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  • 9 Days Action-Packed NZ South Island

    Embark on an unforgettable adventure through New Zealand's South Island, exploring its gorgeous mountains, coastline and countryside on foot, by zipline and with a paddle in your hands.

    The South Island of New Zealand hardly needs an introduction - its reputation as an outdoor lover's paradise ensures its presence on many people's bucket lists. On this 9-day adventure, be introduced to the highlights of this gorgeous region and participate in a range of exciting activities; cruise alongside dolphins in Akaroa, paddle through the glaciers of Mt Cook, zip through the lush forests of Queenstown, and more.

    Mt Cook Glacier Experience
    Mt Cook Glacier Experience
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    ACTION ADVENTURE
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    $1,969
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    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
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    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many highlights on this tour that cater to one's sense of adventure! Cruise inbetween the glaciers and walk the alphines of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, zip through lush forest and take in the scenery across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range, dine with an unforgettable skyline view of Queenstown, and much more.

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $1,969pp twin-share [+ $1,108 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    Mt Cook Glacier Experience

    Embark on a boat tour like none other. Surrounded by snow-capped alps, you will be expertly guided thru the ice age as you view the gigantic Tasman Glacier Ice wall, icebergs, and the chance to embrace mother natures legacy.

    Kawarau River Rafting + Jet Boat experience

    Race down Kawarau River in a Jet Boat before jumping straight into a raft and spending the afternoon paddling through the historic Kawarau gorge, famous for its gold mining, wineries and it’s stint in The Lord of the Rings franchise.

    Moa Zipline adventure

    Journey through the forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range.

    More trip highlights:

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    Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride & Dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

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    Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector’s dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous ‘Elephant Head’ and Cathedral Cave.

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    Journey through the Victorian era at Steampunk HQ

    Step through time at Steampunk HQ, a museum and workshop situated in the historic Victorian precinct of Oamaru. Be greated outside by its full scale train engine that spits fire and billows smoke. Inside, a museum of contraptions & bizarre machinery, as well as an ensemble of skeletal sculptures are lit by flickering lights & accompanied by film, projection & sound.

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    Taste of Wanaka Bike Tour

    This is a fun way to see Wanaka with your mates while getting to enjoy some of the best food, wine and beer of the region. Enjoy the amazing bakery selection at the Penfold Pattisserie, visit the famous Hook! and catch and eat your own Salmon, stop in at the beautiful Maude vineyard tasting rooms for an outstanding wine tasting platter and cheese board, and much more.

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    Milford Sound + Underwater Observatory

    Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjord from the water on this tranquil 3-hour cruise. As you take in the stunning beauty of the sound, savour a tasty lunch as well as a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory.

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    Full-day Otago Rail Trail & Bike Hire

    This excellent cycle trail is New Zealand’s original Great Ride follows an old railway line through beautiful, big-sky country with the bonus of legendary hospitality.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From $1,969pp twin-share [+ $1,108 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
    • 9 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 11 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 8 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 2 excellent excursions and activities
    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From $3,849pp twin-share [+ $2,165 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
    • 9 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 11 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 8 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 9 excellent excursions and activities
    • 8 breakfasts

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    * Limits may apply to group bookings. Details will be provided at the time of final pricing.

    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Not yet a member?

    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of New Zealand's most serene delights and enjoy its abundance of exhilarating activities.

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $1,969pp twin-share [+ $1,108 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    "From turquoise lakes and lush peninsulas to snowcapped mountains and sparkling glaciers, the South Island's majestic landscapes offer awe and adventure in equal measure."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

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    Inclusions list:

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    Return flights to Christchurch

    Starting and ending in Christchurch, enjoy return flights to and from one of the world’s most unique destinations.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    9 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of New Zealand's South Island. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    Toyota Corolla 4 door or similar; Suits max. 3 psns w/luggage; 4-door, Auto, Air con. Zero excess or excess cover optional.
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    1 night accommodation in Lake Tekapo

    A great range of facilities to make your stay comfortable.

    Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive south-west of Christchurch. Spend some time exploring the town's gorgeous surrounds and simply relaxing in this slice of paradise.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 5.0+.
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    2 nights accommodation in Wanaka

    Set alongside the bay, this accommodation will have you relaxing amongst breathtaking scenery.

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.6+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    3 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    A perfect base for exploring the area.

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.1+.
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    1 night accommodation in Clyde

    The perfect base to explore Central Ortago from.

    The starting point for many cycling treks along the Ortago Rail trail. In historic Clyde you can make yourself comfortable in a cafe or hire a mountain bike to explore the surrounding hills.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.9+; Breakfast included.
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    1 night accommodation in Christchurch

    Stylish facilities to help you relax in style.

    Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+.
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    Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride & Dinner

    Queenstown Skyline Gondola & Dine experience

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

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    Milford Sound + Underwater Observatory

    Enjoy a spectacular Milford Sound experience

    Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjord from the water on this tranquil 3-hour cruise followed by a visit to Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Additional meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Embark on an exciting 9-day South Island adventure, introducing you to the region's most popular highlights; treking through Mt Cook glaciers, white-water river rafting in Queenstown, cruising alongside dolphins in Akaroa, and much more, with time in between to relax and take in the spectacular scenery. Grab your friends and jump right in...

    "Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, journey, discover, adventure." - Anonymous

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $1,969pp twin-share [+ $1,108 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

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    DAY 1
    CHRISTCHURCH - LAKE TEKAPO (1 NIGHT)

    Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing.

    Getting here:

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    Return flights to Christchurch

    Starting and ending in Christchurch, enjoy return flights to and from one of the world’s most unique destinations.

    Your hire car:

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    9 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of New Zealand's South Island. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    About today:

    Visit the gorgeous Lake Tekapo

    Heading for Lake Tekapo and the beautiful surrounds

    Starting in Christchurch, join us as we embark on an exciting adventure through New Zealand's South Island. Our main destination for the day is the gorgeous Lake Tekapo. Along the way, you'll pass through picturesque mountain scenery and farming land, so don’t forget your camera!. Making a slight detour before arriving, spend some time relaxing by the famous lake of the same name, Lake Tekapo, marvelling at its crystal waters that mirror the surrounding mountains.

    Upon arrival to Lake Tekapo, check-in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day exploring. There's so much to do in this beautiful area. Why not grab a mountain bike and head out to explore the spectacular scenery of the Mackenzie Region, or hit Roundhill Ski Area for an unforgettable snowboarding or skiing experience. If you'd like to relax, consider a visit to Tekapo Springs Hot Pools.

    Relax among the spectacular mountains.
    A great range of facilities to make your stay comfortable.
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    1 night accommodation in Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive south-west of Christchurch. Spend some time exploring the town's gorgeous surrounds and simply relaxing in this slice of paradise.

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    Roundhill skiing experience

    Ski or Snowboard in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand. Roundhill is a fantastic family ski field with breathtaking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo. Get started with a learners pass.

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    Lake Tekapo Mountain Bike Experience

    The Mackenzie region is fast becoming known as a mecca for cycling and mountain biking. With tracks catering for novice and young riders through to the more advanced technical cyclist and bike hire included, you're all set for your adventure!

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    DAY 2
    LAKE TEKAPO - MT COOK - WANAKA (2 NIGHTS)

    Located in the spectacular alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Area, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.

    About today:

    Drive through the spectacular Omarama Clay Cliffs

    Today is when the real adventure begins!

    Today is when the real adventure begins! After breakfast, hit the road and head to Aoraki 'Mount Cook' National Park. Spend some time exploring at your own leisure, or embark on an optional epic glacier experience; cruise the icy waters and walk through the alpines as you embrace mother natures' legacy.

    Following this unforgettable activity, kick the snow off your boots and head an hour down the road to the town of Wanaka, where you will stay for the night. Along the way, making a slight detour off the main road, drive through Omarama's spectacular clay cliffs, famous for their appearance in Lord of the Rings.

    After arriving in Wanaka, check-in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. If you’re up for some adventure, why not head out to Blue Pools for an easy 1.5km walk. Starting near Makarora, just north of Muddy Creek, the trip is just 1-hour return leads through silver beech/tahina to a swing-bridge overlooking the pools at the mouth of Blue River. Large brown and rainbow trout can often be seen feeding in the pools.

    Set alongside the bay, this accommodation will have you relaxing amongst breathtaking scenery.
    A beautiful property with great facilities.
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    2 nights accommodation in Wanaka

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

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    TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner

    Travel round-trip by vintage steamship and dig into a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead.

    (Optional)
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    Mt Cook Glacier Experience

    Embark on a boat tour like none other. Surrounded by snow-capped alps, you will be expertly guided thru the ice age as you view the gigantic Tasman Glacier Ice wall, icebergs, and the chance to embrace mother natures legacy.

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    DAY 3
    WANAKA

    About today:

    Hike through gorgeous Wanaka

    A great day to do some hiking

    Today is a great day to do some hiking. The recommended trips are: Mt Iron, which takes around 1.5 hours at a distance of 4.5km, or Roy's Peak, which takes around 5-6 hours, covering a distance of 11kms and requires a good fitness level as the track is quite steep.

    Mount Iron is an impressive, glacier-carved, 240-metre rocky knoll (a roche moutonnnee). From its summit a great panorama unfolds: Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the Cardrona and Upper Clutha Valleys and all the surrounding peaks; many of them in Mount Aspiring National Park in the west.

    Roy's Peak track begins by zigzagging along a steep 4WD track from the carpark to the conservation area. From there, continue on through wild tussock grasslands until you reach Roy's Peak summit. Along the way, take time to enjoy the spectacular views from the ridgeline, which take in most of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding peaks, including Mount Aspiring.

    In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and be rewarded as you conquer the highest waterfall cable climb in the world. With 3 difficulties, ranging from 150m to 450m climbs, you can find one that best suits your sense of adventure.

    If you prefer a more relaxed way to spend your afternoon, enjoy the views around Wanaka on horseback. Ride through working stations and see farming in the high country first-hand.

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    DAY 4
    WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN (3 NIGHTS)

    Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most exciting destinations. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun.

    About today:

    Kick back and relax in Queenstown

    Some relaxing sight-seeing today

    After breakfast, pick up your e-bike and head out on an optional tour through Wanaka and it’s surrounds. Enjoy the amazing bakery selection at the Penfold Pattisserie, visit the famous Hook! and catch and eat your own Salmon, stop in at the beautiful Maude vineyard tasting rooms for an outstanding wine tasting platter and cheese board, and much more.

    In the afternoon, return to the road and drive the short distance down to Queenstown. The rest of the evening is yours to settle in and relax. If you’d like to dine in luxury, an optional lake cruise onboard the TSS Earnslaw paired with a delicious BBQ dinner in Walter Peak is available to take in the evening.

    A perfect base for exploring the area.
    With relaxing views of the bay.
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    3 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

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    Outdoor rock climbing - Wanaka

    Go wild and let your nature lover come to the surface as you conquer the highest waterfall cable climb in the world. Get started with a 150m climb and unleash your inner wild, tame your fears, and experience epic.

    (Optional)
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    Horse Trekking through Wanaka

    Come and enjoy a wonderful ride in the glorious mountains of Cardrona Valley on a lovely horse perfectly matched to your horse riding ability.

    (Optional)
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    Taste of Wanaka Bike Tour

    This is a fun way to see Wanaka with your mates while getting to enjoy some of the best food, wine and beer of the region. Made even better on an e-bike, making the day a breeze!

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    DAY 5
    QUEENSTOWN

    About today:

    Go river rafting in Queenstown

    Fun-filled day of adventure ahead

    Today is all about adventure! After breakfast, why not embark on an exciting river rafting experience. Packing in those famous 360 spins and dramatic canyon walls, you will discover the Kawarau River and its pristine wilderness in style. Race down the river in a jet boat and jump straight into a raft, from which you'll explore the Kawarau gorge in. Famous for its gold mining, wineries and it’s stint in The Lord of the Rings franchise, don't forget your camera!

    Returning to Queenstown in the afternoon, have some lunch and refuel. If you're seeking more adventure, consider embarking on an optional zipline experience with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. In the evening, ride Queenstown's Gondola 450 meters high and enjoy dinner with a spectacular view.

    Activities:

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    Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride & Dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

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    AJ Hackett - Nevis Bungy (134m)

    AJ Hackett - Nevis Bungy (134m) Welcome to the best thing you’ve ever done. Go full throttle with our 134m Bungy (the highest in New Zealand). Free fall for 8.5 seconds in a blitz of pure fear and adrenaline.

    (Optional)
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    Family rafting experience

    Perfect for the entire family. You'll be rafting the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River near Queenstown. This trip by bus and raft is a unique way to experience the wonderful backcountry near Queenstown. It is suitable for everyone from 3 years upwards. Water confidence is NOT necessary.

    (Optional)
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    Moa Zipline adventure

    Journey through the forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range.

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    DAY 6
    QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN

    About today:

    Cruise through Milford Sound's gorgeous fjord

    Explore this stunning fjord-filled region

    After breakfast, journey 3 hours north-west to Milford Sound, where you will enjoy the stunning fjord from the water on a tranquil 3-hour cruise. As you take in the stunning beauty of the sound, savour a tasty lunch as well as a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory.

    On your way back to Queenstown, an optional excursion is available in Te Anau which gives you the opportunity to descend into Lake Te Anau's curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkle of glowworms.

    Activities:

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    Milford Sound + Underwater Observatory

    Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjord from the water on this tranquil 3-hour cruise followed by a visit to Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

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    Te Anau glow worm caves tour

    Enjoy a scenic cruise through calm waters before descending into the curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkle of glowworms.

    (Optional)
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    DAY 7
    QUEENSTOWN - CLYDE (1 NIGHT)

    The starting point for many cycling treks along the Ortago Rail trail. In historic Clyde you can make yourself comfortable in a cafe or hire a mountain bike to explore the surrounding hills.

    About today:

    Cycle the spectacular Ortago Rail Trail

    Cycle through New Zealand's most popular track

    After breakfast, say goodbye to Queenstown and hello to Central Otago. Your destination is the township of Clyde, where you have the opportunity to embark on a full-day cycling tour on New Zealand’s most popular cycling track; Otago Rail Trail. Enjoy the unique landscape of Central Otago while biking 35km through one historic town after another and sampling local food and drink as you go. If cycling isn't down your alley, spend your time exploring the area and simply relaxing.

    The perfect base to explore Central Ortago from.
    Fantastic facilities to make your stay comfortable.
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    1 night accommodation in Clyde

    The starting point for many cycling treks along the Ortago Rail trail. In historic Clyde you can make yourself comfortable in a cafe or hire a mountain bike to explore the surrounding hills.

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    Bungy jump - Hamner Springs

    Get your adrenaline thrills in the Alpine wilderness of Hanmer Springs with a bungy jump off the Waiau Ferry Bridge. Launch into thin air from a height of 35 meters, and plunge down towards the river in total safety.

    (Optional)
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    Full-day Otago Rail Trail & Bike Hire

    This excellent cycle trail is New Zealand’s original Great Ride follows an old railway line through beautiful, big-sky country with the bonus of legendary hospitality.

    (Optional)
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    DAY 8
    CLYDE - OAMARU - CHRISTCHURCH (1 NIGHT)

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    About today:

    Travel through history in Oamaru

    Be transported through history in Oamaru

    Your journey back to Christchurch begins after breakfast. Your first destination is the town of Oamaru, where you will be transported through history at Steampunk HQ, the town's exciting Victorian-styled museum. Greeted outside by a full scale train engine that spits fire and billows smoke, this is a museum experience like no other.

    Returning to the road, you will travel for 3 hours before reaching your final destination for the day. Upon arrival to Christchurch, check-in to the accommodation and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own pace.

    If you’re itching for more adventure, an optional Bungee Jumping experience in Hanmer Springs is available in the evening.

    Stylish facilities to help you relax in style.
    Stylish rooms for you to rest in after fun-packed days.
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    1 night accommodation in Christchurch

    Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

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    DAY 9
    CHRISTCHURCH - AKAROA - RETURN HOME

    The most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa will have you entranced with its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and passion for fine food.

    About today:

    Spend some time exploring exciting Christchurch

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector's dolphins in Akaroa

    Today marks the final day of your epic South Island adventure, so today is all about savouring those last-minute experiences. After enjoying an early breakfast, spend some time independently exploring Christchurch. An optional excursion to nearby Akaroa is available for you to discover the adorable and playful Hector’s dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious cruise ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous ‘Elephant Head’ and Cathedral Cave.

    Enjoy a delicious lunch by the bay, before heading back to Christchurch for your return flight home. After this unforgettable South Island experience, there's no doubt you'll be back in no time!

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    Kawarau River Rafting + Jet Boat experience

    Packing in exhilarating 360 spins and dramatic canyon walls as you discover the Kawarau River and its pristine wilderness, this activity introduces you to Queenstown’s most iconic experiences. Race down the river in a Jet Boat before jumping straight into a raft and spending the afternoon paddling through the historic Kawarau gorge, famous for its gold mining, wineries and it’s stint in The Lord of the Rings franchise.

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    Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector’s dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous ‘Elephant Head’ and Cathedral Cave.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $1,969pp twin-share [+ $1,108 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Lake Tekapo

    Relax among the spectacular mountains.

    A great range of facilities to make your stay comfortable.

    Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive south-west of Christchurch. Spend some time exploring the town's gorgeous surrounds and simply relaxing in this slice of paradise.

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    Holiday Apartments
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    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    5.0 out of 5
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    Apartment

    Wanaka

    Set alongside the bay, this accommodation will have you relaxing amongst breathtaking scenery.

    A beautiful property with great facilities.

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

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    Hotel
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    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.6 out of 5
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    Queenstown

    A perfect base for exploring the area.

    With relaxing views of the bay.

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.1 out of 5
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    Clyde

    The perfect base to explore Central Ortago from.

    Fantastic facilities to make your stay comfortable.

    The starting point for many cycling treks along the Ortago Rail trail. In historic Clyde you can make yourself comfortable in a cafe or hire a mountain bike to explore the surrounding hills.

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    Hotel
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    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.9 out of 5
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    Christchurch

    Stylish facilities to help you relax in style.

    Stylish rooms for you to rest in after fun-packed days.

    Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

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    Hotel
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    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.3 out of 5
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    Hotel room

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    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

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    Yes, a provision for flights is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price.

    Pricing is based on a minimum of two travelers, however all of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in each overnight destination. It will be hotel style rated Bronze and Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    The introductory package is self-guided (self-drive) and exclusive to your group. All tour packages are flexible. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    This tour includes attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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