9D8N Southern Circle

  • 9 Days
  • 1 Country
  • 4 Cities

Natural spectacles and unique wildlife encounters are two of New Zealand's biggest draw-cards. There are few places in the world where, within the space of one day, you can experience mountain vistas, ancient forests, volcanic landscapes and stunning coastline - all whilst spotting New Zealand wildlife found nowhere else on earth.

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About This Trip

Venture to the South Island and you'll be met by lofty mountains, fiords and glaciers – the landscapes here are famous the world over.

Trip code: NZK-PPSC-SIC

8 Nights

accommodation

8 Meals

8 Breakfast

On-Trip Transport

On-trip transport via seat in coach

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch seat in coach passengers will be met and transferred to their accommodation. Self drive clients

will collect their vehicle at the airport and make their own way to their hotel.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Rendezvous
  • - Airport Transfer

Day 2: Southern Alps

Today seat in coach passengers will enjoy the Tranz Alpine scenic train journey. Travel from Christchurch across the Southern Alps, where your journey heads south along the rugged West Coast to the Glacier region and overnight in either Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. Instead of travelling by train self drive passengers will drive themselves across the spectacular Southern Alps to the West Coast. In places Arthurs Pass road is an engineering masterpiece and offers outstanding vistas. Self drive passengers also receive entry to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Scenic Hotel - Douglas
  • - Bus Transfer & Scenic Train - Tranz Alpine
  • - Fox Glacier
  • - Breakfast

Day 3: Glacier Region

One of New Zealand’s most spectacular touring days. The scenery changes from wild West Coast beaches and abundant rainforest to vast mountain vistas and then onto the Southern Lakes District and Wanaka.

  • Standard : Wanaka Hotel
  • Superior : Edgewater Lake W.
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 4: Wanaka

A short travel day today to deliver you to the South Islands’ resort playground – Queenstown.

  • Standard : Heartland / 2 nights
  • Superior : Millennium / 2 nights
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 5: Queenstown

A full day to explore the many sights and activities in the Queenstown region. Perhaps a jet boat ride with Shotover Jet or dinner across the lake at historic Walter Peak Sheep Station travelling on the TSS Earnslaw. We have included a ride on the Gondola to the Skyline Centre which will give you wide reaching views across the Wakatipu Basin and beyond.

  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 6: Milford Sound

A day trip to Milford Sound is a touring highlight while in New Zealand. Milford Sound is regarded as one of our most scenic locations with dramatic high mountain sides plunging into the depths of the Sound. Following the cruise travel back along the Milford Highway to Te Anau.

  • Standard : Kingsgate
  • Superior : Distinction

Day 7: Te Anau

A half-day journey will take you to Dunedin. you will arrive in time to partake in an optional Speight’s Brewery Tour. We also recommend a visit to ‘Natures Wonders’ where you will experience a genuine New Zealand Sheep farm which includes penguin sightings and seals (optional).

  • Standard : Victoria
  • Superior : Scenic Hotel
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 8: Dunedin

Return to Christchurch along the eastern coast of the South Island passing through the towns of Oamaru and Timaru.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Rendezvous
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 9: Christchurch

Today you will be transferred from your hotel to the Christchurch airport or return your rental car before departing.

  • - Airport Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Travel Highlights

  • Whale Watching - You can spot whales throughout New Zealand, including Auckland's beautiful Hauraki Gulf and the wonderful Kaikoura.
  • International Antarctic Centre - Experience amazing Antarctica without leaving Christchurch! A 'Must Do' experience and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Antarctic Gallery, 'Antarctica' Snow & Ice, Storm, Hagglund Ride, 4D Theatre, Historic Hut exhibit & Little Blue Penguins.
  • Tranz Alpine, one of the world’s great train journeys, travelling from coast to coast on New Zealand's South Island taking in the vast Canterbury Plains, spectacular Southern Alps and Wild West Coast.
  • While glaciers around the world are retreating, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides bearing gigantic horizontal scars from when the glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia. When you stand close to the foot of these glaciers, their sheer enormity is very humbling.
  • Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name.
  • Wanaka is also home to more world class events than most, from international triathlons to music and arts festivals. Warbirds over Wanaka, Festival of Colour, Rhythm & Alps, and the Audi Quattro Winter Games, just to name a few.
  • Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, the fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

Where to EatLooking for Halal certified cuisine?

Nelson

– East Street Vegetarian Cafe Bar, 8 Church St

Christchurch

  • AFG Restaurant, 318 Lincoln Rd, Addington

– Dubba Dubba, 11B Waimairi Rd, Upper Riccarton

Queenstown

– Turkish Kebabs, 30 Camp St, O’Connells Pavilion

  • Turkish Kebabs, Skyline Arcade, The Mall

Wanaka

  • Snack Shack Turkish Kebabs, Pembroke Mall, 139 Ardmore St

It's Time to Pray!Where is the Mosque nearby me?

  • Auckland Airport Masjid
    Westney Road, Mangere Past Zayed College Auckland
  • Jamii Masjid
    921 Heaphy Terrace, P O Box 665 Hamilton Waikato Region
  • Masjid al Noor
    101 Deans Avenue Riccarton Christchurch Canterbury Region
  • Rotorua Islamic Centre
    21, Tarewu Road Rotorua
  • The Otafo Muslim Assoc. Alhuda Mosque
    21 Clyde St Kinmont Park, Dunedin
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