Durfee Travel & Tours

The Southern Drift
From $9,285.00 (USD)

Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type Luxury Gold Southpac 2024/2025 v2Experience the best of New Zealand on this 12-day guided tour.
The Southern Drift
Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type Luxury Gold Southpac 2024/2025 v2

Experience the best of New Zealand on this 12-day guided tour. Journey along the Haast River in an enclosed jet boat, then travel to the picturesque mining village of Arrowhead: here, you can choose to ride a bike along the Arrow River or join a boutique wine tour. Take time to explore the charming city of Queenstown, then dine on exceptional fare at one of its most exclusive restaurants. Journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you'll enjoy a half-day guided walk along the famous Milford Track ? the finest walk in the world. Travel to the country's most southern city, Dunedin, for dinner at Parcels Restaurant, then sample craft beers at Emerson's Brewery. Embark on an in-depth sightseeing adventure in Christchurch, and toast to your travels during a celebration dinner.The Activity Level of this tour is Leisurely, meaning there is 1 to 2 miles of walking per day on primarily flat surfaces with some stairs.

Additional Included Highlights
  • Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
  • Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.
  • Included at all hotels.
  • Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be reques
  • On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.?
Choice Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Queenstown Embark on a boutique wine tasting tour in the heart of the Central Otago wine region.
  • Queenstown Ride the scenic Lake trail, visit hidden gems of the area and learn local history.
Dining Summary
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 6 Dinner (D)
Exceptional Dining
  • Dunedin Step into Parcels Restaurant at the Distinction Dunedin and taste their exquisite modern twist on traditional local dishes. Sip delicious wines as you look across to the First Church of Otago from the old post office building which houses the hot
Magnificent Stays
  • Franz Josef Surrounded by pristine wilderness, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a five-star haven of relaxation and impeccable luxury. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there's no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.
Passport Moments
  • Christchurch Experience the striking natural landscape of the South Island as you travel on the TranzAlpine. Famous as one of the world's great train journeys, you can enjoy the remarkable scenery from the ice-fed Waimakariri River to the magnificent Can
  • Christchurch Explore the dynamic city of Christchurch and learn how the city has reinvented itself in the past decade. See how the unique Cardboard Cathedral and Container Mall juxtapose with the older landmarks of Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street
  • Dunedin Sample exquisite botanical spirits made from surplus bread and bakery products in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Witness how owners, Jenny McDonald and Sue Stockwell, do it as they take you through the process of turning bread into spirits.
  • Fiordland National Park Embark on a serene cruise on Lake Manapouri where you can marvel at plummeting waterfalls and see countless coves and beaches dotted along its shore. See the magnificent scenery of the Fiordland National Park with its forest-clad
  • Franz Josef Experience the mighty natural wonder of the Franz Josef Glacier and what the ice age must have felt like. The sheer enormity of these giant ice puzzles will leave you spellbound as you explore the area with your Local Expert.
  • Haast River Enjoy the unique blend of thrilling speed and calm comfort on a Haast River jet boat safari. Zip past untouched forests and snow-capped mountains in your fully enclosed cabin while you hear beguiling tales of the wilderness communities of the
  • Hokitika Visit the coastal town of Hokitika, where you'll find stunning scenery and a cool, arty vibe. Hear about its rich history, from the discovery of New Zealand jade through the many tales from the gold rush in the 1860s.
  • Makarora Visit Makarora, a great base point to explore the beauty of the Southern Alps. Your Travel Concierge will take you on an orientation of the town where you can admire remarkable scenery and hear more about its history.
  • Milford Sound Immerse yourself in nature with a guided walk along a stunning section of Milford Track, one of the most breathtaking walks in the world. Learn about its wildlife and heritage while you traverse beach forest and bubbling rivers as you pass
Personalise your day
  • Queenstown Ride the scenic Lake trail, visit hidden gems of the area and learn local history.
  • Queenstown Embark on a boutique wine tasting tour in the heart of the Central Otago wine region.
Call (530) 896-1668 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18409763
Tour OperatorLuxury Gold by Insight
OfferOffer valid through 9/30/2024
12 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1ChristchurchWelcome to Christchurch: Your New Zealand luxury tour begins by private car to your boutique hotel located in the heart of Christchurch and just minutes from North Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens. Pay a visit to the blooms at the Botanic Gardens or ride the Christchurch Tram before meeting your Travel Concierge where you'll raise a glass to a grand journey.

Accommodations: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 2Franz JosefChristchurch to Franz Josef: Embark on one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train to the small village of Arthur's Pass. In Franz Josef, your eco-friendly retreat nestled in the wilderness welcomes.

Accommodations: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 3Franz JosefThe Mighty Franz Josef Glacier: Explore Franz Josef, where a Local Expert reveals the glacier's impressive history.

Accommodations: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 4QueenstownTravel from Franz Josef to Queenstown: Cruise down the Haast River in a jet boat basking in the beauty of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel in Queenstown, offering expansive views across Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel
Day 5QueenstownExplore Queenstown Relaxed Start: Take a scenic bike ride on the Arrow River Trail or sample the Central Otago region's best Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc on a boutique wine tour.

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel
Day 6QueenstownQueenstown at Leisure Relaxed Start: Queenstown's adventure culture is yours to experience. Take a Locally Available Experience jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River, or whitewater raft down the Kawarau River. In the evening, dine at one of Queenstown's exclusive restaurants.

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel
Day 7Milford SoundQueenstown to Milford Sound Relaxed Start: Journey to Milford Sound through Fiordland National Park. View Mirror Lakes, the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and Cleddau Valley en route to the dramatic Chasm.

Accommodations: Milford Sound Lodge.
Day 8Milford SoundMilford Track Walk and Milford Sound Cruise: Take a guided walk on Milford Track through pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks, glaciers and deep valleys. Bask in the spectacular scenery of Milford Sound aboard a catamaran before dining at Pio Pio Restaurant.

Accommodations: Milford Sound Lodge.
Day 9DunedinMilford Sound to Dunedin: Take a scenic journey from Fiordland National Park through rolling green pastures before arriving in Dunedin. Your heritage hotel welcomes you with a cosy atmosphere in the city center. Dine on favourites such as surf and turf, braised lamb, catch of the day, or other modern twists on traditional local dishes at Parcels Restaurant.

Accommodations: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 10DunedinDunedin (Relaxed Start) Relaxed Start: Explore the flavours of Dunedin on a guided tour and tasting at Dunedin Craft Distillers. Venture next door for a special Chocolate tasting journey. View Dunedin's sites or venture to the dramatic coastline.

Accommodations: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 11ChristchurchDunedin to Christchurch: Travel up the coast though the towns of Oamaru and Timaru to Christchurch to uncover the city's highlights on a fascinating sightseeing tour. Sample the best of the city over dinner at Polo Bar and Restaurant.

Accommodations: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 12ChristchurchFarewell from Christchurch: Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast, as your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Christchurch International Airport for your onward flight.


DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
December 02, 2024Land Price$9,285.00 (USD)Quote
January 20, 2025Land Price$9,285.00 (USD)Quote
February 17, 2025Land Price$9,285.00 (USD)Quote
March 10, 2025Land Price$9,285.00 (USD)Quote
March 31, 2025Land Price$9,285.00 (USD)Quote
Twin prices are per person.

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- Hotel Class Key: D: Deluxe SF: Superior First Class F: First Class
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