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A Festive Christmas & New Year in the South
Calder & Lawson House of Travel currently have a great deal on a special festive journey to Stewart Island, Te Anau and Queenstown from 606,300 pts per person (share twin) or from 790,000 pts per single room. Get in quick, this deal is valid for a limited time only!
The Travel Companions Club warmly welcome you on this special festive journey to Stewart Island, Te Anau and Queenstown for Christmas and New Year. Commencing in Invercargill, fly to beautiful Stewart Island, a natural world of bush and beaches for a special Christmas amongst nature. Venture out one evening to spot our much loved and iconic Kiwi in the wild. Depart Stewart Island on your flight back to Invercargill and continue to the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau for two nights and explore Milford Sound by cruise. The last stop on your journey is Queenstown for a cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw, wine tasting in the Kawarau Valley and a special New Year highlight dinner to celebrate 2021!
- 23 December 2020 - 02 January 2021
- Tour host Colleen Doyle, ex Invercargill
- Invercargill Airport to hotel arrival transfer
- Welcome tour briefing and dinner
- Daily breakfasts
- Stewart Island Airport to Hotel return transfers
- Queenstown Hotel to airport transfer
- Ten nights' in excellent centrally located accommodation including daily breakfast
- Transfers in Invercargill, Invercargill – Te Anau, Te Anau – Queenstown and in Queenstown
- Dinners as stipulated in Itinerary including 8x dinners and special New Years Eve dinner in Queenstown
- Christmas lunch and lunch on Milford Cruise
- Farewell dinner and drink
- Departure transfer to Queenstown airport
- Sightseeing (see list below)
- Return Stewart Island flights
- Bill Richardson’s Transport World
- Stewart Island orientation tour
- Ulva Island ferry and guided walking tour
- Night Kiwi Experience
- Milford Sound Transport (seat in coach)
- Milford Sound Cruise with picnic lunch
- Queenstown wine tour
- TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak with morning tea
23 December 2020: Invercargill
Welcome to Invercargill. On arrival at Invercargill Airport you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your fellow travel companions and tour host Colleen Doyle for a welcome drink and tour briefing at 6pm, followed by dinner.
Accommodation: Kelvin Hotel (one night)
24 December 2020: Invercargill - Stewart Island
Today after breakfast transfer to the Bill Richardson Museum at Transport World, a family legacy that has become the largest private automotive museum of its type in the world. Outside of the extraordinary vehicle range, which includes retro Kombis, Henry Ford Letter Cars and Model T’s, is a “Ladies be wowed” section. View the captivating ever-growing show piece of Wearable Arts, in addition to pieces from Southlands annual Fibre Octave Wearable Art and Musical Extravaganza. Later this morning transfer to Invercargill Airport to join your late morning flight to Stewart Island. Upon arrival on Stewart Island embark on an afternoon orientation tour to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of this special Island. This evening dinner is at the local hotel.
Accommodation: Bay Motel (three nights)
25 December 2020: Stewart Island
This morning dawn will break on a special day amidst the pristine nature of Stewart Island for a very different Christmas experience. Start the day with a leisurely breakfast. Then share in some “hands on” camaraderie, in assisting and preparing a local Christmas lunch, with tour host Colleen, also a professional caterer. (Stewart Island’s only hotel is closed today). There will be time for a few laughs and fun. Later sit down to share lunch on this special day. In the usual Christmas tradition, dinner will be leftovers!
26 December 2020: Stewart Island
After breakfast stroll leisurely to Half Moon Bay Wharf to join your water taxi to Ulva Island to meet your local guide. This open sanctuary is New Zealand at its most pristine; a place of natural primeval beauty, where the sounds of ancient birdsong can be heard. It is one of the few predator-free open sanctuaries in New Zealand and the well-maintained walking tracks provide easy access to diverse birdlife, lush forest, and beautiful beaches. Upon returning to Oban the afternoon is at leisure. This evening join your Night Kiwi Experience to see Kiwi’s in the wild on your last night on Stewart Island. The Rakiura (Stewart Island) Tokoeka is one of five species of kiwi in New Zealand and Stewart Island offers one of the best opportunities to see this iconic bird in the wild. Dinner this evening is included.
27 December 2020: Stewart Island - Te Anau
After breakfast at the hotel you will transfer to the airport for the short flight back to Invercargill. Continue onto Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. This afternoon is at leisure and Te Anau has countless optional activities to partake in. Options include, a thrilling Jet boat ride, or a visit to the Glow-worm caves or simply relax with a stroll along the shores of tranquil Lake Te Anau. Dinner this evening is included.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (two nights)
28 December 2020: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau
Today drive along one of the most scenic roads in the world into the majestic Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound for a highlight cruise. Your journey today includes up to 12 stops to take in the stunning scenery along the way, a picnic lunch, and a cruise of Milford Sound glimpsing Mitre Peak before returning you to your accommodation. Dinner this evening is included.
29 December 2020: Te Anau - Queenstown
After a leisurely breakfast your transport will take you to visit the historic goldmining village of Arrowtown on the way to your final destination of Queenstown. This afternoon and evening are at leisure for your to choose one of the many optional activities on offer. Walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, explore the art galleries, or take in the spectacular view with a ride on the gondola.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront (four nights)
30 December 2020: Queenstown
After breakfast the morning is at leisure until your afternoon Wine Tour. Visit three wineries and savour the local quality wines with tastings in the majestic Kawarau Valley. Visit an underground wine cave with time for optional cheese, or craft beer tasting. This evening dinner is included at a local restaurant.
31 December 2020: Queenstown
After breakfast, board the TSS Earnslaw, a historic 107-year-old vintage steamship, for a 45-minute cruise on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival at Walter Peak disembark and join a guided farm walk to view the animals at Walter Peak High Country Farm followed by a delicious freshly baked morning tea. Return to Steamer Wharf in Queenstown Bay for an afternoon at leisure, before your New Year’s Eve highlight dinner at Blue Kanu Restaurant.
01 January 2021: Queenstown
After your New Year’s Eve celebrations, you have a full day at leisure today. The day is yours to be as relaxing or adventurous as you like. Choose one of the many optional activities such as a thrilling jet boat ride, a walk on one of the many trails in the area or relax on the beach. This evening meet your fellow travel companions for a farewell dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
02 January 2021: Queenstown
Today you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport in time for your departure flight home.
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