Southern Splendour of NEW ZEALAND

  • 6 Days
  • 1N Christchurch, 1N Glacier Region, 3N Queenstown

Description

Exploring the southern splendor of New Zealand unveils a world of breathtaking landscapes, outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and charming towns. Here’s an overview of what you can expect:

Christchurch:

  • Garden City: Christchurch is known for its beautiful gardens, including the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the Christchurch Gondola offering panoramic views.
  • Rebuild and Renewal: Explore the innovative architecture in the city center following the rebuild after the 2011 earthquake, including the Transitional Cathedral and the Cardboard Cathedral.
  • Day Trips: Take day trips to nearby attractions like the Banks Peninsula for scenic drives and Akaroa for French-inspired culture and dolphin watching.

Canterbury Region:

  • Mount Cook National Park: Discover the awe-inspiring landscapes of Mount Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest peak, with opportunities for hiking, glacier tours, and stargazing.
  • Lakes and Rivers: Explore the glacial lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki with their turquoise waters, and enjoy activities like kayaking, fishing, and scenic flights.
  • Lord of the Rings Filming Locations: Visit sites like Edoras (Mount Sunday) and other locations used in the “Lord of the Rings” films.

Queenstown:

  • Adventure Capital: Queenstown is famous for adventure sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, and skiing/snowboarding in winter.
  • Scenic Cruises: Take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu or the Milford Sound for stunning views of fjords, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks.
  • Gibbston Valley: Visit nearby wineries in Gibbston Valley for wine tasting and scenic vineyard tours.

Fiordland National Park:

  • Milford Sound: Explore one of New Zealand’s most iconic destinations with boat cruises through Milford Sound, surrounded by towering cliffs, waterfalls, and wildlife.
  • Doubtful Sound: Experience the tranquility of Doubtful Sound with overnight cruises or day trips, offering a remote and untouched wilderness experience.

Dunedin and Otago:

  • Historic Architecture: Explore Dunedin’s Victorian and Edwardian architecture, including the Dunedin Railway Station and Larnach Castle.
  • Otago Peninsula: Discover wildlife on the Otago Peninsula, including albatross colonies, penguins, seals, and scenic coastal walks.

Stewart Island and Southland:

  • Stewart Island: Take a ferry to Stewart Island/Rakiura for hiking trails, birdwatching (including kiwis), and a peaceful island getaway.
  • Southland Coast: Explore the Catlins Coast with its rugged cliffs, waterfalls, and native forests, offering opportunities for surfing, wildlife spotting, and scenic drives.

Overview:

  • Scenic Drives: The southern region offers stunning scenic drives such as the Southern Scenic Route and the Great Alpine Highway, showcasing diverse landscapes.
  • Maori and Scottish Heritage: Learn about Maori culture and heritage in the South Island, as well as Scottish influences in towns like Dunedin.
  • Local Cuisine: Enjoy fresh seafood, lamb dishes, and regional wines from vineyards in Central Otago and Canterbury.
  • Nature and Wildlife: Encounter unique wildlife like kiwi birds, seals, penguins, and albatross in their natural habitats.

Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures, serene natural beauty, cultural immersion, or culinary delights, the southern splendor of New Zealand offers an unforgettable journey for every traveler.

Duration

6 Days

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Per Person

Language

English

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Validity: 1st April to 30th September 2024 Notes:

  • Prices are per person based on 4 people traveling together
  • Peak season surcharges will be applicable
  • GST & TCS will be applicable

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing
  • SUV vehicle on disposal

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