If you have more time for an in-depth exploration of the stunning variety of New Zealand’s South Island, then this 19 day tour will be perfect for you.
From Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains to the incredible oceanside setting of Kaikoura, where the snow capped mountains meet the sea. Kaikoura is a whale watching mecca, and also offers the opportunity in summer to swim with dolphins. Continue through the wine-growing region of Marlborough to the arts center of Nelson, and go kayaking in the charming Abel Tasman National Park.
Continue to the remote and beautiful West Coast, and the Punakaiki pancake rocks. Further south, you’ll have the opportunity for heli-hiking and skydiving in Franz Josef Glacier. Next, ascend through imposing, rainforest-cloaked mountain scenery to Haast Pass, and the relaxed lakeside town of Wanaka. Queenstown offers thrills, excellent food, luxury and excellent golf opportunities, before you continue through to Milford Sound – arguably the most beautiful place in all New Zealand.
Discover Scottish influence in Dunedin, and visit the Albatross Colony on the Otago Peninsula. Journey to Lake Tekapo and the delightful Church of the Good Shepherd. Finally, make a daytrip to Mt Cook, before finally returning to the city of Christchurch.