Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift
Small group tour escorted from 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.

Tour summary and feature

Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$7,605 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

 Viewed 18 times in the last 7 days

9 dinners

All breakfasts

Greenstone Jade craft experience

Christchurch City Sights tour

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift

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

Day 2: Board the Tranz Alpine 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

Day 8: Cruise Milford Sound today and experience an informative talk by a local expert. Accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge

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 Tranz Alpine 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?

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, Dinner

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

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 Otherwise, you could simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafes and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, we have 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 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 take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery or take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River (both own expense). Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort.

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 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 - own expense). Tonight stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Your accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge

Experience the tranquility of Milford once the day visitors have left. Breakfast on the deck while keas look on. The Mountain View and River Chalets offer a spectacular views from the sumptuous comfort of your self contained chalet.

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. Board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound, often called the "eighth natural wonder of the world". Sail out to the Tasman Sea, looking for wildlife along the way, for a visit to the Underwater Observatory and the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrison Cove. This afternoon learn more about breathtaking Fiordland National Park with an informative talk by a local expert.

Your accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge

Experience the tranquility of Milford once the day visitors have left. Breakfast on the deck while keas look on. The Mountain View and River Chalets offer a spectacular views from the sumptuous comfort of your self contained chalet.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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

Leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the picturesque South Otago.  Travel through the musical town of Gore, before arriving in Dunedin.

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
A day in Dunedin

This morning visit Larnach Castle, learn about its colourful history and take in the breathtaking views from the Tower including a 360° view of Dunedin, Otago Peninsula and out to the Pacific Ocean. After this wonderful tour, the day is yours to explore and discover Dunedin. Your tour director can help with any recommendations or bookings you would like to make.

 

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 returning to Christchurch for an in-depth sightseeing tour.

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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