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$2788.66 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day South Island Photography Tour from Queenstown to Nelson

Day 1 – Wanaka / QueenstownThis morning we drive to Queenstown then onto Glenorchy, capturing en route the beauty of tranquil Lake Wakatipu with its surrounding snow-capped mountains. The day finishes by photographing sunset over the lake Wakatipu.Day 2 - Queenstown / HaastToday we drive over the Crown Range then climb up to Haast Pass, the gateway to the West Coast, where we stay overnight. Along the way we photograph a number of extraordinary waterfalls, including a beautiful 30-metre cascade in stately beech forest. Tonight we capture our first West Coast sunset.Day 3 - Haast / Fox GlacierWe travel along the West Coast exploring some of the magnificent rainforest of the Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage area, before heading to Fox Glacier. At sunset, we visit a remote West Coast beach which offers panoramic views of the snow-covered peaks of the Southern Alps.Day 4 - Fox GlacierThis morning we photograph sunrise at Lake Matheson, capturing the often-perfect reflections of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman - New Zealand’s highest mountains. If the weather is right you will have the option (at additional cost) to take a helicopter flight onto the vast upper neve of the Fox Glacier for some unparalleled photo opportunities. Sunset tonight will see us heading out to Okarito Lagoon offering panoramic views of the Southern Alps, rising beyond a vast extent of rainforest.Day 5 - Fox Glacier / PunakaikiThis morning we drive up the coast to Whataroa, stopping here for a jet boat trip up the Whataroa river, the only way to access the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve. Here we will photograph the country's only nesting site for the beautiful White Herons (Kotuku) along with the Royal Spoonbill. After this we drive further up the West Coast, with several stops en route, including the turquoise waters of the Hokitika Gorge. We reach Punakaiki and its famous Punakaiki rock formations in time for sunset photography.Day 6 - PunakaikiThis morning we explore the exquisite limestone and river landscapes of Paparoa National Park. We will spend the rest of the day exploring the exceptional coastline in this area, sunset will see us heading out onto stunning beaches to capture the last light hitting the coastline and huge breaking waves.Day 7 - Punakaiki / NelsonToday we will head away from the West Coast, following the Buller River to its source at the first of the two National Parks we visit today, Nelson Lakes to photograph the beautiful lake and mountain backdrops. We then head to Kahurangi, to walk out of a short track to capture beautiful beech-forested valleys of one of New Zealand’s largest untouched wildernesses. We then arrive at the top of the South Island in the city of Nelson to connect with late afternoon flights.

$2999 Multi-day & Extended Tours

16-Day Photography Expedition Around New Zealand

Take your photography interest to a unique level by camera. Join this stunning 16-day photography tour of New Zealand. Each day there will be a variety of themes for your pictures, for example nature, city, or architecture. Be sure to capture the themes in your beautiful photos of New Zealand.Day 1: Auckland (D)After the overnight flight to Auckland the morning will be free for you to recover. We will have a welcome dinner and orientation to the expedition. Day 2: Auckland (B)Boat trip to Devonport. Sunset at Muriwai Beach to see a large colony of Gannet birds. At night we will photograph the city lights and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Day 3: Taupo (B)Taupo and surrounding regions. Day 4: Wellington (B)Taupo then Wellington in the afternoon. Day 5: Abel Tasman (B)South Island on a cruise bound for the famous Marlborogh and Blenhein wineries. Our afternoon will be in Abel Tasman Bay and Nelson. Day 6: Franz Josef (B)Lake Matheson, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers with a stop in the Punakaiki region. Day 7: Franz Josef (B)Free day to sleep in and explore personal interests. Day 8: Queenstown (B)Lake Wanaka and Queenstown. Stops along the way by Cardrona and Crown Range Valley, as well as the Kawarau Bungee Jump, also Arrowtown. Day 9: Queenstown (B)Glenorchy and the Greenstone region in Mount Aspiring National Park. Queenstown, Lake Hays, Wakatipu and The Remarkables.Day 10: Milford Sound (B)There will be many photo stops along the way on the most beautiful highway in the country. In the afternoon we will embark on a cruise that lends itself to stunning images at Mitre Peak.Day 11: Nugget Point (B)Nugget Point lighthouse.  Day 12: Moeraki Boulders (B)Moeraki, Alexandra, and Wanaka.  Day 13: Aoraki Mount Cook (B)Lindis Pass desert and Lake Pukaki. Mount Cook, Hooker Valley, Aoraki Mount Cook and the famous Good Shepherd church at Lake Tekapo. Day 14: Aoraki Mount Cook (B)Free day to sleep in and explore personal interests. Our suggestion is to explore the short walks in the Hooker and Aoraki valleys and Mount Cook. Overnight: Mount Cook Day 15: Christchurch (B, D)Early travel to Christchurch. Visit to the central botanical gardens in the afternoon and sightseeing, follow by our farewell dinner. Photo theme: landscape, nature and architecture. Overnight: Christchurch Day 16: Christchurch (B)After breakfast, shuttle to the airport and return flight home.

$97.03 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock

Check in at MV Spirit, Havelock Marina - Pier C at 1.15pm. Havelock is a small seaport township on State Highway 6, the main road between Blenheim and Nelson, about a 30min drive from Blenheim. Havelock is the gateway to the Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, two of the main sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Cruise aboard MV Spirit, a 14m catamaran, through the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, visit a mussel farm, sample freshly steamed mussels paired with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy tour guide narration by the skipper. Possible sightings of penguins, dolphins and seals.As part of the Marlborough Sounds cruise we serve freshly-steamed Greenshell mussels with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. There is also a licensed bar facility on board which has a good range of Marlborough wines, along with beers, juice, bottled water. You can also purchase a range of light food items including chips and peanuts. EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard can be used onboard. The launch has a range of indoor and outdoor areas for your comfort and for viewing the beautiful Marlborough Sounds scenery.

$269.52 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Full-Day Guided Scenic Cycling Winery Tour from Nelson with Lunch

Your driver will collect you from your accommodation at 9:30am. You will be transferred to the start of your tour which is approximately 30-minutes from central Nelson. Your bikes will be waiting for you and your guide will make sure that you are comfortable before being given a short safety briefing and setting off on your route. As it is your private tour, the route and pace of the day can be adjusted to suit you. The area has four unique wineries that you will be able to stop at for tastings (included in the cost) and one of the wineries is also your lunch stop. The platter lunch showcases local produce and you can make a choice of which wine to enjoy with your lunch. After the relaxed lunch stop, the afternoon includes the last stop of the day, at one of the most scenic wineries in the Nelson region, Mahana Estates. Enjoy the views of Kahurangi National Park from the cellar door and relax in the beautiful garden. Should you have purchased items during the course of the day these can be collected for you before you return to your accommodation by late afternoon. As this is a private tour, if you would like to return to your accommodation sooner, this is also possible.

$86.25 Walking & Biking Tours

Full-Day Self-Guided Scenic Cycling Winery Tour from Nelson

You will be met at the start of the route at Mahana Estates Winery at 10am. Your bikes will be waiting for you and a friendly staff member will make sure you are comfortable on your bike. You may also opt for a pick up and drop off from your accommodation in Nelson, Richmond, Mapua, Motueka and Kaiteriteri.   You will be given a short safety briefing and given a detailed souvenir map before setting off on your route. You can choose the route and pace of the day. The area has four unique wineries where tastings are included as part of your tour.  There are other places to stop off as well and your map also gets you discount on food and drinks. You will finish your route, where you started, at one of the most scenic wineries in the Nelson region, Mahana Estates. Enjoy the views of Kahurangi National Park from the cellar door and relax in the beautiful garden. Should you have purchased items during the course of the day we can collect them for you before you return to your accommodation. You could make the day even more relaxed, by choosing to be collected at your accommodation (9.30am) and taken to the start of the tour. The transfer from central Nelson to the start is approximately 30-minutes.

$4949 Active

New Zealand Multisport

Travelling to New Zealand? Don't worry, you won't have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from on each island, we'll make sure you make the most of the chance to lose your breath. Across three weeks on two islands you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.