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10 Day Southern Encounter

Christchurch

Dunedin

Franz Josef

Queenstown

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
  • Highlights: Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome dinner and cocktails with fellow travellers.

    Stay: Rydges Latimer (D)
Day 2: Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train - Franz Josef
  • Highlights: A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award winning TranzAlpine for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Islands highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiseled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

    Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B, D)
Day 3: Wanaka - Queenstown
  • Highlights: Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealands premier holiday destination.

    Stay: Heritage Queenstown (B)
Day 4: At Leisure in Queenstown
  • Highlights: Today is a free day to experience this magnificent resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat , perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries.

    Stay: Heritage Queenstown (B)
Day 5: Overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise
  • Highlights: Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, your crew and the Fiordland Navigator await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiords most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, you will be struck by its silence, a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

    Stay: Fiordland Navigator (B, L, D)
Day 6: Manapouri - Dunedin
  • Highlights: Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

    Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (B, D)
Day 7: Otago Peninsula
  • Highlights: This morning enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Furseals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities.

    Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (B)
Day 8: Moeraki - Mount Cook
  • Highlights: Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

    Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel (B, D)
Day 9: Lake Tekapo - Christchurch
  • Highlights: At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Time to explore Christchurch with two of the most popular attractions, the Christchurch Tram and a glide along the Avon River on an Edwardian style punt.

    Stay: Rydges Latimer (B, D)
Day 10: Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your New Zealand holiday.
    (B)
Fares and Pricing
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Start: Christchurch Finish: Christchurch Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
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Jan 27 2019 Feb 5 2019 $5989 $610 $5379 $8575 $610 $7965 Enquire
Feb 3 2019 Feb 12 2019 $5989 $610 $5379 $8575 $610 $7965 Enquire
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Includes:
  • 8 nights luxury accommodation
  • Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
  • Full breakfasts daily, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Guided throughout by professional Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Entry to Franz Josef thermal pools
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
  • World famous TranzAlpine train
  • West Coast glaciers
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes District
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
  • World Heritge listed Mount Cook National Park

    Please note: Share twin not available for solo travellers on this tour.
Includes:
  • 8 nights luxury accommodation
  • Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
  • Full breakfasts daily, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Guided throughout by professional Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Entry to Franz Josef thermal pools
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
  • World famous TranzAlpine train
  • West Coast glaciers
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes District
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
  • World Heritge listed Mount Cook National Park

    Please note: Share twin not available for solo travellers on this tour.
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