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9 DAYS 'SWEET AS' SOUTH CONTIKI TOUR

Christchurch, Lake Ohau, Te Anau, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Tekapo, Arrowtown, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Haast Pass, Hokitika, Arthurs Pass

Experience the best of South! From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Start off on a scenic flight over Mt. Cook then get ready to hit Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Try bungy, or you can opt to take a stunning Milford Sound cruise. In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier before your tour ends in Christchurch.

Inclusions

All accommodation is included on this trip

2 nights in Special Stay - Lochmara Lodge, 1 night in Hotel, 1 night in Lodge, 1 night in Special Stay - Eco Camp, 1 night in Eco Lodge, 2 nights in Hostel

This adventure is all about authentic experiences and natural beauty, which is why we've included 3 unforgettable Special Stays. From staying in a lodge framed by the Marlborough Sounds and accessed only by water taxi, to stargazing from your lodge in Mount Cook National Park, to learning about conservation at the award winning Camp Glenorchy Eco-Retreat, you'll be closer to New Zealand's spectacular scenery than ever before. When hanging in towns, we'll be staying in centrally-located hotels & hostels in the heart of the action, like the Jucy Snooze pods.

Highlights

* See the peak of Mt Cook from across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau
* See the historic Church of the Good Shepard
* Stop at Lake Pukaki Lake Tekapo and Geraldine
* Experience rural NZ country life with a farm visit in Te Anau
* Cruise the glassy waters of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Milford Sound
* Stop at AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge
* View a native greenstone carving demonstration in the goldrush town of Hokitika

Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH TO LAKE OHAU VIA LAKE TEKAPO
Christchurch
Christchurch what's up? New Zealand's South Island is the home to adventure, adrenaline and good times and we're here to take it all on.

Lake Tekapo
We'll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo. Here (from October 2020) we'll also get to enjoy an unforgettable Dark Sky experience, an interactive multimedia exhibition that mixes stargazing, science and traditional Māori astronomy, teaching us how the Māori people used to use stars to harvest food, and about the importance of reducing light pollution.

Lake Ohau
Onto Lake Ohau, with its glorious views of Mt. Cook. Yet another swoon-worthy location where you'll have to pick that jaw up off the ground.

Stay
Lake Ohau Lodge (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
See the peak of Mt Cook from across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau
See the historic Church of the Good Shepard
Stop at Lake Pukaki Lake Tekapo and Geraldine

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Grand Traverse Scenic Flight NZ$340

DAY 2 - LAKE OHAU TO TE ANAU VIA ARROWTOWN
Lake Ohau
Another day, another natural wonder to discover.

Arrowtown
We make a quick stop for lunch in this historic gold mining town before heading onto Te Anau.

Te Anau
Arriving in the stunning lakeside town of Te Anau, why not take a guided jet boat trip to Fiordland National Park? From Te Anau through Lake Manapouri, it's an exhilirating way to soak up the scenery. You can also take a trip to the ethereal glow worm caves or simply cycle the gorgeous trails through native bush.

Stay
The Village Inn Hotel (or similar

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
Experience rural NZ country life with a farm visit in Te Anau

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Cruise Fiordland National Park on a guided jet boat trip followed by an optional cycle ride
Be awed by the magical twinkle of the Te Anau glowworm caves NZ$98

DAY 3 - TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN VIA MILFORD SOUND
Te Anau
It's time to make tracks to the spectacular natural wonder of Milford Sound.

Milford Sound
Welcome to New Zealand's most stunning attraction, with a magical combination of mountain peaks, forest-clad cliffs and deep dark waters. We take an included cruise of the fiord and experience the beauty of this pristine destination by boat, the best way to see Milford Sound in all its glory.

Queenstown
Later, we head to our home for the night in Queenstown.

Stay
Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
Cruise the glassy waters of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Milford Sound

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown
Today is yours to get acquainted with Queenstown and spend some time mulling over the activities up for grabs in the next two days. First stop is the legendary Kawarau Bungy Bridge, get your morning adrenaline hit with a heart pounding jump at the world home of the bungy. Later, take a stroll around beautiful Queenstown, nestled in the Southern Alps this stunning town has plenty to offer other than adventure activities.

Stay
Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
Stop at AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Group Photograph NZ$19
Queenstown Wine Trail

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown
With our last day in adrenalin city ahead of us, this is the time to push yourself to the limits and hurl over any mental barriers you've put up around yourself. Jump into #NOREGRETS spirit and conquer those niggling fears once and for all. For those who did their dash yesterday, a day staying mellow and enjoying this beautiful region will prove more than sufficient.

Stay
Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Swing through the tree tops on a Ziptrek Zipline tour in Queenstown NZ$189
Enjoy dinner with unparallelled views at Queenstown's Skyline restaurant NZ$85
Canyon Swing NZ$215
Funyaks NZ$359
Take your happy hour in sub-zero temperatures at Queenstown's Ice Bar experience NZ$20
Canyon Fox NZ$150

DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown
It's times like this that you really start to work out what sort of traveller you are. And human for that matter. You might be the one trailing through wine country and doing a spot of horse back riding, or you may be that guy that crams in a bungy jump, a skydive and a heliraft & still craves more. It's your holiday - run wild as you see fit.

Stay
Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Take the plunge on the world's OG bungy at Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown NZ$205
Jump off the third highest bungy platform in the world at AJ Hackett's Nevis Bungy in Queenstown NZ$275
Get a thrilling perspective of Queenstown's skyline with the famous AJ Hackett Ledge bungy NZ$205
Go all out with Thrillogy - 3 of Queenstown's world class bungy jumps including the historic Kawarau Bungy, the freestyle Ledge Bungy, and the hair-raising Nevis Bungy NZ$420
Take the swing of your life on the 300m Nevis Swing, one of the world's biggest canyon swings in Queenstown NZ$210
Get your adrenalin pumping with AJ Hackett's Ledge Swing with sweeping views of Queenstown NZ$165
Queenstown Adventurer Canyoning NZ$199

DAY 7 - QUEENSTOWN TO FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VIA WANAKA & HAAST PASS
Queenstown
Time to return our adrenalin levels to normal and make tracks to the wild (and often wet) West Coast and it's towering glaciers. But before we do, bridge bungy jump, anyone?

Wanaka
Enjoying our scenic drive we'll stop for lunch in Wanaka, a pretty ski resort town situated on a lake front and dwarfed by mountains. This town is fast becoming one of NZ's most popular spots, and a trip to the 'Dough Bin' for a luscious pie should be high on the list today.

Haast Pass
Our first piece of NZ eye-candy comes in the form of Hasast Pass, beautified by ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Note how the scenery changes as we roll away from Queenstown through the Southern Alps.

Franz Josef Glacier
Playing host tonight is the town of Franz Josef, home to some of NZ's finest natural beauty with bushlands and glaciers that almost reach the sea. Tomorrow we'll be out and about making the most of it - who's excited?

Stay
Rainforest Retreat (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Take the plunge on the world's OG bungy at Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown NZ$205

DAY 8 - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
Franz Josef Glacier
This morning will be another big ol' tick off the list as we take to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier. We've got a heli ride over the glacier up for grabs, or the opportunity to carve your own Pounamu (jade) pendant, under the tuition of a Maori mastercraftsman. Pounamu is sacred to the Māori people, and this is a great way to learn about its cultural significance, while also creating a beautiful please of jewellery. An optional highlight today is a boat cruise across Lake Mapourika. But this ain't your ordinary boat cruise. You'll cruise up the glassy lake, framed by glaciers and mountains, before switching to a stand up paddle board and gliding along a narrow estuary. This takes you to your journey's destination, the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, where you'll get to meet New Zealand's adorable but vulnerable national bird.

Stay
Rainforest Retreat (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Glacier Country Kayaks NZ$115
Across Country Quad Bikes NZ$160
Scenic Helicopter Flight and Glacier Landing From NZ$245
Heli Hike NZ$439
Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant using traditional Māori methods with a master carver

DAY 9 - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER TO CHRISTCHURCH VIA HOKITIKA & ARTHER'S PASS
Franz Josef Glacier
Armed with a new found appreciation for frozen water, we hop back on the coach & start making our way back to Christchurch.

Hokitika
In the gold rush town of Hokitika we'll watch authentic carvers get to work on green jade and take a look at traditional Maori art. Back on the coach we're coastline bound to one of the islands most jaw-droppingly beautiful spots...

Arthurs Pass
Take in the beautiful scenery as we wind our way across the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps.

Christchurch
Arriving into Christchurch marks the end of our adventure (sob). NZ - you've been real.

Departures:

19 Oct 2020
27 Oct 2020

Price

from NZ $1,208 per person
Up to 30% OFF!

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