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Duration: 11 Days
Location: Queenstown, Mt. Cook National Park, Christchurch, Akaroa, Dunedin, Otago Peninsula, Anau, Milford Sound,
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  • Day 01 – Queenstown

    Day 02 – Queenstown

    Day 03 – Mt. Cook National Park

    Day 04 – Mt. Cook National Park
    to Christchurch

    Day 05 – Christchurch to Akaroa

    Day 06 – Akaroa to Dunedin

    Day 07 – Dunedin to Otago Peninsula

    Day 08 – Dunedin to Te Anau

    Day 09 – Te Anau to Milford Sound

    Day 10 – Te Anau to Queenstown

    Day 11 – Queenstown

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  • Day 01 – Queenstown

    You will be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to your Queenstown hotel. Day at leisure to do some sightseeing on your own of the city. Overnight in your motel.

    Recommended Optional Activity

    TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour.

    Enjoy a return scenic cruise from downtown Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking at Walter Peak you are warmly welcomed and escorted through the beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming Colonel’s Homestead. Here, you’ll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which includes an expansive array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill, a selection of delicious vegetables and salads.  Then finish your meal with our irresistible desserts, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country. On the magical night-time cruise home, you can enjoy the camaraderie of a sing-a-long with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 02 – Queenstown

    Collect your rental car and explore the city of Queenstown. Queenstown offers adventure for all tastes and abilities. From some of the more well know adrenalin sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving to the more sedate such as sampling the local wines or exploring the nearby historic gold mining regions, there is something for everyone. With the town’s prime location on the shores of Lake Wakatipu there are many water based activities to enjoy too.

    Shotover Jet Boat Ride (included)

    Riding the iconic ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat through the narrow Shotover Canyon is an exhilarating experience not to be missed.  Your skilled jet boat driver pushes the boat to 85 kph, skimming across shallow water and past towering canyon walls. This 25 minute white water ride includes 360 degree spins and maximum thrills.

    Recommended Optional Activities

    Appellation Wine Tours

    The Gibbston Valley is a short drive from Queenstown and home to vineyards producing some of the finest wines in New Zealand, particularly the Pinot Noir. Award winning Appellation Wine Tours offer intimate and knowledgeable tours to Gibbston and Bannockburn vineyards.

    Dart River Wilderness Safari

    For more majestic Middle Earth scenery, the Dart River Wilderness Safari is by far the most scenic jet boat excursion in the country. A short walk amongst native beech forest plus a 4WD bus journey is capped off with over 1 1/2 hours and around 35 kilometres of exhilarating jet boat action as you head deep into Mt. Aspiring National Park.

    Nomad Safaris, Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin tour
    For those with an interest in the Lord of the Rings epics, we will take you on a scenic adventure through the locations used in the filming. In safari-equipped 4WD vehicles, you will be taken on a true off-road adventure. Experienced guides will host you on a truly breathtaking excursion through the diverse scenery on offer in the Wakatipu Basin.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 03 – Mt. Cook National Park

    Leaving Queenstown you drive over the historic Kawarau Bridge and if you haven’t already done so you can take a bungee jump from the bridge, or sit back and watch others throw themselves off.  For a more sedate activity, the Gibbston Valley which borders the Kawarau River has many vineyards which are open for tastings.  The Kawarau Gorge guides you towards Cromwell and for more wine tastings a side trip to Bannockburn is a must, with many award winning vineyards and winery restaurants to enjoy. Cromwell sits at the head of the Kawarau Gorge and the historic old town is well worth the visit, the buildings are now home to quaint shops and cafes. The old town buildings were relocated from the valley that now sits deep under Lake Dunstan. Continue along Lake Dunstan until you reach the historic and scenic Bendigo Reserve, which was one of Otago’s original gold mining settlements.  Well marked paths will guide you to the remains of stone cottages and other buildings from this bygone era. The Lindis Pass is one of New Zealand’s highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres. The tussock covered hills offer an unusual contrast as you pass from Central Otago into the Mackenzie Basin. The towns of Omarama and Twizel are the last stops before you arrive at Lake Pukaki and take the Mt. Cook Highway along the shores to the village. In Mt. Cook Village a myriad of activities are available scenic ski plane or helicopter flights with glacier landings to kayaking on a glacial lake and a host of walks to suit all abilities. At The Hermitage Hotel the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is a must see.

    Aoraki Paradise Scenic Helicopter Flight (included)

    This 45 minute flight takes you on a journey to discover Aoraki/ Mt Cook National park. Flying the full length of the Tasman Glacier viewing this incredible Alpine region with amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki Mt Cook before landing on the magnificent Tasman Glacier.

    Recommended Optional Activities

    Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook
    An up close amazing encounter with icebergs, on a glacial terminal lake. Glacier Explorers is the only tour of its kind in New Zealand, and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of these are accessible to the average person. By using a boat you get close to towering ice cliffs and huge floating icebergs. The boats provide a safe way to unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand’s largest glacier. Being able to view, touch and taste 500 year old ice is a new experience for most people! The 2.5 hour trip (45 min to 1 hour on the lake) enjoys a commentary throughout provided by your experienced guide.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 04 – Mt. Cook National Park to Christchurch

    Your first stop today should be the visitor centre on the southern shores of Lake Pukaki. Lake Tekapo, the northern most of the large Southern Lakes also displays the reflective quality that Pukaki has making the waters a bright turquoise on certain days. This busy little township is home to some of the most photographed subjects in the country, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue. It’s a great place to take a scenic flight, enjoy a guided horse trek, a boat trip on the pristine lake or just marvel at the magnificent views. From here you descend from the high country through Burkes Pass and into rich farmland. Beautiful Valley guides you to the town of Geraldine before you cross the vast Canterbury Plains back towards Christchurch City.

    Recommended Optional Activities

    Christchurch Gondola

    The Christchurch Gondola is located in the Heathcote Valley, just fifteen minutes from the heart of Christchurch city. The gondola whisks you nearly a kilometre to a collapsed crater rim of an extinct volcano which exploded six million years ago.  Take in the spectacular panoramic 360-degree views, which include Christchurch city, Lyttelton Harbour, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury Plains and the distant peaks of the Southern Alps.  There is plenty to do at the summit complex including the nature walkways and the Time Tunnel; a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the Port Hills and Christchurch. Watch subterranean forces unleash molten magma to rip rocks apart. See life-size dioramas of the early voyagers, Polynesian and then European, making landfall after months of travel.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 05 – Christchurch to Akaroa

    The Banks Peninsula offers a great contrast to the South Island’s largest city. Just around a 1 1/2 hours drive from the city centre are rolling green hills, streams, golden sand beaches and small settlements that offer a unique insight into New Zealand’s history and development. Just on the other side of the Port Hills is Lyttelton, a busy port town that was crucial to the development of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains. Following the road around the beautiful natural harbour the names, such as Magazine Bay, Battery Point, Corsair Point and Governors’ Bay, remind of the importance the navy placed on this harbour. The Banks Peninsula itself is actually the remains of a long extinct volcano, the rim of which collapsed some time ago allowing the sea to flood into and create what is now the Akaroa Harbour. The Harbour itself is teeming with wildlife and a nature cruise is a must do activity. One of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins, hectors dolphin, are often seen and cruises also offer excursions with the chance to swim amongst them.

    Akaroa swimming with the dolphins cruise (included)

    Akaroa Harbour formed as a result of an extinct volcanic crater being flooded by the Pacific Ocean. It’s a beautiful place with sheer cliffs and the picturesque township of Akaroa at its heart. New Zealand’s only native dolphin, Hectors dolphin, makes this sheltered harbour its home and it’s here you can take a 2 ½ tour to see and if you wish actually swim with these incredible creatures. Following a ½ hour briefing you depart on a 2 hour cruise of which around 1 hour is spent in the water with the dolphins. Swimming with dolphins is not always possible either due to sea conditions, the dolphins’ willingness to stay and play and other environmental reasons such as not swimming when there are babies around. You still manage to swim though on over 80% of their tours.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 06 – Akaroa to Dunedin

    Crossing the vast Canterbury Plains as you head South, State Highway 1 crosses many braided rivers that start their life as glacial melt water high in the Southern Alps. New Zealand’s longest bridge at Rakaia crosses such an example. The towns of Timaru followed by Oamaru are worth a short detour to the town centre.

    The town of Oamaru is most famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. Explore the old quarter or if you don’t mind a late arrival into Dunedin then stay around to see the blue penguins come ashore at dusk. Just a little further south and you arrive at Moeraki and its famous Moeraki Boulders. Following a look at these incredible and unique geological features don’t miss taking a late lunch or coffee and cake at Fleur’s Cafe in Moeraki Township. The last stretch of road follows the coastline before crossing the hills and descending into the city of Dunedin.

    Recommended Optional Activity – Royal Albatross Colony ‘Albatross Classic’ tour

    This 60 minute tour focuses on the Royal Albatrosses and wildlife that inhabit Pukekura (Taiaroa Head). Begin with a short film, then enjoy the informative commentary provided by your guide about albatrosses as you visit the observatory to see nesting albatross in their natural habitat.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 07 – Dunedin to Otago Peninsula

    Dunedin City Centre is full of grand and fascinating buildings. The ‘Octagon’, in the city centre, is where you’ll find funky cafes and bars and just down from the Octagon you’ll see the iconic Dunedin Railway Station, reputed to be the most photographed building in New Zealand. From here, you can take a scenic train journey along the Taieri Gorge.  The Otago Peninsula is a short drive from the centre and offers amazing wildlife experiences as well as being the home of historic Larnach Castle.  The peninsula is home to the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world. The beaches and hillsides also hide nesting sites for the rare yellow eyed penguin, which you can discover at Penguin Place.

    Monarch Wildlife Cruises Half day tour and Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve (included)

    A half day tour of the Otago Peninsula and its wildlife including a cruise through Dunedin Harbour and along the Otago Peninsula to experience the wildlife of this unique environment. Includes a visit to The Penguin Place to view the rare and unique yellow eyed penguin. Also includes a scenic bus tour and the wading bird wetlands.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 08 – Dunedin to Te Anau

    The drive to Te Anau takes you through classic Southland farmland scenery but if you want to spend the whole day exploring a little off the beaten path than taking the Southern Scenic Route. This will bring you through The Catlins area, following the incredible Otago coastline to Invercargill. After passing through the fishing towns of Riverton and Colac Bay, you’ll head north to Manapouri. From here, you can embark on a day or overnight cruise to Doubtful Sound. A short drive further, brings you to your lake side destination of Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and the world famous Milford Sound.

    Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (included)

    Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau on board the new luxury catamaran, Luminosa, to the western side of the lake. Upon arrival there is time to view informative displays at Cavern House before the friendly guides invite you to accompany them underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. Observe how the rushing water sculpts the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 09 – Te Anau to Milford Sound

    The road to Milford Sound has countless photo opportunities and short walks. The Mirror Lakes create perfectly clear reflections of the surrounding mountains and glacier formed meadows.  Further along the road, The Chasm Walk includes two walking bridges over the dramatic Cleddau River, while the surrounding ancient native beech forest creates a fascinating landscape. You’ll pass through the Homer Tunnel, an incredible feat of engineering at 1219 metres long. Milford Sound is the only sound accessible by road, making it very popular to visit.

    Milford Sound Nature Cruise (included)

    An extended and leisurely 2½ hour cruise of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner, MV Sinbad or Milford Wanderer. These modern vessels, purpose built for operating in a fiord environment, have been designed along the lines of a traditional trading scow, and have real character. These relaxing cruises have special appeal for the independent traveler and an on board nature guide provides detailed interpretation and commentary. Keep a lookout for dolphins, seals and penguins. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

    Meals included: Lunch.

    Day 10 – Te Anau to Queenstown

    Crossing the rolling tussock lands you pass through Mossburn, the deer capital of New Zealand. Continue north through Southland countryside towards Lake Wakatipu. The road now hugs the lake edge and the Remarkable mountain range towers over you as you approach Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 11 – Queenstown

    Drop your rental car at the Queenstown airport today and bid farewell New Zealand. Proceed for your flight back home.

    Meals included: Nil.

  • Trip Cost varies based on travel season (high to low), your choice of accommodation (from budget to luxury), flight (economy to first class), optional tours and other special requests. Kindly email us at info@funkytravels.com to get the correct price for your selected trip.

    Self Drive Options (Rental Cars)
    This tour will be priced based on your selection of available rental cars, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUV’s.

    Accommodation Type for this trip: Motels

    • Queenstown – Garden Court Suites & Apartments.
    • Mt. Cook – Mt. Cook Lodge & Motels.
    • Christchurch – Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments.
    • Akaroa – Akaroa Village Inn, La Voyager Apartments.
    • Dunedin – Motel on York.
    • Te Anau – Lakefront Lodge.

    INCLUDES:

    • Accommodation on double sharing basis.
    • All meals as stated in itinerary.
    • Private airport transfers.
    • Choice of rental car + GPS navigation + car insurance. Unlimited kms, airport/ferry terminal fees.
    • Tour activities as stated below:
      • Akaroa swimming with the dolphins cruise.
      • Aoraki Paradise Scenic Helicopter Flight.
      • Wildlife cruise and Yellow eyed penguin colony.
      • Shotover Jet Boat Ride.
      • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.
      • Milford Sound Nature Cruise.
    • Tour Pack includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

    EXCLUDES:

    • International Airfare, airport / government taxes.
    • Visa (if required).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Car fuel.
    • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included.
    • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary will be charged extra.
    • Gratuities to guide and driver.
    • Personal and other expenses such as bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.