New Zealand South Island

Autumn in the South Island Lakes District
Tour Date TBA

It would be difficult to find a more idyllic setting for holidaying and sketching than the picture-perfect landscape of the Lakes District of the South Island of New Zealand in Autumn.

We start and end our programme in Queenstown, which rests beside Lake Wakatipu at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range.

The scenery is stunning as we cross plains, alpine basins, mountain passes, bare brown hills, fertile valleys, vineyards, pristine lakes and rivers and dramatic gorges carved by great rivers.

Enjoy the beauty of historic Arrowtown, where autumn trees blaze with colour in the main street. You will experience the Blue Pools of the Haast Pass where we will enjoy a picnic lunch with spectacular views of the Main Divide.

We travel through World Heritage Sites at Aoraki-Mount Cook National park with unique alpine scenery.

The natural beauty of the settlement of Glenorchy, provides us with ancient beech forests and rugged mountains where many scenes of Lord of the Rings was filmed.

For more information, including a detailed itinerary and costs, click here.

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Click here to see images from the 2010 New Zealand Holiday
Sketching Tour.

Highlights of the New Zealand South Island Lake District:

  • Gondola to the highest point in Queenstown
  • Stunning mountain and lake panoramas
  • Visit salmon farm and see trout in natural habitat
  • Lunch at the Hermitage with views of Mt Cook to sketch
  • Intense blue ice fed waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki
  • Sketching stops each day at ultimate destinations
  • Relaxed pace
  • Programme Leader with intimate knowledge of the area
  • International tutor

Included in the tour cost is:

  • Meet and greet at Queenstown Airport and hotel transfer
  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfasts and dinners, 4 lunches
  • Services of programme leader Barbara Alp and tutor Leonie Norton
  • All transportation and fuel costs for tour
  • Transfer from hotel to Queenstown Airport for departure

Not included:

  • Airfares or other travel costs to Queenstown
  • Snacks, morning and afternoon teas, lunch on 4 days
  • Drinks with meals
  • Entrance/sight seeing fees for optional ‘excursions’
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry, telephone, internet expenses, Visa where applicable
  • Art materials, any items of personal nature
  • Extra fee for airport transfer or accommodation before 10 April or after 18 April (can be organised)

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