Queenstown with the Remarkables mountains in the background

New Zealand’s South Island: Leisure Tour for Seniors

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef, Hokitika...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

You can indulge in idyllic vineyards and rugged glacial landscapes during your 14-day New Zealand tour for seniors. You will travel at your preferred pace on a custom-tailored tour perfect for an easy-going exploration that reveals the highlights of South Island. You will cruise the majestic Milford Sound, watch for fascinating whales off the Kaikoura coast, and witness preserved Maori heritage for your perfect New Zealand adventure.

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Trip Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the wonder of Milford Sound during a luxury overnight cruise
  • Take a scenic flight above Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, and embrace the wild beauty of Tai Poutini
  • Explore bucolic Marlborough with all your senses, including tasting the best of New Zealand’s most famous wine region
  • Connect with Maori culture with a stop in Hokitika
  • Spot dolphins and whales during a day of discovery in Kaikoura
  • Relax in Queenstown, a beautiful alpine town for starting your two-week trip
  • Explore the island’s breathtaking waters, including a cruise in Abel Tasman National Park and exploring Marlborough Sounds
  • Discover the town of Nelson, the most loved place on the South Island for seniors
  • Experience how Christchurch is recovering after the 2011 earthquake during an eye-opening final 24 hours on tour

Detailed Description

Vast mountain ranges will shimmer white with snow on New Zealand’s South Island. There is great wilderness here, and over a third of the island is protected as a national park Continuing the journey, you will stay amid vineyards or cruise through sun-kissed sounds. The island has its wild side, but the great highlight here, especially for senior travelers, is the sheer diversity of the landscape. Here, you can enjoy a myriad of new landscapes and experiences without needing to leave your comfort zone. Everything is made easy and accessible by excellent transport connections and a well-developed tourist infrastructure. So, you can enjoy a little of the wild before relaxing on the coast and sampling the delicious Sauvignon Blanc.

Having two full weeks here will ensure that the trip runs at an easy-going pace, keeping the time on the move at a minimum. You will have two nights in most destinations, and each journey will be part of the experience. This private tour is not quite a full loop of the island. You will start in Queenstown and travel north through the mountains to the West Coast. Then, you will ride along the coast all the way around to Christchurch in the East. This will ensure that you can experience the most famous national parks and scenic areas, and at the same time, make connections with local culture that is both Maori and European in heritage. Some of the stops will be deep in nature, while towns like Queenstown and Nelson are perennial favorites of senior travelers from all over the world.

Your two days in Queenstown will be left free. It is the island’s best tourist gateway, which is a sublime town that is tucked between the mountains and the lake. For days three and four you will be in Fiordland, where you will travel on an overnight cruise along the iconic and irrepressible Milford Sound. The road journey to Franz Josef on day five is New Zealand’s most scenic drive, and you will pass countless lakes as you traverse both Mt. Aspiring and Westland national park. You will partake in a unique alpine experience on day six that will be complete with a scenic flight along with an optional glacial hike. You will have now spent four days in Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been shaped by millennia of glaciation.

Now you will hug the coast. Hokitika is the main Maori cultural base on the island, but Punakaiki will provide an afternoon and evening on the strangest of beaches. Seductive old Nelson has become a hotspot for senior travelers and retiring locals. You will spend two nights here, which allows for a day cruise in nearby Abel Tasman National Park. The Marlborough Sounds will be visited en route to two nights in Blenheim, which is the heart of New Zealand’s wine industry. Next, you will spend the day on the Eastern coast as you go whale and dolphin watching in Kaikoura before a day in a Christchurch. Interested in learning more by seeing some of our travelers’ New Zealand vacation tour reviews? Click here for more.

Starting Price

$4,545 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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