Days - Decidedly Different Islands
Days - Decidedly Southern
Experience a colourful
kaleidoscope of New Zealand life. Discover breathtaking backroad places,
country hospitality, stunning gardens and delectable vineyards.
|A close encounter
marine kind off Kaikoura.
Share the good times
(included in tour cost):
- Dine out in the
country at gracious Waitomo Hotel.
- Slip into the
glow worm spectacular of Waitomo Caves.
- Enjoy the thermal
exuberance of Orakei Korako.
- Experience a
Maori concert, their culture and legends.
- Taste the fine
wine of premier vineyards in Hawkes Bay,
Marlborough, Canterbury * and Central Otago. *
- City sightsee
in Auckland, Napier, Wellington and Christchurch.*
- Visit magnificent
gardens in Wairarapa, Canterbury* and Otago.*
- Whiz out from
Picton by launch to our water's edge retreat.
- Step into nature
and unwind for two nights.
- Breakfast with
bubbles at celebrated Cellier Le Brun.
- Enjoy country
hospitality and lunch in a lovely Canterbury farm
set in beautiful gardens.*
- Stay on a high
country sheep station in dream scenery, spectacular
gardens and views to Mt Cook.*
- Dine on top of
the world at Waiorau Snow Farm Lodge. *
- Walk in the great
outdoors in Mt Cook and Westland World Heritage
Parks, Mt Aspiring and Arthur's Pass National Parks.*
Highlights included on Decidedly Southern tour.
nights' accommodation immediately before and after
your tours can be arranged.
meals are marked:
your tour dates
14 days Decidedly Different Islands Tour Code:
$NZ3,500.00 pp share twin
Single supp. $574.00
Start Auckland - finish
January *7-20, *18-31, 28-10 February
*8-21, 19-4 Mar
March *2-15, 12-25, *23-5 Apr
April 3-16, *14-27, 24-7 May
May 5-18, 16-29, 27-9 Jun
June 6-19, 29-12 July
July 20-2 Aug
September 1-14, 12-25, 23-6
October 3-16, 14-27, 25-7
November 5-18, 15-28, 26-9
*Tour visits Orakei Korako, but overnights in Rotorua
1: Auckland - Waitomo (D)
Relax as we tour Auckland city's sights. Then stop for coffee in
a woodland garden. Rolling Waikato farmland leads to Waitomo. Lush
bush, breathtaking glow worm caves. Celebrate our first night at
Day 2: Waitomo - Orakei Korako (B, D)
By pine forests and lakes to Rotorua. Experience Maori culture and
take in the geyser city's many sights. Escape to Orakei Korako our
remote thermal hideaway. A special dinner then perhaps soak in hot
pools under bright stars.
Day 3: Orakei Korako - Napier (B)
Huka Falls, Lake Taupo and over the ranges to Napier. Art Deco lives!
So many options: gannet-watch at Cape Kidnappers, visit the artists'
colony at Te Awanga or walk the Art Deco trail. The wine is fine
too. Our hotel, The Masonic, is by the ocean.
Day 4: Napier - Martinborough (B)
More great vineyards, beautiful farmlands and gardens. A renowned
bird sanctuary. Taste the pinot noir that put picturesque Martinborough
on the map. Tonight we stay in bed & breakfast country guesthouses.
by helicopter over Lake Wanaka.
5: Martinborough - Queen Charlotte Sound (B) Over the
Wellington, the capital - stunning harbour and controversial Te
Papa, the national museum. Ferry across Cook Strait and cruise
up beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton. Our artistic retreat,
Lazyfish Guest House, is just a charter launch ride away.
Day 6: Queen Charlotte Sound (B, L, D)
Lie back in a hammock, take a spa, walk the tracks around the
lodge. Explore the sound by charter launch if you wish. Ecotour
to Motuara Island or idyllic Ship Cove, Captain Cook's favourite,
and walk along the famous Queen Charlotte track. Dine in at the
Day 7: Queen Charlotte Sound - Kaikoura
(B) Bound for Picton and a bubbling breakfast among
the vines at Cellier Le Brun in the heart of Marlborough wine
country. Blenheim vineyards, gardens and galleries lead to the
coast. And powerful seascapes. Famed for whale watching. Kaikoura
offers close encounters of the marine kind. Enjoy The Old Convent's
friendly ambience tonight.
Decidedly Southern passengers' tour starts in
central Christchurch at 11am on Day 8.
days Decidedly Southern
Tour Code: DS7
$NZ1,870.00 pp share twin
Single supp. $464.00
Start and finish Christchurch
January 3-9, 14-20, 25-31
February 4-10, 15-21, 26-4 March 9-15,
19-25, 30-5 Apr
April 10-16, 21-27
May 1-7, 12-18, 23-29
June 3-9, 14-19
July 6-12, 27-2 Aug
September 8-14, 19-25, 30-6
October 10-16, 21-27
November 1-7, 12-18, 22-28
December 3-9, 14-20
8: Kaikoura - Lake Pukaki (B, L) Down to Christchurch
where we welcome Decidedly Southern MoaTrekkers. Further south get
to know each other over a special lunch in a heritage farm homestead
set in beautiful gardens. Country hospitality is fantastic. And
there's more. Beyond Lake Tekapo we head into the landscape to stay
on a high country sheep station by Lake Pukaki and close to Mt Cook.
Day 9: Lake Pukaki - Clyde (B)
Time to stroll the station's stunning gardens.
Sweeping vistas and lakes of milky turquoise. Walk alpine trails
in Mt Cook National Park. The tawny tussock hills of Lindis Pass
lead to Lake Dunstan and Clyde, a funky gem. Café crawl this
old goldmining town tonight. Dunstan House.
10: Clyde - Queenstown (B) Explore Central Otago's craggy
moonscape. Travel Bannockburn's gold and wine trails. Wind through
the Kawarau Gorge and skirt Lake Hayes to leafy, old world Arrowtown.
But you can't fight the lure of Queenstown. Stroll out from our
hotel, the A-Line Scenic Circle, to the restaurants and lake.
11: Queenstown (B) Sightsee at your leisure - so many
possibilities. Take optional excursions to Milford Sound, cruise
Lake Wakatipu or ride a jet boat. Bungy jump where it all started.
Or wander the shops and breathe in the view.
Day 12: Queenstown - Waiorau (B, D)
Head over Crown Range and into the hills to colourful Cardrona Hotel.
It's all about attitude and altitude as our midicoach climbs high
up the mountainside to Snow Farm Lodge where an entrepreneurial
couple have the international motor industry and cross-country skiers
hot-footing it to their door. Dine on top of the world tonight in
a stark and beautiful landscape.
13: Waiorau - Franz Josef (B) Next stop Lake Wanaka and
Wanaka's air museum. It's famous. A superb garden above Lake Hawea.
Mountain beeches, waterfalls and rivers of Haast Pass give way to
lush West Coast rainforest. Walk to picture postcard Lake Matheson
at Fox. Overnight in pretty Franz Josef - Punga Lodge.
and morning mist at Orakei Korako.
Day 14: Franz Josef - Christchurch (B)
Heaps of options. An early flight or hike on the Franz Josef Glacier;
see kotuku, the rare white heron, at Okarito. Catch the West Coasters'
spirit at Pukekura Bushman's Centre and greenstone in Hokitika.
Otira's dramatic highway leads to Arthur's Pass alpine village.
Cross the plains to Christchurch where your tour ends.
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