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 & cruise as well as four nights self catering or hotel accommodation.

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
Pace: Comfortable
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)

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Prices are per adult (we'll adjust your quote for any children)

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, gateway to the South Island. 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 and enjoy the new cafes and bars that have reopened recently. Cathedral Square is open & the fresh Transitional Square has been fitted out with large colourful artworks, plants, interpretation panels, theatre space and seating as well as an information booth for residents and visitors.

Day 2
Christchurch - 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, 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 and enjoy 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 and pan 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. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. On completion you will return to Queenstown by coach. An optional return scenic flight to Queenstown is available (own expense). (L)

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

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).

4.6/5.0

There are 7 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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

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5 Day South Island Sampler
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ212
From (NZD) $1099 per person
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
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