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The Southern Drift

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From 1 October 2017

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  • Patterson Inlet - Stewart Island

    Patterson Inlet - Stewart Island

  • Lake Pukaki

    Lake Pukaki

  • TranzAlpine Train

    TranzAlpine Train

  • Punakaiki - Pancake Rocks

    Punakaiki - Pancake Rocks

  • Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef Glacier

  • Sea Lions - Stewart Island

    Sea Lions - Stewart Island

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No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of the South Island less travelled. From the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island, to the spectacular vistas of Mt. Cook through to Milford Sound, you will fall asleep under a blanket of mist with shadows on the still waters of the fiord.


1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Christchurch – Punakaiki

First up it’s all aboard the famous TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel in the comfort of your carriage for the journey across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. You’ll then re-join your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an ecofriendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep!

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 3
Punakaiki – Franz Josef

This morning you’ll have a leisurely start to the day. Visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Then visit the West Coast Treetop Walk, where you may take a stroll through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Now you’re off to the gold-mining town of Ross before arriving at Franz Josef, where you’ll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4-6
Franz Josef – Queenstown
Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown

You’ll have the opportunity to see the glacier from the air on a scenic flight (own expense). Later today, travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. Also stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps and framed by the Remarkables Mountain Range. This evening you’ll dine at one of the resort’s restaurants.

Day 5: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital at your leisure. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in spa treatment at your resort. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River or get wet white water rafting down the Kawarau River! Tonight you can dine at one of the many local restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort.

Hotel: Millbrook Resort, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast, Dinner with wine. Day 5: Breakfast, Highlight dinner. Day 6: Breakfast

Day 7
Queenstown – Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to a photographer’s paradise surrounded by Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the amazing Mirror Lake, where the surroundings reflect perfectly on the lake. Afterwards, you’ll walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord and experience Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous destination, part of the Fiordland National Park. Tonight stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8-9
Milford Sound – Stewart Island
Day 8: Milford Sound – Stewart Island

This morning board your Southern Discoveries breakfast cruise to the Tasman Sea and enjoy the sights of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Later, continue to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. You’ll board a ferry at Bluff to cruise to Stewart Island, the 3rd largest island in New Zealand, for a wondrous experience. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse into an enviable simpler, slower lifestyle. You can dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel

Day 9: Stewart Island

This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a cruise on Paterson Inlet and enjoying lunch. Paterson Inlet is the largest waterway on Stewart Island, where you’ll see the many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and this afternoon take a tour with staff from the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. You’ll learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna – a day of exploration and education. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.

Hotel: Bay Motel on Stewart Island, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10
Stewart Island – Mt. Cook

This morning you’ll board a ferry and journey across Foveaux Strait, making your way back to the New Zealand mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland and the spectacular alpine scenery of the Southern Alps as you travel towards Queenstown. Venture over the Lindis Pass and along the shores of Lake Pukaki into the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere, helped Sir Edmund Hillary hone his climbing skills in preparation for his conquest of Everest. Tonight enjoy dinner with a breathtaking mountain view.

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 11
Mt. Cook – Christchurch

See Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. You’re welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how Christchurch is being rebuilt after the earthquake of 2011.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12
Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end with your transfer to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Guests and Travel Director at the Post & Telegraph shop in Arrowtown

Historic Arrowtown

On this journey 20 minutes out of Queenstown you’ll call in at Arrowtown. It’s charming and quirky; a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small-town heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. The quaint cottages and shops hark back to Arrowtown's ‘golden’ age of the 1860s. Traces of the town's history as a gold rush-era settlement are found everywhere, from the beautiful old shops, to the Lakes District Museum, to the Chinese Miners Settlement just along from the town’s main road. It’s wonderful place to browse and soak up Arrowtown’s lively heritage.


  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Mount Cook National Park
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Walk amongst lush rainforest
  • Wildlife Sanctuary Stewart Island
  • Jade factory demonstration
  • Morelea Farm tour
  • Kayak on Milford Sound
  • Untouched Stewart Island


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


  • 1 Highlight Dinner in Queenstown
  • 11 full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners with wine

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 12   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

Early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to 10%
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to 7.5%
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to 5%
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to 15%
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to 12.5%
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to 10%
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:

  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
    363 Montreal St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

    • Hotel Montreal Reception
    • Hotel Montreal - Junior Suite
    • Hotel Montreal - Junior Suite
    • Hotel Montreal - Bathroom Junior Suite

    A 4-minute walk from the sprawling Hagley Park, this upscale, all-suite hotel with an old-word, European vibe is an 11-minute walk from Cathedral Square in Christchurch centre.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • Kitchenette
    • Balcony or Terrace
    • Plasma television
    • iPod/iPhone docking station
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Punakaiki Resort
    State Highway 6 ,Punakaiki 8252 New Zealand

    • Punakaiki Resort - Exterior
    • Punakaiki Resort - Villas
    • Punakaiki Resort - Walkway to 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
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
    3 Wallace St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Deluxe Room
    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Canopy Restaurant
    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Lobby
    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Exterior
    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Exterior

    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand’s pristine wilderness – Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests’ wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

    Te Waonui Forest Retreat seamlessly incorporates measures that greatly reduce its environmental impact. Designed to stand the test of time, Te Waonui’s durable, New Zealand building design blends in with its stunning natural setting. Management and staff at Te Waonui actively support community-based projects to preserve our outstanding natural heritage in Franz Josef Glacier Town.

    • Features
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Pillow Menu (Choice of pillows)
    • Luxurious bed linen
    • Private balcony or courtyard
    • Electronic security key system
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini Bar
    • TV
  • Millbrook Resort
    Malaghans Rd, Arrowtown 9348 New Zealand

    3 nights

    • Millbrook Resort - Exterior
    • Millbrook Resort - Village Inn
    • Millbrook Resort - Villas
    • Millbrook Resort - Dining
    • Millbrook Resort - Village Inn rooms
    • Millbrook Resort - Millhouse Cafe
    • Millbrook Resort - Hole in One Bar

    Millbrook Resort provides superior Queenstown accommodation in a peaceful and private setting, and is the ultimate in luxury. Beautifully-appointed rooms, suites and villas complement the history and character of the Central Otago region with spacious rooms, large windows and balconies that take advantage of the stunning views that surround the entire resort.

    • Features
    • Mini Bar
    • Wi-Fi
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Satellite TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Bathrobe
    • Iron
    • Luxury bathroom products
    • Bathtub and shower
  • Milford Sound Lodge
    Milford Sound Hwy, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

    • Milford Sound Lodge - Exterior
    • Milford Sound Lodge -- Property exterior
    • Milford Sound Lodge - Room
    • Milford Sound Lodge - Bathroom

    Nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Darran Mountains, Milford Sound Lodge provides a fantastic base to experience the beauty and majesty of Fiordland National Park / Te Wahipounamu. To experience this World Heritage destination in a more authentic, relaxed way, stay a night or two. There are so many inspiring possibilities for outdoor adventure right on our doorstep.

    • Features
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Flat Screen TV
    • DVD players
    • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
    • Ensuite
    • Heater
  • Bay Motel on Stewart Island
    9 Dundee St, Stewart Island 9846 New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Stewart Island at sunset
    • Bay Motel Stewart Island - Exterior

    Stewart Island, New Zealand's third island and home to Rakiura National Park. Island of nature with crystal clear waters. Bay Motel is located in the heart of the Oban township, offering views of bush-clad hills, Halfmoon Bay and the township. Absolute comfort and enjoyment is the priority for all staying at the Bay Motel and on Stewart Island.

    • Features
    • Individual heater control
    • Kitchenette
    • Refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Complimentary tea and coffee
    • Sky TV
    • Phone
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Guest Laundry
  • The Hermitage Hotel
    89 Terrace Road, Mt Cook 8770, New Zealand

    • The Hermitage - Standard room
    • The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
    • The Hermitage - Alpine Room
    • The Hermitage - Panorama Room
    • The Hermitage - Exterior
    • The Hermitage - Exterior

    From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long. Choose from premium hotel rooms, motel units or cozy chalets. Add world-class activities such as Glacier Explorers, Tasman Valley 4WD and Argo Tours, Big Sky Stargazing, Encounter Day Walks, scenic flights or the visual extravaganza of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and you have a unique, year-round alpine adventure perfect for the family holiday or your next romantic getaway.

    • Features
    • Sky TV
    • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
    • Refrigerator
    • Binoculars
    • Balcony or Terrace
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • IDD Phones
  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
    363 Montreal St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

    • Hotel Montreal Reception
    • Hotel Montreal - Junior Suite
    • Hotel Montreal - Junior Suite
    • Hotel Montreal - Bathroom Junior Suite

    A 4-minute walk from the sprawling Hagley Park, this upscale, all-suite hotel with an old-word, European vibe is an 11-minute walk from Cathedral Square in Christchurch centre.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • Kitchenette
    • Balcony or Terrace
    • Plasma television
    • iPod/iPhone docking station
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board