FLASH PACKING These tours allow you to make the most of each action packed day. To ensure complete comfort, your accommodation is - Quality, private rooms with ensuite facilities and a television. - in a range of carefully selected Hotels, Motels and Hostels.
HOW IT WORKS
Accommodation and transport is pre-booked.
Get picked up and dropped off at your centrally located accommodation each day.
FLEXIBILITY - Want an extra day somewhere or an airport transfer and accommodation on arrival into NZ, or a nights post tour accommodation and transfer to airport no problems just let us know at the time of booking and we can customize your chosen tour to suit your needs.
Unlike some other adventure holiday tours this tour give's you absolute freedom. Our adventure holidays depart daily during the summer and depart up to 5 days a week during the winter months. Our tours can also be tailor made to suit your needs.
Transport, 6 nights private accommodation,
Waitomo region, Boiling mud pools, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve, Thunderous Huka Falls, Monteiths Brewery Tour Greymouth incl transfers
CHRISTCHURCH - GREYMOUTH
This trip has been named as one of the world’s great scenic rail journeys. You will travel between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. This four and a half our journey takes you across the Canterbury Plains and farmland then continuing on through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The train climbs into the Southern Alps stopping at Arthur’s Pass Village for some fresh alpine air before heading down through beech rainforests to the West Coast town of Greymouth. Words really don’t do this fantastic journey justice; it’s amazing in both a snowy winter or during the heat of summer. Approximate arrival time in Christchurch is 6.00pm. Approximate arrival time into Greymouth is 12.45pm. Enjoy a tour of the Monteiths Brewery in Greymouth this afternoon.
GREYMOUTH - FRANZ JOSEF
This morning we travel further down the West Coast before stopping in the township of Hokitika, famous for its local cuisine and treasured Pounamu (Greenstone). The traces of gold rush that brought thousands to the area in the mid 1800s are still evident in the historic town of Ross, where we take time to do a spot of gold panning later in the morning. Heading further south we enter Westland National Park, an area containing numerous scenic lakes, dense forests, many of the Southern Alps highest peaks and two amazingly accessible glaciers. Time for more adventure! We arrive into the alpine village of Franz Josef in time for those who want to partake in a half day glacier hike. If you wish to aim higher, take a heli-hike that will deliver you to the top of the glacier within the midst of the Southern Alps. Those not doing a hike today will be taken to the glacier lookout before being dropped at accommodation. If glaciers aren’t your thing, another option here is to go kayaking on the scenic Lake Mapourika, surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. Tonight, relax the night away in the Glacier Hot Pools. Approximate arrival time into Franz Josef in winter is 12.00pm and summer is 1.00pm.
FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN
We have an early start for an action packed day. First up we pass through Fox Glacier, another village nestled next to a glacier before stopping off at Lake Matheson. Often called the ‘Mirror Lake’, it is famous for its reflections of the Southern Alps which dominate the skyline - perfect for those picture postcard photos. As we head inland away from the west coast via Haast and Makarora, the scenery changes from dense forest to vast plateaus as we enter the Central Otago region. Make sure you have your cameras ready as we pass Lake Hawea and shortly after Lake Wanaka. Next up is a stop at the home of the bungy, the Kawarau Bridge. At 42 metres above the Kawarau River is the home to the world’s first commercial bungy site… Go on we dare you to jump! We head into Queenstown late afternoon where there are endless activity options, from mild to wild. We have allowed two nights in Queenstown to soak it all up. Approximate arrival time in Queenstown is 5.30pm
Spend the day trying out some of the huge range of activities on offer in ‘the adventure capital of the world’
QUEENSTOWN - DUNEDIN
Life slows down a little as we leave Queenstown behind us, the first stop being historic Arrowtown for a glimpse of the way things were. We then head off along the old gold mining trail taking in some spectacular scenery through Central Otago to the city that is known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin. A wonderful mixture of Victorian colonial history and contemporary cafes and bars, Dunedin also provides a great base to explore the largest variety of wildlife in the South Island. Upon arriving in Dunedin, get close to nature and join the highly recommended Elm Wildlife Tour that takes you to the Otago Peninsula to spot yellow-eyed penguins, Albatross, sea lions and fur seals up close. For something quite different, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory where samples are included, or perhaps finish off a great day by joining the evening Speights Brewery Tour. Approximate arrival time into Dunedin is 12.45pm.
DUNEDIN - LAKE TEKAPO
We start the day with a chance to run up Baldwin Street - the world’s steepest street - that’s you, not the Magic bus! The next stop is a walk on the beach to see the Moeraki Boulders, huge rocks scattered across the seashore renowned for their unique spherical shape. Next we pass through the historic stone town of Oamaru. As we head on into the Mackenzie Country we pass by the Benmore Dam, the largest earth dam in the Southern Hemisphere. Keep an eye out for amazing views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the many surrounding lakes. The tranquil Lake Tekapo is our overnight destination, a small town located at the end of a lake by the same name. There is a lot on offer here including an optional day trip to Mt Cook, kayaking on the lake, fantastic sightseeing flights of the Southern Alps or visit the idyllic Church of the Good Shepherd. Tonight, don’t miss the chance to view the Southern Hemisphere stars up close and enjoy your fellow travellers company as your driver cooks up a feast to remember. Approximate arrival time into Lake Tekapo is 2.30pm.
LAKE TEKAPO - CHRISTCHURCH
After leaving the shores of Lake Tekapo, we travel around the edges of the stunning Mackenzie Country crossing over Burkes Pass and the foothills of the Southern Alps. We then pass through the picturesque towns of Fairlie and Geraldine, stopping here for a short time. For those considering undertaking the ‘Lord of the Rings’ tour, let your driver know as you can get picked up just before Methven, a rural Canterbury town. Methven is also the base for skiing Mt Hutt in the winter. The bus then heads through the Canterbury Plains, the largest area of flat land in NZ and a huge contrast to our previous days travel! Those flying out today can be dropped at the airport after accommodation drop offs. Approximate arrival time into Christchurch is 1.30pm or 2.15pm at the airport.