Classic Southern Discovery (12 Days)

Day 01 – Arrive Wellington

Welcome to New Zealand! A Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation:1 Night – Bay Plaza Hotel 4-Stars

Day 02 – Wellington / Picton / Blenheim

Join the Interislander Ferry for a cruise to the South Island. In Picton, you are welcomed by your South Island Coach Captain. Drive to Blenheim for sightseeing and a visit to the Brancott Estate Winery for a wine tasting. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Scenic Hotel Marlborough 4.5-Stars

Day 03 – Blenheim / Kaikoura / Ashburton

Follow the coastline to Kaikoura, an area noted for whale watching, before continuing on to Christchurch. Visit the International Antarctic Centre and enjoy a brief tour of Christchurch and surrounds before heading to Ashburton for the night. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Hotel Ashburton 3.5-Stars

Day 04 – Ashburton / Mt Cook / Omarama

View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park and the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre. Travel around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Heritage Gateway Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 05 – Omarama / Dunedin

An early arrival into Dunedin allows the choice of excellent optional activities. This evening prior to Dinner you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Cargills Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 06 – Dunedin / Te Anau

Visit historic Larnach Castle and set off across rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 2 Nights – Distinction Luxmore Hotel 4-Stars

Day 07 – Milford Sound Day Trip

A launch cruise takes you to the open sea and shows such highlights as the Bowen and Stirling Falls. Walk into the rainforest to visit The Chasm, a spectacular waterfall. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel 4-Stars

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Day 08 – Te Anau / Queenstown

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This morning we drive north to picturesque Queenstown. Tonight, cruise across the lake aboard the steamship TSS Earnslaw for dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 2 Nights – Rydges Hotel 4-Stars

Day 09 – Queenstown

Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back and relax, or your Coach Captain is available to assist with any optional activities you would like to do. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: Rydges Hotel 4-Stars

Day 10 – Queenstown / Haast Pass / Fox Glacier

Pass beautiful Lake Hayes to Lake Wanaka. Drive north along the coast to the glacier region. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier 3.5-Stars

Day 11 – Fox Glacier / Christchurch

Head north along the coast to visit a Greenstone (Jade) gallery. Cross the Otira Gorge to the Canterbury Plains and into Christchurch. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Sudima Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 12 – Christchurch / Home

Today is goodbye to all your new found friends. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport to join your flight home. (B)

Highlights of this trip

bullet_point 11 nights accommodation bullet_point Scottish Haggis Ceremony
bullet_point Dining inclusions – 11 Breakfasts, 10 Dinners bullet_point Larnach Castle
bullet_point Interislander Ferry Crossing bullet_point Milford Sound Cruise
bullet_point Brancott Estate Winery Tour & Tasting bullet_point Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm &
Dinner, Queenstow
bullet_point International Antarctic Centre bullet_point Visit Fox Glacier
bullet_point Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre bullet_point Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Gallery
bullet_point Church of the Good Shepherd
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