12-Day North and South Island King Kiwi Chinese Guided Tour from Auckland

  • Tour code: 078-5771
  • Available: Tue (Nov 21 - Apr 17)
  • Depart from: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights
From USD$1851.79

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Highlights:

Visit Omarama, Oamaru, Dunedin, Te Anau, Lake Tekapo Township, Whakahoro, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Cromwell, Mount Cook National Park, Raglan, Rotorua, Matamata, Fiordland National Park, Tongariro National Park, Taupo, Wanaka, Waitomo Caves.

Pricing Details

Adult:$1851.79
Child:$1574.63
  • Twin - shareaccommodation (male or female rooms) is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single private room (subject to availability).
  • Tours are not suited to children under 7 years. 7 - 17 year old's may travel if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Age based on the time of commencing travel (not booking).

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Auckland - Rotorua(194 km)
  • Day 2 Rotorua - Taupo(63 km)
  • Day 3 Taupo - Tongariro National Park - Whakahoro(134 km)
  • Day 4 Whakahoro - Waitomo - Raglan(255 km)
  • Day 5 Raglan - Auckland - Christchurch(871 km)
  • Day 6 Christchurch - Lake Tekapo Township(181 km)
  • Day 7 Mt Cook - Wanaka(225 km)
  • Day 8 Wanaka - Queenstown(84 km)
  • Day 9 Free day in Queenstown
  • Day 10 Queenstown - Fiordland National Park - Te Anau(270 km)
  • Day 11 Te Anau - Dunedin(291 km)
  • Day 12 Dunedin - Christchurch(330 km)
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Day 1 Auckland - Rotorua(194 km)

Haere mai (welcome)! Your Stray tour kicks off in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. From here we head south to Matamata, where you have the option to experience the place where the real Middle Earth story began, the Hobbiton Movie Set. Explore the hills, gardens and houses that were home to Frodo and Bilbo in Peter Jackson's epic trilogies. Those not interested in Hobbiton will continue on to Rotorua for free time to discover a city well - known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. You also have the option to experience the world's one and only human powered aerodynamic racing pod, the Shweeb. In the afternoon, the group will venture out for an exhilarating mountain bike tour with a local Maori guide through the towering California Redwood trees of Whakawerawera Forest. In the evening, you have the option to visit Tamaki Maori Village or the Polynesian Spa. At the award - winning Tamaki Maori Village, you learn about Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions and experience a delicious hangi meal and interactive cultural performance. Alternatively, a relaxing soak in one of the many geothermal pools at the Polynesi an Spa is a wonderful way to finish a busy day of adventure.

Located near the Kaimai Ranges, Matamata is a rural town in New Zealand. Visitors may recognize Matamata's scenic beauty because it serves as the location for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film franchise.

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    Hobbiton is the official location of The Lord of the Rings film franchise. Originally a family-run farm west of Hinuera, it is now a permanent tourist fixture dedicated to the characters and storytelling originally conceptualized by author J.R.R. Tokien.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$95; Child (9-16 yrs) N$95|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours
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    The Green Dragon Inn's circular blue door is instantly recognizable as a featured landmark in The Lord of the Rings film franchise. This quirky, famous pub hosts private tours and offers guests traditional Hobbit foods and beverages inspired by the movies.
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    This building was built for the Lord of the Rings movies, specifically the scenery around the Shire village of Hobbiton. After filming wrapped, much of the village was left standing.
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    The Party Tree is a large, beautiful tree famous for its appearance in The Lord of the Rings film franchise. This enormous tree is located in a scenic meadow at the south end of Hobbiton and is the location of one of Bilbo Baggins famous speeches.

Located in the Bay of Plenty region, Rotorua is New Zealand's 10th largest urban city. Tourists can visit the Government Gardens and the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. Other popular activities include mountain biking, boating, and fishing.

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    Known to locals simply as ‘The Redwoods’, the 55,000ha Whakarewarewa Forest is a playground for mountain bikers, walkers, hikers and horse riders set amongst magnificent stands of towering Californian Redwoords, lush native forest and exotic trees.
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    Experience the Maori culture firsthand at a traditional Hangi feast. Using the same method as their ancestors, food is cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Visitors can also enjoy a cultural performance with songs and "haka," a Maori warrior dance.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$120; Child (10-15 yrs) N$65; Child (5-9 yrs) N$25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) N$99|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours 30 Minutes
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    Experience the Maori culture firsthand at a traditional Hangi feast. Using the same method as their ancestors, food is cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Visitors can also enjoy a cultural performance with songs and "haka," a Maori warrior dance.
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    Since 1882, there has been a bath house on this site in Rotorua, NZ. Currently, the geothermal spa facility here provides a relaxing treatment that is said to especially help those with arthritis.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$29; Child N$29
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    Rotorua Shweeb is the world’s most efficient man powered machine, hanging in cycling pods from an overhead rail - challenge your friends or foes in a 600m race.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$37; Child N$37
Standard Hotel: Four Canoes Hotel or equivalent

Day 2 Rotorua - Taupo(63 km)

We start the day by visiting a bubbling mud pool in the Waiotapu area for an example of Rotorua's active geothermal wonders. Before we leave Rotorua, we will also stop at a secret spot in the native bush for a chance to swim in an all - natural geothermally heated creek. Carrying on to Taupo, we will stop at the thundering Huka Falls , NZ's most photographed natural attraction, on the way into town. Next, we head to the town centre on the shores of Australasia's largest freshwater lake, the Great Lake Taupo. You have the rest of the afternoon free for activities. The most popular activity here is to jump out of a plane and skydive over the lake, but you can also test your bravery with a bungy jump or a se rene sailing trip on the lake.

Located in the Bay of Plenty region, Rotorua is New Zealand's 10th largest urban city. Tourists can visit the Government Gardens and the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. Other popular activities include mountain biking, boating, and fishing.

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    Described as one of the top 20 most surreal places in the world, the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a colorful and spectacular volcanic area where guests can walk along geothermal features and experience natural phenomena unlike any other.
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    Kerosene Creek, a geothermally heated stream where you can bathe and relax. Hot water from a natural spring under the earth bubbles up into the cool waters of the creek, creating pleasantly warm waters. Swimmers have piled up small smooth rocks to create little hot pools beside the 2m waterfall.
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    Snake through steep native bush clad canyons and over 14 awesome rapids & 3 waterfalls including world-renowned 7 metre Tutea Falls, the Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall in the World! Blended with touches of Maori culture, this trip offers it all, for both white water rafting enthusiasts and first timers.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$95; Child (Over 13 yrs) N$95|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
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    It offers a range of unique experiences and is always striving to be innovative and can guarantee that a ride with us is "Always Original". It is safe, great value and fun for the whole family.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$25; Adult (second time in same day) N$19; Child (Over 6 yrs, Children under 6yrs are not permitted on the tour) N$25; Child (second time in same day) N$19; 3 person in 1 ball

Located at the center of the North Islands, Taupo resides along the shores of New Zealand's largest lake. In recent years, the town has become a popular venue for outdoor sporting events like sailing, cross country, biking, and more.

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    Experience the natural beauty of Haku Falls, a set of cascading waterfalls that drain into Taupo Lake, the largest lake in New Zealand. Located on the Waikato River, visitors can walk trails, jetboat, or admire views from various observation points.
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    Lake Taupo is a beautiful, immense lake located in the center of the North Islands of New Zealand. Visitors can view fascinating Māori rock carvings over 10 meters in height at Mine Bay on Lake Taupo by boat or kayak.
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    The North Island's most popular bungy jump is a real blast. Our unique cantilever platform projects out from the cliff-top, above the inviting waters of the Waikato River below. Whether you choose to bungy solo or tandem, our highly trained crew pride themselves in providing you with an exhilarating and safe bungy experience.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $149; Adult (Tandem Bungy) $298; Adult (Solo Extreme Swing) $109; Adult (Tandem Extreme Swing) $218; Adult (Bungy & Extreme Swing Combo) $218; Solo Bungy, at least 10 years of age and weigh a minimum of 45kgs (Bungy) and 30kgs (Swing). Those 16 years and under require parental consent. Maximum weight is 180kgs
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    Join the Lake Taupo cruise to the extraordinary 14-meter high Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. Sailing Taupo’s beautiful bays, Sail Barbary’s two electric yachts offer the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure at an awesome price. Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$44; Adult (5:00pm summer only) N$49; Child (0-15 yrs) N$25; Child (0-15 yrs, 5:00pm summer only) N$29; 10:30 am or 2:00pm|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours 30 Minutes
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    With our expert tandem skydive instructors you’ll jump out of our aircraft from up to 15,000ft and into an incredible free-fall over the worlds most stunning drop zone, surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of lake Taupo, you’ll slow from a 200KM/H descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$279; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$359; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$458; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$519; Adult (Freefall, 12,000 feet) N$498; Adult (Freefall, 15,000 feet) N$559; Adult (Full Monty, 12,000 feet) N$588; Adult (Full Monty, 15,000 feet) N$659; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
Standard Hotel: Bella Vista Motel or equivalent
Breakfast: Included

Day 3 Taupo - Tongariro National Park - Whakahoro(134 km)

This morning we depart early driving through to the UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. There's time for a break to capture National Park's dramatic volcanic scenery and to enjoy a short 20min return walk to Tawhai Falls, better known as "Gollum's Pool" from The Lord of Rings films. Our destination today is regularly ranked by passengers as one of our overnight stops and you'll soon see why. Located in one of the most rem ote parts of the North Island, Blue Duck Station is a sprawling 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working station and an environmental conservation leader. Once you arrive, the hosts will provide an educational talk about life and the mission of Blue Duck Station, followed by a working dog demonstration and farm tour of this amazing property. Dinner and dessert are included tonight.

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tongariro National Park is the 4th oldest national park in the world. In addition to traditional outdoor recreational activities, visitors can visit sacred Maori religious sites and bird watch while surrounded by three active, volcanic mountains.

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    Tawhai Falls is a 13 metre high waterfall located in Tongariro National Park. An easy walk takes just 10-15 minutes to reach the waterfall's lookout with natural stone Trolls (exactly as described in the 'Hobbit'). Tawhai Falls is also the filming location of Gollum’s pool where Faramir and his archers are watching Gollum fish.

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    Tours stop here for the night and it's a great opportunity to enjoy some of the optional activities (horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and bush safaris to name but a few). You'll get to experience a unique slice of Kiwi farming culture and hospitality wrapped up within dramatic natural landscapes.
Standard Hotel: Remote country station lodge (Quad - share, Single/Private upgrades do not apply )
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 4 Whakahoro - Waitomo - Raglan(255 km)

Today, we head north west for the coast. Our first stop is Waitomo, a small rural town where the main attraction is in fact underground. Don't miss out on the opportunity for a seriously cool caving adventure that will have you wading, climbing, abseiling and tubing through Waitomo's magnificent cave network. If you want something a little more relaxing, there is a gentler guided tour option to view the twinkling glow - worms in their underground habitat. Our overnight destination tonight is the world - renowned surf town of Raglan, famous for its perfect surf breaks and stunning black sand beaches. We arrive in time to catch a private sunset cruise around Raglan Harbour and witness the incredible West Coast sunset. On board our boat, we'll enjoy a clas sic Kiwi dinner of fresh fish and chips as we watch the sun melt into the Tasman Sea (included).

Waitomo can be translated as the 'stream which flows into the hole in the ground'. This meaning is reflected through its fantastic geological history and landscape. Combine your experience with Ruakuri Cave, see glowworms up close and descend a spectacular spiral entrance. In Aranui Cave be mesmerised by ornate cave decorations also the underground Black Water Rafting.

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    Take time to let your eyes adapt and you will be rewarded with the soft glow of many of thousands of glowworms. There are enough to gently light up an entire cave and bring you to a sense of wonder. Later, our relaxed and gentle tour will treat you to the beautiful Cave of the Spirit. Walk through a lovely succession of chambers to find speleothems, fossil remains of extinct moa and cathedrals filled with natural light, softly falling to the floor.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$70; Child (0-14 yrs, Accompanied by parents) N$26; Child (0-14 yrs, For instance school trips) N$45
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    You'll encounter abseils (often in waterfalls), rock climbs, unique limestone formations and get up close to glowworms while exploring this fantastic cave system. See stalactites and stalagmites; columns and delicate straws. New Zealand’s famous glowworms make an appearance - see them up close & personal.
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    Imagine a huge underground chamber 100m long and 40m high - just bristling with stalactites; stalagmites; flowstone and all manner of wonderful natural creations. You gain access down a 60m shaft in two abseils.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$160; Child (Over 12 yrs, Any children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or mature adult known to the child who is aged 18 years and over) N$160|Duration: Approx. 4 Hours
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    This ripper of a trip combines the best elements of blackwater rafting with walking, climbing, swimming and tubing through distinctive sections of the spectacular TumuTumu Cave. See awesome cave formations as well as one of the best Glowworm displays in New Zealand. Allow 4 hours for this trip (with about two hours actually underground)
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$160; Child (Over 12 yrs, Any children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or mature adult known to the child who is aged 18 years and over) N$160|Duration: Approx. 4 Hours

Raglan is both a surfing mecca and a dramatically scenic area of black sand coastline. Many people believe that Manu Bay on this coast has the longest, most accessible and consistent left-hand break in the world. This lively surf town has an interesting creative culture and a wonderful choice of cafés.

Standard Hotel: Palm Beach Motel or equivalent
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 5 Raglan - Auckland - Christchurch(871 km)

There's no better place to learn to surf than Raglan, and you have the option to take a beginner's surf lesson with the local experts. I f you don't fancy a splash in the waves, the morning is yours to relax and enjoy the beach. After we leave Raglan we will go on a little adventure to Bri dal Veil Falls, where a short walk through beautiful native bush leads to an impressive cascading waterfall. On the way north, there's time to stop for ice cream before we arrive in Auckland in the afternoon. We will stop to drop you off at the Auckland Airport to catch your flight to Christchurch . Your airport shuttle transfer to the accommodation and tonight's accommodation is included.

Raglan is both a surfing mecca and a dramatically scenic area of black sand coastline. Many people believe that Manu Bay on this coast has the longest, most accessible and consistent left-hand break in the world. This lively surf town has an interesting creative culture and a wonderful choice of cafés.

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    Waireinga Falls is the Maori name of Bridal Veil Falls, located along the Pakoka River in New Zealand. This magnificent plunge waterfall is 180 feet (55 meters) high and over time has caused a large pool to form at its base.
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    We offer the best value beginner 3 hour surfing lessons available because you get the most optimal student to instructor class ratio,everyday,with no minimum numbers needed! Private 1on1 lessons for intermediate/advanced surfers on request.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$79; Child (Over 10 yrs) N$79; Participants must be physically fit, able to swim 100m and at least 10 yrs old.
Standard Hotel: Christchurch All Stars Inn
Breakfast: Included

Day 6 Christchurch - Lake Tekapo Township(181 km)

We'll head south across the Canterbury Plains and venture deep into the beautiful Mackenzie region, known for its unbelievably blue lakes and snow - capped mountain landscape. At the iconic township of Lake Tekapo, famous for its turquoise glacial waters, we'll stop to stretch our legs and explore some historic sites including the Church of the Good Sheppard. From Tekapo, we continue past picturesque Lake Pukaki on route to our destination at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. Aoraki is the mountain's Maori name, meaning "Cloud Piercer". You have an option to do a scenic flight to enjoy the stunning views of New Zealand's highest peaks and spectacular alpine scenery. As one of the few designated "International Dark Sky Reserves" in the world, this is one of the very best places in New Zealand to join a stargazing tour and be mesmerized by the night sky above.
Lupin flowers: Between November and December the beautiful purple lupin flower blossoms all across the Central Otago region. When in season, we?ll make stops to admire beautiful fields of these flowers

Located near the Mackenzie Basin, the Lake Tekapo Township is a small community surrounded mountain ranges, lakes and natural beauty. It is also home to Mount John University Observatory, the Church of the Good Shepherd, Waitaki Dam, and more.

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    Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau).
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    Mount Cook, locally known as Aoraki, is the highest mountain in New Zealand measuring 12,218 feet tall. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Cook is a beautiful, diverse location like no other. Enjoy exploring peaks, valleys, lakes, forests, and more.
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    The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains. It was built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country.
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    Mount Cook is far from the city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand. In June 2012 this region was approved as one of only a few International Dark Sky Reserves (IDSR) worldwide and is therefore perfect for viewing the night sky!
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$70; Child (4-14 yrs) N$35
Standard Hotel: Mt Cook Lodge & Motel or equivalent
Breakfast: Included

Day 7 Mt Cook - Wanaka(225 km)

Start your morning early with an invigorating hike through the Hooker Valley surrounded by the native alpine bush and the dramatic Southern Alps mountain range. We'll leave Mt Cook Village mid - morning to continue south, stopping in Omarama for lunch. Time permitting, we might catch a sheep shearing demonstration, where an educational 30min show teaches about the importance of the wool industry in New Zealand. From here it's over the Lindis Pass, and into the popular lakeside holiday township of Wanaka. You'll have the remainder of the afternoon to sign up for one of the many activities on offer , whether it' s mountain biking around the lake, exploring the weird yet wonderful Puzzling World, skydiving, or learning to fly your very own stunt plane

Mount Cook, locally known as Aoraki, is the highest mountain in New Zealand measuring 12,218 feet tall. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Cook is a beautiful, diverse location like no other. Enjoy exploring peaks, valleys, lakes, forests, and more.

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    One of the most popular walks in Mt Cook National Park. Pass through Hooker Valley and walk beside the Hooker River. Picturesque icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.

Nestled in a broad basin between mountain ranges, Omarama is well known to glider pilots. Come here to soar in the skies and fish in the fast rivers.

Nicknamed the Fruit Bowl of the South, the historic town of Cromwell was known for gold mining and stone fruit production. Guests can experience the picturesque quality of this historic town and visit Clyde Dam, Kararau Gorge, Lake Dunstan, and more.

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    At an altitude of 971 meters above sea level, the Lindis Pass connects the central Otago region to the Mackenzie Basin. Although a beautiful drive, visitors may also walk, mountain bike, and horse-back ride to the Lindis River.

Located in the Otago region, Wanaka is a popular resort town that attracts tourists all year round. From cross-country skiing to water skiing, Wanaka offers endless outdoor activities no matter the season, as well as gorgeous views of mountain ranges, lakes, and more.

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    Located at the heart of Wanaka, Lake Wanaka is situated in a glacier basin and spans an area of 72 square miles. Ideal for adventure tourism, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter.
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    Originally designed as a super maze in 1973, Puzzle World has expanded into a unique attraction featuring bizarre buildings, optical illusions and exhibits, and perception challenges that are as fun as they are baffling. Experience architecture, art, games, and more.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$17; Child N$17
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    Innovative and progressive, we’re dedicated to delivering a unique tandem skydive experience, with high standards of safety, comfort and personal service. See up to six lakes, the rugged Southern Alps, Mt Cook and the South Island’s longest river (the Clutha)
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$339; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$439; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$508; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$608; Adult (Freefall, 12,000 feet) N$568; Adult (Freefall, 15,000 feet) N$668; Adult (Full Monty, 12,000 feet) N$628; Adult (Full Monty, 15,000 feet) N$728; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
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    Wanaka is a very unique place to learn to fly, offering some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand, with very stable weather conditions ideal for training. We offer fully flexible flight training and mountain flying programmes that can be individually tailored to meet each student’s ability, availability and needs.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$149; Adult (Trial Flight (30 mins) , bring a friend for free) N$199; Trial Flight (20 mins) , bring a friend for free
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    Biking the shores of the Lake or the banks of the Clutha River is considered a must-do in Wanaka and we have several mountain bike tours available. Guests can go at their own pace with our bike.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$60; Child N$60
Standard Hotel: Wanaka Hotel or equivalent
Breakfast: Included

Day 8 Wanaka - Queenstown(84 km)

We have a big day planned with lots of activities to look forward to as we make our way towards Queenstown. On route, we'll stop in Cromwell, famous for its fresh fruit and nut produce. Next up is a visit to AJ Hackett's Bungy Bridge, where this sporting phenomenon originally began. If there was ever a time to try a bungy, today is the day. Even if it's not your thing, you'll still enjoy watching others take the leap of faith! After all that excitement, we'll soothe the nerves by visiting Gibbston Valley Winery to sample some Pinot Noir, the region's specialty, with the option to pair it with fine Patagonia chocolates. We'll spend time exploring the historical township of Arrowtown, where you can experience first - hand a settlement of gold mining huts built by Chinese immigrants during the Otago Gold Rush of the 1860s. At the end of the day we will arrive into Queenstown, known in New Zealand as the "Adventure Capital of the World"! Your guide will take you around the city centre, pointing out all the important places you need to know to ensure you make the most of your free day tomorrow. Queenstown has a lively nightlife with plenty of excellent restaurants, pubs and live music to check out.

Nicknamed the Fruit Bowl of the South, the historic town of Cromwell was known for gold mining and stone fruit production. Guests can experience the picturesque quality of this historic town and visit Clyde Dam, Kararau Gorge, Lake Dunstan, and more.

Once a key town in the Central Otago Gold Rush and home to the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown has a rich, unique history. A popular tourist destination, guests can also explore historic buildings as well as resorts, golf courses, boutiques and restaurants.

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    During the Otago Gold Rush of the 1860s, a small Chinese community popped up near Arrowtown. Visitors to the area can still see what is left of their huts on the banks of Bush Creek.

Located in the South Island of New Zealand along Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an urban, resort town popularized for its adventure tourism, which includes snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and paragliding. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy also features locations from Queenstown and surrounding locations.

Standard Hotel: Bella Vista Motel or equivalent
Breakfast: Included

Day 9 Free day in Queenstown

Make the most of your final free day doing any of the other incredible activities on offer or further exploring Queenstown.

Located in the South Island of New Zealand along Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an urban, resort town popularized for its adventure tourism, which includes snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and paragliding. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy also features locations from Queenstown and surrounding locations.

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    Ideal for families, tour groups, and conferences & incentive groups. The Kawarau Zipride is comprised of 3x 130m zip lines, allowing for solo or tandems, and can take up to six people at once! Our Zipride reaches speeds of up to 60kph- zipride like Superman, share the fun with a friend or maybe race your work colleagues upside-down!
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    It takes a certain kind of person to jump from an aircraft at 15,000ft into thin air. It takes courage. Expect sensory overload as your mind, body and soul fight against every natural self-preserving urge. The challenge is immense. Harnessed by space age materials to an experienced qualified Jumpmaster, you step out of that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you plummet toward the ground at 200 kph - terminal velocity!
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$339; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$439; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$528; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$628; Adult (Freefall, 12,000 feet) N$598; Adult (Freefall, 15,000 feet) N$698; Adult (Full Monty, 12,000 feet) N$668; Adult (Full Monty, 15,000 feet) N$768; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
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    It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts his state-of-the-art Big Red Jet Boat through its paces. At 85kph he’ll skillfully whip the powerful boat past rocky outcrops, skim around crags and boulders, and speed through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into a myriad of white water crystals with every turn.
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    Discover your own natural high while jumping from a plane 15,000ft above New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery! Freefall at 200kph over Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area – the place of greenstone. Welcome to Paradise.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$335; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$409; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$504; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$578; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
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    You’ll be carried 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak, where you’ll enjoy the best views in the region unfolding before your eyes. You get to experience a spectacular 220 degree panorama with breath-taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and, of course, Queenstown.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$35; Adult (Gondola & 2 Luge Rides) N$49; Adult (Gondola & 5 Luge Rides) N$56; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola only) N$22; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola & 2 Luge Rides) N$37; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola & 5 Luge Rides) N$46; Gondola only
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    Take a thrilling ride enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Our purpose built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on over 800 metres of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you’ll be hooked. Once is never enough.
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    Not only is Queenstown the Adventure Capital of the World but it is also the location of the 'World Home of Bungy Jumping'- The Kawarau Bridge Bungy! 43m Bungy Jump off the Historic Kawarau Bridge.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$180; Child (10-14 yrs) N$180
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    Situated 400 metres above Queenstown, the Ledge enables you to put your own twist on Bungy Jumping.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$195; Child N$195
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    Swing out 400m above Queenstown. This crazy exploit will swing you off into the sky and bring you back from your high, before you've managed to stop screaming– a truly thrilling way to take in the Queenstown sights!
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$145; Child (10-14 yrs) N$145
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    Set an epic 134m above the stark beauty of the Nevis River, the highest Bungy (bungee) in New Zealand is a once in a lifetime experience.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$260; Child N$260
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    The World's Most Famous Swing. After being lifted out above the launch deck, suspended 160 metres above the canyon floor, you’re suddenly released and find yourself rushing towards the other side of the valley at 120kph, eyes wide open in disbelief or shut tight in fear.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$180; Child (10-14 yrs) N$180
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    Gibbston Valley is New Zealand's largest wine cave region and offers visitors a wide range of food and wine related entertainment. Guests can tour the winery and enjoy tastings, shop for gifts, eat at restaurants and cafes, and even cycle the scenic property.
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    Often considered one of the best views in the world, the gondola that is attached to the Skyline restaurant in Queenstown provides an amazing scenic vantage point of the surrounding lands of New Zealand.
Standard Hotel: Bella Vista Motel or equivalent
Breakfast: Included

Day 10 Queenstown - Fiordland National Park - Te Anau(270 km)

It's an other early start as we depart for the natural wonder of Fiordland National Park. Sit back and take in one of the most spectacular drives on the South Island as we travel around the edge of Lake Wakatipu and watch the landscape morph from rolling farmland to mountains and dramatic fiords. Our destination is New Zealand's most famous attraction, Milford Sound, sometimes called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". This afternoon we will board a scenic boat cruise and navigate through the deep green waters, surrounded by sheer mountains, dewy rainforest and tumbling waterfalls. Keep your eyes open for the fur seals, dolphins and penguins that are ofte n spotted in the fiord. After our Milford cruise, we will return to our accommodation situated right on Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake.

Established in 1952, the Fiordland National Park is New Zealand's most significant conservation that supports a large and diverse ecosystem of plants and wildlife. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, and more while surrounded by the astounding beauty of this natural paradise.

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    Described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound offers breathtaking views and recreation. Visitors can admire staggering cliffs and waterfalls, kayak in the sea, take a helicopter flight, or enjoy a day or overnight boat cruise.
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    Spend the night aboard the Milford Mariner Cruise Ship and experience the Milford Sound like never before. Enjoy nature guides by day and stargazing by night, as well as delicious buffet-styled breakfast and dinner among the sound's natural beauty.
    Duration: 1 Day

Located in the Southland region of New Zealand, Te Anau is a scenic town that borders the Fiordland National Park. Experience the beauty of numerous mountain ranges, Lake Te Anau, bird watching, and easy access to Queenstown and the Milford Sounds.

Standard Hotel: Lakeview Holiday Park or equivalent
Breakfast: Included

Day 11 Te Anau - Dunedin(291 km)

We depart Te Anau this morning to make our way back to the east coast. Today's destination is Dunedin, a prominent university city known for its Scottish heritage, Victorian architecture , breweries and white sand beaches that are home to fur seals, sea lions, penguins and the only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross in the world. We will arrive in time to join an aftern oon Peninsula Wildlife Tour. Alternatively, you have free time to explore the city on foot, marvel at the classical architecture, stroll the Chinese Garden or Botanic Garden, take a guided tour of the Speigh's Brewery or visit the historic Larnach Castle.

Dunedin is a bustling urban, cultural center in the Otago region in the South Island of New Zealand. It offers a wide variety of attractions for visitors including the theatre, music, museums, sporting events, universities, parks, gardens, architecture, and much more.

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    Embodies Dunedin's wealthy inheritance, This building perhaps is New Zealand’s most photographed building. The ornate Flemish Renaissance-style architecture features white Oamaru limestone facings on black basalt rock. The sheer size, grandiose style and rich embellishments of the station earned architect George Troup the nickname of Gingerbread George.
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    The castle is set high above the harbour where William Larnach commissioned the construction of New Zealand’s only castle in 1871. It is also well known for its 14 hectare garden and grounds which has been recognised as a Garden of International Significance.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$31; Child (5-14 yrs) N$10
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    The Otago Peninsula together with its 20 km long harbour, is the home of an abundance of magnificent world famous marine wildlife, namely The Royal Albatross, the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin/Hoiho and the Blue Penguins at Pukekura.You will also find many Seals, as well as The New Zealand Sea Lion.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$113; Child N$113
  • Always Available
    On this tour, guests will explore the Penguin Place conservation and be able to see adorable little penguins up close in a protected setting.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$80; Child (5-14 yrs) N$60|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
  • Always Available
    Come join this award-winning interactive tour of one of New Zealand's most famous breweries since 1876. Over the course of the experience, you will learn about beer production techniques, taste some samples, and be able to purchase your favorite brews.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$29; Child (5-17 yrs) N$13|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
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    A perfect miniature of a traditional Chinese landscape painting, this Garden encapsulates the essence of nature. It was built to take you on a journey to a greater understanding of history, culture, heritage and tradition.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$9; Child (13-18 yrs) N$6; Child (Under 13 yrs) Free
Standard Hotel: Bella Vista Motel or equivalent
Breakfast: Included

Day 12 Dunedin - Christchurch(330 km)

On our way out of town this morning we'll stop to visit Dunedin's Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. From here, we drive north up the coast to the Moeraki Boulders, one of the South Island's most fascinating attractions. These naturally occurring giant spherical stones are embedded on a sandy beach. Each weigh several tonnes and range up to 3m wide . Next stop along the coast is the old world town of Oamaru. You'll be guided through the Victorian precinct with the option to check out Steampunk HQ, an intriguing museum dedicated to retro - futuristic sci - fi art . After lunch in Oamaru, we express back to Christchurch, arriving early evening at approximately 5:00pm. You will be dropped off at either the Christchurch International Airport or your Christchurch accommodation.

Dunedin is a bustling urban, cultural center in the Otago region in the South Island of New Zealand. It offers a wide variety of attractions for visitors including the theatre, music, museums, sporting events, universities, parks, gardens, architecture, and much more.

  • Always Visit
    Located in Dunedin, New Zealand, Baldwin Street is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's steepest residential Street. At its maximum incline, the slope of Baldwin Street is 19 degrees or a gradient of 35%.

Oamaru is the largest and most populous town in the northern Otago region. Located 120 kilometers north of Dunedin, Oamaru is home to important archaeological sites and architectural stone buildings such as St. Patrick's Basilica.

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    Moeraki Beach is best known for enormous, spherical boulders lying along its coast between the towns of Moeraki and Hampden. Visitors will enjoy learning about the indigenous Māori legends surrounding these boulders and the picture-perfect views these unique beach feature offer.
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    Oamaru stone is a key component in the architecture of New Zealand. Many of the buildings in this town are preserved to keep this intact, as the stone is susceptible to the weather.
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    Discover an alternative past – or maybe a quirky version of the future – in this fascinating art project celebrating steampunk culture. Ancient machines wheeze and splutter, and the industrial detritus of the last century or so is repurposed and reimagined to creepy effect.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$10; Child N$2

*Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.

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