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11 Day Southern Discovery

Coach Tour - New Zealand
Image: Golden Bay Abel Tasman
ANZCRO / 11 Day Southern Discovery

11 Day Southern Discovery

$4,465

per person

Experience the spectacular South Island national parks of Aoraki Mount Cook, Fiordland, Mount Aspiring, Westland Tai Poutini, Paparoa and Abel Tasman on this comprehensive 11 day tour of Te Waipounamu.

We have included a two-night stay in the popular alpine resort of Queenstown on this Southern Discovery tour, so you can experience the incredible array of adventure and leisure activities on offer.

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Tour Inclusions

The following are included in your package tour:

10 nights premium accommodation

Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), and 8 dinners (D)

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure

All sightseeing, excursions, and entrance fees as shown

Tour Highlights

Here are just a few highlights of this tour:

Wellington, the nation’s capital

World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole

Spectacular Southern Lakes region

Fiordland National Park

Featured Experiences

Some of the featured experiences on this tour:

Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park

Doubtful Sound wilderness cruise

Skyline Gondola and dinner, Queenstown

Conditions: Prices are per person, double-share and subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices were correct as at 26 Jul 18 but are subject to change without notice. Price is valid for travel in Sep 18. Surcharges will apply for travel 1 Oct 18 to 30 Apr 19. Please enquire for more details.

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Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you and transfer you to your downtown city hotel.
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Day 2: Aoraki Mount Cook, Omarama (B,D)

After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd before visiting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park with its 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.
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Day 3: Cromwell, Te Anau (B,D)

Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.
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Day 4: Spectacular Doubtful Sound wilderness experience (B,L,D)

After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. Travel over the Wilmot Pass and pause to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Board ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.
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Day 5: At leisure in Queenstown (B)

Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all its various forms and your Coach Captain will happily recommend and assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Alternatively, you may prefer to browse in the many shops and galleries. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.
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Day 6: Arrowtown, Franz Josef (B,D)

This morning, we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.
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Day 7: Hokitika, Punakaiki (B,D)

At Hokitika we stop to visit a pounamu (greenstone) factory. Marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks and Blowhole before checking into our eco resort, located in the Paparoa National Park only a stone’s throw from the beach.
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Day 8: Murchison, Nelson (B,D)

Skirt the western coastline before heading inland to Murchison then travel north to Nelson, a charming city that boasts the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. Visit the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum on your arrival.
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Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park (B,D)

Enjoy a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman Park, calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view Split Apple Rock and the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore; see your Coach Captain for details.
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Day 10: Picton, Wellington (B,D)

At the picturesque village of Picton, we board the Interislander and cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour.
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Day 11: Depart Wellington (B)

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington Airport to connect with your onward flight.

Tour Route

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