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If you are you looking for unusual New Zealand Tours, New Zealand Holidays, or New Zealand Coach Tours, you have found the right place.

New Zealand is well known for its breathtaking landscapes, kind and friendly people, glorious sceneries, heritage and spiritual atmosphere.

With us you can find a lot of touring programmes available for you to enjoy.

Our Tours cover both north and south island

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La Nuova Zelanda è famosa per i suoi struggenti paesaggi, gente cordiale, scorci suggestivi, antichi miti e tradizioni ancora vive immersi in una magica atmosfera.

Possiamo proporti un programma di viaggio che risponda alle tue aspettative piu' esigenti.

I nostri programmi di viaggio comprendono sia l'isola del nord che l'isola del sud ed estensioni di soggiorno mare in quasi tutte le isole della Polinesia.

NORTHLAND

Half Day Historical Tour
This leisurely tour takes in the best of the wonderful sights of Kerikeri.
You will see the Stone Store, Kemp House, Hongi's Kororipo Pa Site and
wander through Rewa's Maori Village. You will also visit an orchard and a
fruit winery. Kerikeri is renowned for its crafts and you will visit two of
the best workshops with pottery, woollen goods, paintings and kauri
products.

Half Day "Hole in the Rock" Cruise
Enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and Piercy Island passing through the famous
Hole in the Rock. The Bay of Islands is a centre for big game fishing and
you often see dolphins while cruising round the islands.  Stopover at Otehei
Bay included.

Dolphin Encounters
Dolphins are one of earth's most fascinating creatures and few other areas
are blessed with their presence all year round, as is the Bay of Islands. On
this marine adventure you will get right up close to the dolphins. Watch
their antics, get fantastic photos and swim with them if conditions permit
and it's not just dolphins we will show you - at times you will see whales,
seals, penguins and other wildlife.  Include use of wetsuit, snorkel,
goggles and fins.

"Cream Trip" Cruise
This famous cruise covers a dozen of the pretty islands and bays of the
harbour, delivering mail and provisions to all the islands enroute. Stopover
at Otehei Bay included.

Sea Kayaking - Available as a supplement at Otehei Bay from either of the
cruises, or separately from Waitangi.

Full Day Cape Reinga
Depending on tides, the journey to the tip of New Zealand is made one way on
the seemingly endless west coast beach and one way by the central road.
Visits are also included to the popular Wagener Museum and Sullivan's Glow
Worms and Kiwi House. Lunch optional extra.

Full Day R. Tucker Thompson - Sail
This is one of the most spectacular ways to see the magnificent Bay of
Islands. Explore the area as Captain Cook would have with the wind in your
hair, the creak of the masts and flapping of sails overhead. If you wish you
can help set the sails or take the helm. Anchor in a secluded bay and step
ashore, take a swim or just relax. Rain or shine there is not a day in the
Bay to match it. (Nov - May only)

Enhancements
Waitangi National Marae - The Treaty House at Waitangi is where the Governor
of the time and some Maori chiefs signed a peace treaty. A Maori "Wharenui"
and  a war canoe are also viewed.
Fishing and Diving - Please contact us for sport and big game fishing and
scuba diving trips available in this area.

Paihia-Russell Ferry - A frequent ferry service operates daily.  Visits to
the National Parks Visitor centre, Pompallier House and Captain Cook Museum
are worthwhile.

Vintage Train Ride - A 12 kilometre track from Kawakawa to Opua takes you
over bridges, through a tunnel and along the river-bank.  Photo stops are
arranged to capture the excitement and romance of travelling under steam.


AUCKLAND

Half Day City Sights
A tour of the city takes you through the city past the yacht-filled
Westhaven Marina and over the Harbour Bridge. Drive to the summit of Mt
Eden, for panoramic views. In the Domain park visit the Auckland Museum to
see the magnificent collection of Maori artefacts. Pass through quaint
Parnell Village and along the waterfront back to the city.

Enhancements
Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World: Walk through a re-creation of
Captain Robert Scott’s Antarctic hut then view a live penguin colony “on
 ice” by snow mobile.  A moving walkway carries you through an acrylic
tunnel under the sea to view the native fish, sharks and manta rays.

National Maritime Museum:  Hobson Wharf is a modern museum depicting
Polynesian and European exploration and immigration to New Zealand, with
interactive exhibits, and many different crafts displayed in the water
alongside:.

Harbour Ferry Crossing: A continuous schedule operates between the city and
the seaside suburb of Devonport allows for a leisurely exploration of this
village.

Sky Tower:
Auckland’s latest landmark offers you extensive views of the city and both
east and west coasts. Visit includes audio visual displays detailing the
history of Auckland.

Hauraki Islands Explorations
Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf is home to many islands that can be explored for a
half or full day trip from downtown by launch or air, or a combination of
each. Volcanic Rangitoto, just 200 years old is closest to the city - on
arrival take the guided 4-wheel drive tractor tour to the summit for 360
degree views. Not far away is Waiheke Island - the tour of the island
features wine tasting at two excellent vineyard wineries.

Full Day Rotorua
Travel by train to Rotorua, then enjoy the sightseeing in Rotorua as for the
Waitomo & Rotorua tour below,  excluding the glow-worm caves.

Full Day Waitomo & Rotorua
A 12-hour return trip to Rotorua. Including visits to Waitomo Caves, Rainbow
Springs (flora and fauna park), Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve & Maori Arts
and Crafts Institute, Rainbow Farm show and Rotorua city centre and
lakefront. Includes lunch on board the de luxe coach. Clients may
choose to terminate the tour in Rotorua.

Full Day Bay of Island
A 13 hour return trip into the rural region of Northland. The Bay of Islands
was the first region permanently settled by the European emigrants in the
early 19th century. In the afternoon visit the Waitangi Reserve - the site
of the former Governor's home and of the signing of the "Treaty" between the
British Government and many Maori chiefs, in 1840.
Enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and Piercy Island passing through the famous
Hole in the Rock. This area is a centre for big game fishing and you may see
frolicking dolphins accompanying you on the cruise around the islands.
Return to Auckland in  the late afternoon.


Two Day Waitomo & Rotorua
Day 1: Morning departure, by coach, across the Bombay Hills southwards into
the lush Waikato River valley to the Waitomo Caves. Guided walk and boat
ride through the caves, famous for the glow-worm grotto. Continue to
Rotorua. In the evening see a Maori cultural performance of stirring songs
and dances, and enjoy a "hangi" (ground oven) cooked dinner.

Day 2: Sightseeing today includes the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where
the young Maori are taught the skills of their ancestors, tour the Maori
village at Whakarewarewa and take a tour through the thermal valley. Visit
the entertaining and informative Agrodome sheep show featuring sheep
shearing demonstration, walk through the flora and fauna park at Paradise
Valley Springs. Return to Auckland.


Three Day Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo
Day 1: Morning departure, by coach, across the Bombay Hills southwards into
the lush Waikato River valley to the Waitomo Caves. Guided walk and boat
ride through the caves, famous for the glow-worm grotto. Continue to
Rotorua. In the evening see a Maori cultural performance of stirring songs
and dances, and enjoy a "hangi" (underground oven) cooked dinner.

Day 2: A relaxed tour visiting first the Waiotapu Thermal area, seeing the
Lady Knox geyser in action. Then travel through huge pine forests to Huka
Falls on the Waikato River. Visit Lake Taupo, tour the "Craters of the Moon
Thermal Park" and see Wairakei thermal power station. The highlight is the
exciting jet-boat ride at the Huka Falls.

Day 3: Sightseeing today includes the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where
the young Maori are taught the skills of their ancestors, tour the Maori
village at Whakarewarewa and take a tour through the thermal valley. Visit
the entertaining and informative Agrodome sheep show featuring sheep
shearing demonstration, walk through the flora and fauna park at Paradise
Valley Springs. Return to Auckland.


Two Day Bay of Island
Day 1: This morning you will travel by coach over the Harbour Bridge,
through the North Shore suburbs into the rural region of Northland. Pass
through many various beachside townships and over the Brynderwyn Hills to
the northern city of Whangarei. The Bay of Islands was the first region
permanently settled by the European emigrants in the early 19th century. In
the afternoon visit the Waitangi Reserve - the site of the former Governor's
home and of the signing of the "Treaty" between the British Government and
many Maori chiefs, in 1840.
Travel across the bay  by Ferry to Russell the beginning of European
civilisation in N. Z. and join a sightseeing tour of this fascinating
township.

Day 2: Enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and Piercy Island passing through the
famous Hole in the Rock. This area is a centre for big game fishing and you
may see frolicking dolphins accompanying you on the cruise around the
islands.
Time free this afternoon to relax and explore at leisure more of this resort
town. Return to Auckland in  the late afternoon.


Three Day Bay of Island
Day 1: This morning you will travel by coach over the Harbour Bridge,
through the North Shore suburbs into the rural region of Northland. Pass
through many various beachside townships and over the Brynderwyn Hills to
the northern city of Whangarei. The Bay of Islands was the first region
permanently settled by the European emigrants in the early 19th century. In
the afternoon visit the Waitangi Reserve - the site of the former Governor's
home and of the signing of the "Treaty" between the British Government and
many Maori chiefs, in 1840.
Travel across the bay  by Ferry to Russell the beginning of European
civilisation in N. Z. and join a sightseeing tour of this fascinating
township.

Day 2: Today you journey to Cape Reinga, the `top of New Zealand'. You will
drive along Ninety Mile Beach, an untamed stretch of white sand, which
extends west of Kaitaia to below Cape Maria van Dieman.  "Reinga" means
`place of leaping’  and refers to the legendary departure of deceased
spirits to their ancestral homeland. At Cape Reinga you can watch the green
Tasman and blue Pacific oceans meet. Lunch is included somewhere near Cape
Reinga.

Day 3: Enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and Piercy Island passing through the
famous Hole in the Rock. This area is a centre for big game fishing and you
may see frolicking dolphins accompanying you on the cruise around the
islands.
Time free this afternoon to relax and explore at leisure more of this resort
town. Return to Auckland in  the late afternoon.


ROTORUA

Half Day Thermal
Visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley: see geysers playing, silica terraces,
hot springs and boiling mud pools, a fortified Maori village and Arts and
Crafts demonstrations. See the Agrodome show featuring the top sheep breeds.
At Paradise Valley Springs you will see the Rainbow trout and other flora
and fauna in a tranquil setting.

Half Day Waimangu
Waimangu Thermal Valley was created by the eruption of Mount Tarawera in
1886. The resulting 15 km rift contains the Emerald Pool, a huge boiling
lake, a bottomless blue steaming lake and colourful silica terraces. Walk
through the valley seeing the various features, cruise across Lake
Rotomahana to the steaming cliffs, then return to the entrance by bus.
Note: Tour may be lengthened to full day by cruising across Lake Tarawera
and visiting the Buried Village.

Lakeland Queen
Your cruise on the paddlesteamer "Lakeland Queen", on Lake Rotorua takes you
close to historic Mokoia Island, famed for the renowned love story of
Hinemoa and Tutanekai. Refreshments included.

Mt Tarawera Four Wheel Drive
An exciting half day four wheel drive excursion through native bush to the
summit of Mount Tarawera, which last erupted in 1886. Opportunity to explore
the summit region and enjoy the view and refreshments before returning to
Rotorua.

Taupo Day Tour
A relaxed tour visiting first the Waiotapu Thermal area, seeing the Lady
Knox geyser in action. Then travel through huge pine forests to Huka Falls
on the Waikato River. Visit Lake Taupo, tour the "Craters of the Moon
Thermal Park" and see Wairakei thermal power station. The highlight is the
exciting jet-boat ride at the Huka Falls. Lunch not included.

Hangi and Maori Concert
A visit to Rotorua is not complete without experiencing the traditional
ground oven style meal (hangi) and the beautiful singing of Maori love
songs, the stirring "haka" (war dance) and the marvellous twirling pois.
Available at local Maori villages.

Trout Fishing
The district offers a wide selection of fishable lakes and streams for
trolling or fly fishing. We've got all the tackle equipment and comfortable
all weather boats.

LAKE TAUPO REGION

Huka Jet
On the Waikato River experience the exciting speed, deft twists and turns
performed by these remarkable craft. Skim upriver to view the Huka Falls,
where the Waikato River surges through a narrow cleft in the rock bed with
tremendous force.

River Boat Cruise to Huka Falls
An unique boating experience on board the genuine vintage riverboat "MV
Waiareka", which was launched in 1908 as a coal fired steamer. She
originally worked the Wanganui River, but now allows you to cruise the
Waikato river in a stately manner, viewing the Huka Falls from downstream.

Enhancements
Prawn Park
Set alongside the Waikato River is the world's only geothermally heated
freshwater prawn farm. Tour the Aquatech Farms complex, where technology and
the natural world combine to allow breeding of  a tropical species.

Farm and Home Stays
In most regions we can arrange welcoming hosts (normally grouping 3-4 guests
per host home) who meet and transfer the visitors from the coach at a
central point to their homes for an overnight stay. FITs are either met by
their hosts at coach or train stop, or are given directions if travelling by
rental car. Private facilities are not guaranteed at all homes but separate
bathrooms are often available. Group participants pack an overnight bag for
these nights, while the balance of luggage is locked in the coach. This is a
great opportunity for clients to meet and converse with New Zealanders
one-to-one, learning about lifestyles and attitudes. Dinner and breakfast
are included, and lunch if two or more nights booked.

Trout Fishing
The district offers a wide selection of fishable lakes and streams for
trolling or fly fishing. We've got all the tackle equipment and comfortable
all weather boats.

CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hourly throughout the day guided tours through this system of limestone
caves brings you to the underground stream on which you float in boats in
silence to see the glowworm grotto.
Enhancement:
For the more adventurous a longer tour available floating on the river in
wetsuit and rubber ring - “Black Water Rafting”  (3 hour raft)

Mt Ruapehu Summer Chairlift and Walks
From Mid-December through Easter Ruapehu Alpine Guides offer chairlift rides
up the mountain’s side for spectacular views from Knoll Ridge, where a cafe
operates for refreshments.
Enhancement:
From Knoll Ridge a one and half hour downhill walk is undertaken with a
guide who interprets the geology, flora and fauna as you return to Top o’
the Bruce.

Mountain Air Scenic Flights
From the Chateau Tongariro or Turangi airfields, this flight takes you past
Ketetahi Springs, over Mt Tongariro with its Blue Lake and Red Crater; gives
you a look into the cone of Mt Ngaruhoe, the Tama Lakes and the northern
slopes of Mt Ruapehu.
Can be taken as one way flight to rejoin the coach travelling northbound our
southbound through the region.

Napier Art Deco Guided Walk
This tour incorporates a slide show, guided walk around the inner city
Art Deco buildings to show the features that have been retained and
restored from the post 1931 earthquake rebuilding, a video presentation.


Half Day Gannet Safari 4-W-D Tour
During the summer (October to April) you can drive over the hill country of
Summerlee Station to Cape Kidnappers - a dramatic headland where around
15,000 gannets nest. You can see them diving for fish, courting and feeding
their chicks (in season).

Farm and Home Stays
In most regions we can arrange welcoming hosts (normally grouping 3-4 guests
per host home) who meet and transfer the visitors from the coach at a
central point to their homes for an overnight stay. FITs are either met by
their hosts at coach or train stop, or are given directions if travelling by
rental car. Private facilities are not guaranteed at all homes but separate
bathrooms are often available. Group participants pack an overnight bag for
these nights, while the balance of luggage is locked in the coach. This is a
great opportunity for clients to meet and converse with New Zealanders
one-to-one, learning about lifestyles and attitudes. Dinner and breakfast
are included, and lunch if two or more nights booked.


WELLINGTON

Half Day City Sights
A marvellous introduction to the harbour and hills of Wellington City. After
getting your bearings from the summit of Mt Victoria, this sightseeing tour
includes the Marine Drive, Oriental Bay, Te Aro Park, Parliament Buildings,
the Cable Car, Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, historic Thorndon and Old St
Paul's church. Admissions included to Katherine Mansfield’s Birthplace,
National Archives and Maritime Museum. The tour returns to the heart of the
city with its wealth of shopping and restaurants.

Half Day Kapiti Coast
Travel up the Hutt Valley and through the countryside to Pauatahanui,
visiting the historic Taylor Stace Cottage and craft shop. Over the
Paekakariki Hill, with its breathtaking views of the Kapiti Coast then on to
Lindale for an entertaining insight into New Zealand farming life. Also view
the amazing private collection of vintage cars and bikes at Southward Car
Museum.

Full Day Wairarapa Wildlife
Depart the city, skirting the harbour and travel through the Hutt Valley and
over the Rimutaka Ranges to the peaceful countryside of the Wairarapa. Focus
for the day is the Mt Bruce National Wildlife Sanctuary, where some of the
country's more elusive birdlife can be seen in their natural surroundings,
and the conservation of these breeds can be explained.

Full Day Wairarapa Wineries
Today’s journey takes you along the harbour coastline to the satellite
cities of Lower and Upper Hutt, thence over the steep Rimutaka Range of
hills into the peaceful Wairarapa Region.  Here the river flats are studded
with sheep and cattle, flower and market gardens. Around the little village
of Martinbourough a thriving wine industry has been established.  We arrange
tastings at several, and lunch during the day. Return to the city with views
of Lake Wairarapa enroute.

Interislander Ferry Crossings
Regular daily vehicular and passenger ferries sail between Wellington and
Picton in the Marlborough Sounds, in both directions, linking the two
islands. Rental car-hires are terminated/commence on either side and not
carried across. Motorhomes do need to be carried.
The duration of crossing is approximately 3 hours.
Movie theatre and restaurants and bar on board.
Enhancement
Lynx Fast Ferry:  Over the summer months an additional fast crossing of Cook
Strait is available which reduces the crossing time to 2 hours.
Three crossings daily in each direction.


MARLBOROUGH / NELSON

Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise
This half-day cruise takes you on a tour of Queen Charlotte Sound's most
spectacular bays to learn about its fascinating history and its unusual way
of life. Your skipper gives a full commentary and answers questions as you
pickup passengers and freight from the near-inaccessible homes and farms
along the way.
Enhancement: Torea Bay - Mistletoe Bay Walk: Alight from the boat at Torea
Bay and walk the Queen Charlotte track through fern-forest and bush to
Mistletoe Bay where you rejoin the boat.

Winetrail in Marlborough
Wine from this region has gained an international reputation, especially the
whites. Climatic and soil conditions are excellent for suavignon blanc,
riesling and chardonnay. A guided tour of several vineyards in the Blenheim
area, tasting included and purchasing if you wish.

The Coastal Pacific Train Trip
This train journey between Picton and Christchurch (either way) brings you
spectacular mountain scenery and seascapes as you drive down the rugged
Kaikoura coast. Luncheon on board extra. Connects at Picton to or from the
ferry to Wellington. Journey may be broken at Kaikoura for overnight and
nature watch trip.

Nature Watch
This is a three hour boat trip, sometimes at high speed, when whales are
sighted, including dolphins, seals and seabirds as well. Departs from the
village of Kaikoura, two hours south of Picton, by train or road. Weather
dependent.
Not suitable for those with back problems, pregnant women, the frail.

Abel Tasman National Park Cruise / Walk
The park is situated on the north-eastern coast from Nelson. At golden
Kaiteriteri Beach, join the launch  that cruises daily up the coast past
superb isolated beaches fringed with virgin bush. Time for a leisurely walk
and picnic lunch enroute before retracing your steps.

Nelson Vineyards and Crafts
Visit Nelson’s prestigious vineyards to sample typical white wine varieties
produced, as well as fruit wines and liqueurs. Also observe skilled crafts
people creating ceramics, leadlight, silver jewellery, wood turned objects
etc.

Nelson Evening Art Tour
A tour of Nelson’s finest galleries with local artist guide - a “feast for
the eyes”. The Rutherford Gallery for paintings, ceramics and pottery at
South Street; and at Craft Habitat delicate or vibrant hand-blown glass,
jewellery, wood and sculpture.

Collingwood Safari Tours
Just two hours drive out of Nelson your 4-wheel drive safari starts from
Collingwood taking you out into a remote and fascinating part of New Zealand
few even know exists.
Beginning as one of the South Island's first settlements then later as one
of the major gold boom areas it is the wild varied landscape, isolation and
man's constant struggle to wrestle the mineral wealth from its ranges that
has made the Golden Bay truly another world.
Two Safaris are offered: The Lighthouse 5½ hours and the Gannet Colony 6½
hours.



CHRISTCHURCH

Half Day City Sights - Morning
Featuring inner city Victorian and modern buildings including the Cathedral,
Town Hall and Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, the tree-lined Avon River,
Botanical Gardens and Hagley Park. Panoramic view of the city from the “Sign
of the Takahe”.

Half Day City Sights - Afternoon
Travelling through the Evans Pass to  Lyttleton Harbour, where a cruise is
included. Views of the city and the Southern Alps from the Summit Road. Stop
at Sign of the Takahe for optional afternoon tea.

Enhancements
Christchurch Tram: From one-hour to full day tickets are available on this
inner city circuit on restored trams running continuously - full commentary
on board.

International Antarctic Centre: Close to the airport this fine exhibition of
static and interactive displays and audio-visuals gives you an insight into
the landscape and wildlife of the “frozen continent”-also useful for a
between-flight stopover.

Willowbank Wildlife Park: Excellent display of wildlife including the kiwi
bird in natural environment (not seen glassed-in) best seen at night.

Jetboat ride: Close to Christchurch city this jetboat ride provides a
thrilling trip on the lower Waimakariri River - a shallow braided river used
for national jetboating championships.

Full Day Nature Watch - Kaikoura
Drive along the rocky coastline north of Christchurch to Kaikoura, the
seaside town on the Pacific coast for a 3 hour boat excursion to watch for
whales, dolphins and seals. After lunch (not included) there will be time to
explore a fur seal colony on the rocky shores that surround Kaikoura. Return
to Christchurch with a stop on the way at Waipara Springs Vineyard for a
wine tasting.

Full Day Akaroa
Akaroa, an early whaling station and French settlement has many points of
interest.  The whaling trypot and Langlois-Eteveneaux House (the oldest home
in the South Island), art and craft studios, numerous cafes (lunch not
included). Enroute visit a cheese factory for sampling in season, and a
typical farm. Cruise the harbour to look for dolphins and seals.  Return to
Christchurch with a stop on the way at Akaroa Winery for a tour and wine
tasting.

TranzAlpine Day Tour
The above train journey is taken as far as Arthur's Pass National Park.
Alight at Otira, with time for a beech forest walk to admire the alpine
flora and take photographs before coaching to a local restaurant for lunch.
Enroute enjoy an exhilarating jetboat ride on the Waimakariri River. Also
visit to a typical farm for sheep shearing and refreshments.

TranzAlpine Express
The TranzAlpine Express runs daily between Christchurch and Greymouth
through the spectacular Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass National Park.
Mornings from Christchurch, the train crosses the Canterbury Plains, winds
through the spectacular gorges of the Waimakariri River then into the
ruggedly beautiful Southern Alps before descending into the lush rainforests
of the West Coast.  Coach connections from or to Franz Josef and Fox
Glaciers are available. Light refreshments served on board, with live
commentary.

Home Hosted Dinner
You are hosted at selected local homes as the welcome guests of typical New
Zealand families. Dinner includes wine.



QUEENSTOWN

Half Day Arrowtown
Visit nearby Arrowtown, where trees planted by the goldminers line the
streets and many old stores and cottages remain. Also visit the Bungy Bridge
to see the fearless jump towards the river below, and Gibbston winery.
Enhancement:- Visit the museum to see gold nuggets and the old tools and
artefacts used by the miners.

Half Day Walter Peak Cruise
A cruise on the vintage steamer "Earnslaw" combining the scenic splendour of
Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains with a tour of a remote, fully
operational, high country sheep and cattle station (ranch), complete with
shearing demonstration. Refreshments included.

Half Day 4-Wheel Drive Safari
A twisting, turning mountain road carved out of sheer rock, winding around
cliff faces high above the Shotover River Gorge - this is Skippers Canyon
and Queenstown's most spectacular backcountry trip. The track follows the
original goldminer's wagon track deep into the canyon where you can try your
hand at goldpanning in the Shotover River, one of the world's richest.
Enhancements:
Skippers Canyon Jet boat ride; bungy jump and Helicopter flight return to
Queenstown. Also available trips to remote Sefferstown and Macetown.

Shotover Jet Boat Ride
A breathtaking experience skimming over thrashing rapids in just inches of
water, through narrow twisting gorges in a specially designed version of the
world-famous Hamilton Jet on the world's second richest gold-bearing river.

Queenstown Combo / Skyline Gondola
An all-inclusive adventure begins with 45 minutes of jetboating the Kawarau
River in Queenstown's fastest commercial jetboat. Then a spectacular
helicopter flight over Queenstown landing on the summit of Bob's Peak for
panoramic views.  Descent to town is by cable- way.

Dart River Jet
A courtesy ride from your hotel to Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu
starts your day tour. Here you will enjoy a scenic jetboat ride up the Dart
River into Mt Aspiring National Park, from the wide shallows of the lower
valley to a narrow rocky gorge. Refreshments included.

Full Day Milford Sound
Travel alongside Lake Wakatipu to Kingston and across the Southland Plains
to Te Anau. Continue to the Eglinton River valley and Cascade Creek, climb
to the Homer Tunnel and descend steeply to Milford Sound. Cruise up the ten
mile fiord. Later in the day retrace your route back to Queenstown.

Full Day Doubtful Sound
Travel alongside Lake Wakatipu to Kingston, and over tussock-grass country
to Lake Manapouri. Cruise across the lake to West Arm then coach over the
Wilmot Pass with spectacular views of the fiord and surrounding mountains,
and amazing endemic flora. Return to sea level to join your cruise to the
mouth of remote Doubtful Sound, viewing seals and possibly dolphins or
penguins. Picnic lunch included.



WEST COAST

Pancake Rocks Tour
From Greymouth drive north along the spectacular coast road to Punakaiki and
Paparoa National Park to see the Motukiekie sea stacks, hidden caves and
dramatic limestone gorges, and the blowholes and pancake rocks.

Moving Ice Tour
From Greymouth you coach south through Hokitika stopping to see the glass
works and greenstone (jade) carvers, Lake Mahinapua, giant matai trees,
views of Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman (weather permitting). Light lunch in Franz
Josef is followed by a guided glacier walk to the terminal face, and visit
to the National Parks Centre. Return to Greymouth or remain in Franz Josef.

Scenic Flights
A variety of scenic flights to and over glaciers and National Park are
available by fixed wing aircraft and helicopter.

Guided Walks (Franz Josef or Fox Glacier)
A wide range of non-exertive guided walks are available to view the awe
inspiring ice age glaciers and pristine local rainforest. After being fitted
with boots and alpenstock, walkers are guided on to the glacier for an
exhilarating but demanding hike on this incredible wonder of nature.
Enhancement: A scenic helicopter flight with landing on the glacier can be
incorporated into your glacier experience.

Okarito White Heron Colony (West Coast)
From November - February you can visit the white herons’ nesting place at
Okarito Lagoon. Access is by minicoach and jetboat, and a short board-walk
to the site where hides have been constructed. Your guide introduces the
rainforest and the bird's life-cycle to you enroute.


SOUTHERN ALPS

Mount Cook Ski-Plane Flight (40 minutes) *
This flight on ski-equipped planes takes you over mighty glaciers and
icefields. Snow and weather conditions permitting a landing will be made on
the upper Tasman Glacier. Shorter, less expensive flights also available,
also one way flights between airfields in the area.

Air Safari Flight - From Lake Tekapo (50 minutes)
A flight over mighty glaciers, snow and icefields, and amongst glistening mo
untain peaks. This is a world famous flight through 200 kilometres of New
Zealand's most beautiful and spectacular alpine scenery, often available
when skiplanes grounded.

Four Wheel Drive Safari (Wanaka)
Collected from your hotel by comfortable four wheel drive vehicle for a half
day safari across local high country sheep stations towards Mt Aspiring
National Park. Ford the Motatapu River, before climbing Glendhu hill for
stunning views over the region.

Robroy
Drive 60 kilometres from Wanaka via Glendhu Bay and the Matukituku River
Valley to Raspberry Hut at the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park.  The
track travels over the Matukituki River and up the Robroy Valley, across
open grassland with sheep and cattle, and through native rain forest.  Above
the bushline the track enters a sub-alpine zone with amazing views of the
glacier mountains.

Kayaking
Travel from Wanaka up the Matukituki Valley to the put in point at Raspberry
Hut, right under the Southern Alps in Mount Aspiring National Park. The take
out point is 10 kilometres downstream where a cup of tea and a snack will be
waiting.  Kayaking the Matukituki is challenging and exciting.

Horse trekking
Twenty minutes from Wanaka in the famous Cardrona Valley. We take you to one
of New Zealand’s best known Horse-Trekking establishments. It is through the
Cardrona area that your guide will take you as you follow the Cardrona River
and sight relics of the past and see the modern day miners still working.

Half Day Te Anau Caves
Cruise across Lake Te Anau  to forested shores where you meet your cave
guide. The cave system is explained before entering the main caves by foot
and boat to see the stalactites in infant stages, the underground stream and
the glow-worm grotto.

Full Day Milford Sound
Travel through spectacular mountain scenery to join your launch for a cruise
up the ten mile fiord, gouged by ice age glaciers. Sheer mountain walls
tower above the tranquil waters. View the  Bowen and Stirling Falls, Mt
Pembroke’s glacier and Mitre Peak.

Full Day Doubtful Sound
Transfer to Lake Manapouri. Cruise to west Arm then coach over  Wilmot Pass
to the Hall Arm of Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park, stopping for
photos and viewing the native flora up close. The cruise on the tranquil
waters of this remote fiord may allow viewing dolphins, seals and/or
penguins. Picnic lunch and shuttle bus transfers from Te Anau included.

MILFORD SOUND CRUISE
The Lady of the South Pacific departs late afternoon daily to cruise Milford
Sound during the summer to enable you to appreciate the splendour of the
fiord after most visitors have left - dinner and breakfast are included on
board, with two decks of private facility cabins. Return to the pier
midmorning.

The Milford Wanderer caters to the more cost conscious market with share
facility bunk accommodation and more emphasis on activities. Operates
October to May)
In winter a series of multi-day cruises in Fiordland are offered.

Flights and Treks
During your stay in Fiordland, we recommend a flight by small water or land
based aircraft to view the magnificent scenery from the air; or a day’s
guided walk to enjoy at close quarters forested valleys, mountain lakes and
waterfalls, and learn about the flora and history of this magnificent World
Heritage Park.

Cycling the Milford Road: For FITs and smaller groups, we suggest the
combination trip in/out using mountain bikes on the downhill sections of the
road in both directions - time to really appreciate the scenery. Helmets and
safety jacket included.



DUNEDIN

Half Day Dunedin City
Sightseeing in Dunedin includes Woodhaugh Park and the Botanical Gardens,
the Octagon, St Paul's Cathedral and the Municipal Chambers.
A visit is made to Olveston House, housing a once private art and artefact
collection, gifted to the city..

Taieri Train Experience
Take a ride on a restored historical rail track into Otago's rugged and
spectacular Taieri River Gorge, with stops enroute to video or photograph at
the viaducts and tunnels built in pioneer days.

Central Connection to Queenstown
Take a one-way trip between Queenstown and Dunedin by changing at Pukerangi
from train to bus or v.v:  The train is operated by the Taieri Gorge Train
(see above). From the coach you will see the Central Otago schist rock tors,
desert type landscapes, irrigated orchards, vineyards, lakes river gorges,
dotted with quaint villages.  Departs Dunedin in the afternoon arriving
Queenstown early evening; departs Queenstown at midday approx.

Half Day Otago Peninsula
Tour Larnach Castle, then stop at the Royal Albatross colony at Taiaroa
Heads. See AV and static displays, then view these magnificent birds from a
hide. (Closed Sep - Dec). Alternatively take a cruise for an hour’s watching
of the birds from the sea. Nearby see the New Zealand fur seals before
returning to the city

Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Award-winning cruise from Dunedin on Otago Harbour enables clients to view
albatrosses, seals, penguins and a host of other seabirds. Longer and
shorter cruises are also available and can be combined with a land-based
peninsula tour to suit the time-table.

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