Southern Spectacular

Revel in the natural beauty and discover the South Island of New Zealand on a 12 day tour. Visiting Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Dunedin & Queenstown.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 5,895
  • 2017/2018 Christchurch > Christchurch

    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.

    Tour Code:

    SSI

    Duration:

    12 Days

    Departure City:

    Christchurch

    Return City:

    Christchurch

  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Christchurch
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      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
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      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
      Highlights:
      TranzAlpine

      Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier before your overnight Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Franz Josef > Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Haast River

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

      Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Freechoice and Freechoice Dining
      Freechoice

      Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River or, for a more leisurely pace, take a guided tour of local wineries. Enjoy a walking tour with scenic views across the lake-shore. Alternatively feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD at Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

      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’s restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Your choice

      Today is yours for the taking. Explore one of New Zealand’s most beloved cities independently, with plenty of free time to see the sights that take your fancy.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Queenstown > Milford Sound
      Highlights:
      Fiordland National Park; Te Anau

      In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Tonight you’ll sleep surrounded by the majesty of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner. Anchor in a sheltered cove where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area in a small boat or kayak.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Milford Sound > Dunedin
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night stay.

      FreechoiceDining

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Dunedin
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively go on a heritage walking tour of Dunedin or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 10 - Dunedin > Mount Cook
      Highlights:
      Moeraki Boulders

      Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at Mount Cook.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Mount Cook > Christchurch
      Highlights:
      Church of the Good Shepherd

      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
      Highlights:
      Farewell

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

      Meals included: Breakfast