Inspiring Journeys - The 12 day Southern Drift Itinerary

Small Group NZ Tour

Welcome to Christchurch

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

Your adventure begins in Christchurch. Send the afternoon at leisure before meeting your Journey Director and fellow companions for a Welcome Reception

Some suggested excursions if you have time.

Easygoing Cycling Tour  Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural EveningFrench Akaroa TourSouthern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch GondolaClearwater GolfArthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Meals: None

Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night

Christchurch City

One of the most recent luxury boutique hotels in Christchurch, Hotel Montreal is situated overlooking Cramner Square, right on the doorstep of Hagley Park, Christchurch's largest park. Experience absolute comfort and luxury in their beautifully finished rooms, choose from their Deluxe Suite, Penthouse, Twin Bed Suite or Family Suite.

Hotel Montreal - Christchurch


Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

All aboard the famous TranzAlpine train, rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys. Travel across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps, an unforgettable trip. Re-join your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Hokitika to meet a local artisan for a jewelry carving demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier for the next two nights. Tonight relax away in Franz Josef geothermal hot pools. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Accommodation: Franz Josef - 2 Nights

TranzAlpine Rail Journey

Te Waonui is the only luxury property of its kind in the area. The retreat is nestled in the lush bush with views of the natural environment at almost every turn. Located in Franz Josef, the retreat offers easy access to the many natural wonders of the South West World Heritage Area. Mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes, coastline, and native flora and fauna all lie in wait at the doorstep for visitors to admire and explore.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Franz Josef


Franz Josef Glacier

A relaxed start to the day followed by a guided tour of the area of Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide, who will explain the history of the area. Later, why not take an optional flight over the spectacular glacier?

Meals: Breakfast


Franz Josef Glacier


Queenstown - The Adventure Capital of the World

Today you get to feel the wind in your hair with a jetboat ride on the Haast River at Haast Pass followed by a lunch stop at Makarora, and later visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, before a chance to relax in Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the surrounding scenery is breathtaking.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Accommodation: Queenstown - 3 Nights



Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and a short walk in to the centre of Queenstown is the elegant Hotel St Moritz. The hotel is modern and stylish decorated in an alpine style fitting to the location. Boasting an excellent restaurant and bar on site, spacious comfortable rooms, and a professional level of service, your stay will be rewarding.


Queenstown at Leisure

Your Journey Select options for Queenstown include the following:

  1. A day in indulging in the region's vintages on a wine tour
  2. View the Lord of the Rings film locations - in Queenstown or Glenorchy
  3. Or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment.

Meals: Breakfast

relaxing in Queenstown
lotr 4wd safari queenstown


Free Time in Queenstown

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River or get wet white water rafting down the Kawarau River! This evening, enjoy a meal to remember at one of Queenstown's finest restaurants.

Recommended Queenstown Excursions:

Routeburn Day WalkHighest Bungey JumpExplore 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, Local Dining Experience

Sunny wharf in Queentown


Queenstown to Milford Sound

Today continue your journey South to Te Anau, located on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Travel through World Heritage Fiordland National Park's stunning glaciers and lush rainforest. Then it's on to amazing Mirror Lake before making your way into Milford Sound, also known as the Eighth Wonder in the world. Afterwards, you’ll walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord which is part of the Fiordland National Park. Tonight stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Accommodation: Milford Sound  - 2 Nights

Milford Sound

Nestled in Milford Sound itself, with  a range of room types including the outstanding Riverside Chalets, you’ll enjoy a spacious and beautifully appointed room with under floor heating and – best of all – spectacular views of the beautiful Darran Mountains and surrounding rainforest. A seamless combination of nature and luxury in one of the most stunning parts of the country, your night at Milford Sound Lodge is one you’re unlikely to forget. 

Milford Sound Lodge


Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound and board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound. Cruise out to the Tasman sea looking for wildlife along the way, and take the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrisons Cove. This afternoon learn more about Fiordland National Park with an informative talk by a local expert.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Cruise on Milford Sound


Milford Sound to Dunedin

This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of pristine Fiordland National Park, through to the sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Stop in the country musical town of Gore at lunchtime before you end the day in Dunedin, New Zealand's southernmost city. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Accommodation: Dunedin - 2 nights

The Octagon Dunedin
The former Dunedin Chief Post Office (1937), transformed the 1937 former Chief Post Office in Dunedin into an elegant 4 1/2 star luxury hotel. It occupies an entire city block in The Exchange, the historic business centre of Dunedin. The impressive building was considered a monument to the importance of the role of the state and also to Dunedin's preeminent position as the country's most prosperous city. The Distinction Dunedin Hotel offers a variety of brand new accommodation to suit everyone from the businesses traveller requiring spacious and modern facilities to those wanting a relaxing weekend away.
The Distinction Dunedin Hotel


Dunedin (relaxed start)

Join a behind the scenes tour at a state-of-the-art 5000L craft brewery, Emerson’s, before joining your hosts for an exclusive tasting. This afternoon is at leisure, so perhaps tour imposing Larnach Castle or take a wildlife cruise out tt to the Otago Peninsula to spot penguins and the Royal Albatross.

Meals: Breakfast 

Wildlife cruise otago peninsula
otago wildlife little blue penguins


Dunedin - Christchurch

Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Omarau and Timaru to Christchurch for a sightseeing tour. This evening, toast your tour at a Celebration Dinner with your new-found friends and Journey Director.

Meals: Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night

Lake Tekapo

One of the most recent luxury boutique hotels in Christchurch, Hotel Montreal is situated overlooking Cramner Square, right on the doorstep of Hagley Park, Christchurch's largest park. Experience absolute comfort and luxury in their beautifully finished rooms, choose from their Deluxe Suite, Penthouse, Twin Bed Suite or Family Suite.

Hotel Montreal - Christchurch


Farewell Christchurch

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

Bon Voyage New Zealand


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Immerse, Indugle, Explore, Relax

  • Delve deep into the natural wonders of Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, with specialist nature guides sharing their knowledge of this mystical landscape.
  • Join a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting at Emerson's, a state of the art craft brewery, and embark on a culinary discovery of Queenstown.
  • Journey down the Haast River in a fully enclosed jet boat, and discover the remarkable glacial valley where temperate rainforest thrives.
  • Take a dip in Franz Josef's/Waiau local geothermal hot pools and relax and rejuvenate after a day of discovering the South's natural wonders.


  • Small group (22 guests max)
  • 6+ Unforgettable experiences
  • 18 included meals
  • 11 Nights premium accommodation

Flight Information

  • Flights are not included in holiday price.
  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  • Day 12 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport


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What suzie says about this tour: This trip is absolutely filled to the brim with epic landscapes that will leave you topped up with 'wow' moments. Rainforests, remote kayaking in Milford Sound, free time to relax in Queenstown and select your own adventures. 5 star Eco Accommodation and fine dining will leave you feeling inspired.
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