Small Group Escorted Tours

Small Group Escorted Tours

South Island Grand Discovery Tour

WELLINGTON - PICTON - MARLBOROUGH TOUR - KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH - LAKE TEKAPO - MT COOK - DUNEDIN (2 nights) - OTAGO PENINSULA TOUR - "TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY" - (CATLINS, BLUFF, STEWART ISLAND option) - (DOUBTFUL SOUND day or overnight cruise option) - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - QUEENSTOWN - WANAKA - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - HOKITIKA - PUNAKAIKI PANCAKE ROCKS - ("TRANZ ALPINE TRAIN" option) CHRISTCHURCH

13 Days/12 Nights accommodated ex Wellington every monday
10 days/9 nights accommodated ex Christchurch every wednesday

Day 1. Monday. WELLINGTON - PICTON - MARLBOROUGH TOUR - BLENHEIM (B)
Transfer to the Interislander terminal for the 3 hour 30 minute cruise across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. You will be met on arrival and visit the "Edwin Fox" ship restoration project. The "Edwin Fox" is the oldest merchant ship, and 9th oldest ship overall, still in existence. Continue to Peter Jackson's KNIGHTS OF THE SKY World War 1 and DANGEROUS SKIES World War 2 exhibitions and visit the Marlborough Museum to discover Marlborough's 700 year old Maori and European history. Marlborough is a major centre of wine growing in New Zealand and visit a local winery with tasting included. Overnight in Blenheim.

Day 2. Tuesday. BLENHEIM - KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH. (B)
Please note: The road and rail links from Blenheim to Kaikoura are currently closed owing to earthquake damage and are not expected to reopen until late 2017 or early 2018. In the interim travel will be by Intercity coach from Blenheim to Christchurch via Lewis Pass for less than 6 passengers and our own vehicle for more than 6.

Drive down the scenic coast to the charming seaside town of Kaikorua for a short tour and visit to the seal colony. You have time for an optional Whale Watch cruise or flight before joining the "Coastal Pacific" train or coach for the scenic ride down the Kaikoura Coast to Christchurch arriving early evening. You will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Day 3. Wednesday. CHRISTCHURCH - MOUNT COOK (B)
Free Morning for your own explorations
Tour departs Christchurch City 11am, Christchurch airport 11.30am.
Drive across the fertile Canterbury Plains and over Burke's Pass to Lake Tekapo. See the sheep dog monument and Church of the Good Shepherd. Travel along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. Accommodation at the Hermitage in Mt Cook view rooms.Admission to the Sir Edmund Hillary centre is included.

Day 4. Thursday. MOUNT COOK - OAMARU - DUNEDIN (B)
Free time for alpine walks, visit the National Park headquarters, or take a ski plane or helicopter flight to land on the snows of the glaciers - extra expense and weather permitting.We highly recommend the cruise among the icebergs on the lake at the base of the Tasman Glacier.
Drive down the Waitaki River Valley with a visit to the Benmore Hydro dam, the historic centre of Oamaru, the Little Blue Penguin colony, and enjoy some beach time to explore the unique Moeraki Boulders. Arrive Dunedin early evening for 2 nights.

Day 5. Friday. DUNEDIN (B)
Visit historic "Olveston House", Dunedin Chinese Garden, Knox Church, The Octagon, and the world's steepest street.
This afternoon tour the Otago Peninsula including Larnachs Castle, Royal Albatross Centre, and see the local wildlife including seals, and Yellow Eyed penguins.

Day 6. Saturday. DUNEDIN - CATLINS - INVERCARGILL (B)
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Catlins. one of New Zealand's most beautiful and unspoiled wilderness areas. See the wildlife, waterfalls,and beautiful coastal scenery and visit Nugget Point lighthouse and the petrified forest. Accommodation in Invercargill at the Kelvin Hotel or similar.

Day 7. Sunday. OPTIONAL STEWART ISLAND EXCURSION - TE ANAU (B)
Free time to explore or take an optional tour to Stewart Island
Transfer to Bluff near the bottom of the South Island and cruise to Stewart Island.Tour the town of Oban and enjoy a cruise on Patterson Inlet in a local boat with a visit to the nature sanctuary of Ulva island to meet some of the friendliest native birds in New Zealand before returning to Invercargill.Later in the day we drive to Te Anau for the night. Patterson inlet cruise and Ulva island tour operate November - April only. Optional evening cruise across the lake to the Te Anau glowworm caves.

Day 8. Monday. TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - QUEENSTOWN. (BL)
A day of magnificent scenery as we drive through the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys. Visit the Mirror Lakes and Roaring Chasm and drive through the Homer tunnel before we arrive in Milford Sound. Board your cruise to travel the length of Milford Sound under majestic Mitre Peak. See the seal colony and Bowen Falls before retracing our steps to Queenstown. A buffet lunch is included during your cruise.
CRUISE MAGNIFICENT DOUBTFUL SOUND
Option 1. Doubtful Sound instead of Milford sound. Day cruise across Lake Manapouri and drive over Wilmot Pass to cruise the length of Doubtful Sound before returning to Manapouri and Queenstown - extra cost $160
Option 2. Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound - double delight! Enjoy Milford Sound with us on Monday and stay in Te Anau monday night. Enjoy a day cruise across Lake Manapouri and drive across Wilmot Pass for a cruise on Doubtful Sound tuesday rejoining us in Queenstown if you wish. Extra cost $290 per person.
Option 3. Doubtful Sound overnight cruise (1 September - 31 May only).
Option A. We will take you to Manapouri monday for your overnight cruise on magnificent Doubtful Sound returning to Queenstown tuesday evening.Extra cost 2 per cabin $390
Option B. Transfer from Invercargill to Manapouri sunday morning to join your overnight cruise returning to Manpouri and on to Queenstown monday. On some departures it may be possible to cruise Milford Sound also on monday after your cruise - extra cost $150

Day 9. Wednesday. QUEENSTOWN - WANAKA - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER (B)
Drive through the Kawarau Gorge to Wanaka for a brief stop with admission to amazing Puzzling World included and continue through Makarora and over the Haast Pass into the rainforest and spectacular coastline of the West Coast. Visit Shipwreck beach, beautiful Lake Matheson, Franz Josef Glacier lookout, and arrive Franz Josef Glacier late afternoon. (Some tours may stay at Fox Glacier)

Day 10. Thursday. FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - HOKITIKA (B)
Time for a helicopter or ski plane flight or heli hike on the glacier (extra expense and weather permitting) or bush walk. Drive north to Hokitika, setting for the Booker award winning novel "The Luminaries". Overnight Hokitika or Greymouth.
Optional fabulous White Heron tour November to early march including a 20 minute jetboat cruise on the Lake Okarito lagoon and a walk through the rainforest to the bird hide. We have 30-40 minutes here to see the White Heron, Royal Spoonbill, Little Shag and other birdlife. Extra cost $135

Day 11. Friday. HOKITIKA - PUNAKAIKI ROCKS - CHRISTCHURCH. (B)
Visit the recreated gold mining village of Shantytown and after a short tour of Greymouth continue to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks in the Paparoa National Park. Explore the area before driving across spectacular Arthurs Pass and return across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch arriving Christchurch airport by 3pm and Christchurch City by 3.30pm.
Option to join the "Tranz Alpine express" for one of the most scenic train journeys in the world across the Southern Alps to Christchurch arriving late afternoon. You will be transferred back to your accommodation - extra cost including transfers $150. This option will miss the visit to Punakaiki rocks

Day 12. Saturday. CHRISTCHURCH DEPART  (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.

Tour cost per person
13 days. GRAND TOUR Wellington to Christchurch days 1-13
Depart Wellington Mondays
2 per room $4,550. Single room $5,510. triple room $4,300

11 days. Christchurch to Christchurch Days 3- 13
Depart Christchurch wednesdays.
2 per room $3,850. Single room $4,650. triple Room $3,650

10 Days. Wellington to Queenstown. Days 1-10
2 per room $3,500. Single room $4,220. Triple room $3,120

8 Days. Christchurch to Queenstown. Days 3-10
2 per room $2,800. Single room $3,360. Triple room $2,640

We are flexible!!
You are welcome to join us for part of the tour provided a minimum of 4 nights are on tour with us. For any combination not listed above please ask us.

Tour Cost includes - 13 day tour:
** All travel from Wellington to Christchurch
** 12 nights accommodation and breakfast

ADD THE TOP OF THE SOUTH ISLAND.


This tour links from our BEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND tour every friday at Punakaiki. (Minimum 2 required)

Day 1. Friday. PUNAKAIKI - NELSON. (B) Travel from Punakaiki to Nelson by scheduled Intercity coach arriving early evening. Accommodation near the depot - no transfer provided.

Day 2. Saturday. CAPE FAREWELL EXCURSION. (B)
Drive to Takaka and visit the amazing Pupu Springs and on through Collingwood to visit Cape Farewell, northernmost point in the South Island. On to spectacular Wharariki beach for 1 hour walk to enjoy the sea caves, seal pups,wind swept sand dunes and coastal rock formations. A 30 minute walk to Pillar Point will give spectacular views of Farewell Spit and Golden Bay. Overnight in Takaka.

Day 3. Sunday. ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK - NELSON (B)
Drive through part of the Abel Tasman National Park to Totaranui with a visit to the Abel Tasman Memorial en route. Join your scenic cruise along the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park. Drop in to Tonga Quarry, Medlands Beach, Anchorage and Apple Tree Bay before arriving in Kaiteriteri.You have the option to land at Tonga Quarry for a 2 hour walk over a forested saddle to Medlands Beach and cruise to Kaiteriteri. Transfer to Nelson after your cruise.

Day 4. Monday. NELSON DEPART. (B)
Visit the Cathedral, Hoglung glass blowing studio, World of Wearable Arts and classic cars Museum this morning and our arrangements end.

Extra cost per person: 2 per room $1,550. Single room $1,830
Extra cost includes:
** All travel from Punakaiki to Nelson
** 3 nights accommodation and breakfast.
** Cape Farewell tour, Abel Tasman National Park cruise, World of Wearable Arts museum

SOUTH OF THE SOUTH - CATLINS AND STEWART ISLAND


8 Days. Depart Dunedin every saturday 01 November, 2017 - 21 April, 2018 for minimum of 2 passengers,/p>

Day 6. Saturday. DUNEDIN - CATLINS - INVERCARGILL (B)
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Catlins. one of New Zealand's most beautiful and unspoiled wilderness areas. See the wildlife, waterfalls,and beautiful coastal scenery and visit Nugget Point lighthouse and the petrified forest.Two nights accommodation in Invercargill at the Kelvin Hotel or similar.

Day 7. Sunday. STEWART ISLAND EXCURSION (B)
Drive to Bluff near the bottom of the South Island and cruise to Stewart Island.Tour the town of Oban and enjoy a cruise on Patterson Inlet in a local boat with a visit to the nature sanctuary of Ulva island to meet some of the friendliest native birds in New Zealand before returning to Invercargill.

Day 8. Monday. INVERCARGILL - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - QUEENSTOWN (BL)
A day of magnificent scenery. Drive to Te Anau and on through the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys and Homer Tunnel to magnificent Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise to the head of Milford Sound and see the seal colony and Bowen Falls. A buffet lunch is included during your cruise. Arrive in Queenstown mid evening and rejoin MAGNIFICENT NEW ZEALAND tour with morning tour of Queenstown provided tuesday.

Tour cost per person
2 per room $2,450. Single room $2,930