Southern Wonders

9 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Christchurch with AAT Kings

Read 22 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 9 Day Southern Wonders. Fresh air, magnificent scenery and outdoor activities are just some of the attractions that await you in 'the land of the long white cloud'. Sample the delicious fresh stone fruit of Cromwell....read more

     
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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Christchurch
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Christchurch
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
49
Max Group Size
49
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
AAT Kings
AAT Kings
386 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.5 out of 5
22 Reviews
Trip Code:
LRQC

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Christchurch
Christchurch is the largest city in New Zealand's South Island. The old city centre shows evidence of a rich English heritage, boasting some of the finest Gothic architecture outside of Britain. You'll have time at leisure this afternoon: you might like to take a stroll along the banks of the Avon River before a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (D)
2 Christchurch – TranzAlpine - Franz Josef
This morning, board the iconic TranzAlpine train and take one of the world's great rail journeys. Pass through magnificent landscapes ranging from the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps. Alight at Arthur's Pass, the highest settlement on the South Island, and continue to Hokitika, home of New Zealand's famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name) is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic flight is available). Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) (B/D)
3 Franz Josef - Queenstown
Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass this morning, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy the tastes of the delicious stone fruit for which the region is known. Next, you'll visit the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are preserved, before arriving in Queenstown. An orientation tour of the town, which sits on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges, completes your day. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown (B)
4 Queenstown
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many scenic delights of Queenstown. Perhaps take an optional jet boat ride or try white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are garden and wine tours. 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)
5 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau
Travel along the Devil's Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You'll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you'll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you'll drive through the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. This afternoon return to Te Anau. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves. Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (B/D)
6 Te Anau - Dunedin
We'll cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin, founded by Scottish settlers, for a city tour. The afternoon is yours to explore Dunedin as you wish – take a wildlife cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B/D)
7 Dunedin - Omarama
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour around Dunedin with the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only authentic castle (own expense). Travel through Oamaru, then follow the Waitaki River, passing hydro electric dams at Waitaki and Aviemore, to Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama (B/D)
8 Omarama - Christchurch
Travel through the awe-inspiring Mt Cook National Park. At 3,724 metres, Mt. Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain. Stop at serene Lake Tekapo, and view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, whose altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains and return to the vibrant city of Christchurch, where your holiday began. Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (B)
9 Depart Christchurch
Your Holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)
1 Welcome to Christchurch
Explore Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. The old city centre shows evidence of a rich English heritage, boasting some of the finest Gothic architecture outside of Britain. You’ll have time at leisure this afternoon: you might like to take a stroll along the banks of the Avon River before a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
2 Christchurch - Franz Josef
This morning, board the iconic TranzAlpine train and take one of the world’s great rail journeys. Pass through magnificent landscapes ranging from the lush pasture land of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps. Arrive at Arthur’s Pass, the highest settlement on the South Island, and continue to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name) is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic flight is available). (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
3 Franz Josef - Queenstown
Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass this morning, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop in Cromwell and enjoy the tastes of the delicious stone fruit for which the region is known. Next, you’ll visit the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are preserved. An orientation tour of Queenstown, which sits on the shores of crystalclear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges, completes your day. (B) Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (2 nights)
4 Queenstown Free Time
Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet boat rides and white water rafting for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely rhythm. You might like to visit the picturesque Queenstown Gardens and enjoy its beautiful tulips in spring or glorious roses in summer. Take a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the century-old TSS Earnslaw, the only remaining commercial passengercarrying coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. Your destination is Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you’ll enjoy a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and entertaining after-dinner show offering glimpses of high country farm life. (B/D)
5 Queenstown - Te Anau
This morning you’ll travel the iconic stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Staircase, and along the shores of serene Lake Wakatipu to the town of Te Anau. On your way to Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the towering native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on the magnificent Sound provides views of cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak – it’s sure to be one of the highlights of your New Zealand adventure. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you’ll have the option of visiting the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. (B/D) Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
6 Te Anau - Dunedin
Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. After a city tour, the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, or consider an optional experience. You could ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway or perhaps take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross. (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
7 Dunedin - Omarama
This morning during a tour of the city you’ll have the opportunity to visit the stately home known as Larnach Castle. Then set out for the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, follow the course of the mighty Waitaki River, passing the monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Aviemore on your way to Omarama. (B/D) Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel
8 Omarama - Christchurch
Travel through the awe-inspiring Aoraki/ Mt. Cook National Park. At 3,724 metres, Aoraki/Mt. Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain. Stop at serene Lake Tekapo, and view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, whose altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains and return to the vibrant city of Christchurch, where your holiday began. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner. (B/D) Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
9 Farewell from Christchurch
Bid 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
  • Journey across plains, through Alps and gorges on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Stay at spectacular Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw
  • Full day at leisure in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Tour the sights of Dunedin
  • View mighty Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain
  • See the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo
  • Visit a greenstone factory & watch the jade artists at work
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Taste Central Otago's famous stone fruit in Cromwell
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak
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 (5) (D)
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 past crystal clear lakes and towering mountains in Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park
  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Let loose in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit in Cromwell
  • Travel through the magnificent Haast Pass
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a greenstone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
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 (22)

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

“Wonderful South Island tour”
- QLD, Australia Apr 2019 2 Helpful Votes View Photo

We had a terrific time but unfortunately we’re unable to see Franz Josef glacier due to road being taken out by heavy rain. Our fellow bus travellers were lovely and mostly Australian. Some were from the UK and the States. Absolutely beautiful scenery, great accommodation and meals. Would travel with AAT Kings again. Our tour guide was Tania Simpson, who has won the award for being the best tour guide with AAT Kings multiple times.

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“Scenic tour through New Zealand's South Island”
- QLD, Australia Jan 2019 2 Helpful Votes

Fantastic trip, happy with the professionalism from booking to the end. AAT Kings were excellent in every aspect and the tour guide Isobel was probably the best guide I have ever had on an escorted tour. Her pride in New Zealand was evident throughout and her knowledge was brilliant. She is a friendly, happy, patient guide, quite a natural to this type of work. AAT Kings are lucky to have her. Would definitely travel with them again.

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“Excellent tour of New Zealand's South Island”
- Australia Nov 2018 2 Helpful Votes

Wow what an excellent tour, scenery was fantastic, lovely group of people on our tour and everybody was friendly and mixed well. Would like to say that Isobel Needham our tour guide was fantastic, so helpful and knowledgeable with all our points of interest on the way. Overall could not fault anything on this tour.

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“Southern Wonders, a perfect name for our New Zealand tour”
- NSW, Australia Feb 2018 3 Helpful Votes

We would definitely book through Global Journeys again. Madeline Lewis made our tour exciting from our first contact. She answered our questions promptly and kept us informed. Thank you Madeline for all your help.
Our Tour Operator, AAT Kings, Tour Guide and Driver were professional and both the guide and driver had a great sense of humour which helped to make us and all our fellow passenger comfortable with them and each other. The accommodation and meals were varied...read more

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“Southern Wonders”
- QLD, Australia Dec 2017 1 Helpful Vote

Coach crew were very good and accommodation & food were also very good. We would definitely travel with AAT Kings again. We were lucky as the weather was good in December too.
Organisation of our trip with Global Journeys was very good. Other passengers were a good group. Overall, no complaints. Thanks for a good travel experience.

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