There’s nothing quite like jumping into a car, picking a spot on the map and leaving fresh tyre tracks in the snow on the road to somewhere magical. Now, we don’t want to seem biased but there’s nowhere quite like New Zealand’s South Island for Christmas and you can bet your bottom dollar there are stunning free day trips from Queenstown that deserve your time. So, we’ve put together the definitive guide to Christmas day trips you can do in an affordable hire car from NZ Rental Car.
5. Bob’s Cove
You may as well rename this Santa’s Cove, because the gifts for your eyes are limitless. One of the most tranquil and beautiful places you’ll ever visit, time seems to stop at Bob’s Cove as you sit and look out over the rippleless water with astonishment as the day simply ticks on by.
Situated between the Richardson and Humboldt Mountain Ranges, Glenorchy is a feast of vast landscapes and up-close attractions, such as the famous Red Shed. In just a 45-minute drive from Queenstown, you’ll be transported to the gateway for hiking trails in this delightful rustic old town.
We couldn’t have a definitive travel list without rural locality Paradise. A sleepy town with an Instagrammable name offers a solid road trip option in the depths of winter. With a beautiful drive across rivers and country lanes, all you need is a Christmas jumper and Santa hat to make this a perfect paradise for the day.
It doesn’t get much more Christmassy than hopping over to Arrowtown in your NZ Rent A Car. Full of quirky little shops and restored cottages, you might feel like you’ve wandered straight into a fairytale when you arrive. After filling your pockets and filling your belly full of presents and pastries, try your luck by exploring the old gold mining sights along the Arrow river.
1. Milford Sound
Probably one of the most breathtaking sights on earth, and that’s just the drive! Rainforests, waterfalls and marinelife make up the southwest fiord. NZ Rent A Car vehicles don’t float, but head out on the Sound on your kayak or paddleboard and you’ll be sat above 1,000 feet of water. If you’re lucky you may see penguins, fur seals and dolphins.
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