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Alpine Explorer - 9 days - Top Rated Adventure Tour

The ultimate 9-day winter experience for those who want to see and do it all. With a combination of stunning ski locations, scenic hikes, bike rides and adventure activities while staying in the best winter locations this tour has something for everyone.

Starting and finishing in Christchurch you’ll travel to the most scenic locations and see the best winter highlights of New Zealand’s South Island. See mountains, glaciers and the stunning scenery of the rugged West Coast rainforest and coastline. Ski on the best fields and hike in the shadow of New Zealand’s highest peak – Mt Cook. Journey over the mighty Southern Alps with an optional Tranz Alpine Train Crossing – one of the best train journeys in the world.

per adult from

$1,876

NZD

Duration

9 days

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  • What's included :
    • 8x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 8 nights
    • All accommodation in carefully selected hostels and lodges.
    • A knowledgeable and friendly Flying Kiwi driver/guide
    • Mt Hutt ski field mountain transfer and full day lift pass
    • Ohau ski field mountain transfer and full day lift pass
    • Tekapo Springs Hot Pools
    • Plenty of free hikes and walk options
    • Optional bike rides of varying lengths
    What's excluded :
    • Adventure activities (optional)
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

  • Day 1: Christchurch to Methven

    Pass By: Mt Hutt Ski Area, Methven New Zealand
    Leaving Christchurch at 4:30pm we travel the short distance to the picturesque village of Methven, a snow sport magnet during the winter months as it sits in the shadow of New Zealand's best ski resort, Mt Hutt! This field offers breath-taking views along the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean and is well worth a visit to test your skills on the slopes or just to marvel at the stunning views.

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

    Day 2: Methven to Lake Tekapo

    Pass By: Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
    It's time to dust off your ski gear and hit the slopes! We've included mountain transfers and a full day lift pass to New Zealand's best ski resort!If spending the day on the mountain isn't for you, spend time exploring Methven village, enjoy a massage or explore the region with a Lord of the Rings tour.Leaving the mountain at 3pm we make our way to the scenic lakeside township of Lake Tekapo. Next door to our perfectly located accommodation is the winter wonderland of TekapoSprings where their Hot Pools are the perfect way to end our day (included free). Relax, enjoy and take in the stunning night sky this magical part of the country offers. In fact, this area is so excellent for star gazing that it was named the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve, meaning the skies are almost completely free from any light pollution, making it one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

    Day 3: Lake Tekapo to Mt Cook

    Pass By: Mount Cook Alpine Memorial, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
    Today we take you up close to New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki/Mt Cook. On arrival into the Mt Cook village tour the world class Information Centre featuring interactive exhibits, mountain artwork along with stories and memorabilia of NZ's brave mountaineers. A must see to truly appreciate the majestic, beautiful and remote area we are here to explore. Hike to the Tasman Glacier with plenty of photo opportunities or see Tasman Valley on an optional 4WD & Argo tour. Tonight, our accommodation is located in the shadow of Mount Cook, relax and enjoy as we share stories and a few laughs around the fire.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

    Day 4: Mt Cook to Ohau

    Pass By: Lake Ohau, Twizel Queenstown Highway, Twizel New Zealand
    Getting away from commercial ski fields, today we venture to NZ's most well-known family run field and a locals favorite, Ohau. With shuttle transfers and a full day lift pass included we get an early start up the mountain to be rewarded with stunning views to Aoraki Mount Cook and overlooking Lake Ohau. This ski field is suitable for all abilities but if you prefer, to relax and enjoy the comforts of the lodge or explore the remote and beautiful surrounding area by foot or cycle, you're most welcome. After a day of adventure, a comfortable lodge setting awaits complete with an open fire, a hot meal and stunning lake views.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

    Day 5: Ohau to Queenstown

    Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
    Today we travel the dramatic Lindis Pass linking the MacKenzie Basin with Central Otago. Prepare to be wowed as we travel through this alpine area of tall tussock covered mountains and roadside snow. Arriving by midday into the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ - Queenstown we spend two nights in centrally located accommodation that's ideal for enjoying all on offer. Optional Milford Sound boat cruise, bungy jumping, skydiving, scenic lake cruises or take to the mountains skiing and snowboarding just to name a few! This town has a buzzing vibe with something for everyone along with great hikes and cycle options.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

    Day 6: Queenstown

    Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
    With so much to see and do we spend a full day in this scenic lakeside town to soak up the scenery, jump off a bridge or create tracks down the mountain. If you would like to explore further afield we recommend a day trip to the stunning Milford Sound for a scenic boat cruise. Get amongst it and enjoy!

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

    Day 7: Queenstown to Franz Josef

    Pass By: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
    Just when you think the scenery can’t get any better…it does! Prepare yourself for the remote and rugged scenic beauty of the stunning West Coast, with its jaw dropping views and great short walks. The wild West Coast is home to majestic rainforest, thundering waterfalls and tranquil pools. Tonight, we stay in glacier country at the picturesque village of Franz Josef. Our accommodation is nestled in lush rainforest and located close to the Glacier Hot Pools, a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

    Day 8: Franz Josef

    Pass By: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
    Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders – Franz Josef with an optional Guided Heli Hike or Guided Heli Ice Climb. This staggering beautiful work of nature is 12 kilometres and descends from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level. Franz Josef is a quaint village offering scenic short walks or explore by bike or air with an optional skydive. To see nature at its best you can't go past a kayak trip along a narrow estuary amidst the lush ancient rainforest of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

    Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchurch

    Pass By: Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013 New Zealand
    Start the day with a great cycle ride, or hike to a stunning viewpoint overlooking the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Continuing up this spectacular coastal stretch we stop in Hokitika – home to Greenstone factories where you can see the skilled craftsmen at work before taking to the mountains once again as we travel over the breathtaking Southern Alps! We stop along the way to enjoy a short mountainous walk before arriving into Christchurch early evening for our final farewells as we leave you to reflect back on the wonders you've seen and experiences you've had.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    1: Canterbury Museum (Christchurch), Canterbury 8013, New Zealand
    2: Airport/Antarctic Centre, Canterbury 8053, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    4:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

8

Organised by Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours

Activity ID: V-85672P5

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