The Southern Drift
Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Dunedin
No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of the South Island less traveled. From the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island, to the spectacular vistas of Mt. Cook, through to Milford Sound, where you will fall asleep under a blanket of mist and shadows on the still waters of the fiord. Enjoy traveling with no more than 20 like-minded guests.
Our prices start from5,369 LAND ONLY
12 Days • GUIDED • 19 MealsOperated Tour
- 11 nights accommodation
- Services of a traveling concierge
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round-trip airport to hotel transfers (Restrictions apply)
- 11 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 7 dinners
Day 1 - Welcome To Christchurch
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or take a ride on the Christchurch Tram. In the evening meet your traveling concierge for a welcome reception.
Day 2 - Christchurch To Franz Josef
It's all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, to learn the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. Continue to Franz Josef where your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush and has an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, enjoy Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or a massage.
Day 3 - Relaxed Start - The Mighty Franz Josef Glacier
During a Glacier Valley Walk, explore the area with a local guide who will explain the history behind the surrounding fascinating landscape.
Day 4 - Romantic Arrowtown And On To Queenstown
This morning it's time for an adventure as you journey down the Haast River in a purpose-built, fully enclosed, river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora travel to Arrowtown where there is time to stop an explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour.
Day 5 - Relaxed Start - Queenstown Your Way
Experience Queenstown at leisure. Perhaps join an optional wine tour or view The Lord of the Rings film locations. Tonight you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.
Day 6 - Relaxed Start - Queenstown At Leisure
Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Perhaps take an optional jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River or get wet white-water rafting down the Kawarau River. In the evening, enjoy a highlight dinner at one of Queenstown's exclusive restaurants.
Day 7 - Queenstown To Milford Sound
Take the scenic journey through rainforests, flats and meadows of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Stop at Mirror Lakes, where the stunning mountain scenery is perfectly reflected in the waters, then on to the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, and after, to one of the world's most dramatic alpine drives, down through the Cleddau Valley and its impressive Chasm.
Day 8 - Milford Track Walk And Milford Sound Cruise
Explore the famous Milford Track on an easy-going half-day guided walk. This is a place steeped in rich history and stories; and the flora and fauna is unique and special. Enjoy the best of both worlds as you listen to a specialist nature guide while relaxing onboard a modern catamaran. Your guide will introduce you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound.
Day 9 - Milford Sound To Dunedin
We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau and on to the country music town of Gore before continuing to Dunedin, New Zealand's southernmost city. Enjoy dinner and wine at Parcels Restaurant.
Day 10 - Brewery Tour And Dunedin At Leisure
Take a guided tour and sample the tasty craft beer at Emerson's Brewery before an afternoon at your leisure - relax or continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps take a train ride or wildlife cruise.
Day 11 - Dunedin To Christchurch
Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on an in-depth sightseeing tour of the city. Toast your travels together at your celebration dinner.
Day 12 - Farewell From Christchurch
Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast, as your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Christchurch International Airport for your onward flight. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
2021 Tour Dates
2022 Tour Dates
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on December 6, 2021 travel date. International airfare is additional.
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