11-Day South Island East Coast Retreat Tour 

Lake Wakatipu @ Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu @ Queenstown

Skyline Gondola + Dinner @Queenstown

Skyline Gondola + Dinner @Queenstown

Milford Sound Cruise

Milford Sound Cruise

Milford Sound Waterfall

Milford Sound Waterfall

Larnach Castle @ Dunedin

Larnach Castle @ Dunedin

Blue Penguins Viewing in Oamaru

Blue Penguins Viewing in Oamaru

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Stargazing in Lake Tekapo

Stargazing in Lake Tekapo

Tramway Restaurant Christchurch

Tramway Restaurant Christchurch

Whale Watching @ Kaikoura

Whale Watching @ Kaikoura

Whale Watching @ Kaikoura

Whale Watching @ Kaikoura

Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Departure City: Queenstown

End City: Christchurch

Duration:  11 Days

Type of Tour: Self-drive or Privately Guided

Overview

This tour will take you to explore the beauty of East Coast of South Island. Starting from the adventure capital, Queenstown, then, Milford Sound where you get to cruise on the 8th wonder of the world, Dunedin which is known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand,  Oamaru which is renowned for its Victorian architecture and the smallest penguin in the world, the Blue Penguin,  Kaikoura which is famous for crayfish and whale watching, and Picton where you will board a cruise to enjoy a beautiful match of wine & seafood and the sights and sounds of the Queens Charlotte Sound.

Highlights

  • Explore the world-famous adventure capital

  • Cruise on New Zealand's "8th Wonder of the World"

  • Witness the smallest penguin in the world

  • Whale watching along the stunning coast environment with amazing mountains backdrop

  • Join the world famous stargazing tour

  • Enjoy wine and seafood in a part of beautiful Marlborough

 
 

Itinerary

Day 1 Queenstown


On arrival, your private driver guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel or If you're a self-drive guest, you will pick up your rental car and drive to the hotel. Explore the capital adventure at your leisure.




Day 8 Christchurch - Kaikoura


You will travel to the whaling town, Kaikoura to have close encounters with whales and other sea mammals. Don't forget to try out the freshest crayfish in New Zealand and that's how Kaikoura got its name! (Kaikoura means To Eat Crayfish) Later this afternoon, you will return back to Christchurch. Christchurch - Kaikoura: 182km (approx. 2hours & 45mins)




Day 6 Oamaru - Lake Tekapo


You will continue to Lake Tekapo. On your arrival, you may explore this beautiful lake town at your own leisure. Later this evening, you will join the world-famous stargazing tour at Mt.John Observatory where it has the darkest sky which makes it the best place for this experience. Oamaru - Lake Tekapo: 175.2km (approx. 2hours & 30minutes)




Day 7 Lake Tekapo - Christchurch


You will travel to Christchurch today. On your arrival, explore the garden city at your own leisure. Optional activities: Punting on the Avon; Dinner on Tramway Restaurant Lake Tekapo - Christchurch: 227.5km (approx. 3hours)




Day 3 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau


Today will be one of the highlights of this tour. You will travel through Te Anau and enjoy the spectacular alpine landscape to Milford Sound. You will board a scenic cruise on the Milford Fjord, enjoy lunch served onboard and conclude your Milford Sound trip with kayaking in Harrisons Cove. Return to Te Anau and enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure. Queenstown - Milford Sound: 287km (approx. 4hours) Milford Sound - Te Anau: 118km (approx. 2hours)




Day 9 Kaikoura - Picton


Today, you will travel to Picton. On your arrival, you will board a cruise to enjoy the sights and sounds of Queen Charlotte Sound with seemingly endless bays and coves to explore. Seafood will be served together with a complimentary glass of award winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. After arrive back in the Picton Marina, enjoy the rest of your evening at your own leisure. Kaikoura - Picton: 156.4km (approx. 2hours & 30mins)




Day 4 Te Anau - Dunedin


You will travel to Dunedin today. On your arrival, you will visit the only castle in New Zealand, Larnach Castle. Then, explore this historical city at your own leisure. Te Anau - Dunedin: 290km (approx. 3hours & 45mins)




Day 10 Picton - Christchurch


You will travel back to Christchurch today. On your arrival, enjoy your day at your own leisure and get ready for your departure next day. Picton - Christchurch: 337km (approx. 5hours)




Day 2 Queenstown


Today is your free day to explore the endless optional attractions & activities available. Queenstown offers various outdoor activities, such as, bungy jumping, skydiving, paragliding, jetboating, gondol rides and many more! Simply tell us what you would like to do and our friendly team will get it booked for you in advance to avoid any dissapointment. Optional Activities: Bungy Jumping, Skydiving, Paragliding, Jetboating, Skyline Gondola + Lunch/ Dinner; TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises, Walter Peak Farm Tour and many more.




Day 5 Dunedin - Oamaru


Today, you will continue traveling to Oamaru. On your arrival, you will explore this historical town at your own leisure. Later this evening, you will join the penguin viewing tour where you can witness these small creatures returning home. Dunedin - Oamaru: 112.5km (approx. 1hour & 45mins)




Day 11 Departure Day


You will be transferred to Christchurch International Airport or return your car at the airport. Then, take a flight home. We trust you enjoyed your vacation with iKiwi Travel.





 

Additional Information

What is included:


  • A choice of two transport options: Private driver guide up to 9 hours per day (transport, driver's accommodation, meals & tips included) or Rental car for 11 Days.
  • Accommodations for 10 nights
  • Skyline Queenstown Gondola + Buffet Dinner
  • Milford Sound Cruise + Lunch + Kayak
  • Admission to Larnach Castle
  • Admission to Evening Penguin Viewing
  • Mt.John Stargazing Tour in Lake Tekapo
  • Seafood Odyssea Cruise in Marlborough Sound




Not included:


  • Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any excursions not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Any tips & gratuities other than driver guide's tips





All iKiwi Travel package tours are flexible:

  • Can be taken in the reserve direction;

  • Can be extended with extra nights and additional locations;

  • Can be personalized with specific optional tours and activities. 

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