11 Day Wild South
11 Day Wild South
A unique eleven day independent coach tour including a two night stay on Stewart Island with a guided nature tour included. We've also included a day tour and cruise to the Doubtful Sound to complete your eco experience of the South Island.
|Tour Type:||Independent Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Nov 2018 to Apr 2019|
From (NZD) $2662 per person
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|10 nights accommodation|
|All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers|
|Tour Operates from November to April Only|
|Afternoon Guided Ulva Island Tour|
|Doubtful Sound Day Tour & Cruise (including lunch)|
* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018
Day by Day Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Christchurch, gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. Despite suffering earthquake damage there is plenty to see and do. World – renowned for its beauty the gently winding Avon River is a stunning feature of the city centre.
Depart Christchurch and head south through the vibrant seaside town of Timaru and onto Oamaru known for their creamy limestone buildings. Pass Moeraki Beach where perfectly rounded boulders are embedded in the sand. Arrive early afternoon in Dunedin with time for an optional sightseeing tour of the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula.
This morning is yours to enjoy some free time. You might like to visit Larnach Castle & Gardens – this is New Zealand’s only castle, or explore and enjoy the architecture of the city. Depart Dunedin early afternoon and head south leaving the Otago region and entering Southland. You will go past Balclutha and over the Clutha River, South islands’ longest river; from here travel inland towards Gore, where you will have a coach change stop. Your journey will continue southwards as you travel towards Invercargill, the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Arrive in the early evening. You may like to consider adding an extra day in Invercargill to explore the town and visit Bill Richardson Transport World. Reportedly the largest private collection of its type in the world, it includes over 300 trucks and 150 petrol bowsers, significant Henry Ford Letter Car & V8 collection, VW Kombis, Wearable Arts and much more. .
Leave Invercargill this morning on a shuttle and head south towards Bluff. This beautiful seaside town is the southernmost point of the South Island and is also famous for the Bluff oysters found here. Experience Foveaux Strait in comfort and style on board an express catamaran. During the one hour crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island keep a lookout for wildlife, especially seabirds. Watching Mollymawks (Albatross) and Titis soaring behind the ferry is a fantastic sight. Comprehensive commentary provides information on the interesting landmarks. On arrival on Stewart Island you’ll be transferred to your accommodation with the remainder of the day at leisure. With only 28km of road, but an impressive 240km of walking track, the island is the perfect place to explore by foot. There are many short walks available – perfect for afternoon adventures. (2 nights)
This morning you have the opportunity to explore this unique southern isle famed for its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and the unspoilt natural beauty. This afternoon, take a short water-taxi ride to Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary for your guided tour of the island. It’s all about discovering the unique, rare and endangered birds and plants at close quarters. Exquisite seasonal orchids, and very friendly birdlife that will come too close for your camera lens – whilst gently ambling amongst a beautiful botanical forested garden alive with birdsong.
It’s back to the mainland today. Cross the Foveaux Strait by ferry and then board your coach through to Queenstown arriving early afternoon. (3 nights)
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.
You will be collected from your accommodation this morning and travel by coach to Manapouri. Your Doubtful Sound Wilderness Excursion begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri, a stunning lake renowned for its numerous islands and deserted beaches. Then it’s over Wilmot Pass, on one of New Zealand’s remotest and prettiest sub-alpine roads, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland’s densest rainforest and to view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. On reaching Deep Cove, you will board your vessel for a cruise that takes in the most dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound. Nature guides provide an engaging commentary and point out the highlights. Keep a look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins frequently swim alongside the vessel, fur seals bask on the rocks around the fiord and rare penguins can at times be observed. After your cruise reboard your coach and travel back to Queenstown. (L)
Leaving Queenstown you will soon reach picturesque Lake Hayes and travel through Kawarau Gorge, home of award winning wineries and the famous Kawarau Bungy bridge. You will travel past the township of Cromwell and its many orchards before crossing Lindis Pass and into the Mackenzie Country. Hydro-electricity canals and glacier fed lakes will guide you into the Mount Cook National Park. Here you will find Aoraki Mount Cook; New Zealand’s tallest mountain.
This morning is at your leisure. Hike around one of the walking tracks; take one of the scenic flights to get up close to Mount Cook and Southern Alps’ magnificent glaciers. You also have time to explore the Tasman Glacier by the terminal lake. This afternoon you’ll travel down the Tasman Valley past Glentanner Park and Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo where you can view the Church of the Good Shepherd by the lake shore. The altar window offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains of the Mackenzie Country. The coach then continues on towards Fairlie. Continue your journey through diverse farmland and descend to cross the Canterbury plains before arriving in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city.
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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