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35 Discovery New Zealand Both Islands

Auckland Queenstown
Duration: 35 Days
Scale: 1 - 10 people
From: Auckland
To: Queenstown
Categories: Self Drive Tours
Transportations: Car

 

35 Incredible New Zealand North & South Island

Capture the wonderful New Zealand as you self drive around both North and South Islands and visit all the iconic places such as the Bay of Islands, Tongariro National Park, Waitomo, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Mt Cook, Milford Sound and many more. A tour for those wanting to deep dive into New Zealand, with plenty of activities along the way.


Highlights 

The Tongariro Crossing

  Mount Cook National Park

 Milford Sound Cruise

West Coast Glaciers

Cultural mecca of Rotorua

 Wildlfe

 

Regions Visited

 

 

 Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin share occupancy in a double room, and are subject to availability. If anything comes back unavailable, we will endeavor to find you a suitable alternative. 

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  • Day 1 : Auckland

    Welcome to Auckland and New Zealand.

    On arrival you can pick up your rental vehicle at the car rental depot at the airport and drive to your accommodation.  Alternatively we can arrange a courtesy shuttel transfer to your accommodation in case you prefer to collect your vehicle the following day.

    You’ll most likely be pretty tired from a long flight, so take the rest of the day to relax and explore the inner city. The city centre of Auckland is not too big, so you can easily walk around. Visit the Skytower to take in great views of the city, and stroll around the waterfront with its many nice bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a great meal.

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  • Day 2 : Auckland

    Here are just a few great ideas to ensure you get the most bang for your buck while visiting the city of sails.

    1.Walk Up Mt. Eden and check out the impresive view 

    Not to scare you, but Auckland is a city built on over 50 dormant volcanoes, and they’ve left some pretty impressive landmarks in their wake! If you’re feeling energetic, why not walk to the top of Maungawhau Mt. Eden and drink in the impressive views from the top.

     Mt. Eden is just outside of Auckland’s CBD and its summit makes it the perfect place to snap some Insta-worthy pics of the city. While the walk is uphill, it only takes 15 or 20 minutes to reach the top. At the summit, you’ll not only be able to take in some stunning views of the city, but you’ll also see the 50m deep crater left by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago.

    2. Get educated at Auckland Museum

    Whether you’re interested in learning more about New Zealand history — or simply want an indoor activity out of the rain — Auckland Museum has got you covered. Doubling as both a museum and war memorial, the museum especially focuses on New Zealand history, natural history, and military history. 

    3. Flock to the gannet colony at Muriwai beach

    If you have access to a car while in Auckland then a day trip to Muriwai beach should be top of your list. Not only is Muriwai a stunner with its black sands and pumping surf, but from August to March the nearby cliffs are home to a large colony of gannets. For a little-added romance, plan your trip for the afternoon and pack a picnic to catch a stunning west coast sunset. Muriwai is 42 kilometers northwest of Auckland and can be reached in 40 minutes via State Highway 16.

     4. Soak up some culture at Auckland art gallery

    If you need a more sedate activity to balance out your trip, check out the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery.

     5. Visit the french market,La Cigale

    Everyone’s gotta eat, so why not grab a bite at the bustling La Cigale Market— Auckland’s own little slice of France.

     6. Relax in a oark and watch a free movie

    For a chill way to spend an evening during the warmer months, head to one of Auckland’s beautiful parks to enjoy a free outdoor movie. Every Friday night in summer you can go along to Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter, where the movies are projected right onto the side of a 35m tall Silo — talk about a unique way to watch a film! There are also other opportunities to catch a free movie all across the city thanks to Auckland Council’s Movies In Parks program. 

     7. Enjoy a picnic at Cornawall park

    It’s hard to believe this tranquil oasis is in the middle of Auckland, but that’s part of what makes Cornwall Park one of the best free things to do in Auckland. If you need a break from the city, head to this little slice of the country for a picnic. At Cornwall Park you"ll find sheep and cows grazing, native New Zealand birds and a ton of walking paths to wander. And if you’re planning a picnic it’s worth noting that BBQs are available to be used for free.

     8. Enjoy a beach day at Mission Bay

    If you’re unable to make it all the way out to Muriwai but are still craving some sand between your toes, head to Mission Bay instead. The beach’s golden sands and inviting water will prove hard to resist whether you’re swimming, playground and fitness park mean there’s even something for those who’d rather stay dry. Mission Bay is just 15 minutes by carfrom CBD

     9. Take the ferry to Rangitoto Island and climb the summit

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  • Day 3 : Auckland - Bay of Islands

    You'll cross the harbour bridge going north.

    Northland is a region with a abundance of marine life,subtropical climate and pristine beaches, but is also a region with historical significance. About half way between Whangarei and Paihia, at Whakapara, we recommend you take the turn off for Helena Bay/Whangaruru. The journey to Paihia will be a little bit longer as the road winds its way along the coastline, but this stretch of coastline is absolutely stunning as you approach the Bay of Islands. Paihia will be your base to explore the Bay of Islands. Upon your arrival, take the afternoon to relax and explore the seaside town, make the short trip to the picturesque town of Russell, or visit the nearby Waitangi Treaty grounds

    If you are planing to go to Cape Reinga is just one hour further.

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    Driving distance :232 km. - Driving Distance : 3 hours 17 min.

  • Day 4 : Bay of Islands

    Enjoy a at your leisure in the Bay of Islands.

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    Go Kayaking

    Yes, you read that correctly! You can borrowa kayak for free in Paihia if you stay at one of the hostels which have kayaks. 

    Go Biking

    That’s right, you can borrow bikes too! The hostels that have kayaks usually have mountain bikes to borrow too, so you can explore the Bay of Islands a bit further.

    Walk To Waitangi

    To see where the Treaty Waitangi was signed. Turn left at the visitor centre in Paihia and follow the beach and coastline for about 45 minutes. You’ll then see the famous Te Ti Marae, whichMaori chiefs used to discuss signing the treaty.

    Then Walk To Haruru Falls

    This 2h30min walk to Haruru Falls is through a sheltered bushwalk next to the Waitangi River. Take the boardwalk through the Mangrove forest – a whole ecosystem growing from the water. Alternatively, take that free kayak you could hire from the hostel up the Waitangi River to the Falls.

    Visit Russell

    The ferry from Paihia to New Zealand’s first capital, Russell, is only NZ$12. The relaxing ferry ride there quickly displays some of the small islands making up the Bay of Islands. Once you get to Russell, there are some great places to eat, a beach, walks  and some people like to jump off the wharf there. Take the ferry at sunset and you probably have the cheapest sunset cruise in New Zealand!

    Hike Up Flagstaff Hill

    Not only will you get an awesome view once you reach the lookout point, but you will also be standing on a piece of Maori and European history. Flagstaff Hill is a circuit walk just north of Russell. 

    Have Some Ice Cream

    You can’t be in a seaside town without having ice cream on the beach. The Paihia go-to for a good range of ice cream isCellini’s Ice Cream and Espresso. Or, if you take the ferry to Russell, be sure to have some of the Kapiti Ice Cream!

    While You Are At It, Eat Some Fish N’ Chips Too.

    This Kiwi tradition is best enjoyed at the beach. If you have been out fishing, you can bring your catch to Vinnies Fish and Chips for them to cook for you. Otherwise, just buy some of their delicious seafood.

    Go For A Swim

    With the ocean in front of you, how can you resist not taking a dip? Unless the weather is appalling.

    Walk To The Opua Forest Paihia Lookout

    Easy enough to access from central Paihia, the Opua Forest walk is only a 1-hour return walk. Make your way through native forest until you reach a lookout seeing as far as Paihia’s surrounding towns, and of course, the islands out on the water. To get there go to the far end of School Road. The track starts 700m from the Paihia township.

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  • Day 5 : Bay of islands -Auckland

    On your way back to Auckland today, stop for a coffee at the famous Hunterwasser toilets in Kawakawa, before taking another detour, this time to the Tutukaka Coast. The Tutukaka Coast is home to the Poor Knights Islands, world renowned for it's world class diving and marine life. Just north of Matapouri, a beautiful walk brings you to Whale Bay. Sandy bay is another beautiful spot and has great surfing. 

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  • Day 6: Auckland - Coromandel

    Today your destination will be the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula with its secluded bays, white sandy beaches, and spectacular but rugged mountainous interiour. 

    Thames is the first town you pass in the Coromandel, which is full of history from New Zealand's early gold mining and logging days. You'll climb over the Coromandel Forest Park ranges with its magnificent ferns and from a distance you can see views of the Pacific Ocean. As you approach Tairua you'll the see dramatic Pinnacles on your left.

    The last stretch of road winds its way north along the coast until you reach the seaside town of Whitianga.

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    Driving distance : 168 km - Driving time : 2 hours 20 mins 

     

  • Day 7 : Coromandel

    Hot water Beach 

    Whether you are local or from overseas, Hot Water Beach is something you must experience. There is a river of hot water underground, which flows to the surface of the Pacific Ocean. You can hire a spade to dig you own hot pool in the sand from Hotties Café or Hot Water Beach Café. To avoid disappointment, you must get your timing right! The best time to visit Hot Water Beach is at low tide, or 90 minutes either side of low tide. Located between Tairua and Whitianga, Hot Water Beach is especially beautiful in the summer when the Pohutukawa trees at each end of the beach flower a brilliant red. Besides the ability to dig and soak in your own hot pool, Hot Water Beach also offers great surf, cafés and art galleries.

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    • Cathedral Cove
    • Spend some time in Coromandel Forest Park, or hike the Pinnacles track for Jurassic Park like scenery
    • Visit New Chums Beach, voted one of the best 10 beaches in the world
    • Try some amazing seafood at Whitianga
    • Walk down to Cathedral Cove
    • Dig your own hot spa at Hot Water Beach

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  • Day 8 : Coromandel -Waitomo-Rotorua

    Leaving the Coromandel you drive through the lush farmlands of the Waikato on your way first to Waitomo, where you will visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves after you will continue your journey to Rotorua. 

    Rotorua s also nicknamed Roto Vegas by Kiwis for the amount of attractions it has. The main attractions are Maori culture and amazing geothermal activity. The region also has many beautiful lakes to explore. World-class biking trails, excellent hiking traills, natural hot streams, luxurious spas, a whole range of adventure activities such as rafting, sledging, jetboating, zorbing, racing down a steep hill in a luge, Rotorua won't bore you.

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    Driving distance : 411 km -Driving Time: 5 hours 45 min.

  • Day 9 : Rotorua

    Today you will your morning for your leisure,here are some things that you might like to do it for free !

    In the evening you have a tour to discover the Maori Village with a buffet " Hangi"

    Free things to do in Rotorua

    In Rotorua , there are plenty of free things to do in Rotorua and we’ve put together a list of 13 of them that you can include for your next trip to the city!

    1. Swimming hole at Wai-O-Tapu

    Some 500m past the first entrance that leads to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, you’ll find a second entrance which takes you down a road to a bridge above a great little swimming hole. The swimming hole exists at a point where two streams meet, one hot and one cold, which makes for a great little pool which is very refreshing indeed.

    2. Mountain Biking

    You might not know it, but Rotorua is home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the country, over 160km worth in fact, that visitors from all around the country come to enjoy. Of the many tracks to try a good one is the Moerangi Track with beautiful forest scenery all around.

    3. Redwoods of Whakarewarewa

    One of the top natural attractions of Rotorua are the mighty Redwoods of Whakarewarewa. The 5,000-hectare forest has a good number of walking trails and mountain biking trails with free entry. The Redwoods (Californian Redwoods to be precise) can grow up to 70m in New Zealand and are nothing short of mesmerising.

    4. Lake Rotorua

    Lake Rotorua is the second largest lake in New Zealand and was formed out of the crater of a volcano over 200,000 years ago. These days its very calm and is a great place to enjoy a stroll with a lakeside trail that lasts around 1.5 hours. You’ll see bird and wildlife and a bit of geothermal steam scenery as well.

    5. Rotorua Night Market

    If you happen to be staying in Rotorua on a Thursday night then you have to go to the Rotorua Night Market on Tutanekai Street. It’s a great night out with the whole town getting together to enjoy the best in local arts, crafts and food. There’s also no shortage of entertainment too with live music and other acts featuring regularly!

    6. Saturday Market

    If you’re not a night owl but don’t want to miss out on the market action then you can always go to the Saturday Market in Kuirau Park. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of antiques, arts, crafts, clothes, artisan foods and other fun collectables. A lot of people also go for the freshly made Maori food and bread which always go down well!

    7. Ohinemutu Maori Village

    Not far from the shores of Lake Rotorua, you’ll find the Ohinemutu Maori Village, an experience that offers great insight into the Maori way of life. There are some great historical landmarks like the Tamatekapua Meeting House (with Maori carvings) and the Tudor-style St Faith’s Church which was built in 1914.

    8. Okere Falls

    The Okere Falls Scenic Reserve is about 20km from Rotorua and is a great place to go to enjoy a pleasant walking trail which leads to the impressive Okere Falls themselves. It’s a beautiful sight and comes with the added bonus of being a place that whitewater rafters come down which is thoroughly entertaining to watch as well.

    9. Government Gardens

    Another beautiful attraction is the Government Gardens on Hinemaru Street. An important historical site, the land for the gardens were gifted by Maori to be enjoyed by the people of the world. The gardens are huge with over 400,000 plants to take in as well as buildings like the Rotorua Museum, Blue Baths and Gardner’s Cottage.

    10. Kerosene Creek

    Another great spot to make some time for is the hot pools at Kerosene Creek, a short 30-minute drive from Rotorua. The main waterfall forms a delightful pool which is the most common spot to relax but further upstream there are also a number of smaller jacuzzi-like pools which are also great to enjoy.

    11. Kuirau Park

    We briefly mentioned Kuirau Park as the place for the Saturday Markets but it’s also where you can visit a geothermal public park. The walking tracks you follow take you past some great features like hot springs, mud pools, a crater lake, gardens and more. It’s also a good place to enjoy a bbq or picnic on a sunny day.

    12. Rainbow Mountain

    If you’re wanting to get a great view of Rotorua and its surroundings then walking the summit track of Rainbow Mountain is a spectacular way to do it. The 90-minute trek to the top is a good excuse to get some fresh air and stretch the legs. Before all this, you’ll be able to also do the short 15-minute walk to the two stunning crater lakes as well!

     

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  • Day 10 : Rotorua

    Another free day at your leisure before you join a unique Maori Cultural Experience in the evening.

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  • Day 11 : Rotorua - Tuapo- National Park

    The drive from Rotorua to Taupo is only about an hour, but there are many things to see en-route, so take your time today. Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland with its colorful hot springs, boiling mud pools and barren moon landscapes will leave you in awe. This is one of the most unique places you'll ever visit. 

    About 2kms north of Taupo, a must see are the impressive Huka Falls. This is where the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, enters a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The resulting sight is nothing but spectacular. More than 220,000 liters of water per second rushes by.

    Then you will continue your journey to the National Park, where tomorrow you will have a long hike but one of the most incredible ones !

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    Driving distance : 156 km - Driving time approximately 2 hours 7 min.

     

  • Day 12 : National Park

    Get your hiking boots ready on this early morning! Often described as New Zealand's greatest day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape. Lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-colored lakes and magnificent views combine to make this an unforgettable walking journey. Transportation to and from the track is arranged from your accommodation.

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  • Day 13 : National Park - Wellington

    Today you make your way down to Wellington, the coolest little capital in the world. Find out yourself why Wellington was named the best liveable city in the world in 2016! A visit to the national museum Te Papa is a must-do. A trip on the iconic cable car gives you great views across the city and bay at the top.

    Stroll around in Cuba street, with its many funky bars known for their craft beers, cafes, and excellent restaurants.

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    Driving distance 322 km - driving time approximately : 3 hrs 57 mins 

     

  • Day 14 : Wellington

    There's so much to see and do in the coolest little capital. 

    Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait.A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. From Lambton Quay, the iconic red Wellington Cable Car heads to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname "Windy Wellington."

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  • Day 15 : Wellington- Picton -Nelson

    Today you will say goodbye to the North Island and cruise across the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry, with great views of the Marlborough Sounds.

    Upon your arrival in the small but picturesque fishing town of Picton, you will carry on your journey to creative Nelson, the sunniest place in New Zealand.

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    Interislander Wellington - Picton : 3 h 37 min (97.6 km)

    Driving time approx (Picton - Nelson): 1 hr. 47 min. Distance : 134 km.

     

  • Day 16 : Nelson - Abel Tasma

    From your accommodation you will drive to Kaiteriteri, where you will park your car for the 2 nights and take a water taxi to your destination, the magnificent Awaroa Lodge. Here you are immediately on the Abel Tasman Coastal Trail, one of New Zealand's great walks, so get started in this coastal paradise with its pristine golden sandy beaches.

    If you are keen to have extraordinary experience in this  wonderful National Park, there are many options. Enjoy a guided walk, kayak, or sail . Also you can relax with a picnic on the famous Awaroa beach, take a dip in the ocean or take a walk through our grounds and surrounds.  

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    Driving distance : 64.6 km - Driving time : 1 hour 7 min

     

  • Day 17 : Abel Tasma

    Today you'll be spending a day in the coastal paradise of Abel Tasman National Park today. It is New Zealand's smallest national park, but perfectly formed for both relaxation and adventure. And what better way to explore the golden bays and beaches than from the water in a Half Day Tour Kayaking.

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  • Day 18 : Abel Tasma - Hanmer Springs

    You'll be travelling to the picturesque alpine village of Hanmer Springs today, best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes. The town is an attractive year-round holiday destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, this charming town has a main street filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries.

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    Driving distance : 313 km - Driving time : approximately 4 hrs  

  • Day 19 : Hanmer Springs - Kaikoura

    It's not a long drive to Kaikoura today, a picturesque coastal town and the perfect place for marine life encounters, coastal walks, and tucking into a plate of crayfish. Kaikoura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape.

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    Driving distance : 130 km - Driving time : 1 Hour 56 min. 

  • Day 20 : Kaikoura - Christchurch

    Today is a short drive to Christchurch on an easy 2 hour drive. Explore the inner city, with its famous botanic gardens. The city has bounced back from the devastating 2010 earthquake and is once again a very vibrant place.

    Things to do in Christchurch

    1. Go To One Of The Many Markets

    From arts and crafts to jams and jewellery, Christchurch hosts markets across the city all year round. Checking out the stalls while often listening to live music sure beats your supermarket shop. Check out the Christchurch’s Farmers Market at Riccarton House & Bush every Saturday 9am-1pm. For more markets, see our 

    2. Take A Stroll Through Hagley Park And The Botanic Gardens

    Find out why they call Christchurch “The Garden City”. It seems like every time you walk through the gardens, there’s something new to discover. If grand water fountains are your thing we don’t know if it’s anyone’s thing but this one is pretty cool then you’ll love the restored peacock fountain found in Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens. Walking through the adjacent park and garden is a pretty and easygoing walk to take when hanging out with backpacking buddies.

    3. Get Educated At The Canterbury Museum

    A walk through Botanic Gardens will lead you to Canterbury Museum the token attraction to visit if you are on a budget (or have no money at all as it is free). Learn about NZ history, art and the natural world.

    4. Quake City 

    This museum gives visitors a deeper understanding of Christchurch’s recent history of the Canterbury Earthquakes. We recommend visiting Quake City early in your visit to Christchurch in order to put things into perspective.

    5. Walk Out To Sea On New Brighton Pier

    In fact, there are quite a few things to do in the New Brighton suburb. The beaches are popular for surfing and sunbathing weather permitted, of course. Plus, a walk along Marine Parade offers shops and cafes.

    6. Go On The Bridle Path Walk

    Who needs to pay for a gondola up the Port Hills when you have twoworking legs. Remarkable views of Christchurch can be enjoyed from the Bridle Path walk, which is 3hours return. The Bridle Path Walk starts just below the gondola. 

    7. Go To Quail Island

    An  return ferry will take you to Quail Island: where sights include shipwrecks and, errr, former leperocy colony and quarantine station. Not forgetting all the stunning beaches and bushwalks, of course!

    8. Check Out Brockworth Street Art Gallery.

    Not like your average art gallery, Brockworth Street is an art gallery where brick walls are the canvas. This is just a taste of the amount of awesome street art there is to see in Christchurch.

    9. Go To A Free Gig At The Darkroom

    Generally running Thursday to Saturday nights, The Darkroom on St Asaph Street puts on free or cheap live music. From Jazz to comedy gigs and everything in between you can’t really predict what will be on at the Darkroom so if you are spending a bit of time in Christchurch, check them out and see if any event tickles your fancy.

    10. See The 185 Empty White Chairs

    As a memorial to those who lost their lives in the Canterbury Earthquakes, here are 185 empty white chairs covering 185 square metres of lawn. It makes for an interesting memorial worth checking out.

    11. Visit Sumner Beach

    Take a bus or drive out to Sumner Beach, one of Christchurch’s suburbs. Stroll on the beach and delve into the caves and archways. Look out for interesting wildlife along the way too! It’s also a great place to grab fish and chips – the proper Kiwi way!

    12. Go To The Air Force Museum Of New Zealand

    Perhaps this only appeals to a certain taste, but why not see a range of awesome planes for free?! Check out the Air Force Museum of New Zealand right here in Christchurch. 

    13. Grab Some Cheap Eats

    Every city has its set of eateries that won’t break the bank. Christchurch is just the same with cuisine from all over the world! 

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    Driving Distance : 181 km - Driving time : 2 hours 36 min. 

  • Day 21 : Christchurch- Hokitika

    Heading out of Christchurch your journey today is going to take you all the way from the East to the West Coast via the spectacular Arthur’s Pass.  

    Arthur’s Pass Village is a great stop off point on your journey and a great chance to stretch your legs. Although this 7 day itinerary does not allow time for a stop, there are plenty of places to stay up here if you fancy heading out for a hike. There is time for you to do the 1-hour leg stretching loop to the Devil’s Punchbowl Falls before you start to head down towards the West Coast. 

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    Driving distance : 248 km - Driving time : 3 hours 22 min. 

  • Day 22 : Hokitika- Franz Josef

    You’ll experience a rugged coastline with deserted beaches, dense rainforest and glaciers under the backdrop of the Southern Alps on your journey from Hokitika to Franz Josef Heading south from Hokitika, the angle of many coastal trees gives an indication of the powerful prevailing westerly weather patternsLake Mahinapua just 10km south of Hokitika is a scenic reserve offering a freshwater dip on a hot day or birdwatching opportunities.

    Just past the lake at Ruatapu the road heads inland giving travellers some insight into the lifestyle of the coasters with small hamlets and townships such as the gold-mining town of Ross. Whataroa has local carvers operating out their studios as well as a small museum of Maori artefacts.

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    Driving distance : 134 km- Driving time : 1 hour 48 min.  

  • Day 23 : Franz Josef

    After a thrilling Scenic flight, high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier, ready to undertake a three hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Your guide will choose your route carefully as you go and, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you’ll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice.

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  • Day 24 : Franz Josef - Wanaka

    Your drive today takes you through a number of national parks. The road between Franz Josef and Haast winds its way along the rugged West Coast with lush native bush and rainforest. Haast is located in the heart of Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area, with national parks to the north, south and east. You'll head inland and into the Mt Aspiring National Park with its towering mountains and glaciel fed rivers with crystal clear waters. The road then takes you along Lake Hawea before arriving into Wanaka. 

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    Driving distance : 134 km - Driving time : approximately 1 hours 45 mins 

  • Day 25 : Wanaka

    A free day at your leisure in Wanaka.

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    1/ Walk Up Mount Iron 

    A moderate walk up Mount Iron will reward you with spectacular views. An approx. 1.5hrs return with some steep uphill and downhill sections, but a must for the whole family when visiting Wanaka.

    2/ Visit Wanaka Lavender Farm 

    This is a hidden gem and a great place to wander around relaxing amongst the lavender. Speak to the farm animals (alpacas and lambs in spring), have a game of 'Petanque', sample some of the yummy smelling products in the quaint shop or try the delicious homemade lavender ice-cream.

    3/ Play Disc Golf 

    There is now a Disc Golf Course at Eely Point as well as Lismore Park. Eely Point can prove to be challenging with all the trees and Lismore Park offers spectacular views. Buy, hire, borrow (if you are in the know) or bring your own disc and get that competitive side of you going!

    4/ Mountain Biking 

    If you are lucky enough to have access to bikes during your stay in Wanaka, get out and discover the endless tracks which cater for all levels. An easy cycle around the lake or a more challenging course through sticky forest.....so many to choose from so little time!

    5/ Hang Out At The Lake 

    Lake Wanaka offers beautiful views all year round. Grab that camera and picnic blanket and head on down to relax and watch the ever changing scenery and if you are brave enough, jump off the wharf for a refreshing swim.

    Photo from Wanaka Tourism

    6/ Wanaka Skate Park 

    If you are traveling with kids be sure to bring their scooters or skateboard. Hours of fun can be had at the skate park by the young ones (and some cool oldies to)! If you don't fancy a roll then watching can be just as entertaining as the teens hit the bowl.....the views are pretty good from here to!

    7/ A Scenic Drive 

    Who doesn't love a scenic sunday drive? Whichever way you head out of Wanaka you will be greeted with stunning views. 

    8/ A Playground Marathon 

    Need to entertain the kids? Then go on a playground adventure and visit some of the best in the area. Our top picks would be The Dinosaur Park (@ the lakefront), Hawea Park, Luggate Park and Domini Park. There are heaps more, so just ask!

    9/ Wanaka Artisan Market

    Every Thursday from 3pm a group of talented people set up their stalls outside the Speights Ale House on Ardmore Street along side Bullock Creek. The market runs until 6pm and sells an array of items from artwork to jewellry and delicious foods.......get there early if you want to buy something as the food stalls sell out pretty fast!

    10/ Climb A Mountain 

    There are plenty of mountains to choose from around Wanaka. 

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  • Day 26 : Wanaka

    Today you will do this amazing hike, one of the most popular of the South Island "Roy's Peak "..is a moderate hike with an amazing view in the top !

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  • Day 27 : Wanaka- Te Anau

    Is a drive of 3 hours,you will pass through Queenstown, a town where you will be back in few days. Today your base for these 2 nights will be Te Anau.

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    Driving distance : 227 km - Driving time : 2 hours 52 min.

  • Day 28 : Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau

    Visit Milford Sound today and experience a world of cascading waterfalls, sheer rock faces and dense rainforest. Your journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu takes you further south to Te Anau first, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

    You will travel along the Milford Road – one of the world's most scenic roads – and through the Homer Tunnel, before arriving for your Milford Sound Cruise. Enjoy striking views of iconic Mitre Peak from the head of the Sound – it rises 1,692 metres from the south shore and is named for its resemblance to a bishop’s mitre.

    The pristine Milford Sound is part of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, in the south west of the South Island, and is famed for its pristine natural beauty and remote atmosphere. It is New Zealand’s best known fiord and the only one that can be reached by road. The fiord extends 15km inland from the wild Tasman Sea and is regularly visited by wildlife including penguins, seals and dolphins.

    You will return to Te Anau where you will spend the night.

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    Driving distance : 119 km - Driving time : 1 hour 43 min.

  • Day 29 : Te Anau - Dunedin

    Crossing back from west to east today, your journey will take you off the beaten track to the Catlins in the southwest of the South Island. This regions is blessed with some spectacular waterfalls as well as the abundance of marine wildlife. New Zealand fur seals, hooker sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins and seabirds all live here. The Curio Bay area is also a protected nesting ground for yellow-eyed penguins. You'll need to arrive at low tide and the best viewing position is from the purpose-built platform.

    Make sure you also visit Nugget Point, one of the most distinctive landforms along the Otago coast. A five minute walk takes you to the lighthouse, where you'll enjoy amazing views along the coastline in both directions. 

    You will spend your night in Dunedin. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

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    Travelling distance : 289 km - Travelling time : approximately 3 hrs 23 mins

  • Day 30 : Dunedin - Mount Cook

    This morning travel through the towns of Omarama and Twizel and you will pass thru the Lakes  Pukaki and  Tekapo, continue to Mt Cook that is Australasia’s highest mountain at 3724 metres. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery and is also home to the Tasman Glacier, the longest in the Southern hemisphere.

    This morning travel through the towns of Omarama and Twizel and you will pass thru the Lakes  Pukaki and  Tekapo, continue to Mt Cook that is Australasia’s highest mountain at 3724 metres. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery and is also home to the Tasman Glacier, the longest in the Southern hemisphere.

    Stay at your accommodation of choice : 

    Travel Distance : 318 Km - Travel Time : 4 Hours.

  • Day 30 : Mount Cook

    Today is your day at your leisure. We suggest you to do  The Hooker Valley walk starting at the DOC campground is an unmissable walk, getting you up close with New Zealand's most impressive mountain.

    Some of the best tracks are :

    The Hooker Valley Track:

    Is the most popular short walking track within the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand. At only 5 kilometres length and gaining only about 100 m in height, the well formed track can be walked by tourists with a wide range of level of fitness.

    The Mueller Lake View Point : 

    The views from the end of the trail are amazing and it’s one way to see just how large the mountains are around you. From the viewpoint, it’s also common to see avalanches falling from the steep mountains that surround the Mueller Lake and glacier.

    The trail is only 20 minutes one way and finishes at a viewpoint that overlooks the Mueller Lake and Mueller Glacier. This trail is very short and well maintained making it accessible for most people. For that reason, it’s really a must-do activity in Mount Cook.

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  • Day 31 : Mount Cook - Queenstown

    As the road takes you further south, you will cross the the Lindis Pass, one of the highest roads in New Zealand. The contrast in scenery will be noticeable as you leave the McKenzie Country and enter Otago. 

    Wanaka town is nestled below towering mountains, and is a little bit quieter than its neighbour Queenstown. In winters skiers from all over the world flock here for its great skiing, and in summer the impressive mountains provide for a range of adventure activities. You will return to this beautiful town in a few days, but your journey continues to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown!

    Queenstown is synonymous with adventure, and often labelled the "adventure capital of the world". Regardless of the season, Queenstown gets your adrenaline flowing year round, and the options are endless. Want to throw yourself out of a plane in amazing scenery, jump off a bridge in the birthplace of Bungy, jetboat, raft down a river, you name it...Queenstown has it all. 

    The afternoon is yours to enjoy this buzzing town. Let us know if you would like us to book one of the numerous adventure activities.

    Stay at your accommodation of choice : 

    Driving distance : 264 km - Driving time : approximately 3 hrs 15 mins 

  • Day 32 : Queenstown

    Today you have the full day for your self, enjoy all what Queenstown have and the many activities that you can do !

    Some of the best things to do In Queenstown :

    • Glenorchy Air Scenic Flights Queenstown to Milford
    • FlyBoard Queenstown's Water 
    • Dart River Safaris Funyak & Jet 
    • Mountain Shredder - Pure Fun On 
    • Ziptrek Ecotours Queenstown 
    • River Boarding

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  • Day 33 : Queenstown

    Today you will enjoy a private spa pool with an incredible view in the morning.

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  • Day 34 : Queenstown

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  • Day 35 : Queenstown -Airport

    Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell to all your new friends today. You will have to drop your rental in the depot of the airport and you will be transferred to the airport to join your flight home.

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  • Complimentary airport transfers
  • Detailed tour information pack upon arrival at first night's accommodation.
  • 35 day car rental with unlimited daily kilometers and zero excess liability reduction insurance
  • 34 Nights Accommodation in Lodges and 4 star hotels.
  • 27 Breakfast
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Onsen Spa- Queenstown
  • Half Day Kayaking Abel Tasma
  • Maori Cultural Experience-Rotorua
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Interislander Ferry
  • Water Taxi RT
  • Shuttle for Tongariro

  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price

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Southland

 

Southland is most famous for Milford Sound, and while a visit to Milford Sound simply cannot be missed, it is well worth spending a little more time in this incredible frontier of rugged fiords, mountains, spectacular coastal scenery and an abundance of marine and bird wildlife.

The spectacular Fiordland National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, includes some of the best walks in New Zealand such as the world famous Milford and Routeburn Tracks. Along the Milford track you'll find a sign somewhere "the finest walk in the world", and we don't argue that. It is right up there and the scenery is jaw-dropping from start to finish. Three of the walks in Fiordland National Park also belong to the Great Walks of New Zealand, the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn. The gateway into Fiordland National Park is Te Anau, beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Te Anau.

 

Wellington

 

Wellington is a destination with many superlatives. It is beautifully nestled between bush clad hills and one of the most picturesque harbours in the world, it was named the best city to live in the world in 2017, and it is also one of the windiest cities in the world. But as Wellingtonians say : You can't beat Wellington on a good day, and we certainly have a soft spot for this fantastic city.

Wellington is the nation's centre for arts and culture, with the National Museum Te Papa one of the main icons of the city.  The city also contains a plethora of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife and activities and is also home to New Zealand's parliament. Due to its compact size it is easy to explore the city on foot.

 

Taranaki

 

 

Taranaki might be a slightly less known region in New Zealand, unless you're a keen surfer or windsurfer. The landscape is dominated by the perfectly shaped volcanic cone which is Mt Taranaki, or Mt Egmont. At 2500m not only does it entirely dominate the landscape, but it also creates its own climate. On any given day, the winds may be reaching gale force on one side of the mountain, while on the other side you may be relaxing on the beach without a sigh of wind, such is the impact of the mountain.

In winter you may ski down the mountain in the morning, and in summer there are a number of excellent hiking opportunities, including hikes to the summit or right around the mountain.

Surf Highway 45 offers word class surf and windsurfing conditions and the black iron sandy beaches are wild and beautiful and aplenty.

 

Marlborough

 

When travelling from the North Island to the South Island on the Interislander ferry, the sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds are the first sight. Picton is the destination port, and a good base to go walking, fishing, sailing, kayaking and exploring the many secluded bays in the Sounds. 

The Marlborough region is internationally recognized for its world class wine, most notably its Sauvignon Blanc, and there are many different ways to sample these wines as their are many wineries offering excellent wine tours. By bike, or by luxury old timer cars, the creativity with which these tours are organized is brilliant. The seafood in this region is also sumptuous, great to combine with a glass of the local wines.

Those put off by the large crowds on the Abel Tasman Track will love the Queen Charlotte Track. The beaches are a little less exquisite, but the coastal scenery is still stunning and there are many accommodation options aolong the track.

Nelson - Tasman

 

 

The Nelson-Tasman region is blessed with an incredibly diverse natural beauty, offering no less than three of the finest National Parks in the country. From the golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park, dramatic and lush rainforests in Kahurangi National Park, to the alpine environment of Nelson Lakes National Park, this region has it all. The area around Nelson is also one of the sunniest in the country, due to the protecting surrounding hills, so it's a popular region with travelers.

Nelson is the South Island's second largest city, noted for its fruit-growing industry in the Motueka Valley, wineries and micro-breweries. It also has an energetic local arts and crafts community with local artists exhibiting their products on the famed Nelson market every Saturday. Nearby Rabbit Island boasts great swimming beaches, boating fishing and forest walks. 

Further west, Motueka is the centre of a green tea, hops and fruit-growing area, and is a good base to explore the nearby parks. The drive over Takaka Hill takes you into Golden Bay, whre you may find the biggest cave in the Southern Hemisphere as well as New Zealand's largest freshwater spring, the Waikoropupu Springs, simply called "Pupu Springs", with reputedly the clearest water in the world.

Kaikoura

 

Kaikoura is a unique place by the sea where marine wildlife lives in abundance, against the backdrop of the impressive Kaikoura mountain ranges. It is well known for its range of eco-tourism activities and getting up close with the main inhabitant along its shores, the giant Sperm Whale.

Whale watching in Kaikoura is simply a must-do as you're guaranteed to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and along the way you're most likely to see a pod of bottlenose or duksy dolphins play in the water, be impressed by the take-off and water landing of the Royal Albatross, and see a bunch of sea lions lazing about on a rock, suc is the diversity.

The ocean here also provides some spectacular seafood, and a stay in Kaikoura may not go by without having tried the crayfish

Aoraki - Mt Cook

 

 

The approach to new Zealand's tallest mountain, Mt Cook, via the blue lake of Lake Pukaki is something you will remember for a lifetime. At 3754m Mt Cook entirely dominates the landscape and as you draw ever closer, its imperious glaze on you only gets more and more impressive.

Mt Cook National Park, along with Aspiring and Westland National Parks, have been incorporated into a World Heritage Area extending from the Cook River in Westland down to the base of Fiordland. Of the 27 mountains in New Zealand which are over 300om, 22 of them are in Mt Cook National Park. The park also boasts New Zealand's longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier.

The park offer numerous hikes to get up close with Mt Cook, but also offer many other exciting adventure activities, such as mountaineering, helicopter flights, heli-skiing and sea-kayaking on glacial waters.

West Coast - Glaciers

 

 

The West Coast or Westland is a rugged and wild land with rocky beaches, deep river gorges,  bush-clad hills and towering icy-peaks. Extending across a 600km long stretch on the western side of the Southern Alps, a visit here takes you through a myriad of five National Parks, yes five!!, including the World Heritage Area - Te Wahipounamu. Each of the national parks - Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur's Pass, Westland and Mt Aspiring National Parks - have their their own unique and distinct features. You'll find New Zealand's highest mountains, most dense and lush rainforests, natural rivers, glacial lakes, deepest gorges,  and of course the two phenomenal Glaciers themselves, Fox and Franz Josef.

Canterbury

 

Canterbury is the hub of the South Island and contains its largest city, Christchurch. It is also one of the driest and flattest areas of New Zealand. The moisture-laden westerlies from the Tasman Sea hit the Southern Alps and dump their rainfall on the West Coast before reaching Canterbury. The region is dominated by the expansive Canterbury Plains, dead-flat farming land backed by the Southern Alps.

Christchurch was hit by devastating earthquakes in 2011 which damaged a lot of the inner city's infrastructure, but the city is bouncing back remarkably and the creativity and community spirit has made the city a vibrant place once again. The city's botanic gardens receive international acclaim and a great place to relax before you start your journey or have concluded your journey, as you're most likely to start or end your tour in Christchurch. The nearby Banks Peninsula was formed by two giant volcanic eruptions and has a strong French influence. The picturesque harbour of Akaroa is well worth a visit.

In North Canterbury the thermal waters of Hanmer Springs have been attracting visitors for many years, but the region is also popular for outdoor activities including hiking, rafting, bungy jumping and skiiing in winter. All of this action means it is a favourite weekend spot for people from Christchurch.

Wanaka

 

 

Wanaka receives slightly less attention than it's more famous neighbour Queenstown, only about an hour away, but one may argue which of the two towns is nestled in the most impressive scenery. While that may be a very difficult question to answer, Wanaka boasts a similar range of adrenaline activities, but with some more serenity about it all.  The town offers fine dining and living and is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and the Treble Cone, Cardrona, Harris Mountains and Pisa Range ski areas. Every second Easter, Wanaka hosts the incredibly popular Warbirds over Lake Wanaka, a huge international air show that sees the town swell with visitors.

The central feature of the region is Mt Aspiring, surrounded by the national park with the same name. The alpine scenery does not get any more dramatic than this in New Zealand, and offers some of the best hiking in the country. The park has wide valleys, secluded flats, more than 100 glaciers and towering mountains. The southern end of the park around Glenorchy receives most visitors and includes popular hikes such as the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's great walks, but there are also excellent shorter walks and more demanding hikes in the Matukituki Valley close to Wanaka. 

Queenstown

 

 

For a long time Queenstown in Central Otago has had an international reputation for its spectacular scenery and adventure activities, but the region is now also recognized for its award winning wines. 

Queenstown is the unofficial 'adventure capital of the world', but the entire Wakatipu region with its stunning lake and surrounding mountains alone are a real attraction. The aptly named Remarkable mountains provide the most breathtaking backdrop, whether snow capped in winter, or at sunrise or in the afterglow at dusk.

Facilities in Queenstown are excellent as well, from budget to boutique accommodation options, some of the best dining in New Zealand and a buzzing nightlife with numerous cafes and bars. 

There's also great skiing in winter on Coronet Peak and Cardrona and plenty of substitute adrenaline activities in summer. Bungy jumping was invented in New Zealand and Queenstown offers a plethora of jumping options. There's also skydiving, jetboating, mountainbiking, canyoning, white water rafting, hiking, sledging, parapenting, the list is simply endless.

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1.0   Interpretation and general

1.1   “We”, “our” or “us” means SOUTHERN JOURNEYS LIMITED

1.2    “Services” means the services undertaken by us as travel agents on your behalf in arranging “package tour” holidays in New Zealand

1.3   "The CGA” means the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993

1.4   You acknowledge that these terms and conditions shall apply to all contracts and transactions between us and you, and that any other conditions, descriptions and representations are    expressly excluded. Any addition or variation must be in writing and signed by both of us to be enforceable.

2.0  Contract

2.1   These terms and conditions shall be the only terms and conditions of the contract between us and you, and shall apply to all transactions between us.

2.2   The contract becomes effective upon your acceptance of the travel package proposal prepared by us and presented to you.

2.3   Any quotation may be withdrawn by us at any time.  Quotations otherwise remain open for acceptance for a maximum period of 14 days from the date of quotation and shall then be deemed to be withdrawn.

 

3.0   Price, forfeiture and price variations

3.1   All prices set out on our website and our quotations are in New Zealand Dollars and include Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15%.

3.2   You are required to pay us a deposit of 20% immediately upon receipt of our invoice. The invoice will be issued to you upon your acceptance of our travel package proposal. 

3.3   We reserve the right to vary our quoted price at any time prior to the payment of the deposit and any variation in price thereafter due to changes in exchange rates, transport, freight, insurance, GST, or circumstances beyond our control between the date of quotation and the date of the tour, are payable by you.

3.4   The balance of the price must be paid not later than 45 days prior to the commencement of the tour. All payments are to be made in New Zealand Dollars by way of electronic banking or credit card. Failure to pay timeously will result in the cancellation of the tour and forfeiture by you of the deposit.

3.5   If you wish to vary the tour booking in any way, you must request it in writing. Any such variation/s may incur additional costs and any additional extras will increase the original contract price. You must pay any such additional costs before the tour commences and you acknowledge that our agreeing to any variations or extras is entirely within our discretion and that we are not obliged to accept any such variations or extras.          

3.6   You accept and acknowledge that certain costs are not included in the contract price and remain your responsibility such as the cost of insurances, insurance cover for cancellation, repatriation costs, medical expenses, emergency evacuation, gratuities and beverages, optional meals and any optional excursion not reflected on the booking reservation. Meals are not included in the price unless otherwise stated. We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance.

3.7   All accommodation prices listed on the website are based on twin/double occupation, unless otherwise specified. Any cost incurred by the hotel resulting from any act or damage to the hotel will be payable by you. We will not be liable for any loss, theft or damage of personal belongings while staying in one of our accommodation options

 

4.0          Cancellations and refunds

4.1   If you wish to cancel a booked tour, you must notify us in writing and the date of receipt by us of your notice of cancellation will be deemed to be the date of cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply.

4.2   The following are the cancellation fees that will apply:

  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price

4.3   The cancellation fee is due and payable on the date of cancellation and we have the right to take such fees from the deposit or from any other monies paid by you. If payment is not made in full promptly on the due date, you will be liable to pay penalty interest at the rate of 2% per calendar month from the due date until the date those monies are paid in full, together with all or any costs (including solicitor and own client costs) incurred by us in collecting any such payment from you.   

4.4   No refunds will be made once travel has commenced, or where you fail to show up at a particular activity/meeting point/accommodation.

4.5   Refunds may be made at our discretion as a result of weather conditions, natural disasters, or lack of availability of services. You accept and agree that there may be some variance in the amount refunded compared to the amount initially charged due to exchange rate fluctuations, and we accept no liability for any such fluctuations or any subsequent card/bank

5.0          Liability and ACC

5.1   Whilst we fully accept our obligations under the CGA and undertake to exercise reasonable care and skill in performing the services we are contracted to perform for you:

        5.1.1  You acknowledge that activities such as skydiving, jet boating, bungee jumping, horse riding and any other activities of an adventurous nature, carry inherit risks and that you   undertake any such activities entirely at your own risk and will sign all or any indemnities presented to you by our agents or third party operators; and    

        5.1.2  We shall not be liable in any way if we are unable to perform our obligations as a result of circumstances beyond our reasonable control such as fire, floods, earthquakes, strikes, lock outs, and delays or breakdowns in transport; and

        5.1.3  We shall not be liable whether in contract or in tort for any loss or damage resulting from injury or death or theft whilst you are on tour, either in connection with any activities undertaken by you or services performed by any of our employees or agents, or otherwise.

5.2   In the event of any personal injury caused by accident, compensation cover is available through ACC in New Zealand. However, you acknowledge and understand that ACC cannot be sued for personal injury - ACC replaces that right. ACC also only covers treatment costs whilst in NZ and does not count as a replacement for travel insurance.

5.3   For the avoidance of any doubt, we shall not be liable under any circumstances for any consequential, indirect or special damages or loss of any kind whatsoever nor shall we be liable for any damage or loss caused by our agents, contractors or other persons whomsoever.

 

6.0   Documents

6.1   You are responsible for carrying valid travel documents, such as passports and visas, and a valid driver’s licence.

6.2   In the event that you are refused entry to New Zealand for whatever reason, no refund will be made.

 

7.0   Car/Camper rentals

7.1   In the event that the travel package includes the rental of a car or camper, you will be subject to the terms and conditions provided by the rental agency, which terms and conditions will be provided by the agent on its website. It is your responsibility to read and understand those terms and conditions.

7.2   Hire includes unlimited kilometres and basic daily insurance. An excess applies to all rentals. The amount of excess depends on type of vehicle.

7.3   The Excess may be reduced to nil by including Accident Excess Reduction in our quote. You can also purchase excess reduction directly with the rental agency upon arrival.

7.4   All drivers must be 21 years old and over. There is no maximum age for drivers providing they hold a full, valid driver’s licence. All  drivers must present a valid full national driving licence which has been held for at least one year and a current International Driving Licence must accompany driving licences issued in a language other than English

 

8.0   Third party services

8.1    Many activities offered during the tour or which can be booked individually are operated by independent companies. These companies have been carefully selected by us and are well established, professional companies who assume all responsibility for their safety and satisfactory delivery.

8.2   We only act as your agent in procuring these 3rd party services. The third party suppliers are not our agents and we shall not under any circumstances be liable for their acts and omissions

 

9.0   Special requests/complaints

9.1   We will endeavour to accommodate any special requests made by you provided that you must advise us of any special request at the time of booking, and provided further that we accept no liability in this regard.

9.2   Any complaints that you may have in regard to the services we provide must be made by you in writing, and no later than 30 days after your return home. We will endeavour to resolve any complaint in a timely fashion.

 

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Millenniumm Queenstown

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In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. 

This hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and our Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits. 

Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, plus a guest information and booking service will ensure that you can make the most of every minute you spend in the Westland region.

 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

Funyaks + Jet Boat

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This day in and around Queenstown takes you deep into "Paradise", near Glenorchy in Mt Aspiring National Park.

An unmissable experience with the exhilaration of a wilderness jet boat ride combined with a leisurely downstream float on easy to use Funyaks (inflatable kayaks) awaits you. This trip is a must-do to explore the truly unique Dart River. Your amazing journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride up the Dart River deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. From here you’ll then travel back down river at your own pace in our unique Funyaks exploring pristine waters as they flow from the Southern Alps to Lake Wakatipu, hidden side streams with amazing rock pools and dramatic chasms.
Just when you think your Funyaks adventure is over, you will enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch before heading via 4 wheel drive coach to locations used in the movies to illustrate Middle Earth from ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

Milford Sound Cruise

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Description: A spectacular two-hour cruise to the mouth of the fiord on a spacious, classic vessel with excellent viewing opportunities. The Haven has large windows, spacious decks and beanbag lounges which offer uninterrupted views of towering peaks and surging waterfalls. Keep a look out for seals basking on the rocks, dolphins and penguins. Enjoy scenic highlights such as Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls. Informative commentary from the captain explains the history and highlights points of interest during the cruise. Suitable for all ages.

Departure Point: Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound.

Peppers Bluewater Resort - Lake Tekapo

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Near the shores of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand’s central South Island, is Peppers Bluewater Resort. Overlooking Lake Tekapo this resort is located in an intensely beautiful part of the world.

Peppers Bluewater Resort is set amongst the purest natural landscape. Romantic and secluded, your accommodation in Lake Tekapo reflects the beautiful landscape surrounding you.

You can explore the natural wonders of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie region from here. Marvel at an International Dark Sky Reserve with millions of stars. Ride horses through the mountains, catch a scenic flight to Franz Josef glacier, go skiing, or immerse yourself in the Tekapo Springs Day Spa and Hot Pools.

Whale Watch - Kaikoura

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Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales. Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the hector's. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of albatross, 14 varieties of petrels and 7 types of shearwater.

Hokitika George

 

From the car park, follow the walking track for a few minutes through dense podocarp/hardwood forest before emerging onto a viewing platform. From here you can look down to the stunning Hokitika Gorge and out to the lush farmland of Kowhitirangi. This part of the track is accessible for wheelchairs.

From the viewing platform, continue for another 6 minutes along the curving boardwalks and you will reach a swing bridge. From here there are excellent views of the blue-green waters of the Hokitika River as it makes its way through the rock sided Hokitika Gorge.

For good views further up the gorge, cross the swing bridge and when you come to the end of it turn left (straight ahead leads to private farmland). The track continues for another 200 m through the bush to another viewing platform with looking out to the gorge upstream of the bridge.

 
Roy's Peak

 Roys Peak Track.

With beautiful Wanaka as the backdrop, you’ll climb from lake level through farmland then up into the tussock tops to the 1578 m summit.

The sounds of grasshoppers and skylarks surround you as you climb 1,500 m on a well-formed track with the most spectacular views of Lake Wānaka, its islands, bays, and the mighty snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, including Mount Aspiring/Tititea.

This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property. Stay on the marked track, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provide.

 

Glacial Day Spa

Experience total relaxation and rejuvenation at the day spa with a full range of treatments designed to enhance and maintain your health and beauty. Each of the 4 therapy rooms features beautiful views of the hot pools, Lake Tekapo and the mountain ranges. 

Treat yourself to the healing benefits of massage in the beautiful, calm space of our Glacial Day Spa. Our expert staff are skilled in a wide range of treatments designed to revitalise the body and recharge the mind.

Massage has many benefits which include a boosted immune system, reduced pain and inflammation, improved sleep, increased flexibility and range of motion as well as enhanced wellbeing by reducing anxiety, stress and depression.

Huka Falls Jet

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Hukafalls Jet in Taupo is the only jet boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls. The half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and natural hot springs. Combine 360° spins while passing through nature incredibly closely at disorientating speeds for an amazing must-do visitor experience whilst in Taupo, and that's even before reaching the awe inspiring majesty that is the Huka Falls.

 

Tongariro Crossing

 

Trek across volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views.

This challenging trip begins at 1120 m, climbs the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, through South Crater before climbing again to Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1886 m.

You will then descend on a volcanic rock scree track to the vivid Emerald Lakes, known as Nga Rotopounamu (greenstone-hued lakes). After passing Blue Lake, also known as Te Wai-whakaata-o-te-Rangihiroa (Rangihiroa’s mirror), the track sidles around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends in a zigzag track down to the road end at 760 m. 

Interislander Ferry

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Sailing between Wellington and Picton several times a day, the Interislander journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic experiences.

Connecting our North Island and South Island together since 1962, our Interislander ferry service is New Zealand's original Cook Strait ferry. Sailing between Wellington and Picton several times a day, the Interislander journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic experiences.

Interislander is one of The Great Journeys of New Zealand and connects our scenic rail experiences; the Coastal Pacific, which runs from Picton to Christchurch, and the Northern Explorer which journeys through the heart of the North Island.

Beach horse riding & wine tasting

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Combine a unique horse ride on the beach with tasting some of New Zealand’s Luxurious wines after strolling down one of the most beautiful Sculpture Tracks between the Vineyards. The Beach Horse Riding & Wine Tasting Tour is a great escape!

Tour Starts by picking you up from Auckland CBD, then you will head north of Auckland through the scenic Roads of Rodney Region.

When you arrive at the Horse Riding, you will have some time to meet your tour guide and your horse before starting the ride.

The guide will explain to you the safety instruction and how to ride the horse. Then you will enjoy a one-hour horse ride on one of the most beautiful Beaches in NZ, Watching the Blue Water hugging the white sand while soaking in the sunshine.

After that, you will be take you to discover a unique art trail between the Vine Leaves and taste some of New Zealand’s Luxurious Wines. The Trail takes about one-hour easy hike return.

Once you finish the Wine Tasting, the tour also finishes and you will head back to Auckland CBD.

Maori Cultural Experience

 

An intricately carved gateway leads you to the fringe of a lush 200 year old native Tawa forest. Warriors emerge from the forest by canoe to perform the powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome that allows you and other visitor’s safe passage into the village. As you wander beneath the stunning forest canopy, the village is alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training.

Watch as the earth is carefully scraped away to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining on the traditional hangi buffet feast!

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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Join the experience of 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 Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.

Bay of Islands

 

Northland is a region in New Zealand rich with historic significance, and it is also the birthplace of New Zealand. It is one of the first regions settled from Polynesia, and also the place where the European settlers first made contact with the Maori. The main attraction in this region is the sublime maritime park of the Bay of Islands, with no less than 144 islands and secluded bays. Most visitors queue up for the Bay of Islands, but all along the East Coast you'll find scenic, sheltered bays and exquisite beaches.

Also called the "Winterless North", the subtropical climate is pleasant throughout the year, and an aquatic playground for a whole range of leisure and adventure activities such as diving, fishing, sailing, surfing, kayaking and dolphin swimming. The main gateway for these activities is Paihia.

 

Rotorua

 

Green rolling hills and lush farmlands are the main decor in Waitomo/Waikatoa, and it is home to some well known icons such as the world class surf breaks in the bohemian seaside town of Raglan, which also happens to be our home. The set for the Shire in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies in Matamata is a unique experience not to be missed, and the world famous Waitomo Caves are a magical place, with numerous options to explore the caves, whether participating in one of the many adventure activities or marvelling at the wonderful light display created by glowworms.

Rotorua is New Zealand's main geothermal area and a centre where Maori culture thrives. It is situated on the shore of Lake Rotorua, and the whole region offers a mix of pristine lakes to enjoy. Explore the many geothermal wonderlands with boiling mud pools, geysers, steamy and colorful lakes, and unwind at a natural hot spring spa or choose from one of the therapeutic spa and massage therapies

Coromandel

 

 

The Coromandel Peninsula is a favourite among New Zealanders themselves, and it's not hard to understand why. Its only a 2 hour drive from the major cities Auckland and Hamilton, but yet it feels quite remote and isolated, so it's an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The fact that is also boasts some of New Zealand's finest and most pristine beaches may obviously play a big role as well!

Lifestyle in the Coromandel is very relaxed and there are many coastal towns each with their own distinct character scattered across the peninsula. It is a haven for those seeking an alternative lifestyle away from the city. 

Taupo and Central North

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New Zealand's main volcanic area, the Taupo Volcanic Zone, stretches in a line from White Island, north of the Bay of Plenty, through Rotorua and down to Tongariro National Park, which proudly claims the title of dual UNESCO World Heritage Area. The Central Plateau, at the heart of the North Island, is the centre of New Zealand's volcanic activity, and the volcanoes put on a spectacular show from time to time, perhaps once  around every 7 years.

The Ruapehu/Tongariro National Park region is a mecca for outdoor lovers, year round! Summer is a great time to hit the hiking or biking trails, and in winter you can ski down an active volcano, and it is also the largest ski field in New Zealand! The world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing is New Zealand's premier day hike, if not one of the world's! For an even greater appreciation of all the volcanoes, the Tongariro Circuit is a 3-4 day tramp around the volcanoes and is one of New Zealand's Great Walks. The fresh rivers near Turangi provide for world class trout fishing, which can also be found in Taupo.

Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake. In fact, it is the largest fresh water lake in Australasia, and with the plethora of activities on offer (from fishing and boating on the lake or scenic flights over the voclanoes to the adrenaline pumping activities such as skydiving, bungy jumping, jetboating) it is on most traveller's itineraries. Taupo is also the source of New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato River, and the Huka Falls are a spectacular sight to behold.

Hot Air Balloon

 

As you rise to altitudes as high as 6000ft and drift with the breeze, you will witness quite possibly the best panoramic views of Queenstown and its surrounds - “The Hobbit” filming locations, Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables mountain range, NZ’s finest golf courses and much, much more.

The four distinct seasons offer beautiful scenery all year round, so make this your opportunity to get some of the most stunning photographs you will ever take

The passengers can assist the crew to inflate the balloon and also to help pack it away after the flight. Celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime experience with a delightful champagne celebration with juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cheese selection, crackers, sweet treats and muffins in the field after your flight.

Sunrise Balloons is a family-owned and operated company which has been flying in the region since 1998.

Spa Queenstown

 

The Spa offers a high-quality boutique retreat and day spa experience. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the magnificent Shotover River and amidst a stunning mountain range, this old gold miner’s town is just 10mins from Queenstown or 13km from Arrowtown making it a convenient, tranquil escape from the more action packed, adrenaline filled activities and winery offerings in the region.

In addition to the beautiful exclusive use cedar hot tubs with breathtaking views that we are world renowned for, The spa is also home to a tranquil day spa with high quality therapists delivering an extensive range of face and body treatments for women and men. With the option to book either our exclusive use cedar hot pools or a hot tub and spa package, it offers the best in pure indulgence.

Franz Josef Heli-Hike

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With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a three hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features. Your journey starts at our glacier base in Franz Josef Village where our friendly team will check you in, get you kitted out with the essential gear and give you a pre-trip briefing.

From here, your guide will lead you a on a short walk through native forest to the heli pad and get you ready to board your helicopter. Adrenaline levels start to spike as you board your helicopter and our highly trained pilot then whisks you away over the jaw dropping landscape - an opportunity to take in the full panoramic majesty of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere nestled within the surrounding mountains.

Your pilot will land you high up on the glacier itself, where your guide will help you make the final preparations for your hike before you head off to explore the pristine features of this incredible icescape. During your hike your guide will share with you the story of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere, their knowledge of the glacier and surrounding area and insight on why Franz Josef is so unique. You'll come away from your trip not only with a sense of awe at this majestic beauty, but a whole new understanding of why this precious landmark is so special.

 

Half Day Awaroa Kayak Adventure

 

This trip begins on Awaroa Beach in front of Awaroa Lodge – the perfect trip for those staying at Awaroa Lodge or surrounds. The Awaroa area is an exciting and dynamic environment and your Awaroa based guides use their knowledge of tides and weather patterns to run the best possible trip for you given the conditions of the day. The guided kayak trip last for 3 – 3.5 hours including a pre-trip safety briefing and a 20 – 30 minute stop on a secluded beach. Your guide breaks up the trip by providing fascinating commentary at notable points along the way. Hot drinks & snacks are provided on the beach.

 

Ship in Waitomo Valley

  

 

 

Glampers can enjoy a unique getaway near Hamilton in Waitomo Valley with this accommodation on a ship on New Zealand's North Island. The room is spacious and can accommodate up to four glampers, ideal for a family vacation. The accommodation boasts an upper level where glampers will find a living area and an equipped kitchenette as well as a queen-size bed. In the hull, there is a bedroom with a set of twin beds and a bathroom that features a shower and a toilet. Linen and towels are kindly provided by the host. Other amenities include a TV, heating, and electric blankets.

Additionally, there is a shared barbecue area with picnic tables where glampers can enjoy the surrounding scenery while grilling up a delicious lunch.

On this stunning property, there is a restaurant and bar as well as a unique stage arena for shows and music. Facilities also include private ensuite bathrooms, self-contained kitchens, non-smoking rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, and wedding/banquet/event facilities. Each unit has designated parking.

 
Lift & Rental

 

Lift and Rental

A Lift and Rental ski or snowboard package is great for anyone who doesn't want a lesson, but still needs to rent ski or snowboard gear. Package it all together and save!

Lift and Rental packages include a full mountain day pass and skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots

Age Definitions:

  • 0–4 years: Lift pass is free 
  • 5 year old: Lift pass is free
  • Child: 6–17 years still attending school
  • Adult: 18 years+

Full chairlift pass and full set of skis, boots and poles OR snowboard, boots and wristguards.(Accessories not included)

 

Benefits: 

•Change from skiing to snowboarding during the day if desired

•Equipment can be left in overnight on-mountain storage for consecutive rentals

•Any equipment issues on the mountain will be taken care of immediately at no extra cost

•No need to transport equipment up & down the mountain

 

Fly cruise Fly ( Milford Sound)

 

Take off from Queenstown, and fly above the rugged backcountry of Central Otago, before heading westward to where the glacial-fed rivers empty into Lake Wakatipu. Witness what the power of nature has created over the years, as you journey over two remarkable National Parks; Mt Aspiring and the world heritage listed Fiordland National Park.

Upon landing at Milford Sound Airport you are welcomed to a view of Mitre Peak, standing tall at the head of the fiord. Surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery in the world, you’ll board your Mitre Peak Cruises vessel and begin your voyage cruising the length of the 16km fiord out to the Tasman Sea. Listen to the informative commentary, and interact with our hosts while enjoying the complimentary tea, coffee and water on-board. 

Complete your journey with a scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown, and be captivated by the breathtaking and awe-inspiring views that can only be experienced from the air.

Twilight Wine & Craft Beer Tour - Queenstown

 

The 4 hour Twilight Wine & Craft Beer Tour departs daily from central Queenstown at 3.45pm and returns around 7.45pm.

Less of a traditional wine tour, this experience is more of a fun and entertaining late afternoon taste bud adventure! Visit three unique locations in the wider Wakatipu region with a minimum of 10 wine or beer tastings and delicious shared antipasto platters. Now here’s the twist…if beer is more your thing then swap the wine tastings for local craft beers instead.

We aim to please! The best part is that this awesome Queenstown wine and craft beer tour departs at 3.45pm meaning you can still go paddle-boarding or bungy jumping in the morning or even fly in from out of town. You are guaranteed to have fun, taste some amazing local wines or craft beer and make some cool new friends on the way!

Travel in comfort and style in our luxury Mercedes vans complete with onboard videos, complimentary wifi and bottled water.

Accommodation Type

 

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Boutiques :

Experience New Zealand with our genuine luxury collection of Boutique Hotels .Classified as boutique by virtue of their intimate size, experienced friendly hosts and individual style.

Take time to slow down, indulge and just enjoy luxury accommodation in some of New Zealand’s most picturesque surroundings.

Lodges : 

Discover the unique New Zealand tradition of Luxury Lodges set in outstanding locations, owned and operated by people who share a deep love and knowledge of their surroundings. The Luxury Lodges of New Zealand is a select group of the finest boutique properties in New Zealand – all set in compelling locations, whether by a sandy beach, high in the mountains or in a trendy lakeside village.

Hotels 4 stars :

When you're looking for a refreshing contrast to the everyday, trust us to deliver a superior and uplifting hospitality experience.,we will ensure you experience the best of Kiwi hospitality in the most desirable New Zealand travel destinations. Each of our hotels will deliver unparalleled service that is tailored to your needs.

Motels 3 Stars :

We offer quality motel accommodation year round which is ideal if you want the convenience of preparing meals etc from your own unit. Units are fully self catering and may be serviced, with full kitchen facilities, shower and toilet. The linen is provided, and units are usually more spacious than some other options. They work well for families or couples spending several days in a location. Parking is normally provided close to your unit.

Bed & Breakfast :

Bed & Breakfasts are a wonderfully eclectic mix of all types of hosts and houses, and this is part of the attraction. By opening their homes and their hearts to travellers who need a comfortable bed for a night or two, B&B hosts are like instant friends you meet along the way. You have your own room in the host's house and you're served breakfast in the morning. You can share travel tips with other guests over your eggs, bacon and coffee - who knows, you may even make new friends!

Glamby :

It offers a new and unique range of rental properties that consists of a Colonial Wagon, House Truck, Yurt/Ger, Tipi/Teepee, and Farmers Cottage. Fitted out to a high standard, these options include a range of modern comforts and conveniences. Include free entry to the Kaikoura Farm Park and exclusive access to our early morning animal feeding.

 

Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and will most likely be your entry point into New Zealand. Also known as the City of Sails, or as Kiwis themselves name it Little Big City, Auckland is certainly the most vibrant and most happening city in New Zealand. By international standards it's quite small, but it's also one of the world's most exciting waterside cities. Situated in the Hauraki Gulf the city is surrounded by water, and this is reflected in the number of leisure boats per capita, which is the highest in the world. To really appreciate it, you have to take to the waters, sailing on the harbour or taking a ferry to one of the numerous islands, including Waiheke and Rangitoto Islands, or a little bit more off the beaten track, Great Barrier Island.

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Hole in the Rock Cruise

 

Set off on a half-day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views from a first class catamaran Dolphin Seeker as we journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula and to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space...get dripped on, consider yourself lucky!

 

Ice Bar

  

Take a step into the Winter Wonderland and experience life like a penguin in extreme temperatures of MINUS 5º and colder! Dressed like an Eskimo, you get to explore this Antarctic World created by over 18 tonnes of crystal clear ice architecture, ice furniture, and hand-made ice carvings.
Drink from ice glasses filled with the famous yummy non-alcoholic cocktails for the kids or delicious alcoholic cocktails for the parents. A family experience you will never forget! Jackets, gloves and warm footwear is provided.

 

Tarawera & Lakes Eco-Tour

 

The Rotorua District is home to 18 stunning lakes, amazing natural landscapes and lush native bush. The Tarawera and Lakes Eco-Tour will take you from the centre of town into a culturally, ecologically and historically significant area.

Home to ancient Maori tribes the tour route takes you through the Tikitapu scenic reserve visiting 3 lakes and splashing down onto 3. You’ll learn about ancient Maori history, the establishment of tourism in the area, geothermal forces that shaped our land, agriculture, flora and fauna and the list goes on. It is an cultural, ecological and historical eco-tour that is informative, fun and unique!

The eco-tour is a 2-hour extravaganza.

Eco-Tour Highlights:

  • Discover the history of our area with a fun & entertaining fully guided commentary, delving deep into Maori history, geothermal activity, volcanoes, legends and more
  • Splash down onto three different lakes; Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu and iconic Lake Tarawera
  • See breath taking views of the volcanic domes of Mt Tarawera and learn about history of this devastating eruption
  • Surround yourself with the stunning lake scenery that our district has to offer
 
Wanaka Nature Encounter

Begin your day with a cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. A guided walk to the spectacular summit reveals the island’s secret – a lake on top of an island!

Enjoy ‘high tea’ up close and personal with rare native birds, including weka, wood pigeon and bellbird. Plant a tree as part of this unique eco experience.

After lunch in one of Wanaka’s many fine cafés (own expense), discover the secrets of Wanaka’s highcountry with a leisurely 4WD tour of a local sheep station.

Trip duration: allow 8.5 hours

 

 

Encounter Tour Dunedin

  

This is the most popular and multi-award winning tour, departing daily from Dunedin city in the afternoon to visit the beautiful Otago Peninsula and its wildlife 'hotspots'. The tour caters for small groups providing a glimpse into the world of tourism and conservation working in a symbiotic relationship for the benefit of the wildlife providing absolutely unrivalled viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife.

The knowledgeable guides deliver commentary of activity being viewed and visit isolated places inaccessible to others providing the best possible viewing of unique peninsula wildlife. The private conservation area ensures exclusivity with brilliant opportunities to photograph Hooker's Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and other sea bird colonies. At Taiaroa head from a cliff face you will watch and observe Royal Albatross flying about the headland and to and fro from the ocean. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience around the bays and lagoons.

This conservation area close up unobtrusive viewing from beach locations and strategically placed observation hides is guaranteed. Most days Albatross are seen flying at Taiaroa headland, with a greater opportunity from our conservation area strategic observation point to see many other pelagic sea bird species flying close, including numerous petrel and shearwater species, and up to five other Albatross species are regularly seen and identified.

Dart River Wilderness jet

 

Queenstown is synonymous with adventure, it is dubbed the "adventure capital of the world". Regardless of the season, Queenstown gets your adrenaline flowing year round, and the options are endlesss. Want to throw yourself out of a plane in amazing scenery, jump off a bridge in the birthplace of Bungy, jetboat, raft down a river, you name it...Queenstown has it all.

Today you will do the  Dart River Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey from Glenorchy deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.

The sheer diversity of what’s on offer means you experience a unique combination of breathtaking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers. Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Māori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.

Jet boat & Wilderness walk

 

Flowing from Glaciers, the pristine waters of the Matukituki River are perfect to experience river jet boating on the longest and most adventurous jet boat tour in New Zealand. Travel at speed over shallow braids, drift into turns and yes… experience thrilling spins, stopping in deep pools to breathe in the magic of the landscape & hear stories of our land from your local guides

And there is MORE…

Deep in the mountains & off the beaten track, enjoy a 50-minute remote walk through moss covered forest, waterfalls and glacier fed streams. Walk in awe beneath Avalanche Glacier when conditions permit or into McGills Creek to explore one of the most beautiful and serene forest walks. Hear stories from your guide of our people and our land and enjoy photo opportunities of this unique ice carved landscape not to be missed. The only jet boat company to see Mount Aspiring and Glaciers

 

Classic Wine Tour Wanaka

 

The accent is on leisure as you immerse yourself into the flavours and sights of this vineyard paradise. We’ll take you to the little places that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication to produce the best possible wine. Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners. This tour is an unhurried amble through up to six of the regions finest, pausing only to admire the ever-present views. Savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of Old Cromwell Town and enjoy the indulgence of an award-winning gourmet platter lunch, made from local fresh produce.