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.

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Wellington to Christchurch

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

13 Days

Tour Code:

 

 

Regions Visited

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Kaikoura Picton Wanaka Wellington Blenheim Mt Cook Te Anau Queenstown Franz Josef Milford Sound

 

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
  • Luxury Seafood Odyssea cruise
  • Tasman Glacier Explorer boat expedition
  • Spectacular Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Dine at a leading Queenstown winery
  • World famous TranzAlpine train
  • Farewell dinner with drinks
  • NZ Fur Seals in Kaikoura
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • Historic Arrowtown

01 January 2019 - 31 December 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller

Share/Twin

Guaranteed Departure

 

26 October 2019

7 November 2019

$10,639 NZD

$7,560 NZD

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 16 November 2019

28 November 2019

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18 January 2020

30 January 2020

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$7,560 NZD

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 8 February 2020

20 February 2020

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$7,560 NZD

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29 February 2020

12 March 2020

$10,639 NZD

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 21 March 2020

2 April 2020

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18 April 2020

30 April 2020

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$7,560 NZD

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Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars

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 / BLENHEIM

This morning we board the Interislander Ferry to cruise across the Cook Strait through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. From there we drive through the Marlborough Region, renowned for its world-class vineyards, to Blenheim. Spend the afternoon exploring the galleries and shops in the charming little town.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

DAY 3 - QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND / BLENHEIM

Head out on the water to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound. On board your luxury launch, you will enjoy a tasting of Marlborough’s fresh Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels, paired with the perfect Sauvignon Blanc. Take in the stunning scenery as we cruise near an aquaculture farm and learn about the Sounds’ key regional industries.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

DAY 4 - KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH

Stop in picturesque coastal Kaikoura to visit a New Zealand Fur Seal (Kekeno) colony, before travelling on to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This afternoon we’ll board the beautifully restored heritage tram to take in the city sights and learn about the Garden City’s rich history.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer

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

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. Return to Lake Te Anau for the night.

Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN

Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. We will arrive early afternoon and your Coach Captain 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.

 

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.