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Southern Spectacular

10 Days 2 Countries 8 Cities

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

"Trafalgar far exceeded our expectation"


About this trip

South Island shows you its dramatic best, with towering Mount Cook, the Franz Josef Glacier, the TranzAlpine train and a cruise on the Milford Sound all vying for top spot. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... tearing yourself away from the unique Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Punakaiki, then drifting off to Tasman Sea breezes at an exclusive waterfront resort, with equally stunning National Park views behind you.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ZCQR

9 Nights


17 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

  • 7 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You'll have free time to relax and unwind after your journey before you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception

2. Christchurch - Twizel

Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Hear their stories and sample delicious food prepared just for you. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park. There's time for an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Dinner with wine
MacKenzie Country Inn

3. Twizel - Dunedin

Start your day with a drive along the Waitaki River. View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city. You have free time this afternoon to explore at your own pace.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Scenic Southern Cross

4. Dunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau

Today 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; visit Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery. Later, travel across rich fertile sheep-filled farming land to Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

5. Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

You'll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see 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. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown. An orientation tour of New Zealand's adventure capital finishes this highlight day.

Buffet Breakfast

6. Queenstown Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat; join a wine tour; play a round of golf; ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner; take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon; relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort; go horse riding or explore Queenstown on your own. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

7. Queenstown - Franz Josef

Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world's richest rivers. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass, view amazing Thunder Creek Falls and take a small rainforest walk. Then it's on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world's most accessible glacier.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

8. Franz Josef - Punakaiki

There is time this morning to explore Franz Josef Glacier. You can see it from the air on a scenic flight (weather permitting) or take a glacier hike (both optional). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Spend the night at your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

9. Punakaiki - Christchurch

There's time to relax before travelling to Arthur's Pass where you'll board the TranzAlpine train, one of the top six train journeys in the world, to travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

10. Depart Christchurch

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 Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Punakaiki Resort – Punakaiki Situated on idyllic Punakaiki Beach, this environmentally friendly Authentic Accommodation offers views of the ocean and rainforest. Designed in harmony with the environment, your stay gives you a unique insight into local ecology and nature.

  • Be My Guest
    at a barbecue lunch with your hosts Angie and Stan, on their 600 acre farm on the Canterbury Plains.

  • Local Specialists
    with a jade (greenstone) carver at a jewellery demonstration in Hokitika.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dunedin.

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

    • Cruise on Milford Sound.

    • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

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

What's Included


    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

    • 7 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 3 Reviews

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    Service rating : Our tour guide, Kevin, was fantastic, and our driver, Monica, was out of this world... They both made sure that my first trip to New Zealand is one that I will cherish & remember for the rest of my life. The overall service on this trip was superb.Product : The only issue I had

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    Service rating : Once again, the tour guide, Kevin, and driver, Trent, were fabulous. Really knew their information, and herded us cats brilliantly. The hotels were a nice surprise, and all the people we encountered, from the maids to the museum guides to the hosts, were so helpful, and just

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    The tour director and the driver were cordial, friendly and very well informed.

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    Departures between 1 Oct 2016-31 Mar 2017 are subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.*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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