South Island Autumn Colours Tour - 2018

11 days, 11 destinations, 9 attractions, 19 meals

Discover the majestic lakes and mountains of the South Island on a fully escorted coach and rail tour that offers the best service and attention to detail.

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"Great value for money, well organised, would certainly recommend to others."
John & Leigh, UK


Per person sharing.
Single room is NZ$1100 extra.
Prices in New Zealand Dollars.


5 April 2018

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Unique rail and coach tour

This fantastic rail and coach tour of the South Island of New Zealand offers a balance of quality, value and the leisure.

Included attractions

  • Welcome dinner
  • Tranz Alpine Train
  • Waimakariri Gorge and Hokitika Gorge
  • Treetop walk
  • Lake Matheson and Haast Pass
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Cruise on the lady of the lake TSS Earnslaw
  • Edmond Hillary Centre, including a 3D movie and Planetarium
  • Coastal Pacific Train

And all the things we can't tell you yet, because that will spoil the surprise.

More about this tour

  • Luxury Five Star Coach featuring twin door access, rest room, reclining seats, air conditioning, refrigerator and phone charging stations.
  • Tour limited to 40 passengers maximum on a 49-seater coach.
  • One coach and driver/tour manager throughout the complete tour.
  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 9 nights superior accommodation on a twin share basis.
  • Multi night stays

Our standard inclusions of many multi night stays including free time for your leisure, minimal early starts, guaranteed empty seats in the coach for your comfort and knowledgeable hosts give you a genuine New Zealand experience.

When the premium accommodation including nights at The Hilton Queenstown are taken into account you will see that no compromise is made on our tours. 


Quality fine dining, including at the above mentioned Hotels, is also included along with full breakfasts each morning.

The lunchtime higlights are a BBQ Lunch at Walter Peak Station Queenstown and a buffet lunch while cruising on Milford Sound.

We also have freedom dining nights in selected locations where there are a wide variety of options so you can explore New Zealand’s fine Restaurants and Cafes at your own discretion.

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The combination of our experience and feedback from clients means our tours offer a fine balance of quality, value and a leisure holiday experience.

We look forward to hosting you soon.


Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Fly from your homeport to Christchurch, a Reid Tours representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel, the brand new Crowne Plaza. Spend the afternoon exploring the city. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow passengers, driver and tour manager.

Included meal: Dinner
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

Activities and attractions

Welcome dinner

Day 2: Christchurch to Punakaiki and Hokitika

This morning we join the award winning Tranz Alpine train as it journeys across the Canterbury Plains then via the scenic Waimakariri Gorge onto the Alpine Village of Arthurs Pass in the Southern Alps. We then re-join our coach. After crossing Arthurs Pass we continue via Lake Brunner to Punakaiki. This is one of New Zealand’s best coastal roads. We then continue south to the Historic Gold town of Hokitika. Our hotel looks out over the Tasman Sea.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Beachfront Hokitika

Activities and attractions

  • Tranz Alpine Train
  • Waimakariri Gorge

KiwiRail's scenic rail tour video, "Take a break. Take a train."

Day 3: Hokitika to Fox Glacier

You have time to visit the Greenstone shops before we visit the Scenic Hokitika Gorge where this river emerges from the Alps. We continue onto the Treetop walk at Lake Mahinapua. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi Forest. Enjoy great views of the Southern Alps, rain forest and Lake Mahinapua. Our journey continues south to our overnight stop at Fox Glacier where you can dine at your leisure.

Included meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Westhaven

Activities and attractions

  • Hokitika Gorge
  • Treetop walk

The West Coast Treetop walk
The West Coast Treetop walk.

Day 4: Fox Glacier to Cromwell

This morning we visit Lake Matheson with its wonderful views of Mt Cook and the surrounding high peaks of the Southern Alps. Continuing south through ancient rain forests and past lakes we cross the Alps via the Haast Pass and onto Cromwell, your home for the evening. Enjoy a delicious meal in this iconic landscape.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Golden Gate Lodge

Activities and attractions

  • Lake Matheson
  • Haast Pass

Day 5: Cromwell to Te Anau via Arrowtown

Plenty of time to explore Cromwell before we travel south to Arrowtown to visit this old gold mining settlement which is now a quaint tourist village. Our journey continues south to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. You have the rest of the day to explore the town.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Distinction Hotels and Villas

Activities and attractions

Exploring Cromwell and Te Anau

Day 6: Te Anau to Queenstown via Milford Sound

Leaving Te Anau we travel via the Eglington valley and Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. You will enjoy a cruise on the majestic Milford Sound with lunch provided. View Mitre Peak and the numerous waterfalls of this picturesque sound. We return to Queenstown late afternoon and our accommodation at the Novotel Gardens where we stay the next 3 nights.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Hotel: Novotel Gardens, Queenstown

Activities and attractions

Cruise on the Sound

The Lady Bowen cruising on Milford Sound
The Lady Bowen cruising on Milford Sound. Image credit: Southern Discoveries.

Day 7: Queenstown

This morning after a wonderful breakfast it is a short walk to join the lady of the lake TSS Earnslaw, a vintage Steamship, for a cruise to Walter Peak Station for lunch. Returning to Queenstown mid-afternoon you are free to explore the town. This evening you are free to dine at one of the many cafes and restaurants in Queenstown.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hotel: Novotel Gardens, Queenstown

Activities and attractions

Cruise on the lady of the lake TSS Earnslaw.

Day 8: Queenstown

Today is a free day to enjoy the wonderful setting of Queenstown. Your tour manager will advise you of the many options available.

Included meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Novotel Gardens, Queenstown  

Activities and attractions

Your tour manager will advise you of the many options available.

View of Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki
View of Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki. Image credit: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook.

Day 9: Queenstown to Mount Cook

This morning we travel north via the Lindis Pass into the McKenzie Country. We travel to the unique location of Mt Cook following the shore of Lake Pukaki. Your tour includes access to the Edmond Hillary Centre and wonderful 3D Movie of the area and Planetarium. We are staying tonight in the magnificient Hermitage Hotel superior rooms, each with a perfect view of Mt Cook.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook Village

Activities and attractions

Edmond Hillary Centre, including a 3D movie and Planetarium

Day 10: Mt Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

This morning you will have breakfast in the shadow of the majestic Mt Cook itself. Following breakfast, we will drive back along the Lake and rejoin the highway to Christchurch, complete with a stop in Geraldine for lunch. On arrival in Christchurch, we will arrive back at the Crowne Plaza.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch to your Home

Following a delicious breakfast and farewells, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, where a shuttle will be waiting for you on arrival to transfer you home.

Included meal: Breakfast

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"A fabulous Tour."
Margaret, Canada