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Milford Sound, South Island
Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, Exterior
Lake Tekapo, South Island
Dunedin
Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Queenstown
Franz Josef Glacier
Pancake Rocks
Tranz-Alpine, New Zealand, Rail, mountains
Christchurch

Southern Spectacular

10 day Escorted Tour – from £4360 £3925

With flights from £5170

Discover New Zealand’s stunning South Island on this expedition to Arthur’s Pass, Punakaiki, Mt. Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound and Queenstown.

Highlights:
  • Visit a working New Zealand sheep farm
  • Cruise the serenely beautiful Milford Sound
  • Walk around Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks
  • Gaze upon the breathtaking Franz Josef Glacier
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your South Island New Zealand guided tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, Exterior

Day 1 – Welcome to Christchurch

At once forward-thinking and fun, Christchurch is the kind of city you could lose yourself in…

At once forward-thinking and fun, Christchurch is the kind of city you could lose yourself in for a week – or more. You have this afternoon, so make the most of it. We recommend riding the rails on the vintage Christchurch Tram, a narrated hop-on, hop-off experience that loops around town, your host pointing out historic architecture and new developments that have popped up since the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Time to meet your fellow adventure-seekers over a Welcome reception.

    Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, Exterior
Lake Tekapo, South Island

Day 2 – Christchurch – Twizel

If you didn’t get your Christchurch bearings yesterday, you certainly will on today’s city tour, taking…

If you didn’t get your Christchurch bearings yesterday, you certainly will on today’s city tour, taking in the record-breaking Transitional Cathedral – who knew you could build a church from cardboard? The buildings of the city fade into a patchwork of farms as you ease across the Canterbury Plains toward Morelea. Here, Angie and Stan Taylor welcome you to their home with a slap-up Be My Guest afternoon tea and tales about life on the land. And this land is truly dramatic, backdropped by powdery mountains and cut with turquoise lakes, none quite as pretty as Lake Tekapo, on its banks the stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd.

    MacKenzie Country Hotel

    Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with wine
Lake Tekapo, South Island
Dunedin

Day 3 – Twizel – Dunedin

Oamaru has a rich history and proud heritage, enriched by passionate and perhaps quirky locals. Explore…

Oamaru has a rich history and proud heritage, enriched by passionate and perhaps quirky locals. Explore the shops, galleries and traditional crafts within some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most complete Victorian streetscapes. You’re en route to Dunedin, replete with rolling green meadows and grand stone castles. It kind of feels like you’ve been transported to Scotland – small wonder it’s known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Afternoon at your leisure, we recommend a visit to Speight’s Brewery – a New Zealand institution. And pretty much everything in between. There’s always that castle to explore… Larnach may not have the history of Scotland’s grand estates, but it’s just as pretty in our humble opinion. A NZ holiday must.

    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Dunedin
Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park

Day 4 – Dunedin – Te Anau

Leave Dunedin’s pastoral sheep-farming countryside behind as you venture into World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park,…

Leave Dunedin’s pastoral sheep-farming countryside behind as you venture into World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, a place of yawning gorges and gem-like glaciers, and azure lakes so large they have their own islands. Case in point Pomona Island, where a charitable trust of passionate volunteers works to restore flora and fauna. With your help. Take a thrilling jet boat ride down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri and if that’s not enough water for one day, you may choose to cruise to the iconic Glowworm Caves. Can we tempt you?

    Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

Day 5 – Te Anau – Queenstown

Nature rules again today, from the moment you depart Te Anau and begin your journey deep…

Nature rules again today, from the moment you depart Te Anau and begin your journey deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Think native rainforests, beech forests, alluvial flats and meadows; Mirror Lakes perfectly reflecting mountain scenery; and precipitous lookouts holding guard over alpine rivers. And this is just the entrée. The main course is your Milford Sound/Piopiotahi tour, where you cruise in the company of dolphins that frolic under the torrent of mighty Bowen and Stirling Falls, and gaze at misty escarpments so sheer they appear to cleave off the edge of the Earth. You’re in the company of a naturalist who knows every nook and cranny of this mighty cavern and will point out flora and fauna you would have never spotted on your own.

    Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

    Breakfast
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Queenstown

Day 6 – Queenstown Free Time

Take today at your own pace. Like things fast and furious? Feel the wind in your…

Take today at your own pace. Like things fast and furious? Feel the wind in your hair on a high-octane jet boat ride, perhaps. Prefer wine to get your heart started? See why Central Otago makes some of the world’s most raved about cool-climate pinots on a cellar door tour. Wherever your daily wanderings take you, reunite with your companions come dusk to glide across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw, your barbecue Highlight Dinner served on the grounds of Walter Peak High Country Farm.

    Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

    Breakfast, Dinner
Queenstown
Franz Josef Glacier

Day 7 – Queenstown – Franz Josef/Waiau

In the shadow of the Remarkables, Queenstown is pretty spectacular. But it has some stiff good-looks…

In the shadow of the Remarkables, Queenstown is pretty spectacular. But it has some stiff good-looks competition from neighbouring Arrowtown, with its movie-set tree-lined avenues and 19th-century buildings that once housed gold-rush fortune-seekers. Things grow well in this verdant countryside, from cherries to pinot grapes and all manner of stone fruit. Prepare for a flavour explosion. The next explosion is a visual one as you arrive in the town of Franz Josef/Waiau, home to Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere. Get some perspective of this immense ice fall on an optional helicopter flight – you may even get to land on it.

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Franz Josef Glacier
Pancake Rocks

Day 8 – Franz Josef/Waiau – Punakaiki

Explore the small but lively Franz Josef/Waiau village before venturing to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s…

Explore the small but lively Franz Josef/Waiau village before venturing to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s native jade greenstone. Then soak in the natural surroundings as you head to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, where waves thunder through cracks in the Earth. This is the soundtrack that lulls you to sleep at tonight’s eco-resort.

    Scenic Hotel Punakaiki

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Pancake Rocks
Tranz-Alpine, New Zealand, Rail, mountains

Day 9 – Punakaiki – Christchurch

Wine may steal the scene across much of New Zealand, but at legendary Monteith’s Brewery, beer…

Wine may steal the scene across much of New Zealand, but at legendary Monteith’s Brewery, beer rules. Sip your way through a tasting paddle of XPA, IPA, lager and pale ale because, hey, you’re not driving to the station where your TranzAlpine train awaits. Just as well lunch is included. This is one of those experiences where the journey matters just as much as the destination, as you sweep through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. What a way to end a day.

    Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Tranz-Alpine, New Zealand, Rail, mountains
Christchurch

Day 10 – Farewell from Christchurch

Wait, the last 10 days flew by. Return home with new friends, a full SD card…

Wait, the last 10 days flew by. Return home with new friends, a full SD card on your camera – and even more memories.

    Breakfast
Christchurch

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your South Island New Zealand guided tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome to Christchurch

At once forward-thinking and fun, Christchurch is the kind of city you could lose yourself in for a week – or more. You have this afternoon, so make the most of it. We recommend riding the rails on the vintage Christchurch Tram, a narrated hop-on, hop-off experience that loops around town, your host pointing out historic architecture and new developments that have popped up since the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Time to meet your fellow adventure-seekers over a Welcome reception.

    Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, Exterior

Day 2

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Christchurch – Twizel

If you didn’t get your Christchurch bearings yesterday, you certainly will on today’s city tour, taking in the record-breaking Transitional Cathedral – who knew you could build a church from cardboard? The buildings of the city fade into a patchwork of farms as you ease across the Canterbury Plains toward Morelea. Here, Angie and Stan Taylor welcome you to their home with a slap-up Be My Guest afternoon tea and tales about life on the land. And this land is truly dramatic, backdropped by powdery mountains and cut with turquoise lakes, none quite as pretty as Lake Tekapo, on its banks the stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd.

    MacKenzie Country Hotel

    Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with wine
Lake Tekapo, South Island

Day 3

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Twizel – Dunedin

Oamaru has a rich history and proud heritage, enriched by passionate and perhaps quirky locals. Explore the shops, galleries and traditional crafts within some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most complete Victorian streetscapes. You’re en route to Dunedin, replete with rolling green meadows and grand stone castles. It kind of feels like you’ve been transported to Scotland – small wonder it’s known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Afternoon at your leisure, we recommend a visit to Speight’s Brewery – a New Zealand institution. And pretty much everything in between. There’s always that castle to explore… Larnach may not have the history of Scotland’s grand estates, but it’s just as pretty in our humble opinion. A NZ holiday must.

    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Dunedin

Day 4

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Dunedin – Te Anau

Leave Dunedin’s pastoral sheep-farming countryside behind as you venture into World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, a place of yawning gorges and gem-like glaciers, and azure lakes so large they have their own islands. Case in point Pomona Island, where a charitable trust of passionate volunteers works to restore flora and fauna. With your help. Take a thrilling jet boat ride down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri and if that’s not enough water for one day, you may choose to cruise to the iconic Glowworm Caves. Can we tempt you?

    Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park

Day 5

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Te Anau – Queenstown

Nature rules again today, from the moment you depart Te Anau and begin your journey deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Think native rainforests, beech forests, alluvial flats and meadows; Mirror Lakes perfectly reflecting mountain scenery; and precipitous lookouts holding guard over alpine rivers. And this is just the entrée. The main course is your Milford Sound/Piopiotahi tour, where you cruise in the company of dolphins that frolic under the torrent of mighty Bowen and Stirling Falls, and gaze at misty escarpments so sheer they appear to cleave off the edge of the Earth. You’re in the company of a naturalist who knows every nook and cranny of this mighty cavern and will point out flora and fauna you would have never spotted on your own.

    Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

    Breakfast
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

Day 6

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Queenstown Free Time

Take today at your own pace. Like things fast and furious? Feel the wind in your hair on a high-octane jet boat ride, perhaps. Prefer wine to get your heart started? See why Central Otago makes some of the world’s most raved about cool-climate pinots on a cellar door tour. Wherever your daily wanderings take you, reunite with your companions come dusk to glide across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw, your barbecue Highlight Dinner served on the grounds of Walter Peak High Country Farm.

    Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

    Breakfast, Dinner
Queenstown

Day 7

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Queenstown – Franz Josef/Waiau

In the shadow of the Remarkables, Queenstown is pretty spectacular. But it has some stiff good-looks competition from neighbouring Arrowtown, with its movie-set tree-lined avenues and 19th-century buildings that once housed gold-rush fortune-seekers. Things grow well in this verdant countryside, from cherries to pinot grapes and all manner of stone fruit. Prepare for a flavour explosion. The next explosion is a visual one as you arrive in the town of Franz Josef/Waiau, home to Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere. Get some perspective of this immense ice fall on an optional helicopter flight – you may even get to land on it.

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Franz Josef Glacier

Day 8

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Franz Josef/Waiau – Punakaiki

Explore the small but lively Franz Josef/Waiau village before venturing to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s native jade greenstone. Then soak in the natural surroundings as you head to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, where waves thunder through cracks in the Earth. This is the soundtrack that lulls you to sleep at tonight’s eco-resort.

    Scenic Hotel Punakaiki

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Pancake Rocks

Day 9

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Punakaiki – Christchurch

Wine may steal the scene across much of New Zealand, but at legendary Monteith’s Brewery, beer rules. Sip your way through a tasting paddle of XPA, IPA, lager and pale ale because, hey, you’re not driving to the station where your TranzAlpine train awaits. Just as well lunch is included. This is one of those experiences where the journey matters just as much as the destination, as you sweep through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. What a way to end a day.

    Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Tranz-Alpine, New Zealand, Rail, mountains

Day 10

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Farewell from Christchurch

Wait, the last 10 days flew by. Return home with new friends, a full SD card on your camera – and even more memories.

    Breakfast
Christchurch

This Tour Includes

9 nights hotel accommodation
9 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Expert tour director
Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach
Professional and experienced driver

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Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Southern Spectacular escorted tour and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Extra nights in Christchurch before or after your tour
  • A stopover to New Zealand in Singapore, Dubai or another destination

Next Step

Please get in touch with our New Zealand Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Southern Spectacular

10 day Escorted Tour – from £4360 £3925

With flights from £5170

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include meals shown. Seasonal supplements may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability.

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