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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.

Some Suggested Activities to Help you to get to Know the Region

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

The Distinction Hotel is a brand new hotel opening in 2019 in the revitalised heart of Christchurch and Cathedral Square. Centrally located and a short stroll to the Botanical Gardens, New Regent Street, the Arts Centre, and Avon River. This luxury Christchurch hotel offers 179 elegant, air-conditioned hotel rooms including 3 floors of brand new Superior Rooms and Suites.
Distinction Hotel Christchurch

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CHRISTCHURCH - ARTHUR’S PASS - FRANZ JOSEF

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel through spectacular gorges to Arthur’s located in the centre of the Southern Alps.

Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation
Franz Josef Glacier- 1 night

Situated on the very edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier will welcome you in true New Zealand style. The Hotel makes the most of its alpine location and is only moments from spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. The highly regarded Hot Pools are within walking distance. Featuring patios or balconies, the simple, warmly decorated rooms and suites include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Suites add living areas. (formerly known as the Scenic Circle Franz Josef Glacier Hotel) has quality rooms with balcony views and special access.
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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FRANZ JOSEPH - 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

Accommodation:
Situated on a unique vantage point with breath-taking, majestic views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable's Mountain range. 148 guest rooms with either spectacular Lake or relaxing Garden views. Facilities include a seasonal swimming pool, spa pools, sauna, gymnasium and a sports storage room. Enjoy atrium views and superb cuisine at South Eatery Restaurant. Relax in the Lounge Bar for coffees, snacks and beverages – Very Family friendly.
Mercure Queenstown

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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. The surrounding area is known for its natural landscape with wild rivers, high peaks and deep canyons and has allowed Queenstown to developed an exciting array of outdoor adventure activities - and there's plenty to choose from. But if you just want to chill out then Queenstown's compact downtown area is relaxed during the day and huge fun at night. In any season, you can count on stylish designer shops and many trendy restaurants offering a kaleidoscope of dining experiences.

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 Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise   Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail


Meals: Breakfast and Special Dinner


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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 and as a former gold mining town 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.

Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to beautiful Fiordland.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Te Anau - 2 nights

Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable newly refurbished accommodation in one of New Zealand's most popular scenic areas - Te Anau. Within easy walking distance of the township, surrounded by all local services, this 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 2 restaurants, free self parking, a fitness centre and FREE unlimited WiFi. Luxmores management and staff take pride in providing a warm, friendly and efficient service to all guests.
Distinction Luxmore Hotel

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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


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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.

This Afternoon: Enjoy an informative city tour and 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Special Dinner

Accommodation Dunedin - 1 night 

Accommodation:
This contemporary quality 4-star hotel accommodation is located the heart of Dunedin and is filled with modern local artwork. Located just blocks from the Octagon and walking distance of many of the city’s main attractions like the fabulous First Church of Otago, and handy to great restaurants and shopping centres. Amenities Include: Free WiFi, Restaurant & Cafe/Bar, Fitness Centre, Valet Car Parking, Conference Facilities.
Scenic Hotel Dunedin

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INTO THE HIGH COUNTRY - Mt Cook

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru. While its façade is strictly of the Victorian era with ornately decorated grand white stone buildings that once housed upstanding banks, hotels and restaurants, the residents ‘the Oamaruivans’ are certainly not. In fact quite the contrary, unlike the Victorians they (the locals) are bohemians artisans, creative’s and antiquarians who run ‘out-there’ galleries, museums, shops and venues – it has to be seen to be believed and you'll love it.

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.


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Twizel - 1 night 

The MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel, is located very in the heart of the historic MacKenzie Basin. The hotel offers 108 spacious guestrooms including 80 standard rooms and 28 deluxe rooms; all offer shower over bath ensuites with surrounding views of the spectacular Ben Ohau Ranges and Mount Cook. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant or bar by choosing from the hearty menus revealing local cuisine accompanied by a range of New Zealand wines.
MacKenzie Country Hotel

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Beautiful Lake Tekapo

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 Specialty Dinner

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

Located just two minutes from Christchurch International Airport this hotel offers the ideal place to rest and rejuvenate. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool or relax with your favourite drink in the Lobby Bar.All rooms offer en suite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, direct dial phone, high speed internet access, Flat screen TV, including Sky TV and CNN, safety deposit boxes, refrigerator, 24 hour reception and room service.

Sudima Hotel Christchurch

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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


NOTES

INCLUSIONS
 

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

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

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers. 

TOURING

  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
  • 9 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 2 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS

  • 9 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 Devonshire Tea

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.


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What Debs says about this tour: A popular and relaxed tour of the spectacular South with lots of special stops offs. Staying at first class properties, this is a premiere escorted holiday. Guests visit national treasures like Milford Sound by water, charming Arrowtown, a castle and much more. The tour Director provides expert commentary through out the 10 day journey.
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