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6 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin

Travel Christchurch to Mt Cook to Queenstown, then visit Milford Sound before taking the Taieri Gorge Train to Dunedin, finish your tour in Christchurch

 New Zealand independent tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 6 days/ 5 nights
 Motels
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New Zealand Milford Sound
New Zealand Mt Cook National Park

At a glance - 6 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch, transfer to accommodation. Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown. Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 3: Milford Sound day tour with Real Journeys. Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 4: Queenstown to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Train. Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 5: Dunedin to Christchurch. Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 6: Depart Christchurch today.

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6 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch, transfer to accommodation

Private transfer Christchurch airport to your accommodation

On arrival you will be met by a private driver and delivered to your Christchurch accommodation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Christchurch Hop On Hop Off City Tour - 24 hour ticket (Two loops)

Discover the true magic of city sightseeing on-board this city tour bus. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views. Join friendly local guides as they take you on a journey of discovery through Christchurch. Listen to "live" entertaining and informative commentary and learn about the fascinating history, from pioneering days to modern times.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

The Bella Vista Motel and Apartments, Christchurch, offer accommodation in a great range of comfortable modern units with excellent facilities.

Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown with Great Sights

Today you head into the heart of the South Island. First crossing the vast Canterbury Plains , then you enter the MacKenzie Country home to large high country sheep stations. The picturesque town of Lake Tekapo, is the first of the large Southern Lakes on your journey and you'll enjoy a short stop here to take in the picturesque lake and one of the most photographed buildings in the country, the Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue on to Lake Pukaki where on clear days you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Mt Cook towering over the lake. The scenic drive along the lake delivers you into the heart of the national park and Mt. Cook Village. At Mt Cook Village you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel. After lunch you'll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. Alternatively you can experience a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight for incredible views of mountain peaks and glaciers (additional cost, weather permitting - this flight can be arranged with your driver guide on the day). Twizel, just south of Mt. Cook was the location of many Lord of the Rings movie scenes and a little further on is Omarama where a short afternoon tea stop is available (own expense). Crossing the Lindis Pass this is one of New Zealand's highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres, you pass from the Mackenzie Basin into Central Otago. The next major town is Cromwell, a major fruit growing region, which sits at the head of the Kawarau Gorge. If time allows you'll visit the Jones Family Orchard, where you can sample the local produce from Cromwell and surrounds. Follow the sheer cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge towards Queenstown and the Gibbston Valley, one of New Zealand's premier wine growing regions. Approaching Queenstown the impressive Remarkables mountain range come into view and then beautiful Lake Wakatipu as you head towards the adventure and activity capital of New Zealand.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Blue Peaks Lodge offers well equipped self contained rooms with a fantastic location overlooking Queenstown and is just an easy five minutes walk to the Queenstown lakefront.

Meals included: Lunch

Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 3: Milford Sound day tour with Real Journeys

Milford Sound Nature Cruise with return luxury coach transfers from Queenstown

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended 2½ hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord.
On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way.
On reaching Milford Sound, you board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Blue Peaks Lodge offers well equipped self contained rooms with a fantastic location overlooking Queenstown and is just an easy five minutes walk to the Queenstown lakefront.

Meals included: Lunch

Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 4: Queenstown to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Train

Private transfer with Limousine Services to Pukerangi, then Taieri Gorge Train to Dunedin

Steeped in early settler history this journey features spectacular changing scenery with magnificent pioneer stone work and engineering along the railway. A combination of modern carriages with panoramic views and immaculately restored traditional versions make this a truly memorable train ride. Arriving at Pukerangi, transfer to your private transfer and continue to Queenstown through the rugged rock landscape of Central Otago.

Dunedin train station transfer to accommodation

You will be met at the train station and transferred to your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Motel on York

Motel on York is located in the heart of Dunedin city. It offers superior luxury accommodation only 300 metres away from cafes and restaurants. Qualmark 5 star rated.

Motel on York

Day 5: Dunedin to Christchurch

Dunedin accommodation to coach stop transfer

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the coach stop in time for your departure.

Dunedin to Christchurch by Intercity Coach

The drive follows the Otago Coastline as you head north from Dunedin. Pass through the unique town of Oamaru,  famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. The port town of Timaru is next and then the vast Canterbury Plains. Crossing New Zealand's longest bridge at Rakaia you can view some great examples of the South Island's famous braided rivers.

Private transfer Intercity coach stop to accommodation

A private transfer will collect you from the coach stop and transfer you to your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

The Bella Vista Motel and Apartments, Christchurch, offer accommodation in a great range of comfortable modern units with excellent facilities.

Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 6: Depart Christchurch today

Private transfer to Christchurch airport

You will be collected from your accommodation and a private transfer will deliver you to Christchurch airport in time for your departing flight.

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