Your journey begins with a flight across to Christchurch. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
❱ 2 nights: Ibis Christchurch
Enjoy a full free day to explore the beautiful city of Christchurch. This evening, meet your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Travel through verdant countryside to serene Lake Pukaki before arriving at Lake Tekapo, a remarkable turquoise coloured lake surrounded by the Southern Alps.
★ See the Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a picture perfect view of the Southern Alps.
Later, we continue to the awe-inspiring Mt. Cook National Park before arriving at our overnight accommodation in Omarama.
❱ 1 night: Heritage Gateway Hotel
★ Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of interconnected lakes & canals, and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam.
Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, the southernmost city in New Zealand’s, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a wildlife cruise, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
❱ 1 night: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
This morning you’re free to explore Dunedin at your own pace – you might like to visit stately Larnach Castle.
This afternoon, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Fiordland National Park and Te Anau.
Tonight, there’s the option of travelling by boat through the fascinating Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense).
❱ 1 night: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
★ Your experience in Milford Sound is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.
Travel through tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. Experience the breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery that Milford Sound is renowned for including its sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers & rainforest. Your guide will make sure you don’t miss photo-worthy highlights including Mitre Peak & the Pembroke Glacier. You may also see seals basking on the rocks or the local pod of dolphins streaking through the Sound.
After your cruise, stop at the beautiful Mirror Lake before travelling along the Devil’s Staircase & the scenic shores of Lake Wakatipu and arriving in Queenstown.
❱ 2 nights: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown
Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet boat rides, white water rafting and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés.
★ Later this afternoon, enjoy a cruise across peaceful Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.
Your first destination today is the faithfully-restored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes.
Drive over Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a tranquil rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.
❱ 1 night: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef
After breakfast, we continue on our journey north along New Zealand’s rugged west coast to the town of Hokitika.
★ Here, you will have a chance to visit some of the Pounamu (jade) workshops.
Pounamu, NZ’s most famous greenstone, is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability & beauty. It was used for weapons, tools & ornaments, and also denoted great status.
Later, we continue on our journey north to the beautiful small town of Arthur’s Pass in the spectacular Southern Alps.
★ Board the iconic TranzAlpine train for a trip over the alps & the Canterbury Plains, rated one of the world’s top 10 most scenic rail journeys.
This evening in Christchurch, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
❱ 1 night: Ibis Christchurch
Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport in time for your flight home.