10 Days


10 DAYS: Christchurch, Fox Glacier, Wānaka, Te Anau, Milford, Queenstown, Mt. Cook & Twizel

Tour Overview:

On this South Island focused small group tour you will enjoy some of New Zealand’s most spectacular highlights and attractions. Soak up the stunning scenery of the Southern Alps as you experience one of the world’s great train journeys; the TranzAlpine, and be ready for jaw dropping views as you cruise on the mighty Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most treasured natural landmarks.

Day 1 – Arrive Christchurch

Haere mai – welcome! Arrive in Christchurch where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. This afternoon we join punting boatmen, resplendent with straw boaters and traditional Edwardian dress for a relaxing cruise in flat-bottomed punts along the River Avon through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a journey in style onboard a beautifully restored heritage tram through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre.

Day 2 – Christchurch / TranzAlpine / Fox Glacier

From Christchurch traverse the Southern Alps aboard the famous TranzAlpine rail journey to
Greymouth. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps. Once you have crossed into the Southern Alps you descend into the lush rainforests of Westland, to conclude the rail journey at the town of Greymouth. Pass through historic towns reaching Hokitika and its galleries specialising in pounamu (greenstone) jewellery and art works. Stretch your legs at the dramatic Hokitika Gorge where the blue/green waters pass through the rugged rocks. Continue south through forests and farmland, with views of the Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west, to Franz Josef then on to the small remote village of Fox. The huge rivers of snow and ice of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers flow from vast snowfields high in the Southern Alps, down almost to sea level. Weather permitting, an optional helicopter ride with a snow landing is a terrific way to experience the sheer grandeur of these West Coast glaciers (extra cost). (B)

Day 3 – Fox Glacier / Wānaka

Have your camera ready for your visit to nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll – when conditions are right the lake perfectly mirrors beautiful Mt. Cook in its still waters. Head over the Haast Pass along the river road beside the icy river and deep into Mt. Aspiring National Park. The atmosphere lightens as we reach lovely Lake Wānaka, reflecting the mountain peaks that in winter offer superb skiing, and the pretty resort town of Wānaka. (B)

Day 4 – Wānaka

This morning you have the choice of two excursions:
a) Today join a passionate local eco-guide – depart Wānaka by boat and quickly leave civilization behind as you cruise across the lake to a predator-free island. The walking track leads from the landing and climbs steadily through native vegetation – filled with very vocal birdlife – to the top to the “island’s secret”; a lake on top of the island with small islands in it! Music will fill your ears as the echo of birdsong here is astounding. Carrying on a little further you come to the very top of the island and have a sweeping 360-degree view of Lake Wānaka, its surrounding mountains and valleys, and the Arethusa Pool below. This is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the panorama. The flightless Buff Weka often join visitors on the island; this rare flightless bird has been extinct on Mainland NZ since 1920.
b) Experience New Zealand’s most authentic 4WD adventure – the perfect mix of incredible
scenery, history, heritage and farming life. Explore remote and seldom travelled back roads of an authentic New Zealand High Country farm overlooking sparkling Lake Wānaka. Surrounded by snow capped peaks, glaciers and wild river valleys & see farm animals including Red Deer, cattle and sheep up close and in their natural environment. Visit historical sites and experience what life was like for Wānaka’s first farmers. With two optional walks, through pristine alpine meadows and ancient lakeside forests, this journey offers a unique insight into Wānaka’s rich history, heritage, modern-day farming life and breath-taking scenery. This afternoon is at your leisure to relax or enjoy your own choice of activities. (B)

Day 5 – Wānaka / Te Anau

Depart Wānaka with our first stop at the much-photographed Cardrona Pub before traversing the
Crown Range road to visit historic Arrowtown – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Continue your journey via the road pinned between the base of the Remarkables mountain range and spectacular Lake Wakatipu. Journey
through a glacial formed valley that is now farmland, to reach Lake Te Anau, the largest (by volume) freshwater lake in the South Island and gateway to Fiordland National Park. (B)

Day 6 – Te Anau / Milford Sound / Queenstown

The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound is one of the most scenic experiences you can have on
four wheels. Fiordland National Park, part of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, is one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. The scenery is spectacular with lofty mountains and deep valleys carved out by Ice Age glaciers. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘ighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound is breath-taking in any weather. Board a comfortable vessel for a cruise past towering Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. Keep an eye peeled for seals and dolphins which are often seen in the waters of the fiord. Following the cruise, retrace your journey back to Te Anau travelling via the Cleddeau Gorge, Homer Tunnel and the lovely Eglinton Valley then across the Southland farmlands and around spectacular Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown. (B,L)

Day 7 – Queenstown

Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of Queenstown create the perfect backdrop for a visit full of adventure, exploration or relaxation. Today is free for you to do your own thing: thrill-seekers may choose to zip-line at Bob’s Peak, get drenched on a Shotover jet-boat ride or go white-water rafting. Other enjoyable but less hair-raising activities include the gondola ride up to Bob’s Peak, or a 4WD safari to Skippers Canyon. Boutique wineries and local gardens welcome visitors and the classic steamship TSS Earnslaw is an elegant way to discover Lake Wakatipu during a cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm. (B)

Day 8 – Queenstown / Mt. Cook / Twizel

Continue north through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, past pretty Lake Dunstan and across the
distinctive Central Otago countryside to the Lindis Pass. Descend into the unique Mackenzie Basin
where the Southern Alps dominate the horizon. Take a beautiful drive along Lake Pukaki to Mt.
Cook Village, home to New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki/Mt. Cook. We stay overnight in the rural
town of Twizel. (B)

Day 9 -Twizel / Christchurch

Visit a local home set on the shores of Lake Tekapo and learn the secrets of making a Pavlova – a
truly Kiwi dessert! For morning tea, enjoy the taste of your pavlova as you drink in the views of this beautiful lake. View the Church of the Good Shepherd, one of New Zealand’s most-photographed
spots; a tiny church set against a majestic backdrop of the Southern Alps. Pass across the high
country’s tussock plains, through the small rural towns of Fairlie and Geraldine and onto Ashburton. From here travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This most English of New Zealand cities suffered a succession of terrible earthquakes in 2010/11. Post-earthquake the city combines urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and creativity. (B)

Day 10 – Depart Christchurch

Haere rā – farewell from New Zealand. After breakfast you are transferred to the Christchurch
Airport for your return home, taking with you your fond memories of your time in New Zealand.
Alternatively, should you wish to extend your stay, we can assist you with additional travel arrangements. (B)

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Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 22 - Jan 31 SOLD OUT
Feb 05 - Feb 14 SOLD OUT
Feb 19 -Feb 28 SOLD OUT
Mar 04 - Mar 13 SOLD OUT
Apr 01 -Apr 10 SOLD OUT
Apr 29 - Apr 08 CAD 6,935 CAD 8,780
May 20 - May 29 CAD 6,470 CAD 8,270
Sep 30 - Oct 09 CAD 6,745 CAD 8,620
Nov 04 - Nov 13 CAD 7,220 CAD 9,185
Dec 02 -Dec 11 CAD 7,684 CAD 9,845
Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 27 - Feb 05 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Feb 03 - Feb 12 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Feb 24 -Mar 05 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Mar 03 - Mar 12 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Mar 17 -Mar 26 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Mar 31 - Apr 09 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Apr 28 - May 07 CAD 7,470 CAD 9,495
May 19 - May 28 CAD 6,970 CAD 8,905
Christchurch Distinction Hotel
Fox Glacier Distinction Hotel
Wānaka Edgewater Resort
Te Anau Distinction Hotel Luxmore
Queenstown Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel
Twizel Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel
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Inclusions & Highlight

  • 9 nights accommodation in First Class Hotels
  • 11 meals included – 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Relax as you’re guided along Christchurch’s Avon River on an authentic Edwardian punt
  • Journey onboard a beautifully restored heritage tram through Christchurch’s city centre
  • Journey on the famous TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Join a local eco-guided tour – or – an authentic 4WD adventure
  • Explore the historic gold rush village of Arrowtown
  • Cruise, with a picnic lunch, on the breath-taking Milford Sound
  • Enjoy true kiwi hospitality with morning tea at a local home on the shores of Lake Tekapo

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