South Island Culture and Heritage Tour

Maori art as seen in South Canterbury.

South Island Culture and Heritage Tour

From ancient Maori cave paintings to 19th century Gold Rush towns, the South Island boasts a wealth of New Zealand history and culture. Step back in time with us to pan for gold in Arrowtown, explore New Zealand's only castle, and meander along Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu in a vintage steamship.

Staying in cozy historic hotels and lodges, you'll be immersed in New Zealand heritage day and night. When you're a guest of First Light Travel, warm hospitality and attentive service will never be a thing of the past.

Ancient Māori Rock Art, Victorian Oamaru, Larnach Castle, TSS Earnslaw Steamer to Walter Peak Station, Gold Mining Arrowtown. Neo-Gothic Dunedin and French Akaroa.


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West Coast NZ

Syd Nathans & Judith White

01 Jan 2019

From start to finish, we had first-rate guidance from our First Light Travel agent, Shelley Kirk. She chose wonderful high spots on both Islands, picked varied accommodations which added to the trip and which always put us in great locations, scenic in the countryside, central in the cities. There was never a glitch in either lodging or transport--a real feat for a nineteen day trip that covered the country. Our B&B hosts, our yacht captain, our tour guides, were rich in lore, history and information, and above all infectious in their enthusiasm for the country and eager to answer all questions about New Zealand. The Maori part of the trip--the villages, the evening dinner and performance, the museums, added richly to our experience.

Syd Nathans & Judith White - USA

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