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Discover 100% Pure New Zealand on this Inspiring Journey through the bountiful natural treasures of the South Island. From the still waters of Milford Sound and snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, to rolling hills and grassy plains of Central Otago, delve into the exquisite beauty of a land that has remained unchanged for millennia.


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

On arrival at your Christchurch hotel you’ll have time at leisure to relax or explore. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome drink and dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Christchurch – Punakaiki

This morning, take one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys on the famous TranzAlpine train. Travel through the spectacular Southern Alps, and spend the night in an eco-friendly waterfront resort at Punakaiki.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 3
Punakaiki – Franz Josef

Visit Hokitika for a demonstration by a greenstone (jade) carver, then ascend to a treetop walkway to view the canopy of the lush nearby rainforest. Continue to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier for a tour to the viewing area with an expert glacier guide.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

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

Take an optional scenic flight over the glacier this morning, then travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown en route to Queenstown. Nestled on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring.

Day 5: Queenstown Free Time

Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure capital. Ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out on a Wine Tour. Tonight you’ll dine at Bob’s Peak overlooking Queenstown.

Day 6: Queenstown Free Time

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station.

Hotel: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast and dinner with wine. Day 5: Breakfast and highlight dinner. Day 6: Breakfast

Day 7
Queenstown – Milford Sound

Travel to Lake Te Anau, then Fiordland National Park to the Milford Sound. Tonight, stay at magical Milford Sound Lodge.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, Fiordland National Park

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

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

A breakfast cruise to the spectacular Tasman Sea begins your day. Later, at Invercargill, travel by ferry to remote Stewart Island, keeping a lookout for seals, dolphins and albatross. Stewart Island is arguably the best place to spot a kiwi in the wild.

Day 9: Stewart Island

A guided tour and cruise today reveals an unspoiled, a beautiful haven, steeped in stories of Maori legend. Stewart Island is a destination for those who yearn to go beyond the ordinary.

Hotel: Bay Motel on Stewart Island, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast and lunch

Day 10
Stewart Island – Mt. Cook

Cruise back to the mainland and travel though lush Southland pastures on your way to Aoraki (Mt. Cook).

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 11
Mt. Cook – Christchurch

Travel to tranquil Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Be my guest dining experienceLater you’ll be welcomed to Morelea Farm by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for lunch in their 240-hectare garden.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast and Be My Guest 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

12 Day Inspiring Journey

Tour departs from Christchurch and returns to Christchurch

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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.


  • Experience Franz Josef Glacier
  • Stunning Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park
  • Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train
  • Historic goldrush Arrowtown
  • Untouched Stewart Island
  • A jade factory & see artists at work
  • Walk the rainforest Treetop Walkway
  • Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak
  • Cruise on stunning Milford Sound
  • A BBQ at Morelea FarmBe my guest dining experience


  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers
  • Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
  • Private airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • 11 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 By My Guest lunch
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 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

Departures before 31 March 2018
Kings Club    Save up to 5%

All savings are per person.


Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 7.5% saving

when you pay in full by 27 April 2018

Pay by 27 Apr 2018   7.5% saving
Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

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 - 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 - 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

    Franz Josef

    • 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

    Queenstown, 3 nights

    • Millbrook Resort - Exterior

    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

    Fiordland National Park

    • Milford Sound Lodge - Exterior

    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

    • 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

    Mount Cook

    • The Hermitage - Standard room

    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 - 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

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.

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.

TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Dinner (Queenstown)

NZ$133 Adult NZ$67 Child

TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Dinner

Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise on Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. The TSS Earnslaw makes several trips daily across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores. A cruise on this gracious heritage vessel is the perfect way to experience Queenstown’s magnificent alpine scenery. Upon reaching Walter Peak High Country Farm, you can disembark for an insight into New Zealand’s farming lifestyle. Enjoy an evening dining at the Colonel’s Homestead followed by an entertaining Sheep Show!

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 - 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 - 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 - 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.


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 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.