(Christchurch, via West Coast, Te Anau, Akaroa)
Day 1: Christchurch
Arrive Christchurch Int. Airport you will be met by your driver/guide and transferred to your accommodation where you will have the opportunity to spend the day relaxing. You're first nights dinner arrangements will be pre- organized consisting of Dinner at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve with a Maori Hangi (Dinner) and Culture Performance, as well as a wildlife excursion through the Willowbank reserve. Accommodation: Christchurch
Day 2: Christchurch - Kaikoura - Nelson
The second day of your tour takes you north to Kaikoura, home of the famous whale watching expeditions. (Optional for extra charge)! A whale watch excursion awaits you where you will take a visit to the South Pacific playground of the Sperm Whale, a close up encounter with these magnificent creatures will give you a lifetime of memories, you may even get the opportunity to view wild Dolphins. From Kaikoura we travel north along the rugged coastline of the east coast crossing over to the west coast via Perlorous and Takaka Hills before encroaching on Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand. Accommodation: Able Tasman Coast
Day 3: Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson
Starting from Nelson this will be a day of sheer beauty where you have the opportunity to experience nature up close and at it's best. You will be transported from Nelson to Kaiteriteri the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park; from there you will board the water taxi to Awaroa Bay. A short walk will take you to the Lodge and Café for lunch. After lunch you have the opportunity to explore the native flora and fauna as you take a leisurely walk down to Onetahuti Bay to board the water taxi to Kaiteriteri, and return back to Nelson. Accommodation: Able Tasman Coast
Day 4: Nelson - West Coast
Depart Nelson for the start of your "Wilderness Tour". Your tour takes you deep into the heartland of the south. Your first encounter will be through the Buller Gorge for a short stop over at the Buller D.O.C Centre. A spectacular drive through the Buller Gorge to Westport before continuing on to the jewel of the west coast, Punkaki, Punakaiki is world renown for it's pancake rock formation and blowholes, following this, you will have the opportunity for an insight into the New Zealand pioneering days at Shantytown before reaching your final destination for the day at our west coast accommodation. Accommodation: West Coast
Day 5: West Coast- Haast
As you depart Greymouth the northern gateway to the "Wild West" you will travel through the most prominent glacial regions of the South Islands you will encounter an array of spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook the highest mountain in New Zealand, which peaks at some 370 meters. This day is also filled with photo opportunities as you encounter the fabulous mirror lake, Lake Mathieson, Fox Glacier, and walk to the terminal of the Franz Josef Glacier. You will continue to wind your way through the western slopes of the coastline to the Haast the southern gateway to the "Wild West". Accommodation: West Coast
Day 6: Haast - Queenstown
As you depart the Haast your tour takes you through Mt Aspiring National Park one of two major World Heritage areas this is a vast, glacial sculpted wilderness this is a pleasurable drive that leads you into two of the great southern lakes of the South Island, Lake Wanaka, and Lake Hawea, a brief stopover in Lake Wanaka before embarking over the Crown Range to Queenstown. We take you on a tour into the surrounding areas to Arthur's Point it's on to Coronet Peak for more spectacular views of Queenstown, to your next stop in Arrowtown, a historic colonial village that takes you back into the Gold Mining days of the Otago region. We will take you to your accommodation in Queenstown from where you can take the opportunity to explore the village area. Accommodation: Queenstown
Day 7: Queenstown
Queenstown is the top adventure and activity centre in New Zealand. Most of the cast of Lord of the Rings was based here and major parts movie where filmed in this region. Today we have planed a drive through" Paradise! We drive along Wakatipu. This is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand and used for a favourite location in several Hollywood productions and commercials around the world. Maori passed through this area in their search for pounamu (NZ Jade), but is wasn't until m1862 that settlers arrived in the search for gold. Glenorchy is one of the Gateways to Mt Aspirin National Park covering a large World heritage area. We travel further into the Park along a most pictures river and multiple river arms to a forest glade. The high peak of Mt Ears law and its Glazier is powering over this area. (Recommended Jet boat rite into the Dart River, for extra charge)Accommodation: Queenstown
Day 8: Queenstown - Milford Queenstown
We are heading for the spectacular Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world" and was carved out during successive ice ages and, at its deepest point off Mitre Peak, plunges to a depth of 265 meters. Getting there is half of the experience; we take you through the Fiordland National Park, pass staggeringly beautiful valleys, lakes and creeks. If the time allows we will stop at the" Mirror Lakes", before entering the narrow and dark 1km long Homer Tunnel. We take you on a day cruise into the magnificent wonder-world of the Milford Sound. View the Bowen Falls, hurtling 165 meters into the sea, and the Stirling Falls further down the sound, set amidst the towering cliffs and dwarfed by Mitre Peak. On the way back we take a broad walk into the "Chasm" to see surreal, water-hewn rock sculptures.
Accommodation: Te Anau
Day 9: Te Anau- Omaru
Dunedin is the smallest of the 4 major New Zealand cities and displays a wealth of pioneering history within the city. Wellers Rock for a memorable Wildlife Cruise experience magnificent viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife, which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head; the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world, and home to NZ fur seals, and eight other nesting bird species. There's always a possibility of seeing a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds including other species of albatross, penguins and marine mammals in their natural environment. We take you from Te Anau through our leading fruit growing areas to the Otago Coast and Oamaru. The main Town of North Otago is a pretty town and the best-preserved collection of historic and commercial buildings in New Zealand. We watch by nightfall the Yellow-eyed & Little Blue Penguin colonies, close by.
Day 10: Omaru - Akaroa Peninsula
To the east lie the coastal climes of Timaru while, to the west, Mackenzie Country accounts for a large percent of New Zealand's sheep population. We drive you through Canterbury to the historic French colonial village of Akaroa; only 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. The township is settled around a dormant crater and natural harbour. The French explorers who sailed to Akaroa in 1840 left some indelible imprints throughout township. There are numerous ways to get you up-close and personal with wildlife. You can experience the rare Hector Dolphins, fur seals and cormorant colonies and might have a chance to spot the world smallest "Blue Penguin" on a majestic harbour cruise (optional). Visit New Zealand's own unique Blue Pearl farm. Accommodation: Akaroa Peninsula
Day 11: Akaroa-Christchurch
We take you to the airport on Christchurch to your connecting flight in Auckland!
Today you have free time to relax before departing Christchurch.
If you are departing from Auckland to an international destination once your tour has been completed, you will be required to make reservations for a flight from Queenstown/Christchurch to Auckland. The cost of the flight is additional to your tour package you will need to enquire with your travel agent for your travel arrangements from Christchurch to Auckland to connect with your international flight. You will need to advise if you are departing on an international flight to an international destination from Christchurch.
Included in your tour rate are: 24 hours per day use of your assigned vehicle (including driver/guide, petrol, insurance etc. Your personal guide, all accommodation and breakfast are included. Snacks and refreshments are always available. Dinners are not included unless specified. Fees for listed activities are included. Other activities can be arranged by us, please feel free to make an inquiry. Accommodation can be changed at your request - a final confirmation will be given to you with your booking arrangements.
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