Southern Spotlight

8 Nights

Christchurch

Discover the highlights of New Zealand’s magnificent South Island on this comprehensive journey. Cross the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine train, cruise the serene waters of incomparable Milford Sound and peaceful Lake Wakatipu. A series of unforgettable experiences awaits you in this proud Pacific nation.

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Highlights

  • Journey past crystal clear lakes & towering mountains through Mt. Cook National Park
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo and stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains & magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound and let loose in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak and visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit in Cromwell and travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier and visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Christchurch
  • Day 2 - Christchurch – Omarama
  • Day 3 - Omarama – Dunedin
  • Day 4 - Dunedin – Te Anau
  • Day 5 - Te Anau – Queenstown
  • Day 6 - Queenstown
  • Day 7 - Queenstown – Franz Josef
  • Day 8 - Franz Josef – Christchurch
  • Day 9 - Farewell from Christchurch
  • Additional Information

Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Meals Included: Ro

Ibis Christchurch Hotel

Nearby to the Cashel Street. START mall - this "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. The Hotel is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access local activities, outer lying attractions and the airport. The ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, Oopen Restaurant & Bar and a meeting room.

See how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Later, enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel to stunning Mount Cook National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Heritage Gateway Hotel

The Heritage Gateway Hotel is situated in Omarama, at the crossroads of MacKenzie Basin, Lindis Pass and Waitaki Valley. It offers panoramic views and excellent hiking and biking opportunities.

This morning, visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme on the mighty Waitaki River. Then travel to historic Oamaru with its celebrated white limestone buildings. After an orientation tour of Dunedin, the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore independently.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

The stylish Scenic Hotel Dunedin City features a stunning contemporary award-winning design, with spacious guest rooms, modern facilities and attractive local artworks all in a handy inner-city location. Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city. As our guest you will enjoy: Generously proportioned rooms with plenty of space and light. Quality room amenities and services, including excellent bedding and high speed Internet access. Memorable street-side dining in Princes on Dowling Restaurant - the perfect place to watch the city go by. Or get comfortable beside the fire in their lounge bar. Their great central location in the heart of the city. Ideal for business guests and convenient for visitors wanting to explore the city and local attractions.

Enjoy some free time here this morning before travelling across the fertile pastures of South Otago to serene Lake Te Anau. Tonight, why not consider on optional experience and take a boat tour of the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Located in the heart of the town, Distinction Luxmore Hotel is a popular choice with both visitors and locals alike. Basing yourself in Te Anau enables you to easily explore Milford Sound and the Fiordland World Heritage National Park. Distinction Luxmore has 180 rooms offering Standard, Superior & Deluxe rooms and suites, some with spa bath as well as wheelchair accessible rooms. Free unlimited WiFi, parking and gym. Guest Laundry facilities. Elevators on every floor. Two on site Restaurants and Bars and Conference facilities.

Your unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound today takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. Then travel via the breathtaking Davil's Staircase and Lake Wakatipe to beautiful Queenstown, where you'll have an informative orientation tour of the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

The Copthorne Hotel & Apartment Queenstown, Lakeview has 66 studio rooms and 19 two bedroom apartments, every one of them offering views of Queenstown's mountain and lake wilderness. The apartments are self contained and extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range from the comfort of your room.

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet-boat rides and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely rhythm. Later this afternoon, enjoy a cruise across peaceful Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight dinner.

Meals Included: B hd

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

The Copthorne Hotel & Apartment Queenstown, Lakeview has 66 studio rooms and 19 two bedroom apartments, every one of them offering views of Queenstown's mountain and lake wilderness. The apartments are self contained and extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range from the comfort of your room.

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. See spectacular Haast Pass, and the towering Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier, where an optional scenic flight is available.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is close to the edge of one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, welcoming you to this enticing and dramatic region.

Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Arthur's Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys, passing through the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps and the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. This evening in Christchurch, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Meals Included: Half Board

Ibis Christchurch Hotel

Nearby to the Cashel Street. START mall - this "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. The Hotel is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access local activities, outer lying attractions and the airport. The ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, Oopen Restaurant & Bar and a meeting room.

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Flight information

LCQR: Christchurch return

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport 

Day 9 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

LRQC: Christchurch return

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport 

Day 9 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

Flights are not included in the holiday price.