9 Day Southern Tourer
9 Day Southern Tourer
This nine day tour provides a fantastic introduction into the many scenic delights that the South Island of New Zealand has to offer, with a choice of selected activities to enhance your trip
Tour highlights
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Southern Alps with a ride on the TranzAlpine train
  • Choose from a range of activities on a visit to the adventure centre that is Queenstown
  • Admire the beauty of Milford Sound on a cruise in the Fiordland National Park
  • Visit the vibrant city of Dunedin, known as the 'Edinburgh of the South'
  • Take a guided walk or gaze at the stars on a visit to New Zealand’s largest mountain
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Day 1: Arrive Christchurch - Canterbury
Arriving in Christchurch, transfer to the Canterbury region where you can elect to simply refresh and relax, or take part in an array of optional experiences – including fishing, hot-air ballooning and horse riding.
  • Methven Resort, Methven
Day 2: TranzAlpine Train - Franz Josef
Take a trip through the stunning scenery of the Southern Alps onboard the famous TranzAlpine Train, disembarking at Arthur’s Pass before heading for the Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (B)
  • Meals as Stated: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (B,D)
Days 3 & 4: Franz Josef - Queenstown
Travel along the West Coast and admire the beauty of the Haast Valley en-route to Queenstown, for a choice of four evening dining experiences. The following day, choose from a selection of included activities such as a walking tour, wine tasting or a jetboat ride on the Shotover River.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Novatel Lakeside (B)
  • Meals as Stated: Novatel Lakeside (Day 3: B,FD – Day 4: B)
Day 5: Queenstown - Te Anau
Drive along the foot of the Remarkables mountain range as you journey to the Fiordland National Park for a visit to one of New Zealand’s most famous landmarks – Milford Sound. Once there, take a scenic cruise across the beautiful fiord before continuing on to Te Anau.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Distinction Te Anau (B)
  • Meals as Stated: Distinction Te Anau (B,D)
Day 6: Te Anau - Dunedin
Head to the Scottish-like city of Dunedin where you can choose from a selection of included activities, which could see you enjoying a taste of beers at Speight’s Brewery or paying a visit to the historic Olveston House.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Scenic Hotel Dunedin (B)
  • Meals as Stated: Scenic Hotel Dunedin (B,D)
Day 7: Dunedin - Mount Cook
Stop to view the unique Moeraki Boulders as you leave Dunedin and head inland for Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. 'Freedom of Choice' activities are then available to enhance your visit to the area, including a guided nature walk, the chance to do some stargazing or the opportunity to pay a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: The Hermitage at Mount Cook (B)
  • Meals as Stated: The Hermitage at Mount Cook (B,D)
Day 8: Mount Cook - Canterbury Plains
Leave the mountains behind to travel to Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before crossing the Canterbury Plains to Riccarton.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Ashley Hotel, Riccarton (B)
  • Meals as Stated: Ashley Hotel, Riccarton (B,D)
Day 9: Canterbury - Christchurch
Time at leisure before you head to the airport for your return trip home.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: (B)
  • Meals as Stated: (B)
  • 8 nights accommodation in first-class hotels
  • Sightseeing & touring as shown (excl. optional items)
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=dinner, FD=feature dinner)
  • Tours departing October 2014 onwards follow a different itinerary
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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