Southern Spotlight

9 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Christchurch with AAT Kings

Read 7 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 9 Day Southern Spotlight. Low cost escorted tour of the South Island of New Zealand. Explore Christchurch, Dunedin & Queenstown. Experience spectacular Fox Glacier, and the awe inspiring Milford Sound.

     
9
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Christchurch
Christchurch
Guided Tour
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49
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New Zealand
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Itinerary

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1 Arrive Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (WR)
2 Christchurch – Omarama
You have time at leisure this morning. Perhaps travel the city on board the famous Christchurch Tram. After crossing patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains, visit spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, then enjoy the scenic highlight of Mt Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting, own expense). Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama (B/D)
3 Omarama - Dunedin
Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru to Dunedin, where you've got a free afternoon – take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B/D)
4 Dunedin – Te Anau
With a morning to yourself, you might like to tour New Zealand's Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only authentic castle. Travel south through Balclutha and the farming town of Gore. Cross the rich fertile country of South Otago and continue to Te Anau, situated on the shores of Lake Te Anau, which was gouged out by a huge glacier. Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (B/D)
5 Te Anau – Milford Sound - Queenstown
Today is a feast for the senses. You'll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand largest, to Milford Sound, where you'll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforests, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Along the way you'll see the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, travel along the Devil's Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. In Queenstown an orientation tour on arrival will complete this highlight day. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown (B)
6 Queenstown 'Free Time'
Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine and garden tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a carvery Highlight Dinner at the Colonel's Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. (B/HD)
7 Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
Enjoy a visit to Arrowtown, a colourful township steeped in local history. Next is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it's a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea & Lake Wanaka. Travel through Haast Pass which winds its way through Mount Aspiring National Park and dramatic mountain and forest scenery. View Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Continue north along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier. Take the opportunity for an optional scenic flight over the glacier. (own expense) Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef (B/D)
8 Franz Josef - Christchurch
First up, you'll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel through Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur's Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends. Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (B/FD)
9 Depart Christchurch
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)
1 Welcome to Christchurch
You’ll have time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
2 Christchurch - Omarama
See how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Later, view the Church of the Good Shepherd and enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel to stunning Mount Cook National Park. (B/D) Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel
3 Omarama - Dunedin
Visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of interconnected lakes and canals, and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a wildlife cruise, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
4 Dunedin - Te Anau
Enjoy some free time this morning before travelling across the fertile pastures of South Otago to serene Lake Te Anau. Tonight, why not consider an optional experience and take a boat tour of the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves. (B/D) Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
5 Te Anau - Queenstown
Travel through the tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise on the serene waters of Milford Sound. On the way to Queenstown, see Mirror Lake, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, and Bowen Falls, and then travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. (B) Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (2 nights)
6 Queenstown Free Time
Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet-boat rides and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely rhythm. Later this afternoon, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner. (B/D)
7 Queenstown - Franz Josef
Your first stop today is the faithfully-restored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the towering Thunder Creek Falls, and stopping for a tranquil rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier, where an optional scenic flight is available. (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
8 Franz Josef - Christchurch
Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name), is of great significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys, passing through the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps and the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner. (B/D) Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
9 Farewell from Christchurch
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. (B)

AAT Kings Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Travel over the Canterbury Plains
  • See the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo
  • View mighty Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain
  • Tour the sights of Dunedin
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • See Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls
  • Full day at leisure in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw
  • Visit historic Arrowtown
  • Stay at spectacular Franz Josef Glacier
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine Train
Trip Inclusions
  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in comfortable hotels
  • Admissions Outlined in the Itinerary
  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel Wallet & Map of New Zealand
  • Hotel Porterage Included
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (8) (B)
  • Highlight Dinners (1) (HD)
  • Dinners (4) (D)
  • Farewell Dinner (1) (FD)
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1 from Christchurch Airport - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
  • Day 9 to Christchurch Airport - Flights to depart anytime
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur
Journey Highlights
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Visit a greenstone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Travel through the magnificent Haast Pass
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit in Cromwell
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Let loose in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Journey past crystal clear lakes and towering mountains in Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park
Trip Inclusions
  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 8 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 4 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
What To Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  • Day 9 - Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport
Activity Level
  • Low level fitness required
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Reviews (7)

9 Day Southern Spotlight reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“It was fantastic doing a coach tour”
- NSW, Australia Nov 2014

It was fantastic doing a coach tour. I got to see so much more while learning about the area and places of interest. Met some amazing prople on the tour also but still able to do your own thing if you choose..Was a great experience and would certainly do another tour and book with Global Journeys as they kept me informed all the way and took care of everything on my behalf. Would definitely recommend it.

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“Really enjoyed the trip”
- Australia Sep 2014

Really enjoyed the trip. Well organised from airport transfer to every day activities. Tour director Lu and driver Paul are very patient, knowledgeable and with sense of humour. Excellent experience with AAT Kings and Global Journeys.

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“Very happy with the coach tour experience in the South Island”
- Australia Dec 2013

Both Kerry and myself were very happy with the coach tour experience in the South Island of New Zealand. Everything was so well organised from the moment we stepped off the plane at Christchurch. We were met by an AAT Kings representative and driven to the hotel where we joined the other tourists for the induction meeting. There we met our Tour Guide, Ted, who proved to be a mine of information through the whole tour. We didn't have to look at Google because he new everything that was asked of...read more

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“A wonderful experience with a good group of people”
- Australia Oct 2012

There was some discussion amongst our tour group about the claim of a nine day tour. The first day we were picked up from the airport and taken to a hotel. We briefly met the tour guide and had a drink with others on the tour. On the ninth day we departed the hotel at 0900 for the airport. I feel it is stretching it a bit to claim both those days as tour days. Other than that, a wonderful experience with a good group of people. Our tour guide and driver were excellent and very knowledgeable.<...read more

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“Would definitely book through Global Journeys again”
- Australia May 2012 1 Helpful Vote

Great places to visit, accommodation and food very good. Tour guide and coach driver excellent. Pace of trip was very good and the coach was very clean and comfortable. Only criticism would be that 2 roadhouse stops were very rushed, would have worked much better to have stopped in nearby towns and not being advised that ATMs did not take all cards at Fox Glacier, which did cause some passengers concern. Our tour consultant Kirby was excellent and very helpful and efficient. Would definitely...read more

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