On arrival, ‘The Garden City’ of Christchurch, collect your rental vehicle from the airport and drive to the hotel for check in. day is at leisure for you to relax. The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil Avon River meanders through the city, historic buildings house a lively arts community and restored trams make it easy for visitors to get around. The first four ships arrived from England to settle Christchurch in 1850, and their legacy lives on in the city’s grand heritage buildings and stately parks. Visit historic sites, museums and art galleries, and enjoy the highly developed restaurant scene. For an unforgettable scenic experience, travel up the Christchurch gondola or go punting on the Avon River. Overnight at Hotel
On a scenic journey to Mount Cook village, travel through Otago farmland via the Canterbury Plains before heading inland over Burkes Pass for a breathtaking vista as you head toward Lake Tekapo. Stop here to explore the Church of the Good Shepherd, which stands on the remote shoreline of these glacial waters. Your driver takes you up the western edge of Lake Pukaki, situated at the base of 12,217-foot (3,724-meter) Aoraki/Mount Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand. On arrival in Mount Cook Village, enjoy an optional three-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Queenstown.
Today after breakfast proceed to Milford Sound for a scenic cruise. Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath taking man made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Milford Sound lies at the heart of the Fiord land National Park - a World Heritage area. Cruising the clear, still waters of the Fiord you’ll encounter magnificent sights such as the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls. You’ll be captivated by some of the world’s most magnificent scenery and you’ll leave with an intimate understanding of the region and some wonderful memories. This is natural spontaneous New Zealand at it unspoilt best. Photo opportunities abound, so keep a lookout for wildlife such as dolphins, penguins and seals often seen in their natural environment. Enjoy an intimate and personal cruise experience as you get close to nature and view the natural wilderness of the Fiord. Later in the evening return to Queenstown. Overnight at hotel.
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides, sky dive and much more. Experience ultimate bungy jumping, testing your nerve for adrenaline-packed fun with around 400-foot drop. An adrenaline-fueled fun jet boat ride as the boat skims the water’s surface at high speed and fishtails into 360-degree spins. Hold on tight as the captain maneuvers the jet boat over rapids and through narrow canyons during one heart-pounding adventure you won’t soon forget. Optional activities not included in the tour price. Ride the Queenstown gondola to a skyline restaurant for a midday or evening meal, and enjoy scenic views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables range. Overnight stay at hotel in Queenstown.
After Breakfast, depart Queenstown and travel via Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers cut through dramatic glacial valleys to flow into temperate rainforest. While many glaciers world-wide have been retreating, these glaciers still flow almost to sea level, making them unique relics of the last Ice Age. Overnight at hotel.
This morning is at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region and indulge in adventure activities. The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are among the most accessible glaciers in the world and Glacier Country offers a wealth of adventure activities. Choose from many adventure activities like guided glacier hike, ride a quad bike, fly in a helicopter or sightseeing plane or even do a tandem sky dive. Optional activities NOT included in the tour price. After your busy day, soak in lovely hot pools. Travel north to reach Greymouth. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel at Greymouth.
After breakfast, travel north to Punakaiki to visit the famous Pancake Rocks which is very spectacular and a must-see when visiting the West Coast. Later continue through the rugged West Coast to reach Nelson. A pocket of paradise in the top northwest corner of the South Island, Nelson has a positive, creative attitude to life - and it’s easy to see why. The region, which is the sunniest in New Zealand, has for many years attracted residents who love to use their imaginations. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, including traditional and contemporary Maori artists. Their work is often inspired by the region’s exceptionally beautiful geography - coastal, forest and valley landscapes provide places to wander and dream. The Nelson area is known by the Maori as Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui (the tip of the nose of the canoe of Maui). From his waka, the demi-god Maui used his magic fish hook to catch and land the North Island (Te Ika a Maui - the fish of Maui). Overnight at hotel at Nelson.
After breakfast, the day is at leisure to enjoy Nelson and the nearby Abel Tasman National Park. Dip into a world of golden beaches, native forest and wildlife encounters. Named for Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who first visited the region in 1642, this national park is New Zealand's smallest - but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. Visitors love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. Bursts of hiking or kayaking are punctuated by sun bathing, swimming and sedate snorkelling around the characteristic granite outcrops. Enjoy your Scenic Cruise in Able Tasman. Evening return to the Hotel. Overnight at hotel in Nelson.
After breakfast, travel south through the town of Blenheim, before reaching Kaikoura, a town steeped in Maori history and legend. Leave Kaikoura behind as you turn inland and travel through North Canterbury to reach the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. The city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. The city has bounced back after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 with innovative new attractions, as well as some old favourites. Overnight at hotel in Christchurch.
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight to back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your trip.
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