Join us for an 18 day journey through the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Snow-covered peaks tower above tranquil lakes, waterfalls tumble from misty heights and walking tracks meander through moss-draped beech forests. From Christchurch we travel directly to Aoraki National Park for walks and an informative boat tour on the terminal lake of Tasman Glacier. Travelling via Dunedin, an overnight stay gives us access to the birdlife of the Otago Peninsula. This is home to the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony. On the scenic south east coast, we have two days to explore the dense temperate rainforest of Catlins Forest Park. On Stewart Island, we walk to the wilderness of Maori Beach and visit nearby Ulva Island, a predator-free sanctuary for birds. From Te Anau, there’s the opportunity to visit the Fiordland wilderness that provides habitats for Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and the Fiordland crested penguin. Near Lake Wanaka, Mt Aspiring National Park is unveiled on the Rob Roy Alpine Walk. Crossing Haast Pass to the coast, our destination is Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the 2.7 million hectare South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Our last port of call before we return to Christchurch is Hokitika, renowned for its greenstone and spectacular sunsets.