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South Island In-Depth by Coach

Duration
13 Days
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US$ 2,284

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$ 2,284

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Day 1

Christchurch Airport to Christchurch City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Montreal By The George

Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food and wine are all carefully orchestrated to provide a remarkable setting for your stay in Christchurch. Hotel Montreal provides an oasis for a calm, relaxed environment with outside areas to sit in the garden, or enjoy a game of croquet.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Montreal By The George

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    Hotel Montreal By The George



    Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food ...

    Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food and wine are all carefully orchestrated to provide a remarkable setting for your stay in Christchurch. Hotel Montreal provides an oasis for a calm, relaxed environment with outside areas to sit in the garden, or enjoy a game of croquet.

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    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Christchurch to Kaikoura

Duration2 Hours

Fyffe Country Lodge

Set in manicured gardens with lush green lawns, the Fyffe Country Lodge Kaikoura is a stunning boutique lodge, offering panoramic views of Mount Fyffe and the Kaikoura seaward ranges. The property is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and to sample some of the best Marlborough and New Zealand wines. During your leisure time explore the surrounding attractions and activities available in the neighbouring area.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Fyffe Country Lodge

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    Set in manicured gardens with lush green lawns, the Fyffe Country Lodge Kaikoura is a stunning boutique lodge, offering panoramic views of Mount Fyffe and the Kaikoura seaward ranges. The property is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and to ...

    Set in manicured gardens with lush green lawns, the Fyffe Country Lodge Kaikoura is a stunning boutique lodge, offering panoramic views of Mount Fyffe and the Kaikoura seaward ranges. The property is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and to sample some of the best Marlborough and New Zealand wines. During your leisure time explore the surrounding attractions and activities available in the neighbouring area.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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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

Cambria House Nelson

An inner city haven, built in the 1880s, on a quiet street within easy walking distance of the town center. This B and B mixes old and new, from the original fireplaces and timber paneling to the freely available high-speed Internet access, including wireless, and from antiques to up-to-date fabrics and modern conveniences. You can relax with a drink on the sunny garden deck or by the wood-burning fireplace in the guest lounge.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Cambria House Nelson

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    An inner city haven, built in the 1880s, on a quiet street within easy walking distance of the town center. This B and B mixes old and new, from the original fireplaces and timber paneling to the freely available high-speed Internet access, including wireless, and ...

    An inner city haven, built in the 1880s, on a quiet street within easy walking distance of the town center. This B and B mixes old and new, from the original fireplaces and timber paneling to the freely available high-speed Internet access, including wireless, and from antiques to up-to-date fabrics and modern conveniences. You can relax with a drink on the sunny garden deck or by the wood-burning fireplace in the guest lounge.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking

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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 Fox Glacier

Duration5 Hours

Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel

Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short stroll to the main street of the Fox Glacier village. It offers a beautifully appointed, modern Fox Glacier accommodation at the foot of the Southern Alps and very close to the magnificent New Zealand glaciers. A quiet boutique hotel, Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier presents just 20 rooms - so you'll enjoy a peaceful and private South Island experience.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel

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    Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel



    Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short ...

    Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short stroll to the main street of the Fox Glacier village. It offers a beautifully appointed, modern Fox Glacier accommodation at the foot of the Southern Alps and very close to the magnificent New Zealand glaciers. A quiet boutique hotel, Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier presents just 20 rooms - so you'll enjoy a peaceful and private South Island experience.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 7

Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Duration8 Hours

Browns Boutique Hotel

This stylish European inspired Bed and Breakfast lodge is the perfect holiday accommodation for a vacation or ski holiday. This boutique hotel is superbly situated in the heart of Queenstown, in a quiet location with stunning views overlooking the town and mountains, just a 2 minute walk to shops and restaurants. Browns Boutique Hotel combines an intimate, timeless feel with genuine New Zealand hospitality to ensure that guests feel completely at home.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Browns Boutique Hotel

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    Browns Boutique Hotel



    This stylish European inspired Bed and Breakfast lodge is the perfect holiday accommodation for a vacation or ski holiday. This boutique hotel is superbly situated in the heart of Queenstown, in a quiet location with stunning views overlooking the town and mountains, just a 2 ...

    This stylish European inspired Bed and Breakfast lodge is the perfect holiday accommodation for a vacation or ski holiday. This boutique hotel is superbly situated in the heart of Queenstown, in a quiet location with stunning views overlooking the town and mountains, just a 2 minute walk to shops and restaurants. Browns Boutique Hotel combines an intimate, timeless feel with genuine New Zealand hospitality to ensure that guests feel completely at home.

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    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking

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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 Southern Cross Dunedin

Dunedin's largest hotel proudly stands in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin's distinctive charm and heritage with the modern day comforts guests demand. The uniqueness of the historic parts of the hotel, and their commitment to excellent customer service will ensure you have a memorable stay.

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Duration2 Nights
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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Dunedin

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    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Dunedin



    Dunedin's largest hotel proudly stands in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin's distinctive charm and heritage with the modern day comforts guests demand. The uniqueness of the historic parts of the hotel, and their commitment to ...

    Dunedin's largest hotel proudly stands in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin's distinctive charm and heritage with the modern day comforts guests demand. The uniqueness of the historic parts of the hotel, and their commitment to excellent customer service will ensure you have a memorable stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 11

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 12

Dunedin to Christchurch

Duration6 Hours

Hotel Montreal By The George

Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food and wine are all carefully orchestrated to provide a remarkable setting for your stay in Christchurch. Hotel Montreal provides an oasis for a calm, relaxed environment with outside areas to sit in the garden, or enjoy a game of croquet.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Montreal By The George

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    Hotel Montreal By The George



    Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food ...

    Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food and wine are all carefully orchestrated to provide a remarkable setting for your stay in Christchurch. Hotel Montreal provides an oasis for a calm, relaxed environment with outside areas to sit in the garden, or enjoy a game of croquet.

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    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant

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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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