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13 nights / 12 days itinerary in New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand’s South Island

From £10,690
for two adults

  • Adventure


  • Celebrate


  • Discovery


Containing some of the world’s most picturesque scenery, the South Island of New Zealand is a thrilling destination for any traveller. The varied landscapes and wide range of activities, from a scenic cross-country train ride, to cruising the Milford Sound, make for a diverse journey of unforgettable experiences, all contained within one island. Whether you prefer hiking in a glacier or relaxing in its surrounding hot pools, your 12-day journey on the South Island strikes a perfect balance, ideal for the active traveller and leisure enthusiast alike. In addition to the hiking, mountain biking, and cattle mustering in which you can certainly partake, you will also unwind at luxurious hotels, and spend time exploring the country’s sophisticated culinary culture. Your 12-day journey will highlight the pristine natural landscapes and adventurous spirit of New Zealand’s South Island.

  • Take a leisurely stroll through the parks in Christchurch, also known as New Zealand’s “Garden City”
  • Sit back and relax as you travel from coast to coast by rail
  • Enjoy the scenic drive from Greymouth to Hokitika
  • Hike around the Franz Joseph Glacier for one of the most amazing outdoor experiences in New Zealand
  • Relax in the glacier’s nearby hot pools, admiring the lush scenery around you
  • Enjoy the impressive culinary offerings at Eichardt’s Private Hotel, your home in Queenstown
  • Take a scenic flight over the Milford Sound for a unique perspective on this remarkable fjord
  • Take an e-bike out for the day in the Mackenzie region, to explore the area on your own
  • Visit with New Zealand’s famous blue penguins and experience them in their natural habitat
  • Keep your eyes peeled for Hector’s dolphins, the smallest of their kind in the world, on a harbour cruise
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George Hotel, Christchurch

B&B Basis | 2 nights 

With tranquil views over Hegley Park and immediate access to the rest of the city, the location of The George Hotel offers the best of both worlds in New Zealand’s “Garden City.” Guests love its sophisticated, contemporary design, as well as its two acclaimed restaurants with curated seasonal menus. With only 53 rooms, this boutique property offers personalised service, and offers visitors the perfect home base for a stay in Christchurch. 

Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef

B&B Basis | 1 night

Located in the rainforest of the South Island’s West Coast, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly that – a luxury eco-retreat surrounded by nature. Unwind after a thrilling day of exploration at the nearby Franz Joseph Glacier, with a fabulous meal in the treetops. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and barefoot luxury of this beautiful hideaway.

Eichardt's Private Hotel, Queenstown

B&B Basis | 2 nights

Eichardt’s Private Hotel is an iconic lakefront property in Queenstown, dating back to 1866. With a fascinating history and stunning landmark structure, the hotel is a long-standing favourite for New Zealand’s most discerning travellers. In addition to its beautifully appointed suites and apartments, and combination of the old and the new, the culinary offerings here are not to be missed. 

The Lindis Lodge, Omarama

B&B Basis | 2 nights

With its recent opening in the fall of 2018, the Lindis Lodge has become an instant icon on New Zealand’s South Island. The unique setting offers guests unparalleled stargazing opportunities, along with endless other activities for adventurous travellers, from horse riding to a flight aboard the property’s glider. The accommodations combine luxurious appointments with a rustic eco-chic aesthetic, making for an extremely comfortable stay and distinct sense of place.

Pen-y-bryn Lodge, Oamaru

B&B Basis | 1 night

Originally a private residence, the Pen-y-bryn Lodge is a charming Victorian hotel located in the heart of Omaru. As a guest you are in the perfect location to enjoy the surrounding area, and to indulge in the excellent dining options. With only five rooms, the lodge offers an intimate and homely stay experience with a warm residential feel. 

Annandale Shepherd’s Cottage

B&B Basis | 2 nights

Set on a working farm on a hill in Akaroa, Annandale’s Shepherd’s Cottage inspires a feeling of tranquility immediately on arrival, with its elegant simplicity. In the distance, take in the views of the Pacific Ocean and neighbouring mountain range, while immediately outside, enjoy the pastoral setting of the surrounding farmland. Shepherd’s Cottage is the perfect place to disconnect, and enjoy the incredible culinary offerings of the Annandale properties.

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