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  • 10 Days NZ South Island Discovery
  • 10 Days NZ South Island Discovery

    Explore breathtaking forest, mountain and coastal scenery on this perfect introduction to NZ.

    There are few places in the world where, within the space of one day, you can experience mountain vistas, ancient forests, volcanic landscapes and stunning coastline - all whilst spotting New Zealand wildlife found nowhere else on earth. Join us on this 10-day experience of the unique and characterful wildlife and scenery of New Zealand's South Island, from marshland to rainforest and from snow-capped mountains to the sea.

    An unforgettable NZ adventure
    An unforgettable NZ adventure
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    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    NATURAL WONDERS
    PRICE FROM
    NZD $3,579
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    4/10

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many exceptional activities on this trip, but perhaps the highlight is the Milford Sound experience; visit Milford Sound and witness the beauty of this pristine scenic destination on an unforgettable cruise and underwater observatory tour, a must-do on every New Zealand itinerary.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,579pp twin-share [Save $1,688]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Hinterland towns
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Queenstown Gondola & Dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! When you get to the top, enjoy the spectacular views while you refuel with a sumptuous buffet dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant.

    Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

    Enjoy a scenic cruise through calm waters before descending into the curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkle of glowworms. (Optional inclusion for class)

    Milford Sound Cruise & Underwater Observatory Tour

    Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjord from the water on this tranquil 3-hour cruise. As you take in the stunning beauty of the sound, savour a tasty lunch as well as a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory.

    More trip highlights:

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    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.

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    Taste of Wanaka Bike Tour

    This is a fun way to see Wanaka with your mates while getting to enjoy some of the best food, wine and beer of the region. Made even better on an e-bike, making the day a breeze!

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    10 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of New Zealand's South Island. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer from the comfort of your own hire car.

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    Marlborough Sound Winery Tour

    This full-day trip takes you on a journey to sample the celebrated Marlborough wines. Enjoy views of stunning rolling hills, gardens, vineyards, and farms. Visit wineries and try out great local produce along the way.

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    Kaikoura Dolphin Cruise & Swim

    Swimming with dolphins is a unique and sought after activity often being described as a life-changing experience; creating the most special and heart-warming memories of any activity. (Optional inclusion for class)


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Value Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $3,579pp twin-share [Save $1,688]
    • Return flights to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
    • 10 days car hire included
    • 10 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 14 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 9 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 5 excellent excursions and activities

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $3,999pp twin-share [Save $1,886]
    • Return flights to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
    • 10 days car hire included
    • 10 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 14 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 9 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 7 excellent excursions and activities

    See full inclusions

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    * All prices and payments are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). Currency conversions are estimated only. Prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of New Zealand's most serene delights and enjoy its abundance of beauty.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,579pp twin-share [Save $1,688]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Maori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Tucked away in the southern rim of the Pacific, New Zealand is a land with an enchanting and refreshing nature. Traverse the South Island, starting in Christchurch and finishing in Queenstown. You will visit amazing locations along the way such as Franz Josef Glacier, Kaikoura, Te Anau, and more. While a morning may be greeted high in mountain valleys by hearing the discreet scuttle of a skink beneath alpine shrubs, the afternoon may be spent on the sea, watching gliding albatrosses and porpoising fur seals. Grab your camera and get going!

    "Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times" - Anonymous

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,579pp twin-share [Save $1,688]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (1 NIGHT)

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    Your hire car:

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    10 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of New Zealand's South Island. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Relax in Christchurch

    Arrive into Christchurch and prepare for your exciting trip ahead

    Kia Ora! Arrive into Christchurch and pick-up your hire car. Christchurch is the city of exploration, where urban regeneration and heritage thrive. The city is constantly evolving, always giving locals and visitors something new to explore. Expect street art and innovative projects, a bustling hospitality scene and established green spaces.

    After checking-in to your accommodation, spend your day exploring at your own leisure. Be sure to refer to your Lonely Planet guide for the best hidden spots.

    Enjoy the property's onsite restaurant
    Modern rooms to relax in
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Christchurch

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

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    Kaikoura Dolphin Cruise & Swim

    Swimming with dolphins is a unique and sought after activity often being described as a life-changing experience; creating the most special and heart-warming memories of any activity.

    (Optional NZD $241 Adult price)
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    DAY 2
    CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA - BLENHEIM (2 NIGHTS)

    Marlborough's main town, Blenheim, has great cafes, galleries and shops wrapped up within the picturesque Taylor and Opawa rivers, a short distance to the region's world famous wineries.

    About today:

    Swim with dolphins in Kaikoura

    Discover NZ's marine life in Kaikoura

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast along the shoreline and do some last-minute exploring before beginning the journey up to the relaxing town of Blenheim. Your first stop along the way is just 2 and a half hours up the road in Kaikoura. This picturesque coastal town is the perfect place for marine life encounters, coastal walks, and tucking into a plate of crayfish.

    If you're feeling adventurous, immerse yourself in a dolphin’s world with an optional swimming experience in the gorgeous waters of Kaikoura.

    Continuing on your journey to up Blenheim, make another stop at the scenic Lake Grassmere. Here, you will discover a seaside lake with large pink ponds and mounds that sparkle white against summer's light-brown, hillside pastures.

    Relax by the property's pool
    Comfortable rooms for you to enjoy
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    2 nights accommodation in Blenheim

    Blenheim is the most populous town in the region of Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand. The town is an ideal base for those who want to explore the local wine and food culture.

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    DAY 3
    BLENHEIM

    About today:

    Marlborough Sound Winery Tour

    Embark on a full-day winery tour of the Marlborough region

    Today you will discover the full diversity of wine varieties the stunning Marlborough region has to offer. Embark on a full-day tour and learn the secrets behind fine wine appreciation. You will visit approximately six or seven wineries where you will sample a variety of delicious wines and cheeses. Enjoy views of stunning rolling hills, gardens, vineyards, and farms along the way.

    Activities:

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    Marlborough Sound Winery Tour

    This full-day trip takes you on a journey to sample the celebrated Marlborough wines. Enjoy views of stunning rolling hills, gardens, vineyards, and farms. Visit wineries and try out great local produce along the way.

    (Included)
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    Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

    Enjoy a scenic cruise through calm waters before descending into the curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkle of glowworms.

    (Optional NZD $101 Adult price)
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    DAY 4
    BLENHEIM - NELSON LAKES NATIONAL PARK - HOKITIKA (1 NIGHT)

    Historic Hokitika is a place to appreciate the fascinating history of the West Coast. Hear about the ship wrecks, gold miners and pounamu hunters.

    About today:

    Relax in Nelson National Park

    Explore the gorgeous Nelson Lakes National Park

    Today you'll say goodbye to the relaxing town of Blenheim and make your way to Hokitika.

    Historic Hokitika is a place to appreciate the fascinating history of the West Coast. Hear about the ship wrecks, gold miners and pounamu hunters.Nowadays Hokitika is known as the Cool Little Town. There are some lovely old buildings on the town’s historic walk. You’ll also notice galleries specialising in pounamu jewellery and art works.

    On your journey to Hokitika, stop in and explore the gorgeous Nelson Lakes National Park; an enchanting alpine landscape of rugged peaks, forests and stunning glacial lakes. Promising everything from easy lakeside walking tracks to challenging alpine hikes, this national park has something on offer for everyone.

    Take in spectacular scenery
    A great base for exploring
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    1 night accommodation in Hokitika

    Hokitika is our Cool Little Town situated on the West Coast, New Zealand. The West Coast celebrates untamed, natural wilderness, authentic experiences and friendly characters. Hokitika is all that and more.

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    DAY 5
    HOKITIKA - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER (2 NIGHTS)

    Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village; the small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above. The glacier itself descends into the lush native rainforest and is home to truly incredible features such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses.

    About today:

    Marvel at Lake Matherson

    Journey through the wild west before reaching the glacier region

    The windswept West Coast of the South Island is rugged, remote and full of fascinating places to check out during your journey to Franz Josef. Although the journey is short, keep your camera close by to snap some pictures as you pass rainforest-covered mountains and craggy coastlines, gold-rush towns and luscious lakes.

    Nestled in a rainforest clearing, Franz Josef Glacier Village lies at the heart of the Westland National Park. Welcome to one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of New Zealand.

    After checking-in to your accommodation, spend your day relaxing at your own leisure. We reccommend you drive out to the nearby Fox Glacier township to visit Lake Matherson. Tonight, relax, unwind and soak in the Glacier Hot Pools.

    A great base for exploring the area
    Comfortable rooms to enjoy
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    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

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    DAY 6
    FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

    About today:

    Explore Franz Josef's glacier region

    Marvel at towering glaciers and ancient rainforests

    The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. It tumbles down from the Southern Alps almost to the sea, its ancient icy faces contrasting spectacularly with the surrounding rainforests.

    There are many different ways to admire the glacier. You can walk to the terminal face, get a birds eye view with a scenic helicopter flight, or take an exhilarating Heli Hike up to the bluest ice.

    Whatever you choose, get ready to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world.

    Activities:

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    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.

    (Included)
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    DAY 7
    FRANZ JOSEF - WANAKA (1 NIGHT)

    Located in the spectacular alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Area, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.

    About today:

    Experience Wanaka

    Experience the splendor of the Southern Alps

    The drive from Franz Josef to Wanaka is one of the most scenic in New Zealand, as the windswept West Coast gives way to ancient forests and mountain passes. Behind the Gates of Haast is a lost world so spectacular and remote that UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. There's beauty around every bend, with woodland walks and dramatic waterfalls along the way - perfect for picnic stops.

    After this breathtaking drive you will arrive in the lakeside town of Wanaka. After checking-in to your accommodation, you can either set off and explore at your own leisure, or head out on an optional e-bike tour through Wanaka and it's surrounds. Enjoy the amazing bakery selection at the Penfold Pattisserie, visit the famous Hook! and catch and eat your own Salmon, stop in at the beautiful Maude vineyard tasting rooms for an outstanding wine tasting platter and cheese board, and much more.

    Be sure to refer to your Lonely Planet guide for the best places to dine in tonight.

    Gorgeous scenery surrounding the property
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    1 night accommodation in Wanaka

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

    Activities:

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    Taste of Wanaka Bike Tour

    This is a fun way to see Wanaka with your mates while getting to enjoy some of the best food, wine and beer of the region. Made even better on an e-bike, making the day a breeze!

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    DAY 8
    WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN (2 NIGHTS)

    Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most exciting destinations. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun.

    About today:

    Take in the views of Queenstown

    Journey to the gorgeous Queenstown

    This morning, say goodbye to Te Anau and set your sights on Queenstown, the "Jewel of the South Island". Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by towering mountains, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s ultimate holiday destinations.

    After checking-in to your accommodation, the day is yours to enjoy. Adrenalin junkies, why not try your hand at bungy jumping at Kawarau Gorge. For a more peaceful day, there are many beautiful drives in the local area. Head to historic Arrowtown for quaint streetscapes, good food and beautiful views (the autumn leaves here are particularly stunning). There are too many wonderful options to fit here, so chat to our travel specialists if you would like more suggestions for your perfect Queenstown day.

    In the evening, embark on a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar. For some fun, why not ride the exciting luge track.

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    2 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Activities:

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    Queenstown Gondola & Dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! When you get to the top, enjoy the spectacular views while you refuel with a sumptuous buffet dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant.

    (Included)
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    Glacier Heli-hike

    With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder visitors label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

    (Optional NZD $525 Adult price)
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    Glacier Scenic Flight

    Steep and dramatic or vast and remote? Take our Twin Glacier flight and you won't have to choose - you'll experience two very different glacial formations and a snow landing. This is the perfect trip to encounter two jaw-dropping glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef; giving you the opportunity to take in all the epic surroundings.

    (Optional NZD $303 Adult price)
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    DAY 9
    MILFORD SOUND & TE ANAU

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    Cruise Milford Sound

    Experience two top New Zealand destinations today

    Today you will experience two top New Zealand destinations - Milford Sound and Te Anau Glowworm Caves - ideal for nature lovers visiting the South Island.

    After breakfast, journey 3 hours north-west to Milford Sound, where you will enjoy the stunning fjord from the water on a tranquil 3-hour cruise. As you take in the stunning beauty of the sound, savour a tasty lunch as well as a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory.

    On your way back to Queenstown, make a stop in Te Anau and descend into it's curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkle of glowworms on an optional tour.

    If you'd like to dine in luxury this evening to mark your last night in New Zealand, an optional lake cruise onboard the TSS Earnslaw paired with a delicious BBQ dinner in Walter Peak is available.

    Activities:

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    Milford Sound Cruise + Underwater Observatory Experien

    Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjord from the water on a tranquil 3-hour cruise, a tasty lunch as well as a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

    (Included)
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    DAY 10
    RETURN HOME

    About today:

    An unforgettable NZ adventure

    Return home after an unforgettable NZ experience

    Haere ra, goodbye, and bon voyage! Today we say farewell. Return your rental car to Queenstown Airport where you will board your onward flight, taking with you the magical memories of a truly exceptional New Zealand honeymoon.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,579pp twin-share [Save $1,688]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Christchurch

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.6 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Bleinhelm

    Blenheim is the most populous town in the region of Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand. The town is an ideal base for those who want to explore the local wine and food culture.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Hokitika

    Hokitika is our Cool Little Town situated on the West Coast, New Zealand. The West Coast celebrates untamed, natural wilderness, authentic experiences and friendly characters. Hokitika is all that and more.

    Example Property Type:
    Lodge
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Franz Josef

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Wanaka

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.6 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Queenstown

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

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    Yes, a provision for flights is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price.

    Pricing is based on a minimum of two travelers, however all of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in all overnight destinations. It will be hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    The introductory package is self-guided (self-drive) and exclusive to your group. All tour packages are flexible. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    This tour includes attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes. This is a great value self-guided (self-drive) tour package. You will be supplied with either a standard car or SUV according to the package inclusions. The idea is to use our itinerary as a guide. We take care of the flights, accommodation and other inclusions so you can focus on having a great time.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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