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Welcome to Christchurch
‘Haere Mai’ and Welcome to New Zealand.
New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch sits on the very edge of the Canterbury Plains and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean. The city itself has bounced back after a series of major earthquakes, and has shown its resiliency with a number of new and exciting developments popping up everywhere. Don’t miss the Re Start shopping area, made out of Shipping Containers, as well as the many funky Pop Up bars dotted throughout the city. Make the most of your free time, your New Zealand Short Break starts tomorrow.
Some Suggested Activities If You Have Time
|Punting the Avon River||Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise|
|French Akaroa Tour||Southern Alps Ballooning|
|Clearwater Golf||Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike|
Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 night
Beautiful Lake Tekapo - Star Gazing
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 Lake Tekapo's shores and the views to our highest mountain, Mt Cook, are remarkable.
Spend the evening with a stargazing experience discovering our illustrious night skies at the world's southernmost research observatory, located in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
Approximate Distance: 225 km | 139 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 55 min
Accommodation: Lake Tekapo - 2 nights
Enjoy Lake Tekapo Hot Pools
Escape to New Zealand's only high-altitude glacial water spa and winter wonderland located on the shore overlooking the beautiful Lake Tekapo. This is an all-year-round facility including three open-air hot pools, private hot tubs, sauna, steam room, and plunge pool.
Or indulge yourself at our full-service health spa on-site which offers 4 exquisite, European-styled treatment rooms using some of the purest water on the planet, sourced straight from the glaciers of the Southern Alps.
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
Boutique Wine Tour - Includes Tastings and Lunch
Relax as your wine guide immerses you in an afternoon among the boutique vineyards and splendid scenery of Central Otago. You will visit four premium vineyards over three contrasting wine regions, taste and learn about the excellent wine varietals and enjoy a delicious shared platter lunch with complementing wine of your choice.
The local pioneering history is fascinating and the meander through Old Cromwell Town charming and a true step back in time. Includes a delightful shared platter lunch and a glass of wine with lunch.
Te Anau - Gateway to Fiordland - Glowworm Caves
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.
The excursion begins with a cruise across spectacular Lake Te Anau to a remote section of the lake with the entrance to the caves hidden by a large and beautiful native forest. By geological standards, the caves are young (12,000 years) and are still being carved by the river that flows through them. The system is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with beautifully sculpted rock, underground waterfalls complete with whirlpools.
The quite top section of the system houses a series of small lakes, here you will be taken by small boat pulled along by rope into a silent hidden grotto’s inhabited by thousands of small glow-worms. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a magical display almost like you are staring up at the Milky Way that is nothing short of extraordinary.
Approximate Distance: 171 km | 106 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 29 minutes
Accommodation: Te Anau - 2 Nights
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Transfer to Manapouri this morning for a very special cruise in one of New Zealand's most remote and beautiful wilderness areas: Doubtful Sound.
Larger and deeper than better-known Milford Sound, Doubtful is by far the quieter of the two. A visit to its isolated splendor is a peaceful, almost religious experience. Being so remote, getting here is half of the fun!
After a leisurely cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri you'll travel by road over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove, where you will board your trusty cruise vessel, The Patea Explorer. You'll find spacious deck areas perfect for viewing the cascading waterfalls, abundant wildlife, rainforest, and mountains of Doubtful Sound.
An onboard nature guide will answer questions, point out landmarks, and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter. Dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin are among the many non-human visitors to this impossibly vast, secluded wilderness paradise.
Let the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfold before you and take your breath away.
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.
Approximate Distance: 226 km | 140 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 54 minutes
Accommodation: Wanaka - 1 Night
Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef village is small (only 500 locals) and is located only ten minutes from the Glacier. The Franz Josef is a glacier located in Westland National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Together with the Fox Glacier 20 km (13 Miles) to the south, it is a unique in the fact that it descends from the Southern Alps to just 200 metres above sea level amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest. The glacier is currently 12 kilometres ( 8 miles) long and terminates 19 km (11mi) from the Tasman Sea. The glacier exhibits a cyclic pattern of advance and retreat, driven by differences between the volume of meltwater at the foot of the glacier and volume of snowfall feeding the neve.
Take the time this afternoon for a walk to the Glaciers Terminal Face.
Approximate Distance: 352 km | 219 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hours 30 mins
Accommodation: Franz Joseph - 2 nights
Franz Josef Glacier 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 to Christchurch
Rated as one of the top scenic train journeys in the world, the Famous Tranz Alpine Train will take you deep into the heartland of the South Island… a coast to coast journey through some of the world’s most extreme and beautiful scenery. The Tranz Alpine winds its way over massive viaducts and through spectacular gorges and river valleys, tracking slowly across the country's greatest mountain range, the Southern Alps. It stops in the heart of the Southern Alps at Arthur’s Pass National Park before descending to the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch.
Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 night
"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!
There maybe time for some last minute excursions or shopping before making your way for your outbound flight. We are sure you will enjoy your New Zealand short break holiday, 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.
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|