Southern Spectacular 2017
Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2017
South Island shows you its dramatic best, with towering Mount Cook, the Franz Josef Glacier, the TranzAlpine train and a cruise on the Milford Sound all vying for top spot. You'll enjoy Insider moments like? tearing yourself away from the unique Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Punakaiki, then drifting off to Tasman Sea breezes at an exclusive waterfront resort, with equally stunning National Park views behind you.Sightseeing Highlights
- City tour in Dunedin.
- Cruise on Milford Sound.
- See spectacular sights in Fiordland National Park en route to Milford Sound.
- View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.
- Visit Franz Josef Glacier, historic Arrowtown, and the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki.
First class travel Highlights
9 hot buffet breakfasts.
1 Be My Guest lunch.
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Porterage, local tips and charges
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
- All hotel charges and local taxes
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- VIP entry to many sights
|Offer valid through 6/30/2017|
|Day 1||Christchurch||Arrive Christchurch: Welcome to Christchurch! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You'll have free time to relax and unwind after your journey before you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception|
|Day 2||Twizel||Christchurch - Twizel: Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Hear their stories and sample delicious food prepared just for you. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park. There's time for an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine|
MacKenzie Country Inn
|Day 3||Dunedin||Twizel - Dunedin: Start your day with a drive along the Waitaki River. View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city. You have free time this afternoon to explore at your own pace.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Scenic Southern Cross
|Day 4||Te Anau||Dunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau: Today your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle; ride the Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross; visit Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery. Later, travel across rich fertile sheep-filled farming land to Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
|Day 5||Queenstown||Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights): You'll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown. An orientation tour of New Zealand's adventure capital finishes this highlight day.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 6||Queenstown||Queenstown Sightseeing: Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat; join a wine tour; play 9 holes of golf; ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Afterwards, return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 7||Franz Josef||Queenstown - Franz Josef: Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world's richest rivers. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass, view amazing Thunder Creek Falls and take a small rainforest walk. Then it's on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world's most accessible glacier.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier
|Day 8||Punakaiki||Franz Josef - Punakaiki: There is time this morning to explore Franz Josef Glacier. Later, take a walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Spend the night at your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation
|Day 9||Christchurch||Punakaiki - Christchurch: There's time to relax before travelling to Arthur's Pass where you'll board the TranzAlpine train, one of the top six train journeys in the world, to travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
|Day 10||Depart Christchurch||Depart Christchurch: Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast|
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