From the east coast to the west and back again, this 9-day journey through New Zealand’s South Island comes filled with soul-stirring scenery and unique experiences. Beginning in Christchurch, you’ll travel counterclockwise around the island, with overnight stays in Franz Josef, Wanaka, Milford Sound and Queenstown.
Don’t forget your camera - photo opportunities abound throughout this tour! Stand in awe as you travel to picture-perfect Queenstown, framed by the aptly named Remarkable Mountains; embark on an overnight cruise through UNESCO World Heritage Site Milford Sound and wake up in one of the most beautiful places on earth; spot endangered Hector dolphins, only found in NZ waters, while onboard a nature cruise in Akaroa; and be sure to grab a window seat as you board the TranzAlpine - one of the world’s greatest train journeys.
On this South Island tour, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about Māori culture. Watch a jade (pounamu) carving demonstration with a traditional carver and learn about its cultural significance to the Māori people, before exploring the icy depths of Franz Josef glacier on a guided walk, where you’ll learn about the Māori legend behind this breathtaking landscape.
With the perfect balance of active adventure and relaxation, this Cosmos tour is the best way to explore the spectacular South.
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