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Southern Spectacular

(13 days, Christchurch - Christchurch, 2014 - 2015)
Southern Spectacular
This 13 day tour explores the best of the South Island, from Christchurch to Mt Cook and Queenstown, plus the stunning Franz Josef Glacier and Fiordland National Park.

11 night land tour from Christchurch to Christchurch • Overnight cruise Milford Sound

Scenic Tours Ultimate Features

  • All-Inclusive Touring
  • “Must See” attractions and highlights
  • Many multi-night stays
  • Absorb the beauty of Milford Sound on an overnight cruise
  • Scenic Free Choice Activities and Dining included
  • Breakfast included daily plus select dinners
  • Fully Escorted by experienced Scenic Tours Tour Director and Coach Captains
  • Luxury 5-star Coach
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers

So much more with Scenic Tours

Included Scenic Free Choice Activities

  • In Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown

Included Scenic Dining

  • 19 superb meals including, 12 Breakfasts (B) and 7 Dinners (D)
  • Enjoy a Farewell Dinner reliving the memories of your journey

Included Scenic Free Choice Dining

  • In Dunedin and Queenstown

Included Scenic Special Stays

  • Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Cook from The Hermitage Hotel
  • Discover the magic and silence of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner’s overnight cruise
  • M Gallery Hotel St Moritz in Queenstown is reminiscent of an upscale mountain lodge. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a unique lodge-style hotel surrounded by Franz Josef Village
  • The George Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch

Included Scenic Highlights

  • Experience the charm of Christchurch and travel on the famous Tram
  • Explore the fascinating Sir Edmund Hillary Centre at Mt Cook
  • Witness the amazing night sky on your stargazing experience at Mt Cook
  • Visit the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd
  • View the unusual Moeraki Boulders on the East Coast
  • Explore Dunedin and climb the world’s steepest street
  • Travel to Bluff, the southern-most point of the South Island
  • Cruise Lake Te Anau and explore the mesmerising Glowworm Caves
  • Discover the beauty of Milford Sound
  • Enjoy a free day to discover and explore Queenstown
  • Take an exhilarating jet boat ride on the Haast River
  • Appreciate the grandeur of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine through the Southern Alps
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
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
Day 2: Christchurch (B)
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.
Day 3: Christchurch - Mount Cook (B,D)
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       
Day 4: Mount Cook - Dunedin (B,D)
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
Day 5: Dunedin (B)
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.
Day 6: Dunedin - Invercargill (B,D)
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
Day 7: Invercargill - Te Anau - Milford Sound (B,D)
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
Day 8: Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,D)
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
Day 9: Queenstown (B)
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.
Day 10: Queenstown (B)
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
Day 11: Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D)
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
Day 12: Franz Josef - TranzAlpine - Christchurch (B,D)
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
Day 13: Depart Christchurch (B)

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.

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Depart Date Price
Sep 2014
from AUD $5,395
Nov 2014
from AUD $5,695
Feb 2015
from AUD $5,695
Mar 2015
from AUD $5,695
Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in CAD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.
Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in USD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.

At a glance

13 Days
AUD $5,395
per person twin share
25 Sep 2014
16 Nov 2014
On Request
08 Feb 2015
On Request
22 Feb 2015
Fully Booked
12 Mar 2015
26 Mar 2015
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