South Island Scenic Experience

Escorted holidays with passengers accommodated at superior, first class properties, Tour Directors rich in cultural and historical knowledge. Experienced drivers focused on getting you where you’re going safely. Quality accommodation. Hearty breakfasts, delicious three course dinners and delectable buffets.

TranzAlpine Rail Journey, Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw, Lakes District Museum, Milford Sound Cruise, Haggis Ceremony & Gift, Larnach Castle, Glenfalloch Restaurant, City sights tour of Dunedin

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Welcome to Christchurch

‘Haere Mai’ and Welcome to New Zealand.

On arrival into Christchurch we will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Check in and freshen up before spending the remainder of the day exploring the Garden City. New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch sits on the very edge of the Canterbury Plains and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean. The people are friendly and there is plenty to see and do.

Here are some suggested excursions If you land early and 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 Christchurch - 1 night

TranzAlpine Train Journey into Glacier Country

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel through spectacular gorges to Arthur’s Pass. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, before continuing to Franz Josef. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation Franz Josef - 1 night

Franz-Josef - Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown. This sophisticated all-season town enjoys the best of both worlds offering bespoke and authentic luxury experiences in beautifully natural settings hosted by our naturally warm and welcoming people. You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Queenstown.

This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Queenstown - 2 nights

Queenstown Leisure Time

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy the best of New Zealand’s high country cuisine.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Special Dinner

Queenstown - Fiordland

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum. Sitting alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River, Arrowtown established in 1862 is rich in heritage as a former gold mining town, and is considered one of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand. Charming Arrowtown has maintained its rich heritage and historic buildings with more than 60 pioneer constructed cottages, shops, hotels and churches. Then we continue to Te Anau, the gateway to beautiful Fiordland.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Te Anau - 2 nights

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. Enjoy a full length cruise of the fiord in modern, purpose built vessel offering excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with large windows, spacious decks and comfortable lounges. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for an informative city tour followed by some free time at leisure. '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.

Tonight: A Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Meals: Breakfast and Special Dinner

Accommodation Dunedin - 1 night 

Dunedin - Twizel

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a delightful morning tea. Travel to Oamaru famous for its ornately decorated grand white stone buildings that once housed upstanding banks, hotels and restaurants that have now been occupied by 21st century bohemians, artisans, creative’s and antiquarians who now run galleries, museums, shops and artistic venues.  This afternoon continue toward Mt Cook National Park staying in the high country town of Twizel.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Twizel - 1 night 

Mount Cook

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

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Chrictchurch - 1 night

Farewell Christchurch

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We are sure you will enjoy this tour and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full 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 in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Meals: Breakfast