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5 Day Lakeland Independent Coach Tour

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5

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$1365

South Island
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Overview

5 Day Lakeland New Zealand Independent Coach Tour MapNew Zealand South Island Tours focuses on the South Island, the Lakeland tour is an in-depth look at this beautiful part of New Zealand. You travel independently using scheduled coach, rail and ferry services.

Accommodation Options

4 Star Hotels
We have a wide range of 4 star hotel properties. Most hotels in this category generally have swimming pools, fitness gyms, a choice of restaurants, and are usually a little closer to town centres or occupy premium locations. Room types may include standard, deluxe, superior, mountain view, lake view, suites, etc. Many also include 2 and 3 bedroom suites which can offer great value for larger groups.

3 Star Hotels
All our 3 star hotels have restaurant facilities. Meals can be included in your package, if required. Please note that smaller destinations such as Coromandel, Kaikoura, Akaroa, etc. hotels don't usually feature this as an accommodation option.

Motels
Motel accommodations are self-contained facilities. At minimum, a studio unit includes cooking utensils, a hot plate and/or a microwave, toaster, kettle, and crockery and cutlery. Others will include a full kitchen and can include saunas, spas, and swimming pools and sometimes a full breakfast service. Room types include stuido, 2-bedroom, or family units. Our motels are of a very high standard and are generally owned and operated by locals who would love to share their genuine interest in their region with you.

Looking for a fully escorted coach tour? Check out our guided departures here!

Canterbury fields New Zealand

Canterbury fields

Evans Crossing, Timaru New Zealand

Evans Crossing, Timaru

Dunedin Railway Station New Zealand

Dunedin Railway Station

Larnach Castle, Dunedin New Zealand

Larnach Castle, Dunedin

Yellow-Eyed Penguin Dunedin New Zealand

Yellow-Eyed Penguin, Dunedin

Cadburys World Dunedin New Zealand

Cadburys World, Dunedin

Speights Brewery Dunedin New Zealand

Speights Brewery, Dunedin

Red Boats Cruise on Milford Sound New Zealand

Red Boats Cruise on Milford Sound

Mitre Peak Milford Sound New Zealand

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Skyline Gondola, Queenstown New Zealand

Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

Shotover Jet Queenstown New Zealand

Shotover Jet, Queenstown

Bungy Jump Queenstown New Zealand

Bungy Jump, Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu Queenstown New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw Queenstown New Zealand

TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown

Evening dining at Walter Peak Station Queenstown New Zealand

Evening dining at Walter Peak Station, Queenstown

Mt Cook and Tasman glacier New Zealand

Mt Cook and Tasman glacier

Lupins at Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Lupins at Lake Tekapo

Itinerary

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Day 1Christchurch - Dunedin

You will need at least a night in Christchurch before this your.

Crossing the vast Canterbury Plains as you head South, State Highway 1 crosses many braided rivers that start their life as glacial melt water high in the Southern Alps. New Zealand's longest bridge at Rakaia crosses such an example. Pass through the towns of Timaru followed by Oamaru, most famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. Continue along te coast and into the city of Dunedin,

Dunedin coach stop to accommodation transfer
On arrival into Dunedin you will be met from your coach and transferred to your accommodation.

Stay 1 night in Dunedin

Day 2Dunedin - Te Anau

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the coach stop in time for your departure.

Dunedin to Te Anau
Enjoy this scenic coach trip across the magnificent Southland Countryside from the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin, to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park
Stay 1 night Te Anau

Day 3Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

From Te Anau, you travel by coach along the spectacular Milford Road. Photo stops are made on the way into Milford, with additional photo stops and a short walk on the return journey. Real Journeys experienced drivers enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area. On reaching Milford Sound, you join a Nature Cruise for a leisurely cruise the full-length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. A nature guide provides fascinating interpretation throughout the cruise. Lunch options and complimentary tea and coffee are available on board the vessel.

Milford Nature Cruise
An extended and leisurely cruise of Milford Sound on board a modern vessel, purpose built for operating in a fiord environment. Designed along the lines of a traditional trading scow, they have real character. These relaxing cruises have special appeal for the independent traveller and an on board nature guide provides detailed interpretation and commentary. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and to view the stunning scenery, including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks. Keep a lookout for dolphins, seals and penguins. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

Stay 2 nights Queenstown

Day 4Free day in Queenstown

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw - to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or White Water rafting.

Skyline Gondola
Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern hemisphere - and take in the awe-inspiring views of this spectacular landscape. Sit back and relax as you enjoy panoramic views of The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and Coronet Peak - one of Queenstown’s Ski field.

Day 5Queenstown - Christchurch

Departing Queenstown in the morning you travel through the Kawarau Gorge towards Cromwell, a major fruit growing region.  If time allows you’ll visit the Jones Family Orchard, where you can sample the local produce from Cromwell and surrounds.  From Cromwell you’ll follow the edge of Lake Dunstan, passing through ruggedly beautiful dry hills landscape.

Continuing on you cross the Lindis Pass which is one of New Zealand’s highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres, this also marks the border between Central Otago and the Mackenzie Country.  The first town you pass in the MacKenzie Country is Omarama where a short tea stop is available (own expense).  Then pass by Twizel , the surrounding countryside was the location of many Lord of the Rings movie scenes.

A short drive past Twizel you turn off the main road and follow the scenic drive along the edge of  Lake Pukaki, which delivers you into the heart of Mt Cook National Park. At Mt Cook Village you’ll enjoy a three-course lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel. After lunch you’ll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. Alternatively you can experience a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight for incredible views of mountain peaks and glaciers (additional cost, weather permitting – this flight can be arranged with your driver guide on the day).

After lunch you’ll continue north to the picturesque town of Lake Tekapo.  You’ll enjoy a short stop here to take in the picturesque lake and one of the most photographed buildings in the country, the Church of the Good Shepherd.

As you traverse Burkes Pass you leave the MacKenzie Country behind and enter the vast Canterbury Plains, which take you all the way to Christchurch.

You will need at least a night in Christchurch after this your.

Cost per person (Twin Share)

  • Motel (Self Catering): from NZ$1,365
  • 4-Star Accommodation: from NZ$1,481

Prices quoted are per person and are room only. Prices do not include meals. Please contact us for Self-Drive option prices.

Pricing: Twin share price is based on 2 people traveling together and sharing one room. Single and triple share prices are available on request.

* Please Note*

Prices are estimates only, and are subject to availability and exchange rates when booking, seasonal or holiday price surcharges (such as Christmas/New Year and Easter); as well as special events that may be on. Please forward a request and we will be happy to forward a quote.

Payment

  • Deposit: 20% of the package cost or $200 per person (whichever is the greater) at time of booking
  • Full Payment: 60 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full no more than 6 days after booking

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellation Fees up to 100% can apply after booking. Extra deposits or full payment may be requested to cover these charges prior to booking

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Christchurch - Dunedin

You will need at least a night in Christchurch before this your.

Crossing the vast Canterbury Plains as you head South, State Highway 1 crosses many braided rivers that start their life as glacial melt water high in the Southern Alps. New Zealand's longest bridge at Rakaia crosses such an example. Pass through the towns of Timaru followed by Oamaru, most famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. Continue along te coast and into the city of Dunedin,

Dunedin coach stop to accommodation transfer
On arrival into Dunedin you will be met from your coach and transferred to your accommodation.

Stay 1 night in Dunedin

Day 2Dunedin - Te Anau

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the coach stop in time for your departure.

Dunedin to Te Anau
Enjoy this scenic coach trip across the magnificent Southland Countryside from the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin, to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park
Stay 1 night Te Anau

Day 3Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

From Te Anau, you travel by coach along the spectacular Milford Road. Photo stops are made on the way into Milford, with additional photo stops and a short walk on the return journey. Real Journeys experienced drivers enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area. On reaching Milford Sound, you join a Nature Cruise for a leisurely cruise the full-length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. A nature guide provides fascinating interpretation throughout the cruise. Lunch options and complimentary tea and coffee are available on board the vessel.

Milford Nature Cruise
An extended and leisurely cruise of Milford Sound on board a modern vessel, purpose built for operating in a fiord environment. Designed along the lines of a traditional trading scow, they have real character. These relaxing cruises have special appeal for the independent traveller and an on board nature guide provides detailed interpretation and commentary. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and to view the stunning scenery, including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks. Keep a lookout for dolphins, seals and penguins. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

Stay 2 nights Queenstown

Day 4Free day in Queenstown

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw - to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or White Water rafting.

Skyline Gondola
Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern hemisphere - and take in the awe-inspiring views of this spectacular landscape. Sit back and relax as you enjoy panoramic views of The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and Coronet Peak - one of Queenstown’s Ski field.

Day 5Queenstown - Christchurch

Departing Queenstown in the morning you travel through the Kawarau Gorge towards Cromwell, a major fruit growing region.  If time allows you’ll visit the Jones Family Orchard, where you can sample the local produce from Cromwell and surrounds.  From Cromwell you’ll follow the edge of Lake Dunstan, passing through ruggedly beautiful dry hills landscape.

Continuing on you cross the Lindis Pass which is one of New Zealand’s highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres, this also marks the border between Central Otago and the Mackenzie Country.  The first town you pass in the MacKenzie Country is Omarama where a short tea stop is available (own expense).  Then pass by Twizel , the surrounding countryside was the location of many Lord of the Rings movie scenes.

A short drive past Twizel you turn off the main road and follow the scenic drive along the edge of  Lake Pukaki, which delivers you into the heart of Mt Cook National Park. At Mt Cook Village you’ll enjoy a three-course lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel. After lunch you’ll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. Alternatively you can experience a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight for incredible views of mountain peaks and glaciers (additional cost, weather permitting – this flight can be arranged with your driver guide on the day).

After lunch you’ll continue north to the picturesque town of Lake Tekapo.  You’ll enjoy a short stop here to take in the picturesque lake and one of the most photographed buildings in the country, the Church of the Good Shepherd.

As you traverse Burkes Pass you leave the MacKenzie Country behind and enter the vast Canterbury Plains, which take you all the way to Christchurch.

You will need at least a night in Christchurch after this your.

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