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10 Day Southern Encounter

Coach Tour - New Zealand
Image: Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
ANZCRO / 10 Day Southern Encounter

10 Day Southern Encounter

$5,989

per person

Combining the overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound and the world-famous TranzAlpine train.

Travelling through the Southern Alps of New Zealand will surely be the highlight of this 10 Day Southern Encounter tour.

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Tour Inclusions

The following are included in your package tour:

8 nights luxury accommodation

Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound

All sightseeing, excursions, and entrance fees as shown

Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), and 6 dinners (D)

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure

Tour Highlights

Here are just a few highlights of this tour:

West Coast glaciers

Spectacular Southern Lakes district

Fiordland National Park

Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South

World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Featured Experiences

Some of the featured experiences on this tour:

Famous TranzAlpine train

Overnight Doubtful Sound wilderness cruise

High Tea at Larnach Castle

Stargazing tour, Aoraki Mount Cook

Conditions: Prices are per person, double-share and subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices were correct as at 26 Jun 18 but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel from 1 Oct 18 to 30 Apr 19. Please enquire for more details.

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Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (D)

‘Kia Ora’. Welcome to Christchurch. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your city hotel. The rest of today is at leisure to explore the ‘Garden City’ before meeting your fellow travellers this evening for a welcome dinner and drinks.
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Day 2: TranzAlpine, Franz Josef (B,D)

A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to the West Coast glacial village of Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.
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Day 3: Wanaka, Queenstown (B)

Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages.
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Day 4: At leisure in Queenstown (B)

Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous, try some white water rafting. Alternatively, relax and browse in the many shops and galleries.
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Day 5: Overnight Doubtful Sound wilderness cruise (B,L,D)

Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque 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, your crew and the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.
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Day 6: Manapouri, Dunedin (B,D)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.
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Day 7: Discover Otago Peninsula (B)

This morning enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Furseals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities.
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Day 8: Moeraki, Aoraki Mount Cook (B,D)

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.
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Day 9: Lake Tekapo, Christchurch (B, D)

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you bid farewell to your newfound friends.
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Day 10: Depart Christchurch (B)

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight. Here we say ‘Haere Ra’, and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

Tour Route

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