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14 Day Southern Spirit Guided Tour

Take a wander through the city of Christchurch and stop for a photo at the world’s only Cathedral built entirely of cardboard. Enjoy dinner with a spectacular view in Queenstown. Stay in the pretty seaside village of Picton then travel across the Cook Strait to the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington.

14 Day Southern Spirit Guided Tour

Take a wander through the city of Christchurch and stop for a photo at the world’s only Cathedral built entirely of cardboard. Enjoy dinner with a spectacular view in Queenstown. Stay in the pretty seaside village of Picton then travel across the Cook Strait to the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington.

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Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Wellington
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 14 days
Tour Code: LCQW

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Punakaiki, Nelson, Picton & Marlborough Sounds, Wellington

Tour Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (flights to arrive prior to 4pm on day 1, flights can depart anytime on day 14)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (13)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
  • Dinners (9)
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
  • Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat
  • Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown
  • Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
  • Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte sound
  • Explore Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / OMARAMA

Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 3: OMARAMA / DUNEDIN

Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, for a sightseeing tour of the city. There’s the opportunity to visit New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens.

Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel

DAY 4: DUNEDIN / MILFORD SOUND

Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by the great sights of Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your magical overnight cruise.  (Please note: Overnight cruise does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown).

Accommodation: Overnight Milford Sound

DAY 5: MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN

This morning depart for Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Here you’ll explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before continuing to Queenstown, the adventure-capital, for your 3 night stay.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN

Explore exciting Queenstown your way. You may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, tempt your tastebuds on a tour of the region’s popular wineries, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, or just explore Queenstown on your own. This evening why not consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead? An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into highcountry farm life. On the cruise back to Queenstown, join in a sing-along or a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN

You have another day to relax and enjoy the many scenic delights of Queenstown. Tonight you’ll ride the gondola to spectacular Bob’s Peak for a highlight dinner at the Skyline Restaurant.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF

Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. Second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 9: FRANZ JOSEF / PUNAKAIKI

You can see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration. Later 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 doorstep!

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

DAY 10: PUNAKAIKI / NELSON

Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon you’ll visit the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort

DAY 11: NELSON

You’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft galleries.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort

DAY 12: NELSON / WELLINGTON

Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before a guided tour of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 13: WELLINGTON

You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament, one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours or even a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 14: FAREWELL FROM WELLINGTON

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight.

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