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10D8N Lakes & Glaciers Adventure

Tour Package NZD2359

    Highlights

    Greymouth
    Wild Foods Festival, TranzAlpine
    Mt.Cook
    Mount Cook, Canterbury Plains, Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Pukaki, Tasman Valley, MacKenzie Basin
    Wanaka
    Lake Wanaka, Mt. Aspiring National Park, Warbirds Museum, Puzzling World, Mount Aspiring National Park, Franz Josef, Fox Glaciers
    Christchurch
    Balloon Adventures, Canterbury Plains
    Queenstown
    Wilderness Safari, Boat, Heritage Trail, Milford Sound, Tu Te Raki Whanoa
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  • Day 1: Singapore - Christchurch
    Depart Singapore for New Zealand Tour.
    Day 2: Arrival in Canterbury Christchurch
    On arrival in Christchurch - The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement, you will be transferred to your hotel. The tranquil Avon River meanders through the city and adjacent Hagley Park, historic buildings house a lively arts community and restored trams make it easy for visitors to get around. Heritage sites, museums and art galleries, Tram & Botanic Garden and enjoy the highly developed restaurant scene you may like to visit after check in. Hotel: Cotswold Hotel or similar.
    Day 3: Canterbury Christchurch – Mt. Cook National Park – Queenstown
    Travel by road to Mount Cook, Australasia's highest mountain, through the spectacular scenery of the Canterbury Plains, the foothills of the Southern Alps from Geraldine to Fairlie and through the MacKenzie Basin, with its brown snowgrass-covered landscape which has an almost desert like aspect to Lake Tekapo. Obtain an idyllic photograph of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo with its backdrop of magnificent alpine scenery. Next to Lake Pukaki where the Tasman Valley opens into the MacKenzie Basin with Mount Cook and the surrounding snow covered peaks in the background. Follow journey to Queenstown - is an internationally recognized four seasons alpine and lake resort. With a wide variety if things to see and do, it is perfect for adventurers and leisure seekers alike. Hotel: A-Line Hotel or similar.
    Day 4: Queenstown – Dart River Jetboat (LOTR)
    The Wilderness Safari takes you on a spectacular 1 1⁄2 hour Jet Boat journey through the Dart’s ever-changing braided river system, where you’ll be thrilled by our Jet Boat's capabilities including jet spins and awed by your surroundings of breathtaking snow-capped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls and glacial valleys frozen in time. It includes an easy guided 30 - 40 minute walk through the Heritage Trail at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enliven your walk with an informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique flora and fauna, as well as the fascinating Maori and colonial history of the area. You‘ll also journey by 4WD coach via a scenic back-road route, while hearing stories about the surrounding countryside and stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films, including ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
    Day 5: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown
    Milford Sound is simply stunning. It is a natural wonder of world fame. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze and uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Whatever the fiord’s mood - teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water - it will inspire you. Nowhere else in Fiordland do the mountains stand as tall, straight out of the sea. In the foreground of the fiord stands the legendary Mitre Peak, a remarkable presence dominating the skyline. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) travels through some of the world’s most impressive alpine scenery Our experienced drivers love sharing some of the breathtaking highlights and there is plenty of time for photo opportunities.
    Day 6: Queenstown – Wanaka
    Wanaka is the resort of the 'locals'. Set on the shores of Lake Wanaka for boating, and at the edge of Mt. Aspiring National Park for tramping and beneath the ski resorts of Treble Cone and Cardrona, Lake Wanaka is an all-year destination. Wanaka is also home to the internationally acclaimed Warbirds Museum and location of the famous bi-annual "Warbirds over Wanaka" event. Puzzling World is a world unique attraction that has been entertaining families of all ages to Wanaka for over 35 years. Challenge yourself in the 3-D Great Maze – Kids love to take on their parents to see who will be the first to find the 4 Towers then the Exit! Don’t worry there are emergency doors for those with limited time, patience or energy! Nourish the family in our Puzzle Centre/Café - when trying out the puzzles, look up and you’ll see a Mirrored Ceiling that acts as a giant Kaleidoscope! You’ll be astonished by the Illusion Rooms, astounded by the Holograms & confounded by the Puzzles. Using the Toilets here is a must – you’ll find out why! Other optional – Cardrona Adventure, Wilderness Adventure, Kidz Go, Backcountry Adventure, Skydive, etc. Hotel: Mount Aspiring Hotel or similar
    Day 7: Wanaka – Glacier Country
    Today you will travel by coach into Mount Aspiring National Park (established in 1964) is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers. The views are endless and unforgettable. The park is part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. Into The West Coast region is located on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of the more remote and sparsely populated areas of this beautiful land with just over 30,000 inhabitants (2001 census) living peacefully on a land area of more than 23,000 km2. A country of contrasts, New Zealand boasts two of the world’s most accessible glaciers. Whether you just want a peek or want to thrust an ice axe in to a peak, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers give visitors an amazing opportunity to view these ancient giants firsthand. The Fox Glacier offers a different type of glacier experience than the Franz Josef Glacier, and visitors are increasingly booking activities on both glaciers during their visit to Glacier Country. Local companies provide access to the Fox Glacier with guided walks, heli-hikes and scenic flights (with or without snow landings). Fox Glacier is also internationally renowned for Lake Matheson’s stunning reflections of Aorangi/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Hotel: Glacier Country Hotel or similar.
    Day 8: Glacier Country – Greymouth – Christchurch
    By coach along the West Coast to Greymouth - long, thin strip of beautiful New Zealand paradise, the Westland District is a sparsely populated are of over 11,000 square kilometres. A fascinating history, National Parks and a World Heritage area make this region a true New Zealand experience. Passing by Hokitika for the world renowned Wild Foods Festival, before come to Greymouth - the largest town on the West Coast, and the commercial centre of the region. As such it offers a range of retail, banking, medical, dental and other services. Afternoon you will be travel by Tranz Alpine train through the mountains to Christchurch. The TranzAlpine – Greymouth to Christchurch, rated one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys! The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Greymouth & Christchurch, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers. Hotel: Elms or similar
    Day 9: Christchurch – Hot Air Balloon
    For a truly "out of this world" experience... it's Balloon Adventures Up Up and Away! After more than 15 years experience and 50,000 satisfied passengers, their enthusiasm is still on the rise, just like their balloons over the Canterbury Plains. Hands on experience in helping set up the balloon leaves each traveller feeling as though they have really participated in creating their spectacular memories.
    Day 10: Christchurch – Singapore
    You will be transferred to airport for your home sweet home.
    Day 11:
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12D10N "Lord of the Ring" wz Glaciers

Tour Package NZD3399

    Highlights

    Queenstown
    LOTR Deer Park, Wilderness Safari, Boat, Heritage Trail, 4WD coach
    Greymouth
    TranzAlpine, Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park, Pancake Rocks, Blowholes, Truman Track, Aoraki, Mt. Cook
    West Coast
    South West New Zealand, World Heritage Area, Lake Matheson, Mt. Cook, Mt. Tasman
    Canterbury
    Lord of the Rings, Mt. Potts, Mt. Sunday, Edoras, 4WD
    Christchurch
    International Antarctic Centre, Hagglund Ride, Lindis Pass, Mt. Depart Queenstown, Mount Cook, Village, Aoraki Mount Cook, Church of the Good Shepherd
    Milford Sound
    Milford Sound, Tu Te Raki Whanoa, Milford Road
    Wanaka
    Hasst Pass, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Aoraki, Mount Cook National Park, Fiordland, Mt. Aspiring National Parks, Lake Wanaka, boating, Warbirds, Museum, Puzzling World
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  • Day 1: Singapore - Christchurch
    Depart Singapore for New Zealand Tour.
    Day 2: Arrival in Canterbury Christchurch – Antarctic Centre
    On arrival in Christchurch - The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch, take a short walk to International Antarctic Centre. After your Hagglund Ride, you will be transferred to your hotel. The tranquil Avon River meanders through the city and adjacent Hagley Park, historic buildings house a lively arts and restored trams make it easy for visitors to get around. Heritage sites, museums and art galleries, Tram & Botanic Garden and enjoy the highly developed restaurant scene you may like to visit after check in. Hotel: Cotswold Hotel or similar.
    Day 3: Canterbury Christchurch – Greymouth – Pancake Rock – Greymouth
    The TranzAlpine – Christchurch to Greymouth, rated one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys! The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch & Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers. About 2.15pm, you will be pick-up for your Pancake Rock Tours. Paparoa National Park the most popular is the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes walk, suitable for families (20 minutes return), the other is the Truman Track (30 minutes return). The famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are just a 20 minute loop walk from where you park your vehicle on the main highway at Punakaiki. Looking like giant pancakes the curious limestone formations are especially spectacular at high tide in a westerly sea. Take the left-hand branch at the first fork. It passes through a dark canopy of wind-shorn coastal forest where there are fine examples of nikau - New Zealand’s only native palm. Tree ferns and kiekie vine feature among the tangle of subtropical species closer to the forest floor. In clear weather, Aoraki//Mt. Cook and other high peaks of the Southern Alps make a picture in the far south. At the first fork on the track listen for the sound of activity at the Sudden Sound Blowhole a few metres straight ahead. This blowhole only sprays when the sea is very rough but it does emit a noise like a train in a tunnel as the sea surges through subterranean passages. To the left of the fork the track descends to the Surge Pool where you look down on a dramatic spectacle as the sea powers in underneath, sometimes through a huge build-up of foam. Nearby, the Chimney Pot Blowhole emits columns of spray as the sea gushes in through a narrow rock channel. The track crosses a bridge between pot and pool and climbs to a viewpoint above Putai - the biggest blowhole. Putai is more a fissure than a hole. When the sea thunders through the caverns below, a mixture of compressed water and air escapes upward as a wall of spray, visible for a long distance on stormy days. Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel or similar
    Day 4: Greymouth – Twin Glaciers – Lake Matheson – Glacier Country
    Set off your journey South into South West New Zealand World Heritage Area huge rivers of ice, living remnants of the ice ages, carve a spectacular landscape from the snowfields of the Southern Alps to their terminal faces near sea level. Get up close and hear the glaciers creaking and cracking as they constantly grind down the valleys. Near Fox Glacier is Lake Matheson, formed some 14,000 years ago from a huge sheet of trapped ice. On calm days, the deep, still waters provide a brilliant reflection of Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman. Hotel: Glacier Country or similar
    Day 5: Glacier Country – Wanaka (B)
    By coach into the Westland World Heritage Park to Hasst Pass (Haast is located in the heart of the Te Wāhipounamu South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. This incredible scenic landscape takes in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park to the east, and Fiordland and Mt. Aspiring National Parks further south) then continue to Lake Wanaka. Wanaka is the resort of the 'locals'. Set on the shores of Lake Wanaka for boating, and at the edge of Mt. Aspiring National Park for tramping and beneath the ski resorts of Treble Cone and Cardrona, Lake Wanaka is an all-year destination. Wanaka is also home to the internationally acclaimed "Warbirds Museum" and location of the famous bi-annual "Warbirds over Wanaka" event. Hotel: Mount Aspiring Motel or similar
    Day 6: Puzzling World
    Puzzling World is a world unique attraction that has been entertaining families of all ages to Wanaka for over 35 years. Challenge yourself in the 3-D Great Maze – Kids love to take on their parents to see who will be the first to find the 4 Towers then the Exit! Don’t worry there are emergency doors for those with limited time, patience or energy! Nourish the family in our Puzzle Centre/Café - when trying out the puzzles, look up and you’ll see a Mirrored Ceiling that acts as a giant kaleidoscope! You’ll be astonished by the Illusion Rooms, astounded by the Holograms & confounded by the Puzzles. Using the Toilets here is a must – you’ll find out why! Other optional – Cardrona Adventure, Wilderness Adventure, Kidz Go, Backcountry Adventure, Skydive, etc.
    Day 7: Wanaka – Queenstown – LOTR (Deer Park)
    Travel south to Queenstown via Cromwell area where many winery and fruit orchard is before arrive at Queenstown. Afternoon, go for LOTR Deer Park 2 hours Tours. The Deer Park's superb alpine views have been utalised in many film and advertising shoots, also appearing in Wolverine (X-Men) and Walt Disney's The Rescue. Come with us on a magical adventure into the very heart of alpine New Zealand. Be rewarded with fabulous panoramas over the entire Queenstown basin with elevated vistas over the lakes and surrounding mountains. Visit the country's most spectacular alpine animal park featuring breath-taking Lord of the Rings, Wolverine(X-Men) and The Rescue film locations. Stop to hand-feed and photograph red deer, bison, llama and 13 other exotic animal species. Trek around the summit tarn (lake), view footage of the movies and learn the local Maori legend and the history of the gold rush. Hotel: A-Line Hotel (Scenic Circle) or similar
    Day 8: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown
    Milford Sound is simply stunning. It is a natural wonder of world fame. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze and uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Whatever the fiord’s mood - teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water - it will inspire you. Nowhere else in Fiordland do the mountains stand as tall, straight out of the sea. In the foreground of the fiord stands the legendary Mitre Peak, a remarkable presence dominating the skyline. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) travels through some of the world’s most impressive alpine scenery. Our experienced drivers love sharing some of the breathtaking highlights and there is plenty of time for photo opportunities.
    Day 9: Queenstown – Dart River Safaris Jet “Lord of The Rings Site”
    The Wilderness Safari takes you on a spectacular 1 1⁄2 hour Jet Boat journey through the Dart’s ever-changing braided river system, where you’ll be thrilled by our Jet Boat's capabilities including jet spins and awed by your surroundings of breathtaking snow-capped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls and glacial valleys frozen in time. It includes an easy guided 30 - 40 minute walk through the ‘Heritage Trail’ at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enliven your walk with an informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique flora and fauna, as well as the fascinating Maori and colonial history of the area. You‘ll also journey by 4WD coach via a scenic back-road route, while hearing stories about the surrounding countryside and stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films, including ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
    Day 10: Queenstown – Mt. Cook National Park – Canterbury Christchurch
    You will be transferred to coach depot & then travel up north over the Lindis Pass to reach Mt. Depart Queenstown and travel through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country to visit Mount Cook Village at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. Here there is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or skiplane flight with a snow landing (weather permitting). At 3754 metres, New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook is dazzling, yet there are 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3050 metres, and hundreds of others not far short of that – all making up the famous Southern Alps. Continue your journey via the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing to your destination of Christchurch. Hotel: Cotswold Hotel or similar.
    Day 11: Lord of The Ring Edoras
    Join us on the Lord of the Rings Tour and journey to the remote and beautiful Mt. Potts high country station, home of Mt. Sunday; and see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoilt beauty of this breathtaking area with its sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air. This amazing day includes 4WD access onto Mt. Sunday/Edoras itself, a delicious champagne picnic lunch, full running commentary from our friendly and knowledgeable kiwi tour guides and spectacular scenery you will never forget.
    Day 12: Christchurch – Singapore
    You will be transferred to airport for your home sweet home.
    Day 13:
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