12 Day Classic Southern Discovery Tour

The spectacular Southern Alps - picture courtesy Kirra Tours

12 Day Classic Southern Discovery Tour

Tour Type: South Island Tour
Category Classic Series
Duration: 12 days
Tour Starts in: Wellington
Tour Finishes in: Christchurch

From AUD $2,600.00 (see full price list below)

Tour Dates (See Below)

Tour Description

Come and join us on our 12 Day Classic Southern Discovery Tour. This is one of our most popular tours, and takes you to many of the most requested South Island hot spots.

Beginning in Wellington on the North Island, we board the famous Interislander ferry for the crossing of Cook Strait into the Marlborough Sounds at Picton. We visit the nearby Brancott Estate Winery for a tasting before continuing Southwards along the spectacular Kaikoura coast to Christchurch, the "Garden City", where we visit the International Antarctic Centre.

From Christchurch we head south to the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo (we highly recommend the optional flight over the Southern Alps), before continuing on to the World Heritage listed Mt Cook region, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Dunedin and its Scottish influenced charms await, including historic Larnach Castle. There is even time for you to enjoy a traditional Scottish haggis ceremony!

One of your tour highlights is next, as we make our way to the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau, the starting point for your day trip to the iconic Milford Sound. The drive to Milford Sound takes you over thundering rivers, past waterfalls, and through huge valleys (and of course the Homer Tunnel), before arriving at Milford Sound for your cruise. Milford Sound is New Zealand's number one attraction, and for good reason. Sheer cliffs rise into the clouds and waterfalls plummet into the depths of Milford. During the cooler months, snow lines the peaks, and helps to make this one of the most photographed places on earth.

Queenstown, known as the "Adventure Capital" is next on your itinerary. With free time here and literally hundreds of activities available, you won't be lost for something to do. Stunning scenery and location make Queenstown an unforgettable destination. Highly recommended are a Gondola trip to Bob's Peak (amazing views), or a thrilling jetboat ride.

From Queenstown we head through the lovely lakeside town of Wanaka, on our way to to Haast Pass and Fox Glacier. Weather permitting you might like to take the optional walk to the glacier's terminal face, or if feeling a little more adventurous, the optional flight over the glacier (an exhilarating experience).

From the glaciers we make our way via Arthurs Pass through the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

Come and join us on our incredible 12 Day Classic Southern Discovery Tour.


  • Meals - 10 dinners and 11 breakfasts
  • Accommodation - 11 nights in 3.5 to 4 star hotels
  • Guided tours in Christchurch and Dunedin
  • The famous Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton
  • Visit the Brancott Estate Winery for a tasting and afternoon tea
  • See the spectacular Kaikoura Coast, where the mountains meet the sea
  • Visit the World Heritage listed Mt Cook Region
  • Entrance to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • See huge Hydro Electric schemes
  • Visit Dunedin's historic Larnach Castle
  • A Scottish Haggis Ceremony
  • A cruise on iconic Milford Sound
  • See the beautiful Southern Lakes region
  • Cruise on the historic steamship the TSS Earnslaw, for dinner at Walter Peak
  • See the rugged West Coast and Fiordland regions including the West Coast glaciers
  • See artisans at work at a Jade factory
  • Visit Christchurch's International Antarctic Centre

And lots more!

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement $723
  • Tranz Alpine Train Option $180


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