7 DAY TOUR: SOUTH ISLAND SENSATIONS
Welcome to the Spectacular South of New Zealand
The South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience. From rugged coastlines to lush plains, experience amazing views. Renowned for its majestic mountains, stunning lakes, glaciers and waterfalls, it is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand in surface area, the North Island being the smaller but more populous.
You will love this country!
We can operate this itinerary as an individual tour for your choir or we will be taking expressions of interest from individuals wishing to participate in these extended tours. The tour dates and confirmation will depend on meeting minimum tour numbers.
Day 1 - Christchurch
Arrive Christchurch. We have time to relax and unwind in Christchurch (known as the Garden City). You could be forgiven for thinking you were in England! Nostalgia influenced early immigrant city planners - Christchurch was built with England in mind. Explore one of the many beautiful gardens, parks, or the Gothic style Art Centre, the Arts and culture heart of Christchurch. You could take a trip out to the French seaside settlement of Akaroa, visit the ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ or the Antarctic Centre, or just relax while punting down the Avon River which runs through the heart of Christchurch. Another option is the tramway if you would like to explore the city in heritage style which combines history and sightseeing. Check into your Accommodation.
Day 2 - Christchurch - CONCERT
Today provides the opportunity for another relaxing and sightseeing day prior to our afternoon/evening concert.
Day 3 - Christchurch - Mount Cook - Omarama
Expect to be impressed by the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand’s South Island! See expansive and fertile river plains of the Canterbury Plains, high country farmland and sub alpine landscapes of the McKenzie Pass. Take in the iridescent blues of the glacier fed lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Most impressive however, are views of the Southern Alps and Mt Cook Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest peak. Along the way, we stop at points of interest including the Church of the Good Shepherd with its wonderful stained-glass windows framing a majestic view of the mountains.
We visit Mt Cook township, where the opportunity is yours to take an optional scenic flight of the Southern Alps and Mt Cook itself and the glaciers.
Day 4 - Omarama - Dunedin - CONCERT
This morning we travel beside Lake Benmore and view New Zealand’s largest Hydro Dam. We continue out towards the East coast where we have the opportunity to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders, which look like giant marbles on the beach. Debate continues as to how these formations came to be, their symmetry amazes even the most accomplished geologist.
We continue traveling south through lush dairy and sheep farms of Southland before we arrive in Dunedin the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, which becomes evident as we take a tour of the city. What about a walk up the steepest street in the world before arriving at our hotel. Like Christchurch is to England, Dunedin is to Scotland! Don’t be surprised if you see or hear a bagpiper wandering through the streets tonight. This evening there is the opportunity for a concert.
Day 5 - Dunedin - Queenstown
We farewell Dunedin. and travel out into the lush sheep grazing pastures of Otago and Southland, to Queenstown, truly one of the most picturesque settings in the world.
Day 6 - Queenstown at Leisure
Queenstown is well known as New Zealand's "Adventure Capital" and this reputation is well earned. You can opt for a thrilling jet boat ride down a canyon. For those with a daredevil approach to life there’s the world’s first Bungy jump site, or many more adrenalin pumping activities. Maybe a lazy day fishing for Trout or Salmon or just relax in a café after shopping. Head out across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station aboard the ‘TSS Earnslaw’ steamship for morning tea or afternoon tea on a working sheep station. There is always plenty to see, hear and experience in Queenstown… you'll never want to leave, and you will never run out of places to explore!
Today is yours to enjoy as you wish and the options are endless. You may choose to relax. Long walks, lunch on the majestic steamboat TSS Earnslaw, wine trails, art trails, galleries, golfing, museums, shopping, trip to Milford Sound or explore the historic goldmining settlement of Arrowtown and much more. Find a quiet spot to take in the remarkable surroundings. Maybe visit a winery. The choice is yours.
You could even ride the Skyline Gondola up to Bob’s Peak for a delicious buffet dinner with stunning views of Queenstown; your breath will be taken away by the views from the Skyline Gondola. Whilst up Bob’s Peak, luge rides and bungy jumping are available.
Day 7 - Queenstown at Leisure
This morning is free to enjoy the sights of Queenstown as you wish before you start the journey home or on to another destination. We can tailor make an itinerary to suit your specific touring requirements.
Or view some of our other tempting pre-tour or post-tour options
With the whole of New Zealand at your feet we can tailor the perfect package to suit your group. You can combine Short Tours or create an all new bespoke itinerary, you can add in performances along the way or keep it as a relaxing visit to our beautiful country…really the choice is yours…contact us to start making your dream come alive and we will help you create true #momentsthatmatter.
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Bay of Islands Discovery
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A Taste of Middle Earth
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7 DAY TOUR:
North Island Escape
Your extended tour of the North Island takes in Hobbiton and the Art Deco capital of the world. And you will see some specular scenery on the way! This is a perfect way to wind down post Symposium.