Southern Highlights Tour

The Southern Highlights Tour is an extended version of our Taste of the South Tour starting in Dunedin before finishing in Christchurch. 

This is the perfect tour to relax and take in the best of the South Island. This small group tour will take up to 10 guests plus guide/driver. 

Our tour starts in Dunedin where you have 2 days to enjoy the sights of this wonderful southern city. We will have a group meet and greet in Dunedin before we head to Bluff via the beautiful coastline and the Catlins Forest Park. The Catlins is a stunning area in the south eastern corner of the South Island with beautiful coastal beaches, forest and farmland. We will visit the petrified forest at Curio Bay. We end our day at the end of State Highway 1 at Bluff where we stay for the night. 

We explore Invercargill and the Bill RIchardson Transport World, one of New Zealand's best attractions. You will get to sample a local specialty, a Southland Cheese Roll (one cannot go to Southland without trying a cheese roll). After Invercargill we make our way to Riverton for a guided tour of Te Hikoi, the local Riverton Museum, then on to Tuatapere where you can lend a hand at making another local legend, The Tuatapere Sausage. We end the day in Te Anau where we will be based for 2 nights. 

The Doubtful Sound Wilderness cruise is one of the best day trips and experiences in New Zealand. Stunning scenery, informative commentary and friendly staff and crew. 

In Te Anau we will join Pete of Cruise Te Anau for a Lake Te Anau cruise which includes a short bush walk. 

We will make our way to Queenstown where we will stay for 2 nights. 

Cruise onboard the TSS Earnslaw Steamship from Queenstown to Walter Peak Station including a BBQ lunch. You will have plenty time to explore the sights of Queenstown. 

We will make our way west through Wanaka and the Haast Pass to Fox Glacier. Feel free to add a scenic flight or helicopter flight with glacier landing, this is weather dependent and can be organised closer to the time. 

Our penultimate day takes us from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef Glacier where we will do a short walk so we can view the glacier itself. We will continue north to Greymouth to catch the Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch, the Tranz Alpine is one of the world's great scenic rail journeys. 

Our tour concludes in Christchurch. You are welcome to add an extra night if you would like to explore the Garden City. You may be interested in doing our Christchurch CIty Tour

  • Suitable for Adults and Seniors
  • Region South Island
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Month of Departure November
  • Small group tours

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From $6,829 per Couple

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What is Included

  • Transport in a private 15 seat van
  • Stunning scenery along the way
  • Stunning scenery along the way
  • Meals
  • Accommodation

Tour Highlights

Itinerary

  • Day 1, 27th November 2022, Arrival in Dunedin

    Arrive in Dunedin. There will be a shuttle arranged to collect those from Dunedin Airport to the hotel

    Accommodation for 2 nights at Distinction Dunedin Hotel, breakfast included both mornings

  • Day 2, 28th November 2022, Dunedin Day

    Today is your day to explore the city of Dunedin at your own leisure.

    We will have a group meet and greet with your host / guide / driver Pete at Parcels Restaurant at 1800. The restaurant is found at the hotel where we are staying.

  • Day 3, 29th November 2022, Dunedin - Bluff

    This morning we depart Dunedin following the Southern Scenic Route along the coast before a coffee stop in Balclutha. We head to the Catlins where we will visit Kaka and Nugget Points. If the weather allows there is a short walk of 900m to the lighthouse at Nugget Point for those who may be interested.
    We will head to Owaka where entry to the Catlins Museum is included in the package, followed by lunch at the Catlin's Inn. Lunch at your own expense.
    After lunch we will head to the Puraukanui Falls for a short walk before continuing on to Curio Bay and the Petrified Forest.

    Our Day finishes at the end of State Highway 1 at Stirling Point in Bluff where we stay at Land's End Hotel for 1 night. We will have a group dinner at Oyster Cove Restaurant, right next to the hotel. Meal included in the package, drinks additional.

  • Day 4, 30th November 2022, Bluff - Te Anau

    If the weather allows we will head to the top of Bluff Hill to view Stewart Island and Foveaux Strait before heading to Invercargill to visit the Bill Richardson Transport World. After your wander through Transport World you can enjoy a coffee and a cheese roll otherwise known in these parts as "Southland Sushi" and a coffee.
    We will head west from Invercargill to Riverton for a guided tour of Te Hikoi, the local Riverton Museum, this is an excellent museum and the local guide is a great way to ask questions along the way.
    Our next stop is at Tuatapere where you can lend a hand and taste another famous delicacy in these parts, the Tuatapere Sausage.
    We end the day in Te Anau where we stay at Distinction Luxmore Hotel for 2 nights. Breakfast included both mornings.

  • Day 5, 1st December 2022, Doubtful Sound

    Today we visit one of the jewels of Fiordland, Doubtful Sound. We start in Manapouri making our way across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. We will be taken over the Wilmot Pass before spending 3 hours on Doubtful Sound. This is a stunning day and one to remember.

    We will provide you with a picnic lunch from a local cafe in Te Anau, additional drinks and snacks can be purchased on the boats.

  • Day 6, 2nd December 2022, Te Anau - Queenstown

    After a hearty breakfast this morning we will meet Pete from Cruise Te Anau and head out on Lake Te Anau, New Zealand's 2nd largest lake. Pete will take us to the south fiord before a short bush walk in Fiordland National Park to Hidden Lakes.
    We leave Te Anau sharply after the cruise heading for a lunch stop at Garston, Northern Southland before visiting Arrowtown.

    Accommodation for the next 2 nights are at Heritage Queenstown. Breakfast included both mornings.

  • Day 7, 3rd December 2022, Queenstown Day

    Today is a relaxing day to explore Queenstown and Arrowtown areas. Enjoy a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw steamship with a wonderful BBQ lunch at Walter Peak Station.

    If you would like to do other activities please let us know. You could even have a round of golf for those who would like to do that.

    Own arrangements for dinner this evening. You can enjoy a meal at Kinross or you may wish to go to Arrowtown for a meal, we can get you there.

  • Day 8, 4th December 2022, Kinross - Fox Glacier

    Today is full of stunning scenery.
    We leave Kinross this morning to head over the Crown Range to Wanaka and on to State Highway 6 and the Haast Pass. We will have plenty of stops along the way for comfort and refreshments.
    We end the day at Fox Glacier and Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel. Breakfast is included for tomorrow morning.

  • Day 9, 5th December 2022, Fox Glacier - Christchurch

    We will leave Fox Glacier this morning to head over the hill to Franz Josef Glacier.
    Scenic flights and helicopter rides with glacier landings can be arranged closer to the time. Please chat with us for options.
    We will do a short walk to view the Franz Josef Glacier, if the weather allows before continuing north to Greymouth. There are a number of historic gold mining towns along State Highway 6 as we make our way north. We will have a quick look through Hokitika.
    At Greymouth we board the Tranz Alpine train to take us to Christchurch. The Tranz Alpine is a stunning journey, one of the world's best scenic train journeys. It travels through thick West Coast bush, passing Lake Brunner before climbing over the main divide and Arthur's Pass National Park and Canterbury High Country, across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. You will be greeted on arrival in Christchurch and transported to your accommodation
    Accommodation tonight is very close to the station at the Golden Star Motel. The motel is a short walk from a whole host of restaurants, bars and cafes in Riccarton area.

  • Day 10, 6th December 2022, Depart Christchurch

    This is the last day. We will arrange for you to be transported to Christchurch Airport to return home.

    If you wish to spend more time in Christchurch please let us know. You may be interested in our Christchurch City Tour.

Meet your Guide

Pete Salvesen

  • Suitable for Adults and Seniors
  • Region South Island
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Month of Departure November
  • Small group tours

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From $6,829 per Couple

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