New Zealand Southern Escape from $2,145 USD


  • 9 nights accommodations
  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 9 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage
New Zealand Southern Escape

Discover the very best of New Zealand’s South Island with its stunning lakes, snow-capped mountains and amazing glaciers. Witness the rugged beauty of Mt Cook National Park and be dazzled by Lake Tekapo. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques, and offering breathtaking views. You will discover the very best of the South Island on this amazing trip.




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Arrive Wellington

Arrive in Wellington and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director.

Stay: Travelodge Hotel Wellington



Wellington, Cook Strait, Blenheim



Board the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds.


Admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Blenheim.

Stay: Blenheim, Quality Hotel Marlborough

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner



Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch

Head to Kaikoura today and embark on an exciting whale watching cruise. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Elms Hotel

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner



Christchurch, Fox Glacier

Drive through the Southern Alps to Westland Tai Poutini National Park, home to the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers as well as spectacular lakes and rainforests. Travel along the west coast to enjoy picturesque alps. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense valleys.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner



Fox Glacier, Queenstown



Settle in for a two-night stay with the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains overseeing Lake Wakatipu.


Travel past the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, through Haast Pass, skirting the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown. Renowned for its world-class culinary scene, delicious food is always on the menu. During time at leisure, perhaps enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

Stay: Two Nights, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Daily: Breakfast




Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to choose one of our select experiences. You may wish to join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise to Walter Peak Station, offering an insight into farming life in New Zealand’s high country. Alternatively, perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for the most expansive panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). This evening, perhaps tantalise your taste buds as you discover Queenstown’s thriving dining scene.

Daily: Breakfast



Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau



Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with spectacular landscapes surrounding this World Heritage-listed area.


This morning after breakfast, skirt The Remarkables mountain range, tracing the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park and beyond to Milford Sound. Carved by ancient glaciers during the ice ages, today Milford Sound is widely regarded as one of the most incredible natural wilderness areas on Earth. Afterwards, continue by coach to Te Anau. After time to settle in to your hotel, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner




Te Anau, Dunedin

Leaving the Fiordland region, today you’ll journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a tour taking in the city’s most significant landmarks and learn of its rich history. Later, head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views, Larnach Castle provides a memorable holiday highlight. Take some time at leisure to explore the town as you please, before dining with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner



Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo



Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery.


Arrive at your wonderful hotel, Peppers Bluewater Resort, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo.


This evening, dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.


Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones were formed more than 60 million years ago and can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Later, continue to Lake Tekapo.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner


DAY 10

Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch


Pricing & Departures


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Oct 10; Nov 14, 28, 2020 $2,345
Dec 19, 2020 $2,345
Jan 10, 16, 30,; Feb 13, 27, 2021 $2,345
Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021 $2,345
Apr 24, 2021 $2,245
May 22, 2021 $2,145
Sep 11, 25, 2021 $2,245
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