Southern Escape Tour
7 nights from £1,339 per person
- In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
- Internal travel
- Tour guide throughout
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
An inspiring itinerary of tranquil fiords, snow-capped mountains and stunning skylines, this journey through the South Island captures the very essence of New Zealand in an affordable eight-day adventure. Ticking off a great selection of must-see sights, from Franz Josef to Milford Sound and Queenstown, this is a great option for visitors looking to experience the South Island in a short space of time. (AP)
- Journey through the Southern Alps to the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
- Spend some free time in Queenstown
- Take a relaxing and breath-taking cruise across Milford Sound
- Visit Larnach Castle – the only castle in New Zealand
- Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders
- Take in the view of Mt Cook on your way to Lake Tekapo
Upon arrival into Christchurch, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in the town of Ashburton. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure. By evening you will join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms (Dinner included)
You have two options for your route to Fox Glacier – you could take a trip on the Tranz Alpine Train (own expense) which is one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world and takes you through the Canterbury Plains, or you can take the coach which ventures through the Southern Alps to Westland National Park. From here, travel along the west coast to Fox Glacier, surrounded by glacial valleys, rainforests and majestic waterfalls where you will reside for the night.
Overnight: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (Breakfast and dinner included)
Travel across the Southern Alps today and through Haast Pass, skirting Lakes Hawea and Wanaka along the way to arrive into Queenstown. Your accommodation is backed by beautifully dramatic mountain scenery, overlooking the waters of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is renowned for its food, so why not check out some of the restaurants in the evening during your free time?
Day 4 can be spent entirely at leisure, giving you a great opportunity to explore this amazing destination at your own pace. You have the freedom to choose one of the optional activities for the day, including a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station or a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views of Queenstown (both at own expense).
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments (Two breakfasts included)
Following breakfast, journey around the Remarkables mountain range and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. The route along the Milford Road is one of the most breath-taking alpine drives in the world, leading to the world-famous Milford Sound. Upon arrival, take a cruise along the full length of the sound – a majestic fiord studded with glaciers, waterfalls and cliffs. This area is World Heritage listed - carved by ancient glaciers during the ice ages, it is widely regarded as one of the most incredible natural wilderness areas on Earth. After exploring the beauty of Milford Sound, continue by coach to Te Anau.
Overnight: Kings Hotel Te Anau (Breakfast and dinner included)
Venture through the rolling hills of Southland to Dunedin, taking in a sightseeing tour upon arrival to the city’s notable landmarks and learn of its rich history. Afterwards, head to Larnach Castle for an intriguing tour of the only castle in New Zealand and a building steeped in tragedy, history and scandal. Dine with your fellow travellers this evening.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (Breakfast and dinner included)
Mt Cook/Lake Tekapo
Stop en-route along the east coast today to see the world-renowned Moeraki Boulders – unique spherical stones which formed some 60 million years ago and can be found on Koekohe Beach. Continue to the harbour town of Oamaru to explore some of New Zealand’s finest 19th century architecture. As you make your way to Lake Tekapo, admire the views of Mt Cook en-route, which tower above the landscape.
Overnight: Peppers Bluewater Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)
Begin your last day of the trip with a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, a building built as tribute to the early pioneers of the region that sits on the lake shore. Take in the sheer beauty of the lake and its surrounds, before head to Christchurch airport where the tour concludes.
- Internal travel: Coach; Cruise
- Hotels (7 nights)
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners included
- Tour guide throughout plus local guides in select locations
Please note - International flights and domestic flights throughout New Zealand are not included in the price shown.
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