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Gems of South Island

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Admire the natural beauty of the Southern Alps of New Zealand, its breath-taking turquoise blue lakes and its steep glaciers like Franz Joseph. You will be enchanted by this charming private escorted holiday!
New Zealand
Cultural
Luxury
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Stay at theluxury 5-star boutique hotel, The George Hotel in Christchurch. The George embodies everything you could dream of in a luxury boutique hotel where you are guaranteed to receive impeccable service.

Stay at the stunning 5-star Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa. A lakeside resort and spa close to Queenstown, on the shores of the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu.

Take a ride on Chistchurch tram.

Enjoy a drive through the famous Arthurs path.

Explore an ancient glacier riverbed in Franz Joseph

Enjoy nature and wildlife viewing opportunities in Milford Sound.

Travel from Christchurch to Queenstown with a private chauffeur driver and take the chance to fully relax and enjoy New Zealand's marvellous landscape from the jagged Alps passing via the steepest glacier where you can decide whether to walk or to quad bike thanks to our Freedom of Choice Activity. As you head towards Queenstown, marvel at the colours of the Lakes surroundings like Tekapo, Wanaka with its iconic tree and the golden town of Arrowtown. Then, take advantage of our Freedom of Choice Day to pick between the several exclusive activities offered -from Helicopter flight to scenic cruise- to unveil Milford Sound and its array of marine wildlife and unspoiled rainforest. Last day is at your own pace to discover the many shops, activities or to simply relax in your 5-star hotel in Queenstown.

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Included

2 nights in Christchurch at The George Hotel - 5*
2 Nights in Franz Joseph at Scenic Hotel Franz Joseph - 4 *
3 nights in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa - 5*
Flight Queenstown to Auckland
Meet & Greet on arrival
Fully Private Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Daily Breakfast
Self walk around Botanic gardens including Punting on the Avon River & Tram city group tour
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 4
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 6

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 transfer 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 a guest room.

Christchurch
Avon River
Day 2
Christchurch

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy a Self walk around the Botanic Gardens, Punting on the Avon River & Tram City 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! 

Take advantage of all-day hop-on hop-off tickets to visit the central city sights at your leisure and 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 a guest room.

Breakfast
Christchurch
Botanic Gardens in Christchurch
Day 3
Christchurch → Franz Joseph

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast. Your tour guide/driver will pick you up and take you on a road trip through the famous Arthurs path, Hokitika and dropping you off at your hotel in Franz Joseph. Sit back, relax and enjoy the commentary & mind-blowing views on this 6 hour trip with plenty of stops to stretch your legs & taking photos. 

Overnight stay in Franz Joseph at Scenic Hotel Franz Joseph in a superior room.

Breakfast
Christchurch → Franz Joseph
Day 4
Franz Joseph

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

Overnight stay in Franz Joseph at Scenic Hotel Franz Joseph in a superior room.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Heli-Hike Glacier :

    Start your day on a 3 minute walk from your hotel to the office to get you geared up & ready. Enjoy a first-hand exploration of a glacier by chopper, seeing only what experienced mountaineers can reach is a wilderness experience you’ll never forget. From the Franz Josef Village base, you’ll fly up to the Franz Josef Glacier in the Westland National Park. You’ll land on a section of this 12km long glacier where we’ve made a daily safety assessment of the conditions on this fast-moving ice flow. Equipped with glacier boots and crampons you’ll walk for two hours amongst the ice formations and pinnacles and see first-hand the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow.  Touch the ice, breathe in the fresh air. 

OR

  • Quad Bike Off-Road Adventure:

    Start your day on a 2 minute walk from your hotel to the office where your guide will kit you out with wet weather gear and gumboots and teach you how to ride our off-roading vehicles.  They will entertain you and amaze you with beautiful local Maori Legends and local history while refining your skills and giving you new challenges to conquer. Either take a single quad bike all to yourself or take a double quad bike or buggy & let us take you on an amazing, guided off-roading adventure, ride through a beautiful rainforest, splash through rivers, explore an ancient glacier riverbed while being blown away by the breath-taking scenery including the spectacular Southern Alps and Franz Josef Glacier. 

Franz Joseph
Franz Joseph Glacier
Day 5
Franz Joseph → Queenstown

After breakfast, your tour guide/driver will pick you up and take you on a 6-hour road trip to Queenstown passing through Lake Hawea, Wanaka, Cardrona & Arrowtown

You'll be stopping for photo & stretching legs on the road plus visiting iconic lone tree of Wanaka and The Cardrona historic hotel if you want to purchase some lunch or a drink. Lunch not included.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a guest room.

Breakfast
Franz Joseph → Queenstown
Lake Pukaki
Day 6
Queenstown

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

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a guest room.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Milford Sounds Fly Cruise Fly:

    Shuttle transfer from your hotel to the airport followed by a scenic flight between Queenstown and Milford Sound which is the ultimate way to experience New Zealand’s alpine scenery. Another shuttle will be waiting in Milford airport to transport you to the harbour to start your cruise. Enjoy a scenic Cruise through Milford Sound with an experienced nature guide and enjoy nature and wildlife viewing opportunities. Return shuttle to Milford airport, return flight to Queenstown then shuttle back to your hotel. (All flights are weather dependant)​.

OR

  • Private transfer to Milford Sounds & Scenic Cruise:

    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. 

OR

  • Skiing/ Snowboarding package (Winter season only):

    Take the water taxi from the hotel across the lake then a short walk to the snow centre where you will jump on the 4WD ski bus relax and enjoy the scenic journey to Coronet Peak. Enjoy a full day lift pass plus recreational ski or snowboard hire (skis or snowboard, boots, poles).

Queenstown
Milford Sound
Day 7
Queenstown

Today is yours to discover this stunning alpine town situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a guest room.

Breakfast
Queenstown
Queenstown Gondola
Day 8
Queenstown → Auckland Airport

After enjoying a full buffet breakfast, a driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at Queenstown airport to catch your flight back to Auckland. End of the service.

Breakfast
Queenstown → Auckland Airport
Queenstown

Additional information

Official language
English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
Local currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

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Gems of South Island

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Christchurch Airport
Queenstown Airport
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.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier
In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. Our hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and our Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, plus a guest information and booking service will ensure that you can make the most of every minute you spend in the Westland region.

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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