Southern Highlights (PP10)

Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights

Cities: Queenstown > Franz Josef > Greymouth > Christchurch

Day 1 Arrive Queenstown

On arrival at Queenstown Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Self-drive passengers collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of the tour package).

Day 2 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

An early start following the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through Te Anau where you will be enthralled by the immense landscape. Travel through beech forest, passing majestic mountains, on through the Homer Tunnel in time to board your catamaran for the Milford Sound cruise. Cruise past Mitre Peak, the highest mountain in the world to rise vertically from the sea, and admire the Stirling and Bowen Waterfalls as you cruise out to sea. Return to the pier for the coach back to Queenstown.

Day 3 Queenstown

This is a free day for you to pursue your own activities.

Day 4 Queenstown - Franz Josef

Travel through the Kawarau Gorge past Lake Dunstan on towards Wanaka. A stop is made in Makarora before crossing the Southern Alps as you enter the Haast Pass. At Knights Point you can view magnificent seascapes. From here pass Lakes Moeraki and Paringa then past Bruce Bay to arrive at the Glaciers.

Day 5 Franz Josef - Greymouth - Christchurch

After breakfast, we will continue our journey up the West Coast via Hokitika to Greymouth. Join the TranzAlpine train at Greymouth for a spectacular journey through gorges, river valleys and farmland plains before reaching Christchurch (coach passengers only). (Self-drivers travel via Arthurís Pass road en route to Christchurch).

Day 6 Christchurch

Included today is a Christchurch sightseeing tour including the International Antarctic Centre. The tour takes you around the cityís highlights and historic sites such as the Botanic Gardens, the Avon River and Canterbury Museum. When leaving the inner city, the tour takes in several parks and gardens including Mona Vale Gardens and Hagley Park before heading to the Port Hills for spectacular views over the city and Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

Day 7 Depart Christchurch

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight (Self-drive passengers return your car directly at the airport).

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