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Southern Tourer: Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,595

You’ll begin and end in Christchurch experiencing the best of New Zealand’s South Island. Travel by coach to view famous sites like Franz Josef, Queenstown, Te Anau, Dunedin and Mount Cook.


This 9 day round trip from Christchurch brings you to all the South Island’s natural highlights and historic cities in fully escorted comfort.

Early arrivals to the historic city of Christchurch might consider a visit to the International Antarctic Centre or the Air Force Museum, before hopping the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps to Franz Josef, home of the namesake glacier. Explore the Haast River Valley by safari jetboat before going on to the adventure capital of Queenstown.

A Mecca for skiers, Queenstown puts you in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Freedom of Choice Touring options let you choose from a range of activities, such as a double decker bus tour, or a jetboat ride on the Shotover River (a Queenstown favourite). Then go on to Te Anau to enjoy a cruise along the full length of Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea.

The beautiful, Scottish-influenced town of Dunedin offers yet more options for nature lovers and history buffs alike. Visit the Royal Albatross and Yellow-eyed Penguin colonies of Otago Peninsula, or spook yourself at Larnach Castle, a Dunedin landmark with a dark past, where close to 30 encounters with ‘cranky spirits’ have been reported. A northbound journey along the coast takes you to visit the unique Moeraki Boulders on your way to Mt Cook National Park. Take a guided nature walk, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or try a stargazing experience with an expert astronomy guide. Cap off your day with an exclusive stay at The Hermitage, with views of majestic Mt Cook – known to the Maori as ‘Cloud Piercer’ – before returning to Christchurch.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,595

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Day 1

Arrive Christchurch

Arrive in Auckland and transfer to your hotel.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport

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    Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport



    Situated on Christchurch's Memorial Avenue on an idyllic seven acres of land featuring award-winning native New Zealand gardens, Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport is just minutes away from the Christchurch International Airport and ten minutes into the centre of Christchurch. The hotel features 137 guest accommodation …

    Situated on Christchurch's Memorial Avenue on an idyllic seven acres of land featuring award-winning native New Zealand gardens, Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport is just minutes away from the Christchurch International Airport and ten minutes into the centre of Christchurch. The hotel features 137 guest accommodation rooms, conference and meeting facilities and extensive free parking.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef

After taking the TranzAlpine Train, continue to take in the scenery of Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy a four-course dinner tonight.

Signature Experience
Sieze the day and board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world's greatest rail adventures.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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    Te Waonui Forest Retreat



    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand's pristine wilderness - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests' wellbeing. With a natural, earthy …

    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand's pristine wilderness - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests' wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there's no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Laundry facilities
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Valet Parking

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Day 3

Franz Josef, Queenstown

Travel alongside the Haast River Valley to Queenstown.

Freedom of Choice Dining
Tonight, choose to dine at a Queenstown brewery, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for stunning panoramic views. You may prefer a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, or dine at Elements Restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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    Novotel Queenstown Lakeside



    Located in the very heart of Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is within a stone's throw from a range of fabulous stores, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you wish to venture a little further into this unspoiled Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand, …

    Located in the very heart of Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is within a stone's throw from a range of fabulous stores, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you wish to venture a little further into this unspoiled Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand, you will discover some of the finest outdoor leisure activities in the world. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside has 204 guestrooms, all with balconies and stunning scenic views.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 4

Queenstown

This morning, choose your included sightseeing activity.

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
Perhaps visit several local sites where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternatively, set out on a Skippers Canyon adventure or a river safari along the beautiful Dart River. A tour of the country's premier wine-producing region is a tempting option, or a leisurely cruise over the waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Continue along the Milford Road into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Keep your camera ready as you wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, before driving through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. Afterwards, arrive at the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Signature Experience
Continue to Milford Sound, where you'll enjoy a cruise that explores this pristine fiord. Tonight, enjoy local authentic flavours with a special Taste of Fiordland Dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Distinction Hotel and Villas Te Anau

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    Distinction Hotel and Villas Te Anau



    Distinction Hotel and Villas is situated on Lakefront Drive facing Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. The expansive well maintained gardens and grounds surrounding the hotel provide the perfect complement to the attractive lake and mountain views. This hotel is very centrally located, …

    Distinction Hotel and Villas is situated on Lakefront Drive facing Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. The expansive well maintained gardens and grounds surrounding the hotel provide the perfect complement to the attractive lake and mountain views. This hotel is very centrally located, with just a short walk to a well-equipped shopping centre (open seven days a week), where you'll find retail outlets, restaurants and cafes. The hotel's 112 rooms are comprised of 4 Deluxe Suites, 80 Hotel Rooms, 13 Villa Suites and 15 Villa Rooms.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Te Anau, Dunedin

It's time to travel to Dunedin on the island's east coast, a city known as the Edinburgh of the south. This afternoon, choose your sightseeing activity.

Freedom of Choice
Perhaps visit Olveston Historic Home, or discover the history of Larnach Castle, nestled on the stunning Otago Peninsula. Those who enjoy a beer may choose to visit Speight's Brewery for a tasting.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Minute
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Distinction Dunedin

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    Distinction Dunedin



    One of Dunedin's oldest heritage buildings has been lovingly transformed into Dunedin's newest hotel. This iconic 121 room property is the ideal base for business or leisure. It is conveniently located in the rejuvenated and vibrant exchange area in the heart of Dunedin city. Each …

    One of Dunedin's oldest heritage buildings has been lovingly transformed into Dunedin's newest hotel. This iconic 121 room property is the ideal base for business or leisure. It is conveniently located in the rejuvenated and vibrant exchange area in the heart of Dunedin city. Each elegant studio and suite boasts stylish contemporary design and functionality.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tour Desk

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Day 7

Dunedin, Aoraki Mt Cook

Drive north and stop to view the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, where you choose your activity.

Signature Experience
Visit Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to see New Zealand's highest mountain.

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or the planetarium for a stargazing session. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

Signature Experience
Discover Australasia's highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook

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    The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook



    Discover the spectacle and drama of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park from the splendour and comfort of The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook. The Hermitage, located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, has a range of accommodation types available. The main hotel complex contains …

    Discover the spectacle and drama of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park from the splendour and comfort of The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook. The Hermitage, located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, has a range of accommodation types available. The main hotel complex contains 164 rooms, while 32 Motel and 20 Chalet self-contained units are located 200-800m away in the village. From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Aoraki Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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    Rydges Latimer Christchurch



    Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city's CBD, is within easy driving distance of a stunning collection of local attractions and activities and only a 15 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and features 138 guest rooms and extensive …

    Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city's CBD, is within easy driving distance of a stunning collection of local attractions and activities and only a 15 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and features 138 guest rooms and extensive banquet facilities with a capacity to cater for up to 360 people, making it the largest hotel function space in Christchurch.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Restaurant

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Day 9

Depart Christchurch

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Sep 20; Oct 4, 11; Nov 1, 8, 22; Dec 6, 20
2021: Jan 4, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7, 14, 28; Apr 11, 25; May 16; Jul 25; Sep 12, 26; Oct 3

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • Dedicated APT Tour Director and professional driver
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • 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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