Southern Highlights (11 Days)

Day 01 – Arrive Christchurch

A representative of Kirra Tours will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Elms Hotel – Christchurch 3-Stars

Day 02 – Christchurch / Mt Cook / Omarama

Before departing Christchurch, enjoy a city sights tour and then travel across the Canterbury Plains into MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue at Lake Tekapo before continuing on to Mt Cook National Park and then Omarama. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Country Time Hotel 3-Stars

Day 03 – Omarama / Dunedin

Travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and Dunedin. Enjoy the many optional activities available, your Coach Captain will happily assist with details. We recommend that you visit the Octagon in the city centre or enjoy a round of golf out at St Clair. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Kingsgate – Dunedin 3.5-Stars

Day 04 – Dunedin / Te Anau

This morning you travel along the peninsula before visiting Larnach Castle for a tour. Depart Dunedin, crossing farmlands en-route to Gore and Lumsden. Visit Lake Manapouri (time and weather permitting) before arriving at Lake Te Anau. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Kingsgate – Te Anau 3.5-Stars

Day 05 – Te Anau / Milford Sound / Queenstown

Follow the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys, pass through the Homer Tunnel before descending into Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on the pristine sound as it takes you to the Bowen and Stirling Falls. Returning to your coach, you set off for Queenstown, travelling along the outskirts of Lake Wakatipu. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 2 Nights – Tanoa Aspen Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 06 – Queenstown

Today is at your leisure. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities. Why not try taking a cruise on the Lady of the Lake, the TSS Earnslaw, as she travels to Walter Peak Farm station with excellent dining options for lunch or dinner. Or why not explore the local wineries in the region with an Appellations Wine Tour. Tonight, dinner is at your leisure. We suggest the Skyline Restaurant, situated at the top of Bob’s Peak, or explore the many restaurants Queenstown has to offer. (B)

Overnight accommodation: Tanoa Aspen Hotel 3.5-Stars

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Day 07 – Queenstown / Wanakasouthern-highlights

Travel through areas steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the goldmining era. First stop Arrowtown before arriving at Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. This afternoon is at your leisure, your Coach Captain will be able to assist with optional activities. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Wanaka Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 08 – Wanaka / Hokitika

Today takes you to Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka to Makarora into Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. Drive north along the coast to the glacier region. Continuing north, you visit a Greenstone (Jade) gallery where you can see craftsmen cutting and polishing giant boulders to create fine jewellery. (B,D)

Day 09 – Hokitika / St Arnaud

Today you travel along the scenic West Coast with a stop at Pancake Rocks and blowholes before heading inland through the Buller Gorge. On arrival into St Arnaud you will be treated to an exclusive guided tour of the region where you will learn of the history that makes this a special spot to spend the night. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Alpine Lodge 3.5-Stars

Day 10 – St Arnaud / Picton / Wellington

Drive to Picton to board the Interislander Ferry. Sail through Queen Charlotte Sound and into Wellington Harbour. A city tour will incorporate the summit of Mt Victoria, the Houses of Parliament and distinctive “Beehive”, Wellington Cathedral, the city centre and Oriental Bay. Finish the day with free time to explore the city yourself. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Hotel Ibis – Wellington 3.5-Stars

Day 11 – Wellington / Home

It is time to farewell your traveling companions. You will be transferred to Wellington International Airport to join your flight home. (B)

 

Highlights of this trip

bullet_point 10 nights accommodation bullet_point Day at leisure in Queenstown
bullet_point Dining inclusions – 10 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners bullet_point Visit Cromwell
bullet_point Christchurch City Highlights Tour bullet_point Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier
bullet_point Visit Lake Tekapo & the Church of the Good
Shepherd and Collie Dog
bullet_point Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Gallery
bullet_point Visit Moeraki Boulders bullet_point Visit Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
bullet_point Entry to Larnach Castle bullet_point Interislander Ferry Crossing
bullet_point Milford Sound Scenic Cruise bullet_point Wellington City Highlights Tour
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