Tours & Packages in Christchurch, Te Anau, Queenstown, Dunedin, Franz Josef & Omarama

9 Day New Zealand South Island Exploration - Solo Savings!

SAVE $400 per person!

Discover the highlights of New Zealand’s magnificent South Island on this comprehensive 9 day journey. Book your tour with Travel at 60 and SAVE up to $400pp!

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DURATION
8 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day tours
  • Day cruises
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected meals
  • Selected transfers
  • Solo traveller

About this holiday

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New Zealand South Island

Cross the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine train, and cruise the serene waters of mystical Milford Sound and peaceful Lake Wakatipu. A series of unforgettable experiences awaits you in this proud Pacific nation.

  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Visit a greenstone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Travel through the magnificent Haast Pass
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit in Cromwell
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Let loose in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Journey past crystal clear lakes and towering mountains in Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park

Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  •  Travel by luxury coach
  •  Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  •  Airport transfers*
  • 8 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 4 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch
  • Heritage Gateway Hotel
  • Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
  • Distinction Luxmore Hotel
  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Travel dates

Tour departs 13 October 2019 and 10 November 2019 :

  • Sole Use - Usually from $4,145 pp NOW from $3,745 pp!
  • Twin Share - Usually from $3,150 pp NOW from $2,750 pp!

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Christchurch
You’ll have time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 2 Christchurch - Omarama
See how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Later, view the Church of the Good Shepherd and enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel to stunning Mount Cook National Park.
Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Omarama - Dunedin
Visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of interconnected lakes and canals, and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a wildlife cruise, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Dunedin - Te Anau
Enjoy some free time this morning before travelling across the fertile pastures of South Otago to serene Lake Te Anau. Tonight, why not consider an optional experience and take a boat tour of the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves.
Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Te Anau - Queenstown
Travel through the tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise on the serene waters of Milford Sound. On the way to Queenstown, see Mirror Lake, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, and Bowen Falls, and then travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 2 nights
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 6 Queenstown Free Time
Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet-boat rides and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely rhythm. Later this afternoon, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 7 Queenstown - Franz Josef
Your first stop today is the faithfully-restored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the towering Thunder Creek Falls, and stopping for a tranquil rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier, where an optional scenic flight is available.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Franz Josef - Christchurch
Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name), is of great significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys, passing through the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps and the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9 Farewell from Christchurch
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Questions

Flight Information

Airport transfer are included in your tour package for flights that arrive based on the below:

  •  Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  •  Day 9 - Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport
Fitness Requirements
  • Low level fitness required
  • Low level of fitness required
What to Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
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