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
|Punting the Avon River||Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise|
|French Akaroa Tour||Southern Alps Ballooning|
|Clearwater Golf||Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike|
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch or similar - 1 night
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
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
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
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*
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:
|Highest Bungey Jump||Explore Arrowtown|
|Biking Skippers Canyon||Round at Millbrook Golf Resort|
|Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise||Dart River Jetboat Safari|
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
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
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
"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.
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.
- 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
- 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..