9 Day Southern Wonders
9 Day Southern Wonders
Low cost AAT Kings escorted tour of the spectacular South Island. Explore Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. Experience the magnificent Fox Glacier, and awe-inspiring Milford Sound.
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|Tour Type:||Low Cost Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Oct 2019 to Mar 2021|
|Price:||From (NZD) $2845 per person|
|Tour Operator:||AAT Kings Tours|
|8 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels|
|8 fully cooked breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)|
|Journey across plains, through alps and gorges on the TranzAlpine train|
|Stay at spectacular Franz Josef Glacier|
|Visit historic Arrowtown|
|Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw|
|Full day at leisure in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital|
|Cruise on Milford Sound|
|Tour the sights of Dunedin|
|View mighty Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain|
|See the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo|
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On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink.
Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch
First up this morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top scenic train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later visit Hokitika, home of pounamu (jade) for a studio visit and jewellery demonstration. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier (optional scenic flight available).
Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) (B, D)
Travel through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls, take a rainforest walk. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next is Cromwell and its stone fruit and Arrowtown on the Arrow River. On arrival in Queenstown, the ‘adventure capital of New Zealand’, an orientation tour completes your day.
Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown (2 nights) (B)
Explore exciting Queenstown your way – from wine and garden tours to jetboat rides and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner show provides a glimpse into high country farm life. Why not join in a sing-along on your cruise back to Queenstown. (B, D)
Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you’ll drive through the handmade Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, The Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Then return to Te Anau. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.
Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (B, D)
We will cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin, founded by Scottish settlers, for a city tour. The afternoon is yours to explore Dunedin as you wish – take a wildlife cruise, visit Cadbury World, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, D)
Enjoy a morning of time to yourself and the opportunity to visit historic Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only authentic castle. Travel through Ōamaru which is famous for its white limestone buildings. Follow the Waitaki River, passing hydro-electric dams at Waitaki and Aviemore, on to Ōmarama.
Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Ōmarama (B, D)
Soak up the alpine scenery of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). This afternoon stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd, then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (B, D)
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)
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