9 Day Southern Tourer

9 Day Southern Tourer

Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, World Heritage national parks and dense rainforest are some of the wonders to expect on this 9 day luxury escorted tour with APT.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2018 to Oct 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $4330 per person
Tour Operator: APT Tours
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: ncc09

Inclusions

8 nights in premium accommodation
15 meals – 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D), and 4 feature dinners
Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
Cruise the full length of Milford Sound
Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland dinner in Te Anau
Discover Australasia's highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island. Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train - Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking Canterbury Plains before travelling across the Southern Alps. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika, where you’ll enjoy seeing pounamu (jade) being carved into jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef, where you’ll have the opportunity to take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of striking Franz Josef Glacier. Tonight, enjoy a spectacular four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B, D)

Day 3
Franz Josef - Queenstown - Freedom of Choice Dining

Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the beautiful Haast River, capturing views of the massive glacier-formed Haast River Valley. Wind your way past towering peaks, rushing waterfalls and lush rainforest. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital, where this evening you’ll choose from four tempting restaurants in which to dine. Perhaps sample the delicious fresh produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, or board a scenic gondola ride to Stratosfare Restaurant to enjoy panoramic views across Queenstown as you dine. Alternatively you may prefer to cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of Elements Restaurant.

Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 4
Queenstown - Freedom of Choice Touring

Few destinations offer as much variety as Queenstown. With a range of Freedom of Choice activities available, you can decide how to discover this adventure-filled region. There are many fabulous options on offer, including a jet boat ride on the Shotover River, a Safari of the Scenes tour, a wine tour, or a tranquil walk through the lakeside forest. (B)

Day 5
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Journey along the Milford Road as it winds its way down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys and through the Homer Tunnel. Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound – a true highlight. Later, travel to the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau. This evening delight in the flavours of the South Island during an indulgent Taste of Fiordland dinner.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (B, D)

Day 6
Te Anau - Dunedin - Freedom of Choice Touring

Travel to the east coast and Dunedin today. Known as the Edinburgh of the South, the former gold mining town was once New Zealand’s largest city thanks to an influx of miners during the gold rush. This afternoon, choose your activity. Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony, see penguins, or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula.

Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B, D)

Day 7
Dunedin - Aoraki Mt Cook - Freedom of Choice Touring

Enter the pristine and rugged Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and admire the majesty of Australasia’s highest peak. Discover this spectacular region with our exclusive Freedom of Choice inclusions. Perhaps visit the fascinating Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a stargazing experience with an astronomer. Alternatively, you may prefer to admire dramatic Aoraki Mt Cook on a guided nature walk through the national park. Another option is to board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

Stay: Aoraki Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel (B, D)

Day 8
Aoraki Mt Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

Leaving the snow-capped mountains of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park behind, this morning we travel by coach to picturesque Lake Tekapo. Here you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak and erected as tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Continue travelling through Canterbury and delight in the scenery of Burkes Pass as you make your way back to Christchurch. After settling in, reflect on your journey with your newfound friends over a memorable farewell dinner.

Stay: Rydges Latimer, Christchurch (B, D)

Day 9
Depart Christchurch

Your wonderful New Zealand journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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There are 5 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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30/10/2016
Unequalled professionalism
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29/12/2013
Most enjoyable and informative. A great tour group, the tour guide and the coach driver were fantastic. Spectacular landscape with the appropriate commentaries made it memorable. A diverse group of people with a similar aim to visit a new country/region , learn the culture, meet other people and enjoy. Thank you.
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28/12/2009
We had a fantastic trip!! From the start to finish everything ran smoothly, although getting up at 6am and on the coach by 7.30 was sometimes a struggle after the previous full day and late night. But I do understand that to fit everything in, it needed to be that way. The guide, Blackie and the coach driver, Steve were brilliant. Very informative and they really knew about their country. All in all a memorable experience which we will be repeating soon! AMAZING!
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15/03/2009
My wife and I were very satisfied with our tour of South Island New Zealand. The quality of Hotels and 'exclusive experiences' was excellent and our tour leader, Laurel and our Coach Driver, Paul, added greatly to our enjoyment. One suggestion we would make, however, is that when people are joining a tour, it would be beneficial to host a welcome meeting with all tourer's present. We joined an existing tour and it took a few days to get to know the others, who had been on the tour of the North Island for over a week. We had a wonderful time in New Zealand and would have no hesitation in using your Relaxing Journeys again or recommending you to others. Thank you.
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17/02/2009
We had a delightful time in New Zealand. The tour was everything we expected. We would recommend the trip to anyone. Our tour director Berry and driver Brendan, with APT were very good, and are to be commended for a job well done. The accommodations were adequate with the exception of Franz Josef. We did make that known to Berry. Your company did an outstanding job. Everyone was very professional and friendly.
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9 Day Southern Tourer
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Tour Code: ncc09
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Departures: Sep 2018 to Oct 2019
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