DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH
On arrival at Christchurch airport self drive passengers will make their own way to Hertz depot for collecting their rental car whereas Seat in Coach Passengers will be met & greeted by driver and transferred to their accommodation. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH – MT. COOK
After breakfast at hotel, self drive passengers will drive their rental car while coach passengers will board their coach to Mt Cook. Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s spectacular scenery as you travel across the Canterbury Plains with the majestic Southern Alps as a constant backdrop. Continue inland to the rolling green pastures of Geraldine and then into the MacKenzie Country. In the heart of the MacKenzie Basin, nestled on the shores of azure Lake Tekapo, sits Tekapo. Visit the much photographed Church of the Good Shepherd. From Tekapo, continue through the arid MacKenzie Basin, past Lake Pukaki and onto Mt Cook National Park, home of the majestic Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 3: MT. COOK – QUEENSTOWN
After having breakfast at hotel, self drive passengers will drive their rental car while coach passengers will travel down the western side of Lake Pukaki at the foot of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Mount Cook. Continue your journey over the Lindis Pass into the historical gold mining region of Central Otago. Relax as you take in the spectacular scenery that changes from rugged ranges and mirror lakes to the winding Kawarau River Gorge, before emerging into the lush green farmland surrounding your destination of Queenstown. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 4: FULL DAY MILFORD SOUND EXCURSION INCLUDING CRUISE & INDIAN BOXED LUNCH
Self Drive passengers will drive through whereas coach passengers will be collected from hotel & travel from Queenstown to Milford hugging the shores of Lake Wakatipu, proceed past wind turbines, deer farms and across rural farmland, before reaching Lake Te Anau, the ‘Gateway to Fiordland’. Board the waiting vessel for a one hour forty minute full length cruise of Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea. After the cruises sit back, relax and enjoy the view from the coach on the return journey to Queenstown. Self drive passengers can upgrade today to go by coach. Please discuss with your travel professional. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 5: ENTRY TO SKYLINE GONDOLA WITH 1 LUGE RIDE / ENTRY TO SHOTOVER JET BOAT RIDE
Today make your own way to Skyline Gondola enjoy the stunning views as you ride the Gondola – the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere. The Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak. En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with views of Coronet Peak. The remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown. On arrival our purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces provide great photo opportunities. Jump on your specialised Luge cart, and then take control as you zoom down the Luge track. After you return back, make your own way to 37 Shotover Street “Station Building” for your courtesy shuttle transfer to Shotover site for the thrill and excitement of the ultimate Jet Boating experience with world famous Shotover Jet; it’s a unique, breathtaking white water ride and an adrenaline rush you’ll never forget! It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts your ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat through its paces and skilfully
whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN – CHRISTCHURCH
After breakfast at hotel, self drive passengers will drive their rental car while coach passengers will continue their journey to Christchurch which takes up the winding Kawarau Gorge then through the Lindis Pass to emerge on the vast MacKenzie Basin where you will have the Southern Alps as your constant companion until you go through Burkes Pass and out onto the Canterbury Plains which is the largest flat area of land in New Zealand. You will also get many great views of Mount Cook our highest and most famous mountain today as well. On arrival at Christchurch you will be delivered to your city hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
After breakfast at hotel, self drive passengers will drive their rental car to airport & return their rental car while coach passengers will be collected from their hotel & transferred to airport.
|Hotels||03 Star Accommodation||03 Star Accommodation|
|Christchurch||Elms Quality Hotel or similar||The Chateau on Park or similar|
|Mt. Cook||Hermitage Mt. Cook or similar||Hermitage Mt. Cook or similar|
|Queenstown||Heartland Hotel or similar||Novotel Queenstown or similar|