TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the North Island’s largest native forest at Te Urewera National Park • See Waitaki’s valleys, majestic mountains and pristine lakes • Experience true charm and Kiwi hospitality • Enjoy the Interislander Ferry Crossing from Wellington to Picton
Day 10: Waitaki Valley - Queenstown (approx. 350km) You drive over another remote pass. During the New Zealand gold rush this area was one of the most populated in the country. One of the reminders of this glorious past is the tiny village of St. Bathans. A handful of historic houses, a pub and a very nice manmade lake are the only witness of this era. From the wine region of Central Otago you drive over a remote track to the Wakatipu Basin and to Queenstown. Blue Peaks Lodge Day 11: Queenstown Over 2 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to experience unique scenery, search for adventure, seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or to just breathe pure mountain air. The region is home to plenty of hiking and biking trails, guided tours, family activities, boat cruises, and scenic flights to Milford and Doubtful Sound or spa and wellness centres. For adrenalin junkies, the self-proclaimed adventure capital of the world offers plenty to get your blood pumping: Test your limits with white water rafting, ziplining, 4x4 off-roading, paragliding and skydiving. Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef (approx. 360km) You cross the Crown Range over New Zealand’s highest official road to Wanaka. You reach the West Coast over the Haast Pass, a scenic drive with many opportunities to stop and explore. Be impressed by the breathtaking beauty and the many different shades of green of the dense rainforest. Glaciers, rainforests and coast are close together in Westland National Park. We recommend a side trip to Monro Beach Walk and a stop at Ship Creek Walk. During the months of October to December you might even be lucky and see penguins and hector dolphins playing in the sea. Glacier View Motel Day 13: Franz Josef – Hokitika / Greymouth (approx. 160km) Make one of the walks in the glacier area or book a helicopter flight with glacier landing from Fox Glacier and Franz Josef. There is a lot to see and to do. Visit the isolated Okarito at the coast and make a kayak trip through the quiet lagoon. Or a jet boat tour in Whataroa to a White Heron Colony where you can watch these rare birds. Hokitika and Greymouth are the jade centres of the country. Visit a workshop You can do a side trip to the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki in the morning. The route over the main divide to Christchurch takes you along Lake Brunner and climbs over Arthur’s Pass, the only real mountain pass in New Zealand. The famous TranzAlpine Express train crosses it too. You arrive in Christchurch. Enjoy the many cafes and restaurants and take advantage of a last opportunity to purchase souvenirs from Aotearoa. Breakfree on Cashel Day 15: Return to Airport Drop off your vehicle at the car rental office at the airport. PRICES INCLUDE • Value accommodation. Please call for Standard or Deluxe choices • Meals as specified: 2 breakfasts • Activities and experiences as specified • Rental car throughout as specified (please ask for terms & conditions) • Basic vehicle insurance and watch the jade carvers do their art work. Coleraine Motel & Apts Day 14: Hokitika / Greymouth - Christchurch (approx. 260km)
Day 7: Nelson – Hanmer Springs (approx. 310km) You drive to the remote Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park. A special track with some river crossings takes you from St. Arnaud to Murchison. After lunch you return to the hinterland and travel on remote gravel roads through dense beech forest and cross the main divide via the Lewis Pass before civilization catches up with you again in Hanmer Springs. Relax in the thermal pools under the sky or take a walk, go golfing, hire a mountain bike, or bungee jump. Aspen Lodge Motel Day 8: Hanmer Springs – Mt. Hutt (approx. 290km) Make a side trip to Kaikoura to swim with dolphins and seals and watch whales in their natural environment. Or drive directly to Garden City Christchurch; often referred to as the most English town outside England. Take a walk through Hagley Park and along the Avon River before you drive over the wide Canterbury Plains to the foot of the Southern Alps where you stay overnight. (B) The Old Vicarage Day 9: Mt. Hutt – Waitaki Valley (approx. 235km) The turquoise colour of Lake Tekapo will capture you. Take a scenic flight from Tekapo over Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. You drive then along a remote valley, covered by scarce vegetation and tussock grass. Climb across a long forgotten and rarely used mountain pass to reach your overnight destination amidst the Waitaki Valley. (B) Sublime Lodge
• Travel documentation including tour manual with detailed day-to-day driving instructions and recommended activities, New Zealand road atlas and map.
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