Southern Spotlight

Southern Spotlight
From AUD $2,575.00
  • Duration: 9 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Christchurch
  • Product code: LLCQR

Day1
Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director this evening for a welcome reception.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day2
Christchurch – Omarama

Travel over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, where the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner

Day3
Omarama – Dunedin

Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, where you’ll tour the historic city.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner

Day4
Dunedin – Te Anau

Head off across South Otago’s fertile, sheep-filled farming land en route to Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner

Day5-6
Te Anau – Queenstown
Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown

Today is a feast for the senses. You’ll be awestruck by great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. See rainforests, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Along the way you’ll see the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. A sightseeing tour on arrival in Queenstown will complete this highlight day.

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Explore Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the steamship, TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue ‘highlight dinner’ at the Colonel’s Homestead.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 5: Full buffet breakfast. Day 6: Full buffet breakfast and and highlight dinner

Day7
Queenstown – Franz Josef

First stop, Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop, Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, you view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner

Day8
Franz Josef – Christchurch

First up, you’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel through Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner

Day9
Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.
9 Day Guided Holiday

Tour departs from Christchurch and returns to Christchurch

Don't Miss

Look out for the lupins!

When you’re travelling in the Mt. Cook region on this holiday in spring/summer, you’ll be sure to spot rich carpets of wild flowers. They’re Russell lupins. They produce long, colourful flower heads. The flowers are pea-like and come in a variety of colours; blue, purple, orange, yellow, pink, white or a mixture of two colours. However, looks can be deceiving! Although Russell lupins are beautiful to look at, they can be an aggressive weed. Of particular concern is the invasion of Russell lupins into Canterbury's braided riverbeds, and the impacts they have on these ecosystems.

Highlights
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • View mighty Mt. Cook
  • Tour the sights of Dunedin
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls
  • Visit historic Arrowtown
  • Free day in Queenstown
  • Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Get up-close to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Journey across plains, through Alps and gorges on the TranzAlpine Train
Inclusions
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Dining
  • Full buffet breakfasts (8)
  • ‘Highlight dinner’ (1)
  • Dinners (5)
Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1 

into Christchurch Airport – 
flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm

Day 9 

from Christchurch Airport – 
flights anytime

What to bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months