7-Day New Zealand South Island Blue bird Chinese guided tour from Christchurch

  • Tour code: 478-5769
  • Available: Sun (Oct 1 - Apr 29)
  • Depart from: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
From USD$876.47

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Highlights:

Visit Omarama, NZD, Oamaru, NZD, Dunedin, NZD, Te Anau, NZD, Lake Tekapo Township, NZD, Queenstown, NZD, Arrowtown, NZD, Cromwell, NZD, Mount Cook National Park, NZD, Fiordland National Park, NZD, Wanaka, NZD.

Pricing Details

Adult:$876.47
Child:$745.23
  • 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 Christchurch - Lake Tekapo Township(181 km)
  • Day 2 Mt Cook - Wanaka(225 km)
  • Day 3 Wanaka - Queenstown(84 km)
  • Day 4 Free day in Queenstown
  • Day 5 Queenstown - Fiordland National Park - Te Anau(270 km)
  • Day 6 Te Anau - Dunedin(291 km)
  • Day 7 Dunedin - Christchurch(330 km)
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Day 1 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

Day 2 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 3 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 4 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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    Its 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 hell 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 youve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, youll 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 5 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 6 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 Zealands 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
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    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
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    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 7 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.

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    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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Itinerary Variations
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