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Duration: 11 Days
Location: Wellington, Picton, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mt. Cook, Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown
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  • Day 01 – Wellington

    Day 02 – Wellington

    Day 03 – Picton to Kaikoura

    Day 04 – Kaikoura to Christchurch

    Day 05 – Christchurch to Mt. Cook.

    Day 06 – Mt. Cook to Dunedin

    Day 07 – Dunedin to Te Anau

    Day 08 – Te Anau

    Day 09 – Te Anau to Queenstown

    Day 10 – Queenstown

    Day 11 – Queenstown

    Wellington to Queenstown Explorer - page photo

  • Day 01 – Wellington

    You will be met on arrival at Wellington airport and transferred to your hotel. Day at leisure.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 02 – Wellington

    Explore Wellington on your own. New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, sits on a large natural harbour and is often referred to as “Windy Wellington” due to the strong winds whipped up in the Cook Strait, the stretch of water separating the North and South Islands. It is the world’s southern most capital city and the only city in the world that lies within the “roaring forties” latitudes. Wellington is also home to a selection of great museums such as Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum (not to be missed), The National Library and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. Wellington has excellent shopping, theatre, cafes and restaurants and being only 2 kms wide the majority can easily be explored on foot.

    Recommended Optional Activities:  

    Te Papa

    Te Papa means ‘our place’ and is considered to be the ‘museum of New Zealand’. The building opened in 1998 and since then has shown millions of visitors it’s fascinating and unique collection of New Zealand’s art, history, memorabilia, natural wonders, treasures and stories as well as hosting many international displays. One of the finest collections of Maori artifacts can be found here as well as displays dedicated to the many different cultures that make up New Zealand’s current population.Open 10am to 5pm.

     Museum of Wellington City & Sea

    Housed in the iconic Bond Store on Wellington’s waterfront, the Museum of Wellington is dedicated to the preservation and study of Wellington’s rich social and cultural history. It provides a backdrop for the permanent display of the people and events that have made Wellington what it is today. Traditional displays sit alongside interactive exhibits, holographs and a giant cinema screen that stretches the length and breadth of an entire wall, a feature unique in Australasia. The collection includes over 95,000 items. Open 10am to 5pm entry is free.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 03 – Picton to Kaikoura

    You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Interislander Ferry terminal in time for your ferry check in.

    Interislander Ferry – Wellington to Picton (included)

    The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes around 3 hours and has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world’.  Leaving Wellington Harbour you pass many interesting points such as Pencarrow Head on top of which is New Zealand’s oldest lighthouse (1859). Red Rocks is home to a seal colony and Oterangi Bay is the site which recorded the country’s highest ever wind speed of 268 kph (167 mph). From the Cook Strait spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island can be enjoyed and dolphins and many sea birds are often seen. Around one hour of the cruise takes you through the Marlborough Sounds. This region of bush covered mountains, small islands, crystal clear waters and secluded bays is a remarkable photographic opportunity. At the end of Queen Charlotte Sound the cruise comes to an end in the picturesque town of Picton.

    Collect your rental car and start driving from Picton, heading south on state Highway 1 towards Blenheim which sits right at the heart of the New Zealand’s largest wine producing region, Marlborough. Ideally located to enjoy an afternoon sampling the local produce, the best way to do this is to take a guided wine tour.

    Crossing the ‘dry hills’ of the Marlborough ranges you head towards one of the most spectacular coastlines of the South Island, the Kaikoura Coast. The road hugs the shore for around 50 kilometres and offers many chances to view the native wildlife such as seabirds and New Zealand fur seals. To the east is the turquoise of the South Pacific Ocean and to the west the towering Kaikoura Ranges. Kaikoura Township is a bustling little place with many cafes, restaurants and shops but the main reason for visiting here is the wildlife. Kaikoura is New Zealand’s world famous whale watching destination. Sperm Whales can be seen here year-round while depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.

    Recommended Optional Activities:

    • Whale Watch Kaikoura.
    • Swimming with the Seals.
    • Wings over Whales.


    Meals included: Nil

    Day 04 – Kaikoura to Christchurch

    The drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch continues to follow the spectacular coastline before heading inland and through North Canterbury’s major wine region, the Waipara Valley. You are also introduced to the South Island’s most numerous inhabitants, the sheep. A great detour to take is the side trip to Hanmer Springs for a relaxing dip in the thermal pools. Arriving into Christchurch City, puts you close to the airport and the International Antarctic Centre and a visit is highly recommended. Here you can get as close to experiencing life on the frozen continent without actually visiting, plus see New Zealand little blue penguins and ride in a Haaglund Tracked vehicle.

    Recommended Optional Activities:

    Christchurch Gondola.

    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.

    Christchurch Bike Tour

    Explore the best of Christchurch in two hours, with a friendly and entertaining local guide leading you at a relaxed pace as you cycle around the city’s top attractions.  You will visit the Arts Centre, Antigua Boatsheds, Christ’s College, Hagley Park, Riccarton House and Deans Bush, Deans Cottage, Mona Vale Gardens and the Re:START Project in Cashel Street Mall (Pop Up City).  Christchurch is flat and has many purpose built cycle-ways, so it is perfect for biking.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 05 – Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park

    Today you head into the heart of the South Island. Crossing the vast Canterbury Plains along the inland scenic route, Geraldine offers an ideal stop before you head into the Mackenzie Country. Ascending Burkes Pass, you’ll enter New Zealand’s high country. The picturesque town of Lake Tekapo, is the first of the large Southern Lakes on your journey. Enjoy the magnificent views from the lake shore or for an even better view take a scenic flight. On arriving at Lake Pukaki, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Mt Cook, towering over the lake. Continue along the lake as it guides you to your destination, Mt. Cook Village. There are many ways to enjoy Mt Cook National Park, by ski plane or helicopter with a glacier landing, kayaking on a glacial lake or by walking one of the many tracks. At The Hermitage Hotel the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre is a must see.

    Recommended Optional Activities:

    Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook

    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! Departing from Mount Cook Village outside The Hermitage Hotel you board a small bus for a pleasant trip to the Tasman Valley, followed by an easy 30 minute stroll through the National Park. Then board your MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing ice face of the Tasman Glacier icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. The 2.5 hour trip (45 min to 1 hour on the lake) enjoys a commentary throughout provided by your experienced guide.

    Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tours

    A unique 90 minute 4WD adventure in Mt. Cook National Park. View New Zealand’s longest glacier – the Tasman Glacier. Travel through avalanche areas by Argo enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery in the park. Take a short hike to view the Tasman Glacier.
    During spring and summer an abundance of local flora such as Mount Cook Lilies, Celmesia Daises, Golden Spaniard Speargrass and many more delicate mountain flowers can be seen. You might even get to see the kea, New Zealand’s native alpine parrot.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 06 – Mt. Cook National Park to Dunedin

    As you leave Mt Cook National Park, you’ll travel past Twizel, the location of many Lord of the Rings movie scenes. Heading down the Waitaki valley, from Omarama, you follow the hydro power generating system towards the east coast. The town of Oamaru is most famous for its white stone buildings, constructed with the local ‘Oamaru Stone’. From the harbour, you can see blue penguins come ashore at dusk as they return from their day at sea. Further south the Moeraki Boulders are a unique geological feature and worth the short detour to the beach to view. Arriving into Dunedin, you can appreciate the city’s Edwardian and Scottish heritage through its fine buildings particularly around the Octagon.

    Recommended Optional Activities:

    Monarch Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock

    Board the Monarch to see what cannot be seen from land, to greet the mighty Northern Royal Albatross as it sweeps in from the open Pacific Ocean and soars above the spectacular inaccessible cliffs of Taiaroa. These escarpments are alive with eight other species of birds nesting above families of Fur Seals. Close offshore, huge flocks of Sooty Shearwaters feed among Petrels and other species of Albatross. Sea lions, Dolphins and Whales are sometimes seen. We recommend an afternoon tour as the wind picks up and the Albatross are more likely to be in flight.

     Evening Wildlife Tour with Yellow Eyed Penguins

    The Yellow Eyed Penguin is a rare and endangered bird. Penguin Place is a conservation reserve set up to help protect these penguins from predators and to give them a better chance at survival. The reserve has specially designed viewing huts and hides built to minimise human impact on the penguins and their natural environment, yet allowing you to experience at close range these beautiful and rare penguins. You will be transferred from the Octagon to the Otago Peninsula for your Penguin tour, then returned to the centre of Dunedin.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 07 – 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.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 08 – Te Anau

    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. Coming into the village you’ll be greeted with an amazing view of Mitre Peak which rises spectacularly from the waters up to the sky.

    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.. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and to view the stunning scenery, including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks. Keep a lookout for dolphins, seals and penguins. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 09 – 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 10 – Queenstown

    Free Day in Queenstown.

    Queenstown is a destination for all seasons with entertainment and activities to suit everyone. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, one of the more popular cruises is on board the TSS Earnslaw steamship to Walter Peak High Country Station for a barbeque dinner.

    During the day you could take a guided tour of the Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn wineries with wine Tours or for some 4WD fun, you visit the historic Mace Town or Skippers Canyon.  Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies were partly filmed in the region so a Safari of the Scenes tour is great for lovers of beautiful scenery as well as fans of the movies.

    If you want to get you blood pumping a bit more, the iconic Shotover Jet Boat Ride is a must, or venture into Mt Aspiring National Park for a journey into pristine wilderness first on a jet boat ride up the Dart River, then a short walk through magnificent beech forests.

    Queenstown is known as the ‘Adventure Capital’ of NZ, so for maximum thrills you can try bungy jumping, skydiving orwhite water rafting.  For a great introduction to the region the Queenstown Highlights Tour explores Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley as well as taking in some remarkable photo stops. Queenstown is also the perfect base from which to explore Fiordland National Park.

    Recommended Optional Activities:

    • Skyline Gondola.
    • Shotover Jet Boat Ride.
    • Appellation Wine Tours.
    • TSS Earnslaw Cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm.
    • Dart River Wilderness Safari.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 11 – Queenstown

    Depending on when your flight departs you might have time for one last Queenstown adventure before dropping your car off at the airport and catching your flight.

    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

    • Wellington – City Life Wellington.
    • Kaikoura – Anchor Inn Motel.
    • Christchurch – Amore Motor Lodge.
    • Mt. Cook – Mt Cook Lodge & Motels.
    • Dunedin – Motel on York.
    • Te Anau – Lakefront Lodge.
    • Queenstown – Garden Court Suites & Apartments.

    INCLUDES:

    • Accommodation on twin or double sharing basis.
    • Private airport / ferry transfers.
    • Choice of rental car + GPS navigation + car insurance. Unlimited kms, airport/ferry terminal fees.
    • Tour activities as stated below:
      • Interislander Ferry.
      • Milford Sound Nature Cruise.
    • Tour Pack includes detailed guide books and much more.

    EXCLUDES:

    • International Airfare and airport / government taxes.
    • Visa (if required).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Meals and beverages are not 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.