Day 1, Saturday 15th: Arrive Christchurch – the garden city. We all meet at accommodation venue at 3 pm. (accommodation venue to be advised)Introductions to fellow travelers and hosts. This evening is free. Accommodation and light refreshment supplied.
Day 2, Sunday 16th: Depart Christchurch, cross the Canterbury plains into the vast.
MacKenzie country via Burkes Pass. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd; hear the story of Mackenzie’s dog, enjoy Lake Tekapo, Mt John observatory then on to Mt Cook. Stand in awe of the grandeur of New Zealand’s highest mountain and surrounding park. Travel back around the shores of Lake Pukaki through to Twizel and on to Omarama. Breakfast and accommodation supplied.
Day 3, Monday 17th: Leaving Omarama.
We head east to the Pacific ocean, passing by the hydro lakes of Benmore, Avimore and Waitake through to Oamaru stopping at the famous Moeraki boulders before arriving at Dunedin (Edinburgh of the South)We drive out to Tairoa heads and visit the Albatross Colony.This evening you may wander about the inner city, taking in the sights. Breakfast and accommodation supplied.
Day 4, Tuesday 18th: Visit Larnach Castle – a magnificent structure, built in the late 1800 set in 35 acres of gardens and grounds. We then travel south en-route to Invercargill (New Zealand’s southernmost city). Weather permitting you will discover the hidden beauty of Queens gardens.No trip south is complete until you visit Bluff –Uttermost part of the earth. Breakfast, accommodation and entry to Lanarch's Castle supplied.
Day 5, Wednesday 19th: Leave Invercargill.
Travel via the fertile Central Otago passing through the town of Lumsden en-route to Queenstown - regarded by many as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the South Island. It does have much to offer. Picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu you have the choice of cafe’s restaurants, arts, crafts, souvenirs, shops plus many scenic and action packed attractions.
We take a short stop at Kingston to check out NZ's famous vintage steam train the Kingston flyer. Then we indulge you with a tour of Arrowtown. A thriving community in the Gold rush era, and today it is beautifully restored to that same ambiance. Breakfast and accommodation supplied.
Day 6, Thursday 20th: Options are now available to you.
Today is free to choose your activities:
- Ride the Gondola and enjoy the stunning views.
- Take a wine and or garden tour.
- Maybe a Lord of the Rings tour.
- Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw. Take a coffee cruise or a luncheon cruise or a dinner cruise to Walter Peak. This is a must while in Queenstown.
- Indulge with a beauty spa or if golf is your passion - try Millbrook. Owned by Michael Hill.
- Queenstown is the idyllic paradise. Indulge and enjoy.
Breakfast and accommodation supplied.
Day 6, Good Friday 21st: Today we travel North.
Passing over the crown range, through Wanaka, Haast Pass, skirting some of the beautiful Southern Lakes en-route to Fox and Franz Josef Glacier. You will now be experiencing West Coast community spirit and hospitality, combined with ancient glaciers, primeval rainforest, untamed and accessible wilderness.
You can view the glaciers from a distance, or walk for 4 hours on the glacier, or take a helicopter and land on the glacier. An experience you will never regret. We guarantee to immerse you in Glacier country, glacier beauty and glacier knowledge. Alternatively, if you are looking for peace and relaxation amongst our native bush, take a leisurely stroll around Lake Matheison. Breakfast and accommodation, entry to the Glacier centre supplied.
Day 7, Saturday 22nd: Travel North to Hokitika.
We visit the Jade factory. We leave our coach at the next point and board the Tranz-Alpine scenic train .This train journey winds its way through the awesome Southern Alps, from coast to coast through Aurthur's Pass back to Christchurch. This is rated as one of the world's greatest scenic railway journey's. Breakfast, accommodation and Tranz-Alpine fare supplied.
Day 8, Easter Sunday 23rd: This morning we attend Christchurch Cathedral for Easter Church Service (optional).
The Cathedral is one of the most magnificent churches in New Zealand. After church you can explore the inner city by riding on a restored tram and taking in all the wonderful sites Christchurch has to offer. Later in the day we will take a drive to Sumner beach and if time permits we will take in the Gethsemane Gardens and Lyttleton. Alternatively the Antarctic centre is an option. Breakfast, accommodation and entry to Gethsemane or Antarctic Centre supplied.
Day 9, Easter Monday 24th: Visit Akaroa, quaint, French settlement on Banks Peninsula.
One of the South Islands oldest towns. Today is at your leisure.
Enjoy a harbour cruise, or relax in this historical little village.
This evening we dine in style as we share a farewell dinner together. Breakfast, tour to Akaroa and farewell dinner and accommodation supplied.
Day 10, Tuesday 25th: This morning your tour ends, you will bid farewell to your new found friends and we will transfer you to the airport for your travel homewards.
Notes: All Tours are subject to change should the weather or unforeseen circumstances deem it necessary.
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