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Southern Escape: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,218

This South Island New Zealand tour shows you the Land of the Long White Cloud at its most dramatic, from powerful glaciers, to majestic Mount Cook, plus Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Eighth Wonder of the World,’ Milford Sound.


This 8-day New Zealand trip covers the most dramatic sights of the South Island.

Touch down in Christchurch, then head west to Ashburton and glacier country. Admire the Franz Josef Glacier on your way through to Fox Glacier, the larger and more accessible of the two. A range of options can take you to the Glacier, including helicopter rides, guided walks, or a relatively easy self-directed walk along the viewing path.

Drive on to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital and your base for an unforgettable trip to Milford Sound. Rudyard Kipling called this sixteen kilometre fjord the Eighth Wonder of the World, and it’s hard to argue as you pass beneath soaring Mitre Peak and approach the Tasman Sea. Keep an eye out for dolphins, seals and even whales as you explore the waterway. Even the bus ride there offers its own amazing views. Before that, you’ll have a day at leisure to enjoy some of Queenstown’s own activities, which might include a wine trip or a gondola ride to Bob’s Peak.

After your day at Milford Sound, skip the long drive back with an overnight stay in Te Anau. Instead, travel east to Dunedin, the student town of the South Island and possibly the most Scottish town in New Zealand. Learn the chilling myths of Larnach Castle and admire the highlights on a city tour. You’ll then follow the coast to see the Moeraki Boulders, finally turning towards Mount Cook, the highest peak in Australasia. Stay overnight, enjoying a spectacular farewell dinner.

Drive along the shores of Lake Tekapo on your way back to Christchurch, where you’ll meet your departing flight.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,218

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Day 1

Arrive Christchurch

Be met on arrival into Christchurch airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Quality Hotel Elms

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    Quality Hotel Elms



    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city. The Quality …

    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city.

    The Quality Hotel Elms offer a variety of facilities and services, like our brand new Fiber optic super-fast internet that we now offer to all guests on a complimentary basis. Conferencing facilities for up to 200 delegates, and our new wedding venue has been constructed with the latest design specifications to ensure you and your guests are catered for in a beautiful setting.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Room
    • Restaurant
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 2

Christchurch, Fox Glacier

Enjoy the picturesque drive through the Southern Alps to Westland Tai Poutini National Park, home to the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers as well as spectacular lakes and rainforests. Travel along the west coast to enjoy spectacular alps. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense valleys. Tonight, you will stay close to Fox Glacier.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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    Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier



    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with …

    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with modern comforts. With the mighty Southern Alps as its backdrop, the hotel offers fantastic rural and mountain views. The hotel has 67 guest rooms and suites. Standard rooms and suites are equipped with; free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking (for Self Park)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Settle in for a two-night stay with the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains overseeing Lake Wakatipu.

Travel past the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, through Haast Pass, skirting the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown. Renowned for its world-class culinary scene, delicious food is always on the menu. During the time at leisure, perhaps enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview



    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views …

    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain range from the comfort of your room. Hillary's Restaurant with its breathtaking mountain and lake views features a conservatory style decor and serves a wide variety of Kiwi and international cuisine.

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    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Queenstown, Skyline Gondola

Enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown and a delicious buffet lunch.

With more time to discover the wonders of Queenstown today, you have the freedom to relax or choose from one of our select experiences. Perhaps step aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station or set off into the Central Otago wine region independently (both at own expense). This evening, perhaps tantalise your tastebuds as you discover Queenstown's thriving dining scene.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with spectacular landscapes surrounding this World Heritage-listed area.

This morning after breakfast, skirt The Remarkables mountain range, tracing the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park and beyond to Milford Sound. Carved by ancient glaciers during the ice ages, today Milford Sound is widely regarded as one of the most incredible natural wilderness areas on Earth. Afterward, continue by coach to Te Anau. After time to settle into your hotel, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

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Duration1 Night
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Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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    Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau



    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment …

    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment during your stay. The hotel boasts 94 guest rooms, with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Te Anau, Dunedin

Leaving the Fiordland region, today you'll journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a tour taking in the city's most significant landmarks and learn of its fascinating history to discover a rich Scottish heritage. Free time has been set aside for you to explore the town as you please with dinner tonight at your own leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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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.

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    • 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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Day 7

Dunedin, Aoraki Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

Dine on fresh local produce at your hotel's restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones were formed more than 60 million years ago and can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand's finest 19th-century architecture. Later, en route to Lake Tekapo, journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and admire the sublime alpine scenery. Arrive at your hotel, Peppers Bluewater Resort, situated near the shores of Lake Tekapo.

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Duration1 Night
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Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo

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    Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo



    Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region …

    Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region including Mt Cook National Park. There are 60 stylish lakeside rooms offered in a range of accommodation options including one, two and three bedroom luxury villas and apartments. Rakinui Restaurant and Lounge is a place to eat, drink and relax amongst warm friendly surroundings.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 8

Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

Your final day in New Zealand begins with a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the edge of Lake Tekapo. Enjoy the pristine natural beauty and the azure waters of the lake, with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Your journey then concludes on arrival at Christchurch Airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Sep 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 10, 17, 31; Nov 7, 14, 21, 28; Dec 5, 19
2021: Jan 10, 16, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27; Apr 3, 24; May 22; Sep 11, 25

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Travelmarvel Tour Director and Driver
  • Insider Experiences
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined
  • 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

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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