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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: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch or similar - 1 night 

Located in the centre of the garden city, everything is easy to be reached. The Quality Hotel Elms offers exceptional value to its guests by ensuring a fantastic client experience. Free Airport and CBD transfers and high speed Fiber internet are two of the extra benefits that are important to many guests. The Sapporo Gold restaurant takes care of delicious meals after a day of exploring Christchurch and/or its surroundings.

Quality Hotel Elms

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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 and 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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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: Dunedin - 1 night

Mercure Leisure Lodge is nestled within two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, located adjacent to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and just a six-minute drive from the city centre. Take in the beautiful garden views while you relax in McGavins Bar for a relaxing pre or post dinner drink. The hotel features spacious rooms and suites, each with a balcony or outside patio, plus ample complimentary parking and a 24 hour reception.
Leisure Lodge Auckland

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TE ANAU - GATEWAY TO FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay.


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Te Anau - 1 night

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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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 and Lunch

Accommodation: Queenstown - 2 nights 

*Please note that from September 2020 this tour will be staying at Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront Queenstown*

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 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 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

 

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 and Specialty Dinner 


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ARROWTOWN - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the wild West Coast and as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. You are in the heart of Westland National Park, considered to be the most diverse and beautiful area in New Zealand.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Accommodation: Fox Glacier - 1 night 

Located in central Fox Glacier Township and overlooking mountains, this relaxed seasonal hotel in a 2-storey wood building is a 2-minute walk from the forests and mountain trails of Westland. The low-key rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, plus tea and coffee making facilities; upgraded rooms add desks. Room service is available. Parking is complimentary. Other amenities include a laid-back restaurant serving buffet breakfasts and local cuisine, plus a homey bar with a fireplace, a TV and a pool table.
Heartland Hotel

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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: Christchurch - 1 night

Located in the centre of the garden city, everything is easy to be reached. The Quality Hotel Elms offers exceptional value to its guests by ensuring a fantastic client experience. Free Airport and CBD transfers and high speed Fiber internet are two of the extra benefits that are important to many guests. The Sapporo Gold restaurant takes care of delicious meals after a day of exploring Christchurch and/or its surroundings.

Quality Hotel Elms

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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


NOTES

INCLUSIONS
 

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift 
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City sights tour of Christchurch & 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
  • 8 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 two night stay: Queenstown
  • Hotel porterage
  • 2 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
  • Comprehensive documentation pack 

MEALS

  • 8 cooked breakfasts 
  • 7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

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


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What Chrissy says about this tour: This is a popular guided tour through the stunning scenic south. Travelling by a mixture of custom coach, cruising the Milford Sound and National parks then the famous Tranz alpine train journey. A tour that delivers multiple kiwi highlights with great levels of comfort.
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