England Cricket Tour to New Zealand 2019
Post-Test Tour South Island Sightseeing

Post-Test Tour South Island Sightseeing

4th – 13th December 2019

New Zealand’s South Island features some of the most dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery in the world. Our post-test tour extension includes Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo, Arrowtown, Queenstown and Milford Sound – beauty and wonder at each and every destination across this eight-night itinerary…

Prices from £1,999 per person

Post-Test Tour South Island Sightseeing

Tour package includes
  • 8 nights’ accommodation.
  • All domestic economy flights.
  • All sightseeing and park entry fees as stated.
  • All airport transfers in air-conditioned transport.
  • Services of Howzat Travel Tour Managers.

 

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Sightseeing Desintations

Christchurch, Omarama, Queenstown, Te Anau & Dunedin

Itinerary

Post-Test Tour South Island Sightseeing
  • Wednesday 4th December – Hamilton/Christchurch
    After breakfast at your hotel, depart Hamilton for Auckland International Airport and your domestic flight to Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch head out on a sightseeing tour of central Christchurch. Highlights include the River Avon, the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery; the Catholic Basilica; Bridge of Remembrance; the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial and the Spanish Mission-inspired New Regent Street. Learn about the effects of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes and how the city is rebuilding. The tour concludes at your hotel located in the heart of Cathedral Square. Evening at leisure.
  • Thursday 5th December – Christchurch/Omarama
    Breakfast at your hotel. Today travel south across the alluvial Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s chief cropping area then turn inland through Burkes Pass to the Mackenzie Country named after a 19th Century sheep stealer. See the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo then travel along the shores of glacial Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook Village in the Mt Cook National Park. At the heart of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine region is Mt Cook, at 3754 metres the highest peak in Australasia. Experience the wonder of the National Park, which features 15 peaks and 5 major glaciers. Mt Cook is also known by the Maori name, Aoraki.
    After time at Mt Cook Village, retrace your journey along Lake Pukaki then stop in the small rural service town of Omarama for your overnight stay. Your hotel is centrally located in Omarama.
  • Friday 6th December – Omarama/Queenstown
    Breakfast at your hotel. At the southern end of the Mackenzie Country the road climbs through bleak rugged hills to the summit of the Lindis Pass before descending into Central Otago. The road follows the mighty Clutha River into recently created Lake Dunstan then through the spectacular Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown. Stop en-route at the Kawarau Bridge to see the dare-devils bungy jumping from the original AJ Hackett site. Nestled among glacier-rounded hills and dramatic rugged mountain peaks, Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier four-season lake and alpine resort. The town centre is situated within walking distance down a hill from the hotel.
  • Saturday 7th December
    Breakfast at your hotel. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Queenstown. Highlights include a visit to historic Arrowtown, a quaint village set on the banks of the Arrow River which was once a rip-roaring gold rush town. Time here to sample some of the cafés, galleries and boutiques or you may wish to take a walk to the historic Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. Also see the Edith Cavall Bridge spanning the narrow canyon of the rugged Shotover River; and pretty Lake Hayes. Your tour concludes with a ride on the aerial gondola to Bob’s Peak to see the stunning panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Sunday 8th December
    Day at leisure. Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jet-boating on the thrilling Shotover Jet; a jet-boat excursion along the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; fly-fishing or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem sky-diving! Extra cost for optional sightseeing excursions.
  • Monday 9th December – Queenstown/Te Anau
    Breakfast at your hotel. Travel around Lake Wakatipu and through Te Anau and the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Fiordland National Park, part of the UNESCO Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area is one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. The scenery is spectacular with lofty mountains and deep valleys carved out by Ice Age glaciers. There are clear rushing streams and leaping waterfalls set in magnificent native rainforest. At Milford Sound board a comfortable vessel for a cruise down Milford Sound past towering Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. Seals and dolphins are often seen in the clear waters of the fiord. Picnic lunch included. At the conclusion of the cruise, re-board the coach and drive back to Te Anau travelling via the Cleddeau Gorge, Homer Tunnel and the lovely Eglinton Valley. Evening at leisure.
  • Tuesday 10th December – Te Anau/Dunedin
    Breakfast at your hotel. Depart Te Anau and travel across the rolling farmland of Southland and Otago. A striking feature of this area is the large number of deer farms that are easily seen from the road. The road travels through a number of small country towns before crossing the fast flowing Clutha River and heading north into Dunedin. Sitting at the head of the magnificent Otago Harbour, Dunedin was founded in 1848 by Scottish settlers and envisaged as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. The influence of its Scottish heritage is still strongly evident. The city is renowned for its educational facilities including Otago University, New Zealand’s first university. Upon arrival see the distinctive Dunedin Railway Station; the University of Otago with its historic blue stone buildings on the banks of the Leith River; and the Octagon which features the historic Town Hall and St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and a statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns. Evening at leisure.
  • Wednesday 11th December – Dunedin/Christchurch
    Breakfast at your hotel. Departing Dunedin the road climbs sharply over the hills that surround the city. Continuing north there are some lovely views of the coast and the Pacific Ocean. Stop at Moeraki and see the unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach then continue on to the coastal town of Oamaru. With many of Oamaru’s old buildings having been constructed with local limestone, the southern part of Oamaru’s main business district ranks as one of New Zealand’s most impressive streetscapes. Continue north and cross the sheep and cropping areas of the fertile Canterbury Plains. The snow-capped Southern Alps can be seen to the West for much of the journey. Upon arrival in Christchurch, proceed to your hotel to check-in. Evening at leisure.
  • Thursday 12th December – Depart Christchurch
    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Christchurch International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

International Flights

Note: Regional departures are available from all major UK airports, so please let us know your preference at the time of booking.

Singapore Airlines

Emirates

Surcharges may apply

International Outbound Flight
As stated in Test, or Pre-Tour sightseeing itinerary

International Inbound Flight
SQ298 & SQ322
Depart Christchurch: Thursday 12th December at 1200
Arrive Singapore: Thursday 12th December at 1740
Depart Singapore: Thursday 12th December at 2345
Arrive Heathrow: Friday 13th December at 0555

International Outbound Flight
As stated in Test, or Pre-Tour sightseeing itinerary

International Inbound Flight
EK413 & EK1 (Flight touches down in SYD)
Depart Christchurch: Thursday 12th December at 1845
Arrive Dubai: Friday 13th December at 0515
Depart Dubai: Friday 13th December at 0745
Arrive Heathrow: Friday 13th December at 1140

Post-Test Tour South Island Sightseeing

Choose from the tour package options below

Post-Test Tour Sightseeing ** CONTACT FOR AVAILABILITY **

Post-Test Tour South Island Sightseeing package includes:

Excellent hotels on a B&B basis, all transfers and full services of Howzat Travel Tour Managers.

Accommodation

Blue Hotels

Distinction Hotel, Christchurch
Standard Room
B&B
4th – 5th December (1 night)
Hotel website

Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
Superior Room
B&B
6th – 9th December (3 nights)
Hotel website

Victoria Hotel, Dunedin
Superior Room
B&B
10th – 11th December (1 night)
Hotel website

Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama
Superior Room
B&B
5th – 6th December (1 night)
Hotel website

Distinction Hotel Luxmore, Te Anau
Deluxe Room
B&B
9th – 10th December (1 night)
Hotel website

Distinction Hotel, Christchurch
Standard Room
B&B
11th – 12th December (1 night)
Hotel website

Post-Test Tour Sightseeing Price ** CONTACT FOR AVAILABILITY **

  • £1,999 per person
  • Single supplement available for £650

Not Included:

  • Any meals except those specified in the itinerary.
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, table drinks, tips and gratuities.
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times.
  • Individual’s travel insurance.

Bespoke

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If you have travelled to New Zealand previously and wish to explore alternative options before, after or between the Tests, simply contact us to let us know what you’d prefer to do instead. We will then build your perfect bespoke itinerary.

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