Southern Tourer

9 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Christchurch with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 9 Day Southern Tourer. Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, World Heritage-listed national parks and dense rainforest are just some of the wonders to expect on this 9-day luxury escorted tour.

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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Christchurch
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Christchurch
Accomodation
Accomodation
4.5 - 5 Star
48
Max Group Size
48
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
APT
APT
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Trip Code:
NCC09

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers during dinner. Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore (D)
2 Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier
Journey through the Canterbury Plains, before travelling across the Southern Alps. After an exciting Signature Experience, disembark at Arthur's Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being carved into jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort where you will enjoy a special four-course dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world's greatest rail adventures.
  • Take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of Franz Josef Glacier.
3 Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown
Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River, capturing views of the massive glacier-formed Haast River Valley. Wind your way past towering peaks, rushing waterfalls and lush rainforest. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand's ‘adventure capital', where this evening you will choose from four tempting restaurants in which to dine. Stay Two Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps sample quality crafted beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co. Or, board a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant to enjoy views across Queenstown as you dine. Alternatively, you can cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw - a vintage steamboat - or dine amid the stylish surrounds of the Elements Restaurant.
4 Queenstown
Few destinations offer as much variety, or adventure in the outdoors, as Queenstown does. With a range of Freedom of Choice activities available, you can decide how to discover this adventure-filled region. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Movie buffs may like to visit key The Lord of the Rings filming locations, while thrillseekers may enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, or a Skippers Canyon adventure. Others may prefer a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, a bike ride along Lake Wakatipu on the Station 2 Station Cycle Trail, or a wine tour.
5 Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road. Coast down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Continue to Milford Sound, where you'll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord.
  • Delight in the authentic flavours of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner, showcasing the finest local artisan produce of the region.
6 Te Anau, Dunedin
Travel to the east coast and the town of Dunedin today. Known as the Edinburgh of the south, the former gold mining town was once New Zealand's largest city thanks to an influx of miners during the gold rush. This afternoon, choose your sightseeing activity. Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin's beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway for a memorable journey. Perhaps choose to tour Speight's Brewery, visit an albatross colony, or take a wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula.
7 Dunedin, Mt Cook
Discover the spectacular region of Mt Cook National Park with our exclusive Freedom of Choice inclusions. Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps visit the fascinating Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a stargazing experience with an astronomer. Alternatively, you may prefer to admire dramatic Mt Cook on a guided nature walk through the national park. Another option is to board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Signature Experiences:
  • Enter the pristine and rugged Mt Cook National Park and admire the majesty of Australasia's highest peak - known as Aoraki to the local Indigenous people.
8 Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
This morning you will travel by coach to Lake Tekapo. Here, you will pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak and erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Continuing your journey, delight in the scenery of Burkes Pass as you make your way back to Christchurch. Reflect on your incredible New Zealand journey over a memorable Farewell Dinner this evening. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B/D)
9 Depart Christchurch
Your journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport. (B)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps
  • Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park
  • Enjoy time to relax at Mount Cook National Park and take in its spectacular views
Trip Inclusions
  • Enriching Signature Experiences
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience
Included Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners are included throughout this tour
Accommodation
  • Stay in luxury hotels including the Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Josef and The Hermitage in Mount Cook
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Ask us about pre and post accommodation
  • International/domestic flights not included in tour price
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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