Handcrafted with a laid-back pace and superb accommodations, this exclusive 9-day journey will immerse you in forests, coastlines, penguins, and fjords. From a scenic flight over glaciers to two days in the Catlins, uncover the island’s incredible nature with private tours expertly designed for seniors. Sit back and allow private guides to show you an island like no other.
Akaroa – Relaxing on Rolling Hills
This morning, you will be greeted at Christchurch’s international airport and transferred to your luxurious accommodation in Akaroa. While it is tempting to stay in the city after a long flight, a short journey will offer you village charms and the laid-back indulgence of a rolling coastline. Akaroa still feels like a fishing village, where time moves slowly. Boats often wade in the harbor, and small seafood restaurants will make for an atmospheric place to spend the evening. Your transfer to Akaroa will be private, and your hotel will be exceptionally located on a hill and peering over the village and ocean. Your guide will be on hand to provide transport around the area.
Akaroa – Whale and Dolphin Watching
Moeraki – Afternoon with Penguins
Day 4 - 5
Catlins Forest Park – Immersed in Nature
Milford Sound – Overnight Cruise in Fiordland
Queenstown – Helicopter Flight Over the Fjords
Queenstown – Highlights of Queenstown
Queenstown – Departure
- Marvel at the wonder of Milford Sound during an overnight cruise on New Zealand’s most impressive fjord
- Savor a lovely afternoon in Moeraki with yellow-eyed penguins and strange boulders
- Escape into the surreal realm of the Catlins National Park during two days of waterfalls, easy walks, and a laid-back immersion in nature
- Uncover the magnificence of Fiordland National Park on a scenic helicopter flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown
- Venture up-close with dolphins and possibly whales on an afternoon cruise around Akaroa Harbor
- Lay back and appreciate South Island nature without you having to move, thanks to beautifully located hotels along the coast and in national parks
- Discover the highlights of Queenstown and Glenorchy at a very relaxed pace
The South Island dazzles all who visit. Snow-capped mountains surge over glassy lakes, empty roads meander through Middle Earth scenery, and whales and dolphins are among the mammal inhabitants. On this island, you will find everything from fjords to forests and waterfalls without needing to hike or even leave your seat. South Island nature is accessible, and it is amazing what you can discover in just nine days of travel. This private itinerary has been handcrafted so that you can explore the island’s highlights at a laid-back pace. A premium is placed on the choice of hotels and guides, and will literally be center stage amid the island’s finest landscapes. There are no long walks or tiring activities, but you will experience all the best nature.
After flying into Christchurch, you will be picked up and transferred to Akaroa, which is a delightful coastal town that is framed by rolling hills and cliffs. It is a lovely place to rest or relax, and, on day two, you will also witness dolphins and possibly whales. From here, it will be an incredible drive along the coast to Moeraki, where you will have an afternoon with yellow-eyed dolphins. The Catlins is New Zealand’s best-kept secret in the form of a surreal swathe of forest and coast, where waterfalls hide, and there are so many trails to choose. It is also a destination for exploring by road or on foot with countless options of what you can do on the edge of the world. It really is a wonderful destination for senior travelers.
From the Catlins, you will be transferred along the very south of the island across rugged and arid landscapes to the majestic gleam of Fiordland National Park. Milford Sound is the most iconic fjord, and you will spend the night enveloped by this pristine work of nature. Leaving Milford Sound, you will enjoy a unique perspective on a scenic flight that includes a rare glacier landing before settling in to two nights in Queenstown. This delightful town is a very calm place to end a vacation, where you can take your time and absorb all the lakeside charm.
$2,245 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.
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