The South Island of New Zealand hosts an intense, rugged beauty that is hard to match. With dominating peaks in the Southern Alps, a dramatic coastline indented with intensely beautiful fjords and a rich, varied culture, there is so much to explore and you will get to see it all.
You will set out on two cruises and one incredible rail journey to explore very different aspects of the South Island. Firstly, you will set out to drink in the majesty of the spectacular Milford Sound. This fjord with its steep, jungle laden cliffs, is dotted with waterfalls, dramatic peaks and its waters bursting with wildlife, deserves all the international acclaim it gets.
Your second cruise is on the glacial Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by jagged mountain peaks on all sides, you will enjoy a delicious gourmet bbq as you start to wonder at the heavenly scenery. To top it all off, you finish your trip on one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, the TranzAlpine express.
You will spend time in the glorious city of Christchurch and adventure-filled Queenstown. You will discover the rich Scottish heritage of Dunedin and immerse yourself in the scandalous history of the beautiful Larnach Castle. This trip explores the South Island like no other, so jump on board and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
We choose from a selection of the country’s finest 3.5 star branded hotels to ensure that you have ultimate comfort at the end of every day on your tour. The listed hotels below are what we book on this trip, however, should any be unavailable at the time of booking, we will replace them with hotels of an equal or superior level.
Quality Hotel Elms
Heritage Gateway Hotel
Dunedin Leisure Lodge
Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier