12 Days Inspiring Journeys - The Southern Drift 23/24
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Inspiring Journeys

12 Days Inspiring Journeys - The Southern Drift 23/24

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$9,293 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

Christchurch City Tour
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Guided tour of Emerson’s Brewery
Haast River Jet Experience
Milford Sound Cruise
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
11 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef

Day 3: Franz Josef (Relaxed Start)

Day 4: Franz Josef – Arrowtown – Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown at Leisure

Day 6: Queenstown at Leisure

Day 7: Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound

Day 8: Milford Track Walk & Milford Sound Cruise

Day 9: Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin

Day 10: Dunedin (Relaxed Start)

Day 11: Dunedin – Christchurch

Day 12: Farewell from Christchurch

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Detailed itinerary: 12 day tour starting in Christchurch

Day 1 - Welcome to Christchurch
Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Christchurch Botanical Garden or take a ride on the Christchurch Tram. In the evening meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception.

Staying in:

  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch (1 night)
Day 2 - Christchurch – Franz Josef
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey

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 to the Southern Alps. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, to learn about the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. 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 a massage.

Staying in:

  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Franz Josef (Relaxed Start)
View of Franz Josef Glacier

After a relaxed start we explore this area, where a local guide explains the history behind the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Staying in:

  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Franz Josef – Arrowtown – Queenstown
Street in Arrowtown

This morning it’s time for an adventure as we journey down the Haast River in a purpose built, fully enclosed river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora then travel on to Arrowtown where there is time to explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River.  Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel.

Staying in:

  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Queenstown at Leisure
Vineyars near 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.

Staying in:

  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 - Queenstown at Leisure
Aerial View over 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.

Staying in:

  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound
View of Mirror Lake

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 the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges onto the amazing Mirror Lake before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Tonight, stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Staying in:

  • Milford Sound Lodge (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Milford Track Walk & Milford Sound Cruise
View of 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’.

Staying in:

  • Milford Sound Lodge (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin
Dunedin Railway Station

We 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.

Staying in:

  • Distinction Dunedin Hotel (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Dunedin (Relaxed Start)
View of Dunedin in the Evening

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour oat 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.

Staying in:

  • Distinction Dunedin Hotel (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 11 - Dunedin – Christchurch
Albatros at Otago Peninsula near Dunedin

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.

Staying in:

  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Farewell from Christchurch
Christchurch Tram

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
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