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‘Haere Mai’ - WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

Relax you are on holiday! When you arrive in Christchurch we will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram takes you around the 'must-see' central attractions. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is under-going since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. This evening you will meet your travel director and fellow companions at a Welcome Reception.

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: Welcome reception 

Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night

Accommodation:
This inviting and modern brand new hotel features contemporary rooms, Restaurant & Bar. Nearby to the Cashel Street Re:START mall - this "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. The Hotel is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to local activities, outer lying attractions and the airport.
Ibis Hotel Christchurch.

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LAKE Pukaki & Tekapo - MT COOK NATIONAL PARK

Begin today with a tour of Christchurch where you will see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of 2011. Later continue through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, stopping to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. From here travel along the shores of spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki into Aoraki Mount Cook National Park soaking up the sensational alpine landscape. Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, helped Sir Edmund Hillary hone his climbing skills in preparation for his conquest of Everest. Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Omarama - 1 Night

Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay. Featuring 98 comfortably furnished guest rooms, restaurant & bar.The Heritage Gateway is located 4 hours south of Christchurch and is truly the gateway to the South Island. This hotel has a full restaurant and cocktail bar both offering panoramic views of the Southern Alps.
Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel

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EDINBURGH OF THE SOUTH - Dunedin

Travel onto 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 ‘Oamaruivans’ are certainly not. In fact, they are quite the contrary. Unlike the Victorians they (the locals) are bohemian 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.

This afternoon you will make your way down to the Southernmost New Zealand city, Dunedin. With the rest of your free afternoon you may wish to take part in an optional excursion to see more of the region. Take a Wildlife Cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the Speights Brewery – a New Zealand institution or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.  

Some options available in and around Dunedin:

Speights Brewery Tour

   Cadbury Chocolate     Penguins and Albatross Tour

Taieri Rail Journey

   Peninsula Wildlife Cruise    Larnach Castle Tour

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Dunedin - 1 Night

Accommodation:

On a leafy hillside overlooking central Dunedin city, this classic old-school hotel has a modern exterior is only a 12-minute walk from the famous Dunedin Railway Station and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the historic Otago Harbour. The hotel features subdued rooms with warm wood furnishings and vibrant accents.


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OVERNIGHT CRUISE FIORDLAND

Today travel through World Heritage Fiordland National Park's stunning glaciers and lush rainforest. You will see Lake Matheson, famous for its reflective views of Mount Cook, before making your way into Milford Sound, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight experience a magical dinner on an Overnight Cruise aboard the Milford Mariner. You’ll travel the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea past breathtaking waterfalls, majestic mountain ranges and native wildlife.

(Cruise may not operate on 10 Sep 2020 departure. On this date, you can enjoy a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Te Anau or Queenstown).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Milford Sound - 1 Night

Accommodation:
For the ultimate Milford Sound experience, spend the night aboard the Mariner and wake up to the dawn of a new day in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The Milford Mariner then anchors in a sheltered cove, where you can join the nature guide and explore in the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) and kayaks. Or, if you prefer, you can simply relax on deck and soak in the beauty of this amazing place or go for a swim (if you’re brave enough). As evening falls, enjoy a delicious carvery buffet in the dining saloon, prepared freshly by our onboard chef. Then relax in the company of fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin 
Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

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TE ANAU / GLOWWORMS / QUEENSTOWN

Today continue your journey South to Te Anau, located on the shores of the South Island’s Largest Lake of the same name. You'll explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before travelling to the adventure capital - Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the surrounding scenery is breathtaking.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Queenstown - 3 Nights

Experience tranquillity all year round. The Copthorne Resort Lakefront in Queenstown sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is within walking distance of Queenstown’s central shopping and entertainment area. Exploring panoramic views of the lake and nearby mountains, the Copthorne is the perfect venue to relax! The Copthorne Lakefront blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly service. The hotel Balconies and garden views are a feature of many rooms.
Copthorne Resort Queenstown

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Two Days AT LEISURE in Queenstown

Explore exciting Queenstown your way. Perhaps play a round of golf on one of the countries best courses, unwind on a unique wine tasting tour or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment. On the first night you’ll experience an entertaining after-dinner farm show which provides you with a glimpse into high-country farm life before cruising back to Queenstown.

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: Breakfasts


8

ARROWTOWN / CROMWELL / GLACIERS

Today begins with a visit to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, located on the Arrow River. From here it's on to Cromwell where you'll get to try delicious stone fruit - peaches, plums, apricots, cherries - at a local orchard. Continue past the trio of lakes - Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka  - then through the Haast Pass. The final stop is majestic Franz Josef Glacier.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Franz Josef  - 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 JOSEF GLACIER / PUNAKAKI

Today choose to see spectacular Franz Josef Glacier from the air or do a Glacier Heli Hike (optional). From here its on to Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Later travel to Punakaiki  where you will see the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight you stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront  - enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep! 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Punakaiki  - 1 Night

Accommodation:

Surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and with stunning views of the Tasman Sea, Punakaiki Resort is a great location. The resort is situated only 300m from the famous Punakaiki Blowholes and has been designed in harmony with the local environment.  Evenings are spent relaxing in a standard resort room with views of the sea or an Eco Suite with rainforest and distant seaviews.


 

Punakaiki Resort

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BULLER GORGE / NELSON

Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon visit the amazing World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars, where you will experience unforgettable garments from the gala award shows held each year.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Nelson- 2 Nights

* for 20/21 season this hotel will change to The Rutherford

Grand Mercure Monaco is surrounded by gardens and conveniently located by the water, close to the city centre. This handcrafted resort village has well appointed rooms, exquisite character & style and a cosy atmosphere. Fantastic cuisine is available in the on-site restaurant and additional facilities include a beauty and hair salon, gym and swimming pool.


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RELAX - NELSON at Leisure

Explore Nelson at leisure today. Surrounded by sheltered mountain ranges, golden beaches, national parks and boutique wineries and breweries there's no shortage of things to see and do. Choose to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, take a bush walk or maybe just relax in the city and explore the many arts and craft galleries.

Meals: Breakfast


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QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND / WELLINGTON

Visit the picturesque seaside village of Picton before cruising the tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. Head across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand's capital. Here you will have a tour of the city before visiting Te Papa, the nation museum, where you'll gain insight into the country's  fascinating nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Wellington - 2 Nights

Accommodation:

Located in a modern tower 300m from the waterfront, the Travelodge is just a few minutes walk from the harbour and the centre of Wellington. Main attractions such as the famous Cable Car, Botanic Garden and Te Papa (the national museum) all are situated within walking distance so transportation in the city centre is unnecessary. From here it is easy to enjoy a city trip that includes everything you don't want to miss when visiting New Zealand's (culture) capital! 

Travelodge Wellington

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THE COOL LITTLE CAPITAL - WELLINGTON

Today you are free to explore as you wish. Perhaps join a tour of New Zealand’s Parliament buildings and the ‘Beehive’ or ride Wellington’s famous cable car up to Kelburn lookout for stunning views of the city.

Suggested outings in and around Wellington.

National Museum - Te Papa  Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve     

 Wellington Cable Car    

Carter Observatory 


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


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Bon Voyage

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We hope you enjoyed your holiday and our promise 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.

Meals: Breakfast


NOTES

Highlights

  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
  • Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat
  • Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown
  • Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
  • Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte sound
  • Explore Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand 
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city

Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (13)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
  • Dinners (9)

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What Judith says about this tour: A great value indepth tour of the South Island. All of the key locations are included - stunning scenery of mountains, lakes, fiords and glaciers. You will be spoilt for choice in the resort town of Queenstown with a 3 night stay. A lovely contrast to that world class experience will be your 2 night stays in friendly Nelson and the arts capital of Wellington.
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