9 Days New Zealand Adventure: Adrenalin Thrills

Christchurch – Glacier Region – Wanaka – Queenstown – Mt Cook – Christchurch

This journey is for you is adventure is your middle name. Tramp the majestic Franz Josef glaciers and witness the puzzle of huge valleys of ice that extend well below the snowline, almost to the sea, where the ice age is still underway. Explore the wilderness of Wanaka’s World Heritage National Park and fulfill your adventurous core with Queenstown’s plethora of thrill seeking offerings. Stand in awe of Mt Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand, which helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest.

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SKU: 10540.

Tour Highlights:

  • Waimakariri River, Southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass
  • Explore the magnificent glaciers and Hot Pools
  • Haast Pass
  • Puzzling World
  • Kawarau Gorge – birth place of bungy jump!
  • Goldfields Mining Centre
  • Outdoor activities in Queenstown
  • Mt Cook National Park
  • Lake Tekapo – ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’
  • Canterbury Plains

Tour Option:

Self  Drive

9D Lakes and Glaciers
Day Description Meals
1 Arrive Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch, ‘The Garden City’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive clients will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
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2 Christchurch — Glacier Region
Depart Christchurch and travel beside the Waimakariri River, over the Southern Alps and onto the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before arriving in Greymouth. Travel south along the rugged West Coast to arrive at the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
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3 Glacier Region
A full day at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region. Optional activities include a scenic flight or guided walk on one of the glaciers. Optional activities not included in the tour price. Entry to the Glacier Hot Pools is included.
B
4 Glacier Region — Wanaka
Travel down the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue around the shores of Lake Hawea to arrive in Wanaka early afternoon.
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5 Wanaka — Queenstown
This morning a visit to Puzzling World is included before you depart Wanaka. As you enter the Kawarau Gorge, stop for an included visit at Goldfields Mining Centre and an introduction to the history of gold mining in the Otago Region. Continue to Queenstown at your leisure.
B
6 Queenstown
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.
B
7 Queenstown — Mt Cook
Travel south through Central Otago to Twizel before travelling around Lake Pukaki and into Mt Cook National Park. Optional activities at Mt Cook include scenic flights, a glacier boat ride and the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre. (Optional tours not included in the tour price)
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8 Mt Cook — Christchurch
Depart Mt Cook and stop on the shores of Lake Tekapo to visit the ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’. Continue across the fertile Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch.
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9 Departure Day
Your arrangements conclude today with the return of your rental car.
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Package Includes:

  • Breakfasts daily at all hotels
  • All sightseeing entry fees included as per itinerary
  • A choice of three accommodation options
    (Standard, Superior, First class)
  • A choice of three transport options
    (Compact, Intermediate, Full Size, Premium)

Package Excludes:

  • International flight tickets
    (we can assist to book and issue tickets)
  • Domestic flight tickets (if any)
  • Meals not stated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees for optional activities
  • Travel Insurance
  • All personal expenses

Car Rental

Car Rental Capacity General Guide:

Compact

Compact

Holden Barina or similar

4 persons, 1 hard case, 2 soft bags

Intermediate

Intermediate

Holden Trax or similar

4 persons, 2 hard cases, 1 soft bag

Full-Size

Premium

Holden Commodore or similar

4 persons, 2 hard cases, 2 soft bags

Premium

Full-Size

Hyundai Imax or similar

8 persons, 3 hard cases, 1 soft bag