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Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city and the South Island's capital.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch is our "Garden City", blessed with beautiful parks and gardens right in the heart of town. English heritage buildings sit side by side with innovative post-earthquake regeneration in this vibrant place.

Accommodation: Christchurch Hotel - 1 Night

Some Suggested Activities Options for Christchurch

Easygoing Cycling Tour   Punting the Avon River   Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike
Accommodation:
Novotel offers a modern and unique venue, full of charm and sophistication — with all the facilities would you expect from a 4.5 star hotel, including the Square Restaurant and Bar, free internet iMac station and a fitness centre.The modern tower, offers 154 contemporary guest rooms each a peaceful space designed for natural living with a comfortable bed, a work desk and high speed wireless internet.
Novotell Christchurch

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Hit The Road In Your Motorhome: Christchurch to Mt Cook

Pick up your comfortable Motorhome today and leave the city behind: the mountains are beckoning.

After driving through the Canterbury Plains, you'll reach the majestic and peaceful setting of Lake Tekapo amid the high-country splendour of the Mackenzie Basin.

Nestled in Mt Cook National Park, Tekapo boasts amazing views of the Southern Alps - including Aoraki / Mount Cook, our tallest peak. Visit the little church sitting at the edge of Lake Tekapo - couples arrive from all over the world to take their wedding photos here, with the turquoise lake and snowy mountains in the background.

Tekapo lies in a Dark Sky Reserve, offering unrivaled opportunities for stargazing. No hotel could offer you such easy access to the stars: simply open the door of your campervan and the heavens are at your doorstep.

Motorhome Park: Mt Cook National Park - 2 Nights

Approximate Distance: 334 km | 207 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hours 25 Minutes

Nestled amongst native bush with panoramic views of Aoraki Mount Cook you will find 60 Powered Campervan Sites. Choose your own, we have plenty of space! We also have spacious tent sites nestled amongst native bush. Enjoy access to all our facilities including hot showers, Wifi, BBQ Pavilion and Shared Kitchen, Dining and Lounge.
Campervan Parking Mt Cook National Park

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Mt Cook National Park: Half Day Hooker Valley Walk

After a short journey through the Southern Alps, you will arrive in Mt Cook Village at the heart of Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park. Named for our country's highest mountain, Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park is exquisitely beautiful. The Maori name for Mt Cook is Aoraki, meaning ‘Cloud Piercer’: at 3,755m tall (12,016ft) this lofty peak deserves its name!

Hooker Valley Guided Hike: 3.5 Hours Walking (7km return trip)

An ice-capped world of giant glaciers awaits as you embark on one of New Zealand's finest short walks: the Hooker Valley Track.
This stunning 7 km (4.4 miles) trek leads you to the terminal lake of the Hooker Glacier. The trail winds through the Hooker Valley in the shadow of Aoraki /Mount Cook, crossing the mighty Hooker River on old-fashioned swing bridges. Reaching the lake, you are rewarded by unsurpassed vistas of Aoraki / Mount Cook's south face and the surrounding glaciers.

Your knowledgeable guide brings the unique history, flora, and fauna to life as you wander.


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Mt Cook to Queenstown: New Zealand's Adventure Playground

Make the most of this morning to enjoy the beauty of Mount Cook National Park at your leisure.

Take your time heading south this afternoon: you won't want to miss the spectacular scenery as it transforms from rugged ranges and mirror lakes to the winding Kawarau River Gorge. You will finally emerge into the lush green farmland surrounding Queenstown, your destination for tonight.

After this breathtaking drive, you will arrive in the lakeside city of Queenstown, where you will relax for the next two nights.

Motorhome Park: Queenstown - 2 Nights

Approximate Distance: 241 km | 150 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 

Covering several green acres in a quiet corner of Queenstown, the Alpine Resort is just a five minute stroll to Queenstown town Centre. As well as attractively landscaped lawn and drive-on sites, they offer a wide variety of accommodation to suit your needs and budget- from lodge rooms through to fully self-contained motel units.

Top 10 Holiday Park

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Queenstown at Leisure

A full day for you to enjoy Queenstown and its surrounds.

Adrenalin junkies, we can arrange virtually any activity you can think of from a bungy jump into Kawarau Gorge, a swing across Shotover Canyon, or a skydive into Paradise.

For a more peaceful day, there are beautiful drives in the local area. Head to historic Arrowtown for quaint streetscapes and leafy views. Or drive to Glenorchy for a horseback ride through Lord of The Rings country. You could explore local wineries, cheese-eries and orchards by car or by bike.

Like the landscape the options are endless: chat to our travel specialists for more great suggestions for your perfect Queenstown day.

Recommended Queenstown excursions:

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise   Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail


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Queenstown to Te Anau - Gateway to Fiordland

Today head for the lakeside tranquility of Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Te Anau is an area of breathtaking natural beauty, and several key Lord of The Rings movie scenes were filmed amid the unspoiled forests and lakes of this region.

Relax and immerse yourselves in the gorgeous surroundings: flight-seeing, fly fishing, kayaking, sailing and horse riding are all on offer and are great ways to get up close to nature.

Soak up the serenity of these gorgeous surroundings, and if you're wondering where the fiords are, you will love what tomorrow has in store!

Motorhome Park: Te Anau - 2 Nights

Approximate Distance: 173 km | 107 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 8 minutes

The spacious lakeside Holiday Park & Motels enjoy incredible views across picturesque Lake Te Anau and into the Fiordland’s mountains – immerse yourself in the vast wilderness as it meets Te Anau. With only a short stroll to the town center. This quiet established park has amazing lake and mountain views, children’s play area, BBQs, picnic tables, Sky TV lounge, Free wireless internet in common areas, laundries, sauna/spa bath, communal bathrooms, and kitchens.
Te Anau Holiday Park

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Doubtful Sound: Isolated Beauty

Transfer to Manapouri this morning for a very special cruise in one of New Zealand's most remote and beautiful wilderness areas: Doubtful Sound.

Cruise the Majestic Doubtful Sound

Larger and deeper than better-known Milford Sound, Doubtful is by far the quieter of the two. A visit to its isolated splendour is a peaceful, almost religious experience. Being so remote, getting here is half of the fun!

After a leisurely cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri you'll travel by road over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove, where you will board your trusty cruise vessel, The Patea Explorer. You'll find spacious deck areas perfect for viewing the cascading waterfalls, abundant wildlife, rainforest and mountains of Doubtful Sound.

An onboard nature guide will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter. Dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin are among the many non-human visitors to this impossibly vast, secluded wilderness paradise.

Let the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfold before you and take your breath away.


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Te Anau to Wanaka

On the shores of New Zealand's second largest lake, the town of Wanaka is often described as Queenstown's quieter little sister: the lake and mountain views are equally incredible, and many visitors count it as a favourite location on their New Zealand tour.

This lovely little township is easily explored on foot, with fine food & wine and boutique stores aplenty. A stroll or bike ride around the peaceful shores of Lake Wanaka is a must.

Spectacular hikes, skiing, water sports, and boating options will delight outdoor-lovers. The dramatic mountain backdrop is perfect for a for a skydive or even a flight in a vintage Tiger Moth plane.

Charming in all seasons, we're pretty sure you'll fall in love with Wanaka.

Motorhome Park: Wanaka - 1 Nights

Approximate Distance: 226 km | 162 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 57 minutes

Accommodation:
Mt. Aspiring Holiday Park is peacefully nestled in the hills just outside of Lake Wanaka township. Settle in for a relaxing holiday or stopover with beautiful views, plenty of space and fresh mountain air. Lake Wanaka offers a variety of outdoor activities in the hot and dry Otago summers as well as superb skiing in winter. The jewel at the heart of the region is Mount Aspiring National Park. They are located 3km from Wanaka town centre, on the road to Treble Cone and the Matukituki Valley - the closest Holiday Park to Roy's Peak.
Mt Aspiring Holiday Park

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Glacier Country: Wanaka to Franz Josef

Be transported to the South Island's wild West Coast today on one of New Zealand's most breathtaking scenic drives.

The scenery is impressive all the way, and once over the Haast Pass it changes dramatically. There's beauty around every bend, with woodland walks and dramatic waterfalls along the way — perfect for picnic stops.

After the ancient forests and mountain passes give way to coastal vistas, you'll soon be approaching glacier country.

Franz Josef

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. It tumbles down from the Southern Alps almost to the sea, its ancient icy faces contrasting spectacularly with the surrounding rainforests. Take the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world.

Motorhome Park: Franz Josef - 2 Nights

Approximate Distance: 135 km | 84 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 43 mins

 

Nestled below the breathtaking panorama of towering mountains, magnificent glaciers, and lush forests, Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park offers a beautifully landscaped environment and plenty of space to stay.
Franz Josef Motorhome Park

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Franz Josef: Heli-Hiking on a Glacier

This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice. The Franz Josef Heli Hike starts with a thrilling flight, high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier, ready to undertake a three hour guided glacier hike.

Franz Josef Guided Glacier Hike

Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Your guide will choose your route carefully as you go and, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations. You'll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice. As you trek the icy terrain your guide will reveal the dramatic environmental changes that have recently occurred here: the glacier is receding, so today you have a wonderful opportunity to experience it before it's too late

Time Walk: 3 Hours

Fitness Required: If you are moderately fit, you will enjoy this excursion. 


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Franz Josef To Punakaiki: The Wild West Coast

The windswept West Coast of the South Island is rugged, remote and full of fascinating places to check out during your journey to Punakaiki.

Keep your camera close by as you pass rainforest-covered mountains and craggy coastlines, gold-rush towns and luscious lakes.

Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks

Arriving in Punakaiki, you'll marvel at the Pancake Rocks. The bizarre, flattened rock stacks were sculpted over 30 million years, beaten into shape by the relentless ocean waves. You're in the heart of Paparoa National Park, a mystical land of limestone canyons, underground caves, and coastal rainforests bursting with wildlife.

Motorhome Park: Punakaiki  - 1 Night

Approximate Distance: 287 km | 178 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 30 mins

Accommodation:
Between the beach, river and National Park the Punakaiki Beach Camp is truly a paradise holiday destination. Whether staying in a cabin or powered/ non-powered site you can be sure to hear the ocean crashing and the birds singing. The camp is beside the beach with tracks going into the National park. The camp is located 700m south of the Pancake Rocks under magnificent limestone cliffs. They have a full kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities available. Hot showers included.
Beach Camp

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Motueka: Gateway to Abel Tasman National Park

Heading North, today you'll swap the windswept West Coast for the relative calm of New Zealand's sunniest town: Nelson. Soak up magnificent ocean and rainforest views in your Motorhome's vast windscreen before the route takes you inland, with dramatic mountain passes and rushing rivers giving way to fertile farmland.

Nelson

Happily situated on the Northern Coast of the South Island, Nelson is a creative city known for its many galleries and artisan stores. The jeweler who created the One Ring for the Lord of the Rings movies is based here, and you can even buy your own identical replica.

At the edge of town, you can climb Botanical Hill to find a lookout right at the geographical centre of New Zealand. Recover your energy with one of Nelson's outstanding craft beers at a local brewery.

Motueka

Within an hour's drive of Nelson, you'll find yourselves in Motueka, a stone's throw from the golden bays and native forests of our beloved Abel Tasman National Park.
 

Motorhome Park: Moteuka - 2 Nights

Approximate Distance: 264 km | 188 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 33 mins

Motueka is the closest service town to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park - your local tropical paradise. The Motueka Holiday Park is only 300m to the centre of Motueka for shops, banks, supermarkets, cafés, and restaurants. Sit back and relax in our peaceful park-like grounds, amongst mature trees & native birdlife. We offer a range of quality spacious sites for campervans, caravans & tents.
Mot Holiday Park

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Abel Tasman National Park

A Day in Abel Tasman

Whether you're craving adventure or looking to unwind, Abel Tasman has a wealth of options.

The famous Abel Tasman Coast Track undulates through lush forests, rocky headlands and golden bays. The park is a beautiful setting for that once-in-a-lifetime skydive. Or you can jump, slide, abseil, float and zipline your way downstream on an unforgettable canyoning adventure. Kayaking or sailing trips are another great way to explore the bays, and you may even find a few seals joining you along the way!

Another great option is to do nothing at all - curl up on a secluded beach, surrounded by beauty and birdsong, and leave the outside world behind.


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Motueka to Blenheim: Marlborough Vineyard Cycling Tour

Today explore the Marlborough region by bike with the company of a local wine aficionado, he or she will ensure you have an unforgettable experience sampling some of the best local wines and cuisine. Enjoy the tastes and soak up the atmosphere. Over 40 wineries can be explored by bike along quiet back roads. This is such a great way to experience Marlborough’s wonderful scenery, cycling along quiet country roads, stopping to rest on the odd riverbank and through vineyards.

Maximise your time and your tastings by letting our experienced guide do the planning for you. We will visit three wineries and sample their selection of cool climate wines. The route is easily modified to suit your preferences and abilities.

Motorhome Park: Blenheim - 1 Night

Approximate Distance: 157 km | 112 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 7 mins

Distance / Fitness: This easy 10km (6 mi) loop is easy with an average level of fitness and will be matched to your interests in wine tasting, gourmet food, crafts or just cycling on these quiet country roads soaking up the scenery.

The Blenheim TOP 10 Holiday Park’s is set alongside the gently flowing Opawa River. A convenience store and a tavern are at our gate, a petrol station is 300 meters away and a supermarket is a five-minute drive. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. Other amenities include a TV lounge, an outdoor pool and a summer house with a barbecue. There's a spa and a kids' playground,
Blenheim TOP 10 Holiday Park

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Blenheim to Kaikoura - Whale Watching

Today you'll journey through North Canterbury's beautiful rural scenery to the town of Kaikoura, a marine wonderland where towering mountains meet the sea.

Kaikoura's most famous residents are the many whales and dolphins who feast on the abundant seafood in its waters. Sperm whales visit year-round, while the mighty humpback is a regular visitor in June and July.

Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour 

This afternoon brings you closer to these magnificent creatures on a whale watching cruise. Enjoy spotting them as they breach the surface, spouting seawater from their blowholes before diving in search of tasty squid.

End your unforgettable day with freshly caught crayfish at one of Kaikoura's cozy eateries, enjoying one of the glorious sunsets this region is famous for.

Motorhome Park: Kaikoura - 1 Night

Approximate Distance:  184 km | 131 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 30 mins
 

Relax at the award-winning Top 10 Holiday Park with mountain vistas. They are only 300 metres (984 feet) from the town centre, Whale Watch Kaikoura, local attractions, shops, restaurants, and cafes. Modern facilities include a playground with jumping pillow, free private spa, seasonal heated pool, games room & TV lounge, movie room, covered BBQ area, conference facilities, and wireless internet.
Kaikoura Motorhome Park

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Christchurch - 'The Garden City'

Your final destination, Christchurch, is New Zealand’s second-largest city and the South Island's capital.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch is our "Garden City", blessed with beautiful parks and gardens right in the heart of town. English heritage buildings sit side by side with innovative post-earthquake regeneration in this vibrant place.

After returning your motorhome and transferring to your hotel, why not relax with punting trip down the Avon River? Gliding gently along in a flat-bottomed boat, you will take in Christchurch's 'must-see' historic attractions and botanic gardens away from the hustle and bustle of the streets.

Make the most of your last night in New Zealand by exploring Christchurch's foodie scene. With everything from relaxed cafes to fine dining on offer, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect spot to mull over your memories of the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Approximate Distance: 185 km | 132 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 29 mins

Accommodation: Christchurch Hotel - 1 night

Ideally located just a five minute walk from Christchurch Airport, this hotel is the perfect stepping stone to the stunning South Island. Having recently completed an extensive 25 million dollar extension and refurbishment programme, the hotel now boasts a brand new lobby, executive accommodation tower, upgraded restaurant and bar and With high-speed internet it’s the ideal place to rest and rejuvenate before travelling further afield. Comfort, quality service and convenience are all trusted hallmarks of the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport.
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

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Bon voyage

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

We know you will enjoy touring New Zealand in a Motorhome and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

So what are you waiting for? Contact First Light Travel and book your Motorhome Holiday in New Zealand - We Guarantee you it will be the Experience of a Lifetime!


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What Amelia says about this tour: "Motorhome touring is the ideal way to experience the South Island's endless diversity. You'll miraculously become a morning person when you discover the impossibly beautiful sunrises outside your campervan windows every day! Winding your way around the West, North and East Coasts of the South Island (and crossing the Southern Alps in the middle), there are so many sights and sounds waiting for you and each day is wildly different. You'll love it"
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