Taste of New Zealand's South Island Coach Tour

This 9 day trip showcases the breathtaking scenic wonders of the South Island. Travel in a custom built luxury coach and explore Franz Josef National Park, glide along the waters of Milford Sound, experience the TranzAlpine train journey, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world.

Milford Sound Cruise, TranzAlpine Rail Journey, Lake Wakatipu, Otago Peninsula, Bowen Falls, Mitre Peak, Franz Josef National Park

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Welcome to Christchurch New Zealand

Upon arrival in Christchurch you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel.  

New Zealand’s second-largest city 'Christchurch' has bounced back after a series of major earthquakes, and has shown its resiliency with a number of new and exciting developments popping up everywhere. Don’t miss the Re Start shopping area, made out of shipping containers, as well as the many funky Pop Up bars dotted throughout the city. All public services and spaces are running as normal, and Christchurch continues to be a vibrant city to live, work and play. 

Some suggested excursions if you have time

Easygoing Cycling Tour Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation Heartland Hotel 1 night 

High Country Lakes | OMARAMA

After an introductory Christchurch city sights tour travel to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation Heritage Gateway Hotel Omarama 1 night 

Historic Oamaru & Dunedin

Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before arriving at Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour & free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

Accommodation Mercure Leisure Lodge Dunedin 1 night

Te Anau - Gateway to Fiordland National Park

Dunedin - Scottish City of Grace and Grandeur
It is for good reason that New Zealand's oldest city is known as the Edenborough of the South - 'Dunedin' comes from Dun Eideann the Scots-Gaelic name for Edinburgh, founded largely by Scottish immigrants, who raised the impressive buildings which now add much to the city's charm. These buildings incorporate a diverse array of styles from Tudor, Jacobean, Georgian, Carpenter, Gothic and Arts and Crafts styles also feature - to some very fine examples of Neo-Gothic. Dunedin is regarded as one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the Commonwealth.

Larnach Castle Tour
Visit New Zealand’s only Castle, built in 1871 by a merchant baron, over 200 Workers spent more than three years building the Castle main shell, while master European craftsmen spent a further 12 years embellishing the interior - Larnach spared no expense and the castle is built from the finest materials from around the world. This superbly crafted building with magnificent architecture, showcases a unique collection of New Zealand antiques, see spectacular tower views, beautiful gardens and enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Distinction Luxmore Te Anau 1 night

Cruise Majestic Milford Sound

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. Travel to Queenstown, where you spend the next two nights at a year round resort with breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains. This evening is free to explore Queenstown where you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation Mercure Queenstown 2 nights 

Queenstown At Leisure

Explore everything Queenstown has to offer and do it your way on a day of leisure. You can get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling Wilderness Jet Boat Ride  or if you prefer something more relaxing like a wine tour in the stunning vineyards of the Gibbston Valley, you won’t be disappointed. 

Recommended Queenstown excursions:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail

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 prepares in front of you at the Colonel's Homestead.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner 

Arrowtown - Franz Josef

Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast. Spend the rest of the day exploring the stunning region around Franz Josef. Opt for various hiking adventures in the area, the most popular being a glacier trek. If relaxing is more your style, there are shorter day hikes and bush walks or local hot pools to take a dip. You are in the heart of Westland National Park, considered to be the most diverse and beautiful area in New Zealand.

Excursions available in and around the Franz Josef area:

Kayak Okarito Lagoon    Glacier Hot Pools    Glacier Scenic Flight
Horseback Riding   Walk to Glacier Face Glacier Heli-hike


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier 1 night 

Arthur's Pass | Tranz Alpine Train

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. On arrival in Christchurch your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation Heartland Hotel Cotswold Christchurch 1night

Depart Christchurch

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
We know you enjoyed the 'New Zealand Taste of the South Island Tour' and our promise to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with lots of photos and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon.

Meals: Breakfast