Southern Icons - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

9 days

from R30750 pp

Trip available from Oct 2015 to Mar 2016.
"Saw everything we wanted and more!"
Joseph , Jul 2014

The glaciers, fiords and mountains of New Zealand are right up there when it comes to the world's greatest scenery – this relaxed trip takes it in by coach, train, boat, and foot.

It's Insider moments like… exploring the Glacier Valley with our geologist, and the spectacular views of the rapidly changing glacier face; jet-boating through this wilderness, you learn how nature shaped the land. It's discovering the epic sights of Fiordland National Park on our Milford Sound Cruise, and experiencing the fearsome haka war challenge and mesmerising poi ‘ball' dance over dinner at a Maori cultural concert. And getting up close to traditional arts as craftsmen turn New Zealand jade into intricate ‘pounamu' carvings.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You'll have free time to relax before a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director this evening.


    Welcome Reception,Dinner


    Heartland Cotswold

  • 2.


    Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch through the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. You'll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), a Local Speciality, for a factory visit and demonstration before continuing south along the rugged coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

  • 3.


    Today you'll explore Franz Josef Glacier with a Local Expert on an interpretive tour. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers and Mt. Cook (weather permitting). This evening, why not dine at one of the local cafés.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.


    Travel along the coastal road with the towering mountains on your left and the Tasman Sea on your right. Climb over the Haast Pass to view Thunder Creek Falls and travel through dramatic mountain and forest scenery. You'll stop for a ride on the Haast River Safari, a unique covered jet boat experience, with a Local Expert. Later you'll arrive at Lake Wanaka.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Edgewater Resort

  • 5.


    This morning pass Lakes Hawea and Dunstan. Journey through the Kawarau Gorge. Stop at Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit, a Local Speciality. Enjoy a visit to Arrowtown, a colourful old gold-mining township steeped in local history, before continuing to Queenstown for your three night stay.


    Buffet Breakfast



  • 6.


    Today is a feast for the senses. Travel along the Devil's Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake. You'll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's largest, to Milford Sound, one of the world's most amazing places, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you'll drive through the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. In the late afternoon return to Queenstown. This evening share stories of today's highlights over dinner with your Travel Director.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 7.


    Free time today gives you the opportunity to sample the many scenic delights of Queenstown. Perhaps take a jet boat ride or try white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are garden and wine tours. This evening ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob's Peak for a delicious buffet Regional Meal while taking in stunning views of Queenstown. Experience a Kiwi Haka Maori Show as well, a Local Speciality!


    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 8.


    Travel past Mt. Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). This afternoon stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd and then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner together with your travelling companions and Travel Director.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner


    Heartland Cotswold

  • 9.


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


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert

    Explore Franz Josef Glacier.
    Ride the Hasst River Jet Boat Safari.
  • Local Speciality

    Watch skilled artisans carving greenstone (jade) in Hokitika.
    Taste the sumptuous stone fruit at Mrs. Jones' Orchard in Cromwell.
    Experience a Kiwi Haka Maori Show in Queenstown.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Cruise on the Haast River and Milford Sound.
  • Scenic drive through the Kawarau Gorge, and the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train.
  • See Lakes Matheson and Wanaka and Mt. Cook.
  • View Thunder Creek and Bowen Falls, and Queenstown from Bob's Peak.
  • Visit a jade factory in Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier and the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo.


  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 6 dinners

    (including Welcome Reception, 3 three course dinners, Regional Meal and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day.

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optionals for this trip. Where available, these Optional Experiences will be added to our website shortly.

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