Introduction

Discover extraordinary treasures and dramatic extremes on this comprehensive and relaxing small group tour that reveals the hidden gems of New Zealand’s South Island.

From Wellington, “the coolest little capital in the world” (as voted by Lonely Planet), travel by Interislander ferry to the picturesque fishing village of Picton before driving through the lush vineyards in the Marlborough region followed by a day cruise of the Marlborough Sounds. Visit a NZ Fur Seal colony in the small coastal town of Kaikoura before making your way south to Christchurch. The next highlight is the world-heritage listed Mt Cook National Park. Get up close to icebergs on your Tasman Glacier boat expedition and take the opportunity to take a flight over the alps by ski-plane or helicopter. Awesome Milford Sound awaits you next! Then enjoy dramatic scenery as you travel to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef, before returning to the garden city of Christchurch aboard the award-winning TranzAlpine train, rated as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world.

Please Note: The itinerary for the tour departing on February 8 2020 will differ. Instead of going to Blenheim on Days 2 & 3, we will go to Abel Tasman National Park and stay at Awaroa Lodge.
Prices correct as at 1 December 2018. “Early Bird Offers” 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 30 June 2019 to be eligible for the offer.

Highlights
  • 2 night stopovers in Blenheim, Mt Cook National Park & Te Anau
  • 2 night stay in majestic Queenstown
  • Queen Charlotte Sound 

  • Spectacular Kaikoura 

  • World heritage Mt Cook National Park 

  • Beautiful Southern Lakes region 

  • Fiordland National Park 

  • Twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef

What's included

  • Tour Group Size

    Maximum 24 travellers

  • Accommodation

    12 nights luxury and boutique accommodation

  • Dining

    Full breakfasts daily (B), 2 lunches (L) & 7 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
  • Scenic Interislander Ferry Cruise
  • Luxury Seafood Odyssea cruise
  • Tasman Glacier Explorer boat expedition
  • Spectacular Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Dine at a leading Queenstown winery
  • World famous TranzAlpine train
  • Farewell dinner with drinks
Iconic Sightseeing
  • NZ Fur Seals in Kaikoura
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • Historic Arrowtown

Itinerary

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  • Duration:  13 days & 12 nights
  • Area:  South Island
  • Meals:  Full breakfasts daily, 2 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Starts in:  Wellington
  • Ends in:  Christchurch

‘Haere Mai’ …. Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your city hotel.

This morning we board the Interislander Ferry to cruise across the Cook Strait through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. From there we drive through the Marlborough Region, renowned for its world-class vineyards, to Blenheim. Spend the afternoon exploring the galleries and shops in the charming little town.

  • stay at Chateau Marlborough Blenheim (2 nights)

Head out on the water to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound. On board your luxury launch, you will enjoy a tasting of Marlborough’s fresh Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels, paired with the perfect Sauvignon Blanc. Take in the stunning scenery as we cruise near an aquaculture farm and learn about the Sounds’ key regional industries.

  • stay at Chateau Marlborough Blenheim

Stop in picturesque coastal Kaikoura to visit a New Zealand Fur Seal (Kekeno) colony, before travelling on to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This afternoon we’ll board the beautifully restored heritage tram to take in the city sights and learn about the Garden City’s rich history.

  • stay at Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Today we experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch & taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. Later today, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
The Grand Traverse$425 pp
Mount Cook and Glaciers$640 pp
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.

Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

  • stay at Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (2 nights)

The highlight today is a leisurely nature cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins & albatross when in season. Return to Lake Te Anau for the night.

  • stay at Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. We will arrive early afternoon and your Coach Captain will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available.

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.

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village before enjoying a relaxing lunch at Walnut Cottage, the show piece of Akarua Wines & Kitchen back dropped by the Remarkables mountain range.

There is time to wander around the resort of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions).

  • stay at Te Waonui Rainforest Retreat
Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Glacier Hot Pools$28 pp
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.

Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800’s. This afternoon, we board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. On arrival we transfer to our resort hotel for a farewell dinner.

  • stay at Rydges Latimer

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight. 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
Hanmer Springs Day Tour including Lunch$190 pp
Waipara Wine Trail$100 pp
Lord of the Rings High Country Tour including Picnic Lunch$279 pp
Discover Christchurch by Double Decker Bus$69 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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