Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, World Heritage-listed national parks and dense rainforest are just some of the wonders to expect on this luxury escorted tour of New Zealand’s South Island.

Package Includes

  • Dedicated APT Tour Director and professional Driver
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 full breakfasts & 7 dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined
  • Islands in the Sun Assist - 24 hour emergency travel assistance


  • Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
  • Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
  • See spectacular Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord
  • Discover Australasia’s highest peak at Mt Cook National Park

Departure Dates:

SEP: 10, 17
OCT: 1, 15, 22, 29
NOV: 5, 12, 16, 26
DEC: 3, 10, 17, 24

JAN: 14, 18, 28
FEB: 1, 3, 8, 13, 18, 25
MAR: 1, 6, 11, 15, 18, 29
APR: 5, 15, 22, 29
MAY: 20
JUL: 15
AUG: 12
SEP: 9, 16, 23, 30
OCT: 7

Trip Notes:

Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 15 October 2017 – 7 October 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Ask us about pre & post accommodation. Flexible dining option – book breakfast daily and feature meals only and save. Enquire at the time of booking. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. All dates for this itinerary are guaranteed departures.

Package Details

New Zealand:
9 Days
Travel Dates
9/10/2017 - 10/7/2018 Other travel dates may apply, please call for details.
Book by
09/10/17 - 10/01/17 - $3345* 10/15/17 - 12/24/17 - $3695* 01/14/17 - 03/29/18 - $3695* 04/05/18 - 04/29/18 - $3550* 05/20/18 - 08/12/18 - $3395* 09/09/18 - 09/23/18 - $3550* 09/30/18 - 10/07/18 - $3695*

Itinerary effective 11 October 2016 Tours prior follow a different itinerary. Please enquire for details.

Day 1. Arrive Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch with the day at leisure.
Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel. D

Day 2. TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train for New Zealand’s greatest rail adventure. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika to see how Pounamu (jade) is carved into jewellery. Continue into Westland National Park and take in the dramatic terrain of Franz Josef Glacier. Check in to your luxury eco-resort before a four-course degustation dinner.
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. B, D

Day 3. Franz Josef, Haast, Queenstown, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy the incredible views as we drive through the stunning Haast River Valley to Queenstown. This evening, choose from a range of included dining options.
Two Night Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside. B, D

Day 4. Queenstown, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a choice of activities today. Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour and visit local sites where the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was filmed. Alternatively, you may prefer to take a ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat. New Zealand is rightly famous for its wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine producing region is a tempting choice. Other options available include a zip line ride alongside the Kawarau River; a forest and bird walk; a tour through Skipper’s Canyon; or a garden tour. B

Day 5. Milford Sound, Te Anau

Enjoy the scenery as you journey along the Milford Road as it winds its way down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then embark on a scenic cruise along the full length of Milford Sound. Continue to Te Anau and enjoy a special dinner featuring produce sourced from the surrounding Fiordland region.
Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. B, D

Day 6. Te Anau, Dunedin, Freedom of Choice

Travel via the small towns of Lumsden and Gore to Dunedin. This afternoon, discover Dunedin by selecting your included activity. Options include a visit to Larnach Castle, or a journey on the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B, D

Day 7. Mt Cook, Freedom of Choice

Mt Cook is the highest peak of Australasia. Discover this spectacular region with a choice of activities. Perhaps visit The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or take a guided walk. During the summer months, get up-close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Stay: The Hermitage, Mt Cook. B, D

Day 8. Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Today, travel to picturesque Lake Tekapo. Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, before continuing to Christchurch. This evening, enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch. B, D

Day 9. Depart Christchurch

Transfer to Christchurch airport for your onward flight. B

*Terms & Conditions: Valid for travel selected Premier Vacations and Value Plus Vacations departing between 10 September 2017 and 7 October 2018. Discounts apply only to main tour land component, not to any flights or pre and post hotel bookings. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. All tour prices listed are land only, ‘from’ per person, double occupancy, based on low season travel. Flights are not included. Seasonal surcharges and additional surcharges apply over weekends, special events and holiday periods. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (27 December 2016). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Please call for our current prices. Tour Code: NCC09. CST#: 2001136-50.

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