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6-Day South Island Southern Heritage Tour from Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand
6-Day South Island Southern Heritage Tour from Christchurch

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Experience a 6-day semi-independent tour by coach and train around the scenic South Island, traveling round-trip from Christchurch. Stop at Mount Cook, take a Milford Sound cruise and spend a free day in Queenstown, then journey to Pukerangi and cross into Dunedin aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway. Enjoy a guided tour of the Otago Peninsula and royal albatross colony before returning to Christchurch. Transportation, sightseeing tours and hotel accommodation are all included.
  • Six-day coach tour of New Zealand's South Island
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Free leisure day exploring Queenstown
  • Travel to historic town of Dunedin
  • You'll get plenty of free time of explore Dunedin at your own leisure
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Christchurch hotels
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Live commentary on board
5-nights accommodation
Dunedin Peninsula Sightseeing tour
Taieri Gorge train journey
Milford Sound Cruise
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Corner of Lichfield St and, Colombo Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Regional Platform on Litchfield Street

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

A transfer will be arranged from Train Station to Christchurch Accommodation

Enjoy plenty of free time in Queenstown and Dunedin during this semi-independent 6-day journey by coach and train from Christchurch. You’ll visit UNESCO-listed Mount Cook National Park, enjoy a Milford Sound cruise on the majestic fiord, travel by Taieri Gorge Railway and take a seasonal tour of the royal albatross colony at the Otago Peninsula. Enjoy five nights’ accommodation and live commentary aboard the vehicle.


Day 1: Christchurch – Mt Cook – Queenstown

Travel through the rich pastoral farmland of the Canterbury Plains and the ever-changing scenery of the foothills of the Southern Alps. Continue traveling across Burkes Pass before descending to the stunning glacial-fed Lake Tekapo and visiting the Church of the Good Shepherd, which stands on the foreshore. 

From here you travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to arrive at Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. Stop at Mt Cook for lunch (own expense) where you will be mesmerized by the surroundings of this truly unique region. Cross the Lindis Pass, leaving the MacKenzie Country and travel along the Kawerau Gorge before arriving in Queenstown.

Overnight: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 2: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Travel along the edge of Lake Wakatipu beneath the rugged Remarkables to Te Anau, the 'Gateway to Fiordland National Park.' On entering UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park you pass through the Eglinton Valley. See ancient beech forest, stunning waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes where you will pause for a photo stop. 

Continue through the upper Hollyford Valley, past the stunning Christie Falls and enter the Homer Tunnel, drilled through the solid rock of a mountain. On exiting the Homer Tunnel, prepare for the breathtaking impact of the Cleddau Valley and the descent into Milford Sound. 

On arrival, take an unforgettable cruise on the majestic Milford Sound where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak and rock walls scarred by glaciers which rise vertically from the sea. Then re-board the coach for the return journey to Queenstown. Optional lunches on board the cruise are available.

Overnight: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 3: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown.

Overnight: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 4: Queenstown – Dunedin

Board the coach for the drive to Pukerangi, where you will transfer to the Taieri Gorge Railway. View Otago's unspoiled landscape as this train journey takes you into rugged pioneering terrain with sightseeing stops along the way. Arrive into Dunedin this afternoon.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City or similar

Day 5: Dunedin

This morning is at leisure in Dunedin. Take the opportunity to visit the Olveston Historic House, a guided tour of Larnach Castle or a stroll around Glenfalloch Gardens. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour of the Otago Peninsula including the renowned royal albatross colony (seasonal due to albatross breeding).

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City or similar

Day 6: Dunedin – Christchurch

Enjoy further time at leisure this morning to take in the historical sights of Dunedin. Perhaps visit the art gallery or do some last minute shopping before returning to Christchurch by either coach or train.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Please note that this tour is an independent tour and you may be traveling with a different driver/guide and group each day
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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