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South Island In-Depth by Coach

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,817

Travel the South Island experiencing all it has to offer. Enjoy whale watching, Abel Tasman National Park and the Glacier Region as well as Queenstown and Scottish influenced Dunedin.


From whale watching in Kaikoura to spectacular Milford Sound, explore the rugged beauty of New Zealand’s South Island on this 12 day journey, available as either a self-drive or coach tour.

Christchurch has become synonymous with tragedy in recent years. Four large earthquakes devastated the city between September 2010 and December 2011. While some areas and attractions remain closed for repairs, there is still plenty for early arrivals to do and see. The Air Force Museum will thrill military history buffs, while the Canterbury Museum provides a fascinating look at New Zealand history. Or take a tour of sites affected by the quakes for a glimpse of a resilient, rebuilding Christchurch.

Journey to Kaikoura for your included whale-watching cruise, then stay overnight before the scenic drive to Nelson. The South Island’s oldest settled city is famed for its arts and crafts, along with its 23 local wineries and nearby Abel Tasman National Park. The park is closed off to vehicles, allowing you to enjoy a full day exploring on foot, by boat or by kayak. Intrepid travelers will be rewarded with sights such as Cleopatra’s Pool and beautiful Cascade Falls.

Head for the West Coast to see Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks, distinctive geological formations formed over tens of thousands of years of pummeling from the Tasman Sea. Spend the night before continuing on to the Glacier Region, where you can base your exploration in either Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

A Mecca for skiers, Queenstown puts you in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. A highlight of your journey is a day trip to Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea. You’ll also have a full day at leisure to explore Queenstown.

Journey back east to Dunedin, which, thanks to the discovery of nearby gold in 1861, was New Zealand’s most populated city until 1900. It’s now a university town proud of its strong Scots heritage. You’ll have free time to explore this ‘Edinburgh of the South’ before your Wildlife Cruise beneath the Albatross Colony.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,817

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Day 1

Christchurch Airport to Christchurch City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch offers hotel accommodation that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the vibrant city of Christchurch. Whether you are visiting Christchurch for business or pleasure, the peaceful garden resort of DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch will provide all you need.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
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Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

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    Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton



    A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch offers hotel accommodation that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the ...

    A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch offers hotel accommodation that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the vibrant city of Christchurch. Whether you are visiting Christchurch for business or pleasure, the peaceful garden resort of DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch will provide all you need.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Christchurch to Kaikoura

Duration2 Hours

White Morph Inn Kaikoura

White Morph Motor Inn is an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travellers. This waterfront accommodation is close to shops, the cinema, and various marine activities. The rooms are fully equipped to meet your every need.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
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White Morph Inn Kaikoura

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    White Morph Inn Kaikoura



    White Morph Motor Inn is an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travellers. This waterfront accommodation is close to shops, the cinema, and various marine activities. The rooms are fully equipped to meet your every need.

    White Morph Motor Inn is an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travellers. This waterfront accommodation is close to shops, the cinema, and various marine activities. The rooms are fully equipped to meet your every need.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Whale Watch Tour

Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Kaikoura to Nelson

Duration0 Minutes

Bella Vista Motel Nelson

Bella Vista Motel Nelson is ideally located in Nelson's Tahunanui Drive, a 15 minute stroll to Tahuna beach. Its central location is a few minutes' drive to the beach and its shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and other great Nelson attractions and activities. The airport is a 5 minute drive away. The Bella Vista Motel Nelson offers a range of studio and one bedroom units. All room types feature; ensuite, microwave or kitchenette, tea & coffee making facilities, free WiFi, SKY cable TV. The property has a guest laundry, BBQ area and children's play area.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Bella Vista Motel Nelson

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    Bella Vista Motel Nelson



    Bella Vista Motel Nelson is ideally located in Nelson's Tahunanui Drive, a 15 minute stroll to Tahuna beach. Its central location is a few minutes' drive to the beach and its shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and other great Nelson attractions and activities. The airport is ...

    Bella Vista Motel Nelson is ideally located in Nelson's Tahunanui Drive, a 15 minute stroll to Tahuna beach. Its central location is a few minutes' drive to the beach and its shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and other great Nelson attractions and activities. The airport is a 5 minute drive away. The Bella Vista Motel Nelson offers a range of studio and one bedroom units. All room types feature; ensuite, microwave or kitchenette, tea & coffee making facilities, free WiFi, SKY cable TV. The property has a guest laundry, BBQ area and children's play area.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Children's Activities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Playground
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Nelson to Punakaiki

Duration4 Hours

Punakaiki Resort

The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole at Punakaiki and adjacent to Paparoa National Park. This hotel is a perfect choice for a leisure stay.

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Duration1 Night
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Punakaiki Resort

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    Punakaiki Resort



    The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole ...

    The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole at Punakaiki and adjacent to Paparoa National Park. This hotel is a perfect choice for a leisure stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Punakaiki to Franz Josef

Duration4 Hours

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and it is just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier



    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and it is just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place ...

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and it is just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking (for Self Park)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 7

Franz Josef to Queenstown

Duration7 Hours

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring the spectacular scenery of New Zealand's southern region.

Meal Plan Room Only - 3 Night Minimum - Non Refundable,No Amendment
Duration3 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

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    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront



    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring ...

    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring the spectacular scenery of New Zealand's southern region.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Discover Milford Sound Coach Cruise Coach incl Lunch

Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Journey through the Southern Alps via the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through a solid mountain of rock. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your luxury catamaran vessel for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Return by coach to Queenstown.

Duration12 Hours
Day 9

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 10

Queenstown to Dunedin

Duration5 Hours

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest rooms will welcome you back at the end of a day of sightseeing.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City



    Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest ...

    Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest rooms will welcome you back at the end of a day of sightseeing.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Half Day Peninsula Cruise Tour

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Continue your tour to the tip of the Otago Peninsula for the One Hour Wildlife Cruise. Enjoy unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land: Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment. Learn the fascinating history and geology of the area. Take a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula, enjoying spectacular harbour and ocean views.

Duration4 Hours
Day 11

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 12

Dunedin to Christchurch

Duration6 Hours

Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch offers hotel accommodation that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the vibrant city of Christchurch. Whether you are visiting Christchurch for business or pleasure, the peaceful garden resort of DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch will provide all you need.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

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    Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton



    A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch offers hotel accommodation that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the ...

    A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch offers hotel accommodation that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the vibrant city of Christchurch. Whether you are visiting Christchurch for business or pleasure, the peaceful garden resort of DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch will provide all you need.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 13

Christchurch City Hotel to Christchurch Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Coach travel between cities
  • Tours as described in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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