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Southern Spectacular 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Journey from the Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki to picture-perfect Lake Te Anau. Tuck into a taste of country life with the Taylors, board the TranzAlpine train and cruise the Milford Sound.

Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch
Discover the delightful fusion of modern design and the elegance of yesteryear in Christchurch, your gateway to the South Island. Transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm), then spend time at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an evening Welcome Reception.
Accommodation: Distinction
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Christchurch - Twizel
'Make A Difference' this morning by contributing to Trafalgar's Sustainable Tourism Commitment to planting indigenous trees in the Port Hills of Christchurch. Next, cross the Canterbury Plains and 'Connect With Locals' Angie and Stan Taylor at their home Morelea for an exclusive 'Be My Guest' afternoon tea and insights into a lifetime spent farming in New Zealand. Later, view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo. Your day finishes in the historic hydro town of Twizel.
Accommodation: MacKenzie Country
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 3 - Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing
Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, and on to the soaring spires and Victorian façades of Dunedin. This afternoon your choice of sightseeing: ride the Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross or experience an interactive tour of Speight's Brewery.
Accommodation: Scenic Southern Cross
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Dunedin - Te Anau
Explore Dunedin on your own this morning. Embark on an Optional Experience to Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, or roam the lush grounds of New Zealand's first university, Otago. This afternoon, cross sheep-filled farming land that is so characteristically 'Pure New Zealand'. Wind your way into Fiordland National Park and South Island's largest lake to Te Anau, from where tonight you could choose to join an Optional Experience across the lake for a tour of the Glow Worm Caves.
Accommodation: Distinction
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)
Savour a day filled with pinch-me moments as you explore the extraordinary natural splendour of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Keep your camera close at hand as you journey through rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Take to the still waters of Milford Sound, cruising past such highlights as Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Later, journey over the Devil's Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu bound for Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. An orientation tour skirting around the shores of Lake Wakatipu, takes you into the city centre before arriving at your hotel.
Accommodation: Millennium
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Queenstown Sightseeing
Embark on your choice of sightseeing: if you're feeling energetic you can ride the exhilarating Shotover Jet boat; for a more laid-back experience, take a gondola to Bob's Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown and then visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or embark on a minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening, you'll board the TSS Earnslaw, New Zeakand's oldest steamship, cruising across Lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Dinner at the Colonel's Homestead. Gain a deeper understanding of high-country farm life during an entertaining farm show, then return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Queenstown - Franz Josef
A morning visit to Arrowtown reveals its rich gold mining heritage, before your journey continues to Cromwell, where you'll have an opportunity to savour the juicy flavours of local stone fruit. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as after Dunstan, you will travel further into Central Otago and view the vivid blue waters of Lake Hawea, followed by Lake Wanaka, where the shoreline is charmingly lined by poplars and willows. Following an ancient greenstone trail, you will travel over Haast Pass, marking a change from the alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes, to the rainforest marvel of the wild West Coast. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and the grand sight of Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers. Our destination is the extraordinary rivers of ice that make up Franz Josef Glacier. You may wish to get up close and personal with the glaciers on an Optional Experience helicopter flight.
Accommodation: Scenic Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Franz Josef - Punakaiki
Take some time this morning to explore the icy depths of this white wilderness that has retreated from the sea over millennia. Later, journey to Hokitika. Here, you will delve into the delicate craft of greenstone carvery during a visit to a factory and jewellery demonstration by a 'Local Specialist' master carver. Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are your destination today. Spend the night at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - the eco-friendly Punakaiki Resort located right on the waterfront. Dinner is served against the backdrop of the thundering Tasman surf.
Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 9 - Punakaiki - Christchurch
Travel to Greymouth to visit Monteith's Brewery, where you will be guided through the traditions and heritage of this national icon with a 'Local Specialist'. You will get to experience and taste ever changing and innovative brews before enjoying a pub-style lunch. Later you will board the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. This spectacular journey is rated as one of the world's most scenic train trips. It forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. After a day of soul-stirring sights, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Distinction
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 10 - Depart Christchurch
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Dunedin and Christchurch
  • CRUISE on Milford Sound and Lake Wakatipu
  • SEE spectacular sights in Fiordland National Park en route to Milford Sound
  • VIEW the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • VISIT Franz Josef Glacier, historic Arrowtown, and the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 7 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.8
Accommodations
3.7
Itinerary
3.7
Professional Staff
3.7
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
3.7

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Ratings based off 3 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Some of the accommodations were substandard. Too many buffet dinners.

Everything was great in my trip to New Zealand's southern island, the scenery was certainly stunning! I had a good time, all the fellow travelers in the tour was very nice and friendly, and I have found some new friends there! New Zealand is a new country where air is very clean and people are honest and trustworthy welcoming tourists as well as foreigners with open arms. Next time I'd like to go back and see the Northern island of the country.


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