Southern Spectacular

New Zealand's South Island is full of grand vistas and shimmering waters, with a 12 day luxury tour visit Queenstown, Franz Josef, Milford Sounds & more.

12 Days
Christchurch to Christchurch
From (USD)
$ 5,995
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Christchurch > Christchurch

Grand vistas and shimmering waters

The South Island showcases some of its most spectacular scenery throughout its heartland. Head deep into the epic wilderness, tap into M-aori legends and sample some of the finest cuisine around.
Beginning in Christchurch, you’ll have a chance to explore a city rejuvenating itself after the 2011 earthquake. Take one of the great rail journeys through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine before marvelling at magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. Head to Queenstown and indulge in the fantastic experiences on offer. Greet a new day in peaceful and serene Milford Sound. Surrounded by the majesty of Fiordland National Park, exploring this pristine part of the world will take your breath away. A visit to New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with its Scottish heritage is the perfect way to round off this wonderful journey.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SSI
Duration:
12 days
Departure City:
Christchurch
Return City:
Christchurch

12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Christchurch

    Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch. The wonder of New Zealand begins here. Settle in for your two night stay.

  2. Day 2 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

    Go punting on the River Avon, take the Botanic Gardens Tour or enjoy an open top bus ride around Christchurch. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre.

    Freechoice Dining

     Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay.

    Optional Flight - Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of a landing in this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

    Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet, or tour local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon, or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

    Freechoice Dining

    Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown, or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Queenstown

    A free day to discover Queenstown.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

    In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

    Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night stay.

    Freechoice

    Choose between Speight’s Brewery, Etrusco and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Dunedin

    Freechoice

    Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

    Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel with Mount Cook view rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before arriving back in Christchurch for your overnight stay. Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Christchurch

    Bid farewell to wonderful New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Small group touring with no more than 40 guests
  • Your choice of 22 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 18 meals – 11 breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability