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Hidden Gold of the South

  • Duration
    11 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
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Discover the hidden gold of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. Journey from the Otago Peninsula where wildlife abounds, to moody Fiordland National Park for a breathtaking cruise. Explore adrenaline seeking Queenstown, charming Arrowtown with its gold rush history, and picturesque Lake Wanaka. Head to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park for a visit to the Tasman Glacier terminus, and finish the tour near Christchurch with Hector’s dolphins and ecclectic art in French-inspired Akaroa…plus so much more!

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 10 , Lunches: 9 , Dinners: 10
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    10 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 3Learn More
    X A good level of fitness is required as you need to be comfortable walking for 2-3 hours and covering longer distances. Other activities such as cycling will be at a gentle pace and will involve straightforward terrain. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Longer walking and gentle paced physical activities.
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Tour Highlights

Our Hidden Gold of the South tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Hidden Gold of The South Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This adventure is ideal for traveller's with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of the South Island. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities.

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Dunedin
    Day 1: Arrive in Dunedin

    On arrival at Dunedin Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Once checked-in, take the time to wander around the city visiting its iconic train station, numerous museums and art galleries - or perhaps you are keen for some shopping! Later, we’ll meet in the hotel’s restaurant for dinner.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Dunedin - Larnach Castle & Otago Peninsula
    Day 2: Dunedin - Larnach Castle & Otago Peninsula

    This morning walk to the Lan Yuan Chinese Gardens for a guided tour of this culturally unique facility. Afterwards, we head out to Larnach Castle for a guided tour followed by lunch in the castle’s Ballroom Cafe. Tonight, on the Peninsula at dusk, we will bear witness to the brave little blue penguins coming ashore to find their nests - but not before an early dinner in a Dunedin favourite!

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Dunedin – Fiordland National Park
    Day 3: Dunedin – Fiordland National Park

    Rise early, pack your overnight bag and drive towards Fiordland National Park, stopping briefly in Gore along the way. Depending on availability, our overnight cruise will either be in Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound. Both just as magnificent as the other! If Doubtful Sound, we will grab our picnic lunches before boarding a smaller boat which crosses the waters of Lake Manapouri. A coach will then take us up and over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove where we will board our small ship. If Milford Sound, we will lunch in the small lakeside village of Te Anau before driving further into the National Park to meet our overnight vessel. This evening after our activities on-board, a buffet dinner will be a served.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Fiordland National Park - Arrowtown
    Day 4 : Fiordland National Park - Arrowtown

    After breakfast on the ship, enjoy the rest of the morning exploring other parts of either Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound before returning to our respective starting point - and then driving to our lunch spot at the Five Rivers Café & Art Gallery. Later, we will continue the scenic journey along Lake Wakatipu to our luxury accommodation for the next two nights. This evening, we will have an authentic dining experience in our hotel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Arrowtown - Skippers Canyon & Queenstown
    Day 5: Arrowtown - Skippers Canyon & Queenstown

    This morning, take an exciting 4WD safari tour through Skippers Canyon, visiting the famous suspension bridge, the original Skippers Township and a chance to try your luck panning for gold. No doubt this will be a huge highlight! Lunch today will be in Arrowtown at a café set in historic stables on the Village Green. You will also enjoy some free time to relax or explore Arrowtown’s quaint shops and scenic walking trails. This evening, we drive to Queenstown for a stroll along the stunning waterfront and have dinner in our favourite Asian-fusion restaurant.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Arrowtown - Bannockburn - Wanaka
    Day 6: Arrowtown - Bannockburn - Wanaka

    After breakfast this morning, re-live the Gold Rush and take a fascinating guided tour of the Lakes District Museum & Chinese Settlement in Arrowtown. We will then drive the scenic country roads, passing many vineyards along the way, to Bannockburn for a platter style lunch and wine tastings at dramatic Mt Difficulty. Later, we will continue driving to Lake Wanaka in time to check-in to our hotel. Enjoy dinner tonight in the Township and consider walking back to the hotel afterward along the serene lakefront.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Wanaka – Mount Cook
    Day 7: Wanaka – Mount Cook

    This morning we will meet our vessel on the Wanaka waterfront and cruise to Mou Waho Island for a challenging and guided nature walk. Here you can see first-hand results of conservation efforts including the rare flightless Buff Weka (extinct on the mainland since 1920) and the Mountain Stone Weta. After lunch back in Wanaka, we will drive to Mount Cook with a brief stop en-route at Omarama. Check-in to the famous Hermitage Hotel, located within the National Park itself, and enjoy a buffet dinner in one of their exclusive restaurants tonight.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Mount Cook - Glacier Tour & Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
    Day 8: Mount Cook - Glacier Tour & Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

    After a hearty breakfast, join the Glacier Explorers tour which includes a moderate 40 minute alpine walk through the National Park, plus a boat ride amongst icebergs of all shapes and sizes, to view the Tasman Glacier ice face. Enjoy lunch back at the Hermitage, and afterward use your free time to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Museum and Digital Dome Planetarium within the hotel’s complex. Dinner tonight will again be a buffet at the Hermitage.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Mt Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch
    Day 9: Mt Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

    After breakfast and a last glimpse of Mt Cook, drive to Lake Tekapo for a stop at the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, Sheep Dog Memorial and the new suspension bridge over the glacier fed turquoise waters. Lunch will be a bit further down the road in Geraldine. Once arriving in our final destination of the tour, Christchurch, we will have a short whip around the CBD and its iconic places both pre and post earthquake. Dinner will be on trendy Victoria Street this evening.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch
    Day 10: Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch

    Enjoy an early breakfast before driving along picturesque Banks Peninsula to the French colonial township of Akaroa, stopping briefly at Little River Café & Gallery on the way if possible. In Akaroa, we will embark on a Dolphin & Nature Cruise like no other and hopefully see the world’s smallest (and friendliest) Hector's dolphins. Lunch is on the waterfront, followed by a walk through the quirky mosaic gardens at The Giant’s House before returning to Christchurch. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Depart Christchurch
    Day 11: Depart Christchurch

    Any time before your flight home today is free at leisure. You will be transferred from your Hotel to Christchurch Airport according to the departure time of your onward flight.

    • Breakfast
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Hidden Gold of the South map

Places Visited: Dunedin (2N), Fiordland (1N), Arrowtown (2N), Lake Wanaka (1N), Mt Cook (2N), Christchurch (2N)

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