Welcome to Queenstown. You will be met from your flight and transferred to your Queenstown hotel.
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skyline Gondola and Luge
Stay 3 nights Queenstown
Queenstown - Franz Josef - Punakaiki - Arthur's Pass - Kaikoura - Blenheim - Abel Tasman National Park - Westport - Greymouth - TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch
Day 1, Arrival in Queenstown
Day 2, Explore Queenstown and surrounds
Day 3, Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Day 4, Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier (via Wanaka)
Travel Time: 4 hrs 35 mins
Distance: 350 kms
Day 5, Explore Franz Josef Glacier
Day 6, Franz Josef to Punakaiki
Travel Time: 2 hrs 35 mins
Distance: 212 kms
Day 7, Punakaiki to Arthur's Pass National Park
Travel Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Distance: 138 kms
Day 8, Arthur's Pass to Kaikoura
Travel Time: 3 hrs 30 mins
Distance: 287 kms
Day 9, Kaikoura to Blenheim
Travel Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Distance: 116 kms
Day 10, Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park via Queen Charlotte Drive
Travel Time: 2 hrs 50 mins
Distance: 184 kms
Day 11, Abel Tasman National Park
Day 12, Abel Tasman to Westport
Travel Time: 3 hrs 10 mins
Distance: 236 kms
Day 13, Westport to Greymouth
Travel Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Distance: 90 km
Day 14, Tranz Alpine Scenic train Greymouth to Christchurch
Day 15, Depart Christchurch
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There is a choice of accommodation available on all packages, which depending on locations, includes motels, 3 star hotels, 4 star hotels, boutique lodges & hotels and luxury lodges and hotels. We are happy to quote on alternate accommodation requests.
International flights can be included from Australia for all Australian residents.
Skyline Gondola and Luge
In the heart of Queenstown, located 450 metres above town in Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve is the Skyline Complex. Catch a gondola to the summit for awe-inspiring views and delicious local fare with view. Ride the 800 metre luge track, then for added thrill, choose to tandem paraglide back to base.
Shotover Canyon River Jet Boat Adventure
Riding the iconic ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat through the narrow Shotover Canyon is an exhilarating experience not to be missed. Your skilled jet boat driver pushes the boat to 85 kph, skimming across shallow water and past towering canyon walls. This 25 minute white water ride includes 360 degree spins and maximum thrills.
Appellation Central Boutique Wine Tour
Go off-the-beaten-track with this unique Central Otago wine tour. Taste wines at four of the best vineyards in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell regions. The wineries you’ll visit are selected from the following: Peregrine, Chard Farm, Carrick, Mt Difficulty, Felton Road, Akarua and Olssens vineyards. This tour also includes a delightful gourmet platter lunch at the award winning Carrick Winery Restaurant.
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike
Take a scenic flight over all three Franz Josef glacier icefalls. Landing high on the glacier take a two hour guided trip through some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. Your guide will choose the route as you go through a wonderland of blue ice and frozen pinnacles. You’ll have endless views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest as well as plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you have while you are in New Zealand. Should weather not be suitable to take this flight you are able to transfer your booking onto a similar tour on any of the Helicopter Line’s operations in Queenstown or Mt Cook.
Glacier Hot Pools
Nestled within the lush rainforest surrounds, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of tranquility. Unwind in one of the three main pools or relax in a secluded private oasis. Temperatures range from 36 to 40 degrees and the water comes directly from a glacial stream. Wash off the day and rejuvenate in this unique forest paradise.
Glowworm cave tour
Delve into an ancient wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites and glowworms in the enormous Nile River Caves. At the Charleston Base you’ll be equipped with caving helmets, coats and boots and then taken to the Nile River Rainforest Train where you’ll travel through the forest before exploring the dry upper levels of the Aranui Entrance series. Recently discovered, the Metro cave is one of only several caves in the world left in a natural unspoilt state.
This trip is suitable for anyone that can walk unassisted for two hours on uneven surfaces.
Whale Watch Kaikoura
New Zealand's only marine based whale watching company, Whale Watch Kaikoura offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime up close encounter with the giant sperm Whale. You are also likely to encounter New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and albatross. Depending on the season you may also see pilot, blue and southern right whales as well as migrating humpbacks. Often orcas can be spotted here and the world's smallest dolphin, the Hectors, is sometimes seen.
You’ll be taken out in modern catamarans specifically designed for whale watching - featuring large passenger cabins and outside viewing decks. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept below the vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one.
Beaches, Bays and Seals Guided Sea Kayaking Trip including picnic lunch
Combining the best of the Abel Tasman, this trip showcases incredible beaches, coastal walks and native wildlife. First you’ll meet your guide and join the 9.30am Vista Cruise along the magnificent coastline to Torrent Bay. You’ll then arrive at Torrent Bay Lodge and complete a full training session and safety briefing before moving on to the water in kayaks to discover beautiful beaches, tidal estuaries and rivers.
Stop for a picnic lunch in a sheltered cove and take some time to swim, explore or sunbathe on the sand. On your return trip, if the winds are favourable, sails will be hoisted and you’ll sail back via Pinnacle Island to view the seal colony there - if you’re lucky, you may even see some resident blue penguins at the same time. Arriving back at Torrent Bay Lodge, freshen up with a hot shower and re-join the vista cruise back to Kaiteriteri, arriving at 4.10 pm.
During the summer there is the option to enjoy an unguided two hour coastal bush walk after the kayaking trip. Walk around the picturesque Torrent Bay Lagoon - via Cleopatra's Pool - to anchorage where you will re-join the boat back to Kaiteriteri. Minimum age 12 years.
Split Apple, Seals and Walk day trip including picnic lunch
This relaxing paddle explores the spectacular Kaiteriteri coastline with its golden beaches, and sculpted granite cliffs. Stop for lunch at a secluded cove before heading back to Kaiteriteri for your picnic lunch. Swap your kayak booties for walking shoes and join the Vista Cruise to Onetahuti where you’ll have the chance to view the seal colony at Tonga Island on the way.
After arriving at the at the Tonga Island Quarry, disembark and walk the coastal track to Medlands Beach where you region the Vista Cruise back to Kaiteriteri. Time spent kayaking is 2.5 hours including breaks. The unguided walk is 7km and the minimum age is 10 years old.