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- A guided tour of important places
- Beautifully illustrated souvenir map
- Observation and participation in allowed activities
- Porterage for a maximum of two bags per person
- Professionally guided tour
- Unlimited bottled water
- Current Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
- Excess baggage charge
- International Air, unless expressly paid for
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Personal expenses
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tips to guide and driver
- Visa arrangements
From turquoise lakes and lush peninsulas to snowcapped mountains and sparkling glaciers, the South Island’s majestic landscapes offer awe and adventure in equal measure.
Tantalise Your Tastebuds
Epicurious travellers will delight in the South Island’s smorgasbord of seasonal produce, from luscious berries, stone fruit, asparagus and root vegetables, to local seafood, lamb, beef and a plethora of artisanal dairy delights. Roadside kiosks sell everything from farm eggs to grandma’s tomato relish, while world-class regional restaurants skim the cream of local crops for innovative tasting menus. Add some of the world’s best cool-climate wines, from Central Otago’s superb pinot noir to Marlborough’s renowned sauvignon blanc, as well as some of the most exciting craft breweries in the country, and you have a recipe for a foodies’ paradise.
With just over a million people scattered across 151,215 sq km, you’ll have no trouble finding your own slice of wilderness on New Zealand’s ‘mainland’. The only problem will be choosing between the sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords that make this island one of the best outdoor destinations on the planet. Lace up your boots and tackle one of the South Island’s six Great Walks, or choose from countless other options ranging from short nature strolls to multiday, backcountry epics. The Department of Conservation’s track and hut network makes it easy to find a way in.
Landscape and Climate
You might think that the North Island and South Island are identical in terms of landscape and climate, but things aren’t quite that simple. While both islands have a significant amount of coastline, farmland, and high terrain, the North and South Island are not identical. However, both islands are breathtaking – which if you know anything about New Zealand, shouldn’t come as a surprise.
In terms of landscape, the North Island is known for its gorgeous coastline and geothermal hotspots. You’ll find incredible beaches in Northland, the Bay of Islands, and around the Coromandel Peninsula, while the central region of the island around Rotorua is known for the hot springs and bubbling mud pools that come with intense geothermal activity. In the island’s south, you’ll find volcanoes around Tongariro National Park. While both islands have beaches, the North Island has more of the traditional white-sand beaches that are perfect for swimming.
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Arrive in to Christchurch
We will pick you up from airport and take to hotel where clients can relax and acclimatise to NZ timezone.
Free day to explore Christchurch. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings
Travel day to Lake Tekapo via Christchurch
A day in Omarama
Free day in Omarama. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings. A major attraction in Omarama is glider flying. You will be able to see 360 degree view of the beauty of the area from a clear canopy at several thousand feet. What better place to experience this in one of the worst best gliding spots.
Trip to Dunedin
A short trip to Dunedin. Along the way we will stop in to the Moeraki Boulders. If weather and tide is suitable you will be able to go down to the boulders themselves.
A day in Invercargill
Travel over to Invercargill after a visit to Larnach Castle.
Heading to Queenstown
Travel day leaving Invercargill via Alexandra to Queenstown
Explore Beautiful Milford Sound
Tour will take a trip round to Milford Sound to enjoy a cruise through the Sound before heading back to Queenstown.
Explore Magnificent Queenstown
Free day to explore Queenstown. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings.
Trip to Hokitika
Head for the West Coast to Hokitika, we'll visit a glacier or two if the weather is good.
Heading to Westport
The West Coast is another of the 3 major gold rush areas on NZ so on our way to Westport we'll head in to Shanty Town which is a recreated 19th century mining town.
Explore Kahurangi, Nelson lakes
Travel between the Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and Victoria Forest Parks to Nelson.
Explore Beautiful Nelson
Free day to explore Nelson. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings.
Leave Nelson for Kaikoura for a famous Kaikoura whale watch cruise.
Back to Wellington
Today enjoy a cruise through the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry to Wellington.
Free day to explore Wellington. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings. We also say farewell to those who are only doing the South Island section and greet newcomers arriving for the North Island Section.
Heading to New Plymouth
Heading via Stratford the group with head past Mt Taranaki, the 2nd highest mountain in the North Island. If weather is good, the mountain looks amazing. The group then continues to New Plymouth.
Heading to Taupo
Today the group heads to Taupo
Explore Amazing Taupo
Head to Napier to Taupo and if weather is good head in to the Huka Falls before departing Taupo.
Beautiful Journey to National Aquarium
Today visit the National aquarium of New Zealand before heading north to Gisborne.
Heading to Rotorua
Enjoy the scenery of the east coast of the North Island as the group heads round the coast before heading over to Rotorua.
Relax in Rotorua
Free day to explore Rotorua. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings.
Trip to Magical Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton
Tour will head out to Tauranga going first to Waitomo Glow worm caves before heading to Matamata to take a tour of Hobbiton. Then the group moves on to Tauranga.
Enjoy Amazing beauty of Coromandel
Today the group will head round the Coromandel coast to Thames.
Trip to Whangarei
Travel up through Auckland heading off to Whangarei.
Enjoy fabulous views of Cape Reinga
Journey up to Cape Reinga, the most northern point in New Zealand that is accessible by road. Then we head back south to Kaitaia.
Trip to Muriwai
Travel day via Muriwai Gannet Colony back down to Auckland.
Explore City of Sails Auckland
Free day to explore Auckland. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings.
Back to Home - Tour ends
Group will be taken to the airport to say farewell.