7 Day MacKenzie Country & Mt Cook ExplorerWith the beautiful backdrops of Lakes Ohau, Tekapo & Pukaki you'll enjoy the Alps2Ocean cycle trail as well as optional hiking trails at Mt Cook National Park.
7 Day MacKenzie Country & Mt Cook Explorer
Take in some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer as you travel just a few hours from Christchurch to Tekapo, the MacKenzine Country and Mt Cook.
|Tour Type:||Self Drive Tours|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
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- 7 day car hire
- 6 nights accommodation
- Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
- Alps2Ocean cycle trail - day tour
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH
Welcome to Christchurch.
Collect your rental car at the airport on arrival. After checking in to your accommodation, depending on your flight, there may be time for you to explore the “Garden City”. Perhaps take a relaxing tram ride through the city and enjoy the interesting commentary of past and present, wander through the beautiful Botanical Gardens and alongside the Avon River or cycle through Hagley Park.
DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / TWIZEL
Travel through rolling green farmland and several quaint rural towns including charming Geraldine with its chocolate shop and renowned Barker’s jam store. Continue to the stunning turquoise blue glacial lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki before reaching today’s destination the alpine village of Twizel.
DAY 3: ALPS 2 OCEAN CYCLE TRAIL
Today starts with a transfer from Twizel to Lake Ohau where you begin your cycle ride.
Following the lake edge with views of the Ben Ohau mountain range and Lake Ohau itself. The smooth flowing track around Lake Ohau is flat and easy and enjoyable for all abilities and considered one of the top three lakeside trails of the Alps to Ocean. Maybe take some morning tea or lunch and stop along the lakeside at the halfway point. After crossing the Ohau Weir you will follow the Twizel canal and the quiet rural back-roads heading into Twizel township, includes your bike hire and helmet.
DAY 4: TWIZEL / MT COOK
A short but stunning drive along the shores of glacial Lake Pukaki up the Tasman Valley to Mt Cook Village. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense with sky-scraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky.
Stay: Mt Cook
DAY 5: MT COOK AT LEISURE
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is home to breathtaking landscapes and the kiwi spirit of adventure.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for hiking – from 10 minutes to several hours. The Hooker Valley Track is 4 hours return, leading up the Hooker Valley towards Aoraki/Mount Cook, ending at the glacier lake with amazing views of the Hooker Glacier and Southern Alps. Or get close to the magnificent Tasman Glacier by a cruise on the rapidly growing terminal Tasman Lake.
Stay: Mt Cook
DAY 6: MT COOK / TEKAPO
Skirt turquoise blue Lake Pukaki and traverse the tussock plains to Tekapo, crossing the Tekapo hydro canal en route.
Tekapo’s majestic combination of imposing mountains, stunning blue lake and wide tussock plains make for impressive photos. Optional activities include star gazing at the Mt John Observatory, lakeside hot pools and spa complex, local hikes and scenic lakeside walks.
DAY 7: TEKAPO / CHRISTCHURCH
Drive north, leaving the rolling countryside behind as you traverse the green farmland of the Canterbury Plains.
Pass through the rural servicing town of Ashburton and the small township of Rakaia which sits beside the large braided Rakaia river home to the best Salmon Fishery in New Zealand. Arrive in Christchurch, if time allows, you have the opportunity for any last minute sightseeing before returning your rental car at the airport before your departing flight.
Prices valid from 1st October 2020
|Standard||$1,376 NZD||$2,752 NZD||$1,093 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Superior||$1,834 NZD||$3,401 NZD||$1,625 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Premium||$2,711 NZD||$5,241 NZD||$2,122 NZD||Enquire / Book|
Tour Type: Self Drive TourA Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
Frequently Asked Questions – Self Drive Tours
What is a Self Drive tour?
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand. Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle, between 21 – 25 years a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions.
What is driving in New Zealand like?
We drive on the right in New Zealand, all rental vehicles are set up for right hand drive. Within the cities, roads are busy, there are motorways and highways. Once out of town most of our roads two lanes, there are some divided carriage ways, however most driving will be on 2 lane paved/sealed roads. It will take you a lot longer than you think looking at the map to get from point A to point B.
What dates do your tours depart?
Our self drive tours depart daily, driving times do vary each day so please consider this when booking departure flights.
What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include accommodation and rental car. Some tours include activities listed in the itineraries. Car hire is quoted including basic insurance, with the option to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers will be sent to your arrival accommodation, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure. Your personal travel consultant will contact you on arrival, allowing ease of communication whilst you are traveling.
What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, fuel, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.
How many people can I include in a self-drive tour?
Our largest hire vehicle is 9 passengers and a driver. You can travel in a group, with a number of vehicles but each vehicle must have a licenced driver.
I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.
Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium tour rates include breakfast. There are exceptions where some activities will include lunch or dinner. We are more than happy to make recommendations, please advise if there are any dietary requirements so we can recommend accordingly. .
Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.
How will I navigate my way around New Zealand?
You will be supplied with a map in your travel wallet. If you require a GPS, this can be arranged with your car hire, if you are wishing to use your own navigational device, SIM cards can be purchased at the airport. Our comprehensive itinerary will guide you, especially with our personal touches just for you. We are only a phone call away. Most pre booked optional activities will have an informative guide giving you an insight into the activity you have chosen.
Can I add in additional days to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible – we will gladly work with you to make our tours suit your requirements. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra day rates.
What is the difference between the three tour types Quality, Superior and Premium Tours?
Standard: Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.
Premium: 5 star hotel accommodation, including breakfast. Your rental car is an SUV.
Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.
What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we will be delighted to plan a customised tour to suit your requirements, using our 30 years of experience. Our local knowledge will come up with many pleasant surprises for you.
How much luggage can I take on my tour?
You can bring as much luggage as you require, we recommend 1 piece of luggage (max 25kg each), for ease of travel. We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.
How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 45 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made 45 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.
What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.
Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.
Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday. It is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights.
Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated, but not a requirement. It is certainly not expected, nobody will be offended should you wish to.
Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.
What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.