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  • 9 Days NZ South Island Magic

    From wildlife encounters to relaxing boat cruises, enjoy the romance of the South Island on this relaxing 9-day South Island experience.

    This 9-day South Island package is the perfect self-drive option for an unforgettable couples getaway. Become an outdoor explorer and get to know local wildlife when you board a scenic cruise in Milford Sound; climb aboard Queenstown's Skyline Gondola for epic views and a luxury dinner experience; experience the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier from the air and put your feet in the snow on an unforgettable helicopter experience, and much more.

    The perfect getaway for couples
    The perfect getaway for couples
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    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    NATURAL WONDERS
    PRICE FROM
    AUD $2,279
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    3/10
    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.

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many spectacular experiences on this trip, but perhaps the highlight is the optional Fox Glacier helicopter flight with snow landing. Explore spectacular glaciers and white-capped mountains before putting your feet in snow on Mount Cook. Truly an unforgettable experience.

    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 AUD $2,279pp twin-share [Save $1,174]

    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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    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • On the water
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • New cultures
    • Learning
    • Wildlife

    Milford Sound Cruise + Underwater Observatory Experience

    Explore Milford Sound's 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.

    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.

    More trip highlights:

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    9 days car hire

    Explore at your own pace with quality 4x4 car hire in New Zealand. Standard package includes Mitsubishi ASX or similar.

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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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    Queenstown Highlights Morning Tour

    See Queenstown’s 5 best sights and activities on a fun-packed morning tour. Visit Queenstown Hill for spectacular birds eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables and Lord of the Rings locations. Enjoy a selection of wines at Gibbston Valley Winery. Be transported to Middle Earth at the Kawarau Gorge, film location for the Pillars of the Kings, and so much more.

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    Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

    Enjoy a scenic cruise through calm waters before descending into the curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkle of glowworms. Led by an ecological expert, ride on a small boat into a hidden grotto and witness the glittering displays of thousands of these luminous insects.

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    Queenstown Gondola & 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.


    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 AUD $2,279pp twin-share [Save $1,174]
    • Return flights to Queenstown International Airport (ZQN)
    • 9 days car hire included
    • 9 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 9 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 8 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 3 excellent excursions and activities

    See full inclusions

    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From AUD $2,779pp twin-share [Save $1,432]
    • Return flights to Queenstown International Airport (ZQN)
    • 9 days car hire included
    • 9 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 9 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 8 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 6 excellent excursions and activities

    See full inclusions

    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.

    More Details | Travel Club Free Trial

    Not yet a member? Submit a booking enquiry for any package and we'll automatically register you to receive $3,000 in GCash travel credits and 90 days to book a trip. There's no obligation to book and you can cancel any time.

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    USE FREE FLIGHTS VOUCHERS TO SAVE AN EXTRA PER PERSON* (YOU PAY )

    * 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 AUD $2,279pp twin-share [Save $1,174]

    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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    "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.

    Inclusions list:

    flight
    Return flights to Queenstown

    Starting and ending in Queenstown, enjoy return flights to and from this exciting urban hub.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
    hotel
    4 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.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.1+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    Room for the whole family.

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast included.
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    2 nights accommodation in Wanaka

    Set right on the edge of Lake 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.

    Hotel room rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.6+.
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    Milford Sound Cruise + Underwater Observatory Experience

    Milford Sound cruise

    Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjord from the water on a tranquil 3-hour cruise, a tasty lunch as well as a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

    local_activity
    Queenstown Gondola & Dinner

    Queenstown dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and treat yourself at the top to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

    local_activity
    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    Hot pools

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.

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    9 days car hire

    Explore at your own pace with quality 4x4 car hire in New Zealand. Standard package includes a Toyota Corolla or similar.

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

    Exclusions and options:

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

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Based on a minimum of 4 people travelling but can be priced for any number
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours available

    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

     

    Grab your camera and embark on this 9-day scenic couples getaway; a fantastic trip that will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit it's exciting urban hub of Queenstown, with stops to Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier, Mt Cook and Te Anau along the way. There's so many exciting memories waiting for you to create, all you have to do it hit the road...

    "Two roads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

    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 AUD $2,279pp twin-share [Save $1,174]

    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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    DAY 1
    QUEENSTOWN (4 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.

    Getting here:

    flight
    Return flights to Queenstown

    Starting and ending in Queenstown, enjoy return flights to and from this exciting urban hub.

    Your hire car:

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    9 days car hire

    Explore at your own pace with quality 4x4 car hire in New Zealand. Standard package includes a Toyota Corolla or similar.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Spend 4 nights in gorgeous Queenstown

    Today marks the first day of your spectacular South Island holiday

    This morning, enjoy a flight to Queenstown, the "Jewel of the South Island". Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by towering mountains, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s ultimate holiday destinations.

    It is renowned as the adventure capital of the country but with excellent food and wine, great shopping, and hiking trails galore, there are endless ways to relax here too. Fishing, golfing, gold panning and luxury thermal spas are on offer as well as the more adventurous bungy jumping, skydiving and rafting. With four nights here, you can take your time and savour every minute.

    In the evening, embark on 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. For some fun, why not ride the exciting luge track. See Optionals for more details.

    A perfect base for exploring the area.
    With relaxing views of the bay.
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    4 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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    Excess insurance cover

    In the event of an accident or vehicle theft you will be funded the excess amount charged by the car rental supplier. It provides you with hassle free extra cover when renting a car.

    (Optional AUD $108 Adult price)
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    DAY 2
    QUEENSTOWN

    About today:

    Marvel at Kawarau Gorge

    Be transported to Middle Earth and beyond!

    This morning you're off on a fun-packed tour to Queenstown’s 5 best sights and activities; visit Queenstown Hill for spectacular birds eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables and Lord of the Rings locations. Enjoy a selection of wines at Gibbston Valley Winery. Be transported to Middle Earth at the Kawarau Gorge, film location for the Pillars of the Kings, and so much more.

    After your tour, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. An optional excursion to Kiwi Birdlife Park is available in the afternoon.

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    Queenstown Highlights Morning Tour

    See Queenstown’s 5 best sights and activities on a fun-packed morning tour.

    (Optional AUD $100 Adult price)
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    DAY 3
    QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND - LAKE TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN

    Situated on the west coast of the South Island, hours from the nearest town, Milford Sound is where plunging cliffs and raging waterfalls meet inky dark waters. This is New Zealand's wild side at its absolute best.

    About today:

    Enjoy a relaxing cruise through Milford Sound and more

    "Spectacular" and "amazing" will be just a few of the words you will use today

    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, descend into Te Anau's curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkle of glowworms.

    Activities:

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    Milford Sound Cruise + Underwater Observatory Experience

    Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjord from the water on a tranquil 3-hour cruise, a tasty lunch as well as a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

    (Included)
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    Te Anau Glowworm 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 AUD $100 Adult price)
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    DAY 4
    QUEENSTOWN

    About today:

    Sample the best wines in the Otago region

    Otago wine tour and mountain hot pools

    Get to know the world-class wines of the Central Otago region on an optional scenic Boutique Wine Tour. Visit three of the region's finest wineries, and explore New Zealand's largest wine cave. With a knowledgeable guide and fascinating commentary, it's the perfect opportunity to start your wine cellar.

    In the evening, relax in pure mountain waters in your very own secluded spa pool. These hot pools are housed in private cedar-lined bathing rooms, complete with private shower, changing area, and breathtaking mountain views. At the touch of a button, the roof and front wall of your secret hideaway will retract before your eyes, leaving nothing between you and the glorious alpine scenery.

    Activities:

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    Queenstown Gondola & Dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and treat yourself at the top to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

    (Included)
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    Central Otago Wine Tour

    Travel to Central Otago’s best boutique vineyards with pickup and drop off in Queenstown. We believe that the best wines lie on the fringes of the region which is why your tour will take you further than any other, going as far afield as Alexandra and Bendigo.

    (Optional AUD $0 Adult price)
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    DAY 5
    QUEENSTOWN - WANAKA - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER (2 NIGHTS)

    Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village; the small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above. The glacier itself descends into the lush native rainforest and is home to truly incredible features such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses.

    About today:

    Franz Josef Glacier

    This is a beautiful part of the country

    Today the journey through the stunning Glacier region to Franz Josef begins. Along the way, make stops at the scenic Diana Falls and Ship Creek for some sight seeing. You will also also through Wanaka; a great place to stop for lunch, keeping in mind you will be back in Wanaka in a couple of days. Upon arrival, check-in to your accommodation and spend the rest of the evening settling in and soaking up the spectacular scenery.

    Enjoy the area's natural beauty and exciting attractions, all from your accommodation's doorstep.
    Room for the whole family.
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    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

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    DAY 6
    FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

    About today:

    Experience a snow landing in Franz Josef

    Towering glaciers and ancient rainforests

    The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. It tumbles down from the Southern Alps almost to the sea, its ancient icy faces contrasting spectacularly with the surrounding rainforests.

    There are many different ways to admire the glacier. You can walk to the terminal face, get a birds eye view with a scenic helicopter flight, or take an exhilarating Heli Hike up to the bluest ice.

    Whatever you choose, get ready to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world. Tonight, relax, unwind and soak in the Glacier Hot Pools.

    Activities:

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    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.

    (Included)
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    DAY 7
    FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - WANAKA (1 NIGHT)

    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:

    Explore the picturesque Lake Wanaka

    Wanaka has everything to keep even the most active traveller happy

    Today you will be making the journey back to Wanaka, with stops at “The Neck” lookout and Blue Pools forest walk which will provide you with beautiful views of the river.

    The hardest thing here is deciding what to do! Explore nearby Mt Aspiring National Park, discover pristine rivers, waterfalls, native forests and mountains on one of the many tracks. Wanaka has over 750km of trails that are made for walking, hiking and mountain biking. If a relaxing holiday is more your style, there’s plenty of stunning vistas to appreciate, boutique retail stores, museums, cinemas and art galleries to keep you entertained. Spend your time soaking up last minute experiences and just relaxing as you enjoy your last full-day in New Zealand.

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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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    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!

    (Optional AUD $99 Adult price)
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    DAY 8
    WANAKA

    About today:

    Explore Wanaka and it's surrounds

    Explore Wanaka from the back of an e-bike

    Today is all about exploring the area; you can either set off and explore at your own leisure, or head out on an optional e-bike 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 late afternoon, experience Wanaka from above with an optional paragliding experience. Watch deer run below, hawks flying beside you, and hear the rumble of the waterfalls as your pilot manoeuvres the glider within meters of the impressive Twin Falls

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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 AUD $0 Adult price)
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    Wanaka Tandem Paragliding

    Prepare to be thrilled and amazed. Stunning wild scenery, twin waterfalls, plus flying over deer and wild falcon, beyond expectations. Experience it all with paragliding in Wanaka.

    (Optional AUD $239 Adult price)
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    Glacier Heli-hike

    With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder visitors label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

    (Optional AUD $485 Adult price)
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    Glacier Scenic Flight

    Steep and dramatic or vast and remote? Take our Twin Glacier flight and you won't have to choose - you'll experience two very different glacial formations and a snow landing. This is the perfect trip to encounter two jaw-dropping glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef; giving you the opportunity to take in all the epic surroundings.

    (Optional AUD $280 Adult price)
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    DAY 9
    WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN - RETURN HOME

    About today:

    Enjoy a relaxing getaway to New Zealand

    Unfortunately it's time to head home

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast and say goodbye to Wanaka before hitting the road for the 1-hour drive to back to Queenstown airport. Return your hire car before you check-in for your return flight home.

    Want more of NZ? Consider one of our longer itineraries.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    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 AUD $2,279pp twin-share [Save $1,174]

    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.

    COMPARE PACKAGES|SHARE TYPES

    Accommodation standards applied:

    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.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    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.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Franz Josef

    Enjoy the area's natural beauty and exciting attractions, all from your accommodation's doorstep.

    Room for the whole family.

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    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.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    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.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.6 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

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    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    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.

    FAQ's for This Package

    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 four 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 all overnight destinations. It will be resort or hotel style rated 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.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, 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 depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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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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