From volcanic peaks, lush native canopies and black sand beaches, to hip entertainment districts, contemporary art scenes and gourmet experiences, there’s something for everyone in this populous waterfront city, the largest in New Zealand!
With its massive lake framed by the snowy peaks of Tongariro National Park, Taupo is a nature lover’s dream come true. Located within the caldera of Taupo Volcano, there is never a dull moment in this photographer’s paradise.
Personalized Rainforest Walk in Whirinaki Embark on a day-long personalized rainforest walk with your local expert. Explore the ancient rainforest at your own pace and stop to admire the scenic landscape along the route. Picture the life of early inhabitants of this rugged region as your expert regales you with historical and cultural trivia. Choose the activities you want to pursue in the Whirinaki area and the distance you wish to cover, to have this excursion tailored to your preferences. Watch the expert make use of their knowledge of the region to point out various types of flora and fauna unique to the region. Experience the local culture with a visit to the nearby marae or community meeting place before making your way back. (Duration: 7-8 hrs; Private Activity; Gourmet Lunch With Hot & Cold Refreshments included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that the guided walk of about 4 miles (5 km) lasts for about 3.5 hrs.)
A paradise for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, Nelson is blessed with breathtaking wooded hills, rocky headlands, and golden beaches.
Personalized Exploration of Nelson Set off at a convenient time with your knowledgeable guide to experience everything that the city has to offer. Take your pick of fascinating museums including the quirky World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum. Stroll around the vibrant displays of wearable art as well as the 140 cars housed here. Browse through the art galleries showcasing the talent and passion of the local artists. You could also head to the Hoglund studio for a closer look at the art of glass blowing and the wide range of blown glass pieces and handmade jewelry on display. Drive out to the many wineries and vineyards in the region, especially along the Waimea and Moutere Hills for a closer look at the process of making wines. Relish an alfresco lunch at a reputed traditional winery before it is time to get dropped back to your hotel. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Platter Lunch Included; Fitness: Level Easy).
Christchurch is a vibrant city with a rich English heritage nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, bordered by the Waimakariri River and the Pegasus Bay.
Group Tour of Christchurch City and Wine Trails Begin your day exploring Christchurch, and witness the creative urban rebuilding where modern architecture and street art compliment its traditional English heritage. Learn about the historical settlements, and innovative developments such as Quake city and interactive installations that have spring up in the aftermath of its recent earthquakes. Visiting the world famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens, admire it’s exotic flora and fauna, while watching Edwardian punts gently glide on the meandering Avon river. Next, drive across the Kiwi countryside to the picturesque Waipara Valley, a gem of Northern Canterbury region, carpeted with acres of sundrenched vineyards. Hop between four of the dozens of boutique wineries here, set against a backdrop of Teviotdale Hills. Stepping into cellar doors, sample a fine selection of prized varietals paired with olives and homemade cheeses. Follow that with a platter winery lunch featuring local produce, and fresh seafood from the Kaikoura’s waters. Soak up the delightful surrounds over more wines before returning. (Time of Day: 1000 hrs; Duration: 6.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy)
Queenstown is where adventure seekers head out to for a shot of adrenalin! The region’s dramatic landscape is wrapped around the scenic lakes, velvety mountains and valleys of the Southern Alps.
Group Tour: Routeburn Valley Walk Embark on an enjoyable walking tour along the famous Routeburn Track that links two of the country’s beautiful national parks – Mount Aspiring and Fiordland. Drive past the scenic landscape as you head from Queenstown to the western tip of Lake Wakatipu. Soak in the striking sight of snow-capped mountains as you set off along the tramping track that climbs up 4 miles (6.5 km) one way. Hike through picturesque gorges and valleys rich in endemic species of flora and fauna. Relish the tranquility of your surroundings as you saunter past the ancient red beech forest. Follow the Routeburn River till you come upon the charming Flats Hut set within a mountain amphitheater. Rest a while as you savor views of the valley floor before it is time to turn back. (Full Day; Time: 0800 – 1630 hrs; Shared Activity in a Small Group; Refreshments Included; Picnic lunch can be included at an additional cost. Fitness Level: Moderate, as it involves a good deal of walking. The distance covered and duration will vary depending on guests’ fitness. Please wear sturdy footwear that is closed at the toes. Do bring along warm clothing, waterproof/windproof jacket, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, small day pack, and camera.)
Known as the gateway to Fiordland National Park, the picture perfect town of Te Anau is located amid spectacular glaciers, endangered birdlife, limestone cave, beech forests, and majestic mountains all within easy reach.
Group Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Discover the quiet, pristine heart of fiordland beauty with your Doubtful Sound cruise. Set off from your Te Anau hotel in the morning to arrive at the picturesque Pearl Harbor in Manapouri. Come aboard your modern Real Journeys vessel that will take you on a comfortable cruise through Lake Manapouri till you arrive at West Arm. Enjoy a scenic drive by coach across Wilmot Pass as you take in the grandeur of ancient rainforests and the striking mountainous horizon. From Deep Cove, move to a stylish catamaran to coast past thunderous waterfalls, towering peaks and lush rainforests. If lucky, spot fur seals sunning themselves on rocks or a pod of dolphins playing in the gentle waves. As the vessel engines are turned off on your return journey, soak in the serenity of Sounds of Silence. (Duration: 9 hrs; Shared Activity; Time: 0930 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that optional picnic lunch boxes will need to be pre-ordered).
Make your own way to the Queenstown airport and drop off your rental car
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Option 1 From $ 11,490 /person
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