South Island Scenic

20 days

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Day 1
Depart the UK.
Day 2
In flight. A stopover can be included if preferred.
Day 3
Arrive in Christchurch and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4
Join a guided tour to Akaroa where you join a scenic harbour cruise.
Day 5
Collect a hire car and make your way north to Kaikoura.
Day 6
Join a whale watching excursion this morning then make your way north to Picton, on the edge of the Marlborough Sounds.
Day 7
Join a fantastic scenic cruise around the Marlborough Sounds, joining the daily Mail Run boat which visits the remote lodges and bays.
Day 8
From Picton make your way west to Nelson.
Day 9
Make your way to Kaiteriteri on the edge Abel Tasman National Park and take a day trip in to the park, looking for seals and other wildlife along the way. You will also have time to do a short walk.
Day 10
Make your way towards the west coast and stop overnight in Punakaiki. Visit the famous Pancake Rocks this afternoon.
Day 11
Wind your way down the west coast to Glacier Country.
Day 12
Start your day with a fabulous scenic flight over the glaciers then take a walk around Lake Matheson, near Fox Glacier.
Day 13
Journey south along the coast and through the beautiful Haast Pass to Queenstown.
Day 14
Take a 4wd back-country tour with a local guide, passing through some spectacular scenery and interesting historic points of interest.
Day 15
Make your way to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
Day 16
Join a wonderful trip to Milford Sound, with a scenic coach journey and three hour cruise included.
Day 17
Make your way across the southern tip of the country to Dunedin.
Day 18
Join a fantastic, full-day wildlife tour today, including a visit to the Albatross Centre, penguin viewing from unobtrusive hides and a one hour cruise to view the ocean birdlife.
Day 19
Make your way north, first stopping at the fascinating Moeraki Boulders, then head inland to Lake Tekapo.
Day 20
The final leg of your journey across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Board your overnight flight back to the UK.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

The South Island of New Zealand is dominated by the magnificent Southern Alps which run all the way from Kahurangi National Park at the top to Fiordland National Park at the bottom. The landscape either side of the mountains is very different, with steep, rain-forest clad slopes to the west and much drier, flat plains to the east and the island boasts majestic glaciers, beautiful beaches, rolling winelands and stunning lake vistas. It’s also home to a fantastic array of wildlife and it’s possible to see whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and albatross here. This itinerary gives you a flavour of all of the above and more, at a relaxed pace and with some spectacular drives.

2 nights Christchurch – 1 night Kaikoura – 2 nights Blenheim – 2 nights Nelson – 1 night Punakaiki – 2 nights Fox or Franz Josef Glacier – 2 nights Queenstown – 2 nights Te Anau – 2 nights Dunedin – 1 night Lake Tekapo

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