New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience.
From wildlife to wineries, glacial valleys to star-filled skies, the South Island offers adventure in all its forms. Choose to explore just one region, or road trip from Picton all the way down to Bluff. No matter which destinations you choose to explore on this long, mountainous island, you’ll be constantly open-mouthed before the incredible scenery.
On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Depending on our arrival we might have a chance for a walk to discover Christchurch and its surroundings.
After breakfast, enjoy a brief tour of Christchurch Cross the Canterbury Plains with the view of the Southern Alps. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, have a spectacular walk to Tasman Glacier, before traveling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel. (B)
Pass large hydro lakes as you travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru for a stroll through historic precinct with Victorian buildings of white limestone. The Moeraki Boulders one of the big attractions is our next stop. They are a group of very large spherical “stones” on Koekohe Beach. They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago. Next to Dunedin – the ‘Scottish’ city. We also visit Dunedin Railway Station, described as the outstanding monument of Edwardian architecture in New Zealand(B)
Today visit historic Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Learn about its history as well as enjoying spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula and coast. We leave Dunedin behind and drive inland, crossing rich farmlands to the small town of Gore where we stop for a stroll before arriving to Lake and town of Te Anau.(B)
Follow the Hollyford Valley where you will see ancient Beech forests, beautiful valleys, snow capped peaks. Descend into the Cleddau Canyon to Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder, dominated by Mitre Peak. World of rainforest, rock walls and waterfalls tumbling hundreds of meters to the sea. You take A cruise to the Tasman Sea with such highlights as the Bowen and Stirling Falls. We will have a walk into the rainforest to visit The Chasm, a spectacular waterfall, and stop at the Homer Tunnel where if lucky we get close to New Zealand`s Kea, a colourful parrot. (B)
This morning, drive around the shores of Lake Wakatipu towards Queenstown. After arriving, you will take a gondola trip to the top of the hill for a breathtaking view of the city and environs. This afternoon, visit, Arrowtown with its gold heritage. (B)
Today is your free day to explore many aspects of town or take part in one of the many activities that Queenstown as adventure capital its renown for. You can either sit back or relax. You can take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, or for the adventurous – white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. Cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’ on the journey across the Lake Wakatipu with its beautiful alpine scenery, to the Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you can view the shearing show, see how farm dogs work with sheep. (B)
Today Pass we drive along Kawairau River to an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era, to Lake Wanaka. On the way will stop at famous Mrs Jones fruit store to taste some delicious New Zealand fruits. After Wanaka will drive along Lake Hawea to Makarora into Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks where we stop to see famous waterfall, Roaring Billy. Drive north along the coast to Fox Glacier where we will have a walk to the face of this fascinating glacier.(B)
Our first visit today its Greenstone or Jade factory in Hokitika. Greenstone is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. It is found only on the South Island. Then we drive through Arthurs Pass to the Canterbury Plains and into Christchurch. (B)
Free time before transfer to the airport.