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Southern Spectacular

The South Island of New Zealand comes alive on this 12 day tour visiting cities like Christchurch and Queenstown as well as revelling in the natural beauty.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 5,895
  • 2016/2017 Christchurch > Christchurch

    Tour Code:

    SSI

    Duration:

    12 Days

    Departure City:

    Christchurch

    Return City:

    Christchurch

    Selected Itinerary

    Grand vistas and shimmering waters

    The South Island showcases some of its most spectacular scenery throughout this journey into its heartland. Head deep into the epic wilderness, tap into Maori legends that live and breathe across every landscape and sample some of the finest cuisine around.

    Beginning in Christchurch, you’ll have a chance to explore a city rejuvenating itself after the 2011 earthquakes. Take one of the great rail journeys through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine before marvelling at the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. Head to Queenstown and indulge in the fantastic experiences we offer. In contrast, the serenity of Milford Sound has got to be one of the best ways to greet a new day. Surrounded by the majesty of Fiordland National Park, exploring this pristine part of the world will take your breath away. A visit to New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with its Scottish heritage is the perfect way to round off this wonderful journey.

  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Christchurch

      Kia Ora and welcome to Christchurch for a 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
      Freechoice

      Go punting on the River Avon, take the Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour or learn about Christchurch’s recovery effort. Alternatively visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is entirely yours.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

      Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight special stay in Franz Josef.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

      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).

      Feel the wind through your hair on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay. Sitting on the shore of Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges, Queenstown is an essential port of call on any New Zealand journey, boasting a smorgasbord of outdoor activities on its doorstep.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - Queenstown
      Freechoice

      Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet or tour local wineries. Alternatively feel exhilarated on the Shotover jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations. Enjoy a half day walk along the Lakeshore and immerse yourself in native vegetation and bird life.

      Freechoice Dining

      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’s restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Queenstown

      A free day to discover Queenstown. Explore one of New Zealand’s most beloved city on your own terms, with plenty of free time to see the sights that take your fancy.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

      In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Overnight on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

      Awake on the waters of Milford Sound, surrounded by stillness and unspoilt natural beauty. Afterwards, you’ll travel to New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere and will be your base for the next two nights.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose between Speights Brewery, Etrusco’s and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Dunedin
      Freechoice

      Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively take a heritage walking tour or the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 10 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

      Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Tonight you will enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel in Mount Cook.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Mt Cook > Christchurch

      Perched on the edge of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd. Experience this famous vista before arriving back in Christchurch for your special stay. Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Christchurch

      Bid farewell to wonderful New Zealand.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • Your choice of 20 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 4 memorable Special Stays
    • 18 meals – 11 breakfasts and 7 dinners