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Hidden Gold of the South with Wendy Wu

11 day / 10 night tour from $5850 per person share twin

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11 day / 10 night tour from
per person share twin

An 11 day tour exploring hidden gold in the South

Our New Zealand staff have carefully selected their idea of ‘gold’ in the South Island!  Journey from the spectacular Otago Peninsula to Fiordland National Park for a breath-taking overnight cruise. Explore charming Arrowtown with its gold rush history, and tranquil Lake Wanaka. Head up to Mt Cook for a Big Sky Experience and a visit to the glacier terminus, and finish the tour with Hector’s dolphins and ecclectic art in Akaroa.  Everything’s included – transport, accommodation, meals and a fun sociable group of like-minded New Zealanders, all keen to experience the hidden gold of our very own South Island. 

Deal Includes 
All meals
 All transportation & transfers
Escort throughout
All accommodation

Hidden Gold of the South

From $5850 per person share twin
From $8450 per single room

Tour dates: 


Day 1: Arrive Dunedin
On arrival, transfer to your hotel, followed by a welcome briefing and dinner at the iconic Larnach Castle.
Accommodation: Distinction or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Dunedin / Otago Peninsula
This morning take a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula to ‘Penguin Place’ to view the endangered yellow-eyed penguins, both in the rehabilitation facility and in the reserve itself. Drive to St Clair Beach for lunch at The Esplanade on the waterfront. After lunch return to Dunedin's centre for some free time to explore the iconic train station, numerous museums or perhaps some shopping. Later this afternoon enjoy a guided garden tour of the Chinese Public Gardens followed by dinner in their lovely themed surrounds.
Accommodation: Distinction or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Dunedin to Fiordland National Park
Rise early to drive to Manapouri, stopping briefly in Gore along the way.  After grabbing our pre-ordered picnic lunches, begin our adventure in Fiordland National Park by crossing the waters of Lake Manapouri. A coach will take us up and over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove where we'll board our overnight vessel, The Navigator. In the afternoon, there are plenty of water activities, as well as wildlife sightings, to keep us busy. In the evening, a 3-course buffet dinner will be a served onboard.
Overnight cruise onboard the Navigator or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Fiordland National Park to Arrowtown
After breakfast, enjoy the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord before returning to Deep Cove, and arriving back at Manapouri late  morning. We drive to the delightful village of Arrowtown for lunch at the Five Rivers Café & Art Gallery, before checking in at our accommodation at the luxury Millbrook Resort. This evening we’ll enjoy an Asian-fusion dinner in Arrowtown.
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Arrowtown / 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! Lunch will be at Provisions of Arrowtown, a pretty café set in an historic miner’s cottage, and then there’s some free time to relax or explore Arrowtown’s quaint shops and  scenic walking trails. This evening drive to Queenstown for a stroll along the stunning waterfront, and enjoy an Asian-fusion style dinner at Blue Kanu, before returning to Arrowtown for the night.
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Arrowtown to Wanaka
Take a fascinating guided tour of Lakes District Museum & Chinese Settlement in Arrowtown, before driving to Bannockburn for lunch and wine tasting at stunning Mt Difficulty Vineyard. After a further wine tasting visit to Felton Road Winery, continue driving to Lake Wanaka in time for dinner at Little India.
Accommodation: Edgewater Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Wanaka to Mount Cook
This morning visit Warbirds & Wheels Museum with lunch at their retro 50s Diner. After lunch drive to Mount Cook with a brief stop en route in Omarama. Check in to the famous Hermitage Hotel and enjoy dinner in their Panorama Room restaurant, with stunning views of the mountains.  After dinner join the Big Sky Stargazing Experience to view the wonders above.
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Mt Cook
Join the Glacier Explorers tour to Mt Cook terminal lake - a lovely half hour alpine walk through the National Park plus a short boat ride amongst icebergs of all shapes and sizes, to view the glacier ice face.  Enjoy lunch at the Old Mountaineer’s Café which enjoys stunning views of Mt Cook. After lunch visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Museum and Digital Dome Planetarium. Dinner will be in the Panorama Room at the Hermitage.
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Mt Cook to Christchurch
Drive to Lake Tekapo for a stop at the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd and a visit to Tekapo Springs Hot Pools for a relaxing soak (towels will be provided). Lunch will be at the stunning Rakinui Restaurant at Peppers Bluewater Resort, overlooking Lake Tekapo. This afternoon enjoy the scenic drive to Christchurch, our final destination, for a short post-earthquake city tour. Dinner will be around the teppanyaki table at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant.
Accommodation: Novotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Christchurch
Drive to pretty Akaroa, stopping at Little River Café & Gallery on the way.  At Akaroa, join a harbour tour (choose from 3hr Swimming with Dolphins or 2hr Dolphin & Nature Cruise). Enjoy lunch and a tour at The Giant’s House, with its quirky mosaic gardens, before returning to Christchurch via a delicious stop at the Barry Bay Cheese Factory.  Dinner this evening will be at Asian-fusion restaurant, King of Snake.
Accommodation: Novotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Christchurch
After breakfast, your tour ends, and we will transfer you back to Christchurch Airport, if required.
Meals: Breakfast

What you’ll love

  • Welcome dinner at Larnach Castle
  • Penguin Place, Otago Peninsula
  • Dunedin Chinese Gardens tour & dinner
  • Fiordland National Park overnight cruise
  • Arrowtown & Skippers Canyon 4WD safari
  • Queenstown dinner at Blue Kanu
  • Mt Difficulty Vineyard wine tasting and lunch
  • Warbirds & Wheels in Wanaka
  • Mt Cook’s Hermitage Hotel & Big Sky Stargazing Experience
  • Glacier Lake to Terminus Cruise
  • Lake Tekapo Hot springs
  • Akaroa Dolphin Cruise

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Terms and Conditions

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - see your House of Travel consultant for details. 

• $99pp deposit due at time of booking, refundable up to 45 days prior to departure.  Full payment required 45 days from departure date. 
• Valid for sales until sold out
• Valid for travel as specified
• Items of a personal expenditure e.g. drinks, optional excursions, insurance of any kind, and early check in or late check out at at an extra cost.
• All prices and products are subject to availability at time of reservation. 
• Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements and availability.
• Prices are per person in NZ dollars for cash or cheque purchase only. 
• Some surcharges and closeouts may apply. Surcharges may apply over special event periods and over school holidays.  
• To travel on any of our tours requires a reasonable level of fitness, but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing steps. Our National Escort will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the  itinerary.
• Inclusions are subject to change based on operational capabilities, and the order of events or sightseeing may change as local
conditions dictate.
• Cancellation and Amendment fees apply. 
• Airfares are not included and are an additional cost. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for the best option to suit your needs.

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