12 Day The Southern Drift

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Discover New Zealand on this Inspiring Journey through the natural treasures of the South Island. From the still waters of Milford Sound and snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills of Central Otago, delve into the beauty of landscapes that have remained unchanged for millennia.

Tour Highlights

  • Tranz Alpine Rail Journey
  • Haast River Jetboat Safari
  • Milford Sound Walk and Cruise (overnight for departures after April 2024)
  • Emerson’s Brewery Tour
  • Christchurch City Tour

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: NZSI

1
Welcome to Christchurch
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch
On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Christchurch Botanical Garden or take a ride on the Christchurch Tram. In the evening meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel Montreal Christchurch
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2
Christchurch – Franz Josef (B, D)
Day 2
Christchurch – Franz Josef (B, D)
It's all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through to the Southern Alps. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, to learn about the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. Later we continue to Franz Josef. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
A great example of sustainable accommodation in Franz Josef and near to the glacier and natural wonders of this region.
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Franz Josef (Relaxed Start) (B)
Day 3
Franz Josef (Relaxed Start) (B)
After a relaxed start we explore this area, where a local guide explains the history behind the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
A great example of sustainable accommodation in Franz Josef and near to the glacier and natural wonders of this region.
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4
Franz Josef – Arrowtown – Queenstown (B, D)
Day 4
Franz Josef – Arrowtown – Queenstown (B, D)
This morning it’s time for an adventure as we journey down the Haast River in a purpose built, fully enclosed river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora then travel on to Arrowtown where there is time to explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel.
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location.
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5
Queenstown at Leisure (B, D)
Day 5
Queenstown at Leisure (B, D)
Enjoy Queenstown your way! Perhaps join a wine tour and taste some of Central Otago’s world-renowned Pinot Noir or view The Lord of the Rings film locations on a scenic tour of Queenstown and Glenorchy. Tonight, you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location.
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6
Queenstown at Leisure (B, D)
Day 6
Queenstown at Leisure (B, D)
Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River. Or simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, enjoy a highlight dinner at one of Queenstown’s exclusive restaurants.
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location.
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7
Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound (B, D)
Day 7
Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound (B, D)
Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges onto the amazing Mirror Lake before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Tonight, stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley. For departures up to April 2024 accommodation is at Milford Sound Lodge, for departures after April 2024 accommodation is onboard the Milford Mariner boat.
Milford Sound Lodge
Slow down, breathe deep and stay the night on the doorstep of one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural landmarks, Milford Sound.
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Milford Mariner - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
A purpose-built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.
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8
Milford Track Walk & Milford Sound Cruise (B, D)
Day 8
Milford Track Walk & Milford Sound Cruise (B, D)
For departures up to April 2024-Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, explore a section of the famous Milford Track on an easy going half day guided walk. This place is steeped in rich history and stories, the flora and fauna are unique and special. This afternoon aboard the Southern Discoveries vessel sit back and relax as a specialist nature guide introduces you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world’. For departures after April 2024 wake up in Milford Sound and travel to Invercargill to visit the Transport Museum.
Milford Sound Lodge
Slow down, breathe deep and stay the night on the doorstep of one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural landmarks, Milford Sound.
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The Langlands Hotel
The Langlands Hotel is Invercargill’s newest accommodation experience. This seven-storey, 78-room, 4.5 star hotel brings contemporary style to the inner city.
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9
Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin ( B, D)
Day 9
Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin ( B, D)
For departures up to April 2024-We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau known for its beautiful lake and on to the country musical town of Gore for lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Enjoy dinner tonight at Parcels Restaurant at your hotel. For departures after April 2024-Wake up in Invercargill and experience a day trip to Stewart Island today.
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
In the centre of the city, a 1937 building transformed into an elegant hotel.
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The Langlands Hotel
The Langlands Hotel is Invercargill’s newest accommodation experience. This seven-storey, 78-room, 4.5 star hotel brings contemporary style to the inner city.
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10
Dunedin (Relaxed Start) (B, D-for departures after April 2024)
Day 10
Dunedin (Relaxed Start) (B, D-for departures after April 2024)
For departures up to April 2024-Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour oat Emerson’s Brewery, sample the tasty craft beer before an afternoon at leisure. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps ride the historic Tairei Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Pennisula. For departures after April 2024-travel from Invercargill to Dunedin where you will experience a craft brewery tour and chocolate tasting.
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
In the centre of the city, a 1937 building transformed into an elegant hotel.
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11
Dunedin – Christchurch (B, D)
Day 11
Dunedin – Christchurch (B, D)
Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake.
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12
Farewell from Christchurch (B)
Day 12
Farewell from Christchurch (B)
Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Tranz Alpine Rail Journey
  • Haast River Jetboat Safari
  • Milford Sound Walk and Cruise (overnight for departures after April 2024)
  • Emerson’s Brewery Tour
  • Christchurch City Tour

Coach Features

  • Luxury coach with a maximum of 22 people on tour
  • Restroom

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Journey Director and Driver Guide
  • Centrally located premium 4-5 star hotels

Meals Included

  • 11 Full Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners with wine

Visited Locations

  • Christchurch
    Christchurch is an fascinating city to explore. It was once a historic garden city. Since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes it has turned into a fascinating city of regeneration and growth.
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  • Franz Josef
    Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village. The small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps rising above it.
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  • Milford Sound
    Famously described by Rudyard Kipling as the "eighth wonder of the world", Milford Sound is a stunning fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island.
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  • Queenstown
    Queenstown is a stunning resort town, renowned for its beauty and wealth of adventure activities, it sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps mountains, Queenstown is also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.
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  • Dunedin
    Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South', Dunedin is a city that wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The small city boasts some eye-catching architecture and is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Attractions

  • Milford Sound Walk and Cruise
  • Emerson’s Brewery Tour
  • Christchurch City Tour
  • Tranzalpine Rail Journey
    Enjoy a very special view of the South Island’s striking natural landscape. Take the Tranz Alpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth. See epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
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  • Haast River Safari
    Haast River Safari operates river jet boat rides in the South Westland World Heritage area on NZ's West Coast. They offer jet boat tours in fully enclosed river boats. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable.
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Available Dates

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07 Oct 2024 - 18 Oct 2024
$ 10067.00 - $ 13343.00
$ 9362.00 - $ 12408.00
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03 Feb 2025 - 14 Feb 2025
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06 Oct 2025 - 17 Oct 2025
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$ 11443.00 - $ 15168.00
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03 Nov 2025 - 14 Nov 2025
$ 12305.00 - $ 16310.00
$ 11443.00 - $ 15168.00
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02 Feb 2026 - 13 Feb 2026
$ 12305.00 - $ 16310.00
$ 11443.00 - $ 15168.00
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02 Mar 2026 - 13 Mar 2026
$ 12305.00 - $ 16310.00
$ 11443.00 - $ 15168.00
12 Day The Southern Drift
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