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Adventure Tours

New Zealand - Southern Spectacular

From €3250pp
Depart From
Christchurch, New Zealand
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates throughout the year
Duration
10 Days
Destination
New Zealand
Price
From €3250pp
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See the best of New Zealand's southern island, including Christchurch, Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, Franz Josef Glacier, Te Anau and Dunedin.

The sights and sounds of the South take centre stage on this sojourn through the Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes of Punakaiki and on to the picture-perfect Tasman Sea.

Tuck into a taste of country life with the Taylors, board the TranzAlpine train and cruise the tranquil waters of the Milford Sound.

South Island shows you its dramatic best, with towering Mount Cook, the Franz Josef Glacier, the TranzAlpine train and a cruise on the Milford Sound all vying for top spot. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like…tearing yourself away from the unique Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Punakaiki, then drifting off to Tasman Sea breezes at an exclusive waterfront resort, with equally stunning National Park views behind you.

Day 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

Welcome to Christchurch! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You'll have free time to relax and unwind after your journey before you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s)-Welcome Reception

Hotel-Novotel

Day 2: CHRISTCHURCH- TWIZEL

Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden.

Hear their stories and sample delicious food prepared just for you. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

There's time for an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner with wine

Hotel-MacKenzie Country Inn

Day 3: TWIZEL - 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.

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

Hotel-Scenic Southern Cross

Day 4: DUNEDIN SIGHTSEEING - TE ANAU

Today your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle; ride the Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross; 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. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

Hotel-Distinction

Day 5: TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN (2 NIGHTS)

You'll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn 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.

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast

Hotel-Millennium

Day 6: QUEENSTOWN SIGHTSEEING

Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat; join a wine tour; play 9 holes of golf; ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon.

This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life.

Afterwards, return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal 

Day 7: QUEENSTOWN - 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 Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka.

Travel over the Haast Pass, 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.

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

Hotel-Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

Day 8: FRANZ JOSEF - PUNAKAIKI

There is time this morning to explore Franz Josef Glacier. Later, take a walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway.

Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist.

Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Spend the night at your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

Hotel-Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

Day 9: PUNAKAIKI - CHRISTCHURCH

There's time to relax before travelling 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 Christchurch.

Celebrate your trip this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

Hotel-Novotel

Day 10: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Meal(s)-Buffet Breakfast

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes the following: 

  • 9 nights accommodation, including highlights such as:
    • Environmentally friendly Punakaiki Resort Situated on idyllic Punakaiki Beach
    • Home stay with Angie and Stan Taylor in their 600-acre garden at Morelea Farm in the Canterbury region
  • Sightseeing highlights:
    • Cruise on Milford Sound
    • City tour in Dunedin
    • See spectacular sights in Fiordland National Park en route to Milford Sound
    • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
    • Visit Franz Josef Glacier, historic Arrowtown, and the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki
  • Travel Highlights:
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
    • Optional Experiences and free time
    • Porterage, local tips and charges
    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
    • All hotel charges and local taxes
    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
    • VIP entry to many sights
  • Dining:
    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
    • 7 dinners
    • 1 Be My Guest lunch

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights- we'll find the best fares for your chosen departure date
  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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