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Southern Escape

Wellington to Christchurch

Trip Code: NTWC10
10 Days
15 Meals
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 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

Travel & Accommodation

Huge whale at sea

Whale Watching Cruise

Set off on a whale watching cruise from Kaikoura and keep your eyes peeled for the flick of a spectacular tail.

Double room with view of lake outside, Queenstown

Lakeview Stay

Enjoy a two night stay at Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeside and admire idyllic views of Lake Wakatipu.

Sky high shot of Milford Sound Fjordland

Milford Sound Cruise

Embark on a spectacular cruise of the full length of Milford Sound.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Please ensure your onward flight from Christchurch departs no earlier than 5pm
  • International/domestic flights not included in tour price
  • Ask us about pre and post accommodation
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
New Zealand Map NTWC10 2019/20
Wellington to Christchurch

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

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

Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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