This escorted tour combines the
highlights of New Zealand’s spectacular
South Island with a 2-night stay in
the nation’s capital, Wellington.
See thousands of glow-worms glisten
in the caves at Te Anau, marvel at the
imposing Franz Josef glacier, learn about
New Zealand’s past in the national
museum and view the spectacular
scenery of Fiordland.
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On arrival in Christchurch you will be met and
transferred to the Ibis Hotel for 1 night. In
the evening, join the rest of your group for a
welcome dinner. (D)
Morning panoramic tour of Christchurch. Later,
travel south to Lake Tekapo and view the pretty
Church of the Good Shepherd and alpine
scenery of Mount Cook National Park. On arrival
in Omarama, stay overnight at the Heritage
Gateway. (B, D)
small town of Oamaru en route to Dunedin. On
arrival you will have a panoramic tour of the city
followed by a visit to New Zealand’s only castle,
Larnach Castle. Stay overnight at the Kingsgate
Hotel. (B, D)
Travel into the world heritage Fiordland National
Park. During the journey you will pass forests,
lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and mountain ranges
before arriving at the dramatic Milford Sound.
On arrival, board the Milford Mariner* for an
overnight cruise on Milford Sound. (B, D)
In the morning, disembark the cruise and travel
to Te Anau for an excursion to the Te Anau glowworm
caves. Later continue to Queenstown and
stay 3 nights at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Queenstown Lakefront. (B, D)
Day at leisure to join an
optional tour or explore the town. (B)
Day at leisure. In the
evening you will ride the world’s steepest
gondola up to Skyline Restaurant for dinner on
Bob’s Peak. (B, D)
In the morning visit the historic gold-mining
town of Arrowtown before travelling north past
the lakes of Dunstain, Hawea and Wanaka en
route to Franz Josef, home to the striking Franz
Josef glacier. Stay overnight at the Scenic Hotel
Franz Josef Glacier. (B, D)
Morning at leisure to
take an optional excursion to the glacier. Later
travel north to Punakaiki, a town famed for
its unusual Pancake Rocks and blowholes. En
route, visit a native greenstone (jade) factory
in Hokitika. On arrival stay overnight at the
Punakaiki Resort. (B, D)
This morning, travel north through the scenic
Buller Gorge en route to Nelson. On arrival, visit
the World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars
museums. Stay 2 nights at the Grand Mercure
Monaco Resort. (B, D)
Day at leisure to relax or take an optional
excursion to nearby Abel Tasman National
Travel by Interislander ferry across the Cook
Straight to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington,
located in the south of North Island. On arrival,
take a panoramic city tour and a guided tour to
Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand.
Stay 2 nights at the Travelodge Wellington. (B, D)
Day at leisure, with a
range of optional excursions available. (B)
Transfer to Wellington airport this morning for
your flight home, or continue your holiday. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
Based in 3 & 4-star accommodation.
International and internal
flights are not included with this itinerary. For
flight options and prices, please speak to your
Cox & Kings tour consultant.
The tour operates with a maximum
group size of 46 passengers. Passengers may or
may not be Cox & Kings clients.
Please note the itinerary is provisional
and subject to change. Itinerary and departure
dates may change from 1st October 2016.
Please note that between
June and early September the Milford Mariner
does not operate overnight cruises. During this
period a day cruise on Milford Sound will be
followed by overnight accommodation in Te Anau.
Located close to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront is a centrally located 3.5-star hotel. Each of the 240 rooms and suites are spacious with views of the gardens, mountains or lake. Facilities include car parking, a restaurant and...
With views stretching across Tasman Bay to Abel Tasman National Park, the Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort is conveniently positioned just minutes from the heart of Nelson and the city's airport. The 95 rooms comprise 20 hotel rooms and 75 one and two bedroom cottages, all of which have modern amenities. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and fitness...
The Heritage Gateway Hotel offers basic 3-star accommodation near the small town of Omarama. The 98 guestrooms have modern amenities and facilities at the property include a restaurant, bar and car...
Located in the centre of Christchurch, the 3-star Hotel Ibis Christchurch is within walking distance to the new Pop-Up Mall, Quake City Museum and New Regent Street. The property has 155 rooms, each with modern amenities and en suite bathrooms. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar.
Christchurch's city centre is expected to be in a process of rebuilding until approximately 2020 following the devastating earthquake, so it is likely that there will be nearby building works. Any such developments should not cause disruption during the...
The 3-star Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk from the stately homes and gothic buildings of Dunedin. The hotel has 55 north-facing guestrooms, each with a private balcony. Facilities include a restaurant and...
Located just a short drive from the centre of Queenstown, the Mercure Queenstown Resort is a 3-star property with views over nearby Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountains. The 148 guestrooms have views of the lake or garden and include modern amenities. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, gym and car...
The Milford Mariner provides a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience, when the daytime visitors depart and a silence descends on the Sound. The vessel has been purpose built to accommodate passengers in 30 private cabins with en suite bathrooms. It has a spacious dining room, observation lounge and large open deck areas for viewing the scenery of Milford Sound.
The Fiordland's scenery never fails to impress. Waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres; ancient rainforests cover the mountains; lakes shimmer and granite peaks look just like they did a thousand years ago. Milford is by far the best known of all of the fjords.
Departing from the Milford Wharf, cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Leisurely explore many points of interest and view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with the experienced nature guide on board....
Punakaiki Resort is a modern complex located just 300 metres from the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes in Punakaiki. The hotel has 61 rooms and suites, each with a minibar, tea and coffee making equipment, ironing facilities and an en suite bathroom. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar and car...
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is located on the edge of the village and Westland World Heritage Park. The hotel comprises three separate wings, each with its own atmosphere and offering alpine views. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and four spa...
Located in the centre of Wellington, the Travelodge Wellington Hotel offers basic but comfortable 3 star accommodation. The 132 rooms have modern amenities and facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and guest...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...
Dunedin was founded by settlers from the Presbyterian Church of Scotland in...
Located close to the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson is a great base for the...
The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...
New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...
The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...