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Southern Escape

Wellington to Christchurch
Trip Code: NTWC10
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Mt Cook National Park

Journey to World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park, and choose from a wide range of activities.

Stunning Fiord Cruise

Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park.

Discover Queenstown

Choose to unwind or explore the stunning scenery of Queenstown, surrounded by majestic mountains and natural beauty.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 9 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NTWC10 2019-20

Wellington to Christchurch

Designed exclusively for our guests
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

Arrive in Wellington and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director.

Stay: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds.


Admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Blenheim.

Stay: Blenheim, Quality Hotel Marlborough

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Head to Kaikoura today and embark on an exciting whale watching cruise. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Elms Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Drive through the Southern Alps to Westland Tai Poutini National Park, home to the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers as well as spectacular lakes and rainforests. Travel along the west coast to enjoy picturesque alps. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense valleys.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Settle in for a two-night stay with the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains overseeing Lake Wakatipu.


Travel past the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, through Haast Pass, skirting the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown. Renowned for its world-class culinary scene, delicious food is always on the menu. During time at leisure, perhaps enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

Stay: Two Nights, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to choose one of our select experiences. You may wish to join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise to Walter Peak Station, offering an insight into farming life in New Zealand’s high country. Alternatively, perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for the most expansive panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). This evening, perhaps tantalise your taste buds as you discover Queenstown’s thriving dining scene.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with spectacular landscapes surrounding this World Heritage-listed area.


This morning after breakfast, skirt The Remarkables mountain range, tracing the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park and beyond to Milford Sound. Carved by ancient glaciers during the ice ages, today Milford Sound is widely regarded as one of the most incredible natural wilderness areas on Earth. Afterwards, continue by coach to Te Anau. After time to settle in to your hotel, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Leaving the Fiordland region, today you’ll journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a tour taking in the city’s most significant landmarks and learn of its rich history. Later, head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views, Larnach Castle provides a memorable holiday highlight. Take some time at leisure to explore the town as you please, before dining with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Arrive at your wonderful hotel, Peppers Bluewater Resort, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.


Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones were formed more than 60 million years ago and can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Later, continue to Lake Tekapo.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Your final day in New Zealand begins with a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the edge of Lake Tekapo. Enjoy the pristine natural beauty and the azure waters of the lake, with the backdrop of snowcapped mountains. Your journey then concludes on arrival at Christchurch Airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Dinner at Lake Tekapo

Enjoy a wholesome homemade dinner, cooked with fresh local produce, as the amazing views compliment your experience.

The Shores Of Lake Tekapo

Prepare yourself for spectacular mountain views as you reside just off the shores of the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo.

Stay Amid The Mountains

Enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables from your room at Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Lakeview.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary

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