11 Day South Island Wanderer Tour

Covering the entire South Island this tour allows you to experience the best of the South with ample time to really explore. From whale watching, walking in the Abel Tasman, glaciers, cruising on Milford Sound and free time to enjoy the sights & activities in Queenstown – what more could you want in a tour!

 

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.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Christchurch to Christchurch

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

11 Days

Tour Code:

11W

 

Regions Visited

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Dunedin Queenstown Christchurch Fox Glacier Punakaiki Nelson Abel Tasman Kaikoura Milford Sound Mt Cook Te Anau

 

Tour Inclusions

  • 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

Prices for the period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2020

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $3,475 NZD $4,285 NZD Enquire
Triple $3,170 NZD $3,755 NZD Enquire
Single $4,970 NZD $6,535 NZD 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.

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.

Stay: Queenstown

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.

Stay: Dunedin

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.

Stay: Queenstown

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.

Stay: Queenstown

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.

Stay: 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.

Stay: 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.

Stay: 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