CHRISTCHURCH - LAKE TEKAPO - MT COOK - QUEENSTOWN - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - DOUBTFUL SOUND - - QUEENSTOWN - LAKE WANAKA - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - PUNAKAIKI PANCAKE ROCKS - CHRISTCHURCH.
Unsolicited comments from past passengers
Just a quick email to say thank you for a very enjoyable trip around the South Island. Everything worked out very well. We enjoyed Des company very much. He had a lot of extremely interesting local knowledge. The trip was especially good because it was so personal. It will be extremely difficult to travel with a larger group in the future. (M.F. Ireland).
Mr J and Mrs S called into our office earlier this week and could not speak highly enough of your travel arrangements, content of trip, and particularly the courteousness and help given by the driver. I have used your company before and have only ever had good reports of your tours and have no hesitation in recommending your service. (Travel Agent. New Zealand).
I speak for J and myself in praising our driver. He was an exceptional courier with his vast knowledge of the South Island. His expertise helps makes dreams come true. My son and myself are starting to save for a further trip to New Zealand. (J.D. England).
We have just returned to England after a memorable and very enjoyable six weeks holiday in New Zealand. we booked a tour for 11 days to visit the South Island with your company and both P and I want to thank very much for making it such a wonderful unforgettable experience. All your drivers were very professional and knowledgeable and with a friendliness rarely encountered in other parts of the world. I would certainly have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending you and your company to any of my friends wanting to visit New Zealand. (B.D. and P.M. England)
Day 1. Sunday ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH
Arrive Christchurch and you will be met and transferred to your accommodation at Ibis Hotel in the central city.
Day 2. Monday. CHRISTCHURCH - MOUNT COOK (B)
Drive across the fertile Canterbury Plains and over Burke's Pass to Lake Tekapo. See the sheep dog monument and Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. Accommodation at the Hermitage in Mt Cook View rooms. Optional visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary centre this evening - extra expense.
Day 3. Tuesday. MOUNT COOK - QUEENSTOWN (B)
Free time for alpine walks near the Hermitage or the Hooker Valley, visit the National Park headquarters, or take a ski plane or helicopter flight to land on the snows of the glaciers - extra expense and weather permitting.
We highly recommend the cruise among the icebergs on the lake at the base of the Tasman Glacier - extra cost $170. (Not available in winter when the lake freezes)
A 'must do' weather permitting is a scenic flight by helicopter or ski plane up the magnificent Tasman Valley (30 minutes with snow landing $299) 45 minutes $499, Grand Circle 55 minutes $599. For a greater experience of the ice and explore the snow caves try a 3 hour helihike $585.
This afternoon drive through the McKenzie Country and over the Lindis Pass to lake Dunstand and Cromwell and on to Queenstown arriving late afternoon. Accommodation Heartland or Rydges hotel.
Day 4. Wednesday. QUEENSTOWN (B)
Free day to explore at your leisure and enjoy some of gthe many activities available.
We highly recommend the optional Extra cost $cruise on the historic steamer "Earnslaw" to Walter Peak for a barbecue lunch at the Colonels homestead. Depart 12pm returning 3.45pm. Extra cost $129
Day 5. Thursday QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU (BL)
A day of fabulous scenery as we drive to Te Anau then on through the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys and through the Homer tunnel to magnificent Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise to the head of the Sound under majestic Mitre Peak with picnic lunch included and see the Bowen Waterfall before returning to Te Anau for accommodation at Luxmore Hotel. Travel today may be big bus with the cruise operator.
Day 6. Friday. TE ANAU - DOUBTFUL SOUND CRUISE. (BD)
Free time to explore Te Anau. Late morning we transfer to Manapouri and cruise across the bush clad lake to the West Arm. Drive across Wilmot Pass, and join our cruise ship "Milford Mariner". Sail mid afternoon. Doubtful Sound is much more extensive then Milford Sound. Explore the fiords and travel to the entrance with the Tasman Sea. See the seals and often dolphins and other wildlife are to be seen. Dinner included on board. Anchor overnight in a quiet bay.
Day 7. Saturday. DOUBTFUL SOUND CRUISING. (BLD)
Cruising Doubtful Sound to the open sea. You will have the opportunity to explore up close to the massive cliffs by kayak or ships tender. All meals on board.
Day 8. Sunday. DOUBTFUL SOUND - QUEENSTOWN (B)
We retrace our steps to Manapouri and return to Queenstown arriving mid afternoon.
Day 9 Monday. QUEENSTOWN (B)
Free day for your own explorations. Try your hand at ski-ing or take a tour to Glenorchy or Arrowtown.
Day 10. Tuesday. QUEENSTOWN - WANAKA - FRANZ JOSEF (B)
Cross the Crown Range to Wanaka for a brief stop with optional admission to amazing Puzzling World. Continue through Makarora and over the Haast Pass into the rainforest and spectacular coastline of the West Coast. Visit Shipwreck beach, and beautiful Lake Matheson. Overnight at Scenic hotel Franz Josef.
Day 11. Wednesday. FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - HOKITIKA (B)
Visit the Franz Josef Glacier lookout with time for a helicopter or ski plane flight or heli hike on the glacier (extra expense and weather permitting) or bush walk. This afternoon drive north to Hokitika. Enjoy Treetops walk above the West Coast rainforest and the wetlands eco cruise. Overnight Beachfront Hotel Hokitika.
Day 12. Thursday. HOKITIKA - PUNAKAIKI - CHRISTCHURCH (B)
After a short tour of Greymouth continue to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks in the Paparoa National Park. Explore the area before visiting the recreated gold mining village of Shantytown to pan for gold and ride the train into the forest and the site of an old saw mill.driving over spectacular Arthurs Pass and the Canterbury Plains arriving late afternoon
Option to travel on the "Tranz Alpine train - extra cost $150 per person including transfer to the hotel on arrival.
Day 13. Friday CHRISTCHURCH DEPART
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.
Tour cost per person 14 days.
2 per room.......$3,990....3 per room ......$3,500 .....Single room $5,900
10 days. Christchurch to Queenstown. Days 1-10
2 per room.... $3,600......3 per room..... $2,140..... Single room ...$4,500
We are flexible!!
You are welcome to join us for part of the tour provided a minimum of 4 consecutive nights are on tour with us. For any combination not listed above please enquire.