The Southern Drift

From Christchurch (Nz) to Christchurch (Nz)

Visiting: Christchurch, Hokitika, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Te Anau, Dunedin


Tour Operator: Luxury Gold


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Tour Overview

No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of the South Island less travelled. Travel 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.

Highlights

  • iconDining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW).
  • iconHaast River: Enjoy a fully enclosed jet boat ride down the Haast River.
  • iconChristchurch: Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train.
  • iconChristchurch: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the vibrant city of Christchurch.
  • iconFranz Josef Glacier: Experience the impressiveness of this mighty natural wonder.
  • iconQueenstown: Experience a first-class dining experience in one of Queenstown’s most popular and exclusive restaurants.
  • iconDunedin: Set in an old post office, this dinner is at Parcels Restaurant.
  • iconMilford Track Walk: Join a guided walk to get real insight about the spectacular natural surrounds in this famous World Heritage area.
  • iconDunedin: Emerson’s Brewery Tour - Be taken through every step of the brew process, from the malt room, to the fermentation, bottling, and most importantly, tasting.
  • iconWest Coast: Visit the coastal town of Hokitika, find out about its local history and meet a local jade carver.
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icon Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch.

Accommodation: The George, Christchurch.

On arrival at Christchurch 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 Christchurch Botanic Gardens or take a ride on the Christchurch Tram. In the evening meet your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception.

icon Day 2: Christchurch to Franz Josef.

Location: Christchurch, Hokitika

Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

It's all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, to learn the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. Continue to Franz Josef where your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush and has an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage?(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 3: The Mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.

Meals: Breakfast

During a Glacier Valley Walk, explore the area with a local guide who will explain the history behind the surrounding fascinating landscape.(Breakfast)

icon Day 4: Romantic Arrowtown and on to Queenstown.

Location: Arrowtown

Accommodation: St. Moritz, Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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 and explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 5: Queenstown Your Way.

Accommodation: St. Moritz, Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast

Experience Queenstown at leisure. Perhaps join an optional wine tour or view The Lord of the Rings film locations? Tonight you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.(Breakfast)

icon Day 6: Queenstown at leisure.

Accommodation: St. Moritz, Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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)

icon Day 7: Queenstown to Milford Sound.

Location: Queenstown, Te Anau

Accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Take the scenic journey through rainforests, flats and meadows of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Stop at Mirror Lakes, where the stunning mountain scenery is perfectly reflected in the waters, then on to the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, and after, to one of the world's most dramatic alpine drives, down through the Cleddau Valley and its impressive Chasm.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 8: Milford Track Walk and Milford Sound Cruise.

Accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Explore the famous Milford Track on an easy-going half-day guided walk. This is a place steeped in rich history and stories; and the flora and fauna is unique and special. Enjoy the best of both worlds as you listen to a Specialist Nature Guide while relaxing onboard a modern catamaran. Your guide will introduce you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 9: Milford Sound to Dunedin.

Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau and on to the country music town of Gore before continuing to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Enjoy dinner and wine at Parcels Restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 10: Brewery Tour and Dunedin at leisure.

Location: Dunedin

Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour and sample the tasty craft beer at Emerson’s Brewery before an afternoon at your leisure - relax or continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps take a train ride or wildlife cruise?(Breakfast)

icon Day 11: Dunedin to Christchurch.

Location: Dunedin, Christchurch

Accommodation: The George, Christchurch.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on an in-depth sightseeing tour of the city. Toast your travels together at your Celebration Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 12: Farewell from Christchurch.

Meals: Breakfast

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)

What's Included

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    Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to safari jeep and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.

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    Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight.

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    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

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    At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.

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    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.

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    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

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    You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

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