Southern Discovery

This unique South Island tour departs from Wellington, where you’ll board the interislander ferry for a cruise across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Destinations include Kaikoura, Christchurch, Dunedin, Mt Cook, Te Anau and Milford Sound.


  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Scottish Haggis Ceremony
  • Larnach Castle
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Visit Fox Glacier
  • Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Gallery
  • Dining inclusions – 8 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
  • Brancott Estate Winery Tour & Tasting
  • Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm & Dinner, Queenstown

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

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

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

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

Day 05 – Omarama / Dunedin

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

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

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