The Southern Drift

Discover New Zealand on this Inspiring Journey through the natural treasures of the South Island. From the still waters of Milford Sound and snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills of Central Otago, delve into the beauty of landscapes that have remained unchanged for millennia.

Price Includes

12 Day Inspiring Journey
Hand-picked accommodation
Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
Airport transfers 

The magnificent icy landscape of Franz Josef Glacier
Dunedin’s Scottish influence
Kayak across the waters of magical Milford Sound
Listen to the stories and explore the grounds of Larnach Castle
Vibrant Queenstown, nestled at the foot of the Remarkables
An adventure on the Haast River
Uncover Arrowtown’s gold mining heritage
Stay in a luxury eco-lodge in Fiordland National Park
Indulge in a spa treatment in Queenstown
Views of mountains and rivers on the TranzAlpine Train

Travel dates:
07 Jan, 21 Jan, 04 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 07 Oct, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov and 09 Dec 2019
Seasonal surcharges may apply.


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Up to $300* discount per person

Up to 10% Early Bird Saving

Room/Cabin information
Twin share
Offer Ends

31 Oct 18,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Product itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch 
Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’. Spend the afternoon at leisure before joining your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. 
Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

 Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier 
Traverse the verdant Canterbury Plains and snow-capped Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Witness more epic scenery as you board your coach at Arthur’s Pass. Later, admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika for demonstration by a local carver. Today’s final stop is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier, where you’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly retreat in the pristine wilderness. (BB, D)
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef, 2 nights 

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier
 Spend the morning relaxing and then explore the area with a local guide, who’ll explain the history behind Franz Josef Glacier. Later, why not take to the air on an optional experience scenic flight over this spectacular glacier? (BB, D) 

Day 4: Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown 
It’s time for adventure as you board a purpose-built fully enclosed jet boat for a journey down the Haast River. Stop in Makarora at lunchtime and later the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. The adventure-capital of Queenstown awaits and you’ll have the opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour when you arrive. (BB, D)
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Queenstown, 3 nights 

Day 5: Queenstown Journey Select 
Today, select your choice of sightseeing: consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages on a wine tour. View the Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour or spend time in the spa indulging in a relaxing massage. Full buffet breakfast Day 6: Queenstown Free Time Calling all thrill-seekers! Today’s the day to earn your stripes tackling some of Queenstown’s most adventurous activities. This evening, enjoy a memorable dinner at one of Queenstown’s fine restaurants. (BB, D) 

Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound
 Skirting the shores of Lake Wakatipu southwards, venture to Te Anau and then deep into the Fiordland National Park. Driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, you’ll emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected serenity of Mirror Lake. Stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley. (BB, D)
Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights 

Day 8: Milford Sound 
Cruise Wake up to the startling beauty of your surrounds. Learn more about Fiordland National Park during an informative talk by a specialist Nature Guide and board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half-day exploration of magnificent Milford Sound. Cruise out to the Tasman Sea looking for wildlife along the way, and take the opportunity to go sea-kayaking in Harrison Cove. (BB, L, D) 

Day 9: Milford Sound – Dunedin
Embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland to the rolling hills of Central Otago, travelling through Te Anau, known for its beautiful lake. Stop in the country musical town of Gore at lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.  (BB, D)
Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Dunedin, 2 nights 

Day 10: Dunedin 
This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps ride the historic Taireri Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise. (BB) 

Day 11: Dunedin – Christchurch 
Discover the shores of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd today before crossing the Canterbury Plains and arriving in Christchurch for an in-depth sightseeing tour on arrival. This evening, join your Journey Director for a memorable Celebration Dinner. (BB, D)
Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch 

Day 12: Christchurch – Wellington
 It’s time to say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers this morning as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end. (BB)

BB = Buffet Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner


Helloworld Terms & Conditions

*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 03 Oct but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Bookings with Early Bird Savings must be paid in full by 31 January 2019. Discount applicable to tour portion only. Single travellers must pay single supplement fee. Valid for travel on selected departures until 31 December 2019. Blackout departure dates may apply. For new bookings only. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys, and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.