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SCENIC SOUTHERN CIRCLE

10 Days

$4350 pp
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SCENIC SOUTHERN CIRCLE

Departures

  • February 8, 2023
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  • April 12, 2023
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Prices

  • Only $4350 per person Twin share from Auckland/Wellington/Tauranga

What's included?

  • Return airfares from Auckland / Tauranga/Wellington/
  •  Quality accommodation in twin or single rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner each evening
  • Dinner on board the Tramcar in Christchurch
  • Tranz Alpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Nile River Forest Railway, Charleston
  • Cruise & Lunch Abel Tasman National park
  • Visit to Omaka Aviation Heritage centre
  • Lunch at Wither Hills Winery
  • Cruise including lunch—Queen Charlotte Sounds
  • Coastal Pacific Train Picton to Christchurch
  • Sightseeing as detailed on the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Manager from Auckland back to Auckland (FREE home pick up and return in the greater Auckland/Wellington or
    Tauranga area (within 25k radius of the city centre)
Day 1: Auckland-Christchurch (D)

Today we are taken to Auckland Airport to join our flight to the ‘garden city’ of Christchurch. On arrival we are met by our driver and coach and transferred to our hotel where we stay for 2 nights. Join our Tour Manager for dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Christchurch Sightseeing (BD)

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city. Christchurch has been rebuilding and revitalizing itself following the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 so you will find everything is a little bit different. You’ll enjoy the new, emerging city which is modern, greener and more creative than ever before ! We’ll take in the sights of the Garden City’s crowning glory—Hagley Park with which offers 165 hectares (407 acres) of mature introduced tree plantings, see the beautiful Botanical Gardens not to mention the shallow Avon river meandering through the city centre. We will have some time at leisure this afternoon. Early evening we’ll experience a unique dinner onboard the Christchurch Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy the luxury of an air-conditioned, colonial style dining tram and be treated to fine service, beautiful cuisine and beverages as we travel through the inner city.

Day 3: Christchurch—Tranz Alpine— Greymouth—Punakaiki (BD)

A highlight today ! After breakfast we will be transferred to the Railway Station to board the renowned Tranz Alpine train for what is considered to be one of the world’s greatest rail adventures.

Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest. The scenery is just breathtaking! Upon arrival at Greymouth we will join our coach and travel to Punakaiki—the gateway to the dramatic limestone country of the Paparoa National Park.

This afternoon we’ll visit the Pancake Rocks & Blowholes that Punakaiki is world famous for limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago, when lime-rich fragments of dead marine creatures were deposited on the seabed then overlaid by weaker layers of soft mud and clay. The seabed was raised above sea level by earthquakes to form the coastal cliffs and coastline.

Day 4: Punakaiki—Nelson (BD)

After breakfast we make our way to the historic gold mining township of Charleston. It is here we join the Nile River Rainforest train recreating a by gone era where bush trams once prevailed.

Completed in 2002 the train provides visitors with a fantastic way to experience the spectacular wilderness landscapes of the Nile River Canyon in Paparoa National Park. Arrive at Softrock Station nestled beneath the towering limestone buff. You can take the short walk from the station through the rainforest to the Nile River Suspension Bridge before your return to the festival station. We then travel on to arrive at Cape Foulwind Walkway & Tauranga Bay home to one of New Zealand’s most accessible seal colonies and. offers panoramic views of the cape and rugged coastline including rock stacks and steeples. Continue onto Murchison—an historic gold rush town and as you journey through the township, you’ll discover many buildings still in their original form from the late 1800’s. It’s then via Richmond and on to Nelson (with more sunshine hours anywhere else in the country) where we will stay for 2 nights.

Day 5: Abel Tasman National Park (BLD)

Another highlight of our tour is a visit to Abel Tasman National Park. After breakfast we will coach to Kaiteriteri and join our boat and cruise in style from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui return with their stunning golden sand beaches and blue-green water and the southern gateways to Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch onboard as we call into popular beaches along the coast, pause for photographs at famous Split Apple Rock, view sea birds and seals at Tonga & Adele Islands. A day to remember. Return to Nelson later afternoon.

Day 6: Nelson—Blenheim (BD)

This morning is at leisure to explore . Our early afternoon drive to Blenheim is both beautiful and interesting. We will pass through the Rai Valley—gateway to Pelorus Sound then through the mussel capital of Havelock North before arriving into Blenheim (2 nights).

Day 7: Blenheim Sightseeing/Picton (BLD)

After breakfast we will take in the sights of Blenheim including a visit to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where we get to see Sir Peter Jacksons collection of WW1 artefacts including personal items belonging to the Red Baron himself. Also WW2 exhibition featuring a range of Warbirds. We then enjoy lunch at a well known winery—Wither Hills, along with a glass of their famous Sauvignon blanc. After lunch we return to our hotel to relax.

Day 8: Queen Charlotte Sounds (BD)

This morning we depart Blenheim on our short drive to Picton. Built around a very sheltered harbour, the town has an attractive seafront dotted with cafés, restaurants, various types of galleries. Here we join our cruise on the spectacular waters of the Sounds to our lunch stop. Time to enjoy a walk or just relax looking at the view before returning to Picton for our overnight accommodation.

Day 9: Picton—CoastalPacific -Christchurch (B)

A free morning and time to enjoy lunch before joining the Coastal Pacific train to experience the astonishingly beautiful scenery as we travel breathtakingly close to the Pacific Ocean. With the sea stretching up to the Horizon in the East and the Kaikoura mountains in the west. As our train doesn’t arrive into Christchurch until 7.20p.m. please purchase your dinner on board the train.

Day 10: Christchurch—Homeport (B)

Most of today is at leisure . Our baggage will be stored for us at the hotel after the 10.00a.m. check out. Time for a last wander round this vibrant city before we are transferred to the airport for our flight home. On arrival we are transferred back to our home addresses.