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Welcome to Christchurch
‘Haere Mai’ and welcome to New Zealand!
After welcoming you at the airport and transferring you to your hotel, we will leave you to unwind: we have taken care of everything.
After checking in, why not step back to Edwardian times with a relaxing private punting trip down the Avon River? It's a wonderful introduction to the "Garden City". Gliding gently along the river in a flat-bottomed boat, you will take in Christchurch's 'must-see' historic buildings and Botanic Gardens away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets.
Some Suggested Activities Options for Christchurch
|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
Your New Zealand golf experience begins today at Clearwater Resort, just outside of Christchurch.
Voted New Zealand's best golf course three years in a row, Clearwater is home to the NZPGA Championship and was designed by John Darby with input from New Zealand golfing legend Sir Bob Charles.
True to its name, the par 72 championship course unfolds around crystal clear spring-fed lakes, and enjoys wonderful views of the Southern Alps. There are five-position tees, including the championship tees, rated by NZ Golf Association as the toughest in the country. Renowned for its welcoming ambiance, the Clearwater Golf Club is your perfect introduction to Kiwi golfing life.
Terrace Downs Golf Resort
Just under an hour's drive from Christchurch, the small town of Methven is home to the picturesque Terrace Downs Golf Resort, a the foot of the Mount Hutt mountain range. Overlooking the magnificent Rakaia Gorge, Terrace Downs offers a magnificent 18 hole champinship golf course with a unique mixture of Parklands and Links style.
The signature hole is the 16th, and it's a treat. Right at the edge of the gorge with a 500ft drop to the Rakaia river, you'll want to keep your eye on the ball for this one.
Terrace Downs Resort is your home for the night so take full advantage of the New Zealand High Country right at your doorstep. The nearby Rakaia Walkway trail boasts breathtaking views of the mountains and is a great way to enjoy these peaceful surroundings.
Approximate Distance: 97 kms | 60 miles Total Driving Time: 1 hour 20 mins
Accommodation: Methven - 1 Night
South to Queenstown
Today's drive to Queenstown is a feast for the eyes. With dramatic mountain passes, roaring rivers and bright blue lakes, you won't want to take your eyes off the picture-perfect views.
Be sure to pause at the mountain town of Tekapo and admire the tiny Church of The Good Shepherd by the shore of the lake. The scene is absolutely breathtaking.
Take your time heading south: you won't want to miss the spectacular scenery as it transforms from rugged ranges and mirror lakes to the winding Kawarau River Gorge. You will finally emerge into the lush green farmland surrounding Queenstown, your base for the next five nights.
Approximate Distance: 414 kms | 666 miles Total Driving Time: 5 hours
Accommodation: Queenstown - 5 Nights
Free Day to Explore Queenstown
A full day for you to enjoy Queenstown and its surrounds.
Adrenalin lovers, 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, we can book everything for you.
For a more peaceful day, there are many beautiful drives in the local area. Head to historic Arrowtown for quaint streetscapes, good food and beautiful views (the autumn leaves here are particularly stunning). Or drive alongside the lake to Glenorchy for a horseback ride through Lord of The Rings country.
Explore the many wineries, cheese-eries and orchards by car or by bike. Or take the gondola (cable car) to Bob's Peak for birds-eye views over the lake. You can hike back down to town, or tackle one of the many beautiful walks from the top.
There are too many wonderful options to fit here, so chat to our travel specialists if you would like more suggestions for your perfect Queenstown day
Milford Sound Cruise & Fiordland Scenic Flight
No visit to Queenstown is complete without a pilgrimage to the "Eighth Natural Wonder Of the World": Milford Sound. You will fly to Milford in style on a scenic flight over the lakes, mountains, rivers and forests of this breathtaking region. After landing you will board your purpose built cruise vessel and sail the length of the Sound.
Marvel at the gigantic waterfalls cascading into the sea, and the towering glacier-scarred rock walls around you. Dolphins, penguins and seals are regularly visit Milford Sound, so keep your eyes peeled. It's a day trip to remember forever.
Jacks Point Course
Get ready for some of the most unforgettable scenery the golfing world has to offer!
It's hard to imagine a more beautiful setting than Jacks Point. Situated in a valley between the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu, the course weaves through native tussock grasslands where dramatic rock outcrops sit beside steep bluffs, and native bush runs right to the edge of the Lake. It's like playing golf in Middle Earth.
The course has been designed to work with its stunning surroundings, with minimum excavation, and plantings carefully considered to complement the natural environment.
Returning to Queenstown this evening, why not dine at one of the wonderful eateries overlooking the lake and mountains, knowing you spent the day there doing what you love best.
Golf at Millbrook
With its beautiful alpine setting against the imposing backdrop of the Remarkables, Millbrook Golf Resort is destined to impress. Designed by Sir Bob Charles, this 27 hole championship course delivers world-class golf and features five different tee positions for complete enjoyment at all levels of playing expertise.
The resort itself won the Luxury Travel Magazine’s 2011 Gold List Award for the best overall golf resort in the world, so you can expect a high level of care and attention as you play the day away in this very special and serene environment.
"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage! Today we say farewell. We take care of your transfer to Queenstown Airport where you will board your onward flight, taking with you the magical memories of a truly exceptional New Zealand holiday.