12 Day South Island Explorer
12 Day South Island Explorer
New Zealand's South Island features a diverse array of stunning mountains, tranquil lakes, beautiful fiords and spectacular glaciers. Discover these and more on this 12 day enlightening adventure with APT.
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|Tour Type:||Premium Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Sep 2018 to Sep 2019|
From (NZD) $6220 per person
|Tour Operator:||APT Tours|
|11 nights in premium accommodation|
|19 meals – 11 breakfasts (B) and 8 dinners (D)|
|Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier|
|Cruise the full length of Milford Sound|
|See Australasia's highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park|
|Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train|
|Freedom of Choice Touring in Queenstown, Te Anau, Dunedin, and Aoraki Mount Cook|
|Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides|
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Be met upon arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to unwind or explore the city.
Stay: Rydges Latimer, Christchurch (D)
Traverse the Canterbury Plains to visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, perched on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Journey into Aoraki Mount Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook, and admire the sublime alpine scenery that abounds here. This evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers during a special welcome dinner.
Stay: The Hermitage Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)
Following breakfast this morning, enjoy the opportunity to choose from a range of included sightseeing options. Perhaps visit The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, featuring a planetarium. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes, so you may like to join a guided nature walk and discover the native flora and fauna. If you prefer to spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps join a stargazing session with an astronomer this evening. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. (B, D)
Set out along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Ōamaru. Continue to Koekohe Beach to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders. Continue to Dunedin and enjoy your chosen activity in this historic and scenic city.
Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (B, D)
This morning, choose your Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, visit Olveston House, or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery and taste the local brew that has been produced on this site since 1876. Alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony, see penguins, or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula. This afternoon, traverse the rolling countryside of the spectacular Southland region, and delight in the picturesque landscapes of the tranquil lakeside settlement of Te Anau.
Stay: Distinction Te Anau (2 nights) (B, D)
Today, choose from an exciting range of included activities in Te Anau. Perhaps explore an incredible underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glowworms. Or embark on a Doubtful Sound wilderness cruise. Equally tempting is the option to sit back and relax with a glass of wine whilst you enjoy a film featuring Fiordland’s breathtaking landscapes. The rest of the day is then free for you to relax, wander about and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. (B)
Witness the incredible diversity of New Zealand’s landscapes as lush rainforest meets snow-capped mountains in Fiordland National Park. Experience one of the world’s most spectacular alpine drives along Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the majestic sight of Mitre Peak, rising 1,692m from the ocean floor. Continue to spectacular Milford Sound where you’ll cruise along the full length of this beautiful fiord. Then, continue to Queenstown where you’ll stay for three nights.
Stay: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (3 nights) (B, D)
Choose from a range of activities today. Lord of the Rings fans will jump at the chance to visit key filming locations, whilst thrill seekers can try a ride on the exhilarating Shotover Jet or a Skippers Canyon adventure. Why not tour the country’s premier wine producing region, or explore the surrounding wilderness on a bird walk or garden tour. Perhaps a zip-line ride above the Kawarau Gorge is more your style. Or you may like to join a Double Decker Explorer ride. This evening, select from a range of Freedom of Choice dining inclusions. Seafood lovers will be tempted by Finz, whilst the panoramic views from Stratosfare Restaurant, reached by gondola, are hard to beat. Cruise aboard a vintage steamer to Walter Peak High Country Farm, or dine at your stylish hotel restaurant. (B, D)
Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown as you enjoy a full day at leisure in this exciting resort town. You may like to use this time to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, browse through the stores in the bustling central shopping district, or perhaps take advantage of being in the ‘adventure capital of New Zealand’ and indulge in the thrill of a lifetime. (B)
This morning, view historic mining sites as you travel through beautiful Kawarau Gorge and meander through the picturesque scenery of Cromwell. Skirt around the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, taking in the dramatic vistas and surrounding mountains that seem to shift mood with the seasons. Cross spectacular Haast Pass and into Westland Tai Poutini National Park, home to Franz Josef Glacier. Check in to your luxury eco-resort this afternoon, located within pristine rainforest, before enjoying a spectacular four-course degustation dinner.
Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B, D)
Join the TranzAlpine train and experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys. Travel across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park and into Christchurch.
Stay: Rydges Latimer, Christchurch (B)
This morning your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
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