9 Day Southern Vistas

9 Day Southern Vistas

Starting in Queenstown & finishing in Christchurch, discover New Zealand's southern and west coast regions, taking in the best sights at a relaxed pace with 8 nights accommodation, including rental vehicle of your choice, and a Milford Sound Nature Cruise!

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Queenstown to Christchurch
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $1334 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: GNSV

Inclusions

8 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Queenstown

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Queenstown – the beautiful alpine resort regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. On completion of formalities, pick up your rental car and travel onto your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore.

Day 2
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

This morning depart Queenstown for your journey to Milford Sound. The road from Te Anau to Milford is one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you’ll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park. Look for the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain and the Mirror Lakes. Then the rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. Make sure you allow for plenty of time to stop at the numerous viewing points or short walking opportunities en route. At Milford Sound, board your boat for a spectacular cruise in New Zealand’s most famous waterway, a dramatic 22 kilometre fiord carved by glaciers during the last ice age. After your cruise make your way back to Te Anau. For an additional cost, you can substitute a cruise on Doubtful Sound from Manapouri.

Day 3
Te Anau - Queenstown

Spend the morning in Te Anau. You may like to take an excursion across the lake to visit the Te Anau Caves, take a walk along the side of Lake Te Anau, or catch the local movie Ata Whenua – Shadowland. This is a locally produced 32 minute film which explores Fiordland by helicopter and is highly recommended. After lunch in one of the local cafes, retrace your steps to Queenstown. (2 nights)

Day 4
Queenstown

Enjoy a full day to experience this magnificent resort town. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Here you can take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Shotover Jet or Dart River Safari, board the TSS Earnslaw and take a nostalgic cruise of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, play golf or experience Queenstown’s sheer canyons by 4WD.

Day 5
Queenstown - Arrowtown - Wanaka

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy some time to stroll through this historic village, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s. The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It’s a challenging drive, but the views are amazing. More conservative drivers can take the route that runs beside the Shotover River, Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River. The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way. The lakeside resort town of Wanaka can provide you with an appealing mix of fine living, family fun and adventure. It has a high concentration of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops. You’ll also find some unique attractions, like the 3D maze and Puzzling World.

Day 6
Wanaka - Franz Josef

Lake Hawea is the first scenic highlight of your journey north today, followed closely by the northern end of Lake Wanaka. At the wilderness town of Makarora you can fuel up and refresh before you take on the dramatic twists and turns of the Haast Pass. Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you arrive in rainforest country. (2 nights)

Day 7
Glaciers

Endless opportunities exist to allow you to take in the beauty of this special part of the South Island’s West Coast. Take a guided walk or heli-hike to explore the spectacular ice formations; experience the thrill of a scenic flight and place your footprints onto a high alpine snowfield; visit New Zealand’s only White Heron (Kotuku) nesting colony; take in the scenery as you kayak the stunning Okarito lagoon or visit Lake Matheson, renowned for its mirror images of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, New Zealand’s highest peaks.

Day 8
Glaciers - Christchurch

Travel north along the narrow, bush clad, coastal plain through Hokitika to Greymouth then turn inland to travel over the beautiful Arthur’s Pass. Along the way you’ll see the awesome engineering feats of the Otira Viaduct and Tunnel. You’ll have time to stop and look around before descending through some fantastic alpine scenery and on down to the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch.

Day UP
TranzAlpine Train Upgrade Package

For a small cost we can amend your itinerary so that you drop your vehicle off in Greymouth and then join the TranzAlpine Train for your journey across the Alps. On arrival in Christchurch we’ll arrange transfers to your accommodation and transfers the next day to the airport for your onward flight.

Day 9
Depart Christchurch

Sadly your holiday is at an end and you will return your rental car to Christchurch airport today for your onward flight. Here, we bid you a fond farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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There are 5 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.4 out of 5.

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15/05/2016
Perfectly planned journey. There was no reason to have any issues - all fantastic. I had a wonderful holiday in South Island. What a breathtaking part of the world, absolutely beautiful! Your planning was absolutely perfect, time-wise and destinations were gorgeous and central to everything. Always had very welcoming & helpful service at each place I stayed. Your itinerary instructions were very precise and really allowed me to not have any issues. Only once did I have a hassle when I lost (?) my vouchers for the gondola, luge rides & zip-trek. I placed them in back pocket of jeans - but when I went to present to the counter.... whoops... gonski!!! Not to worry though because the young chaps at both company desks sorted and confirmed I could undertake all the activities and they were fantastic!!! Loved the fast luge ride and \"hanging\" & zooming thru the trees on the 6 point zip-trek afternoon. All in all - fantastic and would definitely recommend this type of travel to see the country in the very best way & to travel with your organisation is a no-brainer! Thank you very much.
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18/09/2015
My husband and I had a wonderful holiday in New Zealand. We haven't been since our honeymoon 35 years ago and we were delighted with how well it's natural beauty has been preserved. You certainly gave us value for money - the accommodation was beyond our expectations and always centrally located so we could walk to attractions. The breakfasts were delicious. We followed your daily itinerary and got to enjoy so many experiences - it was like you did the tour before us and paved the way. (Ed. We did!) Transfers to airport on time and friendly. All hotels had restaurants that very reasonably priced with staff that were so helpful with directions to attractions etc. I think we must have had some free upgrades! The car was comfortable and very economical. I don't think your company made much profit out of us - we are hoping to do a tour to the North island in the future and will not hesitate to use your expertise again. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. We will be recommending your company to family and friends!
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30/10/2014
The only thing that didn't run to schedule was that our tour maps, etc were not available to collect from the airport on arrival. This may not have been your fault; perhaps the guy we dealt with at car rental wasn't doing his job. However a phone call to your office soon fixed this problem. Everything else ran very smoothly - it was easy to drive around, the roads were good and accommodation excellent.
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16/11/2013
It was a hassle free tour. Definitely recommend this type of holiday to first time travellers to NZ. We had the freedom of not having to travel with a big group of tour bus travellers, but having the itinerary pre-booked meant we didn't miss out on key attractions in the area.
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02/11/2013
A well organised and easy trip - especially as I was accompanying two 85+ year olds!
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9 Day Southern Vistas
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Tour Code: GNSV
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Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Rating:
5 reviews (4.4/5)

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