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Overview
Sightseeing includes • Pleasant Point Rail • Oamaru Victorian Precinct • Toito Museum • Larnach Castle • Olveston House • Croydon Aviation Museum • Eastern Southland Art Gallery • Transport World Invercargill • Alexandra Easter Markets • Hayes Engineering
Detailed Itinerary

On arrival to the largest city in the South Island, you will be transferred to your city hotel for the first night of your tour. Depending on your arrival time you may like to take time to enjoy the exciting redevelopment of central Christchurch. From stunning new architectural office buildings and shopping centres to the detailed rebuild of the historic Arts Centre. This afternoon meet your local tour representative who will provide a tour briefing and confirm tomorrow’s departure details. Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

After breakfast your tour will take you south to the quaint farming town of Pleasant Point where you can experience a ride on the beautifully restored Pleasant Point Rail Locomotive. Not only will you take a ride on the locomotive, but you will be treated to a lunch onsite including one of Pleasant Point’s famous Denheath custard squares. After your rail adventure, we will continue travelling South to the Coastal town of Timaru where we will check in to our accommodation for the evening. You will have time to explore the picturesque Caroline Bay or head down Stafford Street to visit the shops and cafés of downtown Timaru, or simply relax before enjoying dinner at your hotel tonight. Hotel: Benvenue Hotel Timaru

After breakfast at the hotel we will continue our journey south to Oamaru, stopping at the Victorian Precinct where we take a step back in time to the late 19th Century. The Victorian Precinct is home to Boutique stores, eateries, and entertainment venues. Pop your head into the Steampunk HQ, a museum inspired by the writings of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Steampunk is a quirky genre of Science-Fiction set in an alternative 19th Century England. Oamaru’s Victorian backdrop is the perfect setting for Steampunk HQ Oamaru housed in a Oamaru stone ‘Grain elevator’ built in 1883. After our time in Oamaru we continue further south to Dunedin. The ‘Edinburgh of the South’ is a city filled with stunning gothic buildings. On the back of the gold rush in the 1860’s Dunedin saw the flow of money head east from Central Otago, which led to grand stone buildings emulating Edinburgh the starting point for settlers of Dunedin from the Free Church of Scotland in 1848. You will have time to explore the stunning city centre prior to dining at the hotel tonight. Hotel: Distinction Hotel Dunedin

Our day starts off with a morning visit to the Toitu, Otago Settlers Museum. The rich social history of the city is told through fourteen themed galleries that feature interactive displays and powerful narratives tracing the human history of the area, from the earliest settlers to the most recent arrivals. There is time for lunch at the Museum (at own expense) then we head along the Otago Peninsular to Larnach Castle. Larnach Castle sits above MacAndrew Bay and Portobello it has an exciting, sometimes scandalous and tragic history, magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, the Castle offers you a vision of the past and present. Today, it is the home of the Barker family, who have spent forty-five years lovingly restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 14 hectares of gardens and grounds. Your visit to Larnach Castle will include access to the Castle, Gardens and Grounds. Your visit will be at your own pace, so take your time to explore all the nooks and cranny’s of New Zealand’s only castle. After our Larnach Castle visit we return to our hotel to relax or explore the nearby octagon, the heart of Dunedin city. No dinner included tonight. Hotel: Distinction Hotel Dunedin

After breakfast this morning we visit the historic Olveston House, built in 1904-1906 for the wealthy Theomin family Olveston house is a trip back in time. This impressive house was gifted to the city of Dunedin upon the passing of Dorothy Theomin in 1966. A year later it was opened as a historic house museum and your first stop for this morning. After a tour of Olveston house we head to Gore, which will be home for the next two nights. Gore is much more than a rural service town in central Southland. Split by the Mataura river, Gore is not only the brown trout capital of New Zealand it is also the home to a variety of museums and galleries that hold great significance both culturally and historically. Prior to arriving in Gore, there is a stop at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre in Mandeville, a celebration of New Zealand’s light civil aviation heritage. On display are some of the country’s most important vintage aircraft and the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern hemisphere. The beauty is that almost all of the aircraft dating from the 1920s and 30s still fly. After viewing this impressive collection we head to our hotel for the next two nights to relax before our included dinner. Hotel: Heartland Hotel Croydon

Today begins with a visit to The Eastern Southland Gallery, the ESG was established as a Carnegie Library building in 1984 after receiving a grant of £2000 from famous Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Gallery maintains a vibrant and energetic annual programme of exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, master-classes, and artist-in-residence projects. After studying the exhibits on show we board our coach for Invercargill. The trip to Invercargill will take us through the rural towns of Edendale, Woodlands, and Kennington before reaching New Zealand’s southernmost city. We take a short city tour of Invercargill prior to stopping for lunch (at own expense). This afternoon we head to Bill Richardson Transport world which is the largest private automotive museum of its type in the world. Over 300 motor vehicles, petrol pumps and wearable arts exhibits are on display throughout the 15,000sqm museum. Be amazed by a restoration journey that has taken fifty years to establish. It is an absolute must see for anyone with a passion for wheels. Highlights include retro Kombi’s, Henry Ford Letter Cars, Model T’s, Diamond T Trucks, stunning 1930’s V8’s and over 200 vintage petrol pumps. No dinner included tonight. Hotel: Heartland Hotel Croydon

After breakfast our journey heads north swapping the rolling hillside of Central Southland for the schist torn mountains of Central Otago’s Fruitlands. Prior to arriving in Alexandra, our final destination we will leave the main highway and travel through Earnschleugh an area with rich farming history and home to a number of Wineries and Orchards. Travelling along the Clutha River we come to historic Clyde, was formerly known as Dunstan during the Central Otago goldrush of the 1860’s. Clyde was once the most populous in all of New Zealand during the height of gold fever. More recently the town is known for the Clyde Dam, a ‘Think Big’ project in the early 1980’s transformed the landscape, not only due to the hulking dam overlooking Clyde but the upstream creation of Lake Dunstan, through flooding of the river basin. Prior to travelling up to the dam look out we have lunch at Olivers restaurant in Clyde. Oliver’s has been operating as a restaurant since 1977 in one of Otago’s most significant heritage buildings, The Victoria Store of 1869. Relax and enjoy the surroundings while we lunch, you also may want to taste one of beers brewed in the adjacent Victoria Store Brewery. After the visit to the Clyde Dam lookout we head to Alexandra and check in at our accommodation. Dinner is included at a local restaurant tonight. Hotel: Avenue Motel Alexandra

After breakfast there is free time to experience the Alexandra Easter Markets at Pioneer Park. Your guide will offer a transfer to Pioneer Park this morning, where you will be met by a wonderful array of stalls to tempt you at this relaxing and colourful market in the centre of Alexandra. Pick up some fruit and veg, pickles or a healthy plant. Local people and stall holders from around the South Island bring their wares which include art, craft, women’s fashion and jewellery.

After breakfast this morning we head to The Maniototo. The Maniototo is an elevated inland region bounded by the Kakanui Range to the north and the Rock and Pillar Range to the Southeast. Today we stop in the Ida Valley at Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead, this historic homestead has been home to Hayes Engineering since the early 1900’s home to numerous inventions developed to simplify work on farms. Our visit to Hayes engineering will be on one of the occasional workshop operating days, where they fire up the machinery for your guided tour of this historic homestead and engineering workshop. Prior to your tour you will be served a morning tea of fresh scones, sweet treats and a hot drink. Upon the completion of your tour there will be a chance to survey the homesteads gift shop before travelling to Naseby for lunch at a local café (at own expense). After lunch you will have a time for a short wander before travelling along the ‘Pigroot’ to the east coast and further north to Oamaru. After arriving at your hotel in Oamaru there is the chance to relax prior to dinner tonight. Hotel: Brydone Hotel Oamaru

After a relaxed breakfast we bit farewell to Oamaru and continue north to Christchurch. North of Timaru we head inland to Geraldine. Geraldine has a wonderful village atmosphere with a community spirit that radiates throughout the town. Geraldine is the gateway to the Mackenzie District, a high tourist tourist flow through the town means that there are more than enough cafés and restaurants to choose from for your lunch today (at own expense). You may even choose to pop into The Barkers Foodstore & Eatery and try some of their famous preserves. After lunch you will continue northward toward Christchurch your final stop on tour. Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Your tour will finish today after breakfast and checkout this morning. Your airport transfer will be arranged to coincide with your departure flight.

Inclusions
  • Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Gore, Invercargill, Clyde, Naesby, Geraldine.
  • Return airport Transfers in Christchurch.
  • Accommodation—10 Nights in centrally located accommodation including Breakfast daily (B).
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle as per Itinerary outline.
  • Meals as stipulated in Itinerary include 5x Dinners, 2x Lunch
Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • Optional activities
  • Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

minimum 10 passengers to guarantee departure

Trip Highlights

Christchurch - Timaru - Oamaru - Dunedin - Gore - Invercargill - Central Otago’s Fruitlands - Alexandra

Fixed-Departure

27 Mar, 2021
AUD 4,272 P P twin share
AUD 5,392 P P single

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