Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift
Christchurch to Christchurch
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Inspiring Journeys

Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift

Discover 100% Pure New Zealand on this Inspiring Journey through the bountiful natural treasures of the South Island. From the still waters of Milford Sound and snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps to rolling hills and grassy plains of Central Otago, delve into the exquisite beauty of a land that has remained unchanged for millennia.

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Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$8,449 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch

12 days/11 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Guided tour of Emerson’s Brewery
Christchurch Grand Tour
TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
Haast River Jet Experience
Milford Sound Cruise
11 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch
Accommodation: Hotel Montreal (or similar)

Day 2: Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Trail and head through to Arthur's Pass and later onto Franz Josef
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Day 3: Journey down to the breathtaking Franz Josef glacier
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Day 4: Travel over the Haast Pass and past the lakeside towns of Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 5: A day free for you to explore the pristine alpine town of Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 6: With so much to do you have a second day to experience all Queenstown has to offer
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 7: Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the lakeside town of Te Anau before continuing on to Milford Sound
Accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge (or similar)

Day 8: Cruise Milford Sound today and experience an informative talk by a local expert
Accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge (or similar)

Day 9: From Milford head to the other coast and see what life on the Otago Peninsula is like
Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Take a good look at Dunedin today after a tour of Larnach castle
Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Day 11: Start your journey to Christchurch the tours final destination
Accommodation: Hotel Montreal (or similar)

Day 12: Depart from Christchurch

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 12 day tour starting in Christchurch

Day 1 - Arrive into Christchurch
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch, you will be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. In the evening you will meet your journey Director for a welcome reception.

Your accommodation: Hotel Montreal (or similar)

Hotel Montreal offers luxurious inner city Christchurch accommodation just a short walk to the cafes and restaurants of Victoria St. The spacious suites also include a kitchenette or kitchen and your own private balcony.
Day 2 - Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Trail and head through to Arthur's Pass and later onto Franz Josef
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 2
Christchurch to Franz Josef

Today it's all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through the southern Alps. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, and meet local greenstone (jade) carver for a jewellery demonstration. Later we continue to Franz Josef. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or perhaps massage?

*Due to a reduction in passenger numbers because of COVID-19 border restrictions, the TranzAlpine train is operating a limited schedule. This schedule may not coincide with some of the 2022/2023 departures. Please contact our sales consultants to discuss whether your chosen departure is affected by this.

Your accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Journey down to the breathtaking Franz Josef glacier
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 3
Spend the day exploring Franz Josef and the glacier country

Today you’ll explore Franz Josef Glacier with your Local Expert Guide on an interpretive tour. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers and Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Your accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Travel over the Haast Pass and past the lakeside towns of Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 4
Franz Josef to Queenstown

This morning it's time for an adventure as we travel in a purpose-built fully enclosed river jet boat and journey down the Haast River. After a lunch stop at Makarora, we head to Queenstown, taking time to stop to explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, with an orientation tour on arrival. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - A day free for you to explore the pristine alpine town of Queenstown
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 5
Another day to experience Queenstown

Enjoy Queenstown your way! Perhaps join a wine tour and taste some of Central Otago’s world-renowned Pinot Noir or view The Lord of the Rings film locations on a scenic tour of Queenstown and Glenorchy. Tonight, you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 - With so much to do you have a second day to experience all Queenstown has to offer
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 6
Another day to experience Queenstown

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River. Or simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, enjoy a highlight dinner at one of Queenstown’s exclusive restaurants.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the lakeside town of Te Anau before continuing on to Milford Sound
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 7
Queenstown to Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island's largest lake. Later you'll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World (optional experience at own expense). Tonight stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Your accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge (or similar)

Experience the tranquillity of Milford once the day visitors have left. Breakfast on the deck while keas look on.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Cruise Milford Sound today and experience an informative talk by a local expert
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 8
Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, explore a section of the famous Milford Track on an easy going half day guided walk. This place is steeped in rich history and stories, the flora and fauna are unique and special. This afternoon aboard the Southern Discoveries vessel sit back and relax as a specialist nature guide introduces you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world’.

Your accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge (or similar)

Experience the tranquillity of Milford once the day visitors have left. Breakfast on the deck while keas look on.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - From Milford head to the other coast and see what life on the Otago Peninsula is like
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 9
Milford to Dunedin

You leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau known for its beautiful lake and on to the country musical town of Gore for lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Enjoy dinner tonight at Parcels Restaurant at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Take a good look at Dunedin today after a tour of Larnach castle
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 10
Dunedin

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour at Emerson’s Brewery, sample the tasty craft beer before an afternoon at leisure. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps ride the historic Tairei Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Pennisula.

Your accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 11 - Start your journey to Christchurch the tours final destination
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 11
Dunedin to Christchurch

Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake.

Your accommodation: Hotel Montreal (or similar)

Hotel Montreal offers luxurious inner city Christchurch accommodation just a short walk to the cafes and restaurants of Victoria St. The spacious suites also include a kitchenette or kitchen and your own private balcony.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Depart from Christchurch
Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift - Day 12
Farewell From Christchurch and Transfer to Airport

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and you'll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

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