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clock-o4 days (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Spend three nights in Queenstown on this 4-day semi-independent tour of the scenic South Island. You’ll travel round-trip from Christchurch by narrated coach via Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mount Cook, with a full day of free time to spend at your leisure in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital.’ Experience all the highlights along the way, including a Milford Sound cruise on the majestic fiord.
  • Four-day coach tour of New Zealand's South Island
  • Scenic cruise on Milford Sound
  • See the picturesque sight of New Zealand's highest mountain Mt Cook
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd which stands on the foreshore of the stunning glacial fed Lake Tekapo
  • Free leisure day in Queenstown
  • Three-nights accommodation
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Christchurch hotels
Enjoy three nights’ accommodation in Queenstown during this semi-independent 4-day tour. You’ll discover regional highlights such as the Canterbury Plains, Lake Tekapo, Aoraki/Mount Cook and the Remarkables range of the Southern Alps during the coach journey with live commentary on board. A sightseeing cruise past Mitre Peak on Milford Sound is included, plus a full day to spend at your leisure in Queenstown.

Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch / Mt Cook / Queenstown:
Travel through the pastoral farm land of the Canterbury Plains and the ever-changing spectacular scenery of the foothills of the Southern Alps. Continue across Burkes Pass before descending to the stunning glacial fed Lake Tekapo. 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. On entering the Fiordland National Park you pass through the Eglinton Valley. See ancient beech forest, stunning waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes. Continue through the upper Hollyford Valley and pass the stunning Christie Falls. 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. Reboard the coach for the return journey to Queenstown. 

Overnight Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 3: Queenstown - Enjoy a leisure free day in Queenstown. 

Overnight Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 4: Queenstown / Christchurch:
Travel over the Lindis Pass and retrace your steps to Christchurch. A lunch stop is made at Mount Cook (additional at own expense). Enjoy a scenic stop at Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue onto Christchurch, arriving late this afternoon.

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, Nov 2017

Firstly, South Island is absolutely stunning and I recommend visiting it, especially Queenstown. As far as this tour goes, there are a few things that were disappointing
- The drive from Christchurch to Queenstown was pretty but there seemed to be a lot of stops at souvenir stores and came across more as a way for the company to make additional money vs. give the tourists a good experience. The driver was not engaging.
- When we arrived in Queenstown, it was late in the evening and though the voucher said the drop off would be at our hotel, we were dropped off about a 5 min walk away and it was very painful in a new town with huge suitcases.
- The tour committed to stay in a hotel Overnight Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar but we were in fact kept up in a motel Amity. The showers had mold, there was no shampoo provided. It was definitely not a hotel!
- The last day of the tour is a return back to Christchurch and it is simply an exact repeat of Day 1 absolutely NO changes though the description reads slightly different so do not be fooled. It was a complete waste of a day and we got the same driver who was not engaging at all so we simply slept through the entire trip. I wish I could get my money and time back!!
Overall, if you are visiting NZ and this is your tour of choice, I'd recommend instead doing 4 days in Queenstown and then booking day trips to Mt Cook and Milford sound instead. It will save you days on your vacation and you can take the money and do cooler things in/around Queenstown alone!


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