8 Day Southern Escape
8 Day Southern Escape
An eight day trip allowing you to explore the stunning lakes, snow capped mountains and amazing glaciers of New Zealand's South Island
Tour highlights
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Southern Alps
  • Take an optional trip on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Cruise on Milford Sound on a visit to picturesque Fiordland National Park
  • Pay a visit to the only castle in New Zealand
  • View the Moeraki Boulders on a trip up the coast and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
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Day 1: Arrive Christchurch - Ashburton
Transfer from Christchurch airport to Ashburton in the Canterbury Plains.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Hotel Ashburton (D)
  • Meals as Specified: Hotel Ashburton (D)
Day 2: Ashburton - Fox Glacier
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Southern Alps to Westland National Park, and then travel along the west coast and view of Franz Josef Glacier (or travel part of the way on the TranzAlpine Train; own expense).
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Heartland Hotel, Fox Glacier (B,D)
  • Meals as Specified: Heartland Hotel, Fox Glacier (B,D)
Days 3 & 4: Fox Glacier - Queenstown
Cross the Southern Alps and travel through Haast Pass. Next day at leisure in Queenstown.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments, Lakeview (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments, Lakeview (B)
Day 5: Queenstown - Fiordland National Park - Te Anau
Drive past the Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. Enjoy one of the world’s best alpine drives and then a cruise along Milford Sound. Continue by coach to Te Anau.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Kingsgate, Te Anau (B,D)
  • Meals as Specified: Kingsgate, Te Anau (B,D)
Day 6: Te Anau - Dunedin
Arrive in Dunedin and enjoy a city tour. Later, head to nearby Larnach Castle.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Mercure Leisure Lodge (B,D)
  • Meals as Specified: Mercure Leisure Lodge (B,D)
Day 7: Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo
Admire the snow-capped mountains, then journey along the east coast and see the Moeraki Boulders. See some of the country’s best 19th century architecture in Oamaru.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo (B,D)
  • Meals as Specified: Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo (B,D)
Day 8: Lake Tekapo - Depart Christchurch
Look around the beautiful Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before your tour ends at Christchurch airport.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: (B)
  • Meals as Specified: (B)
  • 7 nights in comfortable, mid-range hotels
  • Meals (B=breakfast, D=dinner)
  • Sightseeing & touring as shown
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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