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  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:  6 days / 5 nights

Experience a six day independent coach tour of the scenic South Island of New Zealand. Travel by coach from Christchurch to Mount Cook and Queenstown and across to the city of Dunedin, before returning to Christchurch.

Highlights

  • Six-day coach tour of New Zealand's South Island
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Free leisure day exploring Queenstown
  • Travel to historic town of Dunedin
  • You'll get plenty of free time of explore Dunedin at your own leisure
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Christchurch hotels

What You Can Expect

6-Day South Island Southern Heritage Tour from Christchurch

6-Day South Island Southern Heritage Tour from Christchurch

Visit the Mount Cook National Park, enjoy a scenic cruise on majestic Milford Sound and experience the Taieri Gorge train.

Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch / Mt Cook / Queenstown
Travel through the rich pastoral farm land of the Canterbury Plains and the ever-changing spectacular scenery of the foothills of the Southern Alps. Continue traveling across Burkes Pass before descending to the stunning glacial fed Lake Tekapo and visiting the Church of the Good Shepherd which stands on the foreshore. From here you travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to arrive at Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. Stop at Mt Cook for lunch (additional at own expense) where you will be mesmerized by the surroundings of this truly unique region. Cross the Lindis Pass, leaving the MacKenzie Country and travel along the Kawerau Gorge before arriving in Queenstown.

Overnight Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 2: Milford Sound Day Excursion
Travel along the edge of Lake Wakatipu beneath the rugged Remarkables to Te Anau, the 'Gateway to Fiordland National Park'. On entering the Fiordland National Park you pass through the Eglinton Valley. See ancient beech forest, stunning waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes where you will pause for a photo stop. Continue through the upper Hollyford Valley, past the stunning Christie Falls and enter the 1.2 km Homer Tunnel, drilled through the solid rock of a mountain. On exiting the Homer Tunnel prepare for the breathtaking impact of the Cleddau Valley and the descent into Milford Sound. On arrival, take an unforgettable cruise on the majestic Milford Sound where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak and rock walls scarred by glaciers which rise to 1200m vertically from the sea. Then reboard the coach for the return journey to Queenstown. Optional lunches on board the cruise are available.

Overnight Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 3: At Queenstown
Enjoy a free day in Queenstown.

Overnight Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 4: Queenstown / Dunedin
Board the coach for the drive to Pukerangi, where you will transfer to the Taieri Gorge train. View Otago's unspoiled landscape as this journey takes you into rugged pioneering terrain with sightseeing stops along the way. Arrive into Dunedin this afternoon.

Overnight Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City or similar

Day 5: Dunedin
This morning is at leisure in Dunedin. Take the opportunity to visit the historic Olveston House, a guided tour of Larnach Castle or a stroll around Glenfalloch Gardens. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour of the Otago Peninsula including the renowned Royal Albatross Colony (seasonal due to Albatross breeding).

Overnight Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City or similar

Day 6: Dunedin / Christchurch
Further time at leisure this morning to enjoy the historic sights of Dunedin. Perhaps a visit to the art gallery or some last minute shopping, before returning to Christchurch by either coach or train.
From USD $ 1,550.82

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Tour code: 2950CLT24

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