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The Southern Drift

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  • Lindis Pass

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    Milford Sound

  • Mount Cook

    Mount Cook

  • Mount Cook

    Mount Cook

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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 snowcapped 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 2018 - 31 March 2019 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch

Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, whose lush green surrounds have earned it the nickname, the Garden City. Spend the afternoon at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner to kick-off your holiday of a lifetime

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Christchurch – Punakaiki

Traverse the Canterbury Plains and snow-capped Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. The gentle chug-chug in extraordinary surrounds gives way to more epic scenery as you board the coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to see the limestone Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Your home tonight is in an eco-friendly resort on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 3
Punakaiki – Franz Josef

A leisurely start to the day arriving in the town of Hokitika where you’ll enjoy a jewellery demonstration by a local greenstone (jade) carver. Then visit the gold-mining centre of Ross. Today’s final stop, en route to your eco-friendly retreat in the bush, is the luminous icy depths of the Franz Josef Glacier. Spend the night surrounded by the pristine wilderness and in the warm embrace of the local geothermal hot pools.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

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

Spend the morning contemplating the exquisite setting or take to the air on a scenic flight over this spectacular glacier (own expense). Later, meander through the Haast Pass and along the pebble-laden shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping in Makarora and the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. The adventure capital of Queenstown awaits and you’ll have an opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour before settling in at your hotel.

Day 5: Queenstown Free Time

Calling all thrill seekers! Today’s the day to earn your adventurer stripes braving some of Queenstown’s most daring activities. Or indulge your more serene side with a round of golf or relaxing spa treatment. This evening, enjoy a memorable Highlight Dinner at one of Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants.

Day 6: Queenstown Free Time

Another daring day awaits in New Zealand’s adrenalin capital. Consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages at the Gibbston Valley Winery, or board a jet boat for an exhilarating ride down the mighty Shotover River.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Queenstown, 3 nights

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

Day 7 - 8
Queenstown – Milford Sound
Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound

Skirting the shores of Lake Wakatipu southwards, venture to Te Anau and then deep within the Fiordland National Park. Driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. Stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley.

Day 8: Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound and board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound. Cruise out to the Tasman sea looking for wildlife along the way, and take the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrisons Cove. This afternoon learn more about Fiordland National Park with an informative talk by a local expert.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 7: Breakfast, dinner with wine. Day 8: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

Day 9
Milford Sound - Wedderburn

This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland to the hills of Central Otago, travelling through Te Anau and the rolling hill country of Southland to the dry and arid region of Central Otago. Arriving into Wedderburn you’ll head out to a high country farm to learn about life on the plains. Finish the day with dinner at the local pub.

Hotel: Wedderburn Cottages

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 10
Wedderburn – Mt. Cook

Travel to the town of Naseby to learn the history of this gold mining town. Maybe you’ll try your hand at the ancient sport of curling! From here it’s on towards the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps and then along the shores of Lake Pukaki before arriving in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy dinner against the spectacular backdrop of the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 11
Mt. Cook – Christchurch

Discover the shores of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd today, before crossing the Canterbury Plains and arriving in Christchurch this afternoon. Embark on an in-depth sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the 2011 earthquake.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 12
Farewell from Christchurch

It’s time to say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end today.

Included Meals: Breakfast

12 Day Inspiring Journey

Tour departs from Christchurch and returns to Christchurch


  • The magnificent icy landscape of Franz Josef Glacier
  • The stunning peak of Mount Cook, rising above the Southern Alps
  • Central Otago’s undulating fields
  • Journey over fields and rivers on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Vibrant Queenstown, nestled at the foot of the Remarkables
  • Kayak across the waters of magical Milford Sound
  • Enjoy a traditional Jade factory demonstration
  • Learn the ancient sport of curling in Naseby
  • Uncover Arrowtown’s gold mining heritage
  • Stay in a luxury eco-lodge in Fiordland National Park
  • Unwind in Franz Josef’s geothermal pools
  • Cruise out to the Tasman Sea on Milford Soun


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


  • 11 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 8 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

Fitness Level

Minimum child age is 12 years old.

Ways to Save

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:

  • Crowne Plaza Christchurch
    764 Colombo St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    • Crowne Plaza Christchurch Guest Room

    Across from Victoria Square in the city centre, this polished hotel in a sleek multi-storey concrete building is a 12-minute walk from the Canterbury Museum and 10 km from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Gym facilities
  • 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

    • 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
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown
    93 Beach St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    3 nights

    • Crowne Plaza Queenstown

    Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel is an award-winning hotel overlooking the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Conveniently located just minutes from Queenstown town centre, across the road is the popular Steamer Wharf – home to great dining, bars and entertainment.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • TV
    • Bathrobe
    • Air-conditioning
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
  • Milford Sound Lodge
    Milford Sound Hwy, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

    2 nights

    • 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
  • Wedderburn Cottages
    7145 Wedderburn-Becks Rd, Wedderburn, New Zealand

    • Wedderburn Cottages

    Wedderburn is steeped in history; your stay at Wedderburn Cottages provides a chance to explore our heritage and the rural farming lifestyle of Central Otago. Wedderburn Cottages have been operating since the inception of the Rail Trail, and are perfectly placed at the exact halfway point, with the actual Rail Trail going through the centre of the complex.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Wi-Fi
    • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
    • Heater
  • The Hermitage Hotel
    89 Terrace Road, Mt Cook 8770, New Zealand

    • 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
  • Crowne Plaza Christchurch
    764 Colombo St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    • Crowne Plaza Christchurch Guest Room

    Across from Victoria Square in the city centre, this polished hotel in a sleek multi-storey concrete building is a 12-minute walk from the Canterbury Museum and 10 km from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Gym facilities