9 Day Southern Wonders Guided Tour

Sample the delicious fresh stone fruit of Cromwell, feel the soft fleece of sheep at Walter Peak High Country Farm and hear from an artisan the meaning behind each piece of intricately carved greenstone. Just some of the highlights on this tour.

 

9 Day Southern Wonders Guided Tour

Fresh air, magnificent scenery and outdoor activities are just some of the attractions that await you in ‘the land of the long white cloud’.

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Christchurch to Christchurch

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

9 Days

Tour Code:

LRQC

 

Regions Visited

Click on the region name to view more information about the region

Christchurch Tekapo Te Anau Dunedin 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 over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit at an orchard
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

Prices for the period 01 October 2019 - 31 December 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller

Share/Twin

Guaranteed Departure

 

14 October 2019

22 October 2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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28 October 2019

5 November 2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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4 November 2019

12 November 2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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11 November 2019

19 November 2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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25 November 2019

3 December 2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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 2 December 2019

10 December  2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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9 December 2019

17 December  2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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16 December 2019

24 December 2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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30 December 2019

7 January 2019

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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6 January 2019

14 January 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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13 January 2019

21 January 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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20 January 2020

28 January 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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 27 January 2020

4 February 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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3 February 2020

11 February 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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 10 February 2020

18 February 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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17 February 2020

25 February 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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24 February 2020

3 March 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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2 March 2020

10 March 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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 9 March 2020

17 March 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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 16 March 2020

24 March 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

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 23 March 2020

31 March 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

No Enquire

30 March 2020

7 April 2020

$4,240 NZD

$3,225 NZD

No Enquire

 6 April 2020

14 April 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

13 April 2020

21 April 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

4 May 2020

12 May 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

11 May 2020

19 May 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

15 June 2020

23 June 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

13 July 2020

21 July 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

10 August 2020

18 August 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

24 August 2020

1 September 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

31 August 2020

15 September 2020

$3,915 NZD​

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

7 September 2020

15 September 2020

$3,915 NZD

$2,995 NZD

No Enquire

5 October 2020

13 October 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

12 October 2020

20 October 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

 19 October 2020

27 October 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

26 October 2020

3 November 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

2 November 2020

10 November 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

 9 November 2020

17 November 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

 23 November 2020

1 December 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

30 November 2020

8 December 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

7 December 2020

15 December 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

14 December 2020

22 December 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

21 December 2020

29 December 2020

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD​

No Enquire

28 December 2020

5 January 2021

$4,180 NZD

$3,175 NZD

No Enquire

 

         

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars

 

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

Explore Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. The old city centre shows evidence of a rich English heritage, boasting some of the finest Gothic architecture outside of Britain. You’ll have time at leisure this afternoon: you might like to take a stroll along the banks of the Avon River before a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 2 - CHRISTCHURCH / FRANZ JOSEF

This morning, board the iconic TranzAlpine train and take one of the world’s great rail journeys. Pass through magnificent landscapes ranging from the lush pasture land of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps. Arrive at Arthur’s Pass, the highest settlement on the South Island, and continue to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name) is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic flight is available).

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 3 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass this morning, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop in Cromwell and enjoy the tastes of the delicious stone fruit for which the region is known. Next, you’ll visit the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are preserved. An orientation tour of Queenstown, which sits on the shores of crystalclear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges, completes your day.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet boat rides and white water rafting for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely rhythm. You might like to visit the picturesque Queenstown Gardens and enjoy its beautiful tulips in spring or glorious roses in summer. Take a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the century-old TSS Earnslaw, the only remaining commercial passengercarrying coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. Your destination is Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you’ll enjoy a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and entertaining after-dinner show offering glimpses of high country farm life.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN / TE ANAU

This morning you’ll travel the iconic stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Staircase, and along the shores of serene Lake Wakatipu to the town of Te Anau. On your way to Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the towering native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on the magnificent Sound provides views of cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak – it’s sure to be one of the highlights of your New Zealand adventure. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you’ll have the option of visiting the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

DAY 6 - TE ANAU / DUNEDIN

Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. After a city tour, the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, or consider an optional experience. You could ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway or perhaps take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 7 - DUNEDIN / OMARAMA

This morning during a tour of the city you’ll have the opportunity to visit the stately home known as Larnach Castle. Then set out for the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, follow the course of the mighty Waitaki River, passing the monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Aviemore on your way to Omarama.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 8 - OMARAMA / CHRISTCHURCH

Travel through the awe-inspiring Aoraki/ Mt. Cook National Park. At 3,724 metres, Aoraki/Mt. Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain. Stop at serene Lake Tekapo, and view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, whose altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains and return to the vibrant city of Christchurch, where your holiday began. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 9 - FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.