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9 Day Southern Spotlight

9 Days (8 Nights) | $2650
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See the best of the South Island on a 9 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Start your tour with a Welcome Reception then see Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki before visiting the Church of the Good Shepherd. Soak up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park before travelling through Oamaru to Dunedin where you'll tour the city. Travel to Milford Sound for a breathtaking cruise on its pristine waters. Discover exciting Queenstown your way with some free time before going on to the rare and still advancing Franz Josef Glacier. Visit Hokitika, the home of native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and then board the TranzAlpine Train traversing through the Southern Alps to Christchurch where your holiday concludes.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

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

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama (B,D)

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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).

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin (B,D)

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.

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau (B,D)

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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.

Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown (B)

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’ (B,HD)

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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.

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef (B,D)

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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.

Day 8: Franz Josef – Christchurch (B,D)

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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.

Day 9: Farewell from Christchurch (B)

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

Tour Includes:

  • Experienced Tour Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 Full Buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Highlight dinners
  • 5 dinners
Departure Dates: Double Single
Aug 7, 21, 2016 $2,425 $3,210
Sep 4, 18, 25, 2016 $2,425 $3,210
Oct 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016 $2,695 $3,540
Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016 $2,695 $3,540
Dec 11, 18, 25, 2016 $2,695 $3,540
Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017 $2,695 $3,540
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 $2,695 $3,540
Mar 5, 12, 2017 $2,695 $3,540
Apr 2, 9, 30, 2017 $2,575 $3,400
May 7, 2017 $2,575 $3,400
Jun 11, 2017 $2,425 $3,215
Jul 9, 2017 $2,425 $3,215
Aug 6, 20, 2017 $2,425 $3,215
Sep 3, 17, 24, 2017 $2,425 $3,215
Oct 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017 $2,750 $3,600
Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 $2,750 $3,600
Dec 10, 17, 24, 31, 2017 $2,750 $3,600

Pricing is based on per person in Canadian Dollars

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