This one-of-a-kind 9 day New Zealand South Island tour takes you on a wonderful journey from Queenstown. The first stop is Milford Sound where you’ll take a cruise on the picturesque sound against the backdrop of the iconic Mitre Peak.
Then we travel on to Wanaka, experience the West Coast’s rainforests, the jaw dropping Franz Josef Glacier and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Finally, our journeys finishes in Christchurch after a stunning journey over the Southern Alps.
A short tour that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
What Tanya loves about this tour:
The West Coast is covered in World Heritage National Parks and you travel right through them accompanied by your Kiwi guide. And of course there's the beauty in the grandeur of Milford Sound and my favourite drive in New Zealand - Arthur’s Pass.
Your four hour supported adventure biking the Queenstown Trails begins at either 9am or 1pm with a scenic transfer from your Queenstown accommodation through to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. From here you will follow the beautiful Arrow River Trail down stream to where it meets the Kawarau River. You’ll ride across 2 spectacular suspension bridges and then join the original miners trail that crosses the famous Kawarau suspension bridge, home of the the worlds first Bungy jump. You’ll finish your ride with a relaxed and complimentary wine tasting in the Gibbston Valley, before being delivered back to Queenstown. E-bike available.
Queenstown - The Basin Explorer - Full Day Bike Tour
See it all… This is more than just a ride. Ride through lakes, river gorges, suspension bridges, the famous Kawarau bungy jump bridge and finish off at beautiful Queenstown vineyards. Explore the stunning Tuckers Beach Trail Head, Shotover river trail, Lake Hayes, Wakatipu Basin and the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers. In the afternoon enjoy a well deserved wine at the Gibbston Wine Vineyard. This trip can be catered to any level of rider and is well supported along the way by your dedicated tour guide. The distance can be altered to suit the group. Don’t be intimidated by the distances, this tour is about more than just the ride. Ebike available.
Queenstown - Boutique Wine Tour
An afternoon among the boutique vineyards perfectly captures the flavour of the region, in more ways than one! Your friendly guide will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the 'new world' wines of New Zealand, you'll be an expert in no time. Visit and try the wines at 4 vineyards in Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn, and enjoy a delightful platter lunch at Carrick Winery restaurant before visiting Old Cromwell Town. You'll see both sides of the stunning Kawarau Gorge and get a glimpse of the early pioneering history of this rugged region. If you like the idea of spending a day with friends enjoying fine wine, great food and amazing scenery (who doesn't?!), then this is for you.
Queenstown - Routeburn Track Day Hiking
One of New Zealand's 'Great Walks', the Routeburn Track is one of the crown jewels of Kiwi walking tracks. The Glenorchy end of the track is easily accessed from Queenstown, your guided tour picks you up and drops you back at your accommodation and will provide everything you need. The walk to Routeburn Flats or Falls is on a beautifully graded track, through the most beautiful section of red beech forest in the country, follows the emerald Routeburn river up to the alpine sanctuary of Routeburn Flast. The best day walk in the entire country, according to one very biased ex Routeburn guide who wrote this! You be the judge, it's day you'll never forget.
Queenstown - Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Experience
The 'head of the lake' around Glenorchy and the Dart River is so amazing, you simply cannot miss this! A breathtaking drive along the famous Glenorcy road for your thrilling jet boat ride on braided, glacier-fed rivers into the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park. Your friendly driver adds the personal touch, looking after you all the way and sharing the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends. Break up the ride for a walk through ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. The river is the only way to get up here, this is the New Zealand you've come to see!
Queenstown - TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise with BBQ Lunch
You'll love this iconic South Island experience, the perfect combination of taking it easy and seeing a bit more of the Queenstown area. Head off from the Steamer Wharf right downtown on your cruise aboard the historic 100 year old TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and leave the cooking to our chef, with the best local produce sizzling away on the grill for your delicious gourmet BBQ lunch before seeing first hand how these high country farmers and their dogs used to work the land. You can see why the early settler families chose this side of the lake, it's pretty special!
Queenstown - Moa 4 Line Tour
Ziptrek Ecotours is NZ's #1 Original Zipline tour company. The multi award winning company offers a spectacular and fun zipline eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill, situated minutes walk from the CBD.The Moa 4 Line Tour is the perfect starter to your adventure experience in Queenstown. Journey through the forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. The ziplines start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as they get progressively longer, higher and faster. This tour is fun for everyone! All ages love the interaction this guided aerial tour has to offer!
Queenstown - Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour
Visit Lord of the Rings locations and take a journey with us deep into Middle Earth. On your scenic LOTR guided tour, you will explore Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien! Stories and secrets will be shared by guides who have great insight into the filming. Visit our closest world heritage area – encounter stunning ancient beech forest, braided rivers and glacier carved valleys. Explore the unique flora and fauna and get up close to birdlife and animals. Discover the absolute beauty of the Dart River Valley, Paradise and The Mt Aspiring National Park. Take the opportunity to dress up in Lord of the Rings costume in Lothlorien Forest. Come away with amazing photos and lasting memories from this unforgettable experience.
Queenstown - TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise with BBQ Dinner
This four hour cruise will take you to a dining experience unlike any other in Queenstown, the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Head off from the Steamer Wharf right downtown and cruise aboard the historic 100 year old TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy a delicious gourmet barbeque buffet dinner with an array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats to delicious vegetables and salads, while taking in a farming demonstration from the local high country farmers.
Queenstown - Station to Station Mt Nicholas Farm Experience & Bike Hire
The perfect half day, independent cycling trip experiencing the best that Queenstown has to offer. Enjoy a Spirit of Queenstown cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm, stopping at Bob’s Cove to view flora and fauna up close and spectacular views towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps and The Remarkables mountain range. Disembark the vessel at Mt Nicholas for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit to a truly authentic, family-run merino sheep farm. Enjoy a farmers platter lunch before hopping on your bike and cycling the 14kms between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak (both high country farms) located on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu. Then step aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown.
If you're looking for adventure this one's for you! Take on the mighty Shotover and Kawarau rivers. Only KJet offers over 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world’s most stunning locations. Firstly, your twin engine Jet boat roars across crystal clear Lake Wakatipu at breath-taking speed. You’ll be surrounded by majestic mountains and mesmerising scenery. Then you zoom under the Kawarau Dam onto the deep green waters of The Kawarau River for lots of 360° spins. Next the adventure heightens as your driver navigates the fast –moving currents of the narrow braided Shotover River. Your Big Yellow will race up the shallow channels at speeds of up to 95KPH. All the while skimming across water that’s less than 10cm deep in places. Finally, return to the Pier for a complimentary view from Queenstown’s Underwater Observatory. Then get up close and personal with fascinating rainbow trout and lake-life.
Queenstown - Kawarau River Rafting
Super scenic, playful & fun for all! The Kawarau River / ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience, or groups of mixed ability/ages. There is plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there is a good chance of a water fight! It's the Kawarau River that starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings. The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth. Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg rapid - New Zealand's longest commercially rafted rapid before returning to Queenstown for a sauna and shower at Rafting Base.
Wanaka - Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk
Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Wanaka followed by a unique nature walk on Mou Waho Island. Boat cruise to the remote and magical Mou Waho Island nature reserve, which is predator–free and home to the rare flightless Buff Weka (extinct on the mainland since 1920). A one hour return guided bush walk is included, which takes you up to reveal the island’s secret – a lake right on top of the island! Unique and very photogenic. Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the birdlife at the beach and shelter at the island base with your own morning or afternoon tea.
Franz Josef - Twin Glacier Scenic Heli Flight and Snow Landing
Fly over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers and land at the head of either the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. View the incredible natural phenomenon of the glaciers as they wind slowly down the carved valleys from its origin in the mountains high above you. You can see it all from up hear, Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and the heart of the World Heritage Area. Wow!
Franz Josef - Glacier Heli Hike
A Heli Hike is simply the ultimate Glacier experience and now the only way to walk on the ice in New Zealand! Take in the Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter before descending onto the ice itself for an adventure like no other. Follow your guide from the crevasses and ice caves to the splendour of the clean blue ice, immerse yourself in the unique surroundings and touch the ice, breath the fresh air and enjoy one of the world’s most exhilarating experiences.
Franz Josef - Okarito Eco Tour
This 2 hour Eco Tour explores the untouched World Heritage Area, the superb birdlife and serenity of New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland, over 3000 hectares of lagoons and wildlife-rich waterways, from wading birds to rainforest orchids, tidal lagoon wetlands and ancient plants and trees and river waterways.
Franz Josef - Okarito Guided Kayak Trip
Explore the waterways of the Okarito Lagoon by Kayak. These 2 hour guided kayak trips are run on demand, not to a scheduled time with big groups. The guided kayak trips are customised for you, personal and intimate. They'll talk with you to organise the best time to go, to work with the lagoon tides and conditions. Great for those who might be a little less confident on the water, or those who just want more information on the flora, fauna and local history of Okarito.
Punakaiki - Underworld Rafting
Underworld Rafting’ is a superb 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the enormous Nile River Cave System deep in the ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ of the Paparoa National Park. Leaving the daylight behind explore a calcite paradise of stalactites and stalagmites, cross huge chambers, follow a maze like system of passages and wander through the multi-leveled cave system. Enriched with illustrations, explanations and stories you will descend to the bottom level of the cave where the water guides you through magical galaxies of glow-worms. Finsh the tour floating down the tranquil rapids of The Nile River.
Punakaiki - Charleston Glowworm Caves Tour
This 3.5 hr tour is a simply stunning Wilderness Eco-tour through the enormous Nile River Cave System deep in the Paparoa National Park. See lush rainforest, surrounded by uniquely nature carved rock formation and impressive limestone cliffs on the 'Nile River Rainforest Train'. Then explore the enormous Nile River Caves System, seeing, feeling and getting close to an ancient wonderland sculptured by water and decorated with fragile calcite formations and amazing galaxies of glow worms. The guides will enrich your journey with captivating illustrations, explanations and stories. A journey that takes you into one of the few cave systems you can see in its natural untamed wilderness state. This is a simply stunning Eco-tour in a very special place.
Punakaiki - TranzAlpine Train Arthurs Pass to Christchurch
Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest. The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps - the journey of a lifetime.
Christchurch Post Tour Day - Akaroa Day Tour and Harbour Cruise
You will travel to Akaroa over the beautiful Banks Peninsula on a high summit route which gives glorious views of farmlands, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline. From the main wharf in Akaroa boats depart for a Nature Cruise on the harbour. You will have an opportunity to wander around the charming 175 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios before enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe.
Christchurch - Akaroa Day Tour & Swim with Dolphins
This day tour allows you to explore the beautiful Akaroa area and swim majestic dolphins that love nothing more to play and interact with you in the water. Travel to Akaroa NZ over the beautiful Banks Peninsula with glorious views of farmlands, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline. Take a Nature Cruise from Akaroa harbour and swim with Hectors Dolphins. Learn more about the local history and wander the charming 175 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios before enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe. On the way back to Christchurch visit the Cheese Factory at Barry’s Bay, the Little River Art gallery and Vince’s Gem Stone Museum.