Southern New Zealand Spectacular Escorted Tour [ZCQR]
10 Days: Southern New Zealand Spectacular Escorted Tour [ZCQR]
Starting at
$3,595

Available Tour Dates

2018

Dec 9, 30*

2019

Jan 20, 27
Feb 3, 10
Mar 10, 24, 31
Apr 7*, 14*, 21*, 28
May 5*
Jun 9
Jul 7*
Aug 4*, 18*
Sep 1*, 8*, 15, 22*, 29*
Oct 6*, 13, 20*, 27*
Nov 3, 10*, 17, 24*
Dec 1*, 8*, 15, 22*, 29

2020

Jan 5, 12*, 19*, 26
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar 1*, 8, 15, 22, 29

*Seasonality supplements apply

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • Luxury coach travel
  • 3 – 4 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • Welcome Reception

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Christchurch – Novotel Christchurch (1 Night), Twizel – MacKenzie Country Hotel (1), Dunedin – Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (1), Te Anau – Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (1), Christchurch – Ibis Hotel Christchurch (1), Omarama – Heritage Gateway Hotel (1), Dunedin – Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (1), Te Anau – Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (1), Queenstown – Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2), Franz Josef – Scenic Hotel Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (1), Punakaiki – Punakaiki Resort (1), Christchurch – Novotel Christchurch (1)
  • Meals – 7 Full breakfasts, 2 Breakfasts of choice, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ lunch, 5 Dinners with wine, 1 Highlight dinner, 1 Farewell dinner
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Morelea Farm; Dunedin: choice of Larnach Castle tour, Historic Taieri Gorge Railway ride, Monarch Wildlife Cruise or Speight’s Brewery Tour; Milford Sound Cruise; Queenstown: Orientation, Cruise on Lake Wakatipu, choice of Shotover Jet Boat ride, Gondola or Skyline Restaurant; Historic Arrowtown visit; Hokitika Greenstone Factory tour; Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes; Scenic Journey on TranzAlpine
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Christchurch’s energy is evident wherever you go. The city has bounced back after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and is now thriving once again. Contemporary art galleries, boutiques and open-air markets add to the city’s creative vibe. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch – Twizel

Visit Morelea, the home of Angie and Stan Taylor, for a Be My Guest barbecue lunch and hear about a lifetime spent farming in New Zealand. This afternoon see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and view the famed Church of the Good Shepherd with its alter window framing stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Continue to Twizel, a base for mountain climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, horse trekking and hiking.

Hotel MacKenzie Country Hotel

Breakfast, Be My Guest & Dinner with wine included

Day 3: Twizel – Dunedin

This morning after breakfast, visit the spectacular Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, a series of interconnected lakes and canals used to generate electricity on the Waitaki River, New Zealand’s longest. See the monumental spillway of the Benmore Dam before exploring the historic town of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and white limestone buildings. Then you’ll make your way to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin, home to many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Designated by UNESCO as a City of Literature, Dunedin is a magnificent example of a small city that lives, breathes and connects through its people, its culture and its intense love of literature. It is well known as a university town of excellence in research and learning, and a city where writers, books and literature thrive. With the rest of your afternoon at leisure, relax and unwind or join an optional experience to see more of the region. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour imposing Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway, take a wildlife cruise or experience an interactive tour of famous Speight’s Brewery.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

Today, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to the spectacular Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau, nestled in the southwestern corner of the South Island. Lake Te Anau covers an area of 344 km², making it the second largest lake in New Zealand and the largest in the South Island. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown

Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through native rainforests and lush meadows to Mirror Lakes and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, and marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley. Your unforgettable Milford Sound cruise takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. After disembarking, travel on to beautiful Queenstown.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 6: Queenstown

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. If you’re feeling energetic you have the option to ride the exhilarating Shotover Jet boat or take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for thrilling luge rides. For the more laid-back, a 4WD minibus tour will take you through spectacular Skippers Canyon, or you might like to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, where a zoologist will introduce you to some amazing animals. After an action-packed day, settle into a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and an entertaining farm show.

Breakfast of choice & Highlight dinner included

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Your destination today is the wild west coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the faithfully-restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are still preserved, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the most famous of which is pristine Lake Wanaka. Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Breakfast of choice & Dinner with wine included

Day 8: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Explore the glacier this morning, then spend some time amongst temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name) is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. It was used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments, and also denoted great status. Continue to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Hotel Punakaiki Resort

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 9: Punakaiki – Christchurch

Board the iconic TranzAlpine train in the village of Arthur’s Pass this morning and embark on one of the world’s great train journeys, passing through magnificent landscapes ranging from the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, towering beech forests and lush river valleys. Back in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Breakfast & Farewell dinner included

Day 10: Farewell Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast included

All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the land content price. We will include the price of all flights in your custom quote.

Single supplements apply. Triple share is available.