Its not just a beautiful country, but every place, person here has a story to tell. New Zealand, an un crowded, green, peaceful heaven has the makings of your ideal vacation destination. Translucent Ocean, unique hiking trails, world heritage sights whatever you name exists in this country.
Escape the daily grind and enjoy world renowned scenery, outdoor activities and cuisine in The Land of Kiwis.
• Monday 12 March — Tuesday 20 March 2018
• Monday 23 April — Tuesday 1 May 2018
Day 1: Arrive at Christchurch
As you arrive, we’ll greet you at Christ-church airport, transfer you to your hotel. There will be time to relax before a complimentary welcome dinner in the evening when you get to know your guides and group.
Day 2: Canterbury to Lake Tekapo
Today we drive across the Canterbury plains to the Canterbury lake region and explore the stunning Lake Tekapo, known for its distinct turquoise coloured waters. Visit the famous Church of the Good Shepherd and optionally star-gaze at the largest International Dark Sky Reserve in the world, Mt John Observatory.
Day 3: Mt Cook Village to Wanaka
A picturesque drive along Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook Village in the Southern Alps. There will be walking activities for all fitness levels through the Hooker Valley, and weather permitting, a picnic lunch before leaving for Wanaka. Sight-seeing available for those not wanting to walk.
Day 4: Cromwell and Te Anau
Time for a walk along the shores of Lake Wanaka before breakfast. We visit historic Cromwell township and then a vineyard for a cellar wine tasting experience and lunch. Our afternoon drive takes us through some of the best landscapes in the South Island before arriving at Te Anau.
Day 5: Milford Sound
Many consider this to be a high point in the southern tour. At Milford Sound, famously described as the eighth wonder of the world, we take in the incredible peaks, waterfalls and underwater views on a late morning cruise with lunch included. We end our day in Queenstown where you will have a free evening to enjoy streets lined by cafes and restaurants.
Day 6: Queenstown
The attractions of Queenstown are many! You can choose to have a relaxing day shopping and dining or choose a local activity such as a boat cruise and farm tour with lunch, jet boat rides, or a vineyard tour. Later in the day the group will meet for a gondola ride up to Ben Lomond reserve for incredible views of the town. There are also bungy jumping, luge ride and dining options or you can return to Queenstown for a free evening.
Day 7: Arrowtown, West Coast
Today we explore the historic township of Arrow town and stop at the famous Cardrona pub for refreshments. We continue our drive to the West Coast over the Haast Pass, a Jetty viewpoint stop at Lake Matheson and finally reach Franz Josef to view its famous glacier. A helicopter ride to the glacier is an option for this evening or the next morning.
Day 8: Glaciers, TranzAlpine Journey
After an optional early morning walk to the glacier, we will leave Franz Josef mid-morning to reach Greymouth for our TranzAlpine train journey across the mountains. Named as one of the world’s most scenic train rides, this journey starts at Greymouth and reaches Christ-church in the evening taking you through the Southern Alps and over the famous Arthur’s Pass. A free evening on reaching your hotel in Christchurch.
Day 9: Akaroa and Departure from Christchurch
On your final day we offer a short excursion such as a day trip to the historic French town of Akaroa. For those with earlier departures we will organise activities within Christchurch city prior to your airport transfer.
• Guided walk on the Hooker Valley Track (weather permitting) to a beautiful glacial lake near Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.
• See the Franz Josef glacier up close
• TranzAlpine rail journey, named one of the world’s most scenic train rides
• Explore Queenstown and its many adventure and shopping activities
• Enjoy a boat cruise on the world famous Milford Sound
• Top quality 4 star hotel accommodation
• All transportation + private airport transfers
• 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
• TranzAlpine rail journey
• Milford Sound cruise
• Queenstown Gondola
• Wine tasting and tour
• Fully escorted tour with experienced guide and driver