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 2020 to Mar 2021|
|Price:||From (NZD) $3015 per person|
|Tour Operator:||AAT Kings Tours|
|8 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels|
|8 fully cooked breakfasts (B) and 5 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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Explore Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. The old city centre shows evidence of a rich English heritage, boasting some of the finest Gothic architecture outside of Britain. You’ll have time at
leisure this afternoon: you might like to take a stroll along the banks of the Avon River before a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
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)
Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. After a city tour, the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, or consider an optional experience. You could ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway or perhaps take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B)
This morning during a tour of the city you’ll have the opportunity to visit the stately home known as Larnach Castle. Then set out for the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant treelined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, follow the course of the mighty Waitaki River, passing the monumental Waitaki
Hydro Power Scheme and Aviemore on your way to Omarama.
Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Ōmarama (B, D)
Travel through the awe-inspiring Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. At 3,724 metres, Aoraki/Mt. Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain. Stop at serene Lake Tekapo, and view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, whose altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains and return to the vibrant city of Christchurch, where your holiday began. 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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