South Island: Traverse

Duration: 7 days

Highlights: - Witness majestic Milford Sound from above on a private helicopter tour
- Land amongst the ancient ice floes of the Fiordland glaciers
- Savour world-class wines in Gibbston Valley
- Soak up the quirky city vibe in historic Dunedin and admire its Edwardian architecture

Traverse the South Island from coast to coast unlocking a hidden world of sweeping landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and world famous wine. Marvel at Milford Sound from the skies. Witness wild fur seal colonies. Linger in cellars of world-class wineries. Visit magnificent castles in Dunedin and get up close to the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Queenstown

Welcome to beautiful Queenstown and transfer to Azur Lodge with its magnificent view over the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Azur Lodge

 

Day 2: Milford Sound

Journey into the heart of Fiordland to Milford Sound for a two-hour private helicopter flight along the Southern Alps into the Sound. Sweep the full length of the fiord to a remote west coast beach to see the wild fur seal colonies. Land on top of the world amongst the ancient ice floes.

Overnight: Azur Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 3: Queenstown

Enjoy a full day tour of Queenstown including a visit to Gibbston Valley Winery. Tour the remarkable Wine Cave, enjoy tastings and lunch. Spend time with a renowned local artist inside their studio before settling back into your private villa.

Overnight: Azur Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 4: Dunedin

Today drive through to Dunedin, known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, surrounded by rolling hills. Spend the afternoon acquainting yourself with the picturesque harbour and Edwardian buildings.

Overnight: Distinction Dunedin

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 5: Dunedin

Explore magical Dunedin with a visit to two of the city’s most iconic buildings: Jacobean styled Olveston House, set on an acre of inner-city land and reflecting the life of a wealthy early 20th century merchant family, and lovingly restored Larnach Castle with its extensive grounds. Enjoy a private tour of the gardens.

Overnight: Distinction Dunedin

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 6: Dunedin

Enjoy a full day touring the beautiful Otago Peninsula and get up close to the yellow-eyed penguin, Hooker’s sea lion, fur seals and the royal albatross. Cruise aboard the ‘Monarch’ to an albatross colony and spot other seabirds.

Overnight: Distinction Dunedin

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 7: Depart Dunedin

Bid farewell to Dunedin and transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Meal Plan: B

 

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