'Sweet as' South

Tour Length
11 days
From
US$1920
X

Check Availability

Please select a departure date

< >
November 2014
SMTWTFS
      
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Sold out
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
      
December 2014
SMTWTFS
 
01
02
03
05
06
07
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
21
22
23
25
26
27
Sold out
28
29
30
31
   
 
January 2015
SMTWTFS
    
Sold out
01
02
03
04
06
07
08
10
11
12
14
15
16
18
19
20
22
23
24
26
27
28
29
30
31
 
February 2015
SMTWTFS
01
03
04
05
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
23
24
25
26
27
28
 
March 2015
SMTWTFS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
    
 
April 2015
SMTWTFS
   
01
02
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
28
29
30
  
 
May 2015
SMTWTFS
     
01
02
03
04
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
      
June 2015
SMTWTFS
 
01
02
03
04
05
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
    
 
July 2015
SMTWTFS
   
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
 
 
August 2015
SMTWTFS
      
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
26
27
28
29
30
31
     
September 2015
SMTWTFS
  
01
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
27
28
29
30
   
 
October 2015
SMTWTFS
    
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
 
November 2015
SMTWTFS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
     
 
 

Tour starts

Tour ends

 
 

Price

 
22 Nov 2014
02 Dec 2014
Definite departure  
 
Sold out
 
04 Dec 2014
14 Dec 2014
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
08 Dec 2014
18 Dec 2014
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
20 Dec 2014
30 Dec 2014
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
24 Dec 2014
03 Jan 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
28 Dec 2014
07 Jan 2015
Definite departure  
 
Sold out
 
01 Jan 2015
11 Jan 2015
Definite departure  
 
Sold out
 
05 Jan 2015
15 Jan 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
09 Jan 2015
19 Jan 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
13 Jan 2015
23 Jan 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
17 Jan 2015
27 Jan 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
21 Jan 2015
31 Jan 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
25 Jan 2015
04 Feb 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
02 Feb 2015
12 Feb 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
06 Feb 2015
16 Feb 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
14 Feb 2015
24 Feb 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
22 Feb 2015
04 Mar 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
10 Mar 2015
20 Mar 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
18 Mar 2015
28 Mar 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1954
 
03 Apr 2015
13 Apr 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1934
 
19 Apr 2015
29 Apr 2015
 
 
US$1934
 
27 Apr 2015
07 May 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1934
 
05 May 2015
15 May 2015
 
 
US$1934
 
21 May 2015
31 May 2015
 
 
US$1934
 
06 Jun 2015
16 Jun 2015
 
 
US$1934
 
22 Jun 2015
02 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1934
 
30 Jun 2015
10 Jul 2015
 
 
US$1920
 
08 Jul 2015
18 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1920
 
16 Jul 2015
26 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1920
 
24 Jul 2015
03 Aug 2015
 
 
US$1920
 
09 Aug 2015
19 Aug 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1920
 
25 Aug 2015
04 Sep 2015
 
 
US$1920
 
02 Sep 2015
12 Sep 2015
 
 
US$1920
 
10 Sep 2015
20 Sep 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1920
 
18 Sep 2015
28 Sep 2015
 
 
US$1920
 
26 Sep 2015
06 Oct 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1920

Important Notice:

Please note: Your hotel will be available to check into from 2pm on Day 1. Your trip will start in Christchurch at 9:00am on Day 2 of your Itinerary.

Overview Reviews
11 days
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ See reviews
Tour Map

You will visit: South Island, including Christchurch, Lake Ohau, Dunedin, Queenstown & Franz Josef Glacier

Experience the best of South! From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Start off on a scenic flight over Mt. Cook then head to Dunedin! Later, get ready to hit Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Try bungy, 4WD’ing or if it’s winter, you can opt to take a day trip to stunning Milford Sound. In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier before your tour ends in Christchurch.

Top Offers & Trip Notes

Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch & check into the Ibis Hotel Christchurch from 2pm. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore then meet your fellow travelers & Tour Manager this evening.

Hotel

2 Christchurch to Lake Ohau

Kia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Christchurch and hit the road traveling through Mackenzie Country.

We’ll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo. Kick start your tour with a spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt. Cook, Australasia’s highest peak. With views over towering Mt. Cook and a lakeside position, our overnight stay at Lake Ohau in a traditional ski lodge is all about its fantastic location.

Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, your Tour Manager and Driver over dinner. Then relax in the hot outdoor jacuzzi, or play darts at the lodge bar.

Lodge Breakfast,Dinner

  • Pick up a treat at NZ's famous Cookie Time factory
  • See the historic Church of the Good Shephard
  • See Mt. Cook across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau
  • Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo & Geraldine
  • Air Safaris
    NZ$310
3 Lake Ohau to Dunedin

This morning it’s time to leave this stunning area as we head towards the student city, Dunedin!

We’ll hit the road & make a stop at Benmore Dam for a look at this impressive structure & maybe spot some gliders – it’s one of the world’s premier spots for this pretty cool sport. We’ll also stop in at historic Oamaru, with it’s cute old buildings, many of which are made out of it’s own stunning white Oamaru stone. Take a peek at Moeraki, our next short stop, for a look at these massive boulders located right on the beach. It’s hard to believe these impressive formations really are natural & they make for some pretty cool pics to show off to your mates.

On arrival in Dunedin you’ll see why it really is the city that looks old, but definitely thinks young! Before we arrive into the city centre we’ll head to the base of Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street, for a look at the sheer angle! Then it’s time to hit up Dunedin. Originally a Scottish settlement, you’ll see references to the city’s past dotted throughout the city. This afternoon arrival we’ll visit the iconic Speight’s Brewery for a look at how this iconic Kiwi brew is made. As you tour the brewery with our guide, learn about the brewing process of this much loved Southern Ale. You’ll finish up with a few tasters so you’ll discover for yourself why the locals love it so much!

There’s loads of places to head out in Dunedin, from cool clubs & bars in the Octagon to the student pub vibes around George Street. So later, why not take it up a level & head to some of the local night spots for a taste of how partying is really done! Ask your Tour Manager for some tips on where’s hot to head, or make your way to one of the local favourites around the Octagon – there’s a huge variety of places to head for a fun night out.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Stop at Oamaru & Benmore Dam
  • Visit the impressive Moeraki Boulders
  • See Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street
  • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speight's Brewery
  • Speight's Ale House Dinner
    NZ $31
  • Death Rattle Ghost Walk
    NZ $27
4 Dunedin to Queenstown

This morning, we make our way towards New Zealand’s adventure hub, Queenstown! This place is awesome. With so many amazing activities to choose from, plus fantastic nightlife, cool people & stunning surroundings, you’re in for a few incredible days here. First though, we make a stop at the original home of bungy jumping. You can even have a go yourself if you're brave enough! This is one high-energy destination that has something for everyone. From jet boat rides to fantastic local food, gorgeous countryside and the world’s most southern wineries, the list really is endless.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Stop in Alexandra in Central Otago
  • Stop at AJ Hackett's Kawarau Bridge
  • AJ Hackett Bungy - Kawarau Bridge
    NZ$195
5 Queenstown

This morning, you’ll take a ride on ‘The world’s most exciting jetboat’ the iconic Shotover Jet! Hold on tight - speeding down the Shotover River on a jetboat amongst the fierce canyon walls (so close you could probably touch them) is a thrilling experience & getting a pic to take home of the group in action is a must. Next up, legendary Queenstown! This traveller favourite is world renowned as the home of action & adrenalin & needs no introduction – your time here is guaranteed to be epic, no matter what you choose to do.

The nightlife here is equally as awesome as its adrenalin fixes & with VIP entry to one of the town’s hottest nightspots you're sure the start the night out right.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Set your pulse racing with a hair-raising ride on the Shotover Jet
  • VIP entry to one of Queenstown's hottest nightspots
  • Group Photograph
    NZ$18
6-7 Queenstown

With two more days here, you’ve got time to try out adrenaline-pumping activities, to take it easy with a glass of local wine or beer and of course, to party – something Queenstown is known for.

There’s also the option to take advantage of our explore more highlight optional – your chance to experience the stunning Milford Sound.

Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s gems. This slice of paradise has been voted one of the world’s top destinations & is known around the world for its gorgeous waters & stunning scenery. Set in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site so get ready for the epic scenery – high mountains rise straight out of the sea and waterfalls pour down sheer cliffs into the deep, dark waters of the fiord.

You’ll get the ultimate angle on this natural wonder from the water when we cruise – you’ll learn about this jaw-droppingly beautiful region from the on-board nature specialist. You’ll get a really good look around the area and up close to its more hidden spots.

You can chill out and enjoy the scenery on deck & hopefully you’ll get a chance to spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins.

Choose to take a coach over, then jump on a boat & cruise this stunning spot then head back to Queenstown on the coach. Or, if you’re feeling up for it, there’s the option to fly back to Queenstown too.

Walk around the quaint town, hit the shops or head down to the lake for beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges, fittingly called The Remarkables. Board the old steam boat, the TSS Earnslaw, for a lake cruise and see it all from the water.

For adrenaline junkies, there’s bungy jumpy, sky diving, jet boating, canyon swinging and quad biking. In fact there are so many adventure activities in Queenstown that you couldn’t do them all in the 2 days if you tried. For those who like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground, take an easy-going hike or push yourself with a tougher trail.

Pumping at night, Queenstown is the place to hit some of New Zealand’s best bars and clubs. With cool cocktail bars, old-style pubs and plenty of clubs, there is so much to choose from.

Hotel Hotel Breakfast,Breakfast,Dinner

  • NZone Skydiving
    9,000 ft. NZ$299/ 12,000 ft. NZ$339/ 15,000 ft. NZ$439
  • Milford Sound
    NZ$159
  • AJ Hackett Bungy - Thrillogy
    NZ$399
  • AJ Hackett Bungy - Nevis
    NZ$275
  • AJ Hackett Bungy - The Ledge
    NZ$195
  • AJ Hackett Skyswing - Nevis Arc
    NZ$195
  • AJ Hackett Skyswing - The Ledge
    NZ$160
  • Kawarau or Shotover Rafting
    NZ$199
  • Heliraft
    NZ$289
  • Walter Peak Horse Riding
    NZ$115
  • Dart River Wilderness Safari
    NZ$209
  • Paradise Safari Scenic Adventure
    NZ$139
  • Routeburn Trail Hike
    NZ$259
  • Skippers Gold 4WD & Jetboat
    $179
  • Minus 5 Ice Bar
    NZ $25
  • Funyaks
    NZ$309
  • Skyline Restaurant
    NZ$79
  • Nomad Safaris: Safari of the Scenes
    NZ$175
  • Canyon Swing
    NZ$199
  • Ziptrek Ecotours
    From NZ$135
  • Queenstown Wine Trail
    NZ$139
8 Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Relax on the coach, chat with friends and take in the stunning scenery as we head to the rugged West Coast. Leaving the golden grasslands, cliffs and hills of the Otago region behind us, we travel through Haast Pass. See the ancient rainforests and small glaciers that give this area its unique atmosphere - we also make stop at the majestic Thunder Creek Falls. Then cruise past remote beaches and the coastal dunes of the West Coast before arriving in the Westland National Park, where lush bush land and glaciers almost reach the sea.

We overnight in Franz Josef, a cute alpine township.

Lodge Breakfast,Dinner

  • Explore tiny Arrowtown
  • Get cerebral with a visit to Wanaka's Puzzling World!
  • Drive through Haast Pass & see Thunder Creek Falls
  • Chill out at our legendary theme party
9 Franz Josef Glacier

This morning, get physical and pull on your crampons, grab an ice-pick and head out onto the ice of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. On this optional activity, you’ll learn about how these glaciers came about with our professional Local Guides.

Otherwise, you can get a bird’s eye view over these icy formations and sweeping vistas in an optional helicopter ride.

Lodge Breakfast

  • Helihike
    NZ$409
  • Valley Walk
    NZ$75
  • Franz Josef Glacier Heli
    NZ$195
  • Franz Josef / Fox Glacier Heli
    NZ$280
  • Mt. Cook / Franz / Fox Heli - Grand Tour
    NZ$390
  • Mt. Cook (western face) / Fox and Franz Heli
    NZ$340
  • Ice Explorer
    NZ$305
  • Across Country Quad Bikes
    Riders NZ$159 / Passengers NZ$69
  • Glacier Country Kayaks
    NZ$115
10 Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch

Sticking to the untamed coastline, we stop in at the former gold rush town of Hokitika on the West Coast. It’s great for a look into a traditional Maori art. Watch authentic carvers work with New Zealand greenstone (jade) and learn about the importance of this stone. You could even pick up a piece to take home.

We travel east through stunning Arthur’s Pass, following an old trade route. The dense native forest, alpine atmosphere and crystal clear rivers give the area its pioneer feel.

Hotel Breakfast

  • See a demonstration of traditional Maori greenstone carving
  • Scenic drive across the Southern Alps
  • Stop at Arthurs Pass
11 Finish Christchurch

Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast.

Breakfast

Ready to book?

Get a quote or book
Check availability

What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 10 nights multi-share accommodation: 7 nights in hotels, 3 nights in lodges
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Team

  • Experienced & Professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Food

  • 13 meals:
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners

Inclusions

  • Pick up a treat at NZ's famous Cookie Time factory
  • See the historic Church of the Good Shephard
See More

Me Time

  • Air Safaris
  • Speight's Ale House Dinner
See More

On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$174
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

Questions?

x

Visas? Money? Where to go? Chat to us about travel.