Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki in New Zealand

New Zealand Coastal Tour: Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound & More

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

The epic grandeur of the South Island will immerse you in endless wonder on your 8-day New Zealand tour. You will trek an ancient glacier and delight in the scenic views of the Southern Alps from a historic train. Waterfalls will crash down Milford Sound's dramatic cliffs while Queenstown’s vibrant ambiance will highlight the friendly local culture for a classic exploration of New Zealand’s South Island.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Traverse the beauty of the “Garden City”
  • Enjoy the vistas of Mt Cook
  • Learn about the gold rush years of Dunedin
  • Drift through the beauty of Milford Sound
  • Experience the luxury of the TranzAlpine railway
  • Travel along the foothills of the Southern Alps
  • Luxuriate in the comforts of Queenstown

Detailed Description

Open your eyes. Sometimes it’s that simple. On this 8-day tour of New Zealand you will see the stunning beauty that lies along the South Islands's coast and sits in the island’s center. Whether in the pristine snow of winter or the shining grass of summer, New Zealand is incredibly vibrant and welcoming. From one coast to another, the land is filled with magic, glaciers, and sounds, as well as Maori and European settlements. It is all here, waiting and ready, all you have to do is open your eyes.

Land in Christchurch and experience the “Garden City.” The Avon River flows softly through the city center. The gentle colors of the buildings offer warmth in the winter and a cooling sensation in the summer. Keep your eyes peeled for the incredible vista of Mt Cook on your way to Dunedin. The coast lines the city’s edge and the history of Maori tribes and the gold rush fill the city’s streets. Whether plunging into the cold seawater or walking along the city’s streets, soak in the city’s ease and beauty.

Make your way to Queenstown with the adventures and luxuries visible at all times. Hike in the lush forests, boat in the opulent lake or, for those daring enough, hang glide down from Bob’s Peak. Queenstown will keep your eyes wide open and the panoramas continuous. Visiting Milford Sound will keep you from wanting to blink. The opal water, the surrounding mountains, and the vibrant wildlife will help you from closing your eyes for one moment. Enjoy the soothing view of Franz Josef Glacier and the adjacent, quaint town. The glacier glows in the sunlight and almost dances until you make your way back to Christchurch along the TranzAlpine railway. No matter how long you spend in New Zealand the hardest part is closing your eyes worrying you might miss something, so why close your eyes at all?

Starting Price

$2,595 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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