10 Day Southern Circuit

10 Day Southern Circuit

Enjoy the finest mountain scenery in New Zealand on this 10 day circuit of the South Island. Join the TranzAlpine train to cross the Southern Alps, marvel at the Franz Josef Glacier, visit Queenstown and cruise on Milford Sound.

Book your independent coach tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2098 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: RJ205

Inclusions

9 nights accommodation
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise (including lunch)
TranzAlpine Train Journey

Book your independent coach tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City! Disembark, pass through customs and collect your luggage – it’s time to start your holiday. What should you do with the rest of the day? Take it slow, sit back and relax, punting down the River Avon through the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Day 2
Christchurch - TranzAlpine Alpine - Franz Josef

This morning you will board the TranzAlpine Train for one of the world’s great scenic train trips that will take you across the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains before a slow climb into the Southern Alps. From here you will marvel at views of the stunning Waimakiriri River gorge and alpine scenery on a series of breathtaking viaducts. After a brief stop at Arthur’s Pass you will enter one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels, the Otira Tunnel and subsequently descend through a deep valley of sub tropical rainforest over a broad shallow river into the small town of Greymouth.

Join your coach in Greymouth and travel through Hokitika to the glacier region. Stay 2 nights at Franz Josef Glacier. (2 nights)

Day 3
Franz Josef

Today you have a whole day at leisure at Franz Josef. Perhaps enjoy a guided walk, a heli-hike or a scenic flight from the Franz Josef township. If you’d prefer a relaxing day, head to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools that are nestled amongst the lush rainforest of the glacier country or meander through the village where you will find a wonderful selection of gifts, artwork, merchandise and cafes.

Day UP
Glaciers Upgrade Package

Treat yourself and upgrade your accommodation in Franz Josef to the 5 star Te Waonui Forest Retreat, a luxury lodge hotel nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest. Our upgrade package includes luxurious accommodation, dinner on the first night – an indulgent 5 course degustation menu in The Canopy Restaurant, and a la carte breakfast both mornings. We’ve also included a stunning Franz Josef Heli Hike to help you make the most of your time in the region. Ask us for a price!

Day 4
Franz Josef - Queenstown

Farewell Franz Josef and travel down the West Coast, alongside braided riverbeds, native forests and roadside waterfalls before climbing up over the Haast Pass and through Mount Aspiring National Park. Stop and stretch your legs, drinking in the scenery, as impressive mountains touch the sky, remnants of the Ice Age glacial valley.

Your coach will drive along the shores of Lakes Hawea, arriving at the action-packed city of Queenstown. (3 nights)

Day 5
Queenstown

The day is completely at your leisure to enjoy the many sights of this alpine resort situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The capital of adrenaline, beauty and local foodie culture, you can pick and choose from a long list of adventures. From thrilling funyak tours along the Dart River and horse-riding in Glenorchy, to panning for gold in Arrowtown or taking a tour of Lake Wakatipu via the TSS Earnslaw, there is certainly something for every speed.

Or, if you’re not ready to break the spell of the last few days a scenic walk may do the trick, exploring the diverse range of stunning trails the region delivers in troves.

Day 6
Queenstown

Today is at your leisure to explore Queenstown and the surrounding areas further. It has a well earned reputation for offering adrenaline fuelled activities and will not disappoint even the most fearless visitor, from bungy jumping to white water surfing, jet-boating, canyoning and luging.

Added to that the more traditional pursuits of rafting, wind-surfing, mountain biking, skiing in winter and the only problem is finding the time to fit it all in.

Day 7
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

An early departure this morning from Queenstown to Milford Sound, the most accessible of Fiordland’s magnificent glacier-carved fiords. Travel by coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound. Upon arrival, board either the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer – our specifically designed fiord explorers – and settle in for a 2.5-hour cruise. Milford Sound is nothing short of heart-stopping, inducing subconscious smiles in the hard to please and easily bored almost instantly; it’s simply magnificent. Keep an eye out for dolphins, seals and penguins!

Board the coach to Te Anau for an evening arrival. (L)

Day 8
Te Anau - Dunedin

Leaving the stunning region of Te Anau, your journey today will showcase more of the South Island’s scenery. Pass through the town of Gore, the country music capital of New Zealand and continue on to Balclutha over the Clutha River before arriving into the city of Dunedin in the early afternoon.

Day 9
Dunedin - Christchurch

Leaving Dunedin behind you, keep your eyes peeled for the perfectly rounded boulders which are embedded in the sand at Moeraki beach as you make your way north to Oamaru (the boulders are a natural phenomenon that started forming 60 million years ago on the ocean floor). Oamaru has the country’s largest collection of protected heritage buildings, neoclassical buildings made from the local limestone.

Pass through the vibrant seaside town of Timaru and cross over the Rakaia River on New Zealand’s longest bridge arriving into Christchurch.

Day 10
Depart Christchurch

Sadly your trip has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experiences in New Zealand. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Have a safe trip home.

4.6/5.0

There are 25 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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27/02/2018
Mani's advice not to try to visit too many places in the limited time was most helpful. even then, another 5 days or so for an extra night in each place would have been even better - but given the limited time, we thought the balance was just right. I can't imagine how it could have been done any better. The shuttle transfers were excellent, the east to west train journey and Milford Sound both magnificent. My only complaint - not a complaint about your service at all - was the prices in Queenstown. As one local resident observed in a newspaper letter, those prices really are an immense rip-off that could harm tourism in the long run. That said, we came home with a very high regard for the hoteliers and transport services, and for New Zealanders. Also, I was most impressed with the quality of the newspapers - they seem to have maintained quality better than Australian publishers. We would like to come again some day - particularly to the South Island; if we do we will certainly be contacting you again. We could not speak too highly of Mani.
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06/01/2018
Thank you Marie for putting this tour together for us. We had an amazing time with lots to see and do. The independent tour worked well for us as less restrictive. All transfers and coach pickups ran smoothly. The only downside of an independent tour being that other travellers are picked up and set down en route which was particularly noticeable travelling between Dunedin and Christchurch causing us to arrive over an hour later than expected. Hotels were clean with friendly and helpful staff. The optionals that we booked we thoroughly enjoyed and were good value for money. A great way to see the South Island in a short time and would definitely recommend.
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12/11/2017
Very well organised and managed to see lots over a short time :)
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01/03/2017
In general it was a very nice tour. All the transportation from place to place and between bus station and hotel were well organized. All the accommodation were clean and comfortable, however, sometime need 10~20min walk to reach city/visit center, still doable, preferably closer. The travel information was nicely shared and we really enjoy our time in NZ. I would like to recommend this tour to my friends.
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27/02/2017
An excellent trip. Relaxing Journey's (Toni) did a great job in customizing a trip for us that covered what we wanted to see and experience, and at a pace we wanted. Both Mani and Christine were very prompt in answering the few questions that came up. A great job by everyone.
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19/11/2016
We certainly saw and experienced a lot on our tour of the South Island. As we were travelling on an Independent Coach Tour, we were slightly concerned that all transfers and coach pickups might not go smoothly - but they all did! The accommodation was good overall, with 3 excellent hotels and 2 slightly disappointing motels. Milford Sound was the highlight - the coach trip and boat cruise on a rainy day felt like a real adventure, and the hundreds of waterfalls streaming down from the mountains created amazing scenes to photograph and remember. The west coast was wet and cold, with fresh snow on the peaks adding interest to the scenery. However, the rain and cold of the last few days left us coming home with bad coughs and colds!
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11/07/2016
Very well organized. Timing was perfect.
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07/02/2016
We thoroughly enjoyed the independent coach style of traveling. The hotels were all great & were all centrally located so that getting around was very easy when we reached our destinations. Some hotels were quite new & ultra modern. Others were quite unique and quirky. Common features were the cleanliness and very obliging staff at all hotels. We can't commend highly enough the inter-city coach trips and ultra efficient shuttle services ( split second timing)! Brilliant! An example of the great organisation was when our coach arrived about 10 minutes late into Dunedin and rather than the shuttle we were expecting, after a few minutes, a taxi arrived to transfer us to our hotel. This was our first visit to New Zealand we were overwhelmed by the breathtaking scenery and beautiful cities in the South Island. We would definitely recommend an extra night in Dunedin . It gave us an opportunity to spend a lovely morning in Portobello and see more of the city surrounds. We really appreciate your professional organisation of our trip ..... the itinerary, accommodation and transport. Thank you so much.
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17/01/2016
We had an awesome time on this tour. It was so well organized so a big thank you. We are considering doing the lower South Island this December or January if you wanted to throw possible itineraries our way please!! The only thing I would say was that the hotel in Te Anau (Distinction Luxmore) and the one in Dunedin (Kingsgate) were both a bit tired. The Te Anau one was in a good location, just a bit worn and tired although clean. The Kingsgate in Dunedin was again in a great location and the staff were friendly and helpful but the rooms were not only tired but unclean. It was only for one night but I wouldn't stay or recommend the Dunedin one. Again, a big thank you for making our trip run so smoothly and yes, we definitely want to look at that Southern tour for December/ January please. Would like to include a few days in Oamaru maybe using the train to Dunedin and the Tairere train trip and perhaps Stuart Island?
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29/10/2015
Excellent service from all parties concerned. The coach drivers and hotel staff were knowledgeable, courteous, warm, friendly and professional. The schedule of the entire tour was kept to the last 3-5 minutes. Everything went smoothly with the transfers, tours and accommodation.
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10 Day Southern Circuit
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ205
From (NZD) $2098 per person
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Rating:
25 reviews (4.6/5)

Enjoy the finest mountain scenery in New Zealand on this 10 day circuit of the South Island. Join the TranzAlpine train to cross the Southern Alps, ma... Read More

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