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9 Day Southern Spotlight Guided Tour

Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train, have a night out at a High Country Station in Central Otago, cruise down the still waters of Milford Sound, and roam through the stone-hewn campus of New Zealand’s oldest university in Dunedin.

9 Day Southern Spotlight Guided Tour

This tour ticks all the boxes of must-dos in the South Island.

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Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 9 days
Tour Code: LCQR

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Tekapo, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Franz Josef

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 9)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (8)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
  • Dinners (4)
  • Farewell dinner (1)
  • Journey through spectacular Mt. Cook National Park
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Cruise mystical Milford Sound
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit at an orchard
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director for a welcome reception in the evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / OMARAMA

You have time at leisure this morning. Perhaps travel the city on board the famous Christchurch Tram. After crossing patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains, visit spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, then enjoy the scenic highlight of Mt. Cook National Park. You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 3: OMARAMA / DUNEDIN

Visit spectacular Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Then visit the stately historic town of Oamaru. This afternoon travel to Dunedin, where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 4: DUNEDIN / TE ANAU

After a morning of free time, you’ll head off across South Otago’s fertile, sheep-filled rolling farm land en route to beautiful Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on New Zealand’s South Island.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

DAY 5: TE ANAU / QUEENSTOWN

Today, be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest, to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. See rainforests, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. En route see the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, travel the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. On arrival, take a sightseeing tour of Queenstown.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN

Explore the adventure capital, Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides, from 4WD tour safaris to white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead, with an entertaining after-dinner farm show for a glimpse of high-country farm life.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF

Visit the gold mining village of Arrowtown, then enjoy stone fruit at Cromwell. See Lakes Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka, a trio of beautiful lakes. Travel over the Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls, then enjoy a tranquil rainforest walk. The last stop, is majestic Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier. Take the opportunity for an optional scenic flight (own expense).

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 8: FRANZ JOSEF / CHRISTCHURCH

You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel through Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 9: FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

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