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10 Day Intrepid Premium New Zealand South Island

10 days 9 nights
Christchurch to Queenstown
from NZD$6,135pp
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Taking you from Christchurch to Queenstown via glaciers, wineries, lakes, and an overnight cruise on Milford Sound, this 10-day tour showcases the natural beauty and thriving food and wine scene in the South Island of New Zealand. Forage for fresh ingredients with a local chef in Otago, set your pulse racing during a jetboat ride in Queenstown and come face to face with endangered species at a wildlife centre on the West Coast, including New Zealand’s rarest kiwi. With a friendly leader to guide the way, you’ll experience a landscape that has been shaped by the elements over thousands of years.

Wildlife & nature

This Tour Also Features

  • Monteiths Brewing Co. Tasting
  • Pounamu (Greenstone) Studio Visit
  • West Coast Treetops Walkway
  • West Coast Wildlife Centre Visit with Ranger
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
  • Aspiring Biodiversity Trust Lunch
  • Guided Walk to the Blue Pools with a Local Ornithologist
  • Criffel Station Foraging & Lunch Experience with Local Chef
  • Milford Sound Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Shotover River Jetboat Experince
  • Gibbston Valley Cheese & Wine Pairing
  • Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
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Day One - Welcome to Christchurch!
Tour day 1
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Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch! Your tour begins with a late afternoon group meeting at 6pm followed by an exclusive Welcome Dinner at a tiny restaurant and natural wine bar featuring produce from the Canterbury region and across the South Island. Meet the chef and learn firsthand about the sustainable ethos that underpins his cooking, then enjoy a delicious three course meal celebrating local producers.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as you will be providing insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late, please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. A note will be placed in the hotel lobby for more information on where the welcome meeting will take place.

Accommodation: Christchurch City Hotel or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Dinner
Located in the heart of the city centre, Christchurch City Hotel offers chic accommodation, matched with stunning city views and amazing panoramic vistas of the Port Hills and iconic Cathedral Square.

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Day Two - A journey through Arthurs Pass to the 'Wild West Coast'
Tour day 2
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Christchurch / Greymouth / Punakaiki

Take a morning stroll with your leader around some of the landmarks of Christchurch. Next set off for Punakaiki, driving through Arthur’s Pass and Castle Hill – the spectacular mountain scenery may look familiar, as parts of The Chronicles of Narnia movie were filmed against this dramatic backdrop. After lunch in Moana, enjoy a short walk at Lake Brunner, the largest lake in the northwestern South Island of New Zealand. Spend the afternoon in Greymouth, stopping into a boutique studio to learn about the prized west coast jade known locally as Pounamu (Greenstone). Then continue to Monteith's Brewery, considered the original home of New Zealand craft brewing, for a tour and tasting. Arrive at Punakaiki Resort by late afternoon. Situated in Paparoa National Park, the resort is adjacent to the beautiful Punakaiki beach and the magnificent Pancake Rocks and Blowholes - the perfect spot to reflect and relax.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast
The Punakaiki Resort is a modern, award-winning hotel complex, architecturally designed to harmonise with the local environment. Nestled in the foothills of Papaproa National Park the resort has spectacular views of the Wild West Coast beaches while all rooms have rainforest and/or ocean views.

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Day Three - Down the West Coast
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Hokitika / Franz Josef

After breakfast, explore the Punakaiki Rocks and Blowhole before the drive to Franz Josef. Along the way, stretch your legs at the charming west coast town of Hokitika, and enjoy an exhilarating treetop adventure on a walk through the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. In the afternoon, take a private ranger-guided tour of the West Coast Wildlife Centre, home of the official breeding programme for the world's rarest kiwi, the Rowi. Also keep an eye out for tuatara, a reptile endemic to New Zealand. Arrive at your Franz Josef accommodation by evening.

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat Deluxe Tree Hut or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast
Charming and stylish studio Deluxe Tree Huts, privately nestled amongst the lush rainforest canopy with a deck area to take in the incredible scenery from.

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Day Four - Glacier Country
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Franz Josef

Join your leader for a guided walk to see the icy wonderland created by the Franz Josef Glacier, one of the steepest glaciers in New Zealand. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you may like to join an optional heli-hiking tour and get even closer to this incredible glacier. Other optional activities include kayaking, a scenic cruise on Lake Mapourika or a soak in the hot tubs at Franz Josef.

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat Deluxe Tree Hut or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast
Charming and stylish studio Deluxe Tree Huts, privately nestled amongst the lush rainforest canopy with a deck area to take in the incredible scenery from.

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Day Five - From glaciers to lakes
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Makarora / Wanaka

Depart Franz Josef for the picturesque resort town of Wanaka, the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park, located in the Otago region. Stop along the way at Makorora and visit the Aspiring Biodiversity Trust, an organisation which strives to protect and restore indigenous biodiversity. After lunch, take a guided walk with a local ornithologist and ecologist to enjoy the vibrant hue of the aptly named Blue Pools that feed the Makarora River. Keep an eye out for endangered birds as you learn about how the Aspiring Biodiversity Trust is working to reduce predators and save some of New Zealand’s rarest species. Arrive in Wanaka by later afternoon, and settle in to your home for the next two nights - a homestead built on the site of a former sheep station. Located next to the resplendent Wanaka Station Park on the shores of Lake Wanaka, and a short stroll from Wanaka township, you'll be perfectly placed to enjoy all this charming town has to offer.

Accommodation: Wanaka Homestead or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Relaxed, luxury, and homely charm that is Wanaka Homestead. Privately owned and welcoming just 21 guests, the hospitality is warm & attentive, yet discreet.

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Day Six - Explore Wanaka
Tour day 6
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Wanaka

Enjoy a sleep in or perhaps start your day with a hike up Mt Iron for a view over Lake Wanaka and the surrounding peaks. Today's experience is one of the real highlight's of your trip. Central Otago is a region well known for food and wine, and today you will visit the spectacular Criffel Station for a chef-guided tasting and foraging tour, followed by a delicious lunch, washed down with some excellent Central Otago wines.

Accommodation: Wanaka Homestead or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Relaxed, luxury, and homely charm that is Wanaka Homestead. Privately owned and welcoming just 21 guests, the hospitality is warm & attentive, yet discreet.

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Day Seven - Milford Sound via the spectacular Milford Road
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Milford Sound

Depart Wanaka for the drive to Te Anau. Along the way, take in a spectacular scenic drive across the Crown Range and by the shores of Lake Wakatipu. After lunch, continue on to your embarkation point for your Feature Stay, an overnight cruise surrounded by the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound, also known by its Te Reo (Maori) name Piopiotahi. Aboard your purpose-built vessel, enjoy a full length journey of the fjord out to the Tasman Sea, with the possibility to see wildlife such as seals, penguins and dolphins. You will also have access to a specialist guide with information on the fjord's history and natural environment. For those who are keen, kayaking and/or small boat tours allow a truly immersive experience of this special place. Finish your day with a delicious three-course dinner before settling down in your cosy cabin.

If you have booked a single supplement please be advised that tonight's accommodation aboard the cruise ship is a single supplement exception and you will be accommodated in twin share cabins.

Accommodation: Milford Sound Overnight Cruise or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Spend the night aboard and wake up to dawn in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. It’s the ultimate Milford Sound experience!

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Day Eight - Milford to Queenstown, via Te Anau
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Milford Sound / Te Anau / Queenstown

After a leisurely onboard breakfast surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery, you’ll disembark and travel to Queenstown with plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs along the way. After another stop in pretty Te Anau for lunch, you’ll arrive in plenty of time to check into your boutique hotel in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Kamana Lakehouse Hotel or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast
A high altitude, inspiring place of elegant comfort, and the perfect setting to immerse yourself in iconic views

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Day Nine - Discover quaint Arrowtown
Tour day 9
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Arrowtown / Queenstown

Today is the grand finale of your trip. In the morning, take an exhilarating jetboat ride on the Kimi Akau (Shotover River), deep into the spectacular Shotover Canyons. Speeding over water as shallow as 10cm, this is an amazing white water experience, operated by the Ngai Tahu, Maori people who have a centuries-old connection with this land. Continue on for a leader-led walk through historical Arrowtown, then enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at Gibbston Valley. Toast the end of your journey with a New Zealand-inspired gin & tonic or glass of Otago wine at a bar & restaurant with arguably the most spectacular views in all of Queenstown.

Accommodation: Kamana Lakehouse Hotel or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast
A high altitude, inspiring place of elegant comfort, and the perfect setting to immerse yourself in iconic views

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Day Ten - Farwell from Queenstown
Tour day 10
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Queenstown

Your New Zealand adventure ends this morning after breakfast. As this trip spends very little time in Queenstown, we recommend you spend an extra day or two here if you want to experience all the town has to offer. Your booking agent will be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).cular views in all of Queenstown.

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