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Our 8-Day Southern Experience tour offers an affordable choice and a great opportunity to experience the stunning South Island and it's must-see sights including the Franz Joesf Glacier, Queenstown, Dunedin, Mt Cook and Milford Sound. This tour is perfect for those seeking the scenic beauty that New Zealand is famous for, whilst travelling in the comfort and security of an escorted tour.
01 May 13 - 30 Sep 13 : 8 days = £999 (BB & 2 dinners) or £1129 (BB & 5 dinners) (single supplement £349)
01 Oct 13 - 31 Mar 14 : 8 days = £1149 (BB & 2 dinners) or £1249 (BB & 5 dinners) (single supplement £379)
Prices are quoted per person on a twin share basis and do not include international flights
Brendan is real life Kiwi, born in Auckland and has travelled all over his native homeland, from Cape Reinga in the North to Stewart Island in the South.
If you have any questions why not send Brendan Prendergast a message or contact Brendan Prendergast directly on 0844 332 9366
Highlights & Inclusions
Day 1: Christchurch, Ashburton
On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be met by at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Ashburton, nestled in the Canterbury Plains.
Stay: Hotel Ashburton
Day 2: Ashburton, Fox Glacier
Today, perhaps travel part of the way on the TranzAlpine Train from Darfield to Greymouth (own expense, must be pre-booked). Or enjoy the scenic drive through the Southern Alps to Westland National Park, then travel along the west coast and view of Franz Josef Glacier.
Stay: Fox Glacier, Heartland Hotel
Day 3: Fox Glacier, Queenstown
Absorb the spectacular scenery as you cross the Southern Alps and travel through Haast Pass, passing tranquil lakes en route to Queenstown.
Stay: Two Nights: Queenstown, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments, Lakeview
Day 4: Queenstown at Leisure
Relax at your hotel or ask your Tour Director for ideas to explore Queenstown and its surrounds.
Day 5: Queenstown, Fiordland National Park, Te Anau
Skirt the Remarkables mountain range, tracing the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Then enjoy one of the world’s best alpine drives along Milford Road to Milford Sound. Cruise along the full length of this fiord, then continue by coach to the town of Te Anau, set on the edge of Lake Te Anau and boasting a spectacular mountainous backdrop.
Stay: Te Anau, The Village Inn
Day 6: Te Anau, Dunedin
Travel through the picturesque hills of Southland to Dunedin where you’ll enjoy a city tour. Later, head to nearby Larnach Castle. Tonight, you’ll be treated to an entertaining Scottish-themed evening. Sample the traditional Scottish dish, haggis, and learn all about its history.
Stay: Dunedin, Mercure Leisure Lodge
Day 7: Mt Cook, Lake Ohau
Admire the snow-capped mountains of Mt Cook National Park, Australasia’s highest range, then journey along the east coast and see the Moeraki Boulders. See some of the country’s best 19th-century architecture in Oamaru. Tonight in Lake Ohau, enjoy a High Country dinner.
Stay: Lake Ohau Lodge
Day 8: Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch
En route to Christchurch stop at the beautiful Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Your New Zealand tour concludes on arrival at Christchurch airport.
Guaranteed Tour Dates, starting in Christchurch:
2013: Sep 14.
For alternative departure dates, which will operate subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel specialists.