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Scheduled Departures - New Zealand Travel Packages

New Zealand

Ultimate South Island

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Location Start: Wellington     End: Christchurch 

Starts Wellington. Takes in the whole of the South Island, Nelson, West Coast, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Dunedin. Great itinerary inclusions as well as free time.

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The Tour includes: Airport Transfers, Accommodation, Coach Transport, 2 Dinners, 1 Breakfast, City Highlights Tour Christchurch, Interislander Ferry Crossing, Montana Winery Tour & Tasting, Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Factory, Cruise to Stevensons Island & Jet Boat Ride, Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise, Scottish Haggis Ceremony, Entry to Olveston House.


Save 10% on your Coach Tour Price when you book and pay in full 6 months Prior.

Save 5% on the Coach Tour Price with 3 Travellers sharing one room.

Got a group of 4 friends travelling together save $100 per person.

Single Travellers can save hundreds by choosing to Twin-Share with a fellow traveler.

Children only $50.00 per day when travelling with 2 Adults (2-15 yrs)

Day 1 - Arrive Wellington

Welcome to New Zealand!   You will be greeted  at the airport, with transport waiting to take you to your hotel.
Bay Plaza Hotel (1 night)

  Day 2 - Wellington / Blenheim / Nelson

Join the Interislander Ferry for the scenic cruise to Picton, enjoy spectacular views of Wellington and the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Welcomed by your Coach Captain then on to Montana Winery for a tasting and winery tour. From this renowned wine region it’s a fascinating drive to Nelson noted for its arts and crafts.
Leisure Lodge. (2 nights)

  Day 3 - Nelson or Abel Tasman National Park

We recommend an optional day tour to the Abel Tasman National Park, inclusive of all transfers and a picnic lunch. By coach to Kaiteriteri then board a comfortable launch to cruise along the parks coastline. Either go ashore at Torrent Bay and walk 2 hours to Bark Bay or come ashore at Bark Bay and explore that area. From Bark Bay by launch, retrace your journey arriving in Nelson at 5.00pm. Alternatively, explore Nelson, follow the art trail, galleries and coffee shops featuring art, pottery, jewellery, wood and more or visit Tahunanui with its broad beaches and coastal panoramas.

  Day 4 - Nelson / Greymouth

Lush farmlands then forest covered ranges to the rugged Buller Gorge – a spectacular scenic drive. Visit Westport and the coast near Cape Foulwind, possibly lunch at the award winning Beach House Cafe and south to explore the Pancake rocks at Punakaiki. At Greymouth visit Jade Boulder Gallery to see native jade, mined in remote alpine valleys crafted into fine jewellery.
Hotel Ashley (1 night)

  Day 5 - Greymouth / Fox Glacier

Remote farms, tiny landlocked lakes with dense native bush and forest, all dominated by the towering Southern Alps, highlight your journey to Fox Glacier. Plenty of time to enjoy a guided walk to the glaciers terminal face, a helicopter flight and snow landing or walk to nearby Lake Matheson.
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (1 night)

  Day 6 - Fox Glacier / Wanaka

Follow the rugged coastline then inland across the Alps and the Haast Pass to the impressive bushlands of the Aspiring National Park. At Wanaka you'll have a choice of two afternoon activities: a launch cruise across the lake to Stevensons Island nature reserve, for a bush walk followed by refreshments. Look for the native Buff Weka, a small, flightless bird whose curiosity is likely to attract them close to you.
Alternatively enjoy a thrilling jet boat excursion on the lake - full on exciting, leisurely scenic cruising or somewhere in between.
Mercure Grand Oakridge Resort (1 night)

  Choose an Option - Days 7 to 10

Option 1 - Greenstone

Option 1: Day 7 - Wanaka / Queenstown

Drive through a picturesque region that has a fascinating history of early settlement and gold mining for a late morning arrival into the ever-popular resort of Queenstown. Dinner tonight is at the spectacular Skyline Restaurant (entire group). You have 2 choices for the next three days and Kirra Holidays enthusiastically recommends.

The Greenstone Valley Guided Walk. Today enjoy the sights, sounds and activities of Queenstown plus attend a pre-walk briefing.
Rydges Hotel. (1 night)

Day 8 - Queenstown / Steel Creek

By coach to Glenorchy then onto the track, stately beech forests, rocky gorges and silent river pools with Robins and Tom Tits for company. Its 18km to Steel Creek Lodge nestled on broad river flats.

Day 9 - Steel Creek / Lake McKellar

Red tussock land, ancient bog pines and cottonwoods with sheer mountainsides above and possibly deer on the forests edge. 14km to Lake McKellar Lodge.

Day 10 - Lake McKellar / Milford Sound

To the Greenstone Saddle, through lush forests to Lake Howden, then ascend Key Summit (919m) an area of alpine swamp with incredible 360 degree views, so spectacular, then down to rejoin your Tour on the Milford Road at The Divide and travel through the Hollyford Valley and Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound.
Board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise – an undoubted highlight. (1 night)

Option 2

OPTION 2: Day 7 - Wanaka / Queenstown

Drive through a picturesque region that has a fascinating history of early settlement and goldmining for a late morning arrival into the ever-popular resort of Queenstown. Dinner tonight is at the spectacular Skyline Restaurant. (entire group).

At leisure in Queenstown, jet boating, lake cruises, a day on the Routeburn Track, Lord of the Rings Tours, rafting and more shops, galleries and boutiques than you can count – enjoy. Dinner day 16 is not included allowing the opportunity to dine at a restaurant of your choice.
Rydges Hotel. (3 nights)

Day 8 - Queenstown

At leisure in Queenstown.

Day 9 - Queenstown

At leisure in Queenstown.

Day 10 - Queenstown / Milford Sound

Follow the lake to Kingston, across fertile farmlands to Fiordland. Visit moody Lake Manapouri then Lake Te Anau. Follow the Eglinton Valley, native forests, lakes, waterfalls and towering mountains. At The Divide collect the Greenstone Trek group and travel through the Hollyford Valley and Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound.
Board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise – an undoubted highlight. (1 night)

  Day 11 - Milford Sound / Dunedin

Wake to the sounds of silence in a pristine world. Rugged and remote mountains change to lush green countryside, which in turn gives way to rolling hills as you approach Dunedin, the 'Edinburgh of the South'. This evening prior to Dinner you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony, complete with piper, address to the Haggis and gift.
Scenic Circle Dunedin City Hotel (2 nights)

  Day 12 - Dunedin

A day to enjoy at your leisure with a multitude of optional activities available. A Monarch Wildlife Cruise, Natures Wonders Tour (both featuring penguins, seals and birdlife), the Taieri Gorge Railway, a Citibus Newtons Tour, fascinating Larnach Castle or Tour the Cadbury Factory or Speights Brewery. Have fun!

  Day 13 - Dunedin / Omarama

Visit Olveston, Dunedin’s majestic historic home with its original furnishings. See bush clad hillsides, tidal estuaries and a rocky coastline, view the unusual Moeraki Boulders then explore Oamaru. Follow the Waitaki Valley, passing several hydro lakes to Omarama.
Heritage Gateway Hotel. (1 night)

  Day 14 - Omarama / Mt Cook / Christchurch

Pass the milky blue waters of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook National Park and village, amidst New Zealand’s highest mountains. At Lake Tekapo view the Church of the Good Shepherd and Collie Dog memorial with time for a highly recommended (optional) flight with Air Safaris. Descend Burkes Pass to the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch. Your tour concludes at approximately 5.00pm after a brief city tour.
Pavilions Hotel (1 night)

  Day 15 - Christchurch / Home

Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Christchurch International Airport to join your flight home.



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