12 Day The Southern Drift
12 Day The Southern Drift
Discover 100% Pure New Zealand on this Inspiring Journey through the bountiful natural treasures of the South Island. From the still waters of Milford Sound and snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps, to rolling hills and grassy plains of Central Otago, delve into the exquisite beauty of a land that has remained unchanged for millennia.
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|Tour Type:||Small Group Tours|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Oct 2019 to Mar 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $7170 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Inspiring Journeys|
|11 nights accommodation in superior hotels|
|Travel by luxury small group vehicle with average 12-20 guests|
|11 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) & 8 dinners (D)|
|Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train|
|Discover the fascinating Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki|
|Travel along the spectacular wild West Coast|
|Visit a Pounamu factory and marvel as artists hand carve unique jade designs|
|Walk high above the lush rainforest on a treetop walk|
|Experience mighty Franz Josef Glacier|
|Journey past spectacular rivers, waterfalls and the Haast Pass rainforest|
|Explore historic Arrowtown|
|Let your hair down in the adventure capital, Queenstown|
|Cruise on Milford Sound|
|Kayak on mystical Milford Sound|
|Marvel at crystal clear Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo|
|Discover fascinating Christchurch and witness the incredible rebuild of this city|
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Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, the Garden City. Spend the afternoon at leisure, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner to kick-off your journey of a lifetime.
Stay: Hotel Montreal Christchurch
Traverse the verdant Canterbury Plains and snow-capped Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one
of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Witness more epic scenery as you board your coach at Arthur’s Pass. Later, admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika for demonstration by a local caver. Today’s final stop is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier, where you’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly
retreat in the pristine wilderness, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation.
Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef (B, D)
Spend the morning contemplating the exquisite surrounds of Westland Tai Poutini National Park, then explore the
area with a local guide, who’ll explain the history behind Franz Josef Glacier. Later, perhaps take to the air on an optional experience scenic flight over this spectacular temperate glacier. (B, D)
It’s time for adventure as you board a purpose-built fully enclosed jet boat for a journey down the Haast River. Meander along the pebble-laden shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea stopping in Makarora at lunchtime and later the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. The adventure-capital of Queenstown awaits for your extended 3 night stay, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour when you arrive.
Stay: Crowne Plaza Queenstown (3 nights) (B, D)
Today, select your choice of sightseeing: consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages on a wine tour. View the Lord of Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown, and Glenorchy on a scenic tour, or spend time in the spa indulging in a relaxing massage (B)
Calling all thrill-seekers! Today’s the day to earn your stripes tackling some of Queenstown’s most adventurous activities. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants. (B, D)
Venture to Te Anau and then deep within the Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. You’ll stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley.
Stay: Milford Sound Lodge (2 nights) (B, D)
Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound. Sail out to the Tasman sea looking for wildlife and an opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrisons Cove. (B, L, D)
Embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland to the rolling hills of Central Otago, travelling through Te Anau, known for its beautiful lake. Stop in the country music town of Gore at lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.
Stay: Distinction Hotel, Dunedin (2 nights) (B, D)
This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps ride the historic Taireri Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise (B)
Cross the Canterbury Plains and arrive in Christchurch this afternoon. Embark on an in-depth sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the 2011 earthquake. This evening, join your Journey Director for
a memorable Celebration Dinner.
Stay: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch (B, D)
It’s time to say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end today.
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