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9-Day New Zealand South Island Adventurer Private Tour from Christchurch

Tour Code: 084-2286
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9 Days 8 Nights

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Highlights: 8 night accommodations. Welcome to New Zealand’s South Island, dubbed by many as a Paradise on Earth. 9-day adventure you can expect to see mountains, glaciers, turquoise coloured lakes, waterfalls, beaches and stunning native rainforests.

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    Day 1

    Christchurch (12 km)

    Today guests will arrive and be welcomed to New Zealand by a tour guide, and transferred to accommodations in Christchurch. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a city tour around Christchurch. The tour includes a visit to The Sign of the Kiwi, Botanic Gardens, and a drive around the bays of Lyttleton. In the evening, guests will enjoy a welcome dinner.
    • Christchurch, NZD

      The largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is an urban center in the Canterbury region. Nicknamed the Garden City, Christchurch is known for its Anglican cathedral, arts, museums, and as being a gateway for Antarctic expeditions.

      The Sign of the Kiwi

      Located on the road between Christchurch and Governors Bay, the Sign of the Kiwi is a small cafe and shop originally built in 1916 by Parliament member Harry Ell. Originally called Toll House, this historic site is popular among tourists.

      Botanic Gardens

      Experience a collection of exotic and local plants like no other at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. An ideal locale for bird watching, this 52 acre garden has flowers from around the globe, including orchids, carnivorous plants, and over 250 varieties of roses, and is located along Christchurch's Avon River.
    Standard Hotel: William's Hotel Christchurch
    Deluxe Hotel: Silver: Copthorne Commodore Hotel Christchurch / Gold: George Hotel Christchurch
    Day 2

    Christchurch - Hokitika (246 km)

    Today we leave the city of Christchurch and head west via Arthur's Pass. Here we will travel on the Tranz Alpine train through the Southern Alps. If time permits, we will take short forest walks. We will stay overnight in Hokitika.
    • Christchurch, NZD

      The largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is an urban center in the Canterbury region. Nicknamed the Garden City, Christchurch is known for its Anglican cathedral, arts, museums, and as being a gateway for Antarctic expeditions.

      Tranz Alpine

      Regarded as one of the world's greatest train journeys, the TranzAlpine is a passenger train like no other. Guests can travel 139 miles, beginning in Christchurch, and experience scenic views, tunnels, and viaducts of the Southern Alps during an unforgettable excursion.

      Duration: Approx. 4 Hours 25 Minutes

    • Arthur's Pass, NZD

      Located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, Arthur's Pass is one of three mountain passes in the Southern Alps. Named after Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson, in 1864, visitors can enjoy vistas and Dobson's memorial from an elevation of 920 meters.
    • Hokitika, NZD

      Once the center of the West Coast Gold Rush, Hokitika is a rural township whose major industries include greenstone and a growing ecotourism economy. On a clear day, visitors can see the stunning views of Mount Cook.
    Standard Hotel: Jade Court Motel Hokitika
    Deluxe Hotel: Silver: Beachfront Hotel Hokitika / Gold: Station?s Inn Hokitika
    Day 3

    Hokitika - Franz Josef Glacier (134 km)

    Today we will head south to the Franz Josef Glacier. In the afternoon, guests will have the option of taking a half-day, guided walk on the glacier or a helicopter flight with a landing at the top of the glacier. In the evening, guests can unwind and soak in the glacier hot pools.
    • Franz Josef Glacier, NZD

      The Franz Josef Glacier is a 12 meter (7.5 mile) long glacier that attracts upwards of 250,000 annual visitors. Guests can enjoy guided 1-2 hour hikes or helicopter tours exploring numerous ice falls, snow frosted mountain peaks, and spectacular views.

      Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Tour

    Standard Hotel: Rainforest Retreat Franz Josef Motel
    Deluxe Hotel: Silver: Punga Grove Motel Franz Josef / Gold: Franz Josef Scenic Circle Hotel
    Day 4

    Franz Josef Glacier - Wanaka (286 km)

    Today we journey over the Haast Pass to Wanaka. The afternoon will include hiking through this scenic location. While en route we will visit Lake Matheson and see Mount Cook. Guests will overnight in Wanaka and have an opportunity to see the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka.
    • Wanaka, NZD

      Located in the Otago region, Wanaka is a popular resort town that attracts tourists all year round. From cross-country skiing to water skiing, Wanaka offers endless outdoor activities no matter the season, as well as gorgeous views of mountain ranges, lakes, and more.

      Lake Wanaka

      Located at the heart of Wanaka, Lake Wanaka is situated in a glacier basin and spans an area of 72 square miles. Ideal for adventure tourism, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter.
    Standard Hotel: Bella Vista Motel Wanaka
    Deluxe Hotel: Silver: The Moorings Apartments Wanaka / Gold: Edgewater Resort Wanaka
    Day 5

    Wanaka - Queenstown (74 km)

    Today we will have the morning to explore Wanaka. For those who are feeling adventurous, we can take a walk up Mount Iron to enjoy views of Mount Aspiring National Park and Lake Wanaka. Other options include a visit to Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World or kayaking on the lake. In the afternoon, we will drive over The Crown Range to Arrowtown. From there, we will arrive in Queenstown where we will stay for 2 nights.
    • Wanaka, NZD

      Located in the Otago region, Wanaka is a popular resort town that attracts tourists all year round. From cross-country skiing to water skiing, Wanaka offers endless outdoor activities no matter the season, as well as gorgeous views of mountain ranges, lakes, and more.

      Mount Iron

      An ideal vantage point that offers outstanding views of surrounding valleys, peaks, rivers, and Lake Wanaka, Mount Iron is a landmark in the Otago region. Visitors can enjoy hiking, horse-treks, and more.

      Mount Aspiring National Park

      Established in 1964, Mount Aspiring National Park is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Visitors enjoy popular hiking circuits throughout the park and experience the natural beauty of the area, located at the southern end of the Southern Alps.

      Puzzling World

      Originally designed as a super maze in 1973, Puzzle World has expanded into a unique attraction featuring bizarre buildings, optical illusions and exhibits, and perception challenges that are as fun as they are baffling. Experience architecture, art, games, and more.

      Lake Wanaka

      Located at the heart of Wanaka, Lake Wanaka is situated in a glacier basin and spans an area of 72 square miles. Ideal for adventure tourism, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter.
    • Arrowtown, NZD

      Once a key town in the Central Otago Gold Rush and home to the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown has a rich, unique history. A popular tourist destination, guests can also explore historic buildings as well as resorts, golf courses, boutiques and restaurants.

      Crown Range

      Between Wanaka and Queenstown is the Crown Range and the highest main road in New Zealand. With an altitude of 1,121 meters, the Crown Range Road makes for a scenic and memorable journey between these popular locations.
    Standard Hotel: Millenium Hotel Queenstown
    Deluxe Hotel: Silver: Queenstown Heritage Hotel / Gold: Rees Luxury Apartments Queenstown
    Day 6

    Queenstown

    Today guests will enjoy a free-day to explore all Queenstown has to offer. Adventurous guests can enjoy skydiving, bungy-jumping, paragliding, and white water rafting. Those who prefer a more relaxing day can cruise the TSS Earnslaw Steam Ship or walk along Lake Wakitipu.
    • Queenstown, NZD

      Located in the South Island of New Zealand along Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an urban, resort town popularized for its adventure tourism, which includes snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and paragliding. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy also features locations from Queenstown and surrounding locations.

      TSS Earnslaw

      Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw steamship is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the Otago region of New Zealand. Despite being over 100 years old, visitors can board the ship and traverse Lake Wakatipu from Queensland to Peak High Country.

      Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

      Lake Wakitipu

      Measuring 50 miles long, Lake Wakitipu is New Zealand's longest lake. An inland lake, located in the Otago region, Wakitipu is surrounded by the astounding mountain ranges and is also an ideal location for bird watching and outdoor recreation.
    Standard Hotel: Millenium Hotel Queenstown
    Deluxe Hotel: Silver: Queenstown Heritage Hotel / Gold: Rees Luxury Apartments Queenstown
    Day 7

    Queenstown - Lake Tekapo (255 km)

    Today we will leave Queenstown in the Central Otago District and travel through Kawarau Gorge and Cromwell where we will stop at a local fruit shop for ice cream and New Zealand's famous manuka honey products. Next we will cross the Lindis Pass to Mackenzie Country. Weather permitting, we will take a short walk at the foot of Mount Cook. Tonight guests will stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo.
    • Queenstown, NZD

      Located in the South Island of New Zealand along Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an urban, resort town popularized for its adventure tourism, which includes snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and paragliding. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy also features locations from Queenstown and surrounding locations.

      Kawarau Gorge

      Located between Queenstown and Cromwell, the Kawarau River's turquoise water flows through the Kawarau Gorge. Visitors often cross the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge for breathtaking views of surrounding mountain ranges and also enjoy a wide range of recreational activities.
    • Cromwell, NZD

      Nicknamed the Fruit Bowl of the South, the historic town of Cromwell was known for gold mining and stone fruit production. Guests can experience the picturesque quality of this historic town and visit Clyde Dam, Kararau Gorge, Lake Dunstan, and more.

      Lindis Pass

      At an altitude of 971 meters above sea level, the Lindis Pass connects the central Otago region to the Mackenzie Basin. Although a beautiful drive, visitors may also walk, mountain bike, and horse-back ride to the Lindis River.
    • Lake Tekapo Township, NZD

      Located near the Mackenzie Basin, the Lake Tekapo Township is a small community surrounded mountain ranges, lakes and natural beauty. It is also home to Mount John University Observatory, the Church of the Good Shepherd, Waitaki Dam, and more.

      Mackenzie Country

      Mackenzie Country, comprised of glacial lakes and snowy mountain peaks, offers visitors natural beauty and recreation. This pristine environment is a premiere location for film and television production, including The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

      Mount Cook National Park

      Mount Cook, locally known as Aoraki, is the highest mountain in New Zealand measuring 12,218 feet tall. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Cook is a beautiful, diverse location like no other. Enjoy exploring peaks, valleys, lakes, forests, and more.

      Lake Tekapo

      Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau).
    Standard Hotel: Godley Hotel Lake Tekapo
    Deluxe Hotel: Silver: Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort Hotel / Gold: Peppers Blue Water Resort Lake Tekapo
    Day 8

    Lake Tekapo - Christchurch (240 km)

    Weather permitting, guests may take a one-hour Mount Cook Helicopter Tour or take a short walk in the area to take photos and admire the scenery. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Christchurch and enjoy a farewell dinner together in the evening.
    • Mount Cook National Park, NZD

      Mount Cook, locally known as Aoraki, is the highest mountain in New Zealand measuring 12,218 feet tall. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Cook is a beautiful, diverse location like no other. Enjoy exploring peaks, valleys, lakes, forests, and more.

      Mount Cook Helicopter Tour

      Admire the beauty and scale of New Zealand's largest mountain, Mount Cook, from the sky with a helicopter tour. Locally known as Aoraki, guests learn about the mountain's cultural and historical importance from knowledgeable pilots while admiring the grandeur of the Southern Alps.

      Duration: 20 Minutes to 1 Hour

    Standard Hotel: William?s Hotel Christchurch
    Deluxe Hotel: Silver: Copthorne Commodore Hotel Christchurch / Gold: George Hotel Christchurch
    Day 9

    Christchurch

    Today guests will depart from Christchurch. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
    • Price Includes

    • 8 nights hotel accommodation
    • All airport transfers
    • Breakfast cooked daily or continental
    • Entrance admission fees to Glacier Hot Pools, Franz Josef Glacier
    • Train Journey on Tranz-Alpine from Christchurch-Arthurs Pass
    • City tour in Christchurch
    • Air-conditioned coach vehicle fleet during the tour
    • Fully guided tour
    • Price Excludes

    • Airfare
    • Travel insurance
    • Laundry, valet, telephone calls, excess baggage, minibar expenses, wine and liquor other than that specified.
    • All other private expenses
    • Gratuities to tour guide (minimum NZD 6 per person, per day)
    • Additional Note

    • Airport pick-up: Please provide arrival/return flight schedules at the time of booking or at least 3 business days prior departure; otherwise, you are required to proceed to the hotel at your own expense. In case of flight delay of more than 30 minutes, please proceed to the hotel at your own expense.
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    • While we will make every effort to maintain a regular operation, we reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip and issue a full refund to affected customers under special circumstances.
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