11 Day South Island Wanderer Tour
An eleven day tour covering most of the scenic attractions of the South Island. With plenty of activities included this tour has it all.
|Christchurch to Christchurch|
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|Dunedin||Queenstown||Christchurch||Fox Glacier||Punakaiki||Nelson||Abel Tasman||Kaikoura||Milford Sound||Mt Cook||Te Anau|
- All transport & transfers
- 10 nights accommodation
- Otago Peninsula Tour
- Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
- Queenstown Gondola
- Fox Glacier transfer
- Visit Lake Matheson
- Visit Punakaiki
- Abel Tasman National Park Day Tour
- Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour
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.
TOUR TYPE - INDEPENDENT TOUR
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Free time in Mount Cook before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.
DAY 2 - QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN
This morning travel through the Central Otago hill country to the city of Dunedin. This afternoon enjoy an Otago Peninsula Tour. Cruise the length of the harbour and watch as fur seals swim and play, view ocean birds including albatross and enjoy a guided tour of Penguin Place.
DAY 3 - DUNEDIN / TE ANAU
Free time this morning in Dunedin which boasts some beautiful architecture – a quiet stroll around the city can be most rewarding. In the afternoon journey through the lush pastures of Otago and Southland to the lakeside resort of Te Anau.
Stay: Te Anau
DAY 4 - TE ANAU / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN
A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. Enjoy cruising Milford Sound and viewing the spectacular waterfalls and towering Mitre Peak.
DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone.
DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN / FOX GLACIER
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Haast Pass into Westland National Park.
Stay: Fox Glacier
DAY 7 - FOX GLACIER & LAKE MATHESON
Today enjoy an outing where after a short stroll you can view the glacier from the look out point. You will also enjoy a jaunt to Lake Matheson. Offering unparalleled views of Fox Glacier, Mount Tasman and Aoraki / Mt Cook, Lake Matheson is the most photographed lake in New Zealand. Winding through ancient native rainforest, the walkway has three viewing platforms along the journey providing unprecedented views.
Stay: Fox Glacier
DAY 8 - FOX GLACIER / PUNAKAIKI / NELSON
Travel north through the Westland National Park to Greymouth and on to Punakaiki. Time to visit the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes before your journey continues north through Westport and the Buller Gorge to Nelson.
DAY 9 - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
An amazing full day tour to the Abel Tasman National Park. Drive through horticultural areas to Motueka and on to beautiful Kaiteriteri beach where you board your launch. You have various walking options in the National Park during the day before returning to Nelson.
DAY 10 - NELSON / KAIKOURA
Travel through the Nelson state forests to Blenheim before heading south to the seaside resort of Kaikoura. Enjoy spectacular views of the Kaikoura coastline and the seaward Kaikoura mountain range. This afternoon is at leisure in Kaikoura.
DAY 11 - KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH
This morning take joy in a whale watching cruise. Marvel at the giant Sperm Whale and the Dusky Dolphin. This afternoon relax on board the Coastal Pacific train* as you take in the beautiful scenery during your journey back to Christchurch.
* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating