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South Island Showcase
9 Days from Christchurch to Queenstown
From the east coast to the west and back again, this 9-day journey through New Zealand’s South Island comes filled with soul-stirring scenery and unique experiences. Beginning in Christchurch, you’ll travel counter clockwise around the island, with overnight stays in Franz Josef, Wanaka, Te Anau and Queenstown.
Don’t forget your camera - photo opportunities abound throughout this tour! Explore picture-perfect Queenstown, framed by the aptly named Remarkable Mountains; embark on a cruise through UNESCO World Heritage Site, Milford Sound, and discover one of the most beautiful places on earth; spot endangered Hector dolphins while onboard a nature cruise in Akaroa; and be sure to grab a window seat as you board the TranzAlpine - one of the world’s greatest train journeys.
On this South Island tour, you’ll also get the chance to learn about Māori culture. Watch a jade (pounamu) carving demonstration with a traditional carver and learn about its cultural significance, before exploring the beauty of Franz Josef Glacier on a guided walk, where you’ll learn about the Māori legend behind this breath-taking landscape. With the perfect balance of active adventure and relaxation, this Cosmos tour is the best way to explore the spectacular South.
Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South Pacific tour dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
cities & locations
World Heritage Sites are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. The sites are judged to contain cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
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