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The dramatic South Island offers a wealth
of superb mountain scenery, glaciers,
fiords and wildlife along its rugged
coastline. This exciting private journey
combines these natural highlights with
the island’s small towns and historic
cities. The tour can be started from
Christchurch for travellers arriving at
its international airport, or adjusted to
combine with the North Island Explorer
itinerary on the previous page.
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On arrival, transfer to The George for 2 nights.
Spend the next day relaxing after your flight, or
book an excursion to tour the surrounding area
such as a Lord of the Rings scenery tour or a trip
to the former French settlement of Akaroa. (N)
Collect your hire car this morning and drive
north to the coastal town of Kaikoura. Stay
overnight at the Fyffe Country Lodge. Whalewatching cruises can be pre-booked. Upgrades
available to the Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses, a
luxury eco retreat in the Kaikoura mountains. (N)
Drive to Blenheim in the heart of the wineproducing region of Marlborough and visit some
of the excellent local wineries. Stay 2 nights at
Chateau Marlborough in Blenheim. (B) (N)
Drive to Nelson in the Tasman Bay, the
gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. During
your stay we recommend pre-booking a fullday tour into Abel Tasman National Park or
visiting Nelson’s superb Museum of Wearable
Art and Classic Cars. Stay 2 nights at Cambria
House. (N) (B
Drive south-west to the small coastal town
of Punakaiki, best known for its ‘pancake’
limestone rock formations and blowholes. Stay
overnight at Punakaiki Resort. (B)
Continue south along the rugged west coast
to the town of Franz Josef and stay 2 nights at
the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Guided walks to
the glacier terminal face or a scenic helicopter
flight are recommended. (D) (B)
Continue south-west through the spectacular
Southern Alps to Queenstown and stay at the
QT Queenstown for 2 nights. Following day at
leisure for a cruise on the lake or a helicopter
flight to a mountain top for a romantic picnic.
Drive into Fiordland National Park, passing
through the lakeside town of Te Anau before
continuing to Milford Sound. On arrival, board
the Milford Mariner*
for an overnight cruise on
this dramatic fiord. (D)
Morning cruise through Milford Sound, keeping
an eye out for seals and dolphins, before
driving east to Dunedin, a city with strong
Scottish influences and history. Stay at Fletcher
Lodge for 2 nights or pay the supplement to
stay at the Camp Estate at Larnach Lodge on
the Otago Peninsula. Pre-bookable optional
excursions include a wildlife cruise and a visit to
New Zealand’s only castle – Larnach Castle. (B)
Return your hire car to the airport and fly
home. Alternatively, continue your holiday
in New Zealand; see the North Island Explorer
itinerary on the previous page or speak to
one of our New Zealand experts for more
information and suggestions. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International flights are not included with
this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please
contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.
This cruise does not
operate between mid-May and mid-September;
however, we are able to tailor your itinerary
should you wish to travel during this period.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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