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10 Days: South Island Spectacular [GPS10]
Starting at
$3,027

Guaranteed Departures

2019

Sep 21*, 24*, 29*
Oct 9, 21, 27
Nov 5, 14, 23, 27

2020

Jan 31
Feb 12, 15, 18, 23, 28
Mar 1, 13, 20, 23, 29
Apr 2, 18, 23
May 4*, 11*

*Seasonal offer: Save $142 per person departure dates.

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • 10 Days/9 Nights
  • Fully escorted modern coach travel with reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • 4 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • 2 cruises included
  • Personalized meet and greet on arrival

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Christchurch – Distinction Christchurch (1 Night), Franz Josef – Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (1), Queenstown – Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Rooms) (2), Te Anau – Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room) (2), Dunedin – Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (1), Twizel – MacKenzie Country Hotel (1), Christchurch – Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport (1)
  • Meals – 9 cooked breakfasts; 8 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch; 1 picnic lunch.
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Christchurch, Christchurch to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Christchurch: City Sights Tour; Dunedin: City Sights Tour, Larnach Castle; Milford Sound: Cruise & Picnic Lunch; Queenstown: Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw; Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum; Scenic TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass.
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by your tour representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your traveling companions over a complimentary predinner drink.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch

Dinner included

Day 2: Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the center of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 3: Franz Josef – Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Rooms, 2 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 4: Queenstown

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 5: Queenstown – Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before traveling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms, 2 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 6: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Te Anau

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua – Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional).

Breakfast, Lunch  & Dinner included

Day 7: Te Anau – Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy an informative city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 8: Dunedin – Mt Cook – Twizel

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay.

Hotel MacKenzie Country Hotel

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 9: Twizel – Christchurch

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 10: Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Breakfast included

All prices are USD$/person. Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).