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  • Morelea Farm

    Morelea Farm

  • TranzAlpine Train Journey

    TranzAlpine Train Journey

  • Walter Peak High Country Farm

    Walter Peak High Country Farm

  • Cruise on Milford Sound

    Cruise on Milford Sound

  • Lake Pukaki

    Lake Pukaki

  • Church of the Good Shepherd

    Church of the Good Shepherd


Tour code: ZRQC

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Which of the South Island’s attractions are going to become your favourite memory? The spectacular scenery viewed from the TranzAlpine train? The waves crashing on the beach outside your resort in Punakaiki? The breath-taking beauty of Milford Sound? Or are they all going to become new favourites?

Itinerary

1 October 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Christchurch – Punakaiki

Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine to Arthur’s Pass. View the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes on arrival in Punakaiki. Spend the night at your exclusive resort on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 3
Punakaiki – Franz Josef

Travel to Hokitika to visit a native greenstone (jade) factory for a unique jewellery demonstration. Your final destination is spectacular Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4-5
Franz Josef – Queenstown
Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown

Travel via the Haast Pass, take a short rainforest walk, and see Thunder Creek Falls then a trio of lakes, Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Sample stone fruit at a local orchard in Cromwell. Discover the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, before arriving in magical Queenstown for an orientation tour.

Day 5: Queenstown Included Choice

Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for thrilling luge rides, or visit the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Or take a 4WD minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon. Perhaps visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or journey deep into the mountains to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm for lunch. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast. Day 5: Breakfast of choice, Highlight dinner

Day 6
Queenstown – Te Anau

Journey over the Devil’s Staircase to Te Anau. Travel through the World Heritage Fiordland National Park viewing glaciers and mountains. Drive through the Homer Tunnel to Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls and Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on this natural wonder.

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Included Meals: Breakfast of choice, Dinner with wine

Day 7
Te Anau – Dunedin Included Choice

Cross the rich farmlands of South Otago to Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. Included Choice This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise or experience an interactive of tour Speight’s Brewery.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8
Dunedin – Twizel

Enjoy free time before you continue your journey to Oamaru and then along the Waitaki River past the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam to Twizel.

Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 9
Twizel – Christchurch

Mount Cook National Park is today’s highlight. See Lake Pukaki and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo. Be my guest dining experience Enjoy a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on a working farm. Be welcomed into the home and 240 hectare garden of Angie and Stan Taylor. Later, travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch

Day 10
Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Don't Miss

Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach

The Moeraki Boulders

When you travel between Dunedin & Oamaru on this holiday, you’ll make a stop at Koekohe Beach to view the fabulous Moeraki Boulders, a group of very large spherical ‘stones’. There are 50 of them on the beach, the biggest weigh 7 tons, are 2-3 metres wide and it’s said it took about 4 million years for the boulders to form their current size. These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs that back the beach. Maori legend tells that the boulders are remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe, the Araiteuru was wrecked at nearby Shag Point (Matakaea).

Highlights

  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Walk around Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks
  • Visit a green stone factory
  • See Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit historic Arrowtown
  • Cruise inspiring Milford Sound
  • Journey through spectacular Fiordland National Park with its magnificent scenery
  • Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Dunedin
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo
  • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm for Be My Guest a BBQ lunchBe My Guest Dining Icon
  • Visit a working sheep farm
  • Included Choice experiences Included Choice
  • Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Inclusions

  • Quality accommodation
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  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Breakfast of choice (2)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (7)
  • Be My Guest lunch (1)
  • Dinners with wine (6)
  • Highlight dinner (1)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
into Christchurch Airport
Day 10   Flights to depart anytime
from Christchurch Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Ways to Save

Triple share    Save up to 5%
Kings Club    Save up to 5%

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Novotel Christchurch
    50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

    • Novotel Christchurch - Twin Room

    The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room service
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access
  • Punakaiki Resort
    State Highway 6 ,Punakaiki 8252 New Zealand

    • Punakaiki Resort - Villas

    Situated on New Zealand's wild West Coast, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. The hotel rooms are designed in harmony with the local environment to maintain a sense of privacy and seclusion and have either ocean or rainforest views.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Shower and toilet facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Phone
    • Hairdryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Punakaiki Resort
    State Highway 6 ,Punakaiki 8252 New Zealand

    • Punakaiki Resort - Villas

    Situated on New Zealand's wild West Coast, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. The hotel rooms are designed in harmony with the local environment to maintain a sense of privacy and seclusion and have either ocean or rainforest views.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Shower and toilet facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Phone
    • Hairdryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
    32 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 9300, South Island

    2 nights

    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Superior Room

    Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boating.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Colour TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Phone
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
    • Electric blankets
    • Broadband Internet access
  • Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
    64 Lakefront Terrace, Te Anau 9460, South Island

    • Distinction Te Anau Hotel - Lakeview Room

    Located on the Te Anau lake front, a short stroll from the Te Anau town centre, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is perfectly situated for you to make the most of this beautiful area. If you need an escape from everyday life and a chance to indulge yourself with a relaxing holiday, this is the place for you.

    • Features
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • Individual heater control
    • Flat Screen TV
    • In-house movies
    • Refrigerator
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Phone
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
    118 High St, Dunedin, 9054, New Zealand

    • Scenic Hotel Southern Cross - Superior Room

    The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is Dunedin's largest and most established hotel. Located in the heart of Dunedin, this hotel has been extensively refurbished and now provides guests with modern style, exquisite quality, convenience and exceptional service. The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation, giving the convenience of having entertainment, shopping and restaurants close at hand. Just a short walk from the Octagon, railway station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago university, it is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure, it is hard to go past the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross.

    • Features
    • TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Hair Dryer
    • Refrigerator
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Guest Laundry
    • Dry cleaning service
    • Gym facilities
    • 24 hour room service
  • MacKenzie Country Hotel
    Corner Of Ostler & Wairepo Streets, Twizel 7901 New Zealand

    • MacKenzie Country Hotel Sunset

    The MacKenzie Country Hotel is located in the heart of the Mackenzie region, a unique area of New Zealand's South Island. Featuring natural stonework, the architecture beautifully reflects and compliments the mountains and riverbeds of the surrounding landscape.

    • Features
    • Private balcony
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Refrigerator
    • Electric blankets
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Ensuite
    • Phone
  • Novotel Christchurch
    50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

    • Novotel Christchurch - Twin Room

    The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room service
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 October 2017 - 31 March 2018

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight (Mt Cook)

NZ$370 Adult NZ$250 Child

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight

Explore the alpine wonderland of the Southern Alps’ highest peaks and glacial lakes on this 45-minute scenic flight, including Murchison Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Main Divide, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, westland coastal rainforests and Mount Cook.

Speight's Brewery Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$29 Adult NZ$13 Child

Speight's Brewery Tour

No visitor to Dunedin should leave without taking the Speight’s Brewery Tour. Since 1876 the brewery has been proudly producing Speight’s legendary ales from the same site in Rattray Street. On the Speight’s Brewery Tour you’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s beers – and of course, get to sample “The Pride of the South” for yourself!

Monarch Wildlife Cruise (Dunedin)

NZ$150 Adult NZ$56 Child

Monarch Wildlife Cruise

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Then continue your tour out to the tip of the Otago Peninsula, enjoying unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land – Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment.

Taieri Gorge Railway (Dunedin)

NZ$91 Adult NZ$28 Child

Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world’s great train trips, taking passengers from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin’s city centre to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago, and back. Travel in comfort, cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts, travel through a series of tunnels with rock walls only inches from the side of the train.

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$76 Adult NZ$38 Child

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour

Let your local driver take you on an exciting Otago Peninsula drive to New Zealand’s only castle. Your guided tour of the Larnach family home will give you insight into not only the architecture and style of the stately building, but also into William Larnach’s family life and the restoration done by the current owners during the past three decades. Enjoy views from the tower and marvel at the immaculate gardens before your return to Dunedin.

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour (Te Anau)

NZ$88 Adult NZ$22 Child

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

2.5 hour tour incorporating a cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House. Enjoy a guided tour (in small groups) through the limestone caverns, waterfalls and the glow worm grotto. Complimentary tea & coffee is available at Cavern House.

Kiwi Birdlife Park (Queenstown)

NZ$48 Adult NZ$23 Child

Kiwi Birdlife Park

The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. They hold and display over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in our 5 acre Park, all of which are part of nationally managed programmes. Your entry fee supports their conservation work. They offer guaranteed kiwi viewing in our specially constructed nocturnal houses, audio tours (available in English and Japanese; allow 45min), Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; allow 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm; allow 15min). They offer an all-day pass and the park can be enjoyed in all weather. Experience conservation in action!

Shotover Jet Boat Ride (Queenstown)

NZ$149 Adult NZ$79 Child

Shotover Jet Boat Ride

Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

Queenstown Boutique Wine Tour (Queenstown)

NZ$199 Adult NZ$139 Child

Queenstown Boutique Wine Tour

An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over two contrasting wine regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history and visit the Historic Precinct of Old Cromwell. Includes a delightful platter lunch and a glass of wine with lunch.

Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour & Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$195 Adult NZ$115 Child

Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour & Jet Boat

Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.

Skyline Gondola and Dinner (Queenstown)

NZ$85 Adult NZ$43 Child (Dinner & Gondola)

Skyline Gondola and Dinner

Enjoy Queenstown’s most spectacular views while savouring the finest NZ flavours. Be tempted by a lavish six course “Taste of New Zealand” buffet whilst dining in the relaxed atmosphere.

Haast River Safari (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$109 Adult NZ$59

Haast River Safari

Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$460 Adult NZ$322 Child

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight

Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook.

The Helicopter Line - Twin Glacier Scenic Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$315 Adult NZ$220.50

The Helicopter Line - Twin Glacier Scenic Flight

From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

The Helicopter Line - Neve Discoverer Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$245 Adult NZ$171.50 Child

The Helicopter Line - Neve Discoverer Flight

Lift off and fly up over the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier to land amongst this alpine wonderland on a 20-minute scenic flight. Highlights include landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and a snow or icefall landing.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 October 2017. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.