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10 Day Southern Circle

10 Days (9 Nights) | $1,609
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The lower half of the South Island is breathtakingly beautiful. With towering peaks, vast open valleys, lofty waterfalls from steep green cliffs, glaciers and rugged coastlines you will weave through stunning scenery and explore one of the most pristine natural destinations on earth. Combine this with cosy villages, four season resorts, gourmet food, wineries and warm hospitality.

The below itinerary is an independent package, it can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget. Please do not hesitate to call one of our travel specialists for a customized package.

Day 1: Christchurch - Hokitika (3 hours)

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Rural serenity and friendly towns lead you across the Canterbury Plains. The road then winds up into the skiing areas of Porter Heights and Craigieburn before following the Waimakariri and Bealey Rivers to Arthur's Pass.

The route known as Arthur's Pass was first used by Maori tribes crossing to the west coast to find pounamu (jade). Today it's a sophisticated mountain pass, memorable for its scenery as well as its breathtaking civil engineering. The settlement of Arthur's Pass is a base for climbing, hiking, hunting and skiing adventures in the adjacent national park. There's a good choice of short walks.

Once you're through the pass, the misty mountains gradually give way to classic west coast river and forest scenery.

Day 2: Hokitika - Franz Josef (2 hours)

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Visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Then visit the West Coast's newest attraction, the Treetop Walkway through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Now you're off to the gold-mining town of Ross before arriving at Franz Josef, where you'll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide.

Day 3: Franz Josef - Wanaka (3.5 hours)

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Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you leave the coast and climb up the Haast river valley to Haast Pass. The road snakes through the Aspiring National Park, and the vegetation becomes more sparse as you travel inland. The wilderness town of Makarora is a chance to refuel and refresh. Watch for the famous -bra fence' - it's become a local legend. Lakes Wanaka and Hawea make the last part of your trip beautifully scenic.

Day 4: Wanaka - Queenstown (1 hour)

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Stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River before arriving in the Adventure Capital of New Zealand - Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown at leisure

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Enjoy a half day tour of the area and get a bird's eye view of Queenstown, Arrowtown and the spectacular Wakatipu Basin, along with some of the areas key attractions.

Day 6: Queenstown - Te Anau (2 hours)

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Drive to the Town of Te Anau.

Day 7: Milford Sound Cruise

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Located in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Your full day tour into this area today includes a spectacular cruise on New Zealand's most famous waterway.

Day 8: Te Anau - Dunedin (3.5 hours)

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Drive to the city of Dunedin, Cross rich fertile farming land of South Otago and on through Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. Some Touring Choice sightseeing experiences include Larnach Castle, perhaps take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross, visit Cadbury World, Speight's Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Day 9: Dunedin - Mt Cook (4 hours)

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Drive to New Zealand's Tallest Mountain Mount Cook.

Day 10: Mt Cook - Christchurch (4 hours)

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Drive to Christchurch where your trip will end.

Package Includes:

  • 9 Days of Accommodation
  • 10 Days Car Rental
  • Kruse GPS system incl. Commentary
  • Franz Josef Glacier experience
  • Walter Peak cruise & dinner
  • Milford Sound scenic day tour & cruise
  • Dunedin 1 hour guided city tour.

Travel dates: 01 May - 30 April


Moderate pricing from $1649
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Pricing is based on per person, share twin in Canadian DollarsSingle, triple and family pricing is available on request.

The above pricing and itinerary is subject to seasonal surcharges and operational dates for the suppliers.

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