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Southern Spectacular Escorted Tour

Characterised by soaring peaks, pastel-coloured lakes and unspoiled forests, the landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy stunning scenery and experience some of the south island's most amazing places in the company of like-minded people.

Milford Sound Cruise, Franz Josef Glacier, Walter Peak Cruise, Journey on the TranzAlpine Train, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Tekapo, View Mt Cook National Park.

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Itinerary

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ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

‘Haere Mai’ ... Welcome to New Zealand

 On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car. After checking into your hotel its time to explore Christchurch. This evening welcome drink offers the chance to meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers.

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

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

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Mount Cook National Park

Discover the taste of New Zealand country like a local! We'll have lunch at a barbecue on Morelea Farm and later visit Twizel for some fantastic photo opportunities at the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation Twizel - 1 night

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DUNEDIN

Heading south we stop in to see the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the impressive Lake Benmore Dam. We visit famous white limestone buildings of quaint little seaside town of Oamaru  with its facades strictly of the Victorian era with ornately decorated grand white stone buildings that once housed upstanding banks, hotels and restaurants that have now been transformed into an eclectic mix of Bohemian art galleries, artist studios, antique and curio shops.

'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 - the majority of these styles you will see as your day finishes with a tour of Dunedin.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Dunedin - 1 night

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DUNEDIN Sightseeing Experience - TE ANAU (Gateway to Fiordland)

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, or check out the famous Speights Brewery Tour. Perhaps ride the Taieri Gorge Railway or get on a guided tour of New Zealand’s only castle - Larnach Castle before heading to Te Anau.

We then travel across fertile farming land to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. Tonight, if you choose to, you can see the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation Te Anau - 1 night

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A Cruise on beautiful MILFORD SOUND

Today is a feast for the senses. Be wowed and awe-struck by the beauty of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest. Keep your camera close by as you’ll see Mirror Lakes, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, the hand-made Homer Tunnel, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls and stunningly photogenic Milford Sound, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. The Devil’s Staircase and Lake Wakatipu pass you by. Arrive at Queenstown for an orientation tour. We suggest dinner tonight iat the Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak - sensational views over Queenstown and a bonus Kiwi Haka Maori Show, plus you’ll ride the steepest Gondola in the Southern Hemisphere just to get there!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Queenstown - 2 nights
 

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Queenstown at Leisure

Explore Queenstown your way. Go wild with jet boat rides or white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are wine and garden tours. For dinner you’ll travel across Lake Wakatipu and back on the TSS Earnslaw, New Zealand’s oldest steam ship, to Walter Peak Sheep Station for a carvery meal and sheep shearing demonstration.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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QUEENSTOWN - FRANZ JOSEF

The historic gold mining town of Arrowtown is our first stop today. The second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. We’ll see a trio of lakes - Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Travel over the Haast Pass, view the amazing Thunder Creek Falls, take a small rainforest walk, then it’s on to the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier - the world’s most accessible glacier.

Accommodation Franz Josef - 1 night

(Breakfast, Dinner)

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FRANZ JOSEF - PUNAKAIKI

Explore Franz Josef Glacier - take an optional flight (weather permitting) or a glacier hike! Then you depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. It’s on to Punakaiki where we’ll view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay overnight at your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Accommodation Punakaiki - 1 night

(Breakfast, Dinner)

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TRANZALPINE - CHRISTCHURCH

Enjoy time at leisure before travelling via Greymouth to Arthur’s Pass where you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world, which travels through the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night 

(Breakfast, Dinner)

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DEPART CHRISTCHURCH

Today is yours; take your time exploring Christchurch, famous for being the most English city outside of England. It’s your last chance to experience New Zealand before you are transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

(Breakfast)