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South Island, history, mountains and fjords
Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound
Photo credit: Miles Holden
Photo credit: DunedinNZ
Photo credit: Rob Suisted
Photo credit: Miles Holden
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The wonderful scenery and nature of New Zealand's South Island is something you won't experience anywhere else. See the snowy peaks of the Alps, the beauty of the fjords and meet wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Enjoy the peaceful nature, or if you dare, go bungee jumping or skydiving?
Tip, combine this package together with the North island package to build a longer whole.
Day 1 Welcome to Christchurch
Day 2 Scenic Christchurch
Day 3 Hector dolphins and Akaroa
Day 4 Fly to Dunedin
Day 5 Historic Dunedin
Day 6 Sea lions and penguins
Day 7 To the Adventure Capital
Day 8 Mountains and Queenstown
Day 9 Milford Sounds
Day 10 Where to next?
Day 1. Welcome to Christchurch
After your arrival, private transportation will take you to your hotel.
Relax or find your bearings around the city.
Day 2. Christchurch
Explore the city’s street art, historic district, botanical gardens, and take a guided tour on the historic tram.
Also try a guided punting tour on the River Avon in the Botanical Gardens.
You can also ascend the nearby Port Hills by gondola, which offers stunning views of both the city and the mountains.
Day 3. Rare dolphins
A day trip to Akaroa where you can meet rare Hector dolphins.
The day trip includes transportation to Akaroa, a two-hour cruise in the old volcanic crater and time to explore the French-style village of Akaroa.
Day 4. To historic Dunedin
After breakfast, join your airport transfer and flight to Dunedin, the wildlife capital of New Zealand.
Private transportation to your hotel on arrival.
Day 5. Historic Dunedin
Explore the historic centre, explore Victorian and Edwardian architecture, visit the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum or Olveston’s historic home.
One must visit destination is the Railway Station, as this historic building is one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings.
You can also take a trip to Larnach Castle, the only castle in New Zealand.
Day 6. Rare wildlife and wildlife
Join a day tour to meet the wildlife. Dunedin is inhabited by many rare animals such as king albatrosses, yellow-eyed penguins and blue penguins.
You will also find New Zealand Fur Seals and Sea Lions in the area.
The excursion includes walking in nature.
Day 7. To the Adventure Capital
In the morning you will join a bus to Queenstown. Just relax and enjoy the scenery on this 3.5 hour scenic drive.
Day 8. Queenstown
There’s plenty to do in Queenstown and it is often called the “Adventure Capital”.
Start with the gondola up the mountain right from the centre of town where you will see the town, lake and mountains. Or join a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on the steamboat TTS Earnslaw.
For the bravest, there are options for bungee-jumping or skydiving, jetboating, rafting, ziplining or mountain biking.
More relaxed activities are also available, such as fishing, canoeing, cycling or visiting the area’s vineyards.
In summer you can also play golf in the stunning scenery and in winter you can go skiing on the area’s several ski slopes.
You will also find several good restaurants in Queenstown. I recommend trying Stratosfare Restaurant, which offers stunning views. Ask more when you book your trip and we can help you make a table reservation.
Day 9. Milford Sound
Today you start early in the morning and travel with the group to Milford Sound. The tour includes a shuttle bus, a cruise on the fjord and a light lunch.
Note. Tour duration is about 12 hours, return in the evening.
Alternatively, ask about scenic flights over the mountains, glaciers and fjords.
Day 10. Where to next?
Final morning in Queenstown and your next journey awaits.
Breakfast and airport transfers are included in your package. Ask about additional flights or accommodation options at your next destination.
The itinerary is mostly an independent tour. All hotel reservations, breakfasts and the mentioned transfers, excursions or meals are included in the package.
The itinerary is an example as the tour may change, depending on the season. We will confirm the program as we plan your itinerary.
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