Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. There will be a Welcome Reception with your Tour Director and fellow travellers in the evening.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch
Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama
You have time at leisure this morning. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).
Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama
Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin
Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, where you’ll tour the city. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau
After a morning of time to yourself, during which you might like to tour New Zealand’s Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens, you’ll head off across South Otago’s fertile, sheep-filled farming land en route to Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.
Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau
Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown
Today is a feast for the senses. You’ll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand largest, to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforests, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Along the way you’ll see the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. At Queenstown you’ll have an orientation tour on arrival and enjoy dinner with views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights
Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’
Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine and garden tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a carvery Highlight Dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown.
Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef
First stop, Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, you view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier. Take the opportunity for an optional scenic flight over the glacier.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef
Day 8: Franz Josef – Christchurch
You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration first up. Travel through Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your vacation at a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch
Day 9: Depart Christchurch
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.
Tour Departure Dates for 2020 & 2021:
December: 06, 13, 20, 27
January: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
February: 07, 14, 21, 28
March: 07, 14, 21, 28
April: 04, 25
August: 01, 15, 29
September: 12, 19
Day 1 Flights to arrive prior to 4.00 pm into Christchurch
Day 9 Flights anytime from Christchurch
Flights are not included in the holiday price