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Travelmarvel

Southern Escape

Christchurch Return

Trip Code: NTCC8
8 Days
12 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 7 nights in premium accommodation
  • 12 meals - 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and experienced Driver
  • Premium air-conditioned coach travel
  • Special Farewell Dinner
  • Ride the iconic TranzAlpine Train across the Southern Alps
  • Cruise Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls
  • Stay at Peppers Bluewater Resort, near the shores of beautiful Lake Tekapo

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include all sightseeing, cruises, entrance fees as specified, and airport transfers on the first and last day
  • Ask us about pre and post accommodation
  • This tour forms part of the NT15 New Zealand Getaway
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
New Zealand Map 2024-2025 NTCC8
Christchurch Return

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Enhance Your Journey

Travelmarvel provides further opportunity to pursue your special interests and enhance your holiday with a range of optional experiences

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

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Elms Hotel

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  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on one of the world’s great rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train. Watch the South Island’s snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills glide past from the comfort of your seat.

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Franz Josef - Helicopter Ride (additional charges apply - enquire for details)


Ride the iconic TranzAlpine train, then drive through the Southern Alps, home to the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, as well as spectacular lakes and rainforests.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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  • 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. The city is renowned for its world-class food, so during time at leisure, perhaps enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

Stay: Two Nights, Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Ride the Skyline Gondola 450 metres above the city to the top of Bob’s Peak and check out the view as all of Queenstown spreads below you.

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experiences in Queenstown - Shotover Jet Boat Ride or the TSS Earnslaw Cruise (additional charges apply - enquire for details)


After heading up to Bob's Peak, enjoy lunch at one of the FergFoods restaurant located throughout the city centre (Fergburger, FergsBar, Mrs. Ferg & FergBaker), then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Why not try one of our Select Experiences? Join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise to Walter Peak Station, offering an insight into farming life in New Zealand’s high country, or take an exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat ride (both at own expense). This evening, perhaps tantalise your tastebuds as you discover Queenstown’s thriving foodie scene.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Aerial view of the town on the lake surrounded by the mountain ranges

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. Your reward is a cruise along the full length of the sound. Carved by ancient glaciers, Milford Sound is widely regarded as one of the most incredible natural wilderness areas on earth. Later, continue by coach to Te Anau. After time to settle in to your hotel, enjoy dinner.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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  • 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. Take some time at leisure to explore the town as you please.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

View majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s stylish 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, en route to Lake Tekapo, journey into Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park to admire the sublime alpine scenery. Arrive at your hotel, Peppers Bluewater Resort, situated near the shores of Lake Tekapo.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

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  • 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. Your journey then concludes on arrival at Christchurch Airport.

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  • Breakfast

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