8 Day Southern Escape

8 Day Southern Escape

Join Travelmarvel for eight days and discover New Zealand's South Island, with its stunning lakes, snow-capped mountains and amazing glaciers. Highlights include visiting Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Oct 2018 to Sep 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2845 per person
Tour Operator: Travelmarvel Tours
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: ntcc8

Inclusions

7 nights in premium accommodation
12 delicious meals – 7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
Experience the breathtaking views in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Traverse the Southern Alps, including the spellbinding Haast Pass
Soak up the captivating views and adventure while in Queenstown
Enjoy a full-length cruise along the magnificent Milford Sound
Stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo at Peppers Bluewater Resort
View the majestic scenery of the West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier
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

On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be met by a Travelmarvel representative and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Fox Glacier

Today perhaps take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train (own expense) – crossing the Canterbury Plains and travelling up into the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Or, absorb the picturesque rural scenery before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Continue along the coast to Westland Tai Poutini National Park and see Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Over thousands of years these remarkable natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Today, their magnificent rivers of ice can be seen cascading down through the lush rainforests.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (B, D)

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Additional Cost: $NZ 185 pp

Day 3
Fox Glacier - Queenstown

Travel across the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps this morning, through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Special Stay – settle in for a two-night stay admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains capped in snow overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class culinary scene. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many local restaurants located within the heart of the city.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview (2 nights) (B)

Day 4
Queenstown at Leisure

Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure seekers alike with endless activities on offer within the city and its surrounds. Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional activities. You may wish to join the TSS Earnslaw for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, or perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). If you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off independently into the Central Otago region, one of New Zealand’s world-renowned wine producing areas. Alternatively, your Travelmarvel Tour Director will be able to suggest a range of activities and experiences that will help you make the most of your time here in Queenstown. (B)

Day 5
Queenstown - Fiordland National Park - Te Anau

Today, follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Journey along Milford Road, renowned as one of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound. Step aboard a ship to cruise the full length of this beautiful fiord, viewing the cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest and towering mountains that surround this World Heritage-listed area.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau (B, D)

Day 6
Te Anau - Dunedin

Leaving the Fiordland region, journey through rolling Southland countryside to Dunedin. New Zealand’s oldest city is of Scottish heritage and possesses a unique combination of cultural riches and fine architecture. Next, head to Larnach Castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views, Lanarch Castle provides a memorable holiday highlight.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, D)

Day 7
Dunedin - Aoraki Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo

Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones were formed over 60 million years ago and can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Continue to Ōamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest nineteenth century architecture. Afterwards admire the mountains of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Tonight dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a farewell dinner.

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo (B, D)

Day 8
Lake Tekapo - Depart Christchurch

En route to Christchurch today you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak and erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Our tour concludes on arrival at Christchurch Airport. (B)

4.6/5.0

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

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14/02/2017
It was a very good tour - covered a lot of area and most hotels were good. The one negative thing was that our tour director was abrupt and not what I would call a people person.
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5
17/01/2016
We enjoyed the tour very much. The 8 day length was just right for us - we probably would not have liked the pace (would have needed some down time) if it were a 2 week tour of both islands. The tour director and coach driver were very good, informative, attentive, and kept us safe the whole time. The hotels were very good, with the one exception of the Kingsgate Hotel - Te Anau. The room was hot when we arrived (full sun, no way to cool it down) and the internet was not usable. We noted these comments on the APT survey form. Our travel package (trip literature, name badges, backpacks) had been mailed to the hotel in Ashburton, but the hotel desk did not give them to us when we checked in. It was only after talking with the tour director, after he made us temporary name badges, that he thought to ask at the desk - and there it was ! It probably would have been better for us to mail them to our home address (or at least give us the option). Overall, an excellent vacation!
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5
10/03/2015
We found it was exactly what we wanted, but we had not expected that the hotels we stayed in would be so luxurious they were all very nice and the coach was very comfortable.
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4
12/01/2014
The tour went well. Excellent care from Glenys and Rhys. Fortunately all the group got on well so that was a plus. The hotels were fine, best one for my sister and me was 'Copthorne hotel and Apartments in Queenstown'. We were very fortunate in having upstairs with 2 bedrooms, a shower and an ensuite, we each had our own bathrooms. Bliss could read at night without dusturbing my sisiter! Downstairs a lounge and toilet and wash basin. A balcony on each floor. The Inn at Lake Anau was 'quaint' if it had been rainy it would have been unpleasant getting to the lounge, dining room and bar. Room was fine and food was good. A bit slow at breakfast, mostly due to us not being able to toast our own bread. Lovely atmosphere at Lake Ohau. Good food. Easy access to dining room etc. I did make an enquiry (with Relaxing Journeys) prior to booking etc. re separate trips while in Dunedin, I was told there would not be time for it. However there were trips available so a little disappointed at incorrect info. We would have liked more exploring time at our destinations. That may have been accomplished on a different tour. I was surprised to realise at Ashburton that we were joining a tour and group of people who had started the tour some time previously. Made me feel a little 'left out'. That didn't last but I think it should have been made clear to us beforehand. On the whole an enjoyable tour. Thank you.
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27/10/2013
I thought everything went very well. Great guide and driver, very nice hotels, good food (too much?), and we saw lots of places in a week. I picked this tour since I only had a week available. Also good choices for extras, too.
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8 Day Southern Escape
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: ntcc8
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Departures: Oct 2018 to Sep 2019
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