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Welcome to Christchurch
Christchurch is the city of exploration, where urban regeneration and heritage thrive. The city is constantly evolving, always giving locals and visitors something new to explore. Expect street art and innovative projects, a bustling hospitality scene and established green spaces. Christchurch is the newest city in the world, and it's time the world rediscovered its secrets.
The central city is filled with cutting-edge architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. The Avon River intersects the city, bringing a natural landscape to the urban environment.
Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night
Drive to Mackenzie Country
Today head westwards through the Canterbury plains - you will find a superb location for some great photos at Lake Tekapo. Tekapo is one of three significant, neighboring lakes that border the Mackenzie Valley in New Zealand's South Island. Golden tussock grass carpets the surrounding hillside and roll away into the distance where the Southern Alps frame the horizon. The charming 'Church of the Good Shepherd' sits alone on its shores and the views to our highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook are remarkable.
Approximate Distance: 290 kms | 180 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 45 mins
Accommodation: Twizel - 2 nights
Tasman Glacier Adventure - Mt Cook National Park
Tasman Glacier Boat Trip
Experience the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake and its icebergs, in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. A unique guided experience departing Aoraki/Mount Cook village by bus to the beautiful Tasman Valley followed by a 1/2hr gentle alpine walk. Board our MAC boat, and explore the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake, where you will discover the ever-changing ice face of the Glacier and icebergs, making each trip different from the last due to changing winds and currents.
Knowledgeable guides, enhance your experience with their expertise and passion for this amazing alpine environment. Have you ever been alongside, discovered, or touched an iceberg?
Approximate Distance: 65 km | 40 miles Total Driving Time: 44 mins
Drive to Queenstown
Queenstown, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the magnificent Southern Alps, is New Zealand’s most celebrated destination. Offering a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed – from adrenaline activities through to superb golf, gourmet food, and wine tours or romantic hot air ballooning.
Approximate Distance: 255 km | 159 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours
Accommodation: Queenstown - 2 nights
Queenstown at Leisure
This alpine resort town of Queenstown sits on the shore of the crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The surrounding area is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and the natural landscape with wild rivers, high peaks and deep canyons has allowed Queenstown to developed an exciting array of outdoor adventure activities.
Recommended Excursions in Queenstown:
|Highest Bungey Jump||Explore Arrowtown|
|Biking Skippers Canyon||Round at Millbrook Golf Resort|
|Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise||Dart River Jetboat Safari|
Te Anau - Gateway to Fiordland
Te Anau is another area of breathtaking natural beauty, and several key Lord of The Rings movie scenes were filmed amid the unspoiled forests and lakes of this region. Immerse yourselves in the gorgeous surroundings: flight-seeing, fly fishing, kayaking, sailing and horse riding are all on offer and are great ways to get up close to nature.
Approximate Distance: 171 km | 106 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 29 minutes
Accommodation: Te Anau - 2 Nights
Milford Sound Coach, Walk and Cruise
Look for the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain and the Mirror Lakes. The rough-hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. A cruise on Milford Sound will be an essential component of your time in Fiordland. Tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces, and seals are some of the things you’ll remember. An underwater observatory is an option with most cruises.
Then embark on a walk on the Milford Track return from Sandfly Point to giants Gate Falls.
Drive to Wanaka - Fly to Minaret Station (Ranch)
Minaret Station operates New Zealand's first and finest luxurious Alpine Lodge set at the head of a picturesque glacial valley near Wanaka within the untouched landscapes and beauty of the Southern Alps - this unique property is reached by helicopter.
With premium mountain experience providing guests the opportunity of exploring the wilderness of New Zealand's South Island through many unique products including heli-adventures, guided fishing, hiking and other alpine activities. Minaret Station is also a working high country farm, home to deer, sheep and cattle raised for supply to premium export and domestic markets.
Approximate Distance: 226 km | 140 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 47 minutes
Accommodation: Wanaka Back Country - 2 Nights
Minaret Lodge at leisure
Minaret Station’s many Heli-Adventure experiences allow guests to discover otherwise inaccessible wilderness areas of the Southern Alps and Mt Aspiring National Park.
Backcountry Adventures at Minaret Station
The wide range of adventures on offer from Minaret Station ensures that there is something special for everyone from families to honeymooners. Discerning hunters and anglers are spoiled for trophy opportunities — though you may struggle to keep your eyes on the target instead of the dramatic mountain scenery.
The Station's pilots can take you heli-hiking, heli-skiing, heli-picnics, heli mountain-biking... you name it, they can probably helicopter you to it!
Some suggested activities and outings.
Guided Heli Skiing Guided Mountain Biking
Guided Heli Hiking Guided Hunting
Guided Farm Tour
Wanaka on to Glacier Country
Following the road to Cromwell, the fabulous scenery keeps on coming and during the stone fruit season, you can pick up bags of delicious cherries, apricots, and nectarines at any of the roadside stalls.
For a slice of paradise, drive past a trio of fantastic lakes including Lake Dunstan, Hawea, and Wanaka before traversing the Haast Pass where the Thunder Creek Falls makes for some more great photos. A short stroll amongst emerald rainforest refreshes prior to your arrival at Franz Josef - the world's most accessible glacier.
Approximate Distance: 350 km | 217 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hours 55 mins
Accommodation: Franz Josef - 2 Nights
Franz Josef Heli Hike
Simply the ultimate Glacier experience! Take in the Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter before descending onto the ice itself for an adventure like no other. From the crevasses and ice caves to the splendour of the clean blue ice, immerse yourself in the unique surroundings and touch the ice, breath the fresh air and enjoy one of the world's most exhilarating experiences.
Franz Josef Glacier is 12km (7.45mi) long and fed by a massive 20 square km (7.7 sq mi) snowfield at the top of the Southern Alps. It features ice pinnacles as high as multi-story buildings, deep crevasses and stunning, pristine blue ice. It's all on show and the most dynamic glacier in New Zealand is accessible to you via one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world.
Tranz Alpine Train Journey
Travel to Greymouth where you leave your rental car and board the TranzAlpine. This rail journey is truly something special. Ranked among the world’s top 6 train journeys, these tracks flow through some of New Zealand's most splendid countryside from the Southern Alps to Christchurch. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see natural grandeur on such a scale.
Approximate Distance: 173 kms | 107 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 25 mins
Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 night
"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!
We take care of your transfer to Christchurch Airport where you will board your onward flight, taking with you the magical memories of a truly exceptional New Zealand holiday.
Some suggested activities if you have time
|Easygoing Cycling Tour||Punting the Avon River||Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise|
|Māori Cultural Evening||French Akaroa Tour||Southern Alps Ballooning|
|Christchurch Gondola||Clearwater Golf||Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike|