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10 Day Southern Discovery Tour

Begin this delightful tour in New Zealand's capital - Wellington, before crossing the Queen Charlotte Sound to the South Island and the winery region of Blenheim. Then discover the best of the sightseeing attractions the South Island offers. You have the option to finish the tour with the famous Tranz Alpine rail journey.

Join the world famous Tranz Alpine train for a journey through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. All transfers are provided. Ask us for details. Your tour concludes on arrival in Christchurch scheduled for 6.05pm.

01 May 2008 to 30 Sep 20087 $2,065.00 (based on twin share)
01 Oct 2008 to 31 Jan 2009 $2,295.00 (based on twin share)
01 Feb 2009 to 30 Apr 2009 $2,330.00 (based on twin share)
01 May 2009 to 30 Sep 2009 $2,135.00 (based on twin share)
Breakfast (9) Supplement add $165.00
Dinner (8) Supplement add $250.00
Single Room Supplement add $615.00
Tranz Alpine Train Option add $155.00

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour departs from the Bay Plaza Hotel, 40 Oriental Parade at 8.00am. Join the Interislander Ferry and cruise to the South Island with spectacular views of the city left
behind. Sail across Cook Strait and into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. In Picton, you are welcomed by your South Island Coach Captain. Explore Picton, before making the short drive to Blenheim for an afternoon’s sightseeing and a visit to the Montana Winery for a complimentary tasting and afternoon tea.
Blenheim Country Hotel (1 night)

Day 2

Past Lake Grassmere and follow the coastline to Kaikoura, an area noted for whale watching. Over the Hundalee Ranges and onto the Canterbury Plains to reach the Garden City of Christchurch. Visit the International Antarctic Centre before a city tour, noting the city’s strong English influence. See the parklands and River Avon before boarding the Tourist Tram for a circuit of the city which showcases the main points of interest.
Pavilions Hotel (1 night)

Day 3
Christchurch/Mt Cook/Omarama

Cross the Canterbury Plains and enter the foothills near Geraldine to the barren MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog memorial overlooking the milky waters of Lake Tekapo. Time for a spectacular flight over the Southern Alps, lakes and glaciers with Air Safaris (optional). Visit Mt Cook National Park, with New Zealand’s highest snowcapped peak, before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama.
Heritage Gateway Hotel (1 night)

Day 4

Pass large hydro lakes as you travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and Dunedin the “Scottish” city. An early arrival allows for a choice of excellent optional activities. Combine a Monarch harbour cruise or Newton’s Citibus tour to see albatross, penguins and seals. Board the Taieri Gorge Railway or explore the city yourself. This evening prior to Dinner you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony, complete with piper, address to the Haggis and gift.
Cargills Hotel (1 night)

Day 5
Dunedin/Lake Manapouri/Te Anau

Visit historic Olveston House, then cross rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden. Visit Lake Manapouri before arriving at Lake Te Anau.
Fiordland National Park Hotel (2 nights)

Day 6
Milford Sound Day Trip

A highlight of any tour. Follow the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys where the beech forests reach to the roads edge and snow capped peaks tower above. Descend into the Cleddau Canyon to Milford Sound, dominated by Mitre Peak. A launch cruise takes you to the open sea and to Bowen and Stirling Falls. Time to take a walk into
the rainforest to visit The Chasm, a spectacular waterfall, or to the entrance of Homer Tunnel. If conditions permit, your Coach Captain may make a short drive into the Hollyford Valley. Return to Te Anau late afternoon.

Day 7
Te Anau/Queenstown

Cruise across Lake Te Anau to explore the underground world of rushing water and drift beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glow-worms, an unforgettable sight. This afternoon drive north to Kingston and around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to picturesque Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the steamship Earnslaw for dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak Sheep Station.
Rydges Hotel (2 nights)

Day 8

A day to explore the delights of this alpine resort at leisure. Your Coach Captain will happily advise on the many optional sightseeing activities available. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, take a Gondola ride to the Skyline high above the resort, a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon, white water rafting or browse in the many shops and galleries.

Day 9
Queenstown/Haast Pass/Fox Glacier

Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on to an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the goldmining era, to Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Pass Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka to Makarora into Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. Drive north along the coast to the glacier region. Explore the township or take the optional guided walk to the glacier face.
Fox Glacier Hotel (1 night)

Day 10
Fox Glacier/Christchurch

Time for an optional helicopter flight over the glaciers, then on to Greymouth to a Greenstone (Jade) factory to see craftsmen cutting and polishing giant boulders to create fine jewellery. Cross the Otira Gorge and Arthurs Pass to the Canterbury Plains and into Christchurch. Your tour will conclude at approximately 5.30pm.



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