Rig out to get immersed in the striking scenery of New Zealands South Island with this 7-day Itinerary. From the splendid architecture of Christchurch, the dazzling Milford Sound, and mesmerizing Mount Cook to the Serene Lake Wanaka, this itinerary covers every highlighting attraction in the South Island.
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Arrive in Christchurch, locally referred to as Garden City. Your private guide will settle you in a luxurious hotel. The greenery enclosures and the welcoming atmosphere of the downtown area will make you lose track of time. Take a rest in the lap of coziness and anticipate what is next to come.
Wake up with fervor for the spectacles of Queenstown. Advance toward Queenstown, exploiting the dramatic landscape that unfurls en route. Visit Lake Tekapo, and admire its calm blue waters. Southern Alps mark the lakes far end, and you can see their reflection in the lake. Lay eyes on the Lupines and wildflowers dotting the shore. Resume journeying to Queensland with a stop at Mt.Cook en route. Appreciate the heavenly glaciers and Mountains that flank Mt. Cook, the tallest peak in New Zealand.
Travel toward South Islands west to encounter the magnificence of Milford Sound. When passing through Fiordland National Park, notice the lush cone-shaped hills that soar above the landscape as water surrounds their base. Once in Milford Sound, board a cruiser for a better view of the spectacles around. Discover the towering cliffs, lush forests, and sparkling waterfalls as you sail through the soothing waters.
Start out on an exploration of under mountain caves at Fiordland National Park. Get a thrill out of turning whirlpools, underground cascades, and elaborate shaking models as you pass through the sections of caves. Gaze at the star-like shining glow worms on the roof. Head back to Queenstown for the nights stay.
Head to Franz Josef to watch mind-blowing ice sheets that line the mountain go. As you approach Franz Josef, go through the rough excellence of the South Island's West Drift. Watch the two gems nestling among the peaks, lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Made by monstrous ice sheets more than 100 centuries ago, the serene lakes are separated by a chip of land under 3,300 ft wide. In the long haul, reach Franz Josef through the twin lakes and the drift.
Your private guide will set up a helicopter ride to take you over the peaks. Gaze at the otherworldly ice mass below. Step on the ice sheet for a thrilling walk.
Put on your spike shoes, attach a rope around your waist that links to your guide, and grip your pickaxe tightly. Explore the ice labyrinth as you see the ecological changes after some time. The scenes get more dramatic as the rocky picks encompass you. Experience the transformation in the ice sheet's end.
Your guide will accompany you on the transit from Franz Josef to Christchurch via TranzAlpine railroad, a renowned train venture. Watch the stunning Canterbury field pass by your window. Each season presents a whole new vista for travelers to explore.
Touch base in Christchurch earlier in the night. Treasure the brisk moments of icy adventures and take a flight back home.