Southern Spotlight

9 days,

8 nights |

from $2650 per person*


Discover the highlights of New Zealand’s magnificent South Island on this comprehensive journey. Cross the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine train, and cruise the serene waters of mystical Milford Sound and peaceful Lake Wakatipu. A series of unforgettable experiences awaits you in this proud Pacific nation.

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Tour Highlights

  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Visit a greenstone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Travel through the magnificent Haast Pass
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit in Cromwell
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Let loose in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Journey past crystal clear lakes and towering mountains in Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park

Flight Information

Flights are not included in the tour price; please call our team for the current flight prices. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense; these are the suggested group flights:

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4pm into Christchurch
  • Day 9 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch

Departure Dates

2020 APR: 5, 26 MAY: 3 JUN: 7 JUL: 5 AUG: 2, 16, 30 SEP: 13, 20 OCT: 4, 11, 18, 25 NOV: 1, 8, 15, 22 DEC: 6, 13, 20, 27 Itinerary also operates in reverse (Code: LRQC) from Christchurch. Please ask for departure dates & details. Please click here for full Booking Conditions.

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

December 27, 2020

Valid for travel between:

04/05/2020 – 09/20/2020
10/04/2020 – 12/27/2020

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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Itinerary also operates in reverse (Code: LRQC from Christchurch. Please ask for departure dates & details.


Day 1 Welcome to Christchurch

You’ll have time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 2 Christchurch – Omarama

See how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Later, view the Church of the Good Shepherd and enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel to stunning Mount Cook National Park. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Omarama – Dunedin

Visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of interconnected lakes and canals, and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a wildlife cruise, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Dunedin – Te Anau

Enjoy some free time this morning before travelling across the fertile pastures of South Otago to serene Lake Te Anau. Tonight, why not consider an optional experience and take a boat tour of the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Te Anau – Queenstown

Travel through the tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise on the serene waters of Milford Sound. On the way to Queenstown, see Mirror Lake, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, and Bowen Falls, and then travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 6 Queenstown Free Time

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet-boat rides and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely rhythm. Later this afternoon, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 7 Queenstown – Franz Josef

Your first stop today is the faithfully-restored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the towering Thunder Creek Falls, and stopping for a tranquil rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier, where an optional scenic flight is available. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Franz Josef – Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Maori name), is of great significance in Maori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys, passing through the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps and the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9 Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

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*Terms & Conditions: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting for travel during specified travel dates. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Airfare is not included unless indicated. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. Package is not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Package is strictly subject to availability, not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Minimum night stays or required room types may apply. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CST#2001136-20

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