Southern Highlights

9 Day
From (AUD)
$ 4,795
  • 2018/2019 Christchurch > Christchurch

    Wild blue yonder

    Spend nine magical days discovering why New Zealand’s spectacular South Island is known as one of the most pure places on Earth.

    From wild sweeping landscapes to fine wine and charming hospitality, this part of the world is a joy to explore. Christchurch will amaze and inspire, Aoraki Mount Cook World Heritage Park is simply breathtaking and you’ll delight in Dunedin’s Scottish heritage. Experience the spectacular Fiordland National Park where towering cliffs and crystal waterfalls will leave you awestruck before exploring Queenstown. There are no words to describe the wonder you’ll feel when you first set eyes upon the mighty Franz Josef Glacier and you’ll find that the TranzAlpine is the trip of a lifetime.

    Tour Code:

    SSR

    Duration:

    9 Days

    Departure City:

    Christchurch

    Return City:

    Christchurch

  • 9 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Christchurch
      Highlights:
      Welcome dinner

      Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch for your two night stay. The wonder of New Zealand begins here, celebrate the start of your journey with a welcome dinner.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Christchurch
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Go punting on the Avon River, take the Botanic Gardens Tour or see Christchurch from an open top bus. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Christchurch > Mount Cook
      Highlights:
      Church of the Good Shepherd

      Travel through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains. See Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the alpine landscape of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Mount Cook > Te Anau
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Ata Whenua

      See the fertile, sheep filled farming land of Central Otago en route to Te Anau.

      Enrich

      Experience a special screening of Ata Whenua –Shadowland. Also known as Fiordland on film, this short movie takes you on an unforgettable journey over the World Heritage-listed wilderness.

      Your base for tonight is Te Anau.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Te Anau > Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Milford Sound Cruise

      Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Stand in awe at the towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls. Later, arrive in Queenstown for your two night stay.

      Optional flight
      Take a scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown instead of travelling by road. (Additional expense.)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 6 - Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Freechoice and Freechoice Dining
      Freechoice

      Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River, or for a more leisurely pace, enjoy a guided tour of local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet or take a 4WD Safari on the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of the Rings filming locations. A guided tour through Skippers Canyon is also available for you to enjoy or a guided walk around the lake edge.

      FreechoiceDining

      Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown or simply relax at the hotel restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Queenstown > Franz Josef
      Highlights:
      Haast River Jet

      Start the day with a stop in Wanaka before enjoying a jet boat ride on the Haast River. Arrive in Franz Josef and stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay.

      Optional flight
      Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of a landing in this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense.)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Franz Josef > Christchurch
      Highlights:
      TranzAlpine

      Visit Hokitika, the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone. Join the TranzAlpine this afternoon for your rail journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Christchurch
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s time to bid a fond farewell to your new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • Your choice of 14 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 memorable Special Stays
    • 15 meals – 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners