• Escorted Tour

Luxury South Island

This tour is for those who like some of the finer things in life, boutique accommodation, good food, the occasional long lunch, surprises and good company.

Christchurch central city is in the midst of its renaissance since the earthquake, we then travel to Ashburton to visit a garden recognised as a ‘Garden of International Significance’.  Geraldine may sound an unusual place for a three night stay but you will not be disappointed at the renovated “Vicarage” and the options available here.

The Hermitage, at the foot of Mt Cook speaks for itself.  Take short or long walks or just relax in the mountain environment.  

Oamaru is an emerging surprise! 

Join this exclusive small group of just 10 people. 

Your travel itinerary

Wednesday 02 April

Auckland - Christchurch

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand.  On arrival, meet Wayne your driver/guide and  transfer to your accommodation at The Orari Boutique Bed and Breakfast.

This afternoon’s walking tour of the central city area is a wonderful opportunity to see the “new” emerging city.

Dinner tonight at a local restaurant. 

Thursday 03 April

Christchurch – Ashburton – Geraldine

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Enjoy your central city location this morning before leaving Christchurch. 

Travel to the Ashburton area with a stop for a lunch and garden visit, at Trott’s Garden. This is a six-star garden of excellence. See some of the 650 rhododendrons in flower in the woodland area and the formal tightly trimmed hedges that form a backdrop for the border plantings.

Continue onto Geraldine for a three- night stay at a beautifully renovated “Vicarage”.  The Barker family (of Barkers Food) have overseen the renovations. Dinner included tonight 

Friday 04 April


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Breakfast today is next door at Barkers café.  The balance of the day is free to shop, visit one of the spas or explore the vintage machinery museum.

Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.


Saturday 05 April

Geraldine – Mesopotamia

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A day out on Wayne’s home turf as you travel in a 4WD vehicle.  We take you on a journey up the glacial carved Rangitata Valley to visit the historic Mesopotamia sheep station.  This is in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Here an additional local guide will describe the farming practices and rich history, and point out the natural features enroute.  We take time to visit the Mesopotamia School.  The 4WD vans take you high on station tracks and trails through the deer park where you may also see Himalayan Thar.   Then it is time to enjoy a home-style picnic.  There is time for a walk, take photos or just relax to take in the vastness of this valley and the upper reaches of the Rangitata River.

 Tonight enjoy a glass of wine and platters in the Vicars lounge.


Sunday 06 April

Geraldine – Mt Cook

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Today you will explore valleys and lakes.  A stop in Tekapo to visit the now uncrowded Church of the Good Shepard is planned.  Continue onto  Mt Cook and the Hermitage for a two-night stay. 

Optional Tour Mt Cook - by Helicopter  (from $365  per person) 

A number of options exist to discover the spectacular scenery of Mt Cook National Park from above. Soar over the Southern Alps with amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak before landing on the Liebig Range or if conditions allow the magnificent Tasman Glacier.  (payment on excursion day) 

Monday 07 April

Mt Cook

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Today choose your own activity.  Perhaps the beautiful Hooker Valley walk or the shorter Kea Point Walk.  The Sir Edmund Hillary centre and the National Park Visitors Centre are both destinations in their own right.  There are other options for flightseeing and excursions to the Tasman Glacier.

Tuesday 08 April

Mt Cook – Oamaru

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This morning travel back along the shores of Lake Pukaki and continue onto Duntroon and the Vanished World Centre – here learn about the unique fossil geology of this area.  Lunch is at the “Riverstone Kitchen”.   Onto Oamaru for a two- night stay at Mariner Suites hotel. Dinner at local restaurant tonight. 

Wednesday 09 April


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After breakfast join our local guide for a fascinating walking tour of Oamaru with its Victorian Precinct built of Oamaru stone.  Steampunk has grown rapidly over the past 10 years to make Oamaru the “capital of Steampunk” in the world.

Travel south to Moeraki for lunch. Tonight enjoy our farewell dinner.

Thursday 10 April

Christchurch - Auckland

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Today we travel north through Timaru, Temuka and return to the airport for the flight home.



• Air New Zealand seat and bag flights  Auckland – Christchurch – Auckland

• Nine days transport by a luxury 17  seater mini coach

• Our own driver / guide for nine days

• Eight nights luxury accommodation

• Meals as specified

• 4WD excursion to Mesopotamia   station.

• Walking tours of Christchurch Central   and Oamaru.

• Garden and home tour with lunch at    Trotts Garden



Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 



* This is a cash / direct debit price. Credit cards incur a 1.5% fee. * Itinerary and costs subject to change


• Domestic travel insurance (ask for a quote)

• Items of a personal nature

• Items not specified

Booking Conditions

  • • A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required to secure your place on the tour.

    • Full payment is due not later than 14 February 2025

    • Bookings made after 14 February 2025 – full payment at time of booking


• Deposit – non refundable

• Full payment – non refundable


Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend participants to take out suitable insurance to cover cancellation costs.  Please ask for quote.



Health and Fitness

• To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required and clients should be able to walk comfortably for at least 750 metres. 

• Walking frames and wheelchairs are not practical or permitted.

Terms and Conditions

For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/ termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change