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9 Nights

Best of the South Island

Package: 11814

Overview

Discover the best of the South Island, New Zealand in Luxury.

Christchurch, the South Island’s biggest city, serves as the starting point for the Best of the South Island Tour.
With the Avon River running through the middle of the city, Christchurch is a kaleidoscope of contemporary architecture and some of New Zealand’s oldest structures. It’s the perfect way to start your vacation to Akaroa: wander around the Botanical Gardens and ride on Christchurch’s Tram.


A Wild Kiwi Encounter Cruise or kayaking in Deep Bay, or snorkelling in the island waters with the various types of fish are all options on Stewart Island, your next stop. Upon arriving in Queenstown, you will have time to explore the city at your leisure before your full day Milford Sounds Cruise. You will also have the option take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola or cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Highlights

9 Nights Luxury Accommodation
3 nights in Christchurch at The George Hotel – 5* 2 nights in Stewart Island at Stewart Island Lodge – 4* 4 nights in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa – 5*
24/7 support
On tour support and remote assistance through-out
Locations
Christchurch, Stewart Island, Queenstown
Tour Transport
Airport meet & greet Fully Private Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Internal flights
Flight from Christchurch to Stewart Island Flight from Stewart Island to Queenstown
Christchurch tours
Self walk through the botanic gardens including punting on the Avon River & Tram ride Akaroa Sightseeing Tour
Milford sound
Milford Sounds Cruise
2x Choice of tours
Choice of your preferred tour in Queenstown and Stewart Island
Meals
Daily Breakfast
Bonus value
Chocolates and Wine on arrival
Bonus Value
Late Check out on day of departure

Pricing & options:

From: $8,992.00 AUD
per person, twin share OR

Equire for solo pricing

Deposit: $500.00 per person

7 Day change of mind refund guarantee

Travel periods: 01 Nov 2021 – 31 Oct 2022

*Pricing is subject to change. Accommodation and dates are subject to availability.

Itinerary

Itinerary Inclusions Accommodation Upgrades & Extras Booking Conditions
Intro – Privately Escorted in Luxury Mercedes

Your luxury itinerary begins with a meet and greet at Queenstown airport upon arrival by your chauffeur driver/guide. Throughout your journey, you will be privately escorted in a luxury vehicle such as the 6 seater Mercedes V-Class (pictured below) for 2 to 4 guests.

Day 1 – Christchurch

Arrival into Christchurch. Private transfer to The George Hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel in an Executive Room.

* Breakfast included.

Day 2 – Christchurch

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy a Self walk around the Botanic Gardens, Punting on the Avon River & Tram City tour (group tour).

Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective. Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your Punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat.

The Christchurch Trams offer a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Family-friendly and ideal for locals and visitors alike, our beautifully-restored heritage trams are one of the city’s best loved attractions – and don’t forget kids go free!

Our all-day hop-on hop-off tickets allow you to visit the central city sights at your leisure and our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will keep you updated about the latest city changes in their informative live commentaries.

Explore the best of the central city from the 17 stops enroute: the Canterbury Museum & Botanic Gardens, Turanga and Margaret Mahy Playground are must-visit spots for families; and the many retail stores, bars and eateries at The Terrace, Cashel Street & Riverside Market, Arts Centre and New Regent Street offer fantastic shopping and dining options for all.

Overnight stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel in an Executive Room.

* Breakfast included.

Day 3 – Christchurch

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy an Akaroa Sightseeing Tour (private transfer).

Your tour guide/driver will pick you up and take you on a scenic trip to Akaroa. Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa. A charming small township nestled in an inner harbour bay of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. The township contains a host of historic buildings, craft and gift shops together with a multitude of idyllic photo opportunities. Lunch is available at the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village at the popular Bully Hayes.

Your return journey to Christchurch a stop will be made at the Barry’s Bay Cheese factory, where you will get to sample some fine New Zealand.

Overnight stay in The George Hotel in an Executive Room.

* Breakfast included.

Day 4 – Christchurch → Stewart Island

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast and check out from your hotel.

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at Christchurch airport for your flight to Stewart Island.

Overnight stay in Stewart Island at the Stewart Island Lodge.

* Breakfast included.

Day 5 – Stewart Island

After a full continental breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight stay in Stewart Island at the Stewart Island Lodge.

* Breakfast included.

Freedom of Choice Options

  • Wild Kiwi Encounter Cruise & Walk :
  • Depart from Stewart Island’s Halfmoon Bay in a catamaran for a cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove. During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island’s rich history. Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck. The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. The walk will take about 45 minutes one-way and the track emerges on to Ocean Beach. This wide sandy beach is where kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. Here in the darkness you will get to see the Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) – often searching for food. Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island.

OR

  • Snorkeling tour:
  • You will be supplied with warm wetsuits, masks, fins, and a boat ride to and from your snorkelling spots. Your divers will show you the Island waters below the boat and through the kelp gardens. “Stewart Island’s mysterious and beautiful underwater world boasts a unique and healthy ecosystem. The coasts are lined with tangled kelp forests with strands of kelp growing up to 10 meters long and providing some memorising scenic viewing below the waves. Many species of fish such as Greenbone, Blue Moki, Blue Cod, Trumpeter and Wrasse dart in and out of these forests. Occasionally a New Zealand Sea Lion or Fur Seal will gracefully float past and playfully interact with snorkelers. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for a sneaky octopus camouflaged in the rocks!

OR

  • Kayaking guided tour :
  • Your guide will pick you up from and return you to your accommodation. After our briefing we’re on the water to practice paddle strokes. We’ll be exploring along the beautiful bush-clad shoreline keeping a eye out (and ear open) for penguins and a host of seabirds going about their daily activities. We might visit the waters around the Faith, Hope and Charity Islands, head into Deep Bay and maybe reach Ringaringa Passage – where the Inlet meets the open ocean. All along the way we’ll be discovering the amazing and prolific sea life living in the crystal-clear water. Tour concludes by drop off back at your accommodation.

Day 6 – Stewart Island → Queenstown

Enjoy a full continental breakfast, check out and a private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival a private transfer will take you to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a Guest Room.

* Breakfast included.

Day 7 – Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy the Milford Sounds Cruise (private transfer).

Start the tour off with pick up from your hotel. On this full day tour to Milford Sound experience a stunning two-hour small boat nature cruise on the fjord – see waterfalls, fur seals and occasionally dolphins then transfer back to your hotel in Queenstown. This small group tour allows you to escape the crowds and offer a truly unique, top rated tour showcasing this spectacular and world-famous region.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a Guest Room.

* Breakfast included.

Day 8 – Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy the day at leisure in Queenstown.

Overnight in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

* Breakfast included.

Day 9 – Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

* Breakfast included.

Freedom of Choice Options

  • Walter peak cruise & lunch:
  • Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce sizzling away on the grill. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown’s alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a few hours. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era. The lunch menu has been refreshed with the introduction of our new executive chef. They’ve enhanced the seasonal menu with new salads, vegetables and a variety of succulent meats cooked on the wood-fired BBQ. We do not offer seafood for lunch, but vegetarian options are available and there are delectable desserts to make room for too. An entertaining farm demonstration is also included, or you can explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.

OR

  • Skyline Gondola & luge:
  • 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! You’ll be carried 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular 220-degree panorama with breath-taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and, of course, Queenstown. When you get to the top, enjoy the spectacular views while having a drink from the Bar & take a few rides on the thrilling Luge.

Day 10 – Queenstown

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast and check out.

Your private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at Queenstown airport.

* Breakfast included.

Luxury Inclusions
  • 3 nights in Christchurch at The George Hotel – 5*
  • 2 nights in Stewart Island at Stewart Island Lodge – 4*
  • 4 nights in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa – 5*
  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Fully Private Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
  • Flight from Christchurch to Stewart Island
  • Flight from Stewart Island to Queenstown
  • Self walk through the botanic gardens including punting on the Avon River & Tram ride
  • Akaroa Sightseeing Tour
  • Milford Sounds Cruise
  • Daily Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Freedom of Choice Days
Exclusions
  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.)
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
9 Nights in Luxury
  • 3 nights in Christchurch at The George Hotel – 5*
  • 2 nights in Stewart Island at Stewart Island Lodge – 4*
  • 4 nights in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa – 5*

The George Hotel
Christchurch
The luxury 5-star boutique hotel in Christchurch where you are guaranteed to receive impeccable service. The George Hotel in Christchurch typifies luxury at every level. Extensive facilities, comprehensive service, excellent quality and attention to detail. Experience our signature style and consistent personalised service. The George restaurant – the award-winning 50 bistro offers a beautiful setting overlooking Hagley Park, event spaces offer natural light, seclusion and all the modern conveniences while the accommodation offers 5-star comfort.

Stewart Island Lodge
Stewart Island

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Queenstown
This hotel is situated on the shores of the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu, three kilometres from Queenstown Airport. Queenstown is 10 kilometres away and there’s a water taxi for rides across the lake. Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa offers a heated indoor pool, full-service spa, fitness centre with Precor equipment, outdoor terrace with lake views, and multiple dining options.

Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One “Freedom of Choice” tour on day 5
  • One “Freedom of Choice” tour on day 9
  • Expand the itinerary below for more details.

    Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

    Terms and Conditions of Booking

    The following product terms and conditions apply in addition to our standard Booking Terms and Conditions:

    • Price: Shown in AUD
    • Prices are displayed FROM per person and are subject to change without notice
    • All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking
    • Black out dates, seasonal surcharges, currency exchange fluctuations, and other restrictions may apply
    • Prices, itinerary and conditions are subject to change
    • Guests may be responsible for local taxes and charges not aforementioned
    • Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to departure will incur cancellation fee of the deposit paid
    • Cancellations made 29-14 days prior to departure will incur 50% cancellation fee
    • Cancellations made less that 14 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee
    • No show will incur 100% no show fee
    • Final payment due no later than 30 days prior to travel
    • $550 deposit due per person at time of booking with progressive payments there after with final payment due no later than 30 days prior to travel.
    • All travellers must be vaccinated and may require negative pcr covid test
    • All travellers must have travel insurance

    Accommodation

    Christchurch

    The George Hotel

    The luxury 5-star boutique hotel in Christchurch where you are guaranteed to receive impeccable service. The George Hotel in Christchurch typifies luxury at every level. Extensive facilities, comprehensive service, excellent quality and attention to detail. Experience our signature style and consistent personalised service. The George restaurant – the award-winning 50 bistro offers a beautiful setting overlooking Hagley Park, event spaces offer natural light, seclusion and all the modern conveniences while the accommodation offers 5-star comfort.

    Stewart Island

    Stewart Island Lodge

    Private and secluded, Stewart Island Lodge is a wonderful place to relax in great comfort while providing a base for your island exploration. It’s just five minutes’ walk from the village centre where there are restaurants and a small pub.

    Queenstown

    Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

    This hotel is situated on the shores of the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu, three kilometres from Queenstown Airport. Queenstown is 10 kilometres away and there’s a water taxi for rides across the lake. Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa offers a heated indoor pool, full-service spa, fitness centre with Precor equipment, outdoor terrace with lake views, and multiple dining options.

    What to expect on your travels

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