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Starting in the Adventure Capital of the World, this itinerary takes you to the classic sights of South Island – Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier, the French-founded settlement of Akaroa, and the TranzAlpine, embellished by exclusive experiences such as flying into Middle Earth for a truly unforgettable gourmet picnic. Complement your trip with plenty of fine wining and dining options throughout, tasting some of Central Otago’s best wines.

8 DAYS CLASSIC SOUTH ISLAND

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

CHRISTCHURCH / QUEENSTOWN

Fly to Queenstown. Explore the vibrant town centre where shopping, cafes and nightlife are nestled on the shores of spectacular Lake Wakatipu.

2

DAY

QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN

Take a helicopter to Milford Sound. Soar over rainforest-covered valleys, spectacular alpine lakes and mountain ranges then board your Milford Sound cruise to get up close to the dramatic scenery. Return to your helicopter and continue your aerial tour. Land at Mt. Tutoko, the highest mountain in Fiordland National Park then descend past the blue ice of the hanging glacier and cascading waterfalls at the Middle Earth waterfalls.

3

DAY

QUEENSTOWN / ARROWTOWN /

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

Descend into a bygone era of history in Arrowtown and try your hand at gold panning. Taste some of the areas’ famous wines in the renowned Central Otago wine region. Famous for its Pinot Noirs, find out how the wine is made from the makers themselves and enjoy wine and cheese pairings. Drive to Franz Josef Glacier.

Optional Extension: Routeburn Track Hike

4

DAY

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

You have the option of a hike, helicopter ride or heli-hike in and around the Franz Josef Glacier. Hike and discover the legends and history of the glacier and learn all about the flora and fauna of this unique valley. Experience pristine waterfalls, ancient temperate rainforest and the dynamic Waiho river. Relax and rejuvenate amongst nature at the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools.

5

DAY

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / GREYMOUTH /

ARTHUR'S PASS

Drive to Fox Glaciers and transfer to the Tranz Alpine train journey, rated as one of the world's Great Railway Journeys. Arrive at Arthur's Pass and check in to your wilderness lodge surrounded by the spectacular Arthur's Pass National Park. At night, learn the stars of the southern sky and spot constellations, satellites and planets. 

6

DAY

ARTHUR'S PASS

Enjoy two complimentary guided nature or farm activities. Let a real sheep farmer introduce you to life on a working farm or go on a relaxing walk in the McKay Moa Forest reserve and learn about bizarre 'moa shrubs' and explore the mossy beech forest surrounding the lodge.

7

DAY

ARTHUR'S PASS / CHRISTCHURCH

Enjoy a guided tour to a landscape made famous by the Narnia film 'The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe'. Kayaking on a gentle mountain lake and enjoy lunch amongst natural limestone castles before driving to Christchurch. Back in Christchurch, visit the Cardboard Cathedral, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, as well as the 185 Chairs memorial commemorating the 2011 earthquake victims. 

8

DAY

CHRISTCHURCH / AKAROA / CHRISTCHURCH

Head east towards Banks Peninsula, stopping at Hilltop view point and Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory en route to Akaroa. Arrive at Akaroa Dolphins for a nature cruise exploring the Akaroa Harbour and its abundant marine life. Thereafter, explore the old French township on foot before a short drive to Wainui to visit the photogenic and cute Shamara Alpacas. Alternatively, you may want to take an e-bicycle to a viewpoint overlooking the bays and inlets. Drive to Christchurch. 

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
Eichardts Private Hotel, Queenstown
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef
Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
The George, Christchurch
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