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9 Day South Island Highlights

9 Days (8 Nights) | From $1929

The below itinerary is an independent package, it can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget. Please do not hesitate to call one of our travel specialists for a customized package.

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

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Upon arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your Hotel.

Day 2: Christchurch - Queenstown via Mt Cook

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Your tour today takes you from Christchurch, through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd. Your tour continues along the Tasman River before arriving at the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook. There is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or ski plane flight (weather permitting) before departing for New Zealand's Adventure Capital, Queenstown.

Day 3: Queenstown Sightseeing

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Enjoy a half day tour of the area and get a bird's eye view of Queenstown, Arrowtown and the spectacular Wakatipu Basin, along with some of the areas key attractions.

Day 4: Milford Sound Tour & Cruise

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Located in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Your full day tour into this area today includes a spectacular cruise on New Zealand's most famous waterway.

Day 5: Queenstown at leisure

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Today is free to explore or join a local activity.

Day 6: Queenstown - Franz Josef

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Travel by scheduled coach service across the magical stretch of road over Haast Pass. Towering peaks surround vast open valleys as you cross to the rugged west coast of the South Island.

Day 7: Franz Josef at leisure

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Today enjoy an interpretive walk to the glacier to have the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings.With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glaciers history, you're able to venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Day 8: Franz Josef - Christchurch

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Depart Franz Josef by coach, joining in Greymouth the historic TranzAlpine train. Traverse the Southern Alps and experience rolling farmland, ice-fed rivers, spectacular viaducts, and the beautiful Lake Brunner.

Day 9: Package ends

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Your package ends with a transfer to Christchurch airport.

Package Includes: 8 nights of accommodation, Airport transfers throughout, Guided tour Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook, Queenstown highlights tour, Walter Peak evening cruise with dinner, Milford Sound guided tour & cruise, Coach service Queenstown to Franz Josef, Franz Josef half day glacier tour, Coach service Franz Josef to Greymouth, TranzAlpine rail journey Greymouth to Christchurch.

9 Day South Island Highlights
Style: Independent Touring Start: Christchurch
Days: 9   End: Christchurch
Moderate pricing from. $1,929.00
Superior pricing from.   $2,319.00
Deluxe pricing from.   $2,869.00
Pricing is per person

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