Itinerary: Traversing New Zealand’s South Island

South Island Traverse | A&K
South Island Traverse | A&K

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Spectacular snow-capped Alps, glacial lakes and waterfalls make this the ultimate New Zealand journey, featuring Queenstown, Milford Sound and Dunedin

Traverse New Zealand’s South Island from coast to coast and unlock a hidden world of sweeping landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and world famous wine. Marvel at Milford Sound from the skies, witness wild fur seal colonies, linger in cellars of world-class wineries, visit magnificent castles in Dunedin and get up close to the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula. Highlights of this itinerary include witnessing majestic Milford Sound from above on a private helicopter tour, landing amongst the ancient ice floes of the Fiordland glaciers, savouring world-class wines in Gibbston Valley, and soaking up the quirky city vibe in historic Dunedin and admiring its Edwardian architecture.

Day 1

Arrive Queenstown

Welcome to beautiful Queenstown and transfer to Azur Lodge with its magnificent view over the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. Evening at leisure.


Day 2

Milford Sound

Journey into the heart of Fiordland to Milford Sound for a two-hour private helicopter flight along the Southern Alps into the Sound. Sweep the full length of the fiord to a remote west coast beach to see the wild fur seal colonies. Land on top of the world amongst the ancient ice floes.

  • Stay at Azur Lodge
  • Breakfast and lunch


Day 3


Enjoy a full day tour of Queenstown including a visit to Gibbston Valley Winery. Tour the remarkable Wine Cave, enjoy tastings and lunch. Spend time with a renowned local artist inside their studio before settling back into your private villa.

  • Stay at Azur Lodge
  • Breakfast and lunch

Day 4


Today drive through to Dunedin, known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, surrounded by rolling hills. Spend the afternoon acquainting yourself with the picturesque harbour and Edwardian buildings.


Day 5


Explore magical Dunedin with a visit to two of the city’s most iconic buildings: Jacobean styled Olveston House, set on an acre of inner-city land and reflecting the life of a wealthy early 20th century merchant family, and lovingly restored Larnach Castle with its extensive grounds. Enjoy a private tour of the gardens.

  • Stay at Distinction Dunedin
  • Breakfast


Day 6


Enjoy a full day touring the beautiful Otago Peninsula and get up close to the yellow-eyed penguin, Hooker’s sea lion, fur seals and the royal albatross. Cruise aboard the ‘Monarch’ to an albatross colony and spot other seabirds.

  • Stay at Distinction Dunedin
  • Breakfast and lunch


Day 7

Depart Dunedin

Bid farewell to Dunedin and transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

  • Breakfast

The Details

Travel Dates 2018

As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send a booking enquiry to book this journey.


Per Person: From AU$9,775

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