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|Dedicated Travel Consultant||Detailed Daily Itinerary and Vouchers|
|Full 24 Hour Support||50 Page Essential New Zealand Guide|
Welcome to Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city and the South Island's capital.
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch is our "Garden City," blessed with beautiful parks and gardens right in the heart of town. English heritage buildings sit side by side with innovative post-earthquake regeneration in this vibrant place.
After settling in, why not relax with a punting trip down the Avon River? 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.
Accommodation: Christchurch Hotel - 1 Night
Mt Cook National Park: Lovely Lake Tekapo
Pick up your comfortable Motorhome today and leave the city behind: the mountains are beckoning.
After driving through the Canterbury Plains, you'll reach the majestic and peaceful setting of Lake Tekapo amid the high-country splendour of the Mackenzie Basin.
Nestled in Mt Cook National Park, Tekapo boasts amazing views of the Southern Alps - including Aoraki / Mount Cook, our tallest peak. Visit the little church sitting at the edge of Lake Tekapo - couples arrive from all over the world to take their wedding photos here, with the turquoise lake and snowy mountains in the background.
Tekapo lies in a Dark Sky Reserve, offering unrivaled opportunities for stargazing. No hotel could offer you such easy access to the stars: simply open the door of your campervan and the heavens are at your doorstep.
Motorhome Park: Mt Cook National Park - 2 Nights
Approximate Distance: 334 km | 207 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hours 25 Minutes
Mt Cook National Park: Half Day Hooker Valley Walk
After a short journey through the Southern Alps, you will arrive in Mt Cook Village at the heart of Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park. Named for our country's highest mountain, Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park is exquisitely beautiful. The Maori name for Mt Cook is Aoraki, meaning ‘Cloud Piercer’: at 3,755m tall (12,016ft) this lofty peak deserves its name!
Hooker Valley Guided Hike: 3.5 Hours Walking (7km return trip)
An ice-capped world of giant glaciers awaits as you embark on one of New Zealand's finest short walks: the Hooker Valley Track.
This stunning 7 km (4.4 miles) trek leads you to the terminal lake of the Hooker Glacier. The trail winds through the Hooker Valley in the shadow of Aoraki /Mount Cook, crossing the mighty Hooker River on old-fashioned swing bridges. Reaching the lake, you are rewarded by unsurpassed vistas of Aoraki / Mount Cook's south face and the surrounding glaciers.
Your knowledgeable guide brings the unique history, flora, and fauna to life as you wander.
QUEENSTOWN: OUR ADVENTURE CAPITAL
The short drive from Wanaka to Queenstown is stunning, leading you over the rugged Crown Range on the highest main road in the country. Take your time and enjoy the scenic lookouts en route - your camera will get a workout.
The winding mountain road demands concentration & care, but more conservative drivers can take an alternative route along the Clutha River, Lake Dunstan, and the Shotover River. The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way.
The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. It’s the place to source almost any kind of adventure including bungy jumping, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting, and river surfing. It’s also a destination for luxury experiences – gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf.
Motorhome Park: Queenstown - 2 Nights
Approximate Distance: 264 km | 188 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hour 15 mins
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.
Like the landscape the options are endless: chat to our travel specialists for more great suggestions for your perfect Queenstown day.
Recommended Queenstown excursions:
|Routeburn Day Walk||Highest Bungey Jump||Explore Arrowtown|
|Biking Skippers Canyon||Round at Millbrook Golf Resort|
|Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise||Dart River Jetboat Safari|
Beautiful Lake Wanaka
On the shores of New Zealand's second-largest lake, the town of Wanaka is often described as Queenstown's quieter little sister: the lake and mountain views are equally incredible, and many visitors count it as a favourite location on their New Zealand tour.
This lovely little township is easily explored on foot, with fine food & wine and boutique stores aplenty. A stroll or bike ride around the peaceful shores of Lake Wanaka is a must.
Spectacular hikes, skiing, water sports, and boating options will delight outdoor-lovers. The dramatic mountain backdrop is perfect for a skydive or even a flight in a vintage Tiger Moth plane.
Charming in all seasons, we're pretty sure you'll fall in love with Wanaka.
Motorhome Park: Lake Wanaka - 2 Nights
Approximate Distance: 67 km | 48 miles Total Driving Time: 1 hour 5 mins
Wanaka: Mou Waho Island Cruise & Wildlife Walk
Lake Wanaka Cruise & Island Wildlife Walk
Today you'll tour the Isle of Mou Waho, one of only five islands to be found in the vastness of Lake Wanaka. Accessible only by a 35-minute boat cruise, Mou Waho is an island nature reserve with a difference. With no predators or pests roaming here, New Zealand's rare & endangered species can live in peace, giving you the opportunity to observe them up close.
Walking with a long-time local guide, the well-formed track leads you through the native bush to Tyrwhitt Peak. Here you will find Arethusa Pool, a beautiful miniature lake with small islands within it. Impress your friends by telling them you have visited an island in a lake, inside an island in a lake, inside an island in the ocean!
From Tyrwhitt Peak, you'll be spellbound by the 360-degree views of Lake Wanaka surrounding you, and the mountains beyond.
Don't forget your swimwear: on a hot day, it's hard to resist a swim in Mou Waho's cool clear waters.
Queenstown to Glacier Country
Be transported to the South Island's wild West Coast today on one of New Zealand's most breathtaking scenic drives.
The views are impressive all the way, and once over the Haast Pass they change dramatically. There's beauty around every bend, with woodland walks and dramatic waterfalls along the route — perfect for picnic stops.
When the ancient forests and mountain passes give way to coastal views, you'll soon be nearing glacier country. Nestled in a rainforest clearing, Franz Josef Glacier lies at the heart of the Westland National Park.
Welcome to one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of New Zealand.
Motorhome Park: Franz Josef - 2 Nights
Approximate Distance: 350 km | 217 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hours 40 Minutes
Explore Franz Josef Glacier
The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Tumbling down from the Southern Alps almost to the sea, its ancient icy faces contrast spectacularly with the surrounding rainforests.
There are many different ways to admire the glacier. You can walk to the terminal face, get a bird's eye view with a scenic helicopter flight, or take an exhilarating Heli Hike up to the bluest ice.
Whatever you choose, get ready to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world.
Excursions available in and around the Franz Josef area:
|Glacier Hot Pools||Glacier Scenic Flight|
|Walk to Glacier Face||Glacier Heli-hike|
FRANZ JOSEF TO CHRISTCHURCH
Begin your morning with a breathtaking coastal drive to Greymouth. 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.
From Greymouth it's time to cross the Southern Alps one last time as you set a course for your final destination, Christchurch. The drive takes you along the Great Alpine Highway, traversing Arthur's Pass and the epic Ōtira Viaduct.
The vast Canterbury Plains offer a final glimpse of New Zealand's rural landscapes before returning you to the South Island's largest city.
Make the most of your last night in New Zealand by exploring Christchurch's foodie scene. With everything from relaxed cafes to fine dining on offer, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect spot to mull over your memories of the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Accommodation: Christchurch Hotel - 1 Night
Approximate Distance: 375 km | 268 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!
We know you will enjoy touring New Zealand in a Motorhome and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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