Introduction

The highlight of your South Island tour will undoubtedly be the overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound aboard the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ , designed along the lines of a traditional scow. The beauty of this untouched wilderness will take your breath away and you can choose to explore the stunning shoreline by kayak or tender boat should you wish.

Combine this with the world famous Tranz Alpine train through the Southern Alps, the rugged glacial scenery of the wild west coast, the hidden gems of Dunedin, the towering peaks of the Mt Cook National Park and a holiday experience unlike any other awaits you. Enjoy High Tea in the Grand Ballroom at Larnach Castle, gaze in awe at the stars of the southern skies and wander around the historic and picturesque gold mining village of Arrowtown.

Please Note: Prices correct as at 1 December 2018. “Super Early Bird Deals” is valid for all new bookings for all coach departures for travel from 01 September 2019 onwards. A deposit of $200 per person is due within 10 days of booking confirmation. Book and pay in full by 31 March 2019 to be eligible for the offer.

Highlights
  • West Coast Glaciers
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes District
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park

What's included

  • Tour Group Size

    Maximum 24 travellers

  • Accommodation

    8 nights luxury and boutique accommodation

  • Dining

    Full breakfasts daily (B), 1 lunch (L), and 6 dinners (D)

Travel
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Accompanied throughout by professional, experienced Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
Featured Experiences
  • Welcome dinner with drinks
  • Famous TranzAlpine Train
  • Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Stargazing tour, Mt Cook
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Entry to Franz Josef thermal pools
  • Guided tour of Lanarch Castle
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Itinerary

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  • Duration:  10 days & 9 nights
  • Area:  South Island
  • Meals:  Full breakfasts daily, 1 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Starts in:  Christchurch
  • Ends in:  Christchurch

Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome dinner and cocktails with fellow travellers.

  • stay at Rydges Latimer Christchurch

A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to west coast glacial village of Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

  • stay at Te Waionui Forest Retreat
Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Franz Josef Glacier Snow Landing$245 pp
Fox and Franz Josef Twin Glaciers with Snow Landing$315 pp
Aoraki Mount Cook Spectacular with Snow Landing$460 pp

* Prices shown are in NZD and were correct at time of submission (JUL 18) but are subject to change without notice. To be paid directly to supplier whilst touring New Zealand. If you wish to pre-book any tours please contact your local travel agent.

Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages.

Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat , perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries

Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu Basin$195 pp
Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy$195 pp
Skippers Canyon 4WD$195 pp
Wine & Gourmet Odyssey (Queenstown)$199 pp
Shotover Jet Boat$149 pp
Skyline Gondola & Luge$49 pp
Kawarau Jet Boat Ride$129 pp
Dart River Wilderness Safari$239 pp
TSS Earnslaw Cruise Only$65 pp
TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm with BBQ Lunch$105 pp
The Remarkables Helicopter flight with Snow Landing$245 pp
The Grand Circle Helicopter flight with Snow Landing$315 pp
TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Evening Dining$130 pp
Skyline Gondola and Dinner$85 pp

* Prices shown are in NZD and were correct at time of submission (JUL 18) but are subject to change without notice. To be paid directly to supplier whilst touring New Zealand. If you wish to pre-book any tours please contact your local travel agent.

Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, your crew and the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board.

  • stay at Fiordland Navigator

Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

  • stay at Distinction Dunedin Hotel (2 nights)

This morning enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Furseals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities.

  • stay at Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Speight’s Brewery Tour$29 pp

* Prices shown are in NZD and were correct at time of submission (JUL 18) but are subject to change without notice. To be paid directly to supplier whilst touring New Zealand. If you wish to pre-book any tours please contact your local travel agent.

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you bid farewell to your newfound friends.

  • stay at Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Alpine Vista with Snow Landing$245 pp
Alpine Explorer with Snow Landing$375 pp

* Prices shown are in NZD and were correct at time of submission (JUL 18) but are subject to change without notice. To be paid directly to supplier whilst touring New Zealand. If you wish to pre-book any tours please contact your local travel agent.

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. If you choose to stay in Christchurch a little longer, we’ve created a list of optional sightseeing activities to supercharge your holiday – check it out below.

Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Punting on the Avon$28 pp
Discover Akaroa Day Tour with Cruise and Lunch$205 pp
Lord of the Rings High Country Tour including Picnic Lunch$279 pp
Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Trip$329 pp
Waipara Wine Trail$100 pp

* Prices shown are in NZD and were correct at time of submission (JUL 18) but are subject to change without notice. To be paid directly to supplier whilst touring New Zealand. If you wish to pre-book any tours please contact your local travel agent.

 

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