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Southern Spectacular

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Discover New Zealand's South Islands on this trip, taking in Mt. Cook, Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier and more.

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Southern Spectacular

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    • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
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      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Journey from the Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki to picture-perfect Lake Te Anau. Tuck into a taste of country life with the Taylors, board the TranzAlpine train and cruise the Milford Sound.


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      Trip code: ZCQR

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      17 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals)

      • 7 dinners.

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dunedin and Christchurch.

        • Cruise on Milford Sound and Lake Wakatipu

        • See spectacular sights in Fiordland National Park en route to Milford Sound

        • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train

        • Visit Franz Josef Glacier, historic Arrowtown, and the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals)

        • 7 dinners.


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Christchurch

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      Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing

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      Dunedin - Te Anau

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      Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

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      Queenstown - Franz Josef

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      Franz Josef - Punakaiki

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      Punakaiki - Christchurch

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      Day 1

      Arrive Christchurch Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch

      Discover the delightful fusion of modern design and the elegance of yesteryear in Christchurch, your gateway to South Island. Transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm), then spend time at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an evening Welcome Reception.

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      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Day 2

      Christchurch - Twizel Day 2 - Christchurch - Twizel

      'Connect with Locals' and immerse yourself in New Zealand country life at Morelea, joining Angie and Stan Taylor in their home for a Be My Guest barbecue lunch, complete with Angie's famous pavlova. Leave their home-grown Kiwi hospitality behind bound for Lake Pukaki and the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Continue your journey to Mount Cook National Park and soak up the alpine scenery. There's even time for an Optional Experience scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

      Hotel

      MacKenzie Country

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      MacKenzie Country

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing Day 3 - Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing

      Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, and on to the soaring spires and Victorian façades of Dunedin. This afternoon your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle; ride the Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross or experience an interactive tour of Speight's Brewery.

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      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Dunedin - Te Anau Day 4 - Dunedin - Te Anau

      Spend the morning connecting with the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, departing this southern city in the afternoon bound for Te Anau, the gateway to Milford Sound. Journey through lush pastoral lands dotted with sheep farms, arriving on the shores of Lake Te Anau for an evening at leisure. Consider a Trafalgar Highlight this evening, joining an Optional Experience to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Grand Traverse Scenic Flight

      Explore the alpine wonderland of the Southern Alps’ highest peaks and glacial lakes on this 45-minute scenic flight, including Murchison Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Main Divide, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, westland coastal rainforests and Mount Cook.

      Adult Price: $395.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights) Day 5 - Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

      Savour a day filled with pinch-me moments as you explore the extraordinary natural splendour of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Keep your camera close at hand as you journey through rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Take to the still waters of Milford Sound, cruising past such highlights as Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Later, journey over the Devil's Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu bound for Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. Enjoy an evening at leisure after an orientation tour.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Monarch Wildlife Cruise

      Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Then continue your tour out to the tip of the Otago Peninsula, enjoying unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land – Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment.

      Adult Price: $150.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Taieri Gorge Railway

      Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world’s great train trips, taking passengers from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin’s city centre to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago, and back. Travel in comfort, cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts, travel through a series of tunnels with rock walls only inches from the side of the train.

      Adult Price: $105.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Larnarch Castle Tour

      Let your local driver take you on an exciting Otago Peninsula drive to New Zealand’s only castle. Your guided tour of the Larnach family home will give you insight into not only the architecture and style of the stately building, but also into William Larnach’s family life and the restoration done by the current owners during the past three decades. Enjoy views from the tower and marvel at the immaculate gardens before your return to Dunedin.

      Adult Price: $76.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Queenstown Sightseeing Day 6 - Queenstown Sightseeing

      Expect a thrill a minute on your choice of sightseeing today. Ride the Shotover Jet boat; take a gondola to Bob's Peak for thrilling luge rides; embark on a minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon or visit Kiwi Birdlife Park. This evening, you'll board the TSS Earnslaw, New Zeakand's oldest steamship, cruising across Lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. Gain a deeper understanding of high-country farm live during an entertaining farm show, then return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

      2.5 hour tour incorporating a cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House. Enjoy a guided tour (in small groups) through the limestone caverns, waterfalls and the glow worm grotto. Complimentary tea & coffee is available at Cavern House

      Adult Price: $98.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Queenstown - Franz Josef Day 7 - Queenstown - Franz Josef

      A morning visit to Arrowtown reveals its rich gold mining heritage, before your journey continues to Cromwell, where you'll have an opportunity to savour the juicy flavours of local stone fruit. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka, then cross Haast Pass to Thunder Creek Falls in Mt Aspiring National Park. Here you'll stretch your legs and embark on a short rainforest walk before continuing to the luminescence of the Franz Josef Glacier, the world's most accessible glacier.

      Hotel

      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 8

      Franz Josef - Punakaiki Day 8 - Franz Josef - Punakaiki

      Take some time this morning to explore the icy depths of this white wilderness that has retreated from the sea over millennia. Later, journey to Hokitika. Here, you will delve into the delicate craft of greenstone carvery during a visit to a factory and jewellery demonstration by a 'Local Specialist' master carver. Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are your destination today. Spend the night at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' - the eco-friendly Punakaiki Resort located right on the waterfront. Dinner is served against the backdrop of the thundering Tasman surf.

      Hotel

      Punakaiki Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Punakaiki Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Kiwi Birdlife Park

      The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. They hold and display over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in our 5 acre Park, all of which are part of nationally managed programmes. Your entry fee supports their conservation work. They offer guaranteed kiwi viewing in our specially constructed nocturnal houses, audio tours (available in English and Japanese; allow 45min), Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; allow 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm; allow 15min). They offer an all-day pass and the park can be enjoyed in all weather. Experience conservation in action!

      Adult Price: $48.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Shotover Jet

      Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

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      Boutique Wine Tour

      An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over two contrasting wine regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history and visit the Historic Precinct of Old Cromwell. Includes a delightful platter lunch and a glass of wine with lunch.

      Adult Price: $199.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour and Jet Boat Ride

      Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.

      Adult Price: $195.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Punakaiki - Christchurch Day 9 - Punakaiki - Christchurch

      A leisurely start to your day will see you journey across Arthur's Pass where you'll board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world's most scenic rail journeys across the snow-capped Southern Alps and and Canterbury Plains. Arrive in Christchurch and admire the city's efforts to rebuild itself after a devastating earthquake. Later this evening, you'll join newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner to toast to your trip.

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Haast River Safari

      Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.

      Adult Price: $109.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight

      Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook.

      Adult Price: $460.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Twin Glacier Flight

      From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

      Adult Price: $320.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Christchurch Day 10 - Depart Christchurch

      Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Join your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor in their home for a barbecue lunch and hear about a lifetime spent farming in New Zealand. (Day 2)

      • Stays with Stories
        Stay on the South Island's wild west coast at eco-friendly Punakaiki Resort. Designed in harmony with the environment, your stay gives you a unique insight into local ecology and nature. (Day 8)

      • Local Specialist
        with a jade (greenstone) master carver at a jewellery demonstration in Hokitika (Day 8).

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        • City tour in Dunedin and Christchurch.

        • Cruise on Milford Sound and Lake Wakatipu

        • See spectacular sights in Fiordland National Park en route to Milford Sound

        • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train

        • Visit Franz Josef Glacier, historic Arrowtown, and the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki


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      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals)

        • 7 dinners.


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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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