The Southern Drift (Summer 2019)

Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type: Luxury Gold Southpac 2019/20

No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of the South Island less travelled. From the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island, to the spectacular vistas of Mt. Cook, through to Milford Sound, where you will fall asleep under a blanket of mist and shadows on the still waters of the fiord. Enjoy travelling with no more than 20 like-minded guests.

Exceptional Dining
  • Queenstown: Experience a first-class dining experience in one of Queenstown's most popular and exclusive restaurants.
  • Dunedin: Set in an old post office this dinner is in a private room at Parcels Restaurant.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW).
Journey Highlights
  • Christchurch: Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train.
  • Christchurch: Visit the coastal town of Hokitika and find out about its local history.
  • Franz Josef Glacier: Experience the impressiveness of this mighty natural wonder and meet a local jade carver.
  • Haast River: Enjoy a fully enclosed jet boat ride down the Haast River.
  • Makarora: Take part in an orientation in Makarora and hear about the beauty of this town.
  • Queenstown: Experience Queenstown Your Way with a choice of joining a wine tour, viewing The Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour, or a relaxing massage in the spa.
  • Queenstown: Take a walk in the Fiordland National Park to view the Chasm.
  • Milford Sound: Sea-kayaking is by far the best way to truly discover Milford Sound. Look out for the New Zealand fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins, famous blue penguins and even bottlenose dolphins.
  • Tasman Sea: Board a cruise vessel and set sail out to the Tasman Sea.
  • Dunedin: Take part in an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle.
  • Christchurch: Stare in awe as you see Lake Pukaki and Tekapo, two of New Zealand's most beautiful lakes.
  • Christchurch: Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the vibrant city of Christchurch.
  • Wellington: Take a cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound to cross Cook Strait.
  • Napier: Take part in a guided tour of the city of Napier.
  • Hawke's Bay: Take your morning of leisure to explore the beautiful area of Hawke's Bay.
  • Huka Falls: Take a visit to the beautiful Huka Falls that drains from Lake Taupo.
  • Rotorua: Learn about the city of Rotorua when you embark on a sightseeing tour.
  • Auckland: Enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city of Auckland.
  • Waipoua Forest: Visit the Waipoua Forest which is home to the largest Kauri tree in existence.
  • Waipoua Forest: Walk with a Maori guide and learn about the history and legend behind the Kauri tree.
Luxury Hotels
  • Franz Josef: Surrounded by natural rainforest on New Zealand's West Coast, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a short drive from Franz Josef Glacier. This five star retreat offers luxuriously appointed rooms which include organic cotton bed sheets, pillow menu and large private bathrooms.
  • Queenstown: Hotel St Moritz is in the perfect central location with lake view rooms and a sophisticated setting.

Call (614) 766-5625 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14486108

Tour Operator
Luxury Gold by Insight
Offer valid through 9/30/2019
12 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1ChristchurchWelcome to Christchurch.: On arrival at Christchurch International Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand's only open range zoo? In the evening meet your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 2Franz JosefChristchurch to Franz Josef.: It's all aboard the TranzAlpine train as you travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. Visit Hokitika and then continue to Franz Josef where your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 3Franz JosefThe Mighty Franz Josef Glacier.: During a Glacier Valley Walk, explore the area with a local guide who will explain the history behind the surrounding fascinating landscape and the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. (Breakfast)
Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 4QueenstownRomantic Arrowtown and on to Queenstown: This morning it's time for an adventure as you journey down the Haast River in a purpose-built, fully enclosed, river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora travel to Arrowtown where there is time to stop an explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown.
Day 5QueenstownQueenstown Your Way.: Experience Queenstown Your Way with an included choice of sightseeing. You could join a wine tour, view The Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour, or spend time having a relaxing massage in the spa. Tonight you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel. (Breakfast)
Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown.
Day 6QueenstownQueenstown at leisure.: Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take an optional jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River or get wet white-water rafting down the Kawarau River? In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at one of Queenstown's exclusive restaurants. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown.
Day 7Milford SoundQueenstown to Milford Sound.: Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the South Island's largest lake, to reach Te Anau. Continue through the rainforest of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sit of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to reach the amazing Mirror Lake. Walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Enjoy a two-night stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine / Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Milford Sound Lodge.
Day 8Milford SoundMilford Sound Cruise and Kayaking.: Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. Board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day cruise of Milford Sound. Sail out to the Tasman Sea looking for wildlife, and return to go sea-kayaking in Harrison Cove. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Milford Sound Lodge.
Day 9DunedinMilford Sound to Dunedin.: (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine / Breakfast)
Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 10DunedinLarnach Castle and Dunedin at Leisure.: You are treated to an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle before an afternoon at your leisure relax or continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps take a train ride or wildlife cruise? (Breakfast)
Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 11ChristchurchDunedin to Christchurch.: See Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how Christchurch is being rebuilt after the earthquake of 2011. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 12ChristchurchFarewell from Christchurch.: Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast, as your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Christchurch International Airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast)

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10/14/2019$6,395.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
11/11/2019$6,395.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
11/25/2019$6,395.00* (USD) / Land Price - FullQuote
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Notes: Twin prices are per person. This trip is operated by our sister company, Inspiring Journeys by AAT Kings. This itinerary offers Bespoke Experiences available on trip in local currency. Special Small Groups: All departures are limited to just 20 guests. Alternate Itinerary: Departures until 25 Mar 2019 operate as per our 2018/2019 itinerary and overnight differ.

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  • The Southern Drift (Summer 2019)

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    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: Luxury Gold Southpac 2019/20No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of the South Island less travelled. From the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island, to the spectacular vistas of Mt.

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