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10 Day Platinum Southern Encounter Guided Tour

A special 10 day guided tour travelling the bottom of the South Island to all the must see spots. Included is an overnight cruise on beautiful Doubtful Sound - a great night to remember.

10 Day Platinum Southern Encounter Guided Tour

The highlight of your South Island tour will undoubtedly be the overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound aboard the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ , designed along the lines of a traditional scow. The beauty of this untouched wilderness will take your breath away and you can choose to explore the stunning shoreline by kayak or tender boat should you wish.

Super Earlybird Offer!

Valid for all new bookings for all coach departures for travel from 01 September 2019 onwards. Book and pay in full by 31 March 2019 to be eligible for the offer. Terms & conditions apply - ask us for details & departure dates.

Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 10 days
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Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Arthurs Pass, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown, Doubtful Sound, Dunedin, Moeraki, Mt Cook, Tekapo

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights luxury accommodation
  • Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
  • Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
  • Welcome drinks & dinner on arrival
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Welcome dinner with drinks
  • Famous TranzAlpine Train
  • Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Stargazing tour, Mt Cook
  • Welcome dinner with drinks
  • Famous TranzAlpine Train
  • Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Stargazing tour, Mt Cook
 

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome dinner and cocktails with fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer

DAY 2: TRANZALPINE TRAIN / FRANZ JOSEF

A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation: Te Waionui Forest Retreat

DAY 3: WANAKA / QUEENSTOWN

Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages.

Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat , perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries.

Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown

DAY 5: OVERNIGHT DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS CRUISE

Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, your crew and the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, you will be struck by its silence … a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator

DAY 6: MANAPOURI / DUNEDIN

Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

DAY 7: OTAGO PENINSULA

This morning enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Furseals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities.

Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

DAY 8: MOERAKI / MT COOK

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

DAY 9: LAKE TEKAPO / CHRISTCHURCH

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer

DAY 10: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

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