8 Day Head South

8 Day Head South

A lively eight-day tour from Wellington through the South Island to Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Sound. You will be delighted, excited and stimulated by the vast array of things to do and see.

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: Wellington to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $1894 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: RJ209

Inclusions

7 nights accommodation
All coach transport and transfers
Optional breakfasts
Daily departures
Internal flight from Wellington to Christchurch
Milford Sound day tour and cruise (including lunch)

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 Wellington

Welcome to Wellington. Pass through customs, collect any baggage and be met by one of our friendly representatives, ready to whisk you away to your city accommodation. After checking in and getting yourself settled, turn your roving eye outside and enjoy a free afternoon in New Zealand’s capital.

Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for exploration on foot. Enjoy cafés, restaurants, museums and all kinds of shops. Dance, theatre and musical performances are a Wellington specialty.

Day 2
Wellington - Christchurch

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your domestic flight (included in your tour cost) which will take you across the Cook Strait and down the east coast of the South Island to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Following the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy – use the time to get a taste of what the city has to offer.

Day 3
Christchurch - Aoraki Mount Cook - Queenstown

This morning you will depart Christchurch and travel over the vast patchwork of the Canterbury Plains to the awe-inspiring Lake Tekapo, and here your coach will take a short break. This is a great opportunity for you to take in the extreme beauty of this area – from the Southern Alps mountain range, the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd – one of New Zealand’s most photographed monuments, to the picturesque lupins that border the turquoise glacial fed lake.

Continue through the Mackenzie Country before arriving at Aoraki/Mt Cook village. Take advantage of your time here and enjoy a delicious three course lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel (not included) or perhaps an optional scenic helicopter or ski plane flight (weather permitting).

You will then follow the Southern Alps south to the tussock covered hills of the Lindis Pass, through the rugged Kawarau Gorge and into Queenstown. (2 nights)

Day 4
Queenstown

Today is completely at your leisure to enjoy the many sights of this alpine resort town situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown offers something for everyone – you can enjoy the quiet beauty and tranquility of this mountain retreat as well as enjoying several walking trails in the town area.

For sheer excitement there is white-water rafting, helicopter rides, the famous jet boats, bungy jumping to pump your adrenalin, and offroad 4WD tours with plenty of river crossings. There are cruises on the lake and a visit to a high country sheep station, or you can book a spot on a variety of wine tasting tours.

You can visit nearby Arrowtown where the main street has been preserved since the 1860’s gold rush days and you can try your luck panning for gold in the adjacent Shotover River.

Day 5
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

An early start takes you alongside the lake to Kingston, then to Mossburn and Lake Te Anau. Soon you plunge into the beech forests of the beautiful Eglinton Valley then it’s on through the Homer Tunnel to the awesome Cleddau Canyon and the steep descent to Milford Sound.

On arrival at Milford Sound, 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!

Later today your coach climbs back over the divide and returns you to Te Anau. Overnight in Te Anau. (L)

Day 6
Te Anau - Dunedin

This morning cross the Waimea Plains towards the farming community of Gore, then continue across the rolling hill country of Southland and South Otago to Dunedin. Second largest city in the South Island, the cityscape glitters with gems of Victorian and Edwardian architecture – the legacy of the city’s gold-rush affluence – First Church, Otago Boys High School and Larnach Castle.

Other prominent buildings include Olveston and Dunedin Railway Station. Dunedin is also notable now as a centre for ecotourism. Uniquely, the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross colony and several penguin as well as seal colonies lie within the city boundaries on Otago Peninsula. Arrive early afternoon.

Day 7
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 8
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.

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There are 6 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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5
10/11/2016
This tour is a wonderful way to visit the beautiful South Island, even if it is a little hectic. Be prepared to be up and about quite early on half of the days. Everything worked like clockwork on our visit,. A tour like this would not be possible in the U.K. for instance, due to the traffic congestion everywhere. All of the hotels were perfect, and New Zealanders that we met everywhere were very helpful and kind. Sadly the recent earthquake near to Kaikoura will no doubt disrupt this particular tour, and the railway line will take a long time to repair. We were fortunate enough to avoid the earthquake area by just two days. I would recommend additional days at the beginning and at the end of this tour in both Wellington and Christchurch in order to spend more time there, which is well worth it, as they are both very interesting places. They reminded me of an England of yesteryear, now sadly disappeared.
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07/03/2013
Kirby, I had a wonderful time! Everything worked perfectly, only one slight snag was not being collected in Christchurch by super shuttle. The Christchurch bus depot is a portacabin on an empty lot (because of earthquake) and as the bus was late they had been and gone as there was no one in there to ask about bus arrivals! Thankfully I bought a cheap mobile when I arrived in NZ so was able to phone them to come and collect me. Everything else was fantastic, it was sunny and warm everyday and I did all the activities I had planned. Travelling alone can be daunting sometimes, so having confidence that all your connections will work is very important. I would certainly recommend you to my friends and thank you personally for all the patience and care you showed me when managing my booking.
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20/10/2012
This was the first time we had used a company to arrange a tour. Previously we have tended to do it ourselves. Self driving is convenient and less regimented but the driver often does not get to see much. So we decided we would go with an in between method - decide where we wanted to go, how many days in each place and have someone put it all together for us. Michelle was the person! She put it together and we corresponded back and forth by email. We used the bronze package for accommodations and that worked out very well for us. The bus drivers were very knowledgeable. Two in particular Brian who took us from Te Anu from Milford and then to Queenstown. We had planned to fly back but it was too overcast at Milford for flights. And George from Queenstown to Christchurch was great. We highly recommend using this company for your travel plans in New Zealand. Sometimes people may prefer to use their own travel agents but should seriously think about using this local firm. Relaxing Journeys certainly know the terrain and we feel we got good value and had a truly delightful experience. I should add that the train from Christchurch to Picton is a very relaxing way to travel and beautiful especially along the coast. After a couple of days in Wellington we rented a car and toured around the North Island. Not quite as relaxing for the driver through The Lord of the Rings land.
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11/02/2009
We had a wonderful time and I'm so impressed with how all the arrangements you made turned out perfectly. The hotels were all nice and clean, the buses were great and the weather for the most part couldn't have been better. I would highly recommend your company to anyone I know who is thinking of going to New Zealand. Thanks again. Muriel.
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22/01/2009
Hi Jill, this is Norma replying on behalf of Elma and Sheena who are now back in Scotland and I have been in contact since they got back and they were absolutely delighted with their tour. Thanks for all your help, look forward to dealing with you in the future if any more rellies decide to take a trip over!!
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11/03/2007
Hi. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the tour I booked with you. All the hotels, transfers etc were great and I really enjoyed the trip. Only wish I could have stayed longer! I will certainly recommend your site to friends. Thanks a lot.
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8 Day Head South
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ209
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
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