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.
Christchurch – Open Your Eyes to the Beauty of the South Island
Land in Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, and open your eyes to the stunning scenery around you. The quite rush of the Avon River flows through the city center surrounded by the warm colors of Victorian architecture and the botanic gardens, lush avenues full of leaves and spectacular gardens. Whether floating down the river, strolling through the fabulous gardens, or wandering the pleasant streets of the city, the sweet smell of roses winds through Christchurch and is sure to open your eyes to the beauty of the South Island.
Known as the Gateway to Antarctica, learn more about the city’s connection to the seventh continent at the International Antarctic Centre. Enjoy the incredible simulation of the coldest, driest, and windiest place on earth. Explore the icy way of life from glaciers to penguins. The quiet chirps of little blue penguins come from their cold display where you can watch them fly through the water, glide through the clear imitation sea, search for fish, and nest onshore. You can travel through the ice and frozen water on an all-terrain, amphibious Hagglund. The simulation drives along the tundra offering you the incredible vistas of the open space, the large glaciers that plunge into the sea, and the whales that swim off the coast. And slide along the arctic floor in the “'Antarctica' Snow and Ice experience.”
Dunedin – Through the Canterbury Plains
Dunedin – See the Sights on the Otago Peninsula
Queenstown – A Land of Mountains and Forests
Queenstown – Day Trip to Milford Sound
Queenstown – Extreme Adventure and Wineries
Franz Josef – Glaciers and Ice Tunnels
Christchurch – Cross Country Via the TransAlpine Railway
- 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
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?
$1,995 per person (excluding international flights)
- 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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