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Welcome to Christchurch
After you settle in, why not step back to Edwardian times with a relaxing punting trip down the Avon River? It's a wonderful introduction to the city. Gliding gently along in a flat-bottomed boat, you will take in Christchurch's 'must-see' historic attractions and botanic gardens away from the hustle and bustle of the streets.
Some Suggested Activities to Help you to get to Know the Region
|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|
Accommodation Christchurch - 2 Nights
Classic Tramway Tour of Christchurch
Hop onboard one of Christchurch’s heritage trams to explore the city from a unique vantage point. The Christchurch tramway weaves through the city, down streets closed to other vehicles, and past some of the city’s key attractions such as the iconic Re: START Mall, Cathedral Junction, the Avon River, Gothic-style Arts Centre, and New Zealand’s most beautiful street – New Regent Street.
The TranzAlpine train to the West Coast
TranzAlpine Scenic Rail Journey is renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world, you will descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Greymouth.
In Greymouth collect your rental car and travel to Franz Josef, you might like to pause in Hokitika for a spot of shopping - this town is home to many artisan carvers of the local pounamu (greenstone), which is sacred to Maori. A unique, locally carved greenstone pendant would be a special way to remember your trip.
Approximate Distance: 170 kms | 105 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 10 mins
Accommodation: Franz Josef - 2 nights
Helicopter flight Seeing of the Twin Glaciers
You have the day relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Glacier Country. The Franz Josef Glacier tumbles down from the Southern Alps almost to the sea, its ancient icy faces contrasting spectacularly with the surrounding rainforests. Today take a scenic helicopter trip up to view both Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
Franz Josef to Wanaka over the Haast Pass
Continue your journey and travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Discover the rich alpine rainforest, as you journey through this historic region. Behind the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. After this breathtaking drive you will arrive in the lakeside city of Wanaka, where you will stay for the next two nights.
Approximate Distance: 285 kms | 177 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Accommodation: Wanaka - 2 Nights
Lake Mou Waho Tour - a lake on an island
A compelling mix of spectacular alpine scenery, fine food and wine and boutique shopping, the lakeside resort town of Wanaka is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most wild and beautiful places. On the doorstep of the very 'Inspiring' Mount Aspiring National Park, Spectacular walks & hikes, skiing, water sports and boating options are available here delight those passionate about the outdoors. Wanaka is a destination that’s charming in all seasons.
Today visit a lake on an island on a lake on an island. Take a trip to Lake Mou Waho! See the Lake on the top of an Island on your walk to the top of the island! Stunning 360 degree views. Meet the Wekas and help us plant a tree on Mou Waho island to enhance our beautiful backyard. A half day tour with refreshments supplied.
Wanaka to Queenstown
Today you will make your way from Wanaka to Queenstown. Travelling through the Crown Range, there will be a possibility to enjoy some unique views en route. There is a bounty of vineyards, cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the wider district of Queenstown, Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley.
You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Queenstown and part of its charm is the array of less hectic quality activities on offer – but if interested Queenstown is home to the ultimate adventure bucket list!
Approximate Distance: 69 kms | 43 miles Total Driving Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Accommodation: Queenstown - 3 Nights
Walter Peak Farm & Steamboat Cruise
Full Steam Ahead
All aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw this old coal-fired beauty has been ferrying passengers around the lake for over a 100 years. Kids find the experience fascinating and love watching the stokers at work in the engine room and seeing the glowing fireboxes.
On arrival at Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu, you will get a real taste for rural New Zealand. Kids can pet and feed the lambs (during Spring - Oct to December) and other farmyard animals, watch the sheepdog's round-up a flock of sheep and see a shearing demonstration. The high country air works up a healthy appetite, so the trip includes morning or afternoon tea with fresh scones with jam.
Queenstown at Leisure
A full day for you to enjoy Queenstown and its surrounds.
Adrenalin junkies, we can arrange virtually any activity you can think of from a bungy jump into Kawarau Gorge, a swing across Shotover Canyon, or a skydive into Paradise.
For a more peaceful day, there are beautiful drives in the local area. Head to historic Arrowtown for quaint streetscapes and leafy views. Or drive to Glenorchy for a horseback ride through Lord of The Rings country. You could explore local wineries, cheese-eries and orchards by car or by bike.
The options are endless: chat to our travel specialists for more great suggestions for your perfect Queenstown day.
Recommended excursions in and arouns Queenstown
|Routeburn Day Walk||Highest Bungey Jump||Explore Arrowtown|
|Biking Skippers Canyon||Round at Millbrook Golf Resort|
|Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise||Dart River Jetboat Safari|
Overnight Cruise on Doubtful Sound
Drive to Manapouri this morning for a very special overnight cruise in one of New Zealand's most remote and beautiful wilderness areas: Doubtful Sound.
Arriving at Deep Cove, board your overnight cruise vessel for a leisurely exploration of Doubtful Sound. Enjoy stunning views of waterfalls, abundant wildlife, rainforest and mountains with detailed commentary from the on-board nature guide.
With kayaking and coastline excursions available you can immerse yourselves in these magical surroundings before you anchor overnight in one of Doubtful Sound’s hidden arms. Enjoy a delicious three course meal in the saloon before curling up in your comfortable ensuite cabin, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Approximate Distance: 170 kms | 110 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 10 mins
Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator Doubtful Sound - 1 Night
Return from Cruise Travel to Te Anau
After a hearty breakfast, cruise back to Deep Cove. Try to spot bottle nose dolphins patrolling the fiord, or New Zealand Fur Seals basking on sun-warmed rocks. You may even catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.
After stepping ashore, drive to Te Anau, another area of outstanding natural beauty, and several key Lord of The Rings movie scenes were filmed amid the unspoiled forests and lakes of this region. Some of the most famous New Zealand Great Walks trails begin nearby, such as the Milford, Routeburn, and Kepler Tracks.
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: 20 kms | 110 miles Total Driving Time: 20 mins
Accommodation: Te Anau - 2 Nights
Visit Te Anau Glowworm Caves
We highly recommend a visit to one of Te Anau's top attractions - the recently discovered and wonderful Te Anau Glowworm Caves.
The trip starts with an informative boat cruise across Lake Te Anau to the western shore. Upon arrival you will be met by the friendly, knowledgeable guides who will accompany you underground. As the darkness and silence descends, your senses will be overwhelmed by a glowworm galaxy as stunning as any Southern night sky.
Travel to Bluff, ferry to Stewart Island
Today head down to the most southern town in New Zealand called Bluff, here you will board the ferry ride across Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island.
It seems almost a cliché to call it one of New Zealand's best-kept secrets. With few travellers aware of its unspoiled tranquillity, it probably deserves this label more than anywhere in the country.
Only 1% of the island is inhabited - the rest belongs to natural native bush, exquisite white-sand beaches, bird sanctuaries, and rugged mountains. After only a few hours in this remote paradise the rest of the world melts away, and you'll quickly find yourself adopting the laid-back demeanour of the locals.
Approximate Distance: 180 kms | 110 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 30 mins
Accommodation: Stewart Island - 3 Nights
Ulva Island Guided Walk & Eco Tour
First take a brief boat trip over the open ocean to Ulva Island. Your guide will lead you through lush primeval forest along well maintained walking tracks for an amazing insight into the natural history, stunning bird and plant life in the southern-most bird sanctuary in the world. The walking pace is dictated by the birds! Stewart Island Weka, South Island Saddleback, Tomtit, Rifleman, Stewart Island Robin, Brown Creeper, Tui, Kaka, Fantail, NZ Pigeon, Parakeet (yellow and red-crowned), Bellbird and Yellowhead - with plenty of stops for photographs!
Evening Kiwi Spotting on Stewart Island
Ulva's Guided Walks has exclusive rights to operate their evening Kiwi Spotting tours at Mamaku Point Conservation Reserve on Stewart Island. Once the sun has set, as there is little or no light pollution at Mamaku Point we often enjoy the spectacular night sky in the company of kiwi snuffling and feeding nearby. At certain times of the year penguins and petrels can be heard, and most evenings the distinctive two-tone Morepork calls resound around the forest.
Ferry to Bluff, drive to Dunedin
Back on the mainland, before you leave Bluff make sure to pick up some Bluff Oysters - world famous in New Zealand as the most delicious in the world! You will make your way inland travelling through rural landscapes made up of sheep and dairy farms to the town of Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city. Dunedin is home to New Zealand's oldest and largest University campus - so expect to see lots of young people heading to and from lectures. With gothic architecture this Southern City has plenty to enjoy - the cafe culture is also on fleek.
Approximate Distance: 228 kms | 9140miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours
Accommodation: Dunedin - 2 Nights
Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise
Today cruise the length of the Otago Harbour. Experience an unforgettable half day cruise and peninsula tour and explore Careys Bay historic fishing village, Port Chalmers’ busy wharves and the harbour’s beautiful bays, hills, farmland and forest. Enjoy Monarch’s fascinating Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head and the surrounding coastline of dramatic cliffs. Watch the NZ Furseals play and swim near their breeding colonies, out at sea you can spot rarely seen ocean birds including other albatross species and petrels, and you may see penguins, dolphins and other marine mammals.
Dunedin to Mt Cook via Oamaru
Rejoining the coast road, it's time to head north to Twizel There are some wonderful spots to visit along the coast, so it's worth taking your time today.
Don't miss the Moeraki Boulders dotted across Koekohe Beach. These 65-million-year-old natural wonders are up to two metres tall! Why not visit the past with a stop in Oamaru? Stroll through the Victorian Precinct here, with splendid nineteenth-century whitestone buildings housing galleries and speciality stores, including a Victorian sweet shop.
Approximate Distance: 295 kms | 183 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 35 mins
Accommodation: Mt Cook - 2 Nights
Tasman Glacier by Boat
Mount Cook National Park - A Fantasy Land of Ice and Rock. Mt Cook National Park, known for its exquisite alpine beauty and is home to the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mt Cook. Its Maori name, ‘Aoraki’ means ‘cloud piercer’ and at 12,016ft (3,755m) it towers above the surrounding snow-covered peaks in the park. this afternoon take part in a unique guided experience to get along side an iceberg!. Transfer by bus to the beautiful Tasman Valley for a short walk before boarding a MAC boat to explore the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Mt Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo
Today continue your journey to Christchurch. You will pass by the charming 'Church of the Good Shepherd', which sits alone on its shores and the views to our highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook are remarkable. After enjoying these amazing sceneries you will continue to your final destination of the day - Christchurch.
Approximate Distance: 334 kms | 207 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hours 25 Minutes
Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night
Christchurch to Kaikoura
Head inland towards the rural Canterbury Plains on your way to Kaikoura the Serengeti of the Ocean. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the snow clad Southern Alps on the other - the peninsula of Kaikoura is as pretty as a postcard. The Pelagic bird life is wild and the deep waters of the trench off the coast are home to whales, dolphins and seals. Also famed for crayfish which can be purchased locally.
Approximate Distance: 182 kms | 113 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 34 mins
Accommodation: Kaikoura - 2 nights
Whale Watching Kaikoura
Kaikoura's most famous residents are the many whales and dolphins who feast on the abundant seafood in its waters. Sperm whales visit year-round, while the mighty humpback is a regular visitor in June and July.
Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour
Enjoy spotting them as they breach the surface, spouting seawater from their blowholes before diving in search of tasty squid.End your unforgettable day with freshly caught crayfish at one of Kaikoura's cozy eateries, enjoying one of the glorious sunsets this region is famous for.
Suggested Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura
|Whale Watching Cruise||Swim with the Seals in Kaikoura|
|Whale Watching Flight Kaikoura||Dusky Dolphin Viewing or Swimming|
|Kayaking with Fur Seals||Albatross & Pelagic Bird Watching Kaikoura|
Kaikoura to Nelson
Your drive from Kaikoura to Nelson - takes you through the wine country of Marlborough, one of New Zealand's award-winning wine regions. Feel free to pick up some world-renowned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir along the way! There is wonderful local produce too - such as honey, cheese and salmon - perfect for a gourmet picnic lunch.
Approximate Distance: 274 km | 170 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hours
Accommodation: Nelson - 3 Nights
Free Day in the Tasman district
Receiving some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand, the Nelson district it the perfect destination to visit year round. Located in the North-West corner of New Zealand, the Nelson region is surrounded by sheltered mountain ranges, golden beaches, national parks and boutique wineries and breweries. From Nelson, it’s easy to access any of three distinctly different National Parks.
Take a drive to Mapua wharf and browse the arts and crafts - making time to have lunch on the wharf at the Jellyfish restaurant.
Cruise & Walk Abel Tasman National Park
Today you have a choice of a full Scenic Cruise or a cruise and walk from Marahau along the stunning Abel Tasman coastline. Abel Tasman National Park is our country's smallest national park. It protects 23,000 hectares of the most natural stretch of easily accessible coastline in New Zealand. The coastline is characterised by islands just offshore, sheltered waters, estuaries and golden, sandy beaches. Lie on a beach, or even go for a swim if the weather is warm. The park is sheltered from ocean swells, and enjoys a mild climate. After your cruise or walk we return to Nelson.
Interisland Cruise to Wellington
Embraced by a natural amphitheatre of ocean and hill, Wellington merges big city culture with small town charm. A lively energy pulses through what is celebrated as New Zealand’s arts, film, coffee, culinary, craft beer, events and political capital.
Wellington is also known as a socially and environmentally conscious city. Declared nuclear weapon free over 30 years ago in 1982, it was also the first capital city in the southern hemisphere to gain Fair Trade status, and is home to the world-leading Zealandia sanctuary.
Approximate Distance: 135 kms | 84 miles Total Driving Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Accommodation: Wellington - 2 Nights
Ultimate Movie Tour plus WETA workshop
Today you will see the best of the Middle Earth on your Lord of the Rings Movie Tour. Embark on a tour of Middle-earth magic.There is something for all the Lord of the Rings and movie fans alike, see world famous Lord of the Rings scenes, introduction to the movie-making industry and long visit to THE WETA CAVE included.
Let us show you where they filmed:
- Hobbiton Woods
- Frodo Tree
- Shortcut to Mushrooms
- "Get off the Road!"
- Race to the Ferry
and a couple more scenes if we have time...
We visit Miramar - the home of New Zealand's movie industry, including Stone Street Studios and Park Road Post. Then we spend over an hour at THE WETA CAVE, you have plenty of time to take pictures and purchase movie memorabilia or simply absorb the creativity within. You have the option of viewing Weta's documentary or upgrading to join the Weta Cave Workshop Tour.
Through the Wairarapa to Napier
Leaving the capital you are soon travelling through rolling farm land as you travel into the rural heartland of the Waiarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture. The village has a mix of art galleries, boutique shops, cafes and restaurants making it one of New Zealand’s premier shopping destinations.
Nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco- the style of the 20th Century - in such a concentrated area. Napier is the world’s finest example of the Art Deco age and your guide will bring Napier's fascinating architecture to life for you as you take an easy stroll through the compact Art Deco Quarter in the vibrant city centre.
Approximate Distance: 324 kms | 200 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hours 15 mins
Accommodation: Napier - 2 Nights
The Gannet Tour of Cape Kidnappers
See majestic gannets in their natural habitat today on a 4WD adventure to remember.
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve 4WD Safari
The craggy cliffs Cape Kidnappers boast the largest mainland gannet nesting site on the planet. In peak breeding season up 20,000 gannets make their home here at any one time.
Today's 4WD safari will give you unparalleled close-up access to these magnificent birds and their young. Watch in amazement as they swoop overhead, conducting spectacular high-dives into the sea. With their huge six foot (2 metre wingspan) they are impossibly elegant in flight.
On land, you'll see them nesting, preening, and performing their trademark courting dances while you watch from just a few feet away.
Your guide will be on hand to provide insights into gannet behavior and the environmental pressures faced by these beautiful birds worldwide.
Travel to Geothermal Rotorua
Depart Napier and travel to Taupo. Lake Taupo is the southern hemisphere's largest crater lake (in fact, it is the size of Singapore!) and the Taupo Eruption (also known as the Hatepe eruption) that occurred about 1,800 years ago, represents the most violent eruption in the world in the last 5,000 years. View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland before arriving at the thermal resort of Rotorua.
Approximate Distance: 414 kms | 257 miles Total Driving Time: 5 hours
Accommodation: Rotorua - 3 Nights
Waimangu Valley Walk & Cruise
Take an eco-focused nature walk or hike through beautiful Waimangu Volcanic Valley thermal park, followed by a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana, exploring its geothermal system. Waimangu Volcanic Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand, was created from the massive volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Today your combined walk and boat cruise is a wonderful and relaxing journey through the world's youngest geothermal area. Sit back and relax on your boat cruise. Your skipper will highlight points of interest and the history of this iconic Rotorua geothermal attraction.
Te Puia Evening Concert
Spend the day relaxing - this evening you will experience a Maori tradition, Te Po (the night) was a very important time. Te Po is also Te Puia's authentic evening cultural experience - a feast of food, culture and friendship. The Evening begins with a ritual welcome which will include a challenge by our fierce warriors, then you can relax and enjoy a performance of songs, haka and poi dance before enjoying traditional food. Following dessert, you will be transported by our people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Guests can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including Pohutu geyser, while enjoying more Maori-inspired delicacies and a hot drink.
Hobbiton - continue to Waitomo
An exciting day awaits this morning. Journey to the emerald pastures and rolling hills of The Shire, where Hobbiton was brought to life on a private farm in Matamata. This idyllic village blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Set to the scale of a 3ft Hobbit you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a magical world of smoking chimneys, bluebells, and the Green Dragon Inn. Visit Bag End as well as the other 43 Hobbit Holes on this fully Guided 2.5 hr Hobbiton Tour. Learn about the production of the movies – how did they make Gandalf appear so tall? Why was this exact site chosen to build Hobbiton? The passion and knowledge gleaned from your guide brings this authentic Middle-earth experience to life.
Afterwards, continue on to Waitomo.
Approximate Distance: 137 kms | 85 miles Total Driving Time: 1 hours 47 mins
Accommodation Waitomo - 1 night
Glowworm Caves - On to Whitianga
Find your inner Hobbit (or Orc) and explore the subterranean world of the Waitomo Caves – a celebration of nature's work over the last one hundred thousand years. There are hundreds of miles of labyrinthine caves, glow-worms, under ground lakes, stalactites and stalagmites, and all manner of limestone crustaceans - a lost world waiting to be discovered. take a trip to the Spellbound Glowworm and cave experience.
This afternoon travel to Whitianga in the Coromandel. Whitianga is the main settlement of the beautiful Mercury Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula, an attractive township with a deep water harbour. Mercury Bay encompasses a spectacular coast flanked by islands and close to Cathedral Cove, and Hot Water Beach.
Approximate Distance: 220 kms | 150 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 30 mins
Accommodation Whitianga - Oceanside Motel - 2 nights
Kayaking Cathedral Cove
You simply can't visit the Coromandel without making a pilgrimage to Cathedral Cove, next door to Hahei.
Accessible only on foot, by boat or kayak, you'll be rewarded for your efforts however you choose to make the journey! If you've seen the Chronicles of Narnia movies, you may recognise the setting as the ruined castle of Cair Paravel, which was filmed here. There's beauty wherever you look: at one end of the beach, the famous cathedral rock formation creates a spectacular passageway to the neighbouring cove. At the other end, a magnificent waterfall cascades directly onto the sand.
Kayak to Cathedral Cove
The dramatic unspoiled coastline is perfectly is suited to sea kayaking. On a guided kayak tour, you'll discover scenic bays and hidden coves concealing rock gardens and golden beaches, all secreted away behind the stunning limestone sculptured headlands.
Paddling through amazing sea-caves, you'll spot marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing. This guided tour offers great photo opportunities and is topped off with coffee, hot chocolate & cookies at Cathedral Cove!
Whitianga to Matakana
The picturesque foodie haven of Matakana is a favourite getaway spot for Aucklanders.
Here you can while away the hours - browsing the gift shops and tasting artisanal food products. With excellent local vineyards and cafes you will enjoy the sights and sounds of small town New Zealand.
The surrounding coast line is excellent, with Pakiri Beach offering vast stretches of white sand, or the sheltered shorelines of Snells Beach nearby - a perfect place to linger on your Classic New Zealand Driving Tour.
Approximate Distance: 255 kms | 158 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Accommodation: Matakana - 1 Night
Continue to the Bay of Islands
Two hours south of the Bay of Islands is a small village with a lot to offer. The ‘Bay’ encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula, a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more. Many of the islands here have walking tracks and have regular ferry’s to get you there. On land, enjoy beautiful river and seaside walking tracks or encounter the mighty Kauri Tree in pristine subtropical rainforest.
Approximate Distance: 171 kms | 107 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 20 mins
Accommodation: Paihia - 3 nights
The Cream Trip - Day in the Bay
See it all and do it all on the Bay's most iconic cruise. This premium full-day experience has something for everyone, from island visits and the Hole in the Rock to dolphin watching and boom-netting alongside the boat. Stop off at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island to swim, eat your lunch and enjoy the views. If you're feeling active, give boom-netting a try: hanging on to our giant net as we glide through the water.
Day at Leisure in the Bay of Islands
Experience the stunning Bay of Islands your way – today is a whole day of leisure to explore this coastal paradise. Lovers of marine wildlife will be in heaven: penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more flock here in droves. Many islands have walking tracks and regular ferry services.
The historic town of Russell, New Zealand's first capital, is only 15 minutes away by ferry. This gorgeous township was once known as "The Hell Hole of the Pacific" and famed for its lawlessness!
Around Paihia, you can enjoy beautiful river and seaside walks or visit more mighty Kauri trees in the pristine rainforests.
Excursions available in the Bay of Islands:
|Historical Island Cruise||Diving Rainbow Warrior||4WD Adventure Cape Reinga|
|Sailing the Islands||Dolphin Swimming||Giant Kauri Forest Walk|
|Cultural Tour of Waitangi||Golf at Kauri Cliffs||Sea Kayaking the Bay|
Welcome to Auckland
today you leave the beautiful Bay of Islands for the 3 hour drive to Auckland, situated amongst a cluster of extinct volcanic cones, next to a large harbour that bustles with life, both on water and on land. The Auckland isthmus straddles a slim piece of land with coastline facing both the Pacific Ocean, and, on the wild West Coast, the Tasman Sea.
Some activities and sightseeing options if you have time:
|Explore Waiheke Island||Island Kayaking Adventure||America’s Cup Sailing|
|Auckland's Sky Tower||Relax on the Beach||Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk|
|West Coast Wine Tour||Whale and Dolphin Safari||Muriwai Surf Beach|
Accommodation: Auckland - 2 Night
Zip Wine & Dine on Waiheke Island
Board the ferry to Waiheke Island - a tropical paradise in the Hauraki Gulf, just 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland. Take the ferry from Downtown Auckland, for a morning adrenaline rush. Soar over a vineyard and spectacular native bush, on three 200-metre flying fox zipline. Dual cables let you fly side-by-side with a friend, making this an exceptional shared experience. Finish your morning with a guided native bush walk - exchange your birds-eye view for a stroll through lush, ancient forest. Then enjoy a nice light lunch & wine tasting at Stonyridge Vineyard - nestled in a beautiful valley of olive trees and vines, this vineyard is one of the most romantic and exotic venues in the greater Auckland area. After lunch head of for wine tasting and food pairing at Casita Miro, another of Waiheke's great vineyards.
What Narissa says about this tour: The highlights of the 6 week trip are nearly too many to name. You will require photographic evidence to keep track of it all! I would be delighted to help you plan this trip - it can be modified to suit your preferences.Enquire Now