The Southern Splendour tour includes the spectacular scenery of Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin, the majestic Milford Sound, Dunedin – the Edinburgh of the south, the Mackenzie Country, including Mount Cook – The tallest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere and finishing in Christchurch – the Garden City.
Monday 02 November – Sunday 09 November 2020 (8 Days)
Day 1 Monday 02 November 2020 HOME CITES TO QUEENSTOWN (D)
Today you make your way to Queenstown. Upon arrival, we enjoy a brief orientation tour of Queenstown, before being transferred to our accommodation for the evening. Tonight we will enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown
Day 2 Tuesday 03 November 2020 CHRISTCHURCH TO WESTPORT (BLD)
Leaving Queenstown you skirt the shore of Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s third largest lake. Travelling via Te Anau to reach the beautiful Eglinton Valley climbing to Homer Tunnel before descending through the spectacular Cleddau Canyon to reach Milford Sound and enjoy a cruise on the Sound. The Sound is dominated by the grandeur of Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. From Milford Sound, you return to Te Anau reaching out overnight accommodation.
Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau
Day 3 Wednesday 04 November 2020 TE ANAU TO DUNEDIN (BD)
Departing Te Anau travel through some of New Zeland’s most populated sheep country through to Lumsden and onto Gore before arriving in in Dunedin – “the Edinburgh of the South”. Upon our arrival into Dunedin, enjoy the views of the harbour from the hill suburbs. See the University of Otago with its historic blue stone building on the banks of the Leith River. Travel through the CBD along George and Princess Streets and through the Octagon which features the historic Town Hall and St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and a statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns. See the stunning white sandy beaches of St Clair and St Kilda before returning to the city. This afternoon, visit Olveston House – an impressive turn-of-the-century house that is still home to all the lavish furnishings and art collections that have been collected from all corners of the world.
Distinction Hotel, Dunedin – 2 nights
Day 4 Thursday 05 November 2020 DUNEDIN SIGHTSEEING (B)
Today is at leisure. Ask your tour manager for sightseeing suggestions. As an option this evening enjoy a tour around a historic working Brewery where you will discover how Speight’s became a legend in the south. After the tour pop down to the Ale House, situated within the Brewery and enjoy good Southern fare and all of the Speight’s range fresh from the tap.
Day 5 Friday 06 November 2020 DUNEDIN – TWIZEL (BD)
Today is a day for spectacular sights as we travel north. Stop at Moeraki and see the unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach then continue on to the coastal town of Oamaru, where you will have time to look at the ‘White Stone City’ where the old buildings have been constructed with local limestone. It was from Oamaru that New Zealand’s first frozen meat was shipped in 1882 taking over three months to reach England, and thus began New Zealand’s most important export industry. Travelling inland through Benmore and Otematata, through Sailors Cutting before arriving at Twizel. You head north to skirt the shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Time is available to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the ancient rivers of ice and the West Coast Glaciers (weather permitting – a highly recommended option). You then retrace your steps back to the overnight accommodation in Twizel.
Mackenzie Country Inn, Twizel
Day 6 Saturday 07 November 2020 TWIZEL – CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Travelling to Tekapo, you’ll witness the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie dog, before travelling the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke’s Pass through Fairlie, Geraldine, Ashburton and across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch.
Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch
Day 7 Sunday 08 November 2020 CHRISTCHURCH SIGHTSEEING (BD)
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Garden City’. Highlights include the River Avon, the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery; Bridge of Remembrance; the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial and the Art Deco New Regent Street. Learn about the effects of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes and how the city is rebuilding. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Day 8 Monday 09 November 2020 CHRISTCHURCH – HOMEPORT (B)
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred from the hotel to Christchurch Domestic Airport for your flight back home (own arrangements for flights.