The Southern Drift Summer 2017

Tour Type: Hidden Journey
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2017

With a small group of explorers you'll stay in boutique retreats, resorts and hotels in unique locations, with gourmet cuisine to match. And we don't just show you the places, we create immersive experiences you'll never forget.You'll enjoy Insider moments like? feeling at one with nature on the West Coast Treetops Walkway. Roaming among the tree tops, you'll enjoy a bird's eye view of Lake Mahinapua and the wildlife that makes its home in the ancient canopy.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • Cruise overnight on spectacular Milford Sound and across the Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island.
  • View the rainforest from the Treetop Walkway and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.
  • Visit Franz Josef Glacier, historic Arrowtown, a jade factory and the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.
Dining Highlights
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners.
  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest).
First class travel Highlights
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage, local tips and charges
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13428116

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
12 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1ChristchurchArrive Christchurch: Welcome to Christchurch! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). Spend some free time to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand's only open-range zoo. This evening meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner.Welcome Reception, Dinner
The George
Day 2PunakaikiChristchurch - Punakaiki: First up it's all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass, where you'll re-join your coach and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight you'll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation
Day 3Franz JosefPunakaiki - Franz Josef: You'll have a leisurely start to the day before visiting the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a Local Specialist jade carver. Then take the West Coast Treetop Walk through the canopy of lush rainforest. Now you're off to the gold-mining town of Ross before arriving at Franz Josef Glacier, for a guided tour to the viewing area of this mighty glacier with a Local Specialist. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. Why not enjoy Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Day 4QueenstownFranz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights): You'll have the opportunity to see the glacier from the air on a scenic flight (own expense). Later today, travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora. You'll also stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Tonight you'll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps and framed by the Remarkables Mountain Range.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Millbrook Resort Authentic Accommodation
Day 5QueenstownQueenstown Free Time: Today is free for you to explore New Zealand's adventure capital on your own. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in spa treatment at your resort. Tonight you'll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob's Peak for your Regional Dinner with views overlooking stunning Queenstown.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 6QueenstownQueenstown Free Time: Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery, a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River or get wet white water rafting down the Kawarau River! Tonight you can dine at one of the many local restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort.Buffet Breakfast
Day 7Milford SoundQueenstown - Milford Sound: Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to a photographer's paradise, surrounded by Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the amazing Mirror Lake. Walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and later take some time to kayak on this majestic fiord. Enjoy dinner on your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. You'll cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea with plenty of time to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Milford Mariner Authentic Accommodation
Day 8Stewart IslandMilford Sound - Stewart Island (2 Nights): Enjoy early morning activities on board. Then it's lunchtime in Te Anau. Continue to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. You'll board a ferry at Bluff to cruise to Stewart Island for a wondrous experience. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, sweeping sands, flora, fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you'll get a glimpse into an enviable simpler, slower lifestyle. You can dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel.Buffet Breakfast
Bay Motel
Day 9Stewart IslandStewart Island: This morning you're off on a Village and Bays tour before cruising on Paterson Inlet and enjoying lunch. You'll stop at Ulva Island and this afternoon take a tour with a Local Specialist from the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island's wildlife sanctuary. You'll learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up-close to native flora and fauna, a day of exploration and education. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10Mt. CookStewart Island - Mt. Cook: Board a ferry to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back towards Queenstown. Travel over the Lindis Pass and into the MacKenzie high country, along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the foothills of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
The Hermitage
Day 11ChristchurchMt. Cook - Christchurch: See Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you'll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then you're welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest barbecue lunch in their 600 acre garden. Travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how it is being rebuilt after the earthquake of 2011.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
The George
Day 12Depart ChristchurchDepart Christchurch: Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your hidden journey comes to an end with your transfer to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
02/26/2018$5,195.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/05/2018$5,195.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
03/12/2018$5,195.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/19/2018$5,195.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
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