11 Day Southern Discovery
Starts in: Christchurch Ends in: Wellington
Experience the spectacular South Island national parks of Mt Cook, Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Westland, Paparoa and Abel Tasman on this comprehensive 11 day tour of the South Island
Enjoy a 3 night stay in the popular alpine resort of Queenstown, New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and cruise the pristine fiord of Doubtful Sound with its breathtaking beauty. Wander around the picturesque and historic gold mining village of Arrowtown & travel the wild & rugged west coast, home to glaciers, lakes, raging rivers and the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole. Enjoy a scenic cruise of the Abel Tasman Park then travel across Cook Strait to the nation’s capital, Wellington.
- Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
- World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
- Fiordland National Park
- Spectacular Southern Lakes District
- West Coast Glaciers
- Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowhole
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Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains into the MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial at Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.
Travel through the McKenzie Country before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell. Continue on to Arrowtown, set beneath the rugged Crown Range. This historic village locayed beside the Arrow River was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.
Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all its various forms and your Coach Captain will happily recommend and assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Alternatively, you may prefer to browse in the many shops and galleries. Tonight is fee for you to enjoy one of the many restaurants and bistros on offer in town.
After an early breakfast, skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. At Manapouri, enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. Travel over the Wilmot Pass and pause to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Board ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Return to Queenstown late evening and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.
Stop at Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.
At Hokitika, we stop to visit to a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks & Blowhole before checking into our eco resort located in the Paparoa National Park and only a stone’s throw from the beach.1111
Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. This afternoon, visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum.
Today, you can choose from a number of included cruise and walk or cruise only options in the famous Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. These can be pre-booked or your Coach Captain will give you details of the various choices available and will be happy to recommend the best tour that suits your own individual needs.
At the picturesque village of Picton, we board the Interislander and cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour.
Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington airport to connect with your onward flight.