Explore New Zealand’s South Island: A Nature and Adventure Odyssey

Explore New Zealand’s South Island: A Nature and Adventure Odyssey

Embark on an unforgettable 10-day journey through New Zealand’s South Island, brimming with breathtaking landscapes, wildlife encounters, and thrilling adventures. Begin your adventure in Christchurch, followed by a road trip that takes you to Lake Tekapo, Oamaru, Dunedin, Queenstown and Franz Josef.

Explore New Zealand’s South Island: A Nature and Adventure Odyssey

New Zealand > South Island > Christchurch & Canterbury > Glaciers & West Coast > Queenstown & Wanaka > Dunedin 

13 Days, 10 Nights

Your journey begins with a warm welcome at Christchurch Airport, where you’ll be met by private transfer to your luxurious accommodation at Sudima Christchurch City. Unwind in your Luxe King room and prepare for the remarkable adventure that awaits.

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, your eight-day self-drive adventure begins. Collect your intermediate car rental and head south towards Lake Tekapo. Along the way, take in the picturesque landscapes that encompass the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. Arriving in Lake Tekapo, check into Peppers Bluewater Resort, your home for the night. As the sun sets, embark on the Dark Sky Project Summit Experience, where you’ll be mesmerized by the southern hemisphere’s starry spectacle.

Wake up to breathtaking lake views before hitting the road towards Oamaru. Your journey offers glimpses of New Zealand’s varied scenery, from turquoise lakes to rolling hills. In Oamaru, your enchanting Victoria Room at historic Pen-y-Bryn Lodge awaits. With intriguing history and a sumptuous interior the Victorian-era mansion exudes a sense of grace and comfort.

On one evening, embark on the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Evening Viewing, a heartwarming encounter with these endearing creatures.

Bordered by the stunning coastline of the Pacific, Oamaru offers nature lovers the chance to explore nesting colonies of little blue penguins, yellow-eyed penguins and rare seabirds. For culture lovers the famed limestone architecture houses the cool and quirky world of steampunk and plenty of fashion, art and cuisine discoveries.  New Zealand’s best-preserved example of a Victorian streetscape is both utterly unique and altogether captivating.

Bid farewell to Oamaru and drive south to the vibrant city of Dunedin. Check into Larnach Lodge, a historic and charming accommodation nestled on the picturesque Otago Peninsula. In the afternoon, set sail on the Peninsula Encounters Wildlife Cruise, a unique opportunity to witness a wide array of marine and birdlife, including royal albatross.

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Dunedin before continuing your journey south to Queenstown. Your accommodation at Queenstown House B&B and Apartments offers splendid lake views and a perfect base for your adventures in this adventure capital. The drive takes you through magnificent Central Otago landscapes. Upon arrival, explore Queenstown’s vibrant town center and its array of restaurants and bars.

Today, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Milford Sound. Fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound, where you’ll experience a Nature Cruise amidst the fiord’s stunning cliffs, waterfalls, and wildlife. After your cruise, return to Queenstown by air, taking in breathtaking aerial views of the region.

Leave Queenstown behind and travel through the stunning landscapes of the Southern Alps. En route to Franz Josef, take in the remarkable beauty of the Haast Pass and the West Coast rainforest. Your stay at Westwood Lodge, a quaint Bed and Breakfast will feel like a home-away-from-home.

Immerse yourself in Franz Josef’s natural wonders on a Franz Josef Nature Tour, where you’ll venture deep into the rainforest and discover the region’s unique flora and fauna.

Drive north to Greymouth, where you’ll board the world-renowned TranzAlpine Rail. This iconic journey takes you through the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass, showcasing New Zealand’s alpine beauty. Arrive in Christchurch and enjoy a comfortable night’s stay at Sudima Christchurch City.

Your South Island adventure ends with lasting memories of stunning landscapes, wildlife encounters, and incredible experiences. After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to Christchurch Airport, where you’ll bid farewell to this captivating journey through New Zealand’s natural wonders.

Highlights

  • Christchurch
  • Tekapo: Dark Sky Project
  • Oamaru: Blue Penguin Colony
  • Dunedin: Castle and Wildlife Cruise
  • Queenstown: Milford Sound
  • Franz Josef & West Coast; Nature Tour, TranzAlpine Rail

Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Christchurch
  • Round-trip private transfers Christchurch Airport to Hotel
  • 1 night Christchurch, Sudima Christchurch City, Luxe King including breakfast
  • 8 Day Intermediate Car Rental including unlimited mileage
  • 1 night Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort, Deluxe Lakeview Room including breakfast
    • Dark Sky Project Summit Experience
  • 2 nights Oamaru, Pen-y-Bryn Lodge, Victoria Room including breakfast and dinner
    • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Evening Viewing
  • 1 night Dunedin, Larnach Lodge, Lodge Queen Room including breakfast
    • Castle to Cruise Tour
  • 2 nights Queenstown, Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel, Gondola Room including breakfast
    • Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly
  • 2 nights Franz Josef, Westwood Lodge, Main House Suite including breakfast
    • Franz Josef Nature Tour
    • TranzAlpine Rail from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • One-way private transfer from Christchurch Rail Station to hotel
  • 1 night Christchurch, Sudima Christchurch City, including breakfast
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including September 11 Security Fee

 

Based on Departures

Price per person from*

Based on Double Occupancy

April 1- April 30, 2024 5699
May 1 - June 28, 2024 5559
June 29 - July 24, 2024 6059
July 25 - September 17, 2024 5699
September 18 - October 16, 2024 6339
October 17 - December 4, 2024 5959
December 5 - December 12, 2024 6339
December 13 - December 23, 2024 6799
December 24 - January 3, 2025 6349
January 4 - January 13, 2025 6869
January 14 - January 29, 2025 6339
January 30 - March 20, 2025 5949

*Rates are not valid over special events.

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Group Size

Independent Vacation

Dates

May 1 - June 28, 2024

Price

From $5559 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Valid for weekday departures and weekend returns May 1 - June 28, 2024. Transpacific departures Fri – Sun incur a $50 fee each direction. Advertised pricing reflects low season pricing. Seasonal surcharges apply for travel outside this season. Must be booked by May 31, 2024. Black-out dates may apply. Prices are current at time of posting (3/11/2024) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed, due to fare increases and currency fluctuations. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice.  Please call for our current prices. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.

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