Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand’s second biggest city, Christchurch, a city full of parks and gardens. On arrival you will be met by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your hotel (please arrive by 3pm). Tonight meet your Tour Director at a welcome briefing before your Included journey travelling on the famous Christchurch Tram.
Two Night Stay: Christchurch
Enjoy your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) punting on the River Avon; (2) learning about Christchurch’s recovery effort on a unique Rebuild Tour or (3) Caterpillar Gardens Tour.
Travel south to the peaceful and spectacular glacier-fed Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny stone Church of the Good Shepherd situated on the lake’s edge. Continue to Mount Cook National Park to view the spectacular peaks including New Zealand’s highest mountain (weather permitting), glaciers and permanent snow fields. Included entry to the fascinating Sir Edmund Hillary Centre where you will discover this famous Kiwi’s achievements. This evening observe one of the world’s most spectacular night skies during your Included Big Sky Stargazing experience.
Overnight Special Stay: Mount Cook
Journey to Dunedin, a university city of Scottish heritage and New Zealand’s oldest city. Along the way you will stop and visit the Moeraki Boulders, a bizarre sight of huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Tonight is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining evening, select from: (1) a guided tour of Speight’s Brewery and dinner; or (2) the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.
Two Night Stay: Dunedin
Today is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) a guided tour of Larnach Castle and its magnificent gardens; (2) a trip to see the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross; or (3) explore the city on a heritage walking tour; or (4) travel on the historic Taieri Gorge railway.
Nestled on the southernmost coast of the South Island between two lighthouses is a spectacular landscape known as ‘The Catlins’. Journey through lush rain forests and past cascading waterfalls to Bluff. Take a photo at the signpost at Stirling Point, the southernmost settlement of the South Island.
Overnight Stay: Invercargill
Travel to Te Anau where you will enjoy your Included cruise across Lake Te Anau to explore a mysterious underground world of caves and grottoes. Drift in silent darkness and experience the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Take a spectacular drive to Milford Sound, where you board the Milford Mariner. Accompanied by a specialist nature guide, enjoy your Included scenic overnight cruise exploring the full length of this beautiful fiord. Anchor for the night in a sheltered cove and further explore the area in a small boat or in kayaks before enjoying a delicious evening buffet.
Overnight Special Stay: Milford Mariner Cruise
Wake early to witness the beautiful sunrise and as you cruise slowly back to the wharf enjoy your buffet breakfast. Leaving behind the serene beauty of the Fiordland National Park make your way towards New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown, situated on a stunningly beautiful lake surrounded by towering mountains. Tonight is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining evening, select from: (1) a steamship cruise on board 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 the hotel’s Lombardi’s Restaurant.
Three Night Special Stay: Queenstown
Today is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) experience wilderness and adventure on the Dart River; 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) explore nearby Arrowtown on board a historic double decker bus.
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 destination, today is yours to explore at your own pace
Leaving Queenstown behind travel up the west coast to the heart of glacier country. A highlight today is your Included exhilarating high speed jet boat ride on the mighty Haast River through this diverse and spectacular landscape. Flowing from the Southern Alps, the impressive Franz Josef Glacier creates a stunning landscape hewn by ice.
Overnight Special Stay: Franz Josef
An unforgettable journey awaits today on your Included journey on board one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, the TranzAlpine. Travel from Arthur’s Pass, through the Southern Alps with spectacular mountains, gorges and meandering rivers and across the Canterbury plains to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This evening enjoy your Included Farewell Dinner as you reminisce about this truly ultimate adventure.
Overnight Special Stay: Christchurch
After breakfast take time to explore this city before your Included transfer* to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.