New here?

  • Home
  • 12 Days NZ South Island Highlights
  • 12 Days NZ South Island Highlights

    Visit the glaciers, beautiful Wanaka and Dunedin plus a whole lot more.

    The South Island of New Zealand is picturesque to say the least. It’s about the many contrasts between oceans, rivers, gorges, mountains, glaciers, towns and lakes. As you drive this trip you’ll be able to indulge just about any area of interest from wineries to fly fishing, hiking to relaxing. You can do as much or as little as you want on this flexible trip that takes in many of the South Island’s favourite places.

    Milford Sound
    Milford Sound
    -

    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    HIGHLIGHTS
    PRICE FROM
    AUD $3,409
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    3/10
    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many amazing experiences to enjoy on this getaway. Get back to nature with a cruise and nature walk on Mou Waho Island, cruise the idellic Milford Sound, explore the historic Olveston Home, dine 450m above the ground at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, and much more.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $3,409pp twin-share [Save $1,836]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    • Nature
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Special interest
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Mou Waho Island cruise and nature walk

    After a catamaran cruise across Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island - which sits in the middle of the lake - spot rare native birds that are extinct on mainland New Zealand. Enjoy a guided hike with an expert guide to a lake at the top of the island, an experience that’s rated one of the best must-do activities in Wanaka.

    Milford Sound cruise and Fjordland National Park tour

    Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu - New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau - the South Island’s the largest lake.

    Akaroa Harbour nature cruise

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector's dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous 'Elephant Head' and Cathedral Cave.

    More trip highlights:

    local_activity
    Franz Josef wildlife centre entry

    Tour the largest kiwi hatching facility on the South Island, and learn about the New Zealand native bird, the kiwi, with admission to the Franz Josef Wildlife Center.

    local_activity
    Olveston Historic Home guided tour

    Glimpse early 20th-century life in New Zealand during a 1-hour guided tour of the Olveston Historic Home in Dunedin. Follow a knowledgeable docent through the 35-room mansion as you learn about its Jacobean-style architectural design, fine art and furnishings. Discover the history of one of Dunedin’s most prominent families, and stroll through the elegant gardens with views of Otago Harbour.

    local_activity
    Ortago Peninsula wildlife tour

    Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin.

    local_activity
    Queenstown Skyline gondola and dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

    local_activity
    Twin glaciers scenic flight with snow landing

    The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are New Zealand’s largest and most magnificent glaciers, and many visitors find it hard to choose between them. This helicopter tour takes in both with a thrilling flight over snowy peaks and frozen waterfalls, and an unforgettable snow landing overlooking the glacier.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From AUD $3,409pp twin-share [Save $1,836]
    • Return flights to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
    • 12 days car hire included
    • 12 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 18 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 10 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 8 excellent excursions and activities

    See full inclusions

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

    More Details | Travel Club Free Trial

    Not yet a member? Submit a booking enquiry for any package and we'll automatically register you to receive $3,000 in GCash travel credits and 90 days to book a trip. There's no obligation to book and you can cancel any time.

    RETAIL VALUE

    GETAWAY CASH CREDITS APPLIED

    -

    YOU PAY*

    DISCOUNT OFF RETAIL VALUE:
    FFV Valid AUSTRALIAN ESCAPES FREE FLIGHTS VOUCHER (FFV) PACKAGES
    USE FREE FLIGHTS VOUCHERS TO SAVE AN EXTRA PER PERSON* (YOU PAY )

    * Limits may apply to group bookings. Details will be provided at the time of final pricing.

    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Not yet a member?

    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of New Zealand's most serene delights and enjoy its abundance of exhilarating activities.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $3,409pp twin-share [Save $1,836]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    "Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Maori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

    flight
    Return flights to Christchurch

    Enjoy return flight into gorgeous Christchurch for your NZ trip.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
    description
    Flight provision

    FFV provision.

    drive_eta
    12 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    Hyundai i30 or similar; Suits max. 3 psns w/luggage; 4-door, Auto, Air con. Zero excess or excess cover optional.
    hotel
    1 nights accommodation in Awatuna

    Quaint rooms to relax in

    Awatuna is a beautiful, tranquil town near Hokitika, New Zealand. It is home to the gorgeous Awatune Homestead, which features colonial-styled rooms.

    Suite rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.8+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    Comfortable rooms with everything you need

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    Studio rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Wanaka

    Comfortable rooms

    A lively town buzzing with a carefree spirit, Wanaka’s picture-perfect location and easy access to the outdoors makes it the ultimate base for your holiday.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.4+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
    hotel
    3 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    Beautifully-styled rooms

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.1+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Dunedin

    Classic rooms for you to enjoy

    The second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is famed for its unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history.

    Suite rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+; Breakfast included.
    local_activity
    Twin glaciers scenic flight with snow landing

    Twin glaciers scenic flight with snow landing

    The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are New Zealand’s largest and most magnificent glaciers, and many visitors find it hard to choose between them. This helicopter tour takes in both with a thrilling flight over snowy peaks and frozen waterfalls, and an unforgettable snow landing overlooking the glacier.

    local_activity
    Franz Josef wildlife centre entry

    Franz Josef Wildlife Center

    Tour the largest kiwi hatching facility on the South Island, and learn about the New Zealand native bird, the kiwi, with admission to the Franz Josef Wildlife Center.

    local_activity
    Mou Waho Island cruise and nature walk

    Mou Waho Island cruise and nature walk

    After a catamaran cruise across Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island - which sits in the middle of the lake - spot rare native birds that are extinct on mainland New Zealand. Enjoy a guided hike with an expert guide to a lake at the top of the island, an experience that’s rated one of the best must-do activities in Wanaka.

    local_activity
    Queenstown Skyline gondola and dinner

    Queenstown Skyline gondola and dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

    local_activity
    Milford Sound cruise and Fjordland National Park tour

    Milford Sound cruise

    Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu - New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau - the South Island’s the largest lake.

    local_activity
    Olveston Historic Home guided tour

    Olveston Historic Home guided tour

    Glimpse early 20th-century life in New Zealand during a 1-hour guided tour of the Olveston Historic Home in Dunedin. Follow a knowledgeable docent through the 35-room mansion as you learn about its Jacobean-style architectural design, fine art and furnishings. Discover the history of one of Dunedin’s most prominent families, and stroll through the elegant gardens with views of Otago Harbour.

    local_activity
    Ortago Peninsula wildlife tour

    Ortago Peninsula wildlife tour

    Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin.

    local_activity
    Akaroa Harbour nature cruise

    Akaroa Harbour nature cruise

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector's dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous 'Elephant Head' and Cathedral Cave.

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    One of the interesting things about touring the South Island of New Zealand is the number of little places you can visit on your way to your next stop. It’s about contrasts between oceans, rivers, gorges, mountains, glaciers, towns and lakes. As you drive this trip you’ll be able to indulge just about any area of interest from wineries to fly fishing, hiking to relaxing. You can do as much or as little as you want on this flexible trip that takes in many of the South Island’s favourite places.

    "Work, Travel, Save, Repeat" - Anonymous

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $3,409pp twin-share [Save $1,836]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    363 2027 1 false 0 48
    DAY 1
    CHRISTCHURCH - AWATUNA (1 NIGHT)

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    Your hire car:

    drive_eta
    12 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Christchurch

    Relax among tall trees and rolling hills

    Arrive in Christchurch and be picked up by the car rental company’s driver who will take you to the depot where you will collect your car. If you arrive around the middle of the day you can set off for the west coast, or we can arrange a night’s accommodation for you in Christchurch with car parking. Stay an extra night if you’d like to include some sight-seeing around this interesting city.

    If you’re not staying in Christchurch, then on Day 1, you’ll cross the Canterbury Plains to Awatuna, just north of Hokatika. For a late lunch, stop off at the Original Sheffield Pie Shop on the road before you get to Arthur’s Pass. The scenery changes as you cross the plain then constantly as you drive around hills, over mountain passes, across rivers and past lakes and gorges.

    Along the way, we reccommend you stop at Arthur’s Pass and take one of the short nature walks.

    Your first night will be at Awatuna Homestead where you’ll experience wonderful hospitality and home-style cooking staying at this B&B as guests of Paul and Lynley. Make sure you accept their invitation to dine-in that night (set menu with wine options, charges apply). Lynley is an exceptional cook. If this is your first B&B experience you will be spoilt for life.

    A beautiful colonial-styled property
    Quaint rooms to relax in
    hotel
    1 nights accommodation in Awatuna

    Awatuna is a beautiful, tranquil town near Hokitika, New Zealand. It is home to the gorgeous Awatune Homestead, which features colonial-styled rooms.

    364 2028 2 false 0 17
    DAY 2
    AWATUNA - HOKATIKA - FRANZ JOSEF (2 NIGHTS)

    Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village; the small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above. The glacier itself descends into the lush native rainforest and is home to truly incredible features such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses.

    About today:

    Hokitika Gorge

    Marvel at the spectacular blue pools of Hokatika Gorge

    Today you’ll head off to visit the town of Hokatika, the home of hand-carved jade jewelry. If you like the look and feel of jade, this is the pace to get it. After exploring the town, find your way to Hokatika Gorge to see the spectacular blue pools.

    Continue down the road to Franz Josef. Upon arrival, check-in to the accommodation and spend the rest of the day exploring and soaking up the gorgeous scenery. There's a range of natural attractions in close proximity to Franz Josef Glacier Village. Lose yourself in the rainforests, waterfalls, and lakes. In the town you’ll find plenty of places to eat, or you can relax at the Glacier Hot Pools.

    Gorgeous view of the surrounds
    Comfortable rooms with everything you need
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    local_activity
    Private hot pools in Franz Josef

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini  (The West Coast).

    (Optional AUD $99 Adult price)
    365 2029 0 false 0 17
    DAY 3
    FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

    About today:

    Franz Josef

    Enjoy a scenic flight over the Fox and Franz twin glaciers

    Franz Josef Glacier was first explored in 1865 by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after the Austrian emperor. The glacier is five kilometres from the town of the same name, and a 1.5 hour walk will take you to within 750m of its face. If you want to actually make contact with the glacier, consider an optional guided ice walk or a heli-hike. Aerial sightseeing is included with a scenic flight over the Fox and Franz twin glaciers and a snow landing.

    In the afternoon, unwind with a visit to the Franz Josef Wildlife Centre, the largest kiwi hatching facility on the South Island.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Twin glaciers scenic flight with snow landing

    The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are New Zealand’s largest and most magnificent glaciers, and many visitors find it hard to choose between them. This helicopter tour takes in both with a thrilling flight over snowy peaks and frozen waterfalls, and an unforgettable snow landing overlooking the glacier.

    (Included)
    local_activity
    Franz Josef wildlife centre entry

    Tour the largest kiwi hatching facility on the South Island, and learn about the New Zealand native bird, the kiwi, with admission to the Franz Josef Wildlife Center.

    (Included)
    366 2030 2 false 0 16
    DAY 4
    FRANZ JOSEF - FOX GLACIER - WANAKA (2 NIGHTS)

    Located in the spectacular alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Area, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.

    About today:

    Lake Wanaka

    Visit Fox Glacier on your way to Wanaka

    Take your time to have a leisurely breakfast at one of the local cafés before heading off towards Wanaka. Visit the town of Fox Glacier on your way and take a detour to Lake Matheson where you might be lucky to see the famous reflection of snow-capped Mount Cook in the dark waters. There are small towns to visit along the way, as well as the unmissable Southwest salmon farm and café which we recommend for lunch.

    Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes. In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone. But Wanaka is much more than a winter destination offering year-round activities include fishing and hiking. Settle into your accommodation and relax, exploring the local area at leisure.

    Comfortable rooms
    Relax with the property's outdoor pool
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Wanaka

    A lively town buzzing with a carefree spirit, Wanaka’s picture-perfect location and easy access to the outdoors makes it the ultimate base for your holiday.

    367 2031 0 false 0 16
    DAY 5
    WANAKA

    About today:

    Mou Waho

    Mou Waho island cruise and nature walk

    Today you will embark on an exciting sightseeing cruise and nature walk through Wanaka. After a catamaran cruise across Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island, which sits in the middle of the lake, spot rare native birds that are extinct on mainland New Zealand. Thanks to successful conservation efforts, the island is a rare haven for birdlife. Enjoy a guided hike with an expert guide to a lake at the top of the island, an experience that’s rated one of the best must-do activities in Wanaka.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Mou Waho Island cruise and nature walk

    After a catamaran cruise across Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island - which sits in the middle of the lake - spot rare native birds that are extinct on mainland New Zealand. Enjoy a guided hike with an expert guide to a lake at the top of the island, an experience that’s rated one of the best must-do activities in Wanaka.

    (Included)
    368 2024 3 false 0 51
    DAY 6
    WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN (3 NIGHTS)

    Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most exciting destinations. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun.

    About today:

    Queenstown

    Explore Queenstown's urban center

    After breakfast, say goodbye to Wanaka and set your sights on the famous Queenstown. Feel inspired by this resort town's stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, discovery and rejuvenation.

    If you're feeling adventurous then the rafting experience will be a heap of fun. Or head out to nearby Arrowtown and Frankton and soak up the spectacular scenery and their quaint country-town charms.

    In the evening, embark on a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar. For some fun, why not ride the exciting luge track.

    Gorgeous view from your balcony
    Beautifully-styled rooms
    hotel
    3 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Queenstown Skyline gondola and dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

    (Included)
    370 2022 0 false 0 51
    DAY 7
    MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU

    About today:

    Milford Sound

    Cruise the majestic Milford Sound

    Arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, Milford Sound offers a sweeping landscape of jagged snow-capped mountains, shimmering fjords and lakes, towering waterfalls and emerald greenery. Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu- New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau- the South Island’s the largest lake.

    Return in the evening and spend your time soaking up last minute experiences before saying goodbye to Queenstown in the morning.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Milford Sound cruise and Fjordland National Park tour

    Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu - New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau - the South Island’s the largest lake.

    (Included)
    369 2032 0 false 0 51
    DAY 8
    QUEENSTOWN

    About today:

    Lake Wakatipu

    Today is yours to enjoy at leisure

    Today is yours to enjoy as you wish. Spend your time relaxing by the water, or head out for a drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road; taking you alongside the shimmering blue Lake Wakatipu, this drive is one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.

    371 2033 2 false 0 53
    DAY 9
    QUEENSTOWN - DUNEDIN (2 NIGHTS)

    Dunedin is a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Enjoy getting close to rare wildlife and soaking up the quirky city vibe.

    About today:

    Olveston House

    Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere

    Today you will embark on a journey to Dunedin. Enjoy the scenery and stop along the way in Alexandra. As the main centre for Central Otago, Alexandra is a prosperous, attractive town. You can walk up to the huge clock on the hill and explore the gold mining displays at the local museum before continuing onto Dunedin.

    Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good, the nightlife buzzes with funky bars and delicious restaurants and the natural attractions are unique and fascinating.

    After settling in to your accommodation, enjoy a visit to Olveston House before exploring the town at your own leisure.

    Spectacular views from the balcony
    Classic rooms for you to enjoy
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Dunedin

    The second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is famed for its unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Olveston Historic Home guided tour

    Glimpse early 20th-century life in New Zealand during a 1-hour guided tour of the Olveston Historic Home in Dunedin. Follow a knowledgeable docent through the 35-room mansion as you learn about its Jacobean-style architectural design, fine art and furnishings. Discover the history of one of Dunedin’s most prominent families, and stroll through the elegant gardens with views of Otago Harbour.

    (Included)
    372 2034 0 false 0 53
    DAY 10
    DUNEDIN

    About today:

    Larnach Castle & Gardens

    Embark on a full-day Ortago sightseeing adventure

    Today you will peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. Spend your morning sightseeing in Dunedin’s city center, including highlights of the Octagon, followed by a visit to the gardens of Larnach Castle, with the option to go inside and buy lunch. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula and the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Ortago Peninsula wildlife tour

    Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin.

    (Included)
    373 2035 1 false 0 55
    DAY 11
    DUNEDIN - AKAROA (1 NIGHT)

    The most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa will have you entranced with its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and passion for fine food.

    About today:

    Akaroa

    Explore the French-themed streets of Akaroa

    Today is a long driving day so an early start is recommended. You ideally want to arrive in Akaroa by mid-afternoon to make the most of this idyllic town.

    The most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa will have you entranced with its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and passion for fine food. The best way to explore Akaroa is on foot. Begin at the information centre, which is on the corner of Rue Lavaud and Rue Balguerie. You'll find brochures and maps that will help you to decide where to walk. Enjoy your time exploring before embarking on a wonderful dolphin cruise.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Akaroa Harbour nature cruise

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector's dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous 'Elephant Head' and Cathedral Cave.

    (Included)
    374 2036 0 false 0 55
    DAY 12
    RETURN HOME

    About today:

    An unforgettable NZ journey

    Return home after an unforgettable NZ getaway

    It’s time to drive back to Christchurch and say farewell to New Zealand remembering the fun times you’ve had, interesting people you’ve encountered and the beautiful scenery you’ve experienced.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $3,409pp twin-share [Save $1,836]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    Accommodation standards applied:

    Awatuna

    A beautiful colonial-styled property

    Quaint rooms to relax in

    Awatuna is a beautiful, tranquil town near Hokitika, New Zealand. It is home to the gorgeous Awatune Homestead, which features colonial-styled rooms.

    Example Property Type:
    Manor House
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.8 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Suite

    Franz Josef

    Gorgeous view of the surrounds

    Comfortable rooms with everything you need

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    Example Property Type:
    Motel & Apartments Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Studio

    Wanaka

    Comfortable rooms

    Relax with the property's outdoor pool

    A lively town buzzing with a carefree spirit, Wanaka’s picture-perfect location and easy access to the outdoors makes it the ultimate base for your holiday.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.4 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort

    Gorgeous view from your balcony

    Beautifully-styled rooms

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Dunedin

    Spectacular views from the balcony

    Classic rooms for you to enjoy

    The second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is famed for its unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history.

    Example Property Type:
    Lodge
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.7 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Suite

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a provision for flights is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price.

    Pricing is based on a minimum of two travelers, however all of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in each overnight destination. It will be hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    The introductory package is self-guided (self-drive) and exclusive to your group. All tour packages are flexible. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    This tour includes attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

    Top

    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    My Accommodation Short-list
    Product Date Added Potential Saving Order of Preference Action
    Order Sort
    No records
     

    Hello , You currently have 0 items in your short list. Return to package search.