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$1226.92 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch

Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef Travel over the famous Arthur’s Pass to the historic gold mining town of Greymouth and then down onto the West Coast. You will visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), en route to Franz Josef, home of the mighty glacier.Accommodation: Lodge in the rainforestDay 2: Free day in Franz JosefThe day is spent in Franz Josef, a World Heritage area. As well as the glacier, the area is famous for its excellent walking trails. There are many great options, but a guided trip (at passenger's own expense) will enable you to get closer to the glacier.Accommodation: Lodge in the rainforestDay 3: Franz Josef to WanakaDepart early to visit Lake Matheson for a walk at this amazing mirror-like lake, stop at Fox Glacier for pickups, and then travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora. We pass by the beautiful Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka by late afternoon.Accommodation: Central HostelActivities: Walk Lake Matheson, visit Blue Pools, explore Wanaka.Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown Take a scenic bike ride around the lake before we depart Wanaka and cruise down to the famous A.J. Hackett bungy site, where you can bungy if you dare! Then, it’s on to the ‘Adventure Capital of the World!’, the vibrant lakeside town of Queenstown.Accommodation: Central HostelActivities: Scenic bike ride (suitable for all levels)Days 5, 6 & 7: Queenstown With so much to see and do in and around Queenstown, you need three full days to take it all in! You'll also get to experience the exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat ride (Day 5) and take a day trip to the spectacular Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park (Day 6). Other optional activities are at your own expense.Accommodation: Central HostelActivities: Shotover Jet, Doubtful Sound day tripDay 8: Queenstown to Mt CookTonight we stay at the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook. Head out on a hike among awe-inspiring scenery. It's the perfect place for stargazing too!Accommodation: Stunning alpine lodge.Day 9: Mt Cook to RangitataWe make our way through the 'Lord of the Rings' landscape past turquoise Lake Tekapo, where we stop for ice-skating, snow tubing or a swim at the hot springs. After lunch, we will continue to our overnight stop in Rangitata Peel Forest.Accommodation: One of Canterbury's original sheep stationsDay 10: Rangitata to ChristchurchThis morning, you will have the opportunity to sign up to a Lord of the Rings tour or to explore the stunning Peel Forest scenery on horseback. We’ll arrive in Christchurch late afternoon. We hope you had a blast!

$89.86 Private & Custom Tours

Wanaka Private Day Tour

Wanaka region is located in the spectacular Southern Alps - in New Zealand. It is filled with amazing land forms and beautiful lakes, the natural beauty and this experience of Wanaka will be an unforgettable one.The day will start with an early morning pick up from your hotel and a drive towards Cardrona over the Crown Range. The route will include a stop for an amazing photo opportunity over-looking the Lake Wakatipu. We will then continue through Wanaka and make a stop at the Blue pools river located in the north of Makarora. A short walk through the silver beach/tahina to a swing-bridge overlooking the pools at the entrance of the blue river is certainty worth exploring. We then make a U turn and head to Wanaka, and visit the top attraction Puzzling World -  The Wonderful World of Weirdness. For over forty-five years Puzzling World has been messing with people’s heads no matter what age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality.We then head off to enjoy a picnic lunch by the lake or chose to have sit down lunch at a local café or restaurant - don’t miss to take photos of the famous Wanaka tree.After lunch, 2e will now visit the Wanaka lavender farm and experience 10 acres of lush lavender fields.On the way back to Queenstown, there will be another photo stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel which was established in 1863. This hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest, iconic hotels and one of the two remaining buildings from the Cardrona Valley Gold Rush era, its rich history makes it a must see while in Central Otago. Famous Cardrona Ale is a must try, it is brewed in its very own brewery.Tour ends!We offer the flexibility to customise the Wanaka Private tour so that it is specifically designed for your needs.

$1002.27 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 day Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glacier Highlights

This tour is a fantastic 4 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers PLUS the TranzAlpine Scenic Train journey.Day 1: Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown. Leaving Christchurch in the morning, travel through the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps. Then continue to the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook. At Mt Cook Village you'll enjoy lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel and you'll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. The tour continues south and concludes in the evening upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge Day 2: Milford Sound day tour with Real Journeys. Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended 2.5 hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On board a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Milford Sound where you’ll board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord enjoying waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide. Includes picnic boxed lunch. Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge Day 3: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier by Newmans coach. From Queenstown to Franz Josef discover the wild beauty of New Zealand's West Coast. Leaving Queenstown, travel by luxury coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island like the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. After a morning tea break in Makarora on the border of Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park, you'll travel through the Haast Pass, journeying through native beech forest and over the Southern Alps, before emerging on the West Coast and exploring the world famous Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites Day 4: Franz Josef to Greymouth train station, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch.This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari and onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.This tours includes: • All coach tour transport as specified in this tour package • Shuttle to Glacier Valley • TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch • Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise • 2 lunches.

$1381.75 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Landsborough Rafting Tour from Queenstown

Day 1Queenstown Rafting will collect you from your accommodation before traveling to Cavells Rafting Base where you will meet your guides, pack your gear into dry bags and be sized for your rafting clothing. The bus will depart from Cavells and begin a 3-hour drive to Clarke Bluff via Wanaka and Makarora, stopping for photos and lunch along the way. Upon arrival to Clarke Bluff you will board your helicopter for a flight through the Landsborough Valley to the first night's camp. Settle in, unpack and explore the magnificent surrounds or just relax in the peaceful environment and enjoy a delicious three-course meal prepared for you.Day 2Begin with a leisurely cooked breakfast before preparing to leave camp for your first rafting adventure. A full safety briefing with information on river protocol will be given before you depart. Day two involves a 5 hour river trip ranging from action to the sedate, stopping to enjoy a deli-style picnic lunch above Hellfire Rapid before continuing down the river to Harpers Bluff, the second camp stop. There will be time to relax and take in the scenery or go for a walk before dinner. After dinner explore the surrounds and maybe even discover a glow worm or two.Day 3Another hearty breakfast will set you up for the day's activities. Board your raft and head down river to Purple Creek for lunch and if conditions permit take a side hike to explore the waterfalls. After lunch, a leisurely float to the take out point at Clarke Bluff, where you board the bus back to Queenstown, arriving at approximately 7.00 p.m.

$4999 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 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.

$2634.15 Active

New Zealand – South Island Multisport

New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and there's nowhere in the country more suited to that than the South Island. On this two week trip, cover the ground (or water) by sea kayak, boat, bike, and on foot. Explore Abel Tasman National Park, cruise along the waters of Milford Sound, and take two-wheels through the Rail Trail in Central Otago. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.