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9 Day New Zealand Southern Tourer from $3345*
Discover New Zealandís South Island














Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, World Heritage-listed national parks and dense rainforest are just some of the wonders to expect on this luxury escorted tour of New Zealand’s South Island.

Highlights:

  • Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
  • Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
  • See spectacular Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord
  • Discover Australasia’s highest peak at Mt Cook National Park

Includes:

  • Dedicated APT Tour Director and professional Driver
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 full breakfasts & 7 dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined
  • Travelscene Assist - 24 hour emergency travel assistance


Departure Dates:

2017: September 10, 17; October 1, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 16, 26; December 3, 10, 17, 24

2018: January 14, 18, 28; February 1, 3, 8, 13, 18, 25; March 1, 6, 11, 15, 18, 29; April 5, 15, 22, 29; May 20; July 15; August 12; September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7


Trip Notes

Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 15 October 2017 – 7 October 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Ask us about pre & post accommodation. Flexible dining option – book breakfast daily and feature meals only and save. Enquire at the time of booking. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. All dates for this itinerary are guaranteed departures.

Price per person (twin share)   
10 Sep - 1 Oct 2017 $3345*
15 Oct - 24 Dec 2017 $3695*
14 Jan - 29 Mar 2018 $3695*
5 Apr - 29 Apr 2018 $3550*
20 May - 12 Aug 2018 $3395*
9 Sep - 23 Sep 2018 $3550*
30 Sep - 7 Oct 2018 $3695*

Terms and Conditions - Tour Code: NCC09
*Terms & Conditions: Valid for travel selected Premier Vacations and Value Plus Vacations departing between 10 September 2017 and 7 October 2018. Discounts apply only to main tour land component, not to any flights or pre and post hotel bookings. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. All tour prices listed are land only, ‘from’ per person, double occupancy, based on low season travel. Flights are not included. Seasonal surcharges and additional surcharges apply over weekends, special events and holiday periods. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (27 December 2016). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Please call for our current prices. Tour Code: NCC09. CST#: 2001136-50.

 

Prices subject to change without notice. Please click here to read our terms and conditions.

Itinerary effective 15 Oct. 2017 – 7 Oct. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary. Please enquire for details.

Day 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. D
Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore.  

Day 2. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier 

From Arthur’s Pass, travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being carved into jewellery. Arrive at your luxury eco-resort near Franz Josef Glacier where you will enjoy a four-course degustation dinner. B FD
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat.  

Signature Experience: Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the Canterbury Plains, before travelling across the Southern Alps.  

Signature Experience: Along the west coast, take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 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 before arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’. B FD
Two Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside.

Freedom of Choice – Dining: This evening, choose where to dine. Perhaps sample the delicious fresh produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, 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.

Day 4. Queenstown

Few destinations offer as much variety, or adventure in the outdoors, as Queenstown does. With a range of activities available, you can decide how to discover this adventure-filled region today. B  

Freedom of Choice – Sightseeing: Movie buffs may like to visit key Lord of the Rings filming locations, while thrillseekers may enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure or an exciting 4WD tour. Others may prefer a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, a wine tour or a Lakeshore Forest Walk.   

Day 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. Continue to Milford Sound. Later, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. B FD
Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas.

Signature Experience: Cruise along the full length of beautiful fiord Milford Sound, located deep within Fiordland National Park.

Signature Experience: This evening, delight in the flavours of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.  

Day 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, perhaps tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway for memorable journey. Perhaps choose to tour Speight’s Brewery, visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula. The choice is all yours today. B D
Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross.

Day 7. Dunedin, Mt Cook.

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. Discover this spectacular region with our exclusive Freedom of Choice inclusions. 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. B D
Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel.

Day 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. B FD
Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch.

Day 9. Depart Christchurch

Your journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport. B


Itinerary effective 15 Oct. 2017 – 7 Oct. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details.

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(*) Prices are US Dollars per person.