brew had only a 1.1% alcohol content, however the brew available today has an added 5% alcohol by volume.
After passing through Richmond turn right onto SH60, direction Motueka and Collingwood. In Mapua, I recommend a diversion down to the waterfront to the award winning Smokehouse Restaurant for dinner.
Continue on to Motueka, cross over the Motueka River and 7 kilometres later (just after Riwaka) turn right to Kaiteriteri.
Day 10 Abel Tasman National Park
If you missed the helicopter flight yesterday, you may want to start your day with a visit to Chetwood Forest. Return to SH60 and drive up the Takaka Hill, just after the Ngarua Caves turn right onto the unpaved Canaan Road and drive 8 kilometres, past ancient marble outcrops. Soon after the cattle-stop you can see where Aragorn led the Hobbits into the forest after leaving Bree, as well as a scene of the Hobbits leaving the Shire. If you continue to the Takaka Hill summit, you will be rewarded with expansive views of Golden Bay, all the way to Farewell Spit.
The Coastal Walkway in the Abel Tasman National Park is popular and can get rather crowded I’m afraid. My recommendation is to take the scenic cruise to Onetahuti then walk the most picturesque stretch via Bark Bay and the Swing Bridge back to Torrent Bay where they will pick you up again at 5pm (the earlier water-taxi does not allow enough time to swim or relax on the golden beaches). Alternatively you can be dropped at Torrent Bay by an ordinary water-taxi (this should be timed for low tide) and then walk 3 ½ hours back to Marahau via Anchorage Bay, Watering Cove, Stillwell Bay, Apple Tree Bay and Tinline Bay, followed by a seafood fettuccine and a beer at the Park Café. However the bush is only regenerating bush having originally been cleared and the views are far less awesome on this stretch. It is also possible to join a multi-day trip combining the walk and water-taxi with kayaking the azure-coloured clear waters. In a word, paradise!
Day 11 Kaiteriteri - Hanmer Springs 363kms
Return 15 kilometres to Motueka and turn right after the shops onto SH61. It follows the Motueka River, a fertile valley full of hops, kiwifruit and apple orchards. At 41 kilometres there are 2 one-way bridges on blind-bends! You have the right of way, however be careful! At the Kohatu Hotel SH61 joins SH6. Turn right and follow this road and at 84 kilometres, just after Korere turn left, direction Saint Arnaud.
118kms – Turn right to the alpine village of Saint Arnaud, gateway to the trout infested Nelson Lakes National Park and starting point to numerous alpine walks ranging from 20 minutes to 7 days – take your pick, or just enjoy the scenery (continue through the village to the park entrance, the walks start from the parking on the left down by the lakefront). The 45 minute Honey Dew walk through the virgin Beech Forest is particularly lovely. The level walking track takes you along the lake then deep into the ancient forest where the canopy is full of Bellbirds and Tuis competing in birdsong and where the forest floor is a refuge for our native Kiwi – unfortunately they are nocturnal and avid sleepers so you are not likely to see one! After your walk I recommend Elaine’s Alpine Café back in the village for lunch.
Continue west along SH63.
150kms – Turn left onto SH6. As you follow the beautiful Buller River, glance at the mountains to your right – the tallest is Mt Owen where they filmed the Fellowship escaping Moria and afterwards when emotions overwhelmed them all on Dimrill Dale. The mountain itself is deeply crevassed amongst the massive glaciated marble rocks. Murchison is next, famous for almost being wiped out in the 1929 earthquake. You should fill up with petrol here as there is not another service station for 100 kilometres! Continue on SH6.
197kms – It is possible to make a small side trip here if you have time (otherwise continue straight on SH65 to Lewis Pass.) SH6 turns right over O’Sullivan’s Bridge - 3 kilometres later you will come to the longest Swing-bridge in New Zealand. There is a short walk across the swing-bridge to the Ariki Falls, not spectacular but the pink granite rocks are unique. Beware of the man-eating sand-flies! They also hire out pans if you would like to try your luck at panning for gold in the Buller Gorge. Return to O'Sullivans Bridge and turn right, direction Lewis Pass. The Maruia Falls 8 kilometres later are worth a quick look at – dramatic evidence of the 1929 earthquake.
272kms - Turn left onto SH7 which will take you over the 864 metre high Lewis Pass. In pre-European times the Maori used this route to the West Coast in search of Greenstone (jade), on their return they are said to have slaughtered their slaves in the valley to the right followed by a feast on their remains - hence it is known as Cannibal Gorge. As you descend you may want to peruse the naming of the mountains surrounding you – there is Mt Skidaddle, The Grand Duchess, Niggerhead, Spider Web and Mons Sex Millia to mention just a few….I’m sorry I can’t enlighten you with a story behind these names.
357kms - Turn left to Hanmer Springs, your destination for this evening. Here you can enjoy a wealth of activities – their specialty mountain-biking, or bungee jumping, rafting, skiing or horse riding, followed by a well earned soak in the award winning Thermal Resort. The town is particularly beautiful in autumn when the tree-lined streets and forests are splattered with golden hues.
Day 12 Hanmer Springs - Methven 234kms
After your morning activities, return to SH7 and turn left towards Culverden. The road takes you via the beautiful Weta Pass full of limestone formations and the Waipara Valley, a sunny and well drained valley fast becoming the new vine growing region. Those with an extra day should consider turning left at 30 kilometres onto the scenic Alpine Pacific Triangle to Kaikoura, to view the whales or to swim with the dolphins!
79kms – Turn right onto SH1. I can recommend a stop at the family-owned Pegasus Bay winery for lunch, turn left 4 ½ kilometres later. Try their generous platter loaded with cheeses and locally caught salmon and duck accompanied with some excellent award-winning wines on the lawn.
88kms – In Amberly turn right onto the Inland Scenic Route. The route follows SH72, first right, then left and at 93 kilometres left again. At 113 kilometres turn right to Ashley Gorge and 6 kilometres later left to Oxford. There aren’t any recommended stops, however this way takes you along the elevated river terraces to the foothills of the Southern Alps rewarding you with expansive views across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch lying nestled under Banks Peninsula in the distance. The volcanic peninsula was originally detached from the mainland but sediment washed down from the forever eroding mountains eventually bridged the gap creating the plain. You will cross several of these alluvial mountain rivers on your journey south.
155kms – Turn right onto SH72. Oxford has little to hold you, other than a quick coffee. As you cross over the dramatic Waimakariri Gorge glance to your right. It is in these foothills that you would find Narnia, if only it actually existed. Filming took place at Flock Hill Station near the Cave River Reserve. At the intersection with SH73, turn left and immediately right to Mount Hutt and then after 9 kilometres right again onto SH77.
218kms - The road crosses the alluvial Rakaia River next. For excellent views of the gorge you should park by the first bridge and cross over the road to the little walkway. Walk as little or as far as you like but the views are best at the beginning. It is also possible to drive onto the riverbed.
223kms – Mt Hutt Station (ranch) on your right is one of the largest deer farms in the world. Turn left to Methven - a bustling ski resort by winter servicing Mount Hutt and a quiet country town in the summer.
Day 13 Methven - Twizel 320kms
Today I am taking you to the very centre of Middle-Earth, hidden deep in the Southern Alps. Be sure to pack a picnic today and fill up with petrol! Take the road next to the tourist office, direction Mt Somers and 10 kilometres later turn left onto SH72.
30kms – In Mount Somers turn right towards the high country sheep stations of Mount Potts and Erewhon (an anagram of "nowhere"!) You really do feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere as you travel through the tussocked and exposed land. Be aware that you are now in the alpine region, where weather and temperatures can change dramatically within hours. The 50 kilometre unsealed road will take you deep into the mountains to the head of the Rangitata River.
65kms – Turn right onto Mt Pocession Street for an awesome view of the Alps across the trout infested Lake Clearwater – the holiday settlement is full of tiny basic holiday homes that we call a "bach". The lake is popular for bird watching, kayaking, wind-surfing and trout fishing. The scenery changes dramatically after this as the road meanders through the huge high country farms to reveal your first breath-taking view of the massive glacial valley with Mt Sunday lying straight ahead. It is not really a mountain but a small rocky knoll in the middle of the valley that escaped the destruction of the advancing glaciers. The elaborate set of the Golden Hall of Edoras was purposely built on Mt Sunday. One of my favourite scenes was of Éowyn gazing across the valley in deep thought and my absolute favourite scene was of Aragorn returning by horse to Helms Deep after his disappearance over the cliff during the attack of the Wargs, which was filmed further up the Rangitata Valley. My ultimate dream would be to ride myself up that grassy knoll, with awesome views of the valley below framed by the massive Southern Alps... I’ll keep you informed.
81kms - Follow the road past Mt Potts Station and park just after the cattle-stop (judderbars that animals can not walk over) – the road continues for another 4 kilometres to Erewhon Station. It is permissible to walk to Mt Sunday but it does involve getting your feet wet several times. We failed in our attempt on the fourth crossing of the glacial river, however it was an adventurous and humbling experience trekking as tiny insignificant specks through morass and icy cold streams surrounded in a theatre of massive snow-capped mountains. We retreated and found the most perfect picnic spot on a grassy bluff 200 metres up the hill from our car – in fact the best picnic spot I have ever found in the world, it even bet the picnic we had dangling our legs over the edge on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town! You may even feel spiritually uplifted (as I was) after your visit - it may have something to do with the source of the river being fed by the Garden of Allah Glacier and the Garden of Eden Ice Plateau! Return to Mt Somers and turn right, direction Geraldine.
182kms - Geraldine is worth more than a drive through. You can choose from :-
- A larger than fair smattering of arts and crafts galleries.
- The Vintage Car Club and Machinery Museum has a sizable collection of cars and tractors.
- The Giant Jersey has, you guessed it, the largest jersey in the world, plus lots of woolly stuff on sale. It is also home to the incredible Medieval Mosaic, a perfect recreation of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
- Kiwi Country is purpose built for the tourist buses and is full of the usual souvenirs. However it does have excellent coffees and toilet facilities.
- Try the Swiss-style florentines at Chocolate Brown - the prices ensure they are sold fresh.
Turn right at the tourist office to Fairlie, where you will join SH8 to LakeTekapo. The scenery dramatically changes as you cross over the Burkes Pass. You are now entering the Mackenzie Basin, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki (or Mt Cook as it is known in English) and sparkling turquoise glacial lakes below the rolling foothills of the Southern Alps... and it bears little resemblance to anywhere else in New Zealand.
270kms – The village at Lake Tekapo is small - their claim to fame being that it has the cleanest and clearest air in New Zealand….the skies above will soon become the world’s first ever Night Sky Reserve. There is not much to hold you here beyond taking a snapshot of the much-photographed Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheepdog. The gorgeous turquoise-blue lake derives its colour from fine glacial particles suspended in the water. You can (should) drive up to the summit of Mount John by day (turnoff just south of the village) to Astro Café and enjoy spectacular 360° views.
285kms – Turn off the highway (sign posted ‘Salmon Farm’) and take the scenic route to Twizel along the huge man-made Tekapo Canal constructed for the Upper Waitake hydroelectric scheme, a significant source of our country’s electricity. En route you can buy fresh fish or sashimi from the Salmon Farm, or stop for spectacular photos of Mt Aoraki across the opaque waters of Lake Pukaki.
315kms – Turn right onto SH80. The main reason to visit this region is of course to view the site of the massive Battle of the Pelennor Fields on the grassy fields to the left of this road. Tonight’s accommodation on Lake Pukaki is hosted by some truly awesome Kiwis.
Day 14 Twizel - Wanaka 160kms
This morning you have several choices, however it really would be sacrilege not to make the additional 55 kilometre scenic drive to Mount Cook Village at the base of Aoraki and the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers. The drive encompasses world-class scenery at its best where your excitement grows in parallel with the vista before you as you enter this World Heritage cathedral known as the Mount Cook National Park.
· Several different alpine walks with wonderful views.
· Scenic flights either by ski-plane or helicopter over Aoraki, with views of the West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier and the White Mountains used for communication between Gondor and Rohan, whereby seven peaks had firewood stored forthe lighting of the Beacons.
· Glacier Explorer Trips involve walking to Tasman Lake and then taking an informative boat ride to the face of the advancing glacier.
· Eat, drink and just relax in the Hermitage while enjoying the incredible views that lie before you.
· If you have an extra day, you could make the overnight tramp to Muller Hut on Mt Oliver, with massive views of Aoraki and the White Mountains at sunset and sunrise. Alternatively it is possible to tramp there and back in a day – the best day-walk I have ever done!
· Join the Pelennor Fields tour on a private high-country farm, with the added bonus of interesting insights into farming in such a harsh environment.
· Hang out in Twizel talking to the locals who probably were Rohirrim or Gondorian in the largest battle scene.
· Heli-bike is the specialty in Twizel with trips that combine the excitement of a helicopter flight with the adventure of a mountain bike ride down high-country farm tracks.
· Try your hand at Golfcross,an entertaining game invented by Kiwis that combines golf with rugby where the aim is to hit oval shaped golf sized balls around the sheep farm and then through the upright posts, with spectacular scenery as your backdrop.
Departing from Twizel tourist office, head south on SH8 via the scenic Lindis Pass. Consider stopping at Omarama for petrol as there is not another fuel station for 80 kilometres! The pass was first used by the Maori walking to Lake Wanaka for summer fishing.
116kms – After Tarras, continue towards Cromwell for another 6 kilometres, then turn right onto the unsealed Maori Point Road. Two kilometers further along you are in the pine forests where they filmed the flight to the Ford of Bruinen by Arwen and Frodo on horseback along the Great East Road. Continue along this road, following the Clutha River. It is the largest river in New Zealand – its volume is almost twice that of the slightly longer Waikato in the North Island. The beautiful views across the river are to the section of the Southern Alps used as the Misty Mountains surrounding Rivendell.
At the end turn left to Wanaka, one of my favourite places in New Zealand and your destination this evening.
Day 15 Wanaka - Glenorchy 130kms
There are several options you should consider this morning, or ideally you should stay an extra day here!
Suggested activities :-
- One of the best short walks in this country is to the Rob Roy Glacier. The walk will take you up through beautiful rain forest to a hidden valley, right up to the face of the ancient glacier.
- Wanaka is also the best place to try tandem sky-diving!
- Or how about a 4x4 quad bike tour on a sheep farm with great views.
- The local ski field at Cardrona has a chair lift open in summer - take a leisurely walk on the mountain, or take the fast route down on a mountain bike.
- Trout fishing and skiing are the locals other favourites.
- At the northern reaches of Lake Wanaka in a little place called Makaroa you can try the Siberia Experience of 3 thrills in as many hours – fly into the Mt Aspiring National Park (the Misty Mountains), hike/tramp over the hill to the river, then jet-boat back out. Wow!
I recommend the scenic Crown Range Route via the old gold mining towns of Cardrona and Arrowtown. It is hard to believe that this sleepy region was the most populous in New Zealand during the chaotic gold boom years of the late 19th century. Before you drive up over the 1120m high pass, you should visit the old Cardrona Hotel - you will be forgiven if you think it was used as the Prancing Pony in Bree in the trilogy, but it wasn’t.
The views from the top of the pass are stunning. Take your time coming down the zigzagging road! At the bottom, turn right to the pretty tree-lined town of Arrowtown. Wander amongst the historic cottages, visit the reconstructed Chinese Settlement (the Chinese were subjected to many prejudices so had their own settlement) and wander along the path by the river to view where Isildur lost his life when attacked by the Orcs in the Gladden Fields.
Return to SH6, where you go left to the Kawarau Gorge. The bridge is home to A.J. Hackett's very first bungee jumping platform - this is where you get to tie a huge elastic band to your ankles and jump out into space over the river, if you dare - or just have fun watching the others. Just after the bridge turn right to Chard Farm Winery and drive just a short distance up this road to see the location of the Pillars of the Kings on the River Anduin. A few more kilometres along the gorge road you will find the excellent winery and restaurant at Gibbston Valley Wines.
Return the way you came and continue on to Queenstown. However our destination this evening is further along, at the far end of Lake Wakatipu where you'll find a little place called Paradise (yes, it does exist). Follow the lake road for 8 kilometres and stop by the lakeshore after descending to Closeburn Bay. The peninsula off to the left was where Amon Hen was built amongst the pine trees. The glacial lake has an unusual rhythmic rise and fall of 12cm in its water level, every five minutes - a Maori myth says it is the beating of a monster's heart lying in the depths of the lake!
Drive a further 4 kilometres and park in the camping area of Twelve Mile Delta. Walk down to the river towards the lake and you may recognize the bank to your right as the hiding place of Frodo, Sam and Sméagol as they watched the approach of the oliphants in Ithilien, just behind is where Sam and Sméagol discussed the cooking of ‘coneys with taters’. The walk will take you along to the next plateau, from where Faramir gazed out across the lake and Ithilien. Better still, make this walk tomorrow on your return to Queenstown when you will have more time.
Continue on to Glenorchy, home of the most scenic jet-boat ride in the world (another New Zealand invention). You can take a thrilling ride up the Dart River tomorrow into the very heart of the Mt Aspiring National Park - there is an option to raft back down....amazing! There are plenty of Trilogy stops and stories along the way as you pass Isengard, Llothlórien and where Merry and Pippin were captured by Orcs near Amon Hen. Horse-trekking through the Forests of Lothlorian is also recommended.
Day 16 Glenorchy - Queenstown 45kms
After your morning thrill up the Dart River, head back to Queenstown – the centre it would seem of Middle-Earth and the Adventure Capital of the World! This beautiful resort was originally named as "fit for a Queen". The sheer breadth of tourist activities available here is impossible to list - in winter the resort fills up with skiers.
One of the most spectacular and affordable scenic flights in the world is the 2 ½ hour Trilogy Trail, with plenty of commentary and behind the scenes "anecdotes" along the way and comes highly recommended as a climax to your Middle-Earth tour. You would need many more days if you drove to most of these places. They will include Dimrell Dale and Celebrant high above the Remarkables; Fangorn Forest and the Silverlode/Anduin Rivers junction at Lake Mavora where the fellowship broke up; Lothlórien and the Misty Mountains on the way back via the Great River.
This evening ride the Skyline Gondolato take in the awesome views - best viewed at sunset when the Remarkables Range on the other side of Lake Wakatipu glow in golden light. In winter the view is even better with the mountains covered in snow!
Day 17 Queenstown
Today you have time to enjoy more of what Queenstown has to offer.
- Drive half way up the Remarkables Ski-field Road to the Remarkables Lookout for the best view of Queenstown. If you continue to the top (the road is quite narrow, rough and scary though) then you can walk from behind the ski-field car park further south along the ridge to Lake Alta where Aragorn led the fellowship down the steep slopes of Dimrell Dell.
- Just past the airport and the Kawarau River you can take the road on the right to Kelvin Heights and 5 kilometres later right again to Deer Park Heights. Scenes from all three films were filmed here, including where Gimli was thrown from his horse, where the Wargs and Riders of Rohan clashed and Aragorn was dragged over a cliff, where Legolas acrobatically jumped onto his horse and where the Rohirrim refugees fled around the lake on a pristine clear winter’s morning etc.
- Join a 4x4 tour of Rohan from Poolburn, an impressive 40 minute drive north of Alexander. This was where the remote Rohirrim Village was attacked by the Orcs and where Morwen sent her children off to Edoras by horseback.
- Stay an extra day if you can in Poolburn in an old gold miner’s hut, then cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail next day.
- Take the Trilogy Trail scenic flight with Glenorchy Air or join the Heliworks helicopter tour with landings in remote and beautiful locations.
- Take the plunge and try a bungee jump, or just have fun watching others do it.
- Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the old steamer TSS Earnslaw. Visit Walter Peak Station on the other side of the lake for an insight into high-country sheep farming.
- Learn to fly-fish in the trout infested lakes and rivers.
- Play golf on one of the most magically located courses in the world.
- Visit Skippers Canyon and the remote Macetown goldfields on a 4x4 tour.
- Visit a vineyard and try their wines, of course. Try the bistro at Amisfield Winery at Lake Haye’s, or Mount Edward on SH6 in the Gibbston Valley. The Gibbston Valley Winery in the Kawarau Gorge has excellent wines as well as food!
- Etc, etc, etc....
Day 18 Queenstown...domestic or international flight
If your flight back to Auckland or Australia is in the afternoon or this evening then you will have time to enjoy a few more of Queenstown’s many attractions. Additional days are recommended here, as the Milford Sound is New Zealand's jewel in the crown - the eighth wonder of the world and lies just over the mountain range!
If you are lucky enough to have longer in New Zealand, then I recommend the following :-
Day 17 Queenstown - Milford Sound
Day 18 Milford Sound - Te Anau
Day 19 Te Anau (Doubtful Sound day-trip)
Day 20 Te Anau to Curio Bay (Catlins National Park)
Day 21 Curio Bay to Dunedin
Day 22 Dunedin (Otago Peninsula)
Day 23 Dunedin to Christchurch
Day 24 Fly out
or head north to Christchurch via the rugged West Coast :-
Day 14 Twizel - Cromwell
Day 15 Cromwell - Glenorchy
Day 16 Glenorchy - Queenstown
Day 17 Queenstown
Day 18 Queenstown - Milford Sound
Day 19 Milford Sound - Te Anau
Day 20 Te Anau - Wanaka (via Cardrona and Crown Range Route)
Day 21 Wanaka - Fox Glacier or Franz Joseph (the glaciers)
Day 22 Fox Glacier - Greymouth
Day 23 Greymouth - Christchurch
Day 24 Fly out