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Best of the South Island

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Discover the best the South Island of New Zealand has to offer on this 10-day trip through the long, mountainous island. The wildlife, fiords and waterfalls will constantly amaze you.
New Zealand
Cultural
Luxury
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Visit the unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa. A charming small township in the inner harbour of Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula. 

A fully private escorted tour with driver-guide in a luxury vehicle. 

Your 10 Day Tour includes 3 nights in Christchurch, 2 nights in Stewart Island and 4 nights in Queenstown.

Freedom of Choice Days included.

Full Day Tour to Milford Sound. Experience a stunning two-hour small boat nature cruise on the fjord with waterfalls, fur seals and the occasional dolphins here or there. Escape the crowds for a truly unique experience. 

Fly over to Stewart Island for your 2 nights at Stewart Island Lodge, set on a hillside overlooking Halfmoon Bay. 

The Best of the South Island Tour starts in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island. The city is filled with modern architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand, with the Avon River intersecting the city. Take a stroll through the Botanic Gardens and take a ride on the Christchurch Tram before a taking a scenic trip to the charming township of Akaroa. The next stop is Stewart Island where you can choose to learn about Stewart Island's rich history on a Wild Kiwi Encounter Cruise or kayaking in Deep Bay or snorkel in the island waters with the many species of fish. Upon arriving in Queenstown, you will have time to explore the city at your leisure before your full day Milford Sounds Cruise. You will also have the option take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola or cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

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Included

3 nights in Christchurch at The George Hotel - 5*
2 nights in Stewart Island at Stewart Island Lodge - 4*
4 nights in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa - 5*
Meet and greet on arrival
Fully Private Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Flight from Christchurch to Stewart Island
Flight from Stewart Island to Queenstown
Daily Full Buffet Breakfast
Self walk through the botanic gardens including punting on the Avon River & Tram ride
Akaroa Sightseeing Tour
Milford Sounds Cruise
Freedom of Choice Days

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 5
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 9

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

Intro
Privately Escorted in Luxury Mercedes

Your luxury itinerary begins with a meet and greet at Christchurch airport upon arrival by your chauffeur driver/guide. Throughout your journey, you will be privately escorted in a luxury vehicle such as the 6 seater Mercedes V-Class (pictured below) for 2 to 4 guests. 

Privately Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Day 1
Christchurch

Arrival into Christchurch. Private transfer to The George Hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel in an Executive Room. 

Breakfast
Christchurch
Christchurch Tram
Day 2
Christchurch

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy a Self walk around the Botanic Gardens, Punting on the Avon River & Tram City tour (group tour).

Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective. Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your Punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat.  

The Christchurch Trams offer a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Family-friendly and ideal for locals and visitors alike, our beautifully-restored heritage trams are one of the city’s best loved attractions – and don’t forget kids go free! 

Our all-day hop-on hop-off tickets allow you to visit the central city sights at your leisure and our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will keep you updated about the latest city changes in their informative live commentaries. 

Explore the best of the central city from the 17 stops enroute: the Canterbury Museum & Botanic Gardens, Turanga and Margaret Mahy Playground are must-visit spots for families; and the many retail stores, bars and eateries at The Terrace, Cashel Street & Riverside Market, Arts Centre and New Regent Street offer fantastic shopping and dining options for all. 
 

Overnight stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel in an Executive Room.

Breakfast
Christchurch
Avon River
Day 3
Christchurch

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy an Akaroa Sightseeing Tour (private transfer).

Your tour guide/driver will pick you up and take you on a scenic trip to Akaroa. Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa. A charming small township nestled in an inner harbour bay of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. The township contains a host of historic buildings,  craft and gift shops together with a multitude of idyllic photo opportunities. Lunch is available at the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village at the popular Bully Hayes.  

Your return journey to Christchurch a stop will be made at the Barry’s Bay Cheese factory, where you will get to sample some fine New Zealand. 

Overnight stay in The George Hotel in an Executive Room.

Breakfast
Christchurch
Akaroa
Day 4
Christchurch → Stewart Island

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast and check out from your hotel.

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at Christchurch airport for your flight to Stewart Island. 

Overnight stay in Stewart Island at the Stewart Island Lodge.

Breakfast
Christchurch → Stewart Island
Stewart Island
Day 5
Stewart Island

After a full continental breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight stay in Stewart Island at the Stewart Island Lodge.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Wild Kiwi Encounter Cruise & Walk :

    Depart from Stewart Island's Halfmoon Bay in a catamaran for a cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove.  During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history. Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck. The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you.  The walk will take about 45 minutes one-way and the track emerges on to Ocean Beach.  This wide sandy beach is where kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. Here in the darkness you will get to see the Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) - often searching for food. Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island. 

OR

  • Snorkeling tour:

    You will be supplied with warm wetsuits, masks, fins, and a boat ride to and from your snorkelling spots. Your divers will show you the Island waters below the boat and through the kelp gardens. “Stewart Island’s mysterious and beautiful underwater world boasts a unique and healthy ecosystem. The coasts are lined with tangled kelp forests with strands of kelp growing up to 10 meters long and providing some memorising scenic viewing below the waves. Many species of fish such as Greenbone, Blue Moki, Blue Cod, Trumpeter and Wrasse dart in and out of these forests. Occasionally a New Zealand Sea Lion or Fur Seal will gracefully float past and playfully interact with snorkelers. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for a sneaky octopus camouflaged in the rocks! 

OR

  • Kayaking guided tour :

    Your guide will pick you up from and return you to your accommodation. After our briefing we’re on the water to practice paddle strokes. We’ll be exploring along the beautiful bush-clad shoreline keeping a eye out (and ear open) for penguins and a host of seabirds going about their daily activities. We might visit the waters around the Faith, Hope and Charity Islands, head into Deep Bay and maybe reach Ringaringa Passage – where the Inlet meets the open ocean. All along the way we’ll be discovering the amazing and prolific sea life living in the crystal-clear water. Tour concludes by drop off back at your accommodation. 

Stewart Island
Stewart Island Snorkelling
Day 6
Stewart Island → Queenstown

Enjoy a full continental breakfast, check out and a private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival a private transfer will take you to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a Guest Room. 

Breakfast
Stewart Island → Queenstown
Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter
Day 7
Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy the Milford Sounds Cruise (private transfer).

Start the tour off with pick up from your hotel. On this full day tour to Milford Sound experience a stunning two-hour small boat nature cruise on the fjord – see waterfalls, fur seals and occasionally dolphins then transfer back to your hotel in Queenstown. This small group tour allows you to escape the crowds and offer a truly unique, top rated tour showcasing this spectacular and world-famous region. 

Overnight stay in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a Guest Room.

Breakfast
Queenstown
Milford Sounds
Day 8
Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy the day at leisure in Queenstown.

Overnight in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast
Queenstown
Queenstown
Day 9
Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Walter peak cruise & lunch:

    Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce sizzling away on the grill. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown's alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a few hours. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era. The lunch menu has been refreshed with the introduction of our new executive chef. They’ve enhanced the seasonal menu with new salads, vegetables and a variety of succulent meats cooked on the wood-fired BBQ.  We do not offer seafood for lunch, but vegetarian options are available and there are delectable desserts to make room for too. An entertaining farm demonstration is also included, or you can explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.

OR

  • Skyline Gondola & luge:

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! You’ll be carried 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular 220-degree panorama with breath-taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and, of course, Queenstown. When you get to the top, enjoy the spectacular views while having a drink from the Bar & take a few rides on the thrilling Luge.

Queenstown
Queenstown Gondola
Day 10
Queenstown

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast and check out.

Your private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at Queenstown airport.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
Local currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
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Best of the South Island

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Christchurch
Queenstown
Cultural, Luxury
Private Escorted Tours
01 November 2021 - 31 March 2022

Hotel options

The George Hotel
The George Hotel

Christchurch
The luxury 5-star boutique hotel in Christchurch where you are guaranteed to receive impeccable service. The George Hotel in Christchurch typifies luxury at every level. Extensive facilities, comprehensive service, excellent quality and attention to detail. Experience our signature style and consistent personalised service. The George restaurant - the award-winning 50 bistro offers a beautiful setting overlooking Hagley Park, event spaces offer natural light, seclusion and all the modern conveniences while the accommodation offers 5-star comfort.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Queenstown
This hotel is situated on the shores of the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu, three kilometres from Queenstown Airport. Queenstown is 10 kilometres away and there's a water taxi for rides across the lake. Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa offers a heated indoor pool, full-service spa, fitness centre with Precor equipment, outdoor terrace with lake views, and multiple dining options.

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Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
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