South Island 23 Day Tour
Depending on what time you fly into Christchurch I will give you a short City tour before taking you to your accommodation.
We will start your day with a short drive out towards Lyttleton for a Gondola Ride with stunning 360° views from 500 metres above sea level - to the west gaze across the sparkling cityscape of Christchurch, over the Canterbury Plains to the high peaks of the Southern Alps. we will also visit the Transitional Cathedral
The triangular window design includes 49 panels and incorporates images from Christchurch Cathedral's original rose window. We will then finish your day exploring the inner City containers now a vibrant shopping centre and just across the way is Quake City a multi-sensory attraction aimed at informing, New Zealanders and international tourists about the Canterbury earthquakes. Your night's accommodation will be in Christchurch.
- Today we will leave Christchurch to travel to Akaroa, a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. There will many choices here to join a tour on the water or maybe experience a personal tour of a working sheep farm property.
Your night's accommodation will be in Akaroa.
- Today we leave Akaroa to make our way through the Central South Island passing through the charming town of Geraldine, stopping here for a look around some of the local art and craft centres before driving on through to Fairlie and the Church of the Good Shepherd set on the stunning lake of Lake Tekapo which sits in the centre of the South Island, and the gateway to Aoraki or Mt Cook and the Southern Lakes. Lake Tekapo and Pukaki are unique for their aqua colour. This will be your night's accommodation at Lake Tekapo. If it is a clear night I would suggest you join an evening tour to explore the spectacular southern sky with an astronomy Guide.
- Today we will make our way up to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village. On a clear day you are able to see this amazing stunning Mountain which climbs as high as 3,724 metres, New Zealand's highest mountain, yet there are 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3,050 metres, and hundreds of others not far short of that all making up the famous Southern Alps. The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre's is well worth a visit and the Mount Cook Magic is an inspiring 3D cinematic experience unlike any other. We will then make our way back to Tekapo for your night's accommodation.
- Having passed through Lake Tekapo and Pukaki we will venture on through more of this stunning lake area of Benmore and Aviemore with a stop off at Twizel and a High Country Salmon Farm before touring further into the Waitaki Valley and small villages along to Oamaru a small fishing village and one of the earliest European Whaling station settlements in 1836 in New Zealand. This will be your night's accommodation. Oamaru Harbour is home to a colony of little blue penguins, and you can also see yellow-eyed penguins from a special hide. Penguin viewing is best just after dusk.
- Oamaru contains some of the best-preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. In the late 19th century, the town prospered through gold mining, quarrying and timber milling. Some of the wealth was spent on elegant stone buildings made from local limestone. The Harbour-Tyne Street area is particularly special – and the shopping is great too. After exploring the Victorian precinct, we will visit the steampunk playground and museum. It will be then onto Dunedin via The Moeraki Boulders which are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. We will then make our way to Dunedin for your night's accommodation.
- Today we will make our way out to the Otago Peninsula and here you can visit the Royal Albatross Centre and the magnificent Larnach Gardens and Castle. This is a stunning part of the East Coast of the South Island. We will then make our way back to Dunedin for your night's accommodation.
- Today we will make our way through some panoramic scenery crossing over the mighty Clutha river and townships of Clyde and Cromwell to Arrowtown where you will stay for the next 2 nights.
- Today there are many choices depending on what you love to do. With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure but there are also many mellow options available. I would also take you out to the delightful township of Arrowtown for your night's accommodation.
- Your tour today takes you to the the stunning Fiordland Area of Te Anau and Manapouri which are the gateway towns to the incredible and
world-famous fiords at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. We will drive to Te Anau situated on the beautiful pristine lake and in the afternoon you will join a 2p.m. tour of the Te Anau Caves where you will
hop on a boat from the lakefront in Te Anau on a trip to the glow-worm caves. You are taken across Lake Te Anau to our amazing 12,000 year-old caves, carved out into incredible swirling shapes by the force of the river that flows through them. Your tour continues through the limestone passages on foot and by boat to find a grotto of thousands of glittering glow worms. A must experience if you like caves and glow worms.Your night's accommodation will be in Te Anau.
- Today we you will join a Cruise and bus trip over the Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound our day begins in Manapouri with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. In Doubtful Sound you will board a purpose built catamaran for a three hour cruise. You will also have a chance to visit the Manapori underground Power Station. Your night's accommodation will be in Te Anau
- Today we will leave for the deep south to Invercargil the Garden City and onto Bluff , the home of Bluff oysters – reputed to be the best in the world. The oyster season runs from April to August, and in May the locals put on a lively festival. We will then catch a ferry across to Stewart Island (Rakiura) for your night's accommodation.
- This is a great place for the Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies. The island has just 28km of road, but 280km of walking tracks suited to short walks, day walks and a bird watchers paradise. Your night's accommodation will be in Stewart Island.
- Today we will travel the Catlin Coast Road through to Balclutha via the beautiful districts of Lawrence and Roxburgh to Alexandra which is an attractive town of trees and civilisation within the weathered rock landscape of Central Otago. The town boomed during the late 1800s, when huge gold dredges worked the Clutha River. Today it is a region of orchardists and wine makers. Alexandra will be your night's accommodation.
- Today your tour takes you through to the township of Wanaka with a pristine alpine lake at its doorstep and surrounded by the spectacular backdrop of the South Island's Southern Alps. We will stop off here for a look around before making our way over the famous Haast Pass to Glacier country and to Franz Joseph for your night's accommodation.
- Day 17
- Today you will have the day to explore Fox Glacier and its beautiful Lake Matheson, famous for its mirror-like reflections of Aoraki / Mount Cook and Mount Tasman/ Rarakiroa, New Zealand’s highest peaks, on a clear day. A delightful bush track walk follows the lake edge. There is also time for an actual walk on the Glacier if you wish or those who would prefer a scenic flight...its a great way to see the bigger picture.Your night's accommodation will be in Franz Joseph
- Today we will take the Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth which was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet. Along the way we will explore Hokitika the Greenstone capital of New Zealand and stop off for an exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy.We will then end our day at pancake rocks and blowholes, where columns of water shoot skyward from rocks that resemble giant stacks of hotcakes. Your nights accommodation will be in Westport
- Continuing on our coastal scenic road we will continue up to Murchison and the Buller River and Gorge which offers a series of activities to do like walking on the Buller Gorge swingbridge or maybe take a ride on the flying fox or just enjoy a couple of short walks. There are an array of choices. We will then continue up to the heart of the Tasman and the colourful town of Motueka with some great galleries and and shops. It is famous for its fishing, hops, kiwifruit and vineyards. It is also the gateway to the Tasman National Park. Motueka will be your night's accommodation.
- Day 20
- Today you will be taken up through parts of the Tasman National Park and further to Puponga at Cape Farewell the tip of the South Island. This day is purely about exploring Tasman National Park with it's stunning bays and beautiful walks.Your night's accommodation will be in Motueka.
- Day 21
- Today your tour takes you over to the Pristine East Coast of the South island view the heart of the wine country and Blenheim to Kaikoura for your night's accommodation. We will be stopping off at various locations along the way. Your night's accommodation will be in Kaikoura.
- Day 22
- Today I suggest a whale and dolphin tour. Kaikoura coastline is a marine environment and attracts some of the most magnificent creatures with which we share our planet. Among them are Giant Sperm Whales that can grow up to 20 metres and weigh over 50 tons. These whales can be seen all year round making Kaikoura one of the most popular whale watching locations in the world. In addition to the sperm whale a number of different species of may also be seen, depending on the season, as they follow their migratory route. This is an opportunity to sight high-spirited Dusky Dolphins, the rare and endangered Hectors Dolphin, New Zealand Fur Seals and a wide variety of sea birds including the Royal Albatross. After your tour I will then drive you down to Hamner Springs for your night's accommodation. Here you can relax and unwind at the Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is an extensive thermal complex in an alpine environment with large native gardens.
The complex offers thermal mineral, sulphur and freshwater pools. A great way to end your 22 days on tour.
Your flight out from Christchurch
The Total Cost For This Tour
2 Persons - NZ $11759.00 each
4 Persons - NZ $7359.00each
This tour includes:
22 Nights 4-5 Star accommodation with 18 breakfasts(Other accommodation self-contained)
Private flexible touring for 22 Days including Airport Transfers
Whale Watching Tour at Kaikoura
Gondola in Christchurch
Doubtful Sound Cruise
Te Anau Caves Tour
These Prices are based on the peak season in New Zealand (Dec-Mch)
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