The Taste of the South Island tour offers the ideal itinerary to see some of the best that the the south has to offer. Starting and finishing in Christchurch experience the scenery of the Mackenzie country, Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford Sound, the adventure capital of Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers before returning to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine train.
- Twin share hotel accommodation.
- Coach transfers
- Coach and rail transportation on the tour.
- Meals: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Welcome and other dinners as per the final itinerary.
- Attractions and entrances shown as included in the final itinerary.
- Other items shown as optional, or not specifically shown as included in the final itinerary.
Available on request. Starting from $3,959
After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Our Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar), Omarama. B, D
Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Our Accommodation: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge (or similar). B, D
This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Our Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (or similar) Te Anau. B, D
Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Our Accommodation: Mercure Resort (or similar) Queenstown. B, L
Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to Fox Glacier Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Our Accommodation: Heartland Hotel (or siimilar) Fox Glacier. B, D
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Our Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel (or similar), Christchurch. B, D