Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your luxury hotel. Tonight meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers at a welcome briefing followed by dinner.
Overnight Stay: Wellington
This morning Included is your cruise across Marlborough Sounds to New Zealand’s South Island. SCENIC ENRICH Onboard you will have access to the Kaitaki Plus Lounge where you can enjoy light snacks along with complimentary soft drinks, tea, coffee, internet, newspapers and magazines. Arrive at Picton and enjoy a picturesque drive across to the West Coast.
Overnight Stay: West Coast of South Island
Travel along the spectacular West Coast to Hokitika and explore this former gold mining town. Continue to the village of Franz Josef for an Included visit to view the awesome Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore this pristine area at your own pace. Tonight we stay at an award winning luxury property that has been built to respect and preserve the surrounding.
Overnight Special Stay: Franz Josef
A highlight today is your Included exhilarating high speed jet boat ride on the mighty Haast River before continuing onto Queenstown. Along the way visit picturesque Lake Wanaka with close proximity to Mount Aspiring National Park.
Three Night Special Stay: Queenstown
Today is an Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity day where you choose what you would like to do, at no extra cost choose from: (1) a tour of local country gardens followed by morning tea; or (2) enjoy a guided tour of local wineries with lunch; or (3) take an exhilarating ride through Shotover Canyon in a jet boat, or (4) see the scenery from Lord of the Rings of the Southern Lakes region on a 4WD tour; or (5) enjoy a guided tour to historic Skippers Canyon; or (6) relax onboard the legendary Million Dollar Cruise. Tonight is an Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining evening choose from: (1) a steamship cruise onboard the TSS Earnslaw followed by dinner at Walter Peak Station; or (2) ride the gondola to Skyline Restaurant and dine overlooking Queenstown; or (3) enjoy a relaxing gourmet dinner at Lombardi’s Restaurant.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps, Queenstown was named because it was ‘fit for Queen Victoria’. Recognised as New Zealand’s premier visitor destination, today is yours to explore at your own pace.
Today enjoy the beauty of the Fiordland National Park with an unforgettable Included cruise on Milford Sound, the most accessible of Fiordland’s magnificent glacier-carved fiords. Then continue to Te Anau where tonight is an Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE
Dining evening choose from: (1) a delicious buffet dinner at Hilights Restaurant; or (2) a casual café style dinner at Bailiez Café.Overnight Stay: Te Anau
Glow Worm Caves - Opportunity this evening to see the Glowworm Caves at Te Anau. Glow Worm Caves are included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked
Travel this morning to Dunedin, a university city of Scottish heritage and New Zealand’s oldest city. This afternoon enjoy your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity where you choose what you would like to do, at no extra cost choose from: (1) a guided tour of Larnach Castle and it’s magnificent gardens; or (2) a trip to see the famous yellow-eyed penguins; or (3) a guided tour of Speight’s Brewery; or (4) travel on the historic Taieri Gorge railway.
Overnight Stay: Dunedin
Country Home Stay - We offer you the opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of a local family during an overnight Country Home Stay. Home Stays are included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.
This morning head north for an Included visit to the Moeraki Boulders, a bizarre sight – huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach, before travelling to Lake Tekapo. Relax and enjoy dinner at the resort tonight.
Two Night Special Stay: Lake Tekapo
Today is your Included visit to Mount Cook National Park to view the spectacular peaks including New Zealand’s highest mountain (weather permitting), glaciers and permanent snow fields. Included is entry into the fascinating Sir Edmund Hillary Centre and explore this famous Kiwi’s achievements. This afternoon visit the quaint stone Church of the Good Shepherd situated on Lake Tekapo’s edge. SCENIC ENRICH Tonight delight in a private cocktail party and farewell dinner.
Your tour concludes after your Included transfer* to Christchurch airport for your homeward bound flight (please book your flights for after 2.00pm).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For passengers who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.