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9 DAY ESSENTIAL SOUTH ISLAND

Christchurch - Franz Josef - Arrowtown - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau - Dunedin - Tekapo - Christchurch

We will cover many of the South Islands iconic locations such as Franz Josef, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Milford Sound for an included cruise, Dunedin with a visit to Larnach Castle, Lake Tekapo and more.

The tour starts and finishes in Christchurch, includes breakfast daily, five dinners and also lunch at Walter Peak Station together with a cruise on Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw historic steam ship.

Inclusions

• Christchurch Airport to City Hotel Transfer
• Christchurch City Hotel to Airport Transfer
• Eight nights in excellent centrally located accommodation including Breakfast Daily (B)
• Modern air conditioned vehicle as per Itinerary outline
• Meals as stipulated in Itinerary include 5x Dinners 1x Lunch

Sightseeing includes
• Franz Josef Glacier Valley Road
• TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak Lunch
• Milford Sound excursion including cruise
• Larnach Castle
• Church of the Good Shepherd
• DOC Concessions where applicable included

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:
Domestic Air Fares, Additional /Optional Tour Costs, Hotel Mini Bar, other Sightseeing/Meals not stated in
Itinerary

Highlights

• Franz Josef Glacier Valley Road
• TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak Lunch
• Milford Sound excursion including cruise
• Larnach Castle Entrance
• Church of the Good Shepherd

Itinerary

Day 1 Saturday Arrive in Christchurch

On arrival to the largest city in the South Island, you will be transferred to your city hotel for the first night of your tour. Depending on your arrival time you may like to take time to enjoy the exciting rede-velopment of central Christchurch. From stunning new architectural office buildings and shopping cen-tres to the painstaking rebuild of the historic Arts Centre. This afternoon meet your local tour repre-sentative who will provide a tour briefing and confirm tomorrow’s departure details.

Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Day 2 Sunday Christchurch to Franz Josef
Todays journey will take you across the vast Canterbury Plains before tackling the stunning Southern Alps mountain range. You may wish to take the opportunity to travel on the world famous Tranz Alpine train journey through to Arthurs Pass (additional cost). From Arthurs Pass, continue on to the coastal township of Hokitika where there is a long history of Gold Mining and Greenstone carving. Travel will conclude this afternoon with your arrival at Franz Josef township. There will be an opportunity
depending on the weather for a scenic helicopter flight (additional cost) this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Monday Franz Josef to Queenstown

Journey south today along the rugged West Coast of the South Island passing through the small
township of Fox Glacier. Continue alongside exposed Bruce Bay, past lakes Paringa and Moeraki before reaching Haast and New Zealand’s longest one lane bridge. From Haast, you will head inland and back across the Southern Alps. Leaving the Alps, you will travel into Queenstown Lakes District passing through Wanaka and onto the stunning alpine playground of Queenstown for the next three nights. Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Tuesday Queenstown

As part of your exploration of Queenstown, today there is a morning visit to Arrowtown, established on the back of a major gold rush in the 1860’s. Then enjoy a cruise on the iconic TSS Earnslaw Steamship across to the Walter Peak High Country Sheep Station for lunch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Wednesday Queenstown at Leisure
Queenstown has so many options on offer. Exhilarating jet boat rides, 4WD adventures, Bungy Jumping, Sky Diving. The list is endless. Your tour representative will go through a list of optional tours to suit you and assist with any bookings you would like to make. Or you may simply choose to soak up the beauty of the surrounding lake and mountains views.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Thursday Queenstown to Te Anau via Milford Sound

Begin today with a drive along the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu before passing through Garston – the most inland settlement in New Zealand. Continue towards Te Anau before embarking on what for many is the scenic trip of a lifetime – the drive to Milford Sound. En route stop at the magical Mirror Lakes and pass through the Homer Tunnel before boarding your cruise and surveying the fiord. Onboard take in Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls and a range of wildlife. Following your cruise, retrace your journey back to Te Anau. Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Friday Te Anau to Dunedin

With an early start from Te Anau, you will arrive in Dunedin for a city tour of this southern Scottish influ-enced city. Your tour includes a stop at Baldwin Street, which recently reclaimed the title of the
steepest street in the world. You will also visit Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsula. Dating back to 1874, the castle has been lovingly restored by the Barker family and is one of the top attractions for visi-tors to Dunedin. Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Saturday Dunedin to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

On leaving Dunedin this morning, the first stop is the famous Moeraki Boulders. From the boulders, you will continue north via Oamaru with its limestone architecture before heading inland up the Waitaki
Valley past lakes Aviemore and Benmore. Travel to the Mackenzie Country township of Tekapo where time will be given to visit the celebrated Church of the Good Shepherd located on the shores of the
turquoise coloured Lake Tekapo. From Tekapo travel through the rural service towns of Fairlie and
Geraldine before returning to State Highway one for the final stretch back to Christchurch. Enjoy a
farewell dinner this evening.

Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Sunday Depart Christchurch

Our tour will conclude today following breakfast and your transfer to the Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Departures:

23 Dec 2020 Guaranteed Departure (starts Wednesday)
23 Jan 2021 *
06 Feb 2021 Guaranteed Departure
20 Feb 2021 *
06 Mar 2021 Guaranteed Departure
20 Mar 2021 *
10 Apr 2021 Guaranteed Autumn Departure
* minimum 6 passengers to guarantee departure

Price

$2650.00 Per Person on a Share Twin Basis
Single Supplement: Additional $730.00 per person
Valid for departures between 26 Sep 2020 and 10 Apr 2021

Contact us for special pricing for rental car options

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