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Southern Highlights – 09 Days / 08 Nights

9 Day Seat in Coach itinerary covering the following places of interest in New Zealand including Christchurch, Mount Cook, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, & Tranz Alpine Express. Daily departures and choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

Includes Meet & Greet on arrival at Christchurch Airport and private vehicle for arrival transfer and SIC for departure airport transfer; seat in coach transport for all touring & sightseeing, a choice of 3 standards of hotel accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees, and daily buffet breakfast at hotel.


Southern Highlights – 09 Days / 08 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / MOUNT COOK / DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 03: DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 04: DUNEDIN / TE ANAU: view detail >
DAY 05: TE ANAU / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 06: QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 07: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER: view detail >
DAY 08: FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 09: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >

Southern Highlights – 09 Days / 08 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH:

Meet & greet on arrival at Christchurch International Airport.
Transfer by private vehicle to your hotel in the "Garden City".


DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / MOUNT COOK / DUNEDIN:

Transfer to Queenstown by SIC today traveling across the Canterbury Plains to Geraldine and over rolling hill country to Fairlie. Climb up through the Burke’s Pass to the MacKenzie High Country. Stop at the “Church of the Good Shepherd” on the shores of Lake Tekapo before following Lake Pukaki to the highest mountain in New Zealand – Mt Cook. There is time here for an Optional scenic flight over the Southern Alps with a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier, subject to the weather conditions on the day. (NB: Scenic flight is Optional  and not included in the tour costs.)Continue via Twizel and Omarama and follow the Waitaki River to Oamaru and then on to Dunedin via Palmerston and Wakouiti. Rest of the day is at leisure.


DAY 03: DUNEDIN:

This morning you will enjoy a city sightseeing tour by SIC including the First Church, the Octagon, Dunedin Cathedral, Botanical Gardens, Town Belt, and the University of Otago. In the afternoon you will be taken on a 1/2 day tour by SIC out along the Otago Peninsula following the harbour edge to the Royal Albatross Colony Visitor's Centre. Later visit Natures Wonders to see the Yellow Eyed penguins and then visit the grounds of Larnach Castle, built by William Larnach in the nineteenth century and the only castle in New Zealand. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore this lively student city.


DAY 04: DUNEDIN / TE ANAU:

Transfer from Dunedin to Te Anau by SIC on the scheduled coach service. Travel South via the towns of Milton, Balclutha, Gore and Lumsden before crossing the Southland Plains to Te Anau on the shores of the lake, and the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Rest of the day at leisure to relax. Perhaps an Optional visit to Te Anau Caves.[Not included in costs]


DAY 05: TE ANAU / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN:

Full day SIC excursion to Milford Sound. Depart from Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park, now proclaimed a World Heritage Park and pass through Beech forests, glaciated valleys, the Homer Tunnel with its 1:10 gradient and stunning scenery to reach the majestic Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord which is dominated by Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. Transfer to Queenstown via Te Anau and arrive in the late afternoon at your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy.

DAY 06: QUEENSTOWN:

Free day at leisure with an opportunity to explore on your own or to experience some of the many Optional activities available here such as jetboating, bungy jumping, whitewater rafting, gondola ride to Bob's Peak, TSS Earnslaw cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Sheep Station, 4WD safaris and many more options. Enjoy Queenstown the Adventure Capital of New Zealand. (Please note that Optional activities above are not included in tour cost.)


DAY 07: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER:

Transfer to Franz Josef Glacier this morning by SIC traveling through the Kawarau Gorge once more and the fruit growing area around Cromwell and through Central Otago to Lakes Hawea and Wanaka past the small settlement of Makarora opposite the Mount Aspiring National Park, and climb over the bushclad Haast Pass to the West Coast. Follow the Haast River to the township of Haast at the mouth of the river and head north following the coast to Knights Point  and past scenic lakes and on to Fox Glacier then Franz Josef Glacier.


DAY 08: FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH:

Transfer to Christchurch this morning by SIC via the small townships of Harihari, Ross and Hokitika to arrive at Greymouth in time to board the Tranz Alpine Express train to Christchurch departing in the afternoon. The train will take you across the Southern Alps mountain range via a scenic route through the Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. Transfer from the Christchurch Railway Station to the hotel by SIC. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy your last night here.


DAY 09: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH:

Your arrangements conclude with a departure transfer by SIC to Christchurch Airport. We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.


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