Southern Spectacular

10 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Christchurch with AAT Kings

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 10 Day Southern Spectacular. Indulge in a delicious home-cooked barbecue lunch when you visit Morelea Farm and meet the Kiwi farming family of Angie and Stan Taylor. Make sure you have your camera battery charged to...read more

     
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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Christchurch
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Christchurch
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 - 4.5 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:
4.7 out of 5
3 Reviews
Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Arrive Christchurch
Christchurch's energy is evident wherever you go. The city has bounced back after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and is now thriving once again. Contemporary art galleries, boutiques and open-air markets add to the city's creative vibe. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch (B)
2 Christchurch - Twizel
'You're invited' to Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you'll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You'll be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their 240 hectare garden. You'll have the chance to experience sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a Be My Guest BBQ lunch, and wait until you try Angie's famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the family's story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Later see Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Stay: Mackenzie Country Inn, Twizel (B/BG/DW)
3 Twizel - Dunedin (Included Choice)
This morning after breakfast, visit the spectacular Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, a series of interconnected lakes and canals used to generate electricity on the Waitaki River, New Zealand's longest. See the monumental spillway of the Benmore Dam before exploring the historic town of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Then you'll make your way to New Zealand's southernmost city, Dunedin, home to many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

Designated by UNESCO as a City of Literature, Dunedin is a magnificent example of a small city that lives, breathes and connects through its people, its culture and its intense love of literature. It is well known as a university town of excellence in research and learning, and a city where writers, books and literature thrive. With the rest of your afternoon at leisure, relax and unwind or join an optional experience to see more of the region. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour stately Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, take a wildlife cruise or an interactive tour of Speight's Brewery. Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (B/DW)
4 Dunedin – Te Anau
Today, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to the spectacular Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau, nestled in the southwestern corner of the South Island. Lake Te Anau covers an area of 344 km², making it the secondlargest lake in New Zealand and the largest in the South Island. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. Stay: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau (B/DW)
5 Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Today you will want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go! Journey out to Milford Sound on one of the most scenic roads you will ever see, travelling through native rainforests, alluvial flats and meadows. You will stop at Mirror Lakes and then it's on to the Homer Tunnel, man's attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges. Marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley, stop for a little walk to the Chasm, and then it's on to Milford Sound, where you will cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise takes in the Bowen and Stirling Falls, glacial hanging valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. From Milford Sound, you will travel on to the beautiful sights of Queenstown. Tonight you may want to take a gondola to Bob's Peak and dine at the Skyline Restaurant, Stratosfare, overlooking Queenstown (own expense) – the ultimate way to end a highlight day! Stay Two Nights: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (B)
6 Queenstown (Included Choice)
Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. If you're feeling energetic you have the option to ride the exhilarating Shotover Jet boat or take the gondola to Bob's Peak for thrilling luge rides. For the more laid-back, a 4WD minibus tour will take you through spectacular Skippers Canyon, or you might like to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, where a zoologist will introduce you to some amazing animals. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue 'highlight dinner' at the Colonel's Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. (B/HD)
7 Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, on the Arrow River, previously one of the world's richest rivers. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Travel over the Haast Pass, view amazing Thunder Creek Falls and take a small rainforest walk. Then it's on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world's most accessible glacier. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, (Douglas Wing) (B/DW)
8 Franz Josef – Punakaiki
Explore Franz Josef Glacier this morning, then spend some time amongst temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand's famous greenstone, then on to Punakaiki. You'll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Stay: Punakaiki Resort (B/DW)
9 Punakaiki - TranzAlpine – Christchurch
Travel to the alpine village of Arthur's Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the word's most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. Join your Tour Director this evening for a farewell dinner with wine. Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch (B/FD)
10 Depart Christchurch
Your tour concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)
1 Welcome to Christchurch
Christchurch has bounced back after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and is now thriving once again. Contemporary art galleries, boutiques and open-air markets add to the city’s creative vibe. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
2 Christchurch - Twizel
Visit the home of Angie and Stan Taylor for a Be My Guest barbecue lunch, and hear about a lifetime spent farming in the Southern Alps. This afternoon see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and view the famed Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue to the outdoor-adventure hub of Twizel. (B/L/D) Stay: MacKenzie Country Hotel
3 Twizel - Dunedin Included Choice
This morning, visit the spectacular Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme on the mighty Waitaki River. Explore the historic town of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and celebrated limestone buildings, then make your way to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin, home to many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. With the rest of your morning at leisure, relax and unwind or join an optional experience to see more of the region. This afternoon, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour imposing Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway, take a wildlife cruise, or experience an interactive tour of famous Speight’s Brewery. (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4 Dunedin - Te Anau
Today, travel through lush green sheepgrazing country on your way to the spectacular Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau, nestled in the southwestern corner of the South Island. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
5 Te Anau - Queenstown
Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through native rainforests and lush meadows to Mirror Lakes and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, and marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley. Your unforgettable Milford Sound cruise takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. After disembarking, travel on to beautiful Queenstown. (B) Stay: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (2 nights)
6 Queenstown Included Choice
Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. If you’re feeling energetic you have the option of riding the exhilarating Shotover Jet boat. For a more laid-back experience, a minibus excursion will take you through spectacular Skippers Canyon, or take the gondola to Bob’s Peak for amazing views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu and then visit a Kiwi Birdlife Park. This evening, settle into a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm, for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and an entertaining farm show. (B/D)
7 Queenstown - Franz Josef
Your destination today is the wild west coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the faithfully-restored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
8 Franz Josef - Punakaiki
Consider an optional experience helicopter flight over the glaciers, or you may wish to take a stroll through the small but lively Franz Josef village. Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. (B/D) Stay: Punakaiki Resort
9 Punakaiki - Christchurch
Join your personal guide for a tour of Monteith’s Brewing Company, including tastings at the brewers’ table, before sitting down to lunch. Afterwards, board the iconic TranzAlpine train in Greymouth and embark on one of the world’s great train journeys, passing through magnificent landscapes ranging from the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes. Back in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (B/D) Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
10 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
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo
  • Included Choice Experience (Dunedin)
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station
  • Included Choice Experience (Queenstown)
  • Visit historic Arrowtown
  • Stay in spectacular Franz Josef Glacier
  • Stay at Punakaiki and discover the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine Train
Trip Inclusions
  • 'First Choice' 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 quality hotels
  • Admissions Outlined in the Itinerary
  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel Wallet, Luggage Tags & Map of New Zealand
  • Hotel Porterage Included
  • Included Choice Experiences
Included Meals
  • Full buffet breakfasts (9) (B)
  • 'Be My Guest' lunch (1) (BG)
  • Highlight dinner (1) (HD)
  • Dinners with Wine (5) (DW)
  • Farewell dinner (1) (FD)
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1 from Christchurch Airport - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
  • Day 10 to Christchurch Airport - Flights anytime
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur
 
Journey Highlights
  • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea for a Be My Guest BBQ lunch
  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo
  • Journey through spectacular Fiordland National Park with its magnificent scenery
  • Cruise on the truly inspiring natural wonder Milford Sound
  • Visit historic Arrowtown
  • View Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a green stone factory
  • Walk around Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Cruise to a High Country farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner
  • Join your personal guide for a tour and lunch at a brewery
  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw for a barbecue at a high country farm
  • Learn more about the region on a Milford Sound Nature Cruise with a specialist guide
  • Included Choice Experiences
Trip Inclusions
  • 'First Choice' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 9 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 5 Dinners with wine
  • 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 10 - 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 (3)

10 Day Southern Spectacular reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

Rating 4.7 out of 5
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“Well opganised holiday package”
- New Zealand Dec 2016

We just returned from a 10 day South Island tour which was a truly amazing. The tour was organised in such a way we did not need to worry about anything, we were in particularly impressed by our tour director who knows so much about what we were seeing and enjoyed his commentary when we were on the road. The accommodation and meal were well selected too. The booking through Global Journeys was a quick and trouble free. Highly recommended.

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“A lovely holiday”
- NSW, Australia Feb 2016

This was a very enjoyable trip, well run and a beautiful country with friendly people. Completely and very competently organised by Hannah from Global Journeys - I loved it all.

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“Very well organized and run”
- Australia May 2014

The tour was very well organized and run. Ted is an excellent tour guide. Acommodations were very good and the food was fine. A suggestion would be to let us know about things to do in cities where we stayed for the night. We missed a place to see Kiwis because we just happened to enter the place about 1/2 hour before we were to leave.

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