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  • Milford Sound

    Milford Sound

  • Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson

    Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson

  • Larnach Castle

    Larnach Castle

  • Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise

    Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise

  • Dunedin

    Dunedin

  • Guests enjoying the Fiordland National Park

    Guests enjoying the Fiordland National Park


Tour code: LCQW

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Take a wander through the city of Christchurch and stop for a photo at the world’s only Cathedral built entirely of cardboard. Enjoy dinner with a spectacular view in Queenstown. Stay in the pretty seaside village of Picton then travel across the Cook Strait to the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington.

Itinerary

1 October 2016 - 30 September 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Christchurch hotel. After you check-in, you can head out and explore Christchurch. Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram takes you around the 'must-see' central attractions. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is under-going since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. This evening, meet your fellow passengers and your AAT Kings Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel.  

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Welcome Reception and Dinner

Day 2
Christchurch - Omarama

This morning you may wish to take a brief walk around the city centre and Cathedral Square before departure. See how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the ChristChurch Cathedral. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! After a Christchurch city sights tour, you will head out over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains to soak up some spectacular sightseeing. Sweeping views across the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo framed by a backdrop of rugged hills and snow-capped mountains provide stunning alpine photography opportunities. You will visit the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd, and stop for a quick photo with the bronze statue of a collie dog, the touching tribute to the sheepdogs which helped develop the Mackenzie Country. You may want to take in Mount Cook National Park from the air this afternoon, on a scenic flight out over New Zealand’s highest peak, the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (optional – at own expense). Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. 

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama

Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and DInner

Day 3
Omarama - Dunedin

Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River, and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. The Waitaki River marks the boundary between the regions of Canterbury and Otago, and with its large catchment it is an ideal source of hydro-electric power. The Benmore Dam holds back New Zealand’s largest artificial lake, and when the Benmore Power Station was opened in 1965 it was the largest power station in New Zealand. Even today, it is still the second largest, and generates enough electricity each year for about 298,000 average New Zealand homes. From the Waitaki Valley you will then travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. As well as shipping limestone to the bigger cities of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin for construction of their Town Halls and various churches, Oamaru locals made sure that their own town represented the best in limestone building the mid-late 1800’s had to offer. This afternoon you will make your way down to the Southernmost New Zealand city, Dunedin. With the rest of your free afternoon you may wish to take part in an optional excursion to see more of the region. Take a Wildlife Cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the Speights Brewery – a New Zealand institution or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. 

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4
Dunedin - Milford Sound

Today is one of those days where you will want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go. And you will probably want to have a spare battery or two on hand… just in case. After leaving Te Anau, you will journey 119km through the Fiordland National Park and out to Milford Sound on one of the most scenic roads you could hope for. Travel through native rainforests, beech forests, alluvial flats and meadows. You will stop at Mirror Lakes where, as the name suggests, you can see the stunning mountain scenery perfectly reflected in the waters of the lakes. Then on to the Homer Tunnel, man’s attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges, still left rough-hewn around the edges. As you emerge out the other side of the tunnel, you are presented with one of the world’s most dramatic alpine drives, down through the Cleddau Valley. You will have a stop at the Chasm, where the roaring Cleddau River has carved its way through solid rock, and then it’s on to Milford Sound, where you will cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise meanders down the sound, taking in the Bowen and Stirling Falls as these plummet from glacial hanging valleys sharply into the sea, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak, rising from the deep waters of the fiord for your magical overnight cruise on Milford Sound.

Hotel: Milford Mariner (Standard)

Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner

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

This morning depart for the township of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Here you’ll explore the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves by boat with a Local Guide, before continuing to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown.

 

Day 6: Queenstown Free Time

Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Why not soar through the trees on a Ziptrek Ecotour, or raft the mighty white water rapids of the Kawarau River? Take the opportunity to encounter a Queenstown legend and ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out onto the Dart River for a longer jet safari. If laid-back and relaxed is more your idea of fun then join a Queenstown Original Wine Tour and sample some of Central Otago’s award-winning wines, or play a round of golf at one of the spectacular alpine courses around Queenstown. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. After a day of activity, why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station (Optional Experience, own expense). Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is believed to be the only coal-fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Partake in a gourmet BBQ Highlight Dinner at Walter Peaks’ Colonel’s Homestead and then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life. On the cruise back to Queenstown, join in a vintage sing-a-long or grab your partner for a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw.

 

Day 7: Queenstown Free Time

Another action-packed day or take time out to relax. Tonight we ride a gondola up Bob’s Peak, and dine at the Skyline Restaurant, Stratosfare, overlooking Queenstown – the ultimate way to end a highlight day!

 

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 3 nights.

Included Meals: Day 5: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner; Day 6: Full buffet Breakfast; Day 7: Full buffet Breakfast and Highlight dinner.

Day 8
Queenstown - Franz Josef

This morning you will leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, and begin the passage through Central Otago and out to Westland. On the way out of the Queenstown region, you will stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. As you amble down the beautiful tree-lined avenues, past the 19th century wooden buildings, you will feel like you have stepped into a movie set. From here you will travel over to Cromwell, situated next to the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Dunstan, where you will stop in at a local orchard for a taste of some of the town’s delicious stone fruit. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as after Dunstan, you will travel further into Central Otago and view the vivid blue waters of Lake Hawea, followed by Lake Wanaka, where the shoreline is charmingly lined by poplars and willows. Following an ancient greenstone trail, you will travel over Haast Pass, marking a change from the alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes, to the rainforest marvel of the wild West Coast. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and the grand sight of Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers. Our final destination for today is the extraordinary rivers of ice that make up Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to get up close and personal with the glaciers on a helicopter flight. Your flight will hover over the snow face, and may land high up in the valley so that you can walk across the ice fall – subject to weather conditions (optional – at own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. 

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9
Franz Josef - Punakaiki

This morning, you have the opputtunity to experience the Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike to the terminal face (both optional experiences). Later, we travel to Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit. Then, continue to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight we 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: Full buffet Breakfast and 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 Art and Collectable Cars.

 

Day 11: Nelson Free Time

On this day at leisure, you’ll have the opportunity 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 shops. The choice is yours!

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

Included Meals: Day 10: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner; Day 11: Full buffet Breakfast

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

This morning, we travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Your AAT Kings crew and coach will join you on board the Interislander for a cruise across the Cook Strait, from the South Island to the North. Surprisingly it takes longer to cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound and up the Tory Channel than it does to cross the open ocean of Cook Strait. You will meander through a maze of arms and inlets out of Picton. Upon arrival, you will head out on a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Discover New Zealand’s nature, history, art and heritage, and then enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington’s renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.  B DVisit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, before you head across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before you visit Maori Cultural Icon Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand.

 

Day 13: Wellington Free Time

You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours, or a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. Enjoy the café lifestyle in our capital city or simply shop till you drop, there is something in Wellington for everyone!

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 12: Breakfast and Dinner; Day 13: Breakfast

Day 14
Farewell from Wellington

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight. 

Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast

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A pub with character

Have you ever visited a friendly old fashioned country pub? Well, on your way to Punakaiki you’ll call in on one that oozes charm and personality. It’s the Historic Empire Hotel in Ross, a small old gold mining town south of Hokitika with a population of about 300. It was built in 1908 and hasn’t changed much since then. It’s cozy, dark and welcoming and in winter you’ll be beckoned by a huge open fire. There are shields and trophies around the walls, faded posters and photos that could only be original; not a sight of anything secondhand here. You can have a drink, a yarn with the pub’s owner or just wander around the room to spot the memorabilia.

Highlights

  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Explore New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle
  • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
  • Explore the glow worm caves at Te Anau by boat
  • Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown
  • Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
  • Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte sound
  • Explore the Museum of New Zealand, Te PapaMaori Cultural Icon
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (13)
  • ‘Highlight dinner’ (1)
  • Dinners (9)

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     Fights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
into Christchurch Airport
Day 14    Flights anytime from Wellington Airport

What to bring

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

Ways to Save

Departures between 1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $370
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $185
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $555
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $370
 
Triple share     Save up to $185
Kings Club     Save up to $185

All savings are per person.

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 Hotel Christchurch Reception
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Exterior

    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

    Omarama

    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Exterior
    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Room
    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Bar

    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
    • Views of Dunedin from Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    • Exterior view of Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    • Jimmy Cooks Restaurant at Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    • Aberdeen Bar 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
  • Milford Mariner (Standard)
    Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound 9846, New Zealand

    • Milford Mariner
    • Milford Mariner
    • Milford Mariner
    • Milford Mariner - Room
    • Milford Mariner - Restaurant
    • Milford Mariner - Restaurant

    Spend the night aboard the Milford Mariner waking up in one of the most beautiful places on earth. You’ll cruise the full length of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.

    • Features
    • Private cabins with en suites
    • Use of Kayaks
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island

    3 nights.

    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Garden View Room
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Pool
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Restaurant

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    • Features
    • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
    • Wi-Fi
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Phone
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
    36 Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Room
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Restaurant
    • 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 - Exterior
    • Punakaiki Resort - Villas
    • Punakaiki Resort - Walkway to 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 - One bedroom studio
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco - Village Green
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco - One bedroom studio
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort

    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 - Exterior
    • Travelodge Wellington - Restaurant
    • 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

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 2016 - 30 September 2018

Weta Wellington There and Back Tour (Wellington)

NZ$65 Adult NZ$40 Child

Weta Wellington There and Back 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.

Flat Earth - Middle Earth Tour of Filming Locations - Half Day (Wellington)

NZ$175 Adult NZ$87.50 Child

Flat Earth - Middle Earth Tour of Filming Locations - Half Day

A wonderful half day film locations experience with your own expert guide in a small group. The tour takes you to filming locations, such as Rivendell - where Frodo recovered from his knife attack, the Gardens of Isengard, and the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan, plus many many more Lord of the Rings locations. Includes refreshments and morning or afternoon tea.

Flat Earth - Middle Earth Tour of Filming Locations - Full Day (Wellington)

NZ$385 Adult NZ$192.50 Child

Flat Earth - Middle Earth Tour of Filming Locations - Full Day

All of the wonderful inclusions of the half day tour, plus be spellbound when visiting the site of Lothlorien – the majestic Fernside Lodge. You will see where Smeagol & Deagol fought for the Ring - a must for the most avid Lord of the Rings fans. This tour also visits the district of Miramar - home to Peter Jackson and many of the cast and crew - and the Weta Cave.

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Discoverer Day (Nelson)

NZ$96 Adult NZ$48 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$148 Adult NZ$55 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.

Cadbury World Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$17.60 Adult NZ$12.80 Child

Cadbury World Tour

The Cadburyworld Tour is a chocolate-lover’s dream that overwhelms the senses! As you walk into the factory, the enticing scent of Jaffas, Turkish Delight, or cocoa welcomes you in, but that’s nothing compared to the all-encompassing chocolate scent wafting through the kitchen. Don’t worry, your taste buds will have their chance too! In addition to receiving a bag full of samples, you’ll also have the pure liquid joy of tasting melted, still-warm chocolate. In the Purple Silo, you’ll be astonished by one tonne of chocolate flowing down before you… mmmmm chocolate waterfall!

Taieri Gorge Railway (Dunedin)

NZ$99 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$75 Adult NZ$37 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.

Fiordland Cinema (Te Anau)

From NZ$47.50 Adult/Child

Fiordland Cinema

Sit back in the comfort of the custom designed, large screen cinema and prepare to be overwhelmed by the staggering beauty of the Fiordland World Heritage Status Wilderness showcased in Ata Whenua – Shadowland.

Milford Sound Scenic Flight (Te Anau)

NZ$395 Adult NZ$215 Child

Milford Sound Scenic Flight

A 40 minute flight over picturesque fiords, glaciers, alpine lakes and waterfalls including the famous Sutherland Falls and the majestic Mitre Peak. Fly over spectacular remote scenery that no man has ever set foot in.

Ziptrek Ecotours Zipline Adventure (Queenstown)

From NZ$135 Adult NZ$85 Child

Ziptrek Ecotours Zipline Adventure

Ziptrek Ecotours is a spectacular and exhilarating flying fox eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill.

Kawarau Jet Boat (Rotorua)

NZ$85 Adult NZ$54 Child

Kawarau Jet Boat

Enjoy a 30 minute Speed, Spins and Adrenalin jetboat ride across Lake Rotorua to the sanctuary Island of Mokoia.  Along the way listen to stories and legends of the local Maori people of the area.

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$139 Adult NZ$75 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)

Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour (Queenstown)

NZ$185 Adult NZ$90 Child

Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour

Be amazed by both the man-made and natural features on this 4-hour 4WD safari from Queenstown. The tour incorporates scenes from The Lord of the Rings incl Heaven & Hells Gate, Maori Point, Lighthouse rock, Blue Slip, Skippers Bridge, Skippers Settlement and gold panning in the Shotover River.

Queenstown Wine Trail Summer Sampler (Queenstown)

NZ$182 Adult NZ$130 Child

Queenstown Wine Trail Summer Sampler

This unique food and wine experience is a relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings. It is the ideal tour for guests who may have a shorter time frame. Tour includes tastings at two wineries, an underground wine cave tour, cheese presentation and tasting at the regions only cheesery and a gourmet lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery. Operates 1st of October to 31st of March.

Queenstown Original Wine Trail (Queenstown)

NZ$160 Adult NZ$95 Child

Queenstown Original Wine Trail

The Queenstown Wine Trail offers a fun, personalised and friendly sightseeing wine tour of vineyards and wineries in New Zealand’s premier wine regions – Queenstown & Central Otago. As the groups are small, you will have time to taste a variety of wines at four Queenstown wineries, sample local cheeses, enjoy a winery lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery (at own expense) and experience spectacular scenery.

Skippers Canyon Jet - Scenic Tour & Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$195 Adult NZ$115 Child

Skippers Canyon Jet - 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.

Dart River Safari Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$239 Adult NZ$139 Child

Dart River Safari Jet Boat

A stimulating not-to-be missed journey into the Dart River Valley where mythology, heritage & fantasy meet reality. Your Wilderness Jet trip is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.

Walter Peak Horse Trekking (Queenstown)

NZ$129 Adult NZ$77 Child

Walter Peak Horse Trekking

Join Real Journeys for a relaxing and scenic horse trek through Walter Peak High Country Farm. Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm before meeting your horse and guide for a wonderful horseback experience. This 40 minute trek takes you across beautiful rolling terraces to a lookout with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. The riding is easy, picturesque and suitable for even first-time riders. After returning to the stables, enjoy a delicious morning or afternoon tea at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant.

TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Dinner (Queenstown)

NZ$129 Adult NZ$65 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!

Remarkable 9 Hole Golf Tour (Queenstown)

From NZ$169 Adult/Child

Remarkable 9 Hole Golf Tour

Queenstown has become New Zealand’s premier destination for golfers, offering some of the most spectacular courses in the world. With a mix of easy and challenging courses, take the chance to play a 9-hole round at one of three Queenstown courses. Choose from the secluded fairways of the South Island’s premier resort course at Millbrook Resort, one of the most scenic courses in the world – the Queenstown Golf Club or the Arrowtown Golf Club, bursting with history and character. Your package includes course transfers with hotel pick-ups, green fees, cart hire and executive club hire.

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$450 Adult NZ$315 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$310 Adult NZ$217

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$240 Adult NZ$168 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.

West Coast Wildlife Centre (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$35 Adult NZ$20 Child

West Coast Wildlife Centre

The West Coast Wildlife Centre, New Zealand, is a brand new all-weather attraction located in the centre of Franz Josef. It is the official home to the incubation and captive rearing programme for New Zealand’s rarest Kiwi – the Rowi and Haast tokoeka. The forest and bush around the West Coast are largely dense and untouched and the undergrowth is teeming with incredible wildlife – much of which is rarely seen as it is often only active at night.

West Coast Treetop Walk (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$38 Adult NZ$15 Child

West Coast Treetop Walk

An exhilarating treetop adventure among the temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy, along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.

Bookings

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

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 October 2016. 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.