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Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

‘Haere Mai’ … welcome to New Zealand. Now you can relax - you are officially on holiday. Everything has been taken care of, we will meet you at the airport.

We’ve chosen the best bits for this South Island tour and cleverly squeezed them into eight unforgettable days, packing as much joy as possible into your Pure South trip without rushing. And it all starts today!

After meeting your guides and fellow travellers in Queenstown, you’ll embark on your long-awaited New Zealand adventure.

Hike the Kepler Track

The Kepler Track is renowned for its vivid green moss, native beech forest, and stunning mountain ranges. We’ll walk the section from Rainbow Reach up to Moturau Hut. Following the Waiau River through beech forest and wetlands until we emerge out onto the spectacular viewpoint at the lakeside Moturau Hut. Cast your eyes out over beautiful Lake Manapouri, framed against a backdrop of Fiordland peaks. What a way to welcome you to New Zealand! Afterwards, we’ll head to our accommodation in Te Anau for a delicious home-cooked meal and the chance to rest up before tomorrow’s adventures.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Te Anau - 2 Nights


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Cruise Milford Sound & hike the Routeburn Track

It’s time to rise and shine for your first full day of activities. We’ll head straight to Milford Sound for a beautiful morning cruise. After our relaxing morning on the water, it’s time to take on the Routeburn Track to Key Summit before ending the day back at your accommodation in Te Anau.

Cruise Milford Sound

This morning, we’ll head to Milford Sound for our scenic boat trip. Enjoy the crisp, fresh air and feel your everyday anxieties slip away as the tranquillity of the fiord washes over you. Have your cameras ready as you snap reels of photos of cascading waterfalls, towering peaks and native wildlife in action. Eventually, we’ll cruise back to dock to discover Fiordland National Park on foot, with a hike on part of the Routeburn Track.

Hike the Routeburn Track to Key Summit

Once back on dry land, we’ll head deeper in Fiordland’s wilderness for a heart-pumping hike on the world famous Routeburn Track up to Key Summit. A well-formed track leads us through lush beech forest and past tall tree ferns, with velvety mosses blanketing the rich earth underfoot. Native birdsong provides a beautiful soundtrack to our walk and as we climb higher, views of the Darran Mountains and Hollyford Valley stretch out beneath us providing a fitting reward for our efforts. You’ll sleep soundly tonight in your lakefront accommodation in Te Anau.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


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BIKE Central Otago & EXPLORE Lake WANAKA

Today you will leave the Fiordland and head for the arid high country lakes of Central Otago.

Explore some of the best bits on two wheels outside of Queenstown. We'll be fitted with bikes and gear in Arrowtown, an old gold mining town with rich Chinese mining history, then following the Kawarau River out towards the Gibbston Valley vineyards and the world’s first commercial bungy bridge before continuing to the mountain resort town of Wanaka.

Tonight you will stay in Makarora, at the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Makarora - 1 Night

The Makarora 'A' Frame Chalets are scattered amongst the bush offering privacy and seclusion with nature walks nearby, wonderful bird life and amazing mountain scenery. The accommodation is basic but clean and tucked in under Mt Shrimpton, the chalets border the Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Makarora will appeal to those who appreciate joyous bird song, mountain spring water, being able to feel you can reach up and touch the stars at night, search for glow worms and listen to the rain on an iron roof. Your stay will really be something to remember.
The Makarora 'A' Frame Chalets

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SCENIC FLIGHT, HIKE & WILDERNESS JET BOAT

An amazing experience is waiting for you today! First fly deep into Mt Aspiring National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and get dropped off for an unforgettable picnic with views that will blow you away and a taste of what it feels like to be in the wilderness. After hiking down to the river a jet boat will be waiting for you and will bring you to a comfortable bed in Wanaka

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Wanaka - 1 Night

Accommodation:

Situated on the lake shores, a stroll across the lawn will have you gazing across Lake Wanaka to the spectacular Southern Alps. Choose between one bedroom suites, studios and two bedroom apartments. Savour the lakeside atmosphere while you are treated to a fresh and contemporary menu in Sargoods Restaurant and Wineglass Cafe.

The Edgewater Resort Lake Wanaka

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HIKE OR BIKE WANAKA - AORAKI/MOUNT COOK

If you are feeling active, you will be able to do an early morning hike up Rocky Mountain to get the heart pumping. If you prefer a more relaxed activity, you will have the possibility to do a self-guided walk on a track leaving from the accommodation. If you feel more like exploring this area by bike, your tour guide can organise a bike for a self-guided ride on the easygoing Hawea to Wanaka track around the lake.

This afternoon, we will continue to the Mackenzie Country, where you will stay at the foot of New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook, for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Mount Cook - 2 Nights

Accommodation:
Situated in the iconic Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, Mt Cook Lodge & Motels offers a selection of accommodation types from backpacker styled dorms, cosy chalets to newly refurbished and contemporary self-contained motel units. All rooms include ensuite bathrooms, quality linen, refridgerator and a patio or balcony so you can soak up the stunning mountain views. Chill out in the Chamois Bar & Grill, a favourite of travelers and locals alike.
Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

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AORAKI/MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK - FREE DAY

Mount Cook National Park is home to not only its namesake – our highest and most sacred peak known as “the Cloud Piercer” to Māori looming at 3,724 metres (over 12,000 feet) – but 19 peaks in total over 3,000 metres. This rugged land of rock and ice is a hiker’s paradise, and you have several experiences to choose from today, including a chance to get up close to some icebergs on a glacier boat trip or even walk on the ice on a glacier heli-hike (both these options are at additional cost). There is plenty to do and see in this area. 

OPTIONS FOR TODAY...

1) Hike to Mueller Ridge (Challenge) The most challenging option is a hike up to Mueller Hut via Mueller Ridge for some spectacular alpine views. It's a steady and steep climb on a well-built track but the views are worth every drop of sweat, even by South Island standards.

2) Walk the Hooker Valley Track: This is one of the South Island's most popular trails in glacier country. When you look down from the impressive swing bridges down to the rushing river below that leads you all the way to an alpine lake complete with icebergs, you'll understand why. For flower lovers, the Hooker Valley is one of the best places to see Mount Cook lilies in season.

3) Free time around Mt Cook Village: Today is a great opportunity to explore on your own. Visit the museum and planetarium in the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, take some short walks or just soak in the views with a coffee and a book.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


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BIKE ALPS TO OCEAN TRACK & EXPLORE AKAROA

After waking up to the astonishing views of Mount Cook and the surrounding mountains it is time to start the trail. The spectacular views of a glacially-fed braided river and the mountains will certainly leave you breathless.

From Tasman Point the track is rough in places and includes several creek crossings. On a clear day it will offer fantastic views of Mount Cook which towers above the other snow washed peaks in the Mount Cook National Park. The trail continues along a quiet country road that follows the eastern shore of Lake Pukaki. You will have exceptional views across Lake Pukaki towards the Southern Alps. Also a wide range of native plants are to be spotted along the lake edge like the kowhai and flax. This is most certainly one of the most beautiful parts of the track.

Then it's on to Akaroa, a historic French settlement on a quiet harbour, for our last night together. Towering mountains give way to fertile farm land and eventually the sheltered Akaroa harbour, as we make our way east today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akaroa - 1 Night

Accommodation:
La Rochelle Motel is a Relaxing Akaroa family owned motel complex built for the discerning traveller. La Rochelle Motel is located in Akaroa Village and is close to a choice of restaurants, bars and cafés, and is just a 15-minute walk along the waterfront from Akaroa’s main shopping area. All rooms have free wireless broadband (Wi-Fi) access as well as LCD TV, DVD player and iPod dock or bluetooth speakers.
Akaroa

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AKAROA DOLPHIN SWIM - CHRISTCHURCH

A unique NZ’ adventure is on the program this morning. You will get the chance to get up close to very rare Hector’s dolphins, the smallest and rarest marine dolphins in the world. An unforgettable experience you will keep in mind your whole life!

In the afternoon you will head back to Christchurch. It is unfortunately time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!


NOTES

Tour Inclusions

  • Comfortable Kiwi-Style Lodging (as per itinerary)
  • 2 Professional local guides
  • Ground Transportation
  • Snacks & 22 meals
  • Overnight Cruise Milford Sound
  • Sea Kayak Milford Sound
  • Routeburn Track
  • Scenic Flight into Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Wilderness Jet Boat
  • Akaroa Dolphin Swim

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