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South island Springtime

Grand Tour

The Scenic South Island. Springtime provides a stunning panorama of magnificent southern  mountain scenery, meandering rivers and coastal plains. We take the time to explore the City of Christchurch and the Akaroa Peninsula before we travel on the TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth. The West Coast, Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound are all included before a special day in The Catlins. We take time in the Edinburgh of the South – Dunedin, before the tour concludes with two special nights at Mt Cook surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. Our tour escort ensures your  14-day tour is relaxing, fun and memorable.

Your travel itinerary

Saturday 17 October

Auckland – Christchurch

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Depart from Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive Christchurch before lunch. Experience an orientation tour of the city before time to enjoy lunch in the heart of the city. Check into hotel with the remainder of the day free. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

 

Sunday 18 October

Christchurch

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Depart by coach for a day on Banks Peninsula. The drive through natural beauty has spectacular views overlooking bays and beaches before arriving in Akaroa. Time to enjoy the history, shops, harbour and French character. Lunch at own expense before returning to Christchurch.

 

Monday 19 October

Christchurch – Greymouth – Franz Josef

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This morning board the Tranz Alpine train to journey across the spectacular Southern Alps to the rugged West Coast. We climb the mountain range with scenic stops along the way including Arthurs Pass. We continue through the renowned rain forests and wetlands to arrive in Greymouth. Transfer to our coaches and enjoy a scenic drive to Franz Josef for our two night stay.

 

Tuesday 20 October

Franz Josef

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A sightseeing day to this unique part of New Zealand, passing through typical west coast bush and rain forests to Hokitika (famous for its greenstone). If you prefer an optional helicopter ride to Franz Josef Glacier and Mt Cook is available. Return to Franz Josef for dinner and a relaxing evening.

 

Wednesday 21 October

Franz Josef - Queenstown

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Today our journey continues south past Fox Glacier  winding through lush forests and eventually back to the coast line to the last village before catapulting you into the mountains and over one of the most spectacular mountain passes, the Haast Pass. The road then continues alongside the two mountain fed lakes of Wanaka and Hawea before entering the wine country at Cromwell and on into the Kawarau Gorge arriving into Queenstown late afternoon for a two night stay.

 

 

Thursday 22 October

Queenstown

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Today is at leisure to enjoy ‘The Jewel of the South’. Maybe take the gondola to admire the panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu or for the more adventurous a helicopter ride above Lake Wakatipu. The choices are extensive. This evening we enjoy a Lake Cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw for a special dinner at Walter Peak Station.

 

Friday 23 October

Queenstown – Te Anau

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After breakfast we head for the colourful former gold mining town of Arrowtown before following the Lake Wakatipu shoreline through farmland to the beautiful Lake Te Anau for a two night stay. An afternoon optional tour is available to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves. 

 

Saturday 24 October

Milford Sound Cruise

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Drive through mountain beech forests framed by spectacular snow-capped mountains and the Homer Tunnel before emerging at Milford Sound for your lunch time cruise.

 

Sunday 25 October

Te Anau – Invercargil

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After breakfast we drive along the scenic southern route and rich Southland countryside to Invercargill. After lunch the afternoon is free.  Why not discover the world class vintage truck collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, or learn about the legend of speed - Burt Munro at E Hayes Motorworks. Or simply take a stroll through the botanical gardens. 

 

 

Monday 26 October

Invercargill – The Catlins - Dunedin

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After breakfast we drive into the Catlins. Highlights include podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling.

 

Tuesday 27 October

Dunedin

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This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ including Olveston House, Signal Hill, the world’s steepest street, Botanical Gardens, University and the Forsyth Barr sports stadium. The afternoon is free.

 

Wednesday 28 October

Dunedin – Mt Cook

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After breakfast we travel north to Oamaru and then inland alongside the Waitaki river passing through Duntroon, Kurow, the Benmore Dam, Omarama, the gliding Capital of New Zealand before arriving at Mt Cook for our two night stay.

 

Thursday 29 October

Mt Cook

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A day to participate in optional activities and / or simply enjoying the area at your leisure. The Sir Edmond Hilary Alpine Center and Indoor Stargazing experience are included for you to enjoy. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

 

Indoor Stargazing

Where science meets entertainment for an unrivalled 360 degree cinematic experience in New Zealand’s first full dome, digital Planetarium. Leave Earth, fly to the edge of our galaxy and far beyond to the reaches of our known universe. You will be given an introduction and orientation in the Planetarium, a guided tour through our solar system and beyond.

Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre

Your included Explorer pass will enable you to visit the centre which features a 3D movie theatre, planetarium and museum – valid for the duration of your stay. In the foyer of the theatre you’ll find the museum showcasing the history of the Mount Cook region through transport, climbing, and pioneer extraordinaire, Sir Edmund Hillary himself.

 

Friday 30 October

Mt Cook – Christchurch – home

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We depart Mt Cook National Park after breakfast returning again past the azure waters of Lake Pukaki, through Tekapo, Fairlie and Geraldine across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Arrive in time to fly home this afternoon.

 

Inclusions

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation 
  • Cooked breakfasts daily
  •  Five lunches and 12 dinners
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
  •  Commentaries provided by your escorts, drivers and guides
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • Return airfares from Auckland to Christchurch (other destinations please ask)
  •  Luggage handling on tour
  •  All gratuities are included
  •  Trans Alpine Train
  •  TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner at Walter Peak Station
  •  Lunchtime scenic cruise of Milford Sound 
  •  Olveston House Tour Dunedin
  •  Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center at Mt Cook
  •  Stargazing Experience at Mt Cook

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $4,285  $5,485

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • Domestic travel insurance – please ask us for a quote
  • Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour  
  • FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 11 September 2020  
  • Bookings made after 11 September must be paid in full at time of booking

Cancellations

  • Deposit – non refundable
  • After 11 September 2020 – the tour is non refundable

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable domestic travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please ask us for a quote

 

OPTIONAL TOURS

The optional tours have always proved popular

October 2020

Tuesday20  Fox Glacier to Mt Cook Helicopter Ride via Franz Josef $360per person

Imagine flying the entire length of the Fox Glacier, then soaring at eye level against the west face of Aoraki/Mount Cook. There’s time for a glacier snow landing before descending the Glacier Valley, with the mountains behind.

Thursday 22 Queenstown Helicopter Flight $485 per person

Look down on spectacular scenery as you cross Lake Wakatipu with a special landing during the flight. Continue over Ben Lomond and the famous historic Skippers Canyon. See the renowned steep canyon walls of the Shotover River and fly past Coronet Peak and the Wakatipu Basin. 

Friday 23 Te Anau Glow Worm Caves $99 per person

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “one of the most unusual limestone cave experiences on the planet’, the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves is a must-do for anyone visiting Fiordland.

These optional tours attract a separate charge and can be included at time of final payment (see booking form)

 

Health and Fitness

  •  To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required with the ability to walk 400 metres unaided
  • Mobility frames are not practical or permitted


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* Itinerary subject to change

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