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9 Day Southern Delights

Visit Queenstown, Dunedin, Doubtful Sound & more
Witness stunning views aboard the TranzAlpine Train
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Experience the wonders of New Zealand’s South Island
Visit Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital
Witness stunning scenery aboard the TranzAlpine, NZ’s most famous train trip
Soak up the historic charm of scenic Arrowtown
Overview

Overview

Forests, glaciers and castles, oh my! Like an epic fantasy world brought to life, New Zealand’s South Island doesn’t require movie magic to dazzle and delight every one of your senses. From the 'garden city' of Christchurch to Queenstown, misty Doubtful Sound to Dunedin, this nine day coach tour will take you behind the fabled scenery to uncover its diverse wonders in comfort and style.

Soak up the culture and quirkiness of Christchurch, home of the Cardboard Cathedral and gorgeous Botanic Gardens; witness stunning scenery aboard the TranzAlpine train, New Zealand’s most famous rail trip; and gaze in wonder at the famous Franz Josef Glacier in Westland National Park. Visit a greenstone and glass blowing factory in Hokitika; spot cheeky resident fur seals in majestic Doubtful Sound; and feel like you’ve been transported to Scotland with a visit to Dunedin, home to magnificent Larnach Castle. Want to see even more? The famed Moeraki Boulders, serene Blue Pools of Wanaka, and lakeside adventure capital of Queenstown are all ready and waiting. This amazing trip includes eight nights quality accommodation, transport by luxury coach, and more!

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experience the wonders of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Visit Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital
  • Witness stunning scenery aboard the TranzAlpine, NZ’s most famous train trip
  • Soak up the historic charm of scenic Arrowtown 
  • Admire the tranquil Blue Pools in Wanaka
  • Visit a Greenstone and Glass Blowing Factory
  • See the ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ of Christchurch
  • Marvel at the wild beauty of Doubtful Sound
  • Visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle
  • Discover the vibrant street art scene of Dunedin
  • View the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach
  • Witness the remarkable Franz Josef glacier
  • Wet your lips at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum
  • Enjoy an authentic seafood experience in Haast
ACCOMMODATION
  • 8 nights quality hotel accommodation
DINING
  • Enjoy 13 meals including daily breakfast
TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • Tour guide
TRANSPORT
  • Luxury Coach
Day 1 Arrive Christchurch

Haere Mai (Welcome) to your New Zealand adventure starting in Christchurch known as the Garden City, a city where old meets new. Spend your afternoon wandering the city streets and laneways to discover creative street art and hidden eateries. See how Christchurch earned its nickname as the Garden City by visiting the Botanic Gardens. Take a walk down Hereford St to see the ‘Cardboard’ Cathedral and the earthquake memorial of 185 White Chairs. This evening you’ll have dinner at the hotel and meet your Guide and the group you’ll be travelling with.

Overnight: Rydges Latimer or similar
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 Christchurch to Dunedin

After breakfast this morning, we’ll journey south down the coast and across the Canterbury Plains. We’ll pass through the township of Oamaru, home to some of the best-preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand before heading onto the mystical Moeraki Boulders, geological marvels that began to form about 60 million years ago and were exposed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks over time. We’ll arrive in Dunedin with plenty of time to make the most of this Scottish City.

Overnight: Dunedin Leisure Lodge or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 Dunedin to Te Anau

We’ll visit the iconic Larnach Castle of Dunedin this morning for a stroll through the magnificent gardens before departing for Te Anau. First, we’ll make a stop in Gore for a trip to the Illicit Past... Gore’s colourful past as a centre for illicit whisky distilling and bootlegging is brought to life at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum. The adventures of the Scottish settlers and their exploits to avoid run-ins with the law are kept alive through dioramas, audio-visuals and artefacts. You can taste Old Hokonui made from the original recipe at the end of your visit, or even take a bottle home with you. Afterwards, we drive to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland, where we’ll spend the evening.

Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Te Anau or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner
Day 4 Te Anau via Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

Depart from Te Anau this morning to Manapouri, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise across the lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand's most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, board a modern catamaran and allow the majesty and vastness of the fiord to take your breath away. Enjoy the on-board commentary that provides insight into the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular towering mountains and wildlife. Later we’ll drive to Queenstown, skirting through lush farmland and around Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown.

Overnight: Heritage Queenstown or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5 Queenstown Free Day

Today is yours to experience New Zealand’s adventure capital for yourself. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of activities and your Coach Captain can assist with booking any optional extras you’d like to do. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, travel to the top of Bob’s Peak by gondola for spectacular views, take a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon, or for the adventurous, try white water rafting or bungee jumping. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries in town or relax at one of the many cafes or bars along the lakefront. 

Overnight: Heritage Queenstown or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 Queenstown to Haast 

View incredible scenery as you travel through Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. Next, we visit Wanaka, a popular township on the lake’s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Then we’ll enter Jackson Bay, a spectacular place and one not many people will be able to say they’ve done! Jackson Bay marks the farthest point of the West Coast's road network. We’ll have an amazing West Coast lunch at The Craypot - a quirky, little caravan style restaurant situated on the esplanade before heading towards Haast, our destination for the evening. Tonight we stay at the Heartland Hotel, a popular local establishment where the locals come to mix and mingle at the Frontier Bar.

Overnight: Heartland Haast or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch
Day 7 Haast via Jackson Bay to Franz Josef

Travel north along the coast of the Westland National Park, home of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. This remarkable part of the country was shaped by the dynamic glaciers and boasts lush temperate rainforest growing beneath towering mountains. We’ll stop in Fox Glacier with the option to walk the gentle 2.6km track around Lake Matheson. Nestled amongst ancient forest and famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, Lake Matheson is a serene and beautiful place to spend time. This evening we’re spending the night in the Franz Josef township, surrounded by lush rainforest and impressive mountains. We’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Canavans.

Overnight: Scenic Franz Josef or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner
Day 8 Franz Josef to Christchurch

Today you’ll travel to the vibrant, artistic town of Hokitika where we’ll visit the amazing Greenstone and Glass blowing factories and watch some talented artists at work before continuing on to Greymouth, a historic town known for jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. One there, you’ll make your way to the Greymouth Train Station, where you’ll board the Tranzalpine train. Considered to be one of the world’s greatest train journeys, prepare to be blown away by these epic vistas of forests, plains and mountains. Upon arrival in Christchurch, you’ll be collected by your Guide and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Rydges Latimer or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 9 Christchurch

Today is the final day of the tour, where we exchange photos and stories over breakfast before saying our goodbyes and parting ways.


Meals included: Breakfast

Important Info

Booking information


After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: This tour requires a minimum of 12 passengers to operate and departures are not guaranteed until this minimum number is met. Please refrain from booking travel arrangements such as flights prior to receiving a confirmation email that your departure date has hit minimum numbers and is now guaranteed. This confirmation email will be sent at least 60 days prior to the departure date, and if minimum numbers are not met a date change or refund will be offered.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).

Offer essentials


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until 6th May 2023
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1100 applies.
 
Departure Dates
2022
October: 8
November: 19
December: 10
 
2023
January: 14
February: 11
March: 25
May: 6
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.

Accommodation


Accommodation Used


4 - 4.5 Star (self-rated)

Christchurch: Rydges Latimer or similar

Hokitika: Beachfront Hotel or similar

Queenstown: Heritage Queenstown or similar

Te Anau: Distinction Luxmore or similar

Dunedin: Dunedin Leisure Lodge or similar

 

3 Star (self-rated)

Haast: Heartland Hotel or similar

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin/Double rooms (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotel's discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.

General tour information

Minimum group size 12 maximum group size 24 per vehicle.
Please note: This tour requires a minimum of 12 passengers to operate and departures are not guaranteed until this minimum number is met. Please refrain from booking travel arrangements such as flights prior to receiving a confirmation email that your departure date has hit minimum numbers and is now guaranteed. This confirmation email will be sent at least 60 days prior to the departure date, and if minimum numbers are not met a date change or refund will be offered.

Exclusions


- International/Domestic flights/transfers
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Gratuities/tipping 
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)

Other important information


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Average daytime temperatures during spring range between 19 degrees Celsius (°C) in the north to 16°C in the south. Expect a mixture of weather – crisp, sunny days can briskly change to cooler temperatures with spring showers. Spring in New Zealand spans September, October and November.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
13 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.  
Please note: an average level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
Tips are seen as a small bonus. In more touristy areas, waiters will receive more but there's no obligation to leave money on the table. Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).

Schedule of fees


Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

· Changes - $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

 Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $100 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.

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