11 Day Alpine Highlights Tour

Great views from Queenstown's Skyline Gondola - picture courtesy Kirra Tours

11 Day Alpine Highlights Tour

Tour Type: South Island Tour
Category Highlights Series
Duration: 11 days
Tour Starts in: Christchurch
Tour Finishes in: Christchurch

From AUD $2,295.00 (see full price list below)

Tour Dates (See Below)

Tour Description

Welcome to our 11 Day Alpine Highlights Tour of New Zealand's stunning South Island.

Come with us as we visit the "must see" South Island destinations. Beginning in Christchurch, we head south to the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, home to the much photographed Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue. Looking across Lake Tekapo Mt Cook looms large in the distance, and is our next stop. This World Heritage listed area has the tallest peaks in New Zealand, and the snow covered Southern Alps will take your breath away with their beauty.

Have your camera fully charged!

Dunedin is next on our itinerary. The architecture has a very Scottish theme, and included is a visit to historic Larnach Castle. With a free day in Dunedin there is ample opportunity to explore, and the optional Monarch Wildlife Cruise is highly recommended.

From Dunedin we head to Te Anau, a beautiful lakeside village best known as the closest settlement to magical Milford Sound. The optional cruise to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves is recommended (read reviews).

One of the highlights of your tour is next as we travel to Milford Sound for a scenic cruise. The trip from Te Anau to Milford is a feature in itself, and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Towering peaks, raging rivers, alpine valleys, cascading waterfalls and the Homer Tunnel combine to make this drive one that you will remember forever. Your cruise on Milford Sound promises more sensational scenery, and once there you will realise why it was once described by the famous English author Rudyard Kipling, as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".

Next stop Queenstown! Known as the "Adventure Capital", Queenstown is one of those places that combines unbelievable scenery and an almost endless supply of activities, all into one package. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by 2,000 metre high mountains, Queenstown is a favourite with thousands of travelers. Highly recommended are the optional cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Homestead, and the Skyline Gondola to Bob's Peak.

From Queenstown its over to Lake Wanaka then through Haast Pass to the wild West Coast and its rainforests and huge glaciers. The optional helicopter flight over the glaciers is highly recommended.

From the West Coast we head back to Christchurch via Arthurs Pass and the conclusion of our tour (you can also choose the option of heading back on the TranzAlpine train, one of the world's great train journeys).

Our 11 Day Alpine Highlights Tour is the perfect introduction to the stunning South Island.

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  • Accommodation for 10 nights in 3 to 3.5 star hotels
  • Meals - 7 dinners and 10 breakfasts
  • See stunning Lake Tekapo, and the Church of the Good Shepherd & Collie Dog
  • Visit the unusual Moeraki Boulders
  • Dunedin's historic Larnach Castle
  • A free day to explore Dunedin
  • The scenic lakeside village Te Anau
  • A scenic cruise on the magical Milford Sound
  • Queenstown's delights
  • Cromwell
  • Picturesque Lake Wanaka
  • The mighty West Coast glaciers
  • See artists at work in a jade (greenstone) factory

And much more!

Optional Extras

  • TranzAlpine Train Option $180
  • Single Room Supplement $615


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