Stunning views of Mount Cook from Lake Pukaki, South Island
Stunning views of Mount Cook from Lake Pukaki, South Island
Christchurch Cathedral Square and Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Plains & Vistas from Lake Tekapo
Christchurch Cathedral Square and Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Plains & Vistas from Lake Tekapo
Dunedin, South Island
Dunedin, South Island
Milford Sound, Lake Wakatipu & Glow Worm Caves
Milford Sound, Lake Wakatipu & Glow Worm Caves
Beautiful scenery and activities in Queenstown & The stunning Lake Wakatipu
Beautiful scenery and activities in Queenstown & The stunning Lake Wakatipu
Arrowtown & Franz Josef Glacier, South Island
Arrowtown & Franz Josef Glacier, South Island
Pancake Rocks, Nelson & Flight Scenery over Franz Josef
Pancake Rocks, Nelson & Flight Scenery over Franz Josef
Oriental Bay & Lord of the Rings Filming Spot in Mt Victoria, Wellington
Oriental Bay & Lord of the Rings Filming Spot in Mt Victoria, Wellington

Southern Spirit Tour

13 nights from £2,579 per person

Overview

Explore the beauty, culture and natural attractions of the South with this 13 night guided adventure. Including Christchurch, Milford Sound, Te Anau and the Franz Josef Glacier, to name but a few of the exciting locations along the way, this is a wonderful experience that ticks off many of New Zealand’s highlights in one extraordinary tour. (AA)

Prices are quoted per person on a twin-share basis and do not include international flights.

Highlights

  • Visit the scenic Mt Cook National Park
  • Take a trip to the only castle in New Zealand – Larnach Castle
  • Embark on a magical overnight cruise on Milford Sound
  • Take a glow worm caves tour in Te Anau
  • Spend some free time in Queenstown
  • Explore the breath-taking Franz Josef Glacier
  • See the famous pancake rocks in Punakaiki
  • Visit the charming coastal city of Nelson
  • End the trip with some leisure time in Wellington

Whats included?
  • Internal travel
  • Sights and excursions
  • Tour guide throughout
  • 13 breakfasts and 10 dinners
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Day 1

Christchurch

Upon arrival into Christchurch, transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at leisure. In the evening, meet with your tour guide and fellow travellers.

Overnight: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch

Day 2

Omarama

Board the coach and see the work carried out to rebuild the city of Christchurch after the earthquake of 2011 before travelling over the countryside of the Canterbury Plains to begin your day of sightseeing. The first attractions on the list are the lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki. Afterwards, head on to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the alpine scenery of Mt Cook National Park – this is sure to be one of the major highlights of the trip! Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama.

Overnight: Heritage Gateway Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3

Dunedin

Beginning along the Waitaki River, visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the Benmore Dam. From here, you’ll travel through Oamaru which is famous for its white limestone buildings made from locally quarried stone. Continue onto Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Milford Sound

Today sees you travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of the Lake Wakatipu on your way to Te Anau. The sheer beauty of the Fiordland National Park will amaze and inspire you and there are some great photo opportunities to be had here. You’ll drive along the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the Mirror Lake where you’ll be met by truly amazing vistas. Some other significant attractions along the way include Pop’s Lookout, the Chasm and Cleddau Valley before you arrive in Milford Sound for a magnificent overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner (does not operate May 21 - Sept 15 during this time - day cruise and overnight stay in Te Anau or Queensland during this period).

Overnight: Milford Sound Overnight Cruise (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 5

Queenstown

Depart for Te Anau which is situated on the shores of Lake Te Anau – the largest lake on the South Island. While you’re here, take a boat tour of the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves with an expert guide before continuing on to Queenstown for a three-night stay in the adventure capital of the world.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 6

Queenstown

Spend a day at leisure in one of New Zealand’s most exciting destinations, where everything from wine tours to adrenalin sports is on offer to enjoy. This is a location that is perfectly suited to people of all ages and abilities, depending on how adventurous or relaxing you want the day to be. Why not take a delightful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the oldest steamship in New Zealand, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a carvery dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead? After a delicious dinner, enjoy a farm show which provides a glimpse into high-country farm life then join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Queenstown

Enjoy another relaxed day at your own pace to make the most of the wonders of Queenstown.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown (Breakfast included)

Day 8

Franz Josef

Today you’ll visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown which is located by the Arrow River. Afterwards, make your way to Cromwell and a trio of lakes – Dunstand, Hawea and Wanaka. Venture through the Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls before embarking on a picturesque rainforest walk. The final stop for today is undoubtedly one of the most breath-taking on the whole trip – Franz Josef Glacier, a rare and ever-advancing glacier.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 9

Punakaiki

You can take a scenic flight to see Franz Josef Glacier from the skies or enjoy a glacier hike (both optional) before departing for Hokitika, which is home to the native greenstone (jade). Travel to Punakiki to witness the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Your base for the night is an eco-friendly resort located directly on the waterfront – relax with a delicious dinner as you watch the surf at your doorstep.

Overnight: Punakaiki Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 10

Nelson

Explore the picturesque wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the mighty Buller Gorge and Kahurangi National Park before you arrive in Nelson. This is a small coastal destination; the second oldest settled city in the whole of New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the World of Wearable Arts and Collectable Cars. 

Overnight: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 11

Nelson

Spend a day at leisure in Nelson where you’ll have the option to take a journey to the top of the South Island, as well as enjoy a relaxed cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Alternatively, take a short bush walk, explore the arts and crafts stores, or simply relax and soak up the sunshine.

Overnight: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 12

Wellington

Today sees you visit the seaside village of PIcton and take a cruise on the tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before you make your way across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Take a city tour of New Zealand’s capital before a guided tour of Te Papa – the Museum of New Zealand – where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the art, history and culture of New Zealand.

Overnight: Travelodge Wellington (Breakfast included)

Day 13

Wellington

Relax with a day at leisure to really enjoy Wellington at your own pace and to see the sights of your choosing. You could perhaps take a tour of Parliament, visit Somes Island via a charming cruise, or take a tour of one of the Lord of the Rings movie sets. If you’re unsure how to spend your time, speak to your tour guide who will be able to recommend an activity to suit you. Enjoy your final dinner with your group tonight.

Overnight: Travelodge Wellington (Breakfast and Farewell dinner included)

Day 14

Wellington

This is your last day of the tour – enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way to Wellington Airport for your departing flight.

(Breakfast included)

  • Internal travel: Coach; Cruise
  • Hotels (13 nights)
  • 13 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Sights and excursions as listed: Visit to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Overnight cruise on Milford Sound; Glow Worm Cave tour in Te Anau; View of Franz Josef Glacier; Visit to Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound; Guided tour of Te Papa; Sightseeing tour of Wellington.
  • Tour guide throughout

Please note - International flights and domestic flights throughout New Zealand are not included in the price shown.

2019 Tour Departure Dates: 28 Nov, 19 Dec

2020 Tour Departure Dates: 2 Jan, 20 Feb

Please note that for departures after the 1 April 2020 there are some changes from the 2019 departures. Please see the changes below:

Day 4 – The overnight cruise on Milford Sound may not operate on the 10 Sep 2020 departure. On this date, enjoy a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Te Anau or Queenstown.
Day 5 – Dinner no longer included
Day 9 – No free time to explore Franz Josef Glacier, depart in the morning for Hokitika.
Day 10 – Hotel has been changed to The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson and dinner is no longer included.
Day 11 – Hotel has been changed to The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson. 

What's Included:

  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Internal travel: Coach and Cruise
  • Hotels (13 nights)
  • 13 breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • Sights and excursions as listed: Visit to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Overnight cruise on Milford Sound; Glow Worm Cave tour in Te Anau; View of Franz Josef Glacier; Visit to Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound; Guided tour of Te Papa; Sightseeing tour of Wellington.
  • Tour guide throughout

 

Holly Reid
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