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APT ToursAPT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer

A short but comprehensive tour of New Zealand's South Island.  Journey with APT through the Canterbury plains across the Southern Alps and float amongst the mountain giants in Milford Sound.  This tour is bursting with landscapes that will take your breath away at every turn. 

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 9 days/ 8 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer

Day 1: Join your tour in Christchurch. Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 2: Christchurch to Franz Josef via the TranzAlpine Scenic train. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Franz Josef to Queenstown. Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 4: Exploration day in Queenstown. Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 5: Queenstown to Te anau including a trip to Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 6: Te Anau to Dunedin sightseeing. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 7: Discover Mt Cook Australasia's tallest mountain. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 8: Visit Lake Tekapo in the way back to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 9: Depart Christchurch.

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APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Join your tour in Christchurch

APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Day 1

Arrive into Christchurch

You'll be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You'll have plenty of time to settle in, explore or relax. Tonight celebrate with new friends at a welcome dinner.

Your Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

The Commodore Hotel stands at the gateway to Christchurch on seven acres of award-winning native New Zealand gardens. This stylish airport accommodation offers all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay.

Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 2: Christchurch to Franz Josef via the TranzAlpine Scenic train

APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Day 2

Christchurch to Franz Josef including the TranzAlpine train

Board one of the world's greatest rail adventures this morning, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train, disembark at Arthur's Pass and travel to Hokitika, where you will see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery.  Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort for a four-course degustation dinner.

Your Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Franz Josef to Queenstown

APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Day 3

Franz Josef to Queenstown

Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel through to Queenstown today.  Skirting alongside the Haast river valley before heading inland. Tonight relax in Queenstown New Zealand's adventure capital.  Dinner will be booked by your guide and you can choose from the waterside seafood restaurant Finz, take a ride on the gondola to the Skyline restaurant, enjoy dinner and a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamboat or dine amid the stylish surrounds of Elements Restaurant in town.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Centrally located the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel is nestled beside Lake Wakatipu on which Queenstown sits. This fresh, modern hotel offers contemporary rooms plus superb, uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains or adjoining gardens.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 4: Exploration day in Queenstown

APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Day 4

Adventure day in Queenstown

Enjoy an undisturbed day to experience all that Queenstown with its majestic natural surrounds and lively city centre has to offer.  Immerse yourself in the beautiful city as you enjoy exploring at your leisure. You may like to use this time to stroll along the lightning bolt shaped shores of Lake Wakatipu or perhaps you'll spend it browsing through the stores in this bustling central shopping district.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Centrally located the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel is nestled beside Lake Wakatipu on which Queenstown sits. This fresh, modern hotel offers contemporary rooms plus superb, uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains or adjoining gardens.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 5: Queenstown to Te anau including a trip to Milford Sound

APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Day 5

Queenstown, Milford Sound to Te Anau

Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along Milford Road.  Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Horner Tunnel to be met by the majestic sight of Mitre Peak.  Within Milford Sounds, you'll see towering mountains climb straight out of the sea, be entranced by the verdant rainforest as it clings to sheer rock walls and watch in awe as cascading waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into the sea below.  It's a true joy to be able to experience a part of the world that maintains such a pristine atmosphere.  After exploring the fiord, enjoy a drive through the picturesque countryside to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau set against the stunning backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front this hotel is just a few minutes stroll from the shops, cafes and many activities Te Anau has to offer.

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 6: Te Anau to Dunedin sightseeing

APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Day 6

Te Anau to Dunedin

Today travel from Southland to Dunedin.  Known as the Edinburgh of the South this former gold-mining town was once New Zealand's largest city thanks to an influx of miners during the gold-rush.  This afternoon, choose from our range of activities, a tour of Larnach castle, a trip on the Taieri Gorge railway or even a tour of the local brewery. These are just a few of the options available to you.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 7: Discover Mt Cook Australasia's tallest mountain

APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Day 7

Dunedin to Mt Cook

Today, travel north via the Waitaki Valley and Oamaru.  See the unique collection of elegant Victorian-style architecture here, as you follow the coast to view the mysterious Moeraki boulders.  These unique formations are concretions that formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago.  Some of these incredible boulders are up to three metres in diameter and along the rugged shoreline, the smooth erosion of the near perfect spheres is breathtaking.  Later follow the shores of blue Lake Pukaki before entering spectacular Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 8: Visit Lake Tekapo in the way back to Christchurch

APT Tours 10 Day Southern Tourer - Day 8

Mt Cook to Christchurch

This morning travel to beautiful Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, perched on its shores.  Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region.  Absorb the serenity of this magical area before continuing to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, for the final night of your luxury holiday.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city’s CBD and overlooks scenic Latimer Square, an iconic New Zealand green space with ample room for travellers to enjoy.

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 9: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Today your New Zealand adventure comes to an end.  After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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