Explore the spectacular South Island on a 10 day guided expedition. Be amazed by Arthur’s Pass, Punakaiki, Mt Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound, Queenstown plus more.
UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES
Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch
On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for a welcome reception.
Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch.
Day 2: Christchurch to Twizel
‘You’re invited’ to discover an authentic taste of New Zealand country life at a barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a working sheep farm. You’ll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.
Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Twizel to Dunedin
Start your day with a drive along the Waitaki River. View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city. You have free time this afternoon to explore at your own pace.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. (B,D)
Day 4: Dunedin to Te Anau
Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, ride the Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross. Perhaps visit Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel across rich fertile sheep-filled farming land to Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake.
Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. (B,D)
Day 5: Te Anau to Queenstown
You’ll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil’s Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown. An orientation tour of New Zealand’s adventure capital finishes this highlight day.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. (B)
Day 6: Queenstown
Today choose one from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play a round of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queenstown on a Segway. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet barbecue ‘highlight dinner’ at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. (B,HD)
Day 7: Queenstown to Franz Josef
Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at an orchard in Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Later, see a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka then travel over the Haast Pass and view amazing Thunder Creek Falls and take a small rainforest walk. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef. (BC,D)
Day 8: Franz Josef to Punakaiki
There is time this morning to explore Franz Josef Glacier. You can see it from the air on an optional flight (weather permitting) or take a glacier hike! Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.
Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. (B,D)
Day 9: Punakaiki to Christchurch
Enjoy some free time before travelling via Greymouth to Arthur’s Pass where you’ll board the TranzAlpine train, one of the top six train journeys in the world, to travel through the Southern Alps to your accommodation in Christchurch. Join your Tour Director and new-found friends this evening for a farewell dinner
Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. (B,FD)
Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch
Your Holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)
First class touring with like minded travellers. Our experienced guides will make sure you don't miss a thing.
Your escorted tour includes: