10 Day New Zealand Southern Encounter Small Group Tour

Explore New Zealand’s stunning South Island on this 10 Day Luxury Small Group Tour! 

Price Includes

8 nights luxury accommodation taking in Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Dunedin and Mt Cook
Overnight Cruise on Doubtful Sound
Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach 
Accompanied through the tour by a professional and experienced Driver Guide
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 6 dinners 
TranzAlpine Train Journey 
Sightseeing at some of New Zealand’s most iconic locations including the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools, Guided Tour and High Tea at Larnach Castle, Wildlife Cruise ex Dunedin and a Stargazing Tour in Mt Cook.

Travel Dates
20 - 29 October 2019
17 - 26 November 2019
1 - 10 December 2019
12 - 21 January 2020
23 February - 3 March 2020
22 - 31 March 2020

Bonus

Save up to $410* per person

Helloworld Exclusive Offer
Free Skyline Gondola Ride & Buffet Dinner in Queenstown!

Room/Cabin information
Twin Share
Offer Ends

31 Mar 19,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Christchurch 
Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome dinner and cocktails with fellow travellers.

Day 2 – TranzAlpine, Franz Josef 
A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiseled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to west coast glacial village of Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

Day 3 – Wanaka, Queenstown  
Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages.

Day 4 – At leisure in Queenstown   
Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries.

Day 5 – Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise   
Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, your crew and the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board.

Day 6 – Manapouri, Dunedin   
Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

Day 7 – Discover Otago Peninsula    
This morning, enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Fur seals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities.

Day 8 – Moeraki, Mt Cook   
Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

Day 9 – Lake Tekapo, Christchurch 
At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you bid farewell to your newfound friends.

Day 10 – Depart Christchurch 
Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

 

Helloworld Terms & Conditions

*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 15 February 2019 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. Valid for new bookings made and paid in full by 31 March 2019. 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. Kirra Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.