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11 Day Classic Southern Discovery Guided Tour

A fabulous tour beginning in Christchurch, travelling down to the Southern Lakes region before heading up along the beautiful West Coast and onto Wellington. With some great sightseeing activities included you couldn't ask for anything more.

11 Day Classic Southern Discovery Guided Tour

Experience the spectacular South Island national parks of Mt Cook, Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Westland, Paparoa and Abel Tasman on this comprehensive 11 day tour of the South Island.

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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 Wellington or Christchurch
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 11 days
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Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Mt Cook, Te Anau, Doubtful Sound, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Franz Josef, Hokitika, Punakaiki, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Wellington

Tour Inclusions

  • 10 nights accommodation in premium hotels
  • Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 8 dinners
  • Evening welcome drinks on arrival
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Welcome Cocktail Party
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Skyline Gondola & Dinner, Queenstown
  • Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park
  • Coastal Pacific Train (Christchurch return passengers)
  • City tours of Christchurch & Wellington
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre, Mt Cook
  • World of Wearable Arts Museum
  • Scenic Interislander cruise

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

On arrival in Christchurch you will be met at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail party.

Accommodation: Distinction Hotel

DAY 2: MT COOK NATIONAL PARK / OMARAMA

After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial before visiting Mt Cook National Park with its 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 3: CROMWELL / TE ANAU

Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore

DAY 4: DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. Travel over the Wilmot Pass and pause to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Board ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.

Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Resort & Hotel

DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all its various forms and your Coach Captain will happily recommend and assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Alternatively, you may prefer to browse in the many shops and galleries. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.

Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort

DAY 6: ARROWTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF

This morning, we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 7: HOKITIKA / PUNAKAIKI

Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). At Hokitika, we stop to visit to a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Punakaiki, marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks & Blowhole. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco resort located in the Paparoa National Park and only a stone’s throw from the beach.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

DAY 8: NELSON

Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison, then travel north to Nelson, a charming city that boasts the greatest number of sunshine hours and a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. Visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum on our arrival.

Accommodation: Heritage Rutherford Hotel

DAY 9: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Park, calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view Split Apple Rock and the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore, your Coach Captain will be happy to provide you with details.

Accommodation: Heritage Rutherford Hotel

DAY 10: PICTON / WELLINGTON OR CHRISTCHURCH

At the picturesque village of Picton, we board the Interislander and cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Guests returning to Christchurch will join the Coastal Pacific Train from Picton.

Accommodation: Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel Wellington or Sudima Hotel Christchurch

DAY 11: DEPART WELLINGTON OR CHRISTCHURCH

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington or Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight.

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