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It's also at the very heart of the prestigious Central Otago wine region (www.cowa.org.nz), known for its extraordinarily good pinot noir and, to a lesser extent, riesling, pinot gris and chardonnay. The Cromwell Basin – which stretches from Bannockburn, 5km southwest of Cromwell, to north of Lake Dunstan – accounts for over 70% of Central Otago’s total wine production. Pick up the Central Otago Wine Map for details of upwards of 50 local wineries.


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Queenstown to Mount Cook Tour

Journey deep into the Southern Alps on a half day sightseeing tour from Queenstown to Mount Cook.Set off from Queenstown in a luxury coach, enjoying the commentary from your local driver guide as you travel north. Pass through the historic gold mining district of the rugged Kawarau River Gorge and the famous fruit growing region of Cromwell. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan, your tour crosses the Lindis Pass into Omarama for morning tea (own expense).Continue through the rugged high country landscape of the Mackenzie Basin to arrive at Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, home to Australasia's highest mountain at 3,754 metres. Sit down to a delicious lunch (optional extra) at the Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village, where you can enjoy stunning uninterrupted views of Mount Cook and the other high peaks that make up the Southern Alps. You can also take the chance to see this alpine region from above with a scenic flight (own expense – this flight can be arranged with your driver/guide on the day).Your tour concludes in Mount Cook Village.

$3236.65 Kid Friendly

10 Day Adventure Tour. Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Jet Boating & more.

ItineraryDay 1: Christchurch - MethvenStop At: Spencer Park, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South IslandSpend the morning at the Adrenalin Forest aerial obstacle course with challenges that include the Indiana jump, crossed logs, barrels, wrecking balls, a commando flying fox and Tarzan jump!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Washpen Falls, Darfield, Canterbury Region, South IslandAwesome afternoon hike with great flora, fauna, history, waterfalls and views over the Canterbury Plains.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Cafe lunch included.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 2: Methven - Lake TekapoStop At: Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve, Geraldine, Canterbury Region, South IslandShort guided nature walks in the native forests of the Peel Forest reserve before adrenalin pumping Grade 5 white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River.Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South IslandStunning glacial lake and big mountain scenery with hiking and scenic flight options of Aotearoa Mt Cook.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: BBQ lunch provided.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 3: Lake Tekapo - Lake WanakaStop At: Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka, Otago Region, South IslandFull day guided hiking to waterfalls and glaciers in the pristine Beech forests and valleys of Mt Aspiring National Park.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: Picnic lunch included for this full day of exploring.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 4: Lake WanakaStop At: Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South IslandA free day to explore this beautiful lakside town. Choose to kick back and relax on the beach, hire a kayak or SUP for some paddling on the lake, or hire a mountain bike to explore the great local trails.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: Delicious picnic lunch included.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 5: Lake Wanaka - QueenstownStop At: Cromwell Heritage Precinct, Cromwell, Central Otago, Otago Region, South IslandOn our way to Queenstown, we stop at scenic Cromwell on the shores of Lake Dunstan where there are great opportunities for additional activities such as Hang gliding or Heli biking in the mountains.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: Cafe, Deli, Vineyard or Pub lunch included.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 6: QueenstownStop At: Queenstown Hill, Queenstown, Otago Region, South IslandToday you have the full day free in the adventure capital of the world! Your options for adventure are limitless with great canyoning, climbing, mountain biking, skydiving, paragliding, hang gliding, flyboarding and much more.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: Cafe lunch included.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 7: Queenstown - Te AnauStop At: Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Gibbston, Otago Region, South IslandCheck the birthplace of bungy jumping at the world-famous AJ Hackett Kawarau bridge bungy in Queenstown. Upgrade to jump and earn your bragging rights!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South IslandPicturesque Lake Te Anau is the gateway to the incredible world heritage area of Fiordland National Park, home to our next destination of Milford SounDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: Cafe, Deli, Vineyard or Pub lunch included.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 8: Te Anau - Milford SoundStop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South IslandFull day exploring Fiordland National Park with the highlight of 4-5 hours sea kayaking in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Milford Sound. A great opportunity to paddle with dolphins, seals and penguins!Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: A delicious picnic lunch is provided.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 9: Te Anau to QueenstownStop At: Mavora Lakes Park, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South IslandA fantastic 3-4 hours of cross-country MTB riding through spectacular remote valleys that finishes with a well-deserved steamship cruise back to Queenstown.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: A delicious picnic lunch is included.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.Day 10: QueenstownStop At: Queenstown Hill, Queenstown, Otago Region, South IslandThrills and spills with a morning Jetboating adventure on the famous Shotover River. This last afternoon is free in the adventure capital of the world!Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full breakfast options included. • Lunch: Cafe, Deli, Vineyard or Pub lunch included.Accommodation included: Overnight stay with modern studio/apartment facilities.

$517.04 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Full Day Scenic Heli Gold - Helicopter & Jetboating Family Tour From Queenstown

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cromwell Heritage Precinct, Cromwell, Central Otago, Otago Region, South IslandJoin us and embrace the mountains of Central Otago that make this region a destination for visitors from all over the world and home for Adventure Junkies.This 1 Day family package includes a thrilling Queenstown Jet Boat Adventure, a scenic regional highlights road tour that includes a visit to the world-famous AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge, plus an incredible 45-minute helicopter flight that takes you to the top of the mountains around Cromwell for an Alpine landing that gives you the very best views of the entire region!We'll collect you from your local Queenstown accommodation and head directly to Queenstown Bay for a 1 hour Jet Boat adventure! These powerful jet boats explore 47km of Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River and provide awesome views and lots of 360 degree spins for a truly exhilarating Queenstown experience. Once back on dry land we'll depart Queenstown and begin making our way deeper into Central Otago on a regional highlights tour that is filled with history, adventure, and incredible scenery. We visit Coronet Peak Ski field for Remarkable views of the Wakatipu Basin and plenty of action as paragliders and hang gliders fly off the side of the mountain and soar into the distance. We'll also visit historic and picturesque Arrowtown and drive through the world-famous vineyards of the Gibbston Valley before taking in the impressive and super scenic Kawarau Gorge that brings us to our destination of Cromwell, the stone fruit capital of New Zealand. After lunch, we'll jump aboard the helicopter for an incredible 45-minute scenic flight that provides truly spectacular views of the region, and that includes and alpine landing on top of the mountain!Once we land back at the airport we will continue on to explore the Cromwell region which offers a historic old town as well as gold fields from which the town was born. There are numerous orchards and vineyards to visit as well as the Highlands Motorsport Park for Go karting and high octane race car experiences. On our way back to Queenstown we'll make one final stop at the world-famous AJ Hackett Bungy bridge before dropping you back to your accommodation.We'll collect you from your local Queenstown accommodation and head directly to Queenstown Bay for a 1 hour Jet Boat adventure! These powerful jet boats explore 47km of Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River and provide awesome views and lots of 360 degree spins for a truly exhilarating Queenstown experience. Once back on dry land we'll depart Queenstown and begin making our way deeper into Central Otago on a regional highlights tour that is filled with history, adventure, and incredible scenery. We visit Coronet Peak Ski field for Remarkable views of the Wakatipu Basin and plenty of action as paragliders and hang gliders fly off the side of the mountain and soar into the distance. We'll also visit historic and picturesque Arrowtown and drive through the world-famous vineyards of the Gibbston Valley before taking in the impressive and super scenic Kawarau Gorge that brings us to our destination of Cromwell, the stone fruit capital of New Zealand. After lunch, we'll jump aboard the helicopter for an incredible 45-minute scenic flight that provides truly spectacular views of the region, and that includes and alpine landing on top of the mountain!Once we land back at the airport we will continue on to explore the Cromwell region which offers a historic old town as well as gold fields from which the town was born. There are numerous orchards and vineyards to visit as well as the Highlands Motorsport Park for Go karting and high octane race car experiences. On our way back to Queenstown we'll make one final stop at the world-famous AJ Hackett Bungy bridge before dropping you back to your accommodation.We'll collect you from your local Queenstown accommodation and head directly to Queenstown Bay for a 1 hour Jet Boat adventure! These powerful jet boats explore 47km of Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River and provide awesome views and lots of 360 degree spins for a truly exhilarating Queenstown experience. Once back on dry land we'll depart Queenstown and begin making our way deeper into Central Otago on a regional highlights tour that is filled with history, adventure, and incredible scenery. We visit Coronet Peak Ski field for Remarkable views of the Wakatipu Basin and plenty of action as paragliders and hang gliders fly off the side of the mountain and soar into the distance. We'll also visit historic and picturesque Arrowtown and drive through the world-famous vineyards of the Gibbston Valley before taking in the impressive and super scenic Kawarau Gorge that brings us to our destination of Cromwell, the stone fruit capital of New Zealand. After lunch, we'll jump aboard the helicopter for an incredible 45-minute scenic flight that provides truly spectacular views of the region, and that includes and alpine landing on top of the mountain!Once we land back at the airport we will continue on to explore the Cromwell region which offers a historic old town as well as gold fields from which the town was born. There are numerous orchards and vineyards to visit as well as the Highlands Motorsport Park for Go karting and high octane race car experiences. On our way back to Queenstown we'll make one final stop at the world-famous AJ Hackett Bungy bridge before dropping you back to your accommodation.Duration: 8 hours

$423.97 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Day Queenstown to Christchurch via Glaciers

Day 1 - Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier with Newmans CoachlinesQueenstown to Franz Josef GlacierDepart Queenstown by coach passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before travelling over the magnificent Haast Pass into Westland. On arrival transfer to your accommodation. A local shuttle is available to take you to the glacier base where you can enjoy some short walks and magnificent views. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight for the ultimate view. Spectacular photo opportunities abound of these huge ice masses. Watch out for keas (native parrots) and their inquisitive cheeky play.Glacier Valley shuttleYou will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Valley Eco Tours and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier from a viewing platform. Or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Eco Tours shuttle. Your accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suitesDay 2 - Franz Josef to Greymouth, then take the Tranz Alpine train to ChristchurchFranz Josef to Greymouth Train Station by Intercity CoachThis morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Stop at the Bushman's Centre for refreshments and a chance to experience a bit of West Coast humour. Continue through the township of Ross, which in the late 1800s was the centre of one of New Zealand's richest alluvial goldfields. In 1903 the largest gold nugget ever found in New Zealand was discovered at Jones Creek, not far from the town centre. It weighed 2807 grams. The New Zealand Government later purchased the nugget and presented it as a coronation gift to King George V. On arrival into Hokitika there is time to purchase lunch, walk around the town centre, to view the greenstone factories, visit the woodworking studio, or just relax and enjoy the windswept coast. Hokitika is the administrative and commercial centre for this part of Westland. The major primary industry is timber milling. Dairy and sheep farming, commercial fishing, white baiting and eel processing being the other major industries. Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous Tranz Alpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.Tranz Alpine Scenic train Greymouth to ChristchurchConsidered one of the world's great train journeys, the Tranz Alpine scenic train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You'll travel across the South Island through the Arthur's Pass National Park from the west coast to the east.From the comfort of your carriage see lush beech forest, deep river valleys and the spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps.  Descend to the windswept Canterbury Plains before arriving in the city of Christchurch.

$1189.18 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Great Southern Circle Self-Drive 5-Night Tour

Day One Christchurch – Lake TekapoToday travel by road to Lake Tekapo, travelling through the Canterbury Plains and the rolling foothills of the Southern Alps. This evening you have the option to visit the Mount John Observatory for some amazing star gazing.Evening accommodation Pepper Hotel Lake Tekapo or similarDay Two Tekapo – Mt Cook – QueenstownToday travel by road to Mt Cook and then south travelling through the Lindas Pass, along the shores of Lake Dunstan, the township of Cromwell and through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown, the tourism capital of New Zealand.Evening accommodation Millennium Hotel or similarDay Three Queenstown – Milford Sounds – QueenstownToday enjoy a truly stunning scenic drive to Milford Sound, travelling initially from Queenstown to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park then through the Homer Tunnel emerge into the Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound Nature Cruise for an unforgettable experience, and explore the wonder of this majestic fiord before returning to Queenstown by road. As an alternative to self-driving you can chose to travel to and from Queenstown by coach as a day tour option to Milford Sound, or treat yourself to a truly unique experience and join a Doubtful Sounds day tour from Queenstown; Optional extra's can be purchased separately.Day Four QueenstownA free day at leisure in Queenstown to either simply explore this most beautiful township nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounds by mountains which are snow-capped for much of the year or enjoy one of the many actives that are on offer. Optional extra's can be purchased separately.Day Five Queenstown – Haast Pass – Franz JosefTravel along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast to Franz Josef Glaciers. The Franz Josef Glacier, 11km in length and more than 7,000 years old. This living ‘river of ice’ is a must see for any visitor to New Zealand.Evening Accommodation Scenic Circle Franz Josef Hotel or similar.Day Six Franz Josef – Greymouth – ChristchurchToday travel to Greymouth, the centre for thousands of diggers during the historic gold strikes of the 1860’s. Then journey over the Southern Alps, through Arthurs Pass, and on to Christchurch where your tour will conclude. There is the option today to leave your car in Greymouth and return to Christchurch by the TranzAlpine train. This journey is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. In Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation or the airport where your tour concludes.There are more options / add on's available and further details will be supplied following receipt of the booking

$692.70 Transfers & Ground Transport

Christchurch Full Day Private Transfer or Excursion from Queenstown

Meet and greet at your accommodation in Queenstown or at the airport . Travel in an SUV 4WD with commentary from your driver/guide. First stop is Arrowtown just 19 klm from Queenstown, with its old mining town where the first Chinese settlers came in search of fortune. A brief walk around the village to grab a cup of coffee or icecream! Continue travel on the Lindis Pass and coasting the Kawarau Gorge where some relics of the mining era are visible. We continue driving and have a brief stop in Cromwell the Fruit Bowl Of The South to savour some of the fruits in season. We will take a lunch stop in Omarama then continue to Lake Pukaki to admire the turquoise colour of the lake. If possible we will drive to Mt Cook(about 40min drive to reach) but only if it is already visible from the Lake.Continue in late afternoon  to Lake Tekapo for a quick cup of coffee/tea and a short walk to look at the picturesque turquoise lake and the Church of Good Shepard. Another short stop is included at Geraldine and the Tin Shed for some merino-possum clothing and accessories. Head towards Ashburton and then finally Christchurch where you driver/guide will transfer you to your accommodation and bid you farewell. By choosing to depart from Wanaka you  will  pass Puzzling World an attraction that will play with your eyes and mind(entry not included) and coast Lake Dunstan to then proceed with the above itinerary. Your driver guide will bid you farewell at your accommodation in Christchurch.