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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, where you will fall asleep under a blanket of mist and shadows on the still waters of the fiord.

Itinerary

1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you will 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 and a welcome drink.

Hotel: The George, Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Christchurch – Punakaiki

All aboard the famous TranzAlpine train! Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. 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 eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your door step!

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 3
Punakaiki – Franz Josef

Today visit 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’s newest attraction, the Treetop Walkway through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Stop at the gold-mining town of Ross en route to 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 treat yourself to Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Dinner is at the retreat.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef

Included Meals: Full buffet 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 an optional scenic flight. 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. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps.

 

Day 5: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the awesome 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 or take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River (both own expense). Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort.

Hotel: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 4:Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine. Day 5: Full buffet breakfast, highlight dinner. Day 6: Full buffet breakfast.

Day 7
Queenstown – Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. 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 the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight it’s a magical dinner on your overnight cruise on Milford Sound. You’ll cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea past waterfalls, mountains and wildlife.

Hotel: Milford Mariner

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner

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

Enjoy the many early morning on-board activities. This afternoon it’s on to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse of an enviable slower lifestyle. 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 lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. 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: Full buffet breakfast. Day 9: Full buffet breakfast, lunch

Day 10
Stewart Island – Mt. Cook

Board a ferry to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back towards Queenstown. Travel over the Lindis Pass and into the MacKenzie high country, along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the foothills of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. Tonight enjoy dinner with a mountain view.

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 11
Mt. Cook – Christchurch

Travel to Lake Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, join us at 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 the city is being rebuilt after the devastating 2011 earthquake.

Hotel: The George, Christchurch

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch

Day 12
Farewell from Christchurch

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

Included Meals: Full buffet 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.

Highlights

  • Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train
  • Discover the fascinating Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki
  • Visit a Pounamu factory & marvel at handcrafted jade
  • Walk above the lush rainforest on the Treetop Walkway
  • Experience mighty Franz Josef Glacier
  • Explore historic Arrowtown
  • Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak for stunning views
  • Cruise on Milford Sound for a once in a lifetime overnight sailing trip
  • Kayak on mystical Milford Sound
  • Immerse yourself in the untouched Stewart Island
  • Wake up to spectacular mountain scenery in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
  • Enjoy a home-cooked barbecue lunch and a farm tour at Morelea Farm

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel in a luxury vehicle with no more than 20 guests
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (11)
  • Lunches (2)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
  • Dinners with wine (5)
  • 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 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 between 1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $500
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $250
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $750
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $500
 
Kings Club     Save up to $250

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:

  • The George
    50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

    Christchurch

    • The George Hotel Christchurch - Room
    • The George Hotel Christchurch
    • The George Hotel - Bistro
    • The George Hotel - Reception
    • The George Hotel - Premium Executive Room
    • The George Hotel

    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambiance is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Air-conditioning
    • Safety deposit box (laptop size)
    • 24 hour room service
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini Bar
    • Bathrobe
    • Alarm Clock
    • Modern bathroom with luxury amenities
    • 42 inch LED television
    • Night sensor lighting
    • Laundry/Valet service
  • 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

    Franz Josef

    • 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

    Queenstown, 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 Mariner
    Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound 9846, New Zealand

    • Milford Mariner cruising the Milford Sound
    • Milford Mariner near the fjords on the Milford Sou
    • Milford Mariner - Room
    • Milford Mariner deck with scenic views
    • Milford Mariner - Restaurant
    • Milford Mariner - Dining

    Spend the night aboard the Milford Mariner waking up in one of the most beautiful places on earth. You’ll cruise the full length of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.

    • Features
    • Private cabins with en suites
    • Use of Kayaks
  • 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

    Mt. Cook

    • 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
  • The George
    50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

    Christchurch

    • The George Hotel Christchurch - Room
    • The George Hotel Christchurch
    • The George Hotel - Bistro
    • The George Hotel - Reception
    • The George Hotel - Premium Executive Room
    • The George Hotel

    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambiance is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Air-conditioning
    • Safety deposit box (laptop size)
    • 24 hour room service
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini Bar
    • Bathrobe
    • Alarm Clock
    • Modern bathroom with luxury amenities
    • 42 inch LED television
    • Night sensor lighting
    • Laundry/Valet service