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13 Day Platinum Southern Sensations Guided Tour

Discover extraordinary treasures and dramatic extremes on this comprehensive and relaxing small group itinerary that reveals the hidden gems of New Zealand’s South Island.

13 Day Platinum Southern Sensations Guided Tour

Discover extraordinary treasures and dramatic extremes on this comprehensive and relaxing small group itinerary that reveals the hidden gems of New Zealand’s South Island.

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: Wellington to Christchurch
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 13 days
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Regions Visited

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Wellington, Piction & Marlborough Sounds, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Takapo, Mt Cook, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Franz Josef

Tour Inclusions

  • 12 nights luxury accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Scenic Interislander Ferry Cruise
  • Scenic Mussel cruise to Raetihi Lodge
  • Tasman Glacier Explorer boat expedition
  • Spectacular Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Dine at a leading Queenstown winery
  • World famous TranzAlpine train
  • Farewell dinner with drinks
  • Free use of Raetihi Lodge kayaks, mountain bikes, dinghies & fishing tackle
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • Historic Arrowtown

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE WELLINGTON

‘Haere Mai’ …. Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your city hotel.

Accommodation: The Bolton Hotel

DAY 2: PICTON / MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

This morning we cruise across Cook Strait by Interislander ferry to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. At Havelock, we board our vessel for a scenic cruise to our remote resort located in the stunning Kenepuru Sound. For those who wish, an optional helicopter transfer & scenic flight to the lodge is available from Picton.

Accommodation: Raetihi Lodge

DAY 3: KENEPURU SOUND

A free day to relax & marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the region with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks & mountains bikes are provided at the lodge and there is a number of bush walks to enjoy. Or you can simply relax with a book & soak in the spectacular scenery.

Accommodation: Raetihi Lodge

DAY 4: BLENHEIM / KAIKOURA

Return to Havelock by water taxi and board our coach for the journey to the small coastal town of Kaikoura. Here you can enjoy an optional whale-watching adventure, swim with the dolphins or join local Maori for a unique, award winning cultural experience.

Accommodation: White Morph Heritage Collection

DAY 5: LAKE TEKAPO / MT COOK

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

DAY 6: TASMAN GLACIER EXPEDITION

Today we experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch & taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. Later today, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

DAY 7: CROMWELL / LAKE 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 Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 8: MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN

The highlight today is a leisurely nature cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins & albatross when in season. Continue your journey on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

*** Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available subject to availability – ask us for details ***

Accommodation: Heritage Hotel

DAY 9: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your guide will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available.

Accommodation Heritage Hotel

DAY 10: ARROWTOWN / AKARUA WINERY

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village before enjoying a relaxing lunch at Walnut Cottage, the show piece of Akarua Wines & Kitchen back dropped by the Remarkables mountain range.

Accommodation: Heritage Hotel

DAY 11: WANAKA / FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

There is time to wander around the resort of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions).

Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

DAY 12: TRANZALPINE TRAIN / CHRISTCHURCH

Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800’s. This afternoon, we board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. On arrival we transfer to our resort hotel for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer

DAY 13: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH

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

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