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  • Tamaki Warriors at Tamaki Maori Village

    Tamaki Warriors at Tamaki Maori Village

  • Auckland Harbour

    Auckland Harbour

  • Geothermal Activity, Rotorua

    Geothermal Activity, Rotorua

  • Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo

  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

    Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Tour code: LCQA

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Create your perfect New Zealand holiday that will last a lifetime. It may be the spirit and energy of a Maori cultural performance or the breathtaking beauty of the mountain ranges and fiords of Milford Sound. There are many special memories to be made.


1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Christchurch – Omarama

Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3
Omarama – Dunedin

Your day starts along the Waitaki River and the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Then travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin where you’ll take a tour of the city. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens.

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4
Dunedin – Milford Sound

Today is a feast for the senses. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest. See rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and drive through the Homer Tunnel. Pass Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise.

(Please note: Overnight cruise does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown)

Hotel: Cruise Overnight Milford Sound

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5-7
Milford Sound – Queenstown
Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown

This morning depart for Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. You’ll explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before travelling to the adventure-capital Queenstown.

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

A full day to see the sights of your choice. Take it easy with a wine tour or walk on the wild side with a jet boat ride or white water rafting (all own expense). Whatever you choose, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate.

Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Another action-packed day or time to relax. Tonight ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for a buffet highlight dinner at the Skyline Restaurant.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast, Dinner. Day 6: Breakfast. Day 7: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 8
Queenstown – Franz Josef

Visit the gold mining village of Arrowtown. Then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass, view amazing Thunder Creek Falls then it’s on to majestic Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9
Franz Josef – Punakaiki

See Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both own expense). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep!

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10-11
Punakaiki – Nelson
Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson

Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon you’ll visit the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars.

Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’

On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft galleries.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort , 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 10: Breakfast, Dinner. Day 11: Breakfast

Day 12-13
Nelson – Wellington
Day 12: Nelson – Wellington

Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, before you head across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before you visit “Maori Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, to explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’

A free day to see the sights. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours, or even cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour (own expense).

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 12: Breakfast, Dinner. Day 13: Breakfast

Day 14
Wellington – Napier

Travel through the vineyards of the Wairapa and Hawkes Bay on your way to Napier. Enjoy a city walking tour with a local guide and learn how Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15-16
Napier – Rotorua
Day 15: Napier – Rotorua

Travel inland to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Visit the mighty Huka Falls and then it’s on to Rotorua. On arrival a sightseeing tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. “Maori This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert at the Tamaki Maori Village.

Day 16: Rotorua

“Maori Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you’ll see demonstrations of wood carving and weaving. Then tour the geothermal valley and hear about the importance of the geysers and mud pools to the Maori people.

Rural Homestay Option (Additional Cost)
Rural Homestay Option (Additional Cost)

A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 15: Breakfast, Highlight dinner. Day 16: Breakfast

Day 17
Rotorua – Auckland

Visit the Agrodome Farm Show, the multi-award-winning and highly entertaining stage show, to gain an insight into agricultural life in New Zealand. You’ll see the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato then continue to Auckland, where your city sightseeing tour takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 18
Farewell from Auckland

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Gumboot Sculpture in Taihape by artist Jeff Thomson

Visit the Gumboot Capital

On your way from Napier to Rotorua on this holiday, you’ll call in at Taihape, New Zealand’s gumboot capital! Late in 1984 a series of meetings were held by a group from the Taihape community searching for ways and means by which the effects of the imminent downturn in their local economy might be averted. It was decided to attempt to halt the traffic on State Highway One by providing a promotional activity to entice travellers to stop and see what Taihape had to offer. Hence, Gumboot Day was born. It is one day in the year when town and country alike get together and enjoy themselves while at the same time selling the town to the rest of New Zealand. Of course, the attempt on the gumboot throwing record has become a fixture for the event.


  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
  • Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown
  • Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak
  • Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat
  • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
  • Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
  • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand“Maori
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & Concert“Maori
  • Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia in Rotorua
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide


  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • Full buffet breakfasts (17)
  • Highlight dinners (2)
  • Dinners (10)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
into Christchurch Airport
Day 18   Flights to depart anytime
from Auckland Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 March 2018
Triple share    Save up to 5%
Kings Club    Save up to 5%

All savings are per person.


Departures before 31 March 2019
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving
Triple share   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


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Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch
    107 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011 New Zealand

    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Standard Room

    Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOPEN, a bar and meeting room.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • Air-conditioning
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Work Desk
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Manual temperature control
    • Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron
    • Security peephole
    • Automatic wake up call
    • Operator wake up call
    • Alarm Clock
  • Heritage Gateway Hotel
    12 Omarama Ave, Omarama 9412 New Zealand

    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Exterior

    Located in the heart of the Mackenzie/Waitaki region, a unique area of New Zealand's South Island. Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Phone
    • TV
    • Electric blankets
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
    • Refrigerator
  • Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    10 Smith Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

    • Room at Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

    Located right in the heart of the city, Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is ideal for business or leisure. When it is true hospitality and a convenient location that you desire on your travels, then this is your perfect hotel. Dunedin has few destinations to match the stylish Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin, where the accommodation reflects a total dedication to excellence in guest service, modern comfort and attention to detail.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Sky TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Cruise Overnight Milford Sound
    Milford Sound 9846, New Zealand

    For a unique experience cruise overnight on Milford Sound on a fully equipped vessel.

  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
    Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St, Queenstown 9300

    3 nights

    • Copthorne Hotel exterior at Lake Wakatipu

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is located on Frankton Road, just five minutes stroll to the heart of Queenstown.

    The hotel resort is close to many wonderful activities, from the town's world famous jet boat rides to radical white water rafting, bungee jumping, vineyards, international golf courses and ski fields.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • TV
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
    36 Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Exterior

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Work Desk
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Four Spa Pools
  • Punakaiki Resort
    State Highway 6 ,Punakaiki 8252 New Zealand

    • Punakaiki Resort - Villas

    Situated on New Zealand's wild West Coast, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. The hotel rooms are designed in harmony with the local environment to maintain a sense of privacy and seclusion and have either ocean or rainforest views.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Shower and toilet facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Phone
    • Hairdryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort
    6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson, New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco - exterior bar

    Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort provides luxury boutique accommodation by the water in Nelson, New Zealand - the ideal vacation destination.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Sky TV
    • Phone
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Travelodge Wellington
    2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Travelodge Wellington - Guest Room

    With close proximity to the city’s financial hub as well as many Wellington attractions, such as Wellington Zoo, the Wellington Cable Car, the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Travelodge Hotel Wellington is perfectly located for both business and leisure travel.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Pay TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Individual heater control
    • LCD TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Internet Access
    • Microwave
  • Scenic Hotel Te Pania
    45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier 4140, New Zealand

    • Scenic Hotel Te Pania - Room

    Styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of the beautiful Hawke's Bay, our Scenic Hotel Te Pania boasts design awards for its style and offers an unmatched level of service to leisure travellers and conference guests. Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, and Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier enjoys a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street.

    • Features
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Air-conditioning
    • TV
    • Work Desk
    • Hair Dryer
    • Laundry/Valet service
    • Dry cleaning service
  • Ibis Rotorua Hotel
    Lake End Rangiruru Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Room

    Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. Our central location is easily accessible to cafés, restaurants and the Energy Events Convention Centre. Stunning natural scenery and geothermal wonders makes this the ultimate destination.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Air-conditioning
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • Soundproofed Windows
    • TV
    • In-house movies
    • Pay TV
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • High speed transmission line (pay)
    • Work Desk
    • Manual temperature control
    • Iron
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Automatic wake up call
  • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
    401 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite

    A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Hair Dryer
    • TV

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.

Experiences available between 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park (Rotorua)

From NZ$40 Adult NZ$20 Child

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park

Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore the many free flight aviaries, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of the tuatara, and experience the wonder of the bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see.

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck (Rotorua)

NZ$89 Adult NZ$55 Child

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck

Discover Rotorua’s spectacular lakes area from the comfort of a fully restored World War II amphibious vehicle, able to travel on land and water. A 90 minute fun-filled and scenic journey that ventures onto the three Rotorua lakes, and is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$114 Adult NZ$74.50 Child

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

Weta Wellington There and Back Again Tour (Wellington)

NZ$65 Adult NZ$40 Child

Weta Wellington There and Back Again Tour

This movie-based experience provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of Weta Workshop, the home of the special effects wizards whose work features in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. The tour invites you to view the creative processes of a Weta technician and to touch, feel, and hold real props, weapons and models from the films the creative Weta team have worked on. Return transfers from the Wellington i-Site are included.

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Discoverer Day (Nelson)

NZ$76 Adult NZ$38 Child

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Discoverer Day

Discoverer Day is the ultimate boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park. With two different walk options, the Discoverer Day shows all the best the Abel Tasman has to offer with a Full Scenic Boat Cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight (Mt Cook)

NZ$370 Adult NZ$250 Child

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight

Explore the alpine wonderland of the Southern Alps’ highest peaks and glacial lakes on this 45-minute scenic flight, including Murchison Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Main Divide, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, westland coastal rainforests and Mount Cook.

Speight's Brewery Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$29 Adult NZ$13 Child

Speight's Brewery Tour

No visitor to Dunedin should leave without taking the Speight’s Brewery Tour. Since 1876 the brewery has been proudly producing Speight’s legendary ales from the same site in Rattray Street. On the Speight’s Brewery Tour you’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s beers – and of course, get to sample “The Pride of the South” for yourself!

Monarch Wildlife Cruise (Dunedin)

NZ$150 Adult NZ$56 Child

Monarch Wildlife Cruise

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Then continue your tour out to the tip of the Otago Peninsula, enjoying unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land – Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment.

Taieri Gorge Railway (Dunedin)

NZ$91 Adult NZ$28 Child

Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world’s great train trips, taking passengers from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin’s city centre to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago, and back. Travel in comfort, cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts, travel through a series of tunnels with rock walls only inches from the side of the train.

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$76 Adult NZ$38 Child

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour

Let your local driver take you on an exciting Otago Peninsula drive to New Zealand’s only castle. Your guided tour of the Larnach family home will give you insight into not only the architecture and style of the stately building, but also into William Larnach’s family life and the restoration done by the current owners during the past three decades. Enjoy views from the tower and marvel at the immaculate gardens before your return to Dunedin.

Kiwi Birdlife Park (Queenstown)

NZ$48 Adult NZ$23 Child

Kiwi Birdlife Park

The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. They hold and display over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in our 5 acre Park, all of which are part of nationally managed programmes. Your entry fee supports their conservation work. They offer guaranteed kiwi viewing in our specially constructed nocturnal houses, audio tours (available in English and Japanese; allow 45min), Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; allow 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm; allow 15min). They offer an all-day pass and the park can be enjoyed in all weather. Experience conservation in action!

Shotover Jet Boat Ride (Queenstown)

NZ$149 Adult NZ$79 Child

Shotover Jet Boat Ride

Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

Queenstown Boutique Wine Tour (Queenstown)

NZ$199 Adult NZ$139 Child

Queenstown Boutique Wine Tour

An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over two contrasting wine regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history and visit the Historic Precinct of Old Cromwell. Includes a delightful platter lunch and a glass of wine with lunch.

Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour & Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$195 Adult NZ$115 Child

Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour & Jet Boat

Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.

TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Dinner (Queenstown)

NZ$133 Adult NZ$67 Child

TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Dinner

Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise on Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. The TSS Earnslaw makes several trips daily across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores. A cruise on this gracious heritage vessel is the perfect way to experience Queenstown’s magnificent alpine scenery. Upon reaching Walter Peak High Country Farm, you can disembark for an insight into New Zealand’s farming lifestyle. Enjoy an evening dining at the Colonel’s Homestead followed by an entertaining Sheep Show!

Haast River Safari (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$109 Adult NZ$59

Haast River Safari

Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$460 Adult NZ$322 Child

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight

Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook.

The Helicopter Line - Twin Glacier Scenic Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$315 Adult NZ$220.50

The Helicopter Line - Twin Glacier Scenic Flight

From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

The Helicopter Line - Neve Discoverer Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$245 Adult NZ$171.50 Child

The Helicopter Line - Neve Discoverer Flight

Lift off and fly up over the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier to land amongst this alpine wonderland on a 20-minute scenic flight. Highlights include landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and a snow or icefall landing.


The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.


Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 October 2017. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.