5 Day South Island Sampler

5 Day South Island Sampler

Fly into Christchurch and head south through the Mt Cook National Park into Queenstown for your three night stopover. We've included a Milford Sound tour and cruise as well as four nights self catering or hotel accommodation.

Book and pay your deposit by 31 December 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Queenstown
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $1099 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Code: RJ212

Inclusions

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

Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel May 2018 – March 2019. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.

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Book and pay your deposit by 31 December 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until March 2019

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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. Christchurch’s rebuild is underway after the earthquake in 2011 and visitors are welcome to experience the new ‘Transitional City’ to its fullest. Stroll along the Avon River or enjoy the new cafes and bars that have reopened recently. Cathedral Square is open and the fresh Transitional Square has been fitted out with an information booth for residents and visitors.

Day 2
Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown

This morning you will depart Christchurch and travel over the vast patchwork of the Canterbury Plains to the awe – inspiring Lake Tekapo, 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. (3 nights)

Day 3
Queenstown

Today is completely at your leisure to enjoy the many sights of this alpine resort 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 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, and 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 4
Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise

Your day tour coach follows the southern arm of Lake Wakitipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. The scenery changes dramatically from tussock covered grasslands to glacier hewn valleys as you enter the Eglington Valley and travel through the breath taking man made Homer Tunnel to reach 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!

On completion you will return to Queenstown by coach. Upgrade your itinerary to include an optional return scenic flight to Queenstown. (L)

Day UP
Milford Sound Return Flight Upgrade Package (NZ $395pp)

Upgrade your itinerary so that you can return to Queenstown on a scenic flight taking in magnificent views of the alps, glaciers, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park – a quick and convenient way to return to Queenstown. (Duration 35mins)

The flight shaves off approximately 4 hours off a return by coach. It is however very weather dependent, so if the weather doesn’t play ball, then you will need to return by coach and we will refund the upgrade price.

Day Day 5
Depart Queenstown

Your quick visit to New Zealand’s South Island regrettably comes to an end today and so with fond memories of mountains and fiords, glaciers and sparkling braided rivers drifting in your memory, we will transfer you to nearby Queenstown airport for a safe and pleasant journey home. Haere ra, Ka hoki mai ano (Farewell, but return again).

4.7/5.0

There are 9 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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16/10/2018
We are very happy and enjoying traveling to New Zealand with Relaxing Journeys. The team of Relaxing Journeys have very good attention so we are very much enjoying this holiday.
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20/07/2018
Marie Sarmon did an excellent job in organising this custom tour for us. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves. Everything was perfectly timed and never once did we have to call anyone for assistance (being free and easy). The view from our hotels was ... no words can describe. Some rides was cancelled due to weather but that we can understand. If we could do this again, we definitely will. Thanks so much for the great time.
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22/04/2018
We had such an wonderful time on our trip. Thank you, Relaxing Journeys, for making it possible. We are returning customers. This is our second tour with Relaxing Journeys, both times on Independent Coach tours and we loved every bit of it. Everything was so easy and smooth-going, and arranged right down to airport transfers. All we had to do was to show up on time to be picked up, and off we went for another great tour. I would definitely recommend Relaxing Journeys for you next trip to New Zealand. Their tour consultants (in our case it was Toni, for our earlier trip Marie, for this later trip) were always responsive, patient and helpful. Thanks, guys.
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22/04/2018
Hotels were outstanding. Eric was our favorite Great Sights tour guide. We didn't have any issues and appreciated how well put together the itinerary was.
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04/02/2018
A great introduction to the South Island. Perfect tour if you're looking for a reasonably priced and well organized travel agenda. Coach drivers provided invaluable information and wonderful stories, both facts and legends of the South Island. You can opt to plan your own time in the two cities. Milford Sound cruise was spectacular.
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05/12/2017
New Zealand is nice place, I am also planning to come again next year. Thank you for your help.
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07/11/2015
Our trip began in Christchurch. The motor driver was awesome, knowledgeable, courteous and witty. He was also a very good driver. He was filled with knowledge and talked often about historical, geographical, etc. info. He gave us enough time to stretch out and take brakes while keeping up the pace of the trip. We saw Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park and then headed to Queenstown with him. On a separate day our driver Jaimie took us to Milford Sound. He was also courteous, witty and knowledgeable. He was a fast driver but we needed that pace to keep to the tour schedule. We also stopped often. The sites at both tours were awesome. We felt the value was excellent and would not hesitate to refer anyone we know to these tours. Marie was very patient in planning with us. New Zealand is beautiful and with these two tours we got to experience first hand some of the beauty in the South Island.
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20/04/2014
Excellent tour with beautiful scenery, pleasant coach drivers, and good accommodations.
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19/03/2014
Thank you for making our short trip hassle free and relaxing. Accommodation in Christchurch was excellent, hotel in Dunedin was not as good. Accommodation in Queenstown was good however we were dropped at the wrong hotel. There are 2 hotels with same chain about 400m apart. Suggest you make it clear to transfer driver of this confusion. Thank you again for excellent planning.
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5 Day South Island Sampler
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ212
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9 reviews (4.7/5)

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