Journey Snapshot

Uncover unique locations, secret trails, striking landscapes, natural treasures and roads less travelled on this true exploration of New Zealand's South Island.

From the still waters of Milford Sound and snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills of Central Otago, delve into the beauty of landscapes that have remained unchanged for millennia.

 

  • The Southern Drift
  • New Zealand
  • 12 Days

Prices from:

Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $6,395

  • Single $8,585

Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing
CHRISTCHURCH FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER MILFORD SOUND ARTHUR’S PASS QUEENSTOWN WEDDERBURN HOKITIKA HAAST LINDIS PASS TE ANAU PUNAKAIKI MT. COOK

Your Journey Itinerary

Day Activity
1 Welcome to Christchurch

Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’. Spend the afternoon at leisure before joining your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
2 Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier

Traverse the verdant Canterbury Plains and snow-capped Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Witness more epic scenery as you board your coach at Arthur’s Pass. Later, admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika for demonstration by a local carver. Today’s final stop is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier, where you’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly retreat in the pristine wilderness.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
3 Franz Josef Glacier

Spend the morning relaxing and then explore the area with a local guide, who’ll explain the history behind Franz Josef Glacier. Later, why not take to the air on an optional experience scenic flight over this spectacular glacier?

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
4 Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown

It’s time for adventure as you board a purpose-built fully enclosed jet boat for an exclusive experience journeying down the Haast River. Stop in Makarora at lunchtime and later the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. The adventure-capital of Queenstown awaits and you’ll have the opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour when you arrive.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown
5 Queenstown Journey Select

Today, select your choice of sightseeing: consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages on a wine tour. View the Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour or spend time in the spa indulging in a relaxing massage

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown
6 Queenstown Free Time

Calling all thrill-seekers! Today’s the day to earn your stripes tackling some of Queenstown’s most adventurous activities. This evening, enjoy a memorable dinner at one of Queenstown’s fine restaurants.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown
7 Queenstown – Milford Sound

Skirting the shores of Lake Wakatipu southwards, venture to Te Anau and then deep into the Fiordland National Park Driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, you’ll emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected serenity of Mirror Lake. Stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Milford Sound Lodge
8 Milford Sound Cruise

Wake up to the startling beauty of your surrounds. Learn more about Fiordland National Park on an exclusive experience that includes an informative talk by a specialist nature guide and board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half-day exploration of magnificent Milford Sound. Cruise out to the Tasman Sea looking for wildlife along the way, and take the opportunity to go sea-kayaking in Harrison Cove.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Milford Sound Lodge
9 Milford Sound – Dunedin

Embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland to the rolling hills of Central Otago, travelling through Te Anau, known for its beautiful lake. Stop in the country musical town of Gore at lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Distinction Dunedin Hotel
10 Dunedin

This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps ride the historic Taireri Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Distinction Dunedin Hotel
11 Dunedin – Christchurch

Travel up the east coast and through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, before crossing the Canterbury Plains and arriving in Christchurch for an in-depth sightseeing tour on arrival. This evening, join your Journey Director for a memorable Celebration Dinner.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
12 Farewell from Christchurch

It’s time to say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers this morning as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end.

  • Full buffet breakfast

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experiences

  • Discover
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    Discover

    • The magnificent icy landscape of Franz Josef Glacier
    • Dunedin’s Scottish influence
  • Explore
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    Explore

    • Kayak across the waters of magical Milford Sound
    • Listen to the stories and explore the grounds of Larnach Castle
    • Vibrant Queenstown, nestled at the foot of the Remarkables
  • Immerse
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    Immerse

    • With an adventure on the Haast River
    • Uncover Arrowtown’s gold mining heritage
  • Relax
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    Relax

    • Stay in a luxury eco-lodge in Fiordland National Park
    • Indulge in a spa treatment in Queenstown
    • With view of mountains and rivers on the TranzAlpine Train

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Additional Information

What's Included
  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination
  • Most meals, including Local Dining Experiences. See Dining tab below
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Travel by bespoke vehicle with reclining seats, WiFi and air-conditioning
  • A maximum of 20 guests to share your journey
  • Expert Journey Director and Driver Guide escorts
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Sustainable Travel Kit, including refillable water bottle and backpack
  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)
What to Bring
  •  Comfortable walking shoes
  •  Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  •  Warm layers in cooler months, and a waterproof
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure
Fitness Requirements
  •  Low level of fitness required
Dining
  •  11 Full buffet breakfasts
  •  1 Lunch
  •  6 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Local Dining Experience
  •  1 Celebration Dinner
Flight Information
  •  Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  •  Day 12: Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

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