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Lakes, Fiords & Mountains - Christchurch to Queenstown

Lakes, Fiords & Mountains - Christchurch to Queenstown
Highlights:
• Explore the heart of the South Island at Lake Tekapo & Aoraki Mount Cook

• Soak up the lakeside charm of both Queenstown & Wanaka

• Discover the soaring fiords & roaring waterfalls in either Milford or Doubtful Sound
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ITINERARY (9 days)
Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to the 'Garden City'.

You will be met by our representative on arrival and receive your travel documents before transferring to your central city accommodation.

The South Island's largest city, Christchurch is exceptionally beautiful with its stunning parks and gardens, the Avon River meandering through the city centre and its dramatic harbour within the flooded crater of an extinct volcano.

Take a punt ride, enjoy walks around the city, experience life on the southern continent at the International Antarctic Centre and be entertained at the Court Theatre, Museum or Art Gallery.

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 2 - Christchurch - Mount Cook Region (approx 4:00 hours driving time)

This morning you will be transferred to pick-up your rental vehicle.

The scenic route to the Mount Cook Region leads you through the pasture and grain lands of the Canterbury Plains, over Burkes Pass to the dramatic MacKenzie Country, named after the legendary Scottish sheep rustler who once roamed the area.

Lake Tekapo provides great photo opportunites with its Church of the Good Shepherd and sheepdog statue.

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 3 - Mount Cook Region - Wanaka (approx 3:00 hours driving time)

Through the centre of the South Island you follow the spectacular backbone of the Southern Alps.

At Lake Pukaki, if the weather is kind, you will see the most stunning views of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook.

The lakeside resort of Wanaka is popular for fishing and boating and snow sports in winter.

Explore Mount Aspiring National Park, enjoy a lake cruise, visit the famous Wanaka Warbirds Museum or challenge yourself at Puzzling World. Wanaka offers an appealing mix of outdoor activities, family fun and fine living.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 4 - Wanaka

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 5 - Wanaka - Te Anau (approx 4:00 hours driving time)

Take in the magnificent landscape enroute to the township of Te Anau, picturesquely sited on Lake Te Anau and within easy reach of the delights of the Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 6 - Te Anau - Milford - Te Anau (approx 4:45 hours driving time)

Travel via the Eglinton Valley, the Homer Tunnel and down the Cleddau Canyon to Milford Sound deep in the Fiordland National Park, to board a cruise and view captivating wildlife surrounded by sheer mile-high mountain walls before returning to Te Anau.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 7 - Te Anau - Queenstown (approx 2:45 hours driving time)

Follow the shore of Lake Wakatipu below the jagged Remarkable Mountains into Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

This alpine town offers an amazing range of attractions including canyon jet boat rides, mountain biking, bungy jumping, helicopter flights, horse treks and 4WD expeditions.

There are also more passive pastimes - wilderness safaris, historic steamer lake cruises, gondola cableway, superb golf courses and gardens as well as uncovering gold-mining artifacts in the quaint town of Arrowtown.

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 8 - Queenstown

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 9 - Queenstown

There is time for some last minute shopping, before you return your rental vehicle and catch your departure flight.


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Map of Lakes, Fiords & Mountains - Christchurch to Queenstown
Lakes, Fiords & Mountains - Christchurch to Queenstown

Style
Quality
Superior
Share Twin NZ$
Share Twin NZ$
   CAR - Intermediate
$ 1862
$ 2815
   CAR - Full size
$ 1968
$ 2918
   4WD - Intermediate
$ 2016
$ 2964
Prices are per person and valid to 30 September 2017
What's Included

Meet & Greet and transfer to hotel on arrival

Automatic intermediate (medium), full size car or intermediate 4WD

Quality style - Quality Bed & Breakfasts, mid-range hotels, 4-5* self-catering motels

Superior style - Superior Bed & Breakfasts, superior class hotels

New Zealand touring information - distances, times, directions between destinations, map

Price Information

Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include 15% GST (Government Goods & Services Tax). Click Here for an online currency converter to convert prices to your own currency (approximate only).

Prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a Bed & Breakfast, hotel or motel room/unit.

Please enquire for prices for single travellers or up to four persons vacationing together.

Rental vehicle hire includes basic insurance.

1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 prices provided on request.
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