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Autumn In The South

Soak Up The Majestic Beauty

Lake Pukaki

The ideal time to travel and soak up South Island New Zealand in all it’s majestic beauty.

Autumn is especially a wonderful time of year to visit the South Island with the autumn colours a true standout. This 9 day adventure includes some of our favourite destinations from Lake Tekapo, Banks Peninsula to Arrowtown we explore all the Autumn colours of the South Island. Queenstown, Christchurch and Wanaka are all included along with some special destinations off the beaten track Take it Easy is famous for locating.  Jase  will ensure your tour is full of unforgettable memories and experiences you will treasure forever. Read on for more information.


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What’s included?

8 nights accommodation
All activities stated in bold in itinerary
Comfortable tour coach
Expert tour guide
All meals included (exclusions apply)
A general level of fitness required

Tour highlights

Itinerary

Day 1

Home - Christchurch

Home (April 15th)

Meet at the Whanganui Racecourse for a 7:45am departure and travel to Palmerston North Airport to catch our 10:10am flight to Christchurch.

Departing from another destination

For those departing from another destination you will be given your personalised itinerary for you to join the group today. All tickets and details will be provided in your personal information pack, sent prior to travel.


Christchuch

We land and get straight into the Autumn colours visiting the beautiful Monavale. Christchurch City Council undertook a two-year, $3.2m rebuild and strengthening project so the delightful Mona Vale Homestead could once again open its doors to the public.

Today the gracious Victorian building is once more resplendent in her heritage best In addition to the house and gardens, Autumn is especially a wonderful time of year to visit with the autumn colours in the gardens a standout.  

On arrival, we will have the house tour and be given background on the property followed by a great lunch. We are then led through the wonderful gardens. 

From here, it is just a short drive into the exceptional Christchurch Botanical Gardens where we climb aboard an electric vehicle and tour in comfort, exploring one of the world’s most historic Botanic Gardens allowing you to view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand.We then head to our central accommodation where you will be given some time to refresh before heading back out for a very special dinner. This evening at 5pm, we are dining aboard the only Tram Restaurant in New Zealand which offers you a unique way to view the inner city of Christchurch while enjoying a delicious evening dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel 115



Day 2

Christchurch - Banks Peninsula

Banks Peninsula (April 16th)

Today you are in for a unique off-road adventure as we join forces with our friends at Hassle Free tours and make the most of their purpose built 4x4 vehicles and set out to explore the back roads of Banks Peninsula.  We start the day by heading around to the port town of Lyttleton and catch the ferry over to Diamond Harbour. From here, we are collected by the 4x4 vehicles and set out for an adventure of the peninsula. We will see some amazing views today and meet some of the great families that have called this place home since the first settlers. 


Christchurch

After this amazing day of exploring, we head to our accommodation and then meet for a lovely meal to end a magical day out.

Accommodation: Hotel 115

Day 3

Christchurch - Tekapo

Christchuch (April 17th)

This morning, we head south and stop at a renowned garden which has international acclaim. Trott’s Garden has been home to Alan and Catherine Trott and their family for thirty-seven years. It is now in the safe hands of the new owners to ensure this beautiful garden remains accessible to people from all over the world who admire this local New Zealand paradise. We are treated to a guided tour and morning tea in this beautiful setting before carrying on our day.

We make our way out to Longbeach Estate and soak up the wonderful kiwi hospitality and absolutely stunning gardens. We enjoy lunch and a guided tour of this truly remarkable property which will simply take your breath away with its abundance of trees and natural beauty.


Tekapo

Back on the road, we pass through the quintessential rural town of Fairlie, on the way to the heart of Mackenzie Country. After making our way over Burkes Pass, we reach the beautiful Lake Tekapo. We visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before getting into our great accommodation for some R & R before the night ahead. 

We join the highly recommended Dark Sky Experience, where you can see the amazing southern night sky and be taken on a journey of discovery, learning and intrigue – a place where you will look, listen and learn about our incredible universe.

Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 4

Tekapo - Wanaka

Tekapo (April 18th)

A relaxed start to the day as we charge our batteries and get set to see make our way through to Wanaka. On the way we’ll stop at Lake Pukaki and a few other points of interest and break for morning tea at High Country Salmon.


Wanaka

Following this we continue a relaxing but stunning drive through to Wanaka. We will have a delightful lunch then join our new friends from Beautiful Gardens Wanaka and spend the afternoon exploring some of the most stunning gardens in the region! The tour includes informative narrative, telling the story of the gardeners and property, sharing beauty and knowledge of plants and trees, with Q&A and photos opportunities.

After a magical afternoon we’ll head into our accommodation and share some great stories of the trip so far before dinner and another well earned rest. This resort features outdoor hot pools so be sure to bring your swimmers.

Accommodation: Oakridge Resort Wananka

Day 5

Wanaka - Queenstown

Wanaka (April 19th)

Another relaxed start to the day and breakfast you’ll have the chance to wander the Wanaka township or relax down by the lake then we start our journey over the incredible Crown Rage Road. Soak up the incredible scenery before arriving at the famous Cardona Hotel for a delicious group lunch. We continue over the Crown Range and make our way into Arrowtown where the Autumn colours are at their peak and strolling around the town amongst the trees is a truly wonderful experience in itself.



Queenstown

We then start making our way into Queenstown but first we visit and have a guided tour of the renowned Chantecler Garden. This stunning garden will blow you away with its varied themes and established trees, plants and flowers. Then its into Queenstown for some down time before dinner.

Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 6

Queenstown

Queenstown (April 20th)

After breakfast we meet our friends at Nomad Safari’s and are treated to one of the best day trips Queenstown has to offer.

The Skippers Canyon 4WD tour departs from Queenstown heading out towards Coronet Peak. As you head up the peak towards the entrance to this spectacular canyon there are stunning panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin.

After entering Skippers Canyon we will travel to Lighthouse Rock, which gives a dramatic lookout over the entire canyon. Follow in the footsteps of many adventurers and discoverers as this historical winding road brings you to the historic Skippers Bridge, which provides a stunning photo opportunity.

Carefully travelling over the bridge, the road continues into the historical township of Skippers. Long since abandoned, much of the original building still remains, waiting for you to explore it.

Indulge in morning or afternoon tea at the Skippers School building. Immerse yourself in the history of this stunning place as the restored school house divulges a wealth of information through photos and artefacts from the early days of this settlement. The cemetery nearby depicts a more gloomy and dangerous life for these gold prospectors.

Returning along the road we will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the heritage of the local area by turning your hand to a spot of gold panning. Our trained guides will teach you techniques to successfully pan for gold on one of the richest gold-bearing rivers in the world. Some may also recognise spots along the Skippers Road as being featured in The Lord of The Rings. 

We’ll get back into Queenstown where you’ll have time to wander the town, do a spot of shopping of simply relax and put your feet up before another superb meal.

Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside




Day 7

Queenstown - Alexandra

Queenstown (April 21st)

After breakfast ending a great 2 night stay in Queenstown its time to pack our bags and hit the road. A real treat in-store for us this morning as we weave our way around to Kingston and board the mighty Kingston Flyer which has only recently returned to service. 

On September the 18th 2022, the Kingston Flyer held their Grand Opening Ceremony and celebrated the return of commercially run public train rides from Kingston to Fairlight.

After this trip down memory lane we board the bus and head for the wine region of Gibbston Valley where we stop for lunch and we sample of the local wines.

Clyde

We continue our way to the quaint little town of Clyde where you will be given some free time to wander the main street and visit the shops of your choice. 

It is then a short drive into Alexandra for a short tour of the famous landmarks before arriving at our accommodation for the night. We’ll head out to a local restaurant for dinner then rest our heads for the night.


Alexandra

It is then a short drive into Alexandra for a short tour of the famous landmarks before arriving at our accommodation for the night. We’ll head out to a local restaurant for dinner then rest our heads for the night.

Accomodation: Centennial Court

Day 8

Alexandra - Oamaru

Alexandra (April 22nd)

We’ll relax again this morning and get underway cruising through some stunning countryside making our way to Moeraki where you have a chance to stroll the beach and view the boulders or simply relax in the cafe. We’ll make our way out to the coast and check out the Moeraki Esplanade and the Whalers lookout before heading to the local tavern for a gorgeous lunch. 



Oamaru

Its back on the bus after lunch and we make our way slightly north of Oamaru where we have a guided tour through the awe inspiring Riverstone Castle. Complete with moat and dungeon. Standing on its own island, the 1200sq m building has everything you would expect in a castle, including gargoyles, towers and arrow-slit windows. But there are also many surprises, from the carved cows decorating the exterior and the pink flamingos floating on the surrounding lake to the tiara perched on a "throne" inside and the ceiling constellation which lights up at night in the master bedroom. Explore the gardens following the tour.

This will be an afternoon to remember. We head into our accommodation for a wee rest before we making our way to the Blue Penguin Colony where we have premiere seating and view these little guys coming home from a day out fishing - A really wonderful experience that will give you the warm fuzzy’s. Once we’ve seen the penguins we’ll head out for our final night dinner and raise a glass to an incredible tour. Note: Dinner will be a little later than usual tonight but worth the wait.

Accommodation: The Mariner Suites Oamaru

Day 9

Oamaru - Home

Oamaru (April 23rd)

No hurry at all this morning to rise and shine so have a sleep in and we’ll get breakfast at our leisure. We can’t leave Oamaru without a visit to the Old Town. Sixteen commercial buildings in Harbour and Tyne Streets, in what is locally known as the Historic Precinct. Each of the buildings, built during the Victorian period, has it's own story, character and charm. We grab a bite to eat for lunch and then start making our way back to Christchurch in good time to catch our 6pm flight back to Palmerston North.


Home

Departing from another location

For those departing from another destination you will be given your personalised itinerary for you to join the group today. All tickets and details will be provided in your personal information pack, sent prior to travel.


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Meet your tour guide

Jason Granville

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. With now over a decade behind the wheel Jason ensures every tour will leave you with a lifetime of memorable expereinces.

Reserve your spot

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Frequently asked questions

Can I earn Air New Zealanad airpoints on my flights?

Yes, you can earn airpoints with Take It Easy Tours when we are using Air New Zealand flights. All you need to do is get in contact with us and let us know your airpoints number for each time you wish to earn points.

Can you collect me from my door?

Yes, it would be our pleasure. We can arrange for you to be picked up and returned to your front door at the conclusion of any tour.

How about travel insurance?

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.

How active are your tours?

We are called Take it Easy for a reason as we like to do just that. Do as much or as little as you like - after all it's your holiday! However, there is walking and various activities on each tour that require various levels of fitness. Please check with us if you are unsure about anything and relax knowing that there's always another option for you if you would rather miss out on any activity. We always have a back up plan.

I have some dietary requirements?

Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.

What happens if I have to cancel?

Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.

What kind of accommodation do we stay in?

Having a good night's rest after a day out touring is very important so we personally choose all of our accommodation. Generally, four star accommodation when available - with all the comforts you need for a relaxed night.

What types of transport do we use?

Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.

Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.

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