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The Southern Drift - Inspiring Journeys
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12 days

The Southern Drift

Start and end in Christchurch
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Inspiring Journeys
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US $6,245
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  • Journey over fields and rivers on the TranzAlpine Train.
  • Kayak across the waters of magical Milford Sound.
  • Relax on a cruise out to the Tasman Sea.
  • Discover the icy landscape of Franz Josef Glacier.

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Start and end in Christchurch! With the discovery tour The Southern Drift, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Christchurch, New Zealand and 6 other destinations in New Zealand. The Southern Drift includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch
  2. Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki
  3. Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef
  4. Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown
  5. Day 5: Queenstown Free Time
  6. Day 6: Queenstown Free Time
  7. Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound
  8. Day 8: Milford Sound
  9. Day 9: Milford Sound - Wedderburn
  10. Day 10: Wedderburn – Mt. Cook
  11. Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch
  12. Day 12: Farewell from Christchurch
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Additional Services
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Optional

Where You'll Stay

11 nights

Reviews About This Operator

  • Amanda
    · February 03, 2020
    TD Dave was wonderful, this was a fantastic way to experience Victoria - via delicious meals.
  • Elisa
    · January 28, 2020
    The Red Centre had always been on my bucket list and it was incredible! I 100% recommend travelling with Inspiring... Show more
  • Jasna
    · November 01, 2019
    What an incredible experience! The 2 day Wakalina walk was a once in a lifetime experience... This trip has lots... Show more

Dates & Availability

12 days
The Southern Drift
From Christchurch to Christchurch
No credit card fees
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    • Do I need to advise you if I have any mobility issues or a serious medical condition?

      Its essential you advise our team of Travel Experts at the time of booking if you have any mobility issues or serious medical conditions so that we can ensure, as much as possible, your needs are met on your tour. Unfortunately, due to space considerations on this tour, it is not possible to accommodate motorised scooters and non-collapsible wheelchairs.

    • Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

      If you have a special dietary requirement such as gluten-free, vegetarian etc please advise our team of Travel Experts at the time of booking to ensure the tour operator can do their best to accommodate your request.

    • When will I receive my travel documents?

      Your travel documents will be posted to you in a travel wallet which will contain your documents and luggage tags to you approximately four weeks before your departure date.

    • Can airport transfers be arranged?

      Arrival and departure transfers can be arranged for you once you have a confirmed booking. Please contact our team of Travel Experts if you would like a transfer added to your tour booking or for more information.

    • I am travelling alone, is there a single supplement?

      If you are a single traveller there is a compulsory single supplement cost as it is not possible to share a room with another traveller unless you are travelling with them. To book a single room please make sure to choose this option on the booking page or simply contact our team of Travel Experts.

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    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before October 8th, 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after October 8th, 2020, a minimum payment of $200 is required to confirm your booking with Inspiring Journeys. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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