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MT COOK LILY Small Group Tour of New Zealand, 23 days (South Island)

Our small group escorted tours are very special. We proudly offer flexible, comfortable, good-humoured and unforgettable journeys with no more than 16 guests per tour. Our unique itineraries and hand-selected accommodation offer opportunities for personalised experiences and wonderful service.

Duration

14 days

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  • What's included :
    • 13x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 13 nights
    • Entry/Admission - Interislander Wellington
    • Entry/Admission - Wither Hills Cellar Door
    • Entry/Admission - Abel Tasman Coast Track
    • Entry/Admission - Eco Wanaka Adventures
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Wanaka
    • Entry/Admission - Real Journeys Visitor Centre
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Tekapo
    • Entry/Admission - Punting On The Avon
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - The Helicopter Line Fox Glacier

  • Day 1: Wellington

    Stop At: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
    You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your return flight home, alternatively, should you wish to extend your stay in New Zealand we can assist you with additional travel arrangements.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington

    Day 2: Wellington to Nelson

    Stop At: Interislander Wellington, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Your day commences with one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world. Travel to the South Island through the waters of Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Wither Hills Cellar Door, 211 New Renwick Road, Blenheim 7272 New Zealand
    In Marlborough, we enjoy a wine tasting at one of the region’s premier wineries. We then cross to sunny Nelson our base for the next two nights.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Heritage Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

    Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park

    Stop At: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Harvey Road, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park 7010 New Zealand
    Abel Tasman National Park is a pristine wilderness of hidden coves and bush-clad ranges best explored by boat and on foot. This morning your tour includes a choice of one of these options:
    a) 3-4 hour Scenic Cruise (no walking)
    A morning cruise reveals the golden sands and turquoise waters of Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy time at leisure in Kaiteriteri and return to Nelson on the late afternoon transfer.
    b) Walking Option 1: Astrolabe Beaches and Bays (7km, 2.5 hour walk)
    After the scenic cruise, disembark at Apple Tree Bay for a self-guided walk to fabulous Anchorage Beach. Late afternoon shuttle transfer back to Nelson.
    c) Walking Option 2: Forest and Swing-Bridge (10.5km, 4 hour walk)
    After the scenic cruise, disembark at Medlands Beach for a self-guided walk that includes the scenic highlights of the South Head lookout, the famous Falls River swing-bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool. Late afternoon transfer back to Nelson.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Heritage Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

    Day 4: Nelson to Punakaiki

    Stop At: Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
    We drive through the Nelson Lakes National Park to the shores of Lake Rotoiti, then follow the goldminers’ route, crossing the Buller River Gorge by single-track bridges. Emerging from the forest the road hugs the coastline south to the small settlement of Punakaiki - renowned for its wild, rugged coastline and the famous ‘Pancake Rocks.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

    Day 5: Punakaiki to Fox Glacier

    Stop At: Hokitika Gorge, Kokatahi 7881, New Zealand
    Our route today takes us south along the Great Coast Road through historic towns reaching Hokitika with a chance to browse its excellent art and craft galleries.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Fox Glacier South Side Walk, State Highway 6 Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
    We continue to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. These rivers of ice flow down almost to sea level.

    Stop At: The Helicopter Line Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier Main South Road SH6 Fox Glacier, West Coast 7859, New Zealand
    Weather permitting, an optional helicopter ride with a snow landing is a terrific way to experience the sheer grandeur of the glaciers (extra cost).
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier

    Day 6: Fox Glacier to Wanaka

    Stop At: Lake Matheson Walk, Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
    Have your camera ready for your visit to nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll - when conditions are right the lake perfectly mirrors beautiful Mt. Cook in its still waters. Head over the Haast Pass deep into Mt. Aspiring National Park. We reach lovely Lake Wanaka and the pretty resort town of Wanaka.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

    Day 7: Wanaka

    Stop At: Eco Wanaka Adventures, Lakeside Rd, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
    This morning you have the choice of two excursions:
    a) Take a lake cruise to a conservation island
    Join a local eco-guide to discover rare native birds, island walks and stunning landscape views.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Lake Wanaka, Wanaka 9343 New Zealand
    This morning you have the choice of two excursions:
    b) Experience a scenic 4WD adventure
    Explore remote High Country farmland.
    This afternoon is at your leisure to relax or enjoy your own choice of activities.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

    Day 8: Wanaka to Te Anau

    Stop At: The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory, 30 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302 New Zealand
    Depart Wanaka with our first stop at the much photographed Cardrona Pub before traversing the Crown Range road to visit historic Arrowtown – a delightful gold rush village. Continue your journey travelling past spectacular Lake Wakatipu to reach Lake Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Distinction Hotel Luxmore

    Day 9: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

    Stop At: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9640, New Zealand
    The journey to Milford Sound is one of the most scenic experiences you can have on four wheels! Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound is breath-taking in any weather. We board a comfortable vessel for a cruise past Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. Enjoy your picnic lunch while watching for seals and dolphins which are often seen in the waters of the fiord. We end our day in Queenstown.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Scenic Suites Queenstown

    Day 10: Queenstown

    Pass By: Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand
    Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of Queenstown create the perfect backdrop for a visit full of adventure, exploration or relaxation. Today is free for you to do your own thing and the options are endless!

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Scenic Suites Queenstown

    Day 11: Queenstown to Mt. Cook to Twizel

    Pass By: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, 1 Larch Grove, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
    We pass pretty Lake Dunstan before we cross Central Otago countryside to the Lindis Pass. Descending into the Mackenzie Basin the Southern Alps dominate the horizon. We drive along Lake Pukaki to Mt. Cook Village, home to New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then overnight in the small town of Twizel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel


    Day 12: Twizel to Rural Canterbury

    Stop At: Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
    Visit a friendly lakeside home to learn the secrets of making a Pavlova - a truly Kiwi dessert! View the Church of the Good Shepherd and Lake Tekapo before travelling to Ashburton.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation options: a) Rural homestay: b) Local hotel:

    Day 13: Ashburton to Christchurch

    Stop At: Punting On The Avon, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
    We cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to our last destination, Christchurch. Post-earthquake the city mixes colonial charm with modern architecture, re-inventing itself in typical Kiwi style. Edwardian styled boatmen take you for a relaxing cruise along the River Avon before we enjoy a journey onboard a beautifully restored heritage tram through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch


    Day 14: Christchurch

    Pass By: i-SITE Christchurch Airport, 30 Durey Road Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053 New Zealand
    Haere ra – farewell from New Zealand. You are transferred to the Christchurch Airport for your return home. Alternatively, should you wish to extend your stay, we can assist you with additional travel arrangements.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Wellington Airport, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Single Supplement 10/23/2020 - 10/23/2020
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    11/27/2020 - 11/27/2020
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    1/27/2021 - 1/27/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    2/16/2021 - 2/16/2021
    Tuesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    3/19/2021 - 3/19/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    4/23/2021 - 4/23/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    5/28/2021 - 5/28/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    10/22/2021 - 10/22/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    12/3/2021 - 12/3/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    MT COOK LILY Small Group Tour of New Zealand, 23 days (South Island) 10/23/2020 - 10/23/2020
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    11/27/2020 - 11/27/2020
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    1/27/2021 - 1/27/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    2/16/2021 - 2/16/2021
    Tuesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    3/19/2021 - 3/19/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    4/23/2021 - 4/23/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    5/28/2021 - 5/28/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    10/22/2021 - 10/22/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    12/3/2021 - 12/3/2021
    Friday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

2

Organised by Pure Discoveries

Activity ID: V-178918P3

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