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23-DAY NEW ZEALAND GRAND

PRESENTED BY LIZ, YOUR LOCAL DESIGNER

OVERVIEW
This comprehensive 23-day self-drive tour explores the North Island and South Island’s iconic destinations with plenty of two night stays to ensure you can really experience New Zealand. Get ready for an amazing trip all the way from Auckland to Christchurch! From the vibrant city of Auckland to the tropical Bay of Islands, you’ll visit the cultural mecca of Rotorua and Wellington City before crossing the Cook Strait to Marlborough at the top of the South Island. Kaikoura and its famous wildlife will be on the itinerary before continuing south towards the Southern Alps and Mt Cook National Park. Milford Sound is sure to be a highlight along with Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers before returning to Christchurch via the world-famous Tranz Alpine train!

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland!
Day 2: Explore the City of Auckland & Optional Tour to Rangitoto Island
Day 3: Scenic Drive from Auckland to Paihia & Optional Visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Day 4: Explore the Bay of Islands on Multiple Optional Tours
Day 5: Scenic Drive along the Coast from Bay of Islands to Snells Beach
Day 6: Travel from Snells Beach to Rotorua via Hobbiton Movie Set
Day 7: Free Day in Rotorua Discovering Maori Culture, Nature & Floatplane Adventures
Day 8: Scenic Drive from Rotorua to Wellington
Day 9: Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton
Day 10: Drive from Blenheim to the Seaside Town of Kaikoura
Day 11: Whale Watching in Kaikoura & Scenic Drive to Christchurch
Day 12: Explore Christchurch City
Day 13: Scenic Drive Through Canterbury & Mackenzie Country to Mt. Cook National Park
Day 14: Follow the Waitaki River South to Dunedin
Day 15: Explore Dunedin City & Wildlife of Otago Peninsula
Day 16: Scenic Drive from Dunedin to Te Anau & Glowworm Caves Tour
Day 17: Journey to Milford Sound for the Day
Day 18: Scenic Drive from Te Anau to Queenstown
Day 19: Free Day in Queenstown, Boutique Wine Tour or Glenorchy Tour
Day 20: Scenic Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
Day 21: Experience the Franz Josef Glacier
Day 22: Drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth & Take the TranzAlpine Scenic Train
Day 23: Departure from Christchurch

DURATION
23 days, 22 nights

DESTINATIONS
New Zealand: Christchurch,
Wellington, Auckland,
Queenstown, Canterbury,
Otago, Taupo, Wanaka,
Rotorua, Southland,
Glenorchy, Fiordland National
Park, Paihia, Dunedin,
Greymouth, Franz Josef
Glacier, Te Anau, Tongariro
National Park, Russell,
Waitangi, Matamata, Waipoua
Kauri Forest, Omarama,
Hokitika, Kaikoura, Blenheim,
Gibbston, Walter Peak, Cape
Reinga, Hampden, Matakohe,
Snells Beach, Hindon

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[email protected]
Ph: 6123 0567
Unit 8A/141 Flemington Road
Mitchell ACT 2911

INCLUDED
– 22 nights accommodation
– 6 activities
– Airport transfer
– Ground transportation

EXCLUDED
– Domestic flights
– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Licensed English speaking guides
– Entrance fees
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND!
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On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Auckland accommodation. Surrounded by native bush,  rainforests and an abundance of beaches, Auckland is a playground for both the city savvy and those with an eye for adventure. Explore the central museums and galleries on foot, or take a drive through one of over 800 regional National Parks to see deserted beaches, waterfalls and native forest.

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Private Driver

13:45 to 14:00

From: Auckland Airport
To: Auckland
On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Auckland accommodation.

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CityLife Auckland

14:00 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 3)
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This Auckland city hotel offers one, two or three-bedroom suites, Superior Rooms, Directors Suites and for those looking to really indulge, a rooftop Penthouse Suite. Each room offers the best in regards to comfort, space and facilities, with flat-screen televisions and SKY TV. You can expect great service too. Not only that, the restaurant, Zest, has picked up its fair share of awards in its time, and the Zest Bar has become a popular nightspot for guests and locals alike.

The hotel also offers some of the finest serviced apartments Auckland has to offer, that are perfect for business guests  seeking long-term accommodation and serviced apartments in Auckland.

Address: CityLife Auckland Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland

14:00 to 18:00
4 hours

Auckland is the main gateway city to New Zealand. Greater Auckland, with a population of over one million, is New Zealand’s largest urban area and centre of commerce and industry, but within minutes of the city, you can experience uncrowded beaches, rural countryside and forests. You are free to hop on a ferry, bus or in a taxi and spend a few hours exploring the shopping district of Queen Street, the Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, the panoramic views from the Sky Tower or the vineyards on nearby Waiheke Island.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Auckland, New Zealand

DAY 2: EXPLORE THE CITY OF AUCKLAND & OPTIONAL TOUR TO RANGITOTO ISLAND
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This morning, you’ll pick up your rental car and then spend the day exploring Auckland. Sandy beaches, native bush and lush rainforests give way to a vibrant urban culture, humming with life. Spend time in the Viaduct Harbour, try your hand at sailing an America’s Cup yacht, or take the ferry to nearby Waiheke Island for a gourmet food and wine experience. From the top of Auckland’s highest volcano, Mt Eden, take in soaring views of the gulf, or lose yourself in one of the national parks.

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Collect Your Rental Car

08:00 to 09:00
1 hour

This tour can be priced with any of the rental cars available in the fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUVs.

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Explore Auckland

09:00 to 16:00
7 hours

Perched on the edge of a large natural harbour, New Zealand’s ‘City of Sails’ offers the best of both worlds. Sandy beaches, native bush and lush rainforests give way to a vibrant urban culture, humming with life. Spend time in the Viaduct Harbour – try your hand at sailing an America’s Cup yacht – or take the ferry to nearby Waiheke Island for a gourmet food and wine experience.

Walk (if you’re that way inclined) to the top of Auckland’s highest volcano, Mt Eden, and take in soaring views of the gulf. Pack a picnic lunch and lose yourself in one of the 800 regional national parks on offer or grab a book and relax on a deserted beach. Head up the Sky Tower, standing at just over 300m tall (about 1,000 feet) and have a meal in the 360 degree revolving restaurant. Scale the outermost perimeter of the Harbour Bridge – or test your stomach and bungy off both.
To end your day, catch a cab to Ponsonby Road and sample some upmarket culinary delights.

Address: Auckland, New Zealand

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Harbour Cruise with Explore with Lunch/Dinne

11:00 to 13:00
2 hours

This unique on-water dining experience is not to be missed while you’re in Auckland. Enjoy smooth sailing on the Waitemata Harbour – then watch this photogenic city come alive. Enjoy your meal as you sail around the beautiful Auckland Harbour taking in the view. You’ll be treated to canapes and a drink as you set off towards Westhaven Marina. Choose between dining in the downstairs cabin or on deck to take in the iconic sights of the Auckland Harbour. To finish the  evening off, savour your dessert course as you leisurely sail back to Auckland’s vibrant Viaduct Harbour.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Auckland, New Zealand

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Fullers Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

A short 25-minute cruise through the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf delivers you to Rangitoto Island, the largest and youngest of Auckland’s volcanic field. It last erupted around 600 years ago but is considered extinct and safe to explore. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your guide and taken to an awaiting four-wheel-drive nearby. Once onboard, you’ll journey through rugged lava crops and native bush while you learn about the fiery history and geology of the island. You’ll then be dropped off at the base of the summit, only a short climb along a wooden boardwalk to the top. After taking in the 360-degree panoramic views, you’ll rejoin the tour vehicle for the return trip to the wharf and back to Auckland.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Rangitoto Island, Auckland, New Zealand

DAY 3: SCENIC DRIVE FROM AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA & OPTIONAL VISIT TO WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS
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The drive from Auckland to the Bay Of Islands takes around 3.5 hours, giving yourself some leeway for stops. As you go through Puhoi, you’ll take in the bohemian atmosphere of this historical township. You can stop for a breath of fresh salty air in Whangarei and take another break at Kawakawa – home to the world-famous Hundertwasser toilets. You’ll enjoy the native bush surrounds and marvel at the endless golden beaches as you arrive into central Bay Of The Islands, Paihia.

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Rental Car

09:00 to 14:30

From: Auckland
To: Paihia
Collect your car and take a leisurely drive to the Bay of Islands, you can stop wherever you please.

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Sea Spray Suites

14:45 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 5)
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Sea Spray Suites, Heritage’s Paihia accommodation is located on the famous Te Ti Beach which sits halfway between Paihia town centre and historic Waitangi – only 3 hours’ drive north of Auckland. Directly across the road is the beautiful Te Ti Beach, exploring Paihia’s beautiful waters and wildlife is only a short step away.

For guests interested in experiencing and exploring New Zealand’s heritage, The Waitangi Treaty House is located only 1-km away. Heritage Collection’s Sea Spray Suites offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, each suite is fitted with air conditioning and a balcony or semi-private patio for great indoor and outdoor flow. The suites also include complimentary 3GB WiFi, SkyTV, ironing facilities and full kitchen facilities. Sea Spray Suites offers comfortable and relaxing accommodation close to Paihia’s best activities and attractions.

Address: Sea Spray Suites Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

17:00 to 21:00
4 hours

New Zealand’s most important historic site, visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds enables you to walk in the footsteps of people that changed the nation’s history. Boasting a stunning view over the Bay of Islands, here you can discover the events in history that shaped New Zeland in the Museum of Waitangi.

Here, you can witness spellbinding cultural performances as you learn the meanings behind Māori protocol and culture. Situated in lush green forest and gardens, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are not to be missed.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Northland 0293, New Zealand

DAY 4: EXPLORE THE BAY OF ISLANDS ON MULTIPLE OPTIONAL TOURS
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Commonly known as the winterless north, New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls renowned for their untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate. Today, you can explore this area on an optional tour should you wish. You can let the driver of the Dune Rider vehicle immerse you in the culture and history of the area while taking in the amazing scenery. Alternatively, you can take to the skies on a scenic flight or you can go on a dolphin cruise!.

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Cape Reinga Scenic Flight and Guided Tour

09:00 to 12:00
3 hours

Today, you’ll experience the beauty of the North from both air and land.

You’ll take a spectacular scenic flight to Cape Reinga over Whangaroa Harbour and the Rangaunu Harbour as well as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and Ninety Mile Beach.

The tour also includes a visit to the Cape Reinga lighthouse, and the option to slide down giant sand dunes on sleds.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Cape Reinga, New Zealand

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Dolphin Cruise Hole in the Rock with Fullers GreatSights

09:00 to 12:00
3 hours

Board your cruise and take in the stunning views as you glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space. Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as you get up close to the action.

The purpose-built catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing and the crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters. Dolphin Seeker has indoor and outdoor seating available, and the largest outdoor viewing decks in the Bay of Islands.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

17:00 to 21:00
4 hours

New Zealand’s most important historic site, visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds enables you to walk in the footsteps of people that changed the nation’s history. Boasting a stunning view over the Bay of Islands, here you can discover the events in history that shaped New Zeland in the Museum of Waitangi.

Here, you can witness spellbinding cultural performances as you learn the meanings behind Māori protocol and culture. Situated in lush green forest and gardens, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are not to be missed.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Northland 0293, New Zealand

DAY 5: SCENIC DRIVE ALONG THE COAST FROM BAY OF ISLANDS TO SNELLS BEACH
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From the Bay of Islands, you will head west for the wilder shores of Hokianga and the Tasman Sea. Small towns, Omapere and Opononi, are reminiscent of days gone by with a vintage seaside feel and are the perfect place to stop. You’ll head south into Waipoua Forest, home to giant Kauri trees. You’ll then backtrack cross-country to the Matakohe Kauri Museum, an award-winning museum before you continue on the road to Snells Beach, a lovely township close to Warkworth.

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Rental Car

10:00 to 15:00

From: Bay Of Islands
To: Snells Beach
From the Bay of Islands, you will head west, leaving the Pacific Ocean for the wilder shores of Hokianga and the Tasman Sea. Small towns, Omapere and Opononi, are reminiscent of days gone by with a vintage seaside feel – and are the perfect place to stop, take a walk and admire the views of the harbour and rolling sand dunes. To the south is the Kauri Coast, which you’re about to explore.

You’ll head south into Waipoua Forest, home to giant Kauri trees. Allow some time for a short walk here. Not to be missed is the five-minute loop to see the largest Kauri tree in New Zealand, Tane Mahuta. You’ll then backtrack cross-country to the Matakohe Kauri Museum – an award-winning museum with extensive historical displays. You’ll continue on the road to Snells Beach, a lovely township close to Warkworth.

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Waipoua Forest

11:00 to 11:45
45 minutes

The largest remaining kauri forest in the Northland, Waipoua is by far the most famous of the native tract forests. The ancient wonderland of towering endemic kauri trees that are home to rare birds, the forest is home to the countries largest and oldest kauri trees; ‘Tane Mahuta’ the largest, stretching to 18 metres, and that’s only to the first branch, it’s 4.4 metres – it’s no wonder the tree is called ‘Lord of the Forest’.

Then we have its father, Te Matua Ngahere, ‘Father of the Forest, that is thought to be between 3,500 and 4,000 years old. As you walk around the forest you’ll come to learn about the flora and fauna, as well as the Maori connection with nature. Please note that the kauri trees are under threat of extinction, for this reason, please be cautious of your actions when in the forest.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Northland 0376, New Zealand

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Kauri Museum

13:00 to 13:45
45 minutes

Visit the largest undercover attraction in Northland. The Kauri Museum has over 4500 sq metres of indoor exhibits and much more.

The award-winning Kauri Museum tells the story of the kauri tree and the people who developed industries to harvest the rich resources of our ancient kauri forests. The unparalleled kauri timber and magnificent juvenile amber (kauri gum) built our nation. Experience the kauri story of the past, understand its present
and be part of the kauri tree’s future through permanent and rotating exhibitions.

The Kauri Museum cares for a diverse collection of Māori taonga (treasures) from the Kaipara and Northland. These have been gifted into the museum’s care to preserve and share with visitors. Discover kākahu (traditional Māori woven cloaks), kete (woven baskets), tauihu (waka prow), hei tiki and much more.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand

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Snells Beach Motel

15:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 6)
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Snells Beach Motel is a great stop on the way to or from the Bay of Islands. With 12 stylish self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom unit apartments, some with double spa baths, you’ll enjoy the seasonally heated swimming pool in its beautiful subtropical garden setting, with great views out to the Bay and its islands.

Perfectly situated, on the Mahurangi East Peninsula, overlooking the beautiful Kawau Bay and right in the heart of the wonderful Matakana Coast and Country, this is one of the most desirable regions to visit in New Zealand. This really is a magic area. Just a short stroll to wonderfully safe swimming at Kawau Bay
and adjacent to a small cluster of shops, cafés and restaurants. You will be close to many stunning surf beaches and fabulous regional parks, secluded bays, vineyards, the Matakana Farmers’ Markets, the famous Kawau Island ferry and Goat Island Marine Reserve which is all yours to discover and explore.

Address: Snells Beach Motel Mahurangi East Road, Snells Beach, New Zealand

DAY 6: TRAVEL FROM SNELLS BEACH TO ROTORUA VIA HOBBITON MOVIE SET
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Continuing south, you’ll be taken into rolling green farmland and the rich dairy pasture of the Waikato. The Bombay Hills mark the outer boundary of the greater Auckland area and it’s here, you turn inland to central Waikato. On the way, you can stop in Matamata and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set. Continuing on, you’ll pass several farming communities before telltale signs of steam and other geothermal activity signals your arrival into Rotorua. In the afternoon, you can visit Mitai Maori Village.

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Rental Car

10:00 to 14:00

From: Snells Beach
To: Rotorua
Continuing south through Auckland, State Highway 1 quickly takes you into rolling green farmland and the rich dairy pasture of the Waikato. The Bombay Hills mark the outer boundary of the greater Auckland area and it’s here, you turn inland to central Waikato.

This is Hobbit country and the route takes you through the town of Matamata where you can still visit the film locations made famous in the Lord of the Rings trilogy at the Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours. Continuing on, you’ll pass several farming communities before telltale signs of steam and other geothermal activity signals your arrival into Rotorua.

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Hobbiton Movie Set

11:30 to 12:30
1 hour

Join us and experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. You will be fully guided around the 12-acre set; past Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Unnamed Road, Waikato 3472, New Zealand

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Silver Fern Accommodation Rotorua

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 8)
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Silver Fern Accommodation Rotorua is a five-star hotel with a prime location within each access to Mitai Maori Village, Te Puia, Wai O Tapu, Rainbow Springs and many other attractions.

Each suite at Silver Fern is complete with stylish furnishings and facilities, which even include a private spa pool or double spa bath. At the hotel, you’ll also find a full day spa for your use.

Address: Silver Fern Accommodation Rotorua Fenton Street, Glenholme, Rotorua, New Zealand

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Mitai Maori Village

14:30 to 17:00
2 hours 30 minutes

An evening at Mitai will give you an awe-inspiring introduction to the indigenous Maori culture. Marvel at the beautiful bush setting and see warriors in traditional dress who paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream while trout and eels swim beneath the surface. Enjoy a traditionally cooked hangi meal and round your evening off with a spectacular cultural performance that tells the story of the Maori people, their past, carvings and ta Moko
– tattoo art. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat and be amazed by the spine-tingling Haka finale. Truly an experience to remember.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 196 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand

DAY 7: FREE DAY IN ROTORUA DISCOVERING MAORI CULTURE, NATURE & FLOATPLANE ADVENTURES
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Peppered with natural hot springs, boiling mud pools and steaming geysers, Rotorua sits within one of the worlds most active volcanic regions. Home to several prominent Maori tribes, a visit to one of the Maori Villages should be high on your agenda. You can spike your adrenaline at Velocity Valley Adventure Park on stomach-dropping attractions such as static skydiving. Alternatively, you can head for the skies on a spectacular scenic flight with Volcanic Air Safaris for an extra thrill.

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Agrodome

08:00 to 12:00
4 hours

Set on a 350-acre working sheep and cattle farm with 1200 sheep and 120 beef cattle, the Agrdome gives visitors a hands-on, live farming experience. The farm show stars a cast of talented animals! The remarkable farm dogs will amaze you, as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep those sheep in line. Then, you’ll pop across to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial after the show!

Explore the farm and learn the history of New Zealand agriculture on the custom-designed farm trailers. You’ll get to hand-feed and take photos with all sorts of friendly animals, including Romney sheep, cattle, deer, llamas, ostrich, pigs and alpacas. You’ll explore the fruit orchard and olive grove and have the chance to taste natural kiwifruit juice and delicious sweet honey that both come from the farm.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 141 Western Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

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Rainbow Springs Nature Park & National Kiwi Hatchery Combo Tour

08:00 to 12:00
4 hours

At Rainbow Springs, you’ll have the chance to see some of New Zealand’s native flora and fauna within the majestic forests of Rotorua. Wander the beautiful tree- ined park and take in the flourishing bush, ferns, flowers and plants. Come face to face with, and learn more about, New Zealand’s precious wildlife. See the spring-fed pool with rainbow, brown and tiger trout, then visit the on-site aviaries – home to New Zealand species such as kea, kaka, tui, kereru and kiwi. The tuatara, known as New Zealand’s living dinosaur can also be seen here.

Then, you can go behind the scenes with New Zealand’s national animal at the purpose-built Kiwi Conservation Centre – created solely to try and stop the extinction of this unique species. Here, you will gain first-hand insight into the conservation efforts being made to increase the numbers of kiwi eggs being hatched and returned to the wild.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 192 Fairy Springs Road, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

Enter the world of Middle-earth and experience the lush pastures of the Shire as featured in the world-famous movies, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. You’ll be shown the intricate detailing, the most famous locations and learn about how the movie magic was made. The fame of these movies has resulted in the Hobbiton movie set becoming a must-see attraction in New Zealand.

Spread over 12 acres, you’ll visit submerged Hobbit Holes, the Mill and the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you can sample the exclusive, specially brewed beverages to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata 3472, New Zealand

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Te Puia

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

Spanning an area of 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia is an iconic destination which is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where one can learn all about the traditional Māori skills of carving and weaving. Situated on the edge of Rotorua, Te Puia is your chance to gain an insight into this unique culture and where you’ll also discover the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving.

As well as being a cultural centre, Te Puia is also home to a range of spectacular scenery and natural formations including world-famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations. You may even hope to spot the native Kiwi bird here!

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Bay Of Plenty 3010, New Zealand

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Orakei Korako Hidden Valley with Volcanic Air Safaris by Floatplane

18:00 to 20:00
2 hours

On this spectacular scenic flight, you’ll take a floatplane over the Crater Lakes District and the volcanic rift of Mount Tarawera.

You’ll then continue south via the Waimangu and Waiotapu Thermal Park to land in the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako. You’ll then transfer by boat across the lake to explore the hot springs, gushing geysers and natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland before rejoining your aircraft for the return trip to Rotorua.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: City Lakefront Lakefront Drive, Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

DAY 8: SCENIC DRIVE FROM ROTORUA TO WELLINGTON
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The drive from Rotorua to Wellington takes you via the township of Taupo, home to New Zealand’s largest lake. Following the lakeshore, you’ll pass Turani and then ascend the central plateau onto the high country the Rangipo Desert. Skirting the edge of Tongariro National Park, you’ll descend through rich farmland and rural towns to arrive at your destination, Wellington. In the evening, you’ll have the option to explore the city on your own!.

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Rental Car

08:00 to 12:00
4 hours

From: Rotorua
To: Wellington
The drive from Rotorua to Wellington takes you via the township of Taupo, home to New Zealand’s largest lake. Following the lakeshore, you’ll pass Turani and then ascend the central plateau onto the high country the Rangipo Desert. Skirting the edge of Tongariro National Park, you’ll reach the military town of Waiouro before descending through rich farmland and the rural towns of Taihape and Mangaweka. You’ll then follow the coach through Paraparaumu, Paekakariki and Plimmerton to arrive at your destination, Wellington.

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Taupo

11:15 to 12:00
45 minutes

A town situated at the edge of Australasia’s largest lake of the same name, Taupo is a beautiful town with a stunning mountain backdrop.

The lake, which is roughly the same size as Singapore, is one of the adventure capitals of New Zealand. Local attractions include trout fishing, mountain biking, jet boating, skiing, sky diving, bungy jumping and a geothermal park. The huge vast waters of Lake Taupo flow into the dramatic blue cascades of Huka Falls. Around Lake Taupo, there are plenty of trails and biking routes to follow. If you like spending time in the great outdoors, Taupo is the place for you.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Taupo, New Zealand

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Tongariro National Park

13:15 to 14:00
45 minutes

Located in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, Tongariro National Park is the country’s oldest national park and the fourth national park in the whole world. It has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site of mixed cultural and natural values. Covering an area of 786 kilometres-squared, the park is home to three active volcanos, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro; the most famous is Ngauruhoe which features as Mount Doom in the hit movie series, The Lord of the Rings. Mount Ruapehu is also famous for its skiing.

Home to the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a trek which takes one full day, Tongariro National Park boasts emerald lakes, boiling mud pools and exciting wildlife. It is also home to a number of towns around its boundary including Ohakune, Waiouru, Horopito, Pokaka, Erua, National Park Village, Whakapapa skifield and Turangi.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Tongariro National Park 3382, New Zealand

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CityLife Wellington

16:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 9)
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Wellington prides itself on being not only the country’s capital but also its cultural capital – and there’s no better place to soak up the atmosphere than CityLife Wellington, with hotel accommodation located right in the heart of the city. Situated on Lambton Quay, you’ll find the best shopping, tourist attractions and cultural landmarks all within easy walking distance.

When you want a breather, the hotel offers plenty of ways to make the most of your downtime. Enjoy a hotel experience, unlike other Wellington hotels. Offering a range of one and two-bedroom serviced apartments, After an exciting day of sightseeing or business, you can now enjoy an even better night’s sleep with extracomfy beds in all rooms.

Address: CityLife Wellington Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand

DAY 9: INTERISLANDER FERRY FROM WELLINGTON TO PICTON
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Today you’ll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton, you’ll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds. The journey between Wellington and Picton takes around three hours and has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world’. Enjoy spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges and the stunning Marlborough Sounds. You’ll then travel 30 minutes to the heart of Marlborough – New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region.

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Drop your Rental Car

09:00 to 10:00
1 hour

You’ll leave your rental car in Wellington.

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Interislander Ferry – Wellington to Picton

10:00 to 13:00
3 hour

The 92-kilometre journey between Wellington and Picton takes around three hours and has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world’.

Leaving Wellington Harbour you pass many interesting points such as Pencarrow Head on top of which is New Zealand’s oldest lighthouse (1859). Red Rocks is home to a seal colony and Oterangi Bay is the site which recorded the country’s highest ever wind speed of 268 kph (167 mph). From the Cook Strait, spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island can be enjoyed and dolphins and many sea birds are often seen. Around one hour of the cruise takes you through the Marlborough Sounds and this region of bush covered mountains, small islands, crystal clear waters and secluded bays offer remarkable photographic opportunities.

The final leg of your cruise travels through Queen Charlotte Sound before coming to an end in the picturesque town of Picton.

Address: 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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Pick Up Your Rental Car

13:00 to 13:30
30 minutes

Once in Picton, you’ll pick up your rental car. This tour can be priced with any of the rental cars available in the fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUVs.

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Rental Car

13:30 to 14:00

From: Picton
To: Blenheim
With only short 30-minute drive, you’ll follow the valley south to arrive in Blenheim, located in the heart of Marlborough – New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region. Go through acres of leafy green vines and marvel at the magnificent ‘dry hills’ of Marlborough in the distance.

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Lugano Motor Lodge

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 10)
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Elegant yet relaxed, the Lugano Motor Lodge offers highquality accommodation in Blenheim, overlooking the beautiful Seymour Square. The lodge offers excellent amenities and exceptional hospitality, comfort and attentiveness to the guests as our first priority. The commitment to the art of hospitality and the warmth and attention given to guests set them apart from other motels in Blenheim.

Surrounded by well-tended gardens and across from a manicured park, the self-contained rooms and suites are decked in quality European bedding and have modern artwork lining the walls. Every room provides you with all you need to work or unwind – from free, high-speed Wi-Fi to that cup of great coffee to kick start your day.

Step outside and you are within five minutes stroll of central Blenheim where you have over 20 restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from. Wander across the road to Seymour Square for a stroll, have a coffee at the highly-rated Watery Mouth Cafe or even a cocktail at Quench Restaurant and Bar next door.
Come stay here and experience the Lugano experience.

Address: Lugano Motor Lodge High Street, Blenheim, New Zealand

DAY 10: DRIVE FROM BLENHEIM TO THE SEASIDE TOWN OF KAIKOURA
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Today, you’ll cross the ‘dry hills’ of Marlborough and head towards one of the most spectacular coastlines of the South Island, the Kaikoura Coast. The road hugs the shore for around 50 kilometres and offers many chances to view native wildlife. Kaikoura Township is a bustling little place with many cafes, restaurants and shops – but the main reason for visiting here is the wildlife – and it’s one of the only places in New Zealand you can see whales year-round.

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Rental Car

10:00 to 12:00

From: Blenheim
To: Kaikoura

Cross the ‘dry hills’ of Marlborough and head towards one of the most spectacular coastlines of the South Island, the Kaikoura Coast. The road hugs the shore for around 50 kilometres and offers many chances to view native wildlife.

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Encounter Kaikoura Dolphins

12:00 to 15:00
3 hours

The encounters with the wild dusky dolphins of Kaikoura are completely natural, we do not feed or entice the dolphins in order to get the dolphins to interact with the swimmers. Any interaction between man and mammal is completely on the terms of the dolphins.

You have two options, viewing or swimming, both these options occur on the same boats. The opportunity to go out and watch the dusky dolphins from our boats gives visitors wonderful views of these spectacular and acrobatic dolphins. The dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round, making Kaikoura a unique place in the world where wild dolphins can be encountered every day, weather permitting. It is this fact that sets our operation apart and our success rate of swimming with dolphins is second to none.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand

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The White Morph

14:00 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 11)
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Set on the Esplanade in Kaikōura, Heritage Collection The White Morph enjoys commanding views of the ocean and mountains and gives you access to all of the region’s experiences. Only a 10-minute walk to downtown Kaikōura, The White Morph has been beautifully placed so that guests can take in the spectacular scenery of Kaikoura while enjoying the variety of attractions on offer.

The Heritage Collection The White Morph offers quality and luxury self-contained accommodation in Kaikōura. The Premium Spa rooms command full views of the ocean and mountains, delight at the breathtaking views and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. The White Morph has style to suit all needs, from the corporate traveller to a holidaying family, providing guests with quality service and warm hospitality.

Address: The White Morph Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand

DAY 13: SCENIC DRIVE THROUGH CANTERBURY & MACKENZIE COUNTRY TO MT. COOK NATIONAL PARK
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Today you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country to Mt Cook National Park. You’ll catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie and ascending Burkes Pass, you’ll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo. Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier-fed turquoise blue colour. You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore on various tours!.

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Rental Car

09:00 to 13:00

From: Christchurch
To: Aoraki / Mount Cook
Today you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country to Mt Cook National Park. You’ll drive through the heart of the South Island, crossing the vast Canterbury plains. Catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie. Ascending Burkes pass you’ll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo. Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier-fed turquoise blue colour. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village. Please note there are no food or shops at Mount Cook you will need to stock up prior to arriving in Mount Cook if you wish to selfcater.

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Mt Cook Lodge and Motel

13:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 14)
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Located in the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Mt Cook Lodge and Motel offers a range of accommodation options to suit you.
Whether you’re into hiking, glacier exploring or want to soar across the Southern Alps, Mt Cook Lodge and Motel have got you covered! The newly renovated studio and two-bedroom motel units offer a self-contained modern home away from home while the lodge offers a range of room types including Quad Bed dorms. November 2019 saw the introduction of our affordable boutique accommodation perfect for two people, the Lodge Rooms and Valley View Rooms.

Address: Mt Cook Lodge and Motel, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Aoraki Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

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International Antarctic Centre

12:30 to 14:30
2 hours

Located next to Christchurch International Airport, and open  every day of the year, the International Antarctic Centre has a huge range of experiences guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Be chilled in the incredible Antarctic storm room. Be thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour. Make friends with penguins and huskies. Learn about the first expeditions, modern-day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice. Be amazed through the big screen ice tour and astonished within the immersive 4D theatre.

In just a few hours here, the icy continent will create memories to last a lifetime. It’s cold. It’s cool. It’s waiting to be discovered by you. Here, all icebergs are covered.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 38 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand

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Glacier Explorers Tour of Mount Cook

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

Experience 500-year-old icebergs up-close on the Mt Cook terminal lake. The Glacier Explorers tour is the only one of its kind in New Zealand – and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of them are accessible. See towering ice cliffs and floating icebergs from the safety of a specially designed boat. These boats provide a safe way to view unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand’s largest glacier – The Tasman.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Mt Cook, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand

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Tasman Valley 4WD Tour

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

A rugged back road 4WD adventure accessing awe-inspiring views over the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic moraine wall. You will get yo stop at several vantage points and have the opportunity to walk up to the top of the Tasman Glacier moraine wall to view some of the most spectacular photography opportunities within the Mount Cook National Park.

Your professional guide has a wealth of knowledge of the Aoraki/Mount Cook area. You’ll learn about its unique geology,  local flora and fauna and get an entertaining insight into the rich pioneering history and stories of the past 150 years.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Tasman Glacier, Canterbury, New Zealand

DAY 11: WHALE WATCHING IN KAIKOURA & SCENIC DRIVE TO CHRISTCHURCH
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Today, you’ll begin the day with an optional whale watching tour. Then, you’ll travel down the coast before heading inland through the North Canterbury wine region. If you have time on your hands, it is recommended that you take a detour to Hanmer Springs for a relaxing dip in its thermal pools. Arriving into Christchurch, you’ll see a new and improved city, steadily rising from the ruins of the 2011 earthquake.

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Whale Watch Kaikōura

09:00 to 12:00
3 hours

Experience New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company. Whale Watch Kaikoura offer a once-in-a-lifetime, upclose encounter with giant sperm whales. You are also likely to encounter New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and albatross.

Depending on the season you may also see pilot, blue and southern right whales as well as migrating humpbacks. Often orcas can be spotted here and the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hectors, occasionally make an appearance. Cruise in style on modern catamarans, specifically designed for whale watching – featuring large passenger cabins and outside viewing decks. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept below the vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Whaleway Station Rd, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand

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Encounter Kaikoura Dolphins

12:00 to 15:00
3 hours

The encounters with the wild dusky dolphins of Kaikoura are completely natural, we do not feed or entice the dolphins in order to get the dolphins to interact with the swimmers. Any interaction between man and mammal is completely on the terms of the dolphins.

You have two options, viewing or swimming, both these options occur on the same boats. The opportunity to go out and watch the dusky dolphins from our boats gives visitors wonderful views of these spectacular and acrobatic dolphins. The dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round, making Kaikoura a unique place in the world where wild dolphins can be encountered every day, weather permitting. It is this fact that sets our operation apart and our success rate of swimming with dolphins is second to none.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand

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Rental Car

12:00 to 15:00

From: Kaikoura
To: Christchurch
Today, you’ll travel down the coast before heading inland through the North Canterbury wine region – the Waipara Valley. As you drive through this area, you’ll be greeted by one of New Zealand’s most notorious animals, the sheep.

If you have time on your hands, it is recommended that you take a detour to Hanmer Springs for a relaxing dip in its thermal pools. Arriving into Christchurch, you’ll see a new and improved city, steadily rising from the ruins of the 2011 earthquake.

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Merivale Manor

15:00 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 13)
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Nestled in the leafy suburb of Merivale, which has retained much of the charm and graciousness of the early Christchurch estates, Merivale Manor is a fashionable complex of studios and suites, for the discerning traveller. It is a place of affordable luxury, where at day’s end you can relax – away from it all – in the heart of Merivale. Close to
everything that’s important in Christchurch, they offer allinclusive accommodation and service that is friendly and unique.

The rooms are elegant yet practical allowing you to stay connected from anywhere on the property. The manor is just a short stroll to many leading cafe’s, bars and restaurants located in the upmarket Merivale Village and very close to the city centre.

Address: Merivale Manor Pap

DAY 12: EXPLORE CHRISTCHURCH CITY
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You’ll have the day free to spend as you wish, exploring Christchurch. You can make use of the Hop On Hop Off the city and its surrounds. Alternatively, you can head to the International Antarctic Centre or even head out on a Christchurch Grand Tour on a luxury coach with an interactive guide. If you prefer to explore on your own, then taking the Christchurch Gondola for a brilliant view of the city won’t disappoint.

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Christchurch

09:00 to 17:00
8 hours

Christchurch is a vibrant city which is traditionally known as the Garden City due to its award-winning botanical gardens which are over 150 years old and host a great array of exotic and native plants.

The city holds an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture, and the Avon River flows gently through its centre making Edwardian-type punt rides the ideal way to see the sights. Alternatively, ride the historic tram around the city or take a bicycle tour.

The city is a vibrant hub of both modern and historic culture, from charming boutique shops to open-air markets. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and breweries to keep your busy during your time here. The city was devastatingly hit by the 2010/11 earthquakes which destroyed a lot of the city. Christchurch has been rebuilding itself for the past few years and its gradually getting back to its former glorious self.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour 24-Hour Pass

09:00 to 12:00
3 hours

For those looking to explore the city and take in multiple sights, the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus is the perfect solution. Travelling on closed and open-top buses, you’ll visit all the top attractions and locations in the city whilst learning about its fascinating history through a commentary and admiring the views. Onboard, you’ll join friendly local expert guides who will take you on a journey of discovery through Christchurch. From the pioneering days to modern times and everything in between, you’ll learn all there is to know with this sightseeing pass.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Christchurch, New Zealand

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International Antarctic Centre

12:30 to 14:30
2 hours

Located next to Christchurch International Airport, and open  every day of the year, the International Antarctic Centre has a huge range of experiences guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Be chilled in the incredible Antarctic storm room. Be thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour. Make friends with penguins and huskies. Learn about the first expeditions, modern-day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice. Be amazed through the big screen ice tour and astonished within the immersive 4D theatre.

In just a few hours here, the icy continent will create memories to last a lifetime. It’s cold. It’s cool. It’s waiting to be discovered by you. Here, all icebergs are covered.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 38 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand

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Christchurch Gondola

15:00 to 17:00
2 hours

An unmissable Christchurch experience, the Gondola offers stunning unique views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour and beyond from the summit station situated atop the Port Hills. A great family-friendly spot to explore for locals and visitors, a visit to the Gondola is a must-do activity.

Take in the spectacular 360-degree views and see Christchurch from a different perspective: gaze at the snowcapped Southern Alps, sprawling Canterbury Plains and the sparkling waters of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The summit station offers plenty to entertain: explore the many walking tracks and wide-open spaces amidst fresh air, learn about the history of the area on the Time Tunnel ride (entry is free with your Gondola ticket or Annual Pass), and indulge in a spot of shopping at the well-priced gift shop. Sit back and take in the fantastic views with a snack from the licensed Red Rock Café.

The 4-seat cabins allocated per group ensure exclusivity for your Gondola ride, and the changing weather and seasons mean a different view every time you visit.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Canterbury 8022, New Zealand

DAY 13: SCENIC DRIVE THROUGH CANTERBURY & MACKENZIE COUNTRY TO MT. COOK NATIONAL PARK
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Today you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country to Mt Cook National Park. You’ll catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie and ascending Burkes Pass, you’ll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo. Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier-fed turquoise blue colour. You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore on various tours!.

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Rental Car

09:00 to 13:00

From: Christchurch
To: Aoraki / Mount Cook
Today you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country to Mt Cook National Park. You’ll drive through the heart of the South Island, crossing the vast Canterbury plains. Catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie. Ascending Burkes pass you’ll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo. Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier-fed turquoise blue colour. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village. Please note there are no food or shops at Mount Cook you will need to stock up prior to arriving in Mount Cook if you wish to self-cater.

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Mt Cook Lodge and Motel

13:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 14)
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Located in the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Mt Cook Lodge and Motel offers a range of accommodation options to suit you.
Whether you’re into hiking, glacier exploring or want to soar across the Southern Alps, Mt Cook Lodge and Motel have got you covered! The newly renovated studio and two-bedroom motel units offer a self-contained modern home away from home while the lodge offers a range of room types including Quad Bed dorms. November 2019 saw the introduction of our affordable boutique accommodation perfect for two people, the Lodge
Rooms and Valley View Rooms.

Address: Mt Cook Lodge and Motel, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Aoraki Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

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Tasman Valley 4WD Tour

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

A rugged back road 4WD adventure accessing awe-inspiring views over the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic moraine wall. You will get yo stop at several vantage points and have the opportunity to walk up to the top of the Tasman Glacier moraine wall to view some of the most spectacular photography opportunities within the Mount Cook National Park.

Your professional guide has a wealth of knowledge of the Aoraki/Mount Cook area. You’ll learn about its unique geology, local flora and fauna and get an entertaining insight into the rich pioneering history and stories of the past 150 years.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Tasman Glacier, Canterbury, New Zealand

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Glacier Explorers Tour of Mount Cook

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

Experience 500-year-old icebergs up-close on the Mt Cook terminal lake. The Glacier Explorers tour is the only one of its kind in New Zealand – and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of them are accessible. See towering ice cliffs and floating icebergs
from the safety of a specially designed boat.

These boats provide a safe way to view unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand’s largest glacier – The Tasman.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Mt Cook, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand

DAY 14: FOLLOW THE WAITAKI RIVER SOUTH TO DUNEDIN
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Leaving the MacKenzie Country today, you’ll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you’ll turn south for Dunedin. Today you’ll leave Mt Cook National Park and travel past Twizel, one of the locations for the Lord of the Rings films. Driving through the Waitaki Valley, you’ll head towards the east coast. Continue south down the coast to Moeraki. As you arrive in Dunedin, take in the city’s Edwardian and Scottish heritage reflected in the buildings around the city centre – The Octagon.

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Rental Car

10:00 to 15:00

From: Christchurch
To: Dunedin
Today you’ll leave Mt Cook National Park and travel past Twizel, one of the locations for the Lord of the Rings films. Go through Omarama – gliding capital of New Zealand – but be sure to stop at The Wrinkly Ram, a great local cafe also offering sheep shearing demonstrations. Driving through the Waitaki Valley follow the hydropower generating system towards the east coast. Stretch your legs in Oamaru, known for its white stone buildings constructed with the local Oamaru Stone. If you were a little late off the mark this morning, you may get the chance to see the blue penguins come ashore at dusk. Continue south down the coast to Moeraki, and take a detour towards the beach to see the Moeraki Boulders, a unique geological feature well worth a look. As you arrive in Dunedin, take in the city’s Edwardian and Scottish heritage reflected in the buildings around the city centre – The Octagon.

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Omarama

11:00 to 12:00
1 hour

A town located at the base of majestic mountain ranges, Omarama is known for its clear blue skies that welcome many glider pilots every year – a rather scenic opportunity to a well deserved rest. You’ll be able to take in the views while unwinding in a steaming hot tub overlooking the majestic mountain ranges. Perfect after a long hike through the Mount Cook National Park. Get to know the locals by trying your hand at fishing, a popular pastime that attracts fisherman from far and wide with the abundance of uncrowded waterways sourced from Southern Alps snowfields.

The most prolific types of freshwater fish found are the brown trout and the rainbow trout, anglers have great success in catching, and so can you!

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Omarama 9412, New Zealand

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Moeraki Boulders Beach

13:00 to 14:00
1 hour

Sitting on Koekohe Beach, the Moeraki Boulders are large spherical stones that attract many visitors to this quiet beach on the Otago Coast.
Carved from coastal cliffs due to shoreline erosion, these rocks are concretions that have fallen from the shoreline.

Geologists estimate that there are many more to come, although, these ones are around 4 million years old, so don’t expect it to happen soon! Maori legends believe that the rocks were baskets of vegetables and fish that were washed ashore when the mighty Araiteuru collided into Matakaea, an outpost not far from the beach.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Moeraki Boulders Road, Hampden 9482, New Zealand

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Motel On York

15:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 16)
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Motel On York is in the heart of Dunedin and has a wide range of quality accommodation to suit all your requirements. All within easy walking distance to cafes, theatres and many Dunedin attractions and historic sites. As long time lovers of the Dunedin and Central Otago region, Motel On York takes pride in the many local attractions that the city has. Choose from a range of quality accommodation including studios, one-bedroom and executive suites. All rooms are spacious with modern furnishings, underfloor tile heating, Sky TV, filtered water are just some of the features that ensure your stay is always comfortable and relaxing.

Address: Motel On York York Place, Dunedin, New Zealand

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Larnach Castle

15:00 to 18:00
3 hours

Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle s one of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions. Lovingly restored by the Barker family, the castle and surrounding grounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience. You can visit the castle and discover its rich history that dates
back to 1871 as well as explore the exquisite gardens, which have attained a Garden of International Significance award from the New Zealand Gardens Trust.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 145 Camp Rd, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand

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Dunedin

15:00 to 18:00
3 hours

Built from the wealth of the gold rush, Dunedin is considered somewhat of a boutique city that is regarded as being home to the finest examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. As you navigate yourself past mansions, Gothic churches and quaint alleyways, you’ll soon understand the city’s name, Dunedin, a slightly Anglicised version of the Scots Gaelic, Dun Eideann; Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. Dunedin’s first settlers were Scottish, a trait that has never left the city and is still embraced to this day. Fitting with the rest of the South Island, adventure is never too far away from Dunedin, including a drive up the magnificent Otago Peninsula and the world’s most rare penguin colony. Within the city, you’ll find castles, gardens, quaint boutique shops and bistro-style dining galore!

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Dunedin, New Zealand

DAY 15: EXPLORE DUNEDIN CITY & WILDLIFE OF OTAGO PENINSULA
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Leaving the MacKenzie Country today, you’ll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you’ll turn south for Dunedin. Today you’ll leave Mt Cook National Park and travel past Twizel, one of the locations for the Lord of the Rings films. Driving through the Waitaki Valley, you’ll head towards the east coast. Continue south down the coast to Moeraki. As you arrive in Dunedin, take in the city’s Edwardian and Scottish heritage reflected in the buildings around the city centre – The Octagon.

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Dunedin City Exploration

09:00 to 12:00
3 hours

Known as the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin city has a heavy Scottish influence. Renowned for its Flemish Baroque-inspired ‘gingerbread house’ Railway Station, this university town is bustling with life. Head to the Saturday farmers market held in the aforementioned railway grounds for a taste of organic produce, handmade crepes and local honey.

Explore the many cafes and wine bars in The Octagon, then continue on a self-guided walking tour of the internationally acclaimed Street Art that is spread across the city. For a more immersive historical experience, follow the coast to New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Dunedin City, Otago, New Zealand

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Monarch Wildlife Cruise

12:00 to 16:00
4 hours

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as the sturdy boat explores the stunningly beautiful and rugged coastline near the entrance of the Otago Harbour. The crew will give you a full commentary during your cruise about the local wildlife, history and geology.

You’ll see uninterrupted views of the world’s only mainland colony of royal albatross. The aim to see the northern royals soaring and gliding on their huge three-metre wingspans. Watch as they fly past the historic lighthouse, perched high atop Taiaroa Head. The first lighthouse built on the South
Island of New Zealand, back in 1864.

Your expert skipper will get you up-close to rocky outcrops below the lighthouse. This is a great photo opportunity as the New Zealand fur seals sleep, fight and play on the rocks and in the water around their breeding rookeries. On some trips, you might be lucky and see an endangered sea lion. These impressive animals can weigh almost half a tonne. After nearly being wiped out by early settlers they have recently started returning to the sandy beaches around the southern coastline of New Zealand. The sea lion population is now growing steadily.

We then cruise a short way out into the Pacific Ocean. Here, you can spot rarely seen ocean birds including other smaller albatross species, cormorants and petrels, you might even see blue penguins, dusky or hectors dolphins and other marine mammals. Hot tip: Don’t be put off by cold or windy days, the local wildlife love it – their favourite conditions are accompanied by a cool, brisk southerly wind! It generally smooths off the ocean, providing great cruising conditions and perfect updrafts to help the royal albatross return to their nests.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand

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Speight’s Brewery Tour

16:00 to 18:00
2 hours

Founded in 1876, the Speights Brewery still occupies its original Dunedin site – with several of its buildings dating back to the late 1800s.

One of the only remaining ‘gravity breweries’ in the world, your 60-minute tour will take you through its inner workings. You’ll also have a chance to taste six different beers as well as bottle, cap and brew your own personal Speights Gold Medal Ale – the brewery’s flagship beer.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 200 Rattray Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

DAY 16: SCENIC DRIVE FROM DUNEDIN TO TE ANAU & GLOWWORM CAVES TOUR
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The drive from Dunedin to Te Anau takes you through classic Southland farmland scenery but if you want to spend the whole day exploring a little off the beaten path, taking the Southern Scenic Route through The Catlins is highly recommended. Upon arrival, you’ll have the option to head to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves for a cruise through the inner caves to admire the incredible scene of millions of glowworms lighting up the cavity.

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Rental Car

10:00 to 14:00

From: Dunedin
To: Te Anau
The drive from Dunedin to Te Anau takes you through classic Southland farmland scenery but if you want to spend the whole day exploring a little off the beaten path, taking the Southern Scenic Route through The Catlins is highly recommended.

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Lakefront Lodge Te Anau

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 18)
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Welcome to Lakefront Lodge, Te Anau’s modern, up-market motel which offers superior accommodation and friendly, helpful service. Located just a two-hour scenic drive from the Queenstown airport, Lakefront Lodge is centrally located in both Lake Te Anau and the town centre. From here enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland’s World Heritage National Park. Visit the world-famous Milford and Doubtful Sounds, Te Anau Glow Worm Caves or walk one of the many tracks in the region including the Milford, Kepler, Routeburn, Hollyford or Dusky tracks.

All studio units have a Queen-sized bed and a single bed which can sleep 1 – 3 guests. The studio-style units are open plan with a well-equipped kitchenette and the ensuite bathrooms include shower, heated towel rails, hairdryer and heated lamps. All of the units are outfitted with superior furnishings and are soundproofed for your comfort. There is wireless internet and SKY TV to all rooms and rooms are serviced daily. The units are easily accessed by ground floor walkways and there is free off-street parking outside the units. These units aren’t directly lake facing but have an outside patio area in front of your room where you can enjoy partial lake views. These units are situated further from the lake end of the complex.

Address: Lakefront Lodge Te Anau Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, New Zealand

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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

14:00 to 17:00
3 hours

Begin your Te Anau Glowworm experience with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau on board the luxury catamaran, Luminosa, to the western side of the lake. On arrival, you’ll enter the caves through Cavern House, where informative displays detail the history of this 12,000-year-old underground
network.

You’ll then explore by limestone pathway while your guide points out hidden whirlpools, sculpted rock formations and a rushing underground waterfall. See a magical display of thousands of glowworms as you glide through the darkness in a small boat.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Southland 9679, New Zealand

DAY 17: JOURNEY TO MILFORD SOUND FOR THE DAY
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Today, you’ll make the beautifully scenic journey to Milford Sound. You’ll get up close and personal with Milford Sound on a leisurely two-hour cruise of this spectacular fiord. From thundering waterfalls to sky-high mountains to lush rainforests, Milford has it all. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. Informative, participative and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest.

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Rental Car

10:30 to 12:00

From: Te Anau
To: Milford Sound / Piopiotahi
The road to Milford Sound offers some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery in the country. From crystal clear lakes and towering mountains to lush glacier formed meadows, this area is dramatic and unyielding. Stretch your legs on the Chasm Walk, a short stroll through native beech forest to see several powerful waterfalls. You’ll continue on through the Homer Tunnel, an engineering marvel at 1219 metres long. Arriving in the village of Milford, you will be greeted with an amazing view of Mitre Peak.

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Milford Sound

12:00 to 16:00
4 hours

Sitting within the Fiordland National Park in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, you’ll find the mighty and beautiful Milford Sound. Controversially, it is not a sound but a fiord and the only one in the country that can be accessed by road. Despite this, due to its remote location and being surrounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest, it still remains a hidden gem.

Here you can admire its towering Mitre Peak, plus the surrounding rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen Falls. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins so make its a great place to observe the natural wildlife. Rain or shine, Milford Sound continues to captivate even the
most experienced traveller with its beautiful surroundings, ink-dark waters, gushing waterfalls and captivating views. A popular way to see the nature and wildlife that surround this mighty attraction is via boat.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Milford Sound, New Zealand

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Milford Sound Cruise with Real Journeys

13:00 to 15:00
2 hours

Get up close and personal with Milford Sound on a leisurely two-hour cruise of this spectacular fiord.

From thundering waterfalls to sky-high mountains to lush rainforests, Milford has it all. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. Informative, participative and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest.

Address: Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand

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Rental Car

16:00 to 17:30

From: Milford Sound / Piopiotahi
To: Te Anau

DAY 18: SCENIC DRIVE FROM TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN
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Today, you’ll cross vast tussock lands on your way to Queenstown. You’ll pass through Mossburn, the deer capital of the nation. You’ll then continue on through the Southland countryside where the road begins to hug the lake edge and the Remarkables Mountain Range towers over your approach into the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown. You’ll spend the day exploring Queenstown and its surrounds and in the evening, you’ll have the option to head out on the TSS Earnslaw Cruise with dinner.

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Rental Car

10:00 to 12:00

From: Te Anau
To: Queenstown
Today, you’ll cross vast tussock lands on your way to Queenstown. You’ll pass through Mossburn, the deer capital of the nation. You’ll then continue on through the Southland countryside where the road begins to hug the lake edge and the Remarkables Mountain Range towers over your approach into the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown.

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Explore Queenstown & Its Surrounds

12:00 to 18:00
6 hours

Although celebrated as New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown offers far more than a fast-paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston Valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100-year-old Steamship – the TSS Earnslaw – to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour.

Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett’s ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four-wheel-drive trip to Macetown. Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country – or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. After all of that, if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Queenstown, New Zealand

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Garden Court Suites & Apartments

14:00 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 20)
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The Garden Court Suites and Apartments pride themselves in providing the highest level of care and service to you. From the warm welcome at your arrival to your check-out, the longstanding team is committed to ensuring you have a fantastic stay in Queenstown. Let the staff know if you have any special requirements for your rooms. Talk to us to find out about the activities in the area and take advantage of the complimentary booking service. The suites and apartments are set in a relaxing garden environment that captures all-day sun and beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains.

The Garden Court is located on the corner of Frankton Road (the main road into Queenstown) and Adelaide Street, a leisurely five-minute walk from the centre of the city, a short 10-minute drive from Queenstown International Airport and right on the local bus route.

Address: Garden Court Suites

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TSS Earnslaw Cruise to Walter Peak with Gourmet Dinner

18:00 to 21:00
3 hours

Hop aboard the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw for an iconic Queenstown experience. Take in the local scenery as you cruise Lake Wakatipu to
Walter Peak Station, a working sheep farm. On your arrival at Walter Peak, you’ll stroll through its stunning lakeside gardens to the homestead for a gourmet barbeque dinner.

Watch your chef prepare a delicious seasonal menu and choose from a tempting selection of New Zealand meat and local produce. Complete your meal with an indulgent dessert, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea and coffee. Following dinner, enjoy an entertaining demonstration of life
on a high country farm. The return cruise offers a chance to enjoy a singalong with the ship’s pianist or simply breathe in the crisp night air on the moonlit decks as the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Walter Peak, Otago 9793, New Zealand

DAY 19: FREE DAY IN QUEENSTOWN, BOUTIQUE WINE TOUR OR GLENORCHY TOUR
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Today, you’ll have the day free to spend in Queenstown, the adventure capital of Queenstown. As well as taking to the skies, bungee jumping and gondolas, Queenstown is also known for its wine and culinary scene. Today, you can experience a tasting journey through three of Central Otago’s incredibly scenic and varying wine sub-regions; Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell. You’ll visit three boutique wineries and tasting their unique cool climate wines. Alternatively, head to Glenorchy on a tour.

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Safari of the Scenes Glenorchy Tour

08:00 to 13:00
5 hours

For those keen on Lord of the Rings – this is the tour for you. You’ll go on a scenic adventure through some of the iconic locations used in the filming. Although non of the sets are left behind, the landscapes will be instantly recognisable. Follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the small town of Glenorchy and enjoy the spectacular views of the Remarkables Range as you drive. From Glenorchy, you’ll head into the beech forests of Paradise – located on the outskirts of Mount Aspiring National Park – before heading up the dart valley and back. Film locations you’ll see include Isengard,
Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and the Seat of Seeing.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Glenorchy, New Zealand

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Appellation Boutique Wine Tour

08:00 to 13:00
5 hours

Experience a tasting journey through three of Central Otago’s incredibly scenic and varying wine sub-regions; Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell.
You’ll visit three boutique wineries, tasting their unique cool climate wines and discovering why the Central Otago region has become world-renowned in its own right.

You’ll indulge at a fourth vineyard for a platter-style lunch, savouring the finest and freshest produce, accompanied by a glass of premium wine of your choice. There will also be an opportunity to retrace history when you stroll through the charming historical settlement of Old Cromwell.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Gibbston, New Zealand

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Explore Queenstown & Its Surrounds

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

Although celebrated as New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown offers far more than a fast-paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders.

Head down the Gibbston Valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100-year-old Steamship – the TSS Earnslaw – to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett’s ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four-wheel-drive trip to Macetown.

Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country – or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. After all of that, if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover  Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Queenstown, New Zealand

DAY 20: SCENIC DRIVE FROM QUEENSTOWN TO FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
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From Queenstown, you’ll cross the Crown Range –the highest sealed road in New Zealand– to the Alpine town of Wanaka. Skirting the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea, you will enter Makarora. Stop at Blue Pools for a one-hour walk through native beech forest to a glacier-fed swimming hole. Then through the remote settlement of Haast before heading up the West Coast, a 600-kilometre stretch of bush and rainforest. Fox Glacier welcomes you first, then comes your destination – Franz Josef township.

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Scenic Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

09:00 to 15:00
6 hours

From Queenstown, you’ll cross the Crown Range – the highest sealed road in New Zealand – to arrive in the Alpine town of Wanaka, the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Skirting the shores of both Lake Wanaka and Hawea, you will enter the small town of Makarora. Stop at Blue Pools for a
one-hour return walk through native beech forest to a glacier fed swimming hole.

Continue on through the remote seaside settlement of Haast before heading up the wild West Coast – a 600-kilometre stretch of bush and native rainforest. Fox Glacier welcomes you first, then comes your destination for the night – Franz Josef township.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Wanaka, New Zealand

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Lake Wanaka

11:00 to 12:00
1 hour

Covering an area of 192 kilometres-squared, Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake. Situated in the stunning alp region of the South Island, the Wanaka region continues to draw travellers in with its breathtaking natural beauty and hive of activity.

The town by the same name, Wanaka, sits at the foot of the lake and is a popular destination filled with galleries, boutique shops and a number of cool cafes and restaurants. It’s proximity to the UNESCO-listed Mt Aspiring National Park makes Wanaka the ultimate base for outdoor activities. Even though it has four distinct seasons, Lake Wanaka is a year-round destination bringing watersports enthusiasts, hikers and cyclists in summer, skiers and snowboarders in winter, trekkers in spring and photographers in Autumn to catch the beautiful oranges and reds on the trees which frame the lake.

Whichever way you choose to explore this outstanding region,  whether that be by a scenic flight, a boat on the water, on a bicycle or on foot, you’ll be impressed by its sheer natural beauty.

Address: Lake Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

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Punga Grove

15:00 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 22)
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Punga Grove shows that coming to Franz Josef is about exploring all this beautiful town and what the country has to offer. That’s why it is a top priority to give all guests an incredible experience and ensure they have an unforgettable stay at this Franz Josef Glacier accommodation.

The motel is just a short walk from the Franz Josef village and all the local restaurants, shops and other things to do. Highlights include the West Coast Wildlife Centre and the Glacier Hot Pools which are just down the road, providing activities for the whole family. Punga Grove offers a great range of accommodation to suit your needs, from spacious executive studios equipped with gas fires and spa baths to one-bedroom or two-bedroom units, all with beautifully finished kitchenettes and bathrooms.

The motel provides the most unique yet cost-effective stay for anyone visiting the Franz Josef Glaciers. All units have been built to indulge you in the rainforest and give you the ultimate Franz Josef experience. The rooms have been designed to maximise the beauty of the New Zealand rainforest with
decks, outdoor areas and conservatory windows looking into the native greenery.

Address: Punga Grove Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

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Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

16:00 to 18:00
2 hours

Nestled within the lush rainforest surrounds, the Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of tranquillity. Unwind in one of the three main pools which temperatures ranging from 36 to 40 degrees; the water comes directly from a glacial stream. Wash off the day and rejuvenate in this unique forest paradise.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 63 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

DAY 20: SCENIC DRIVE FROM QUEENSTOWN TO FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
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From Queenstown, you’ll cross the Crown Range –the highest sealed road in New Zealand– to the Alpine town of Wanaka. Skirting the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea, you will enter Makarora. Stop at Blue Pools for a one-hour walk through native beech forest to a glacier-fed swimming hole. Then through the remote settlement of Haast before heading up the West Coast, a 600-kilometre stretch of bush and rainforest. Fox Glacier welcomes you first, then comes your destination – Franz Josef township.

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Scenic Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

09:00 to 15:00
6 hours

From Queenstown, you’ll cross the Crown Range – the highest sealed road in New Zealand – to arrive in the Alpine town of Wanaka, the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Skirting the shores of both Lake Wanaka and Hawea, you will enter the small town of Makarora. Stop at Blue Pools for a
one-hour return walk through native beech forest to a glacier fed swimming hole.

Continue on through the remote seaside settlement of Haast before heading up the wild West Coast – a 600-kilometre stretch of bush and native rainforest. Fox Glacier welcomes you first, then comes your destination for the night – Franz Josef township.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Wanaka, New Zealand

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Lake Wanaka

11:00 to 12:00
1 hour

Covering an area of 192 kilometres-squared, Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake. Situated in the stunning alp region of the South Island, the Wanaka region continues to draw travellers in with its breathtaking natural beauty and hive of activity.

The town by the same name, Wanaka, sits at the foot of the lake and is a popular destination filled with galleries, boutique shops and a number of cool cafes and restaurants. It’s proximity to the UNESCO-listed Mt Aspiring National Park makes Wanaka the ultimate base for outdoor activities. Even though it has four distinct seasons, Lake Wanaka is a year-round destination bringing watersports enthusiasts, hikers and cyclists in summer, skiers and snowboarders in winter, trekkers in spring and photographers in Autumn to catch the beautiful oranges and reds on the trees which frame the lake.

Whichever way you choose to explore this outstanding region,  whether that be by a scenic flight, a boat on the water, on a bicycle or on foot, you’ll be impressed by its sheer natural beauty.

Address: Lake Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

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Punga Grove

15:00 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 22)
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Punga Grove shows that coming to Franz Josef is about exploring all this beautiful town and what the country has to offer. That’s why it is a top priority to give all guests an incredible experience and ensure they have an unforgettable stay at this Franz Josef Glacier accommodation.

The motel is just a short walk from the Franz Josef village and all the local restaurants, shops and other things to do. Highlights include the West Coast Wildlife Centre and the Glacier Hot Pools which are just down the road, providing activities for the whole family. Punga Grove offers a great range of accommodation to suit your needs, from spacious executive studios equipped with gas fires and spa baths to one-bedroom or two-bedroom units, all with beautifully finished kitchenettes and bathrooms.

The motel provides the most unique yet cost-effective stay for anyone visiting the Franz Josef Glaciers. All units have been built to indulge you in the rainforest and give you the ultimate Franz Josef experience. The rooms have been designed to maximise the beauty of the New Zealand rainforest with
decks, outdoor areas and conservatory windows looking into the native greenery.

Address: Punga Grove Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

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Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

16:00 to 18:00
2 hours

Nestled within the lush rainforest surrounds, the Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of tranquillity. Unwind in one of the three main pools which temperatures ranging from 36 to 40 degrees; the water comes directly from a glacial stream. Wash off the day and rejuvenate in this unique forest paradise.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 63 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

DAY 21: EXPERIENCE THE FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
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Franz Josef is a small but lively town in the heart of the West Coast, known for its 12-kilometre long glacier. Surrounded by lush rainforest-clad mountains the township has a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. To see the ice from a viewpoint you can walk along the valley floor to the terminal face without a guide. However, to go on the glacier itself you must take a licensed helicopter tour.

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Franz Josef

09:00 to 17:00
8 hours

Sharing a name with the nearby breathtaking glacier, Franz Josef is a small town, known for being the stepping off point to exploring this spectacular World Heritage Area and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Home to just 300 local residents, the town itself is capable of holding up to 2,000 guests during the peak season.

For such a small town, Franz Josef doesn’t skimp on entertainment, accommodation, great restaurants and friendly bars. The scenery surrounding the town thrives with some of New Zealand’s wildest and most pristine scenery. From rugged, alpine conditions to the lush, natural rainforest which is home to a captivating range of birds, flora and fauna, your mouth will be constantly agape at the scenery on offer here.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: West Coast 7886, New Zealand

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Heli Ice Climb

10:00 to 13:00
3 hours

Glacier climbing in New Zealand is considered by many to be the best in the world and what better place to try it than at the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. Your day of ice climbing at Franz Josef is packed with excitement and adventure. Under the expert tuition of some of New Zealand’s most experienced ice climbers, you will learn the skills and techniques you need to carefully and comfortably climb the glacier. The expert guides will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

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Twin Glacier with Snow Landing

14:00 to 17:00
3 hours

Discover the wonders of both the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers in one scenic flight with the advantage of seeing more high peaks and a fantastic overview of the Southern Alps. Soar across pinnacles and crevasses and witness the deep blue ice of glacier country. When the weather is right, you may have the opportunity to cross over the ridge separating the two glaciers – an absolutely jaw-dropping moment in a helicopter. Take advantage of the terrific photo opportunities of Aoraki/Mt Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) and Mt Tasman while landed on the snow.

+ optional (not included in price)
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Address: Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

DAY 22: DRIVE FROM FRANZ JOSEF TO GREYMOUTH & TAKE THE TRANZALPINE SCENIC TRAIN
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Your drive today takes you north through the historic gold mining region of Hokitika, a seaside town dating back to the 1860s. Take in the sea views before moving on to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast and the starting point of the next leg of your journey. You’ll drop your rental car at Greymouth Station and board one of the most spectacular trains in the world to Christchurch, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation.

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Rental Car

09:00 to 12:00

From: Franz Josef Glacier
To: Greymouth

You’ll drop your car at the depot in Greymouth before boarding the train.

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Hokitika

10:00 to 11:00
1 hour

Often described as a cool little town, Hokitika is the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast in New Zealand. It is a prime place to watch the pounamu carvers of greenstone and jade and the gold craftsmen at work. The West Coast is known for its untamed natural wilderness, traditional and authentic experiences and its friendly characters, you’ll find all that at Hokitika. For a true taste of this town, you cannot leave without crossing the Hokitika Gorge with its swing bridge; regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand. It is also home to the Ruby Rock, New Zealand’s very own gemstone which can only be found in Hokitika. Whilst here, you can also visit the towns glass blowing studio and learn about this trade and glass lace creation.

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Address: Hokitika, New Zealand

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TranzAlpine Scenic Train Greymouth to Christchurch

12:00 to 17:00
5 hours

Experience one of the world’s most scenic train rides from one coast of New Zealand to another through the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests and tussock land on one side of the Alps and lush green landscapes on the other. From Greymouth travel past beautiful Lake Brunner through sub-tropical rainforest and emerge from the long Otira Tunnel before stopping at Arthurs Pass. The TranzAlpine rail will then descend the alpine scenery through a series of spectacular viaducts, follow the Waimakariri River and cross the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch. This journey will be filled with truly remarkable views as you cross 223 kilometres of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery.

Address: Greymouth, New Zealand

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Private Driver

17:00 to 17:30

From: Christchurch
To: The George
Upon arrival, you’ll be collected and taken to your hotel.

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Merivale Manor

17:30 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 23)
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Nestled in the leafy suburb of Merivale, which has retained much of the charm and graciousness of the early Christchurch estates, Merivale Manor is a fashionable complex of studios and suites, for the discerning traveller. It is a place of affordable luxury, where at day’s end you can relax – away from it all – in the heart of Merivale.

Close to  everything that’s important in Christchurch, they offer allinclusive accommodation and service that is friendly and unique. The rooms are elegant yet practical allowing you to stay connected from anywhere on the property. The manor is just a short stroll to many leading cafe’s, bars and restaurants located in the upmarket Merivale Village and very close to the city centre.

Address: Merivale Manor Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch, New Zealand

DAY 23: DEPARTURE FROM CHRISTCHURCH
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We hope you enjoyed yourself on this grand tour from Auckland to Christchurch. After breakfast, you’ll be collected and taken to the airport for your departure flight.

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Private Driver

10:00 to 11:00

From: Christchurch
To: Christchurch International Airport

LIZ, THE LOCAL DESIGNER

Before settling down in my role as an agent, I spent the majority of my adult life traveling, living and working in 5 of the 7 continents. A few years into my time abroad, many of my friends and family began coming to me with questions about my own experiences and recommendations and I realised a future in the travel industry might be a good fit. I got my start in the industry as a tour guide where I got to meet guests from all over the world, before moving into a role as an agent, now based in Wanaka, NZ!

Where is your favourite place to travel to? Why? I think the more you travel, the harder this question becomes to answer. The most memorable travel experience I have had to date was the 6 months I spent driving across east Africa. This trip combined my love of travel with my passion for sport, establishing grassroots rugby programmes in new communities every week. A close second is the Canadian Rockies. As a former tour guide in the region, I have visited the Rockies nearly 100 times and I would still jump at any opportunity to return!

What has been the best experience for you when traveling with tourists? Why? The single-best individual tourist experience I’ve had would probably be skydiving in Wanaka, NZ. During the pre-flight briefing, it was nearly impossible to contain the energy within the group. We all boarded the plane and the higher we climbed the quieter it got, with energy and enthusiasm becoming silent nerves. Before I knew it, my feet were dangling outside the plane and it was my turn to roll. The views were absolutely breathtaking (or was that just the fall?) and the endorphins left me buzzing for the rest of the day. I’d highly recommend it to ANYONE!

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COVERAGE
New Zealand

BASED IN
Wanaka, New Zealand

EXPERTISE
Cruising, Food & Drink, Outdoors & Nature, Sightseeing, Skiing

LANGUAGES
English