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For those hoping to experience New Zealand’s South Island in depth, take advantage of our 7-night South Island Explorer package. With overnight stays in Christchurch, Tekapo, Wanaka, and Queenstown, this New Zealand vacation is the best way to see the country’s southern region!

Your tour begins in Christchurch, with a day at leisure, before continuing on to Lake Tekapo. After a 3-hour scenic drive from Christchurch to Tekapo, you will check into your deluxe accommodation at Peppers Bluewater Resort. That evening, enjoy a Dark Sky-Stargazing tour of Mt John Night Observatory. Upon leaving Lake Tekapo, head to Wanaka to check into your suite at Edgewater. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the Isobel Glacier and Rob Roy Glacier (with helicopter transportation)!

Once you leave Wanaka, you will drive the last leg of your South Island road trip and will end up in Queenstown. Once you have dropped off your car and checked into your lake view Alpine Suite at Hotel St Moritz, you will have the rest of the day to explore the town at your leisure. May we suggest heading up to Bob’s Peak to take in the stunning views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu or to try out the famous Luge ride! Your time in Queenstown features a full day wilderness experience, including a jet boat ride and a track walk; and a full day milford sound experience including a glass-roof couch tour, a small boat cruise of Milford Sound, a visit to the underwater observatory, and a scenic flight over untouched wilderness.

When possible, we ensure that your day tours are run by local small group operators to deliver the most authentic experience. With a concentration on New Zealand’s South Island, this tour will bring you to places that most travelers don’t have the time to see. 

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Included Unique Activities

Dark Sky-Stargazing at Mt John Night Observatory

Dark Sky-Stargazing at Mt John Night Observatory

Full Day Glacier Discovery Tour

Full Day Glacier Discovery Tour

Full Day Aspiring Wilderness Experience

Full Day Aspiring Wilderness Experience

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, & Fly Tour

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, & Fly Tour

Accommodation

1 Night

Stylish Contemporary Hotel

1 Night

Luxury Lakeside Resort

2 Nights

Lakeside View Hotel

3 Nights

5-Star Boutique Hotel

Transportation

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Christchurch
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in Queenstown
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 4 Days

Dining Options Included

  • 7 Full Breakfasts
  • 3 Picnic Lunches; In Mt Aspiring National Park, on the Shores of Lake Sylvan, and on the Banks of Milford Sound

Points of Interest

  • Christchurch
  • Canterbury Museum
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Mt John Observatory
  • Lake Wanaka
  • Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Isobel Glacier
  • Rob Roy Glacier
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound

Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

Bob's Peak and Skyline Gondola, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

YEAR ROUND 

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $3,898 per person

Your 2022 Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 Nights in Authentic Superior Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Christchurch
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in Queenstown
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 4 Days

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • 7 Full Breakfasts
  • 3 Picnic Lunches; In Mt Aspiring National Park, on the Shores of Lake Sylvan, and on the Banks of Milford Sound

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Join An Experienced Guide to Gaze at the Skies From the Most Southern Research Observatory in the World
  • Scenic Helicopter Flight Through the Southern Alps to the Isobel Glacier, Followed by a Guided Hike to the Iconic Rob Roy Glacier
  • Dart River Jet Safari and Guided Mount Aspiring National Park Adventure
  • Discover Milford Sound's Varied Geography by Glass Roof Coach, Nature Cruise, and at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Christchurch
  • Canterbury Museum
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Mt John Observatory
  • Lake Wanaka
  • Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Isobel Glacier
  • Rob Roy Glacier
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

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Our agent, Jennifer, did an outstanding job organizing our trip. We had originally planned for 4 days, but hiring a driver was too expensive, and there were no rental cars available. She planned a train trip from Dublin to Kilkenny (absolutely great town- highly recommend a visit there) and then back to Dublin to stay in the Clontarf Castle. Everything went very smoothly and her recommendations were perfect. The Irish were/are the friendliest people we've ever met, and we can't wait to return. When we do, we will use Authentic Vacations again!

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