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Arrive into Christchurch and collect your car hire. On the edge of the airport precinct is the International Antarctic Centre. Head in there to explore the storm room, interactive designs, unlimted 4D shows and Hagglund ride. From there make your way into the city and to your first night’s accommodation. Start exploring the vibrant city that is Christchurch straight away
Today you will travel south, down the coast to the city of Dunedin. It’s recommended to stop in just south of Oamaru to see the Moeraki Boulders. An Icon rock formation that is scattered across a local beach, the only access is at low tide. Dunedin, the Edinburgh of New Zealand, this town is home to some stunning architecture, breweries, art, fashion and wildlife. This city might surprise you.
Climbing aboard with Monarch Cruises you will cruise the length of the Otago Harbour, seeing the Careys Bay historic fishing village, Port Chalmers’ busy wharves and the harbour’s beautiful bays, hills, farmland, and forest. Enjoy Monarch’s fascinating Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head and the surrounding coastline of dramatic cliffs. There is a great chance you’ll see NZ Furseals at play, Royal Albatross flying nearby, penguins and petrels and other marine life like some of the local dolphins.
Once you are back to land your guide will retell stories of sea creatures and early settlers as you bus along the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula.
Continuing your New Zealand holiday, you will arrive into Queenstown. Approximately 4 hours drive from Dunedin this alpine town is set on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and at the base of The Remarkables.
This afternoon take a trip up the Gondola to Bob’s Peak and look out across Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak. The almost 360 degree views at spectacular any time of day. While up there have a go on the luge track for so added fun.
It’s a thrilling and fun ride as you power out of Queenstown across the glacial waters of Lake Wakatipu onto the mighty Kawarau River, enjoy unique photo opportunities as you jet around The Remarkables mountain range, with high cliffs, shallow waters willows, 360 degree spins and so much more. Go Orange Jetboat Queenstown delivers all aspects of true kiwi jet boating and is pioneered by passion!
Today you are heading out on the lake, cruise across Lake Wakitipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the famous TSS Earnslaw. Join in the popular and entertaining farmyard tour which includes sheep-dog and sheep shearing demonstrations, plus afternoon tea at the Colonel’s Homestead.
After a leisurely morning depart Queenstown for your journey north. Travel into the Mackenzie region for your overnight stay at Lake Tekapo. This small village boasts glorious view of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges. The historic Church of the Good Shepard is a popular photo stop on the way into town. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing soak under the stars at the Tekapo Springs hot pools.
For your final leg, you are heading north back to Christchurch. Once back in Christchurch take the rest of the afternoon to explore the reimagined CBD including the new Farmers markets and restaurants that line the banks of the Avon River.
Have a relaxing morning before checking out of your accommodation and heading for the airport to return your carhire and board your flight.
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Advertised price is per family based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children (5-15 years) and is priced in Australian Dollars. Prices are correct at time of publication, are subject to availability and can change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes, and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. All discounts and savings have been applied to the price. Book by 30 June 2022. Car hire is subject to an airport fee and excess at time of collection. Flights not included. Blackout periods may apply. Surcharges may apply over special event periods and over school holidays. Inclusions are subject to change based on superior operational capabilities. Your personal travel manager may charge additional service fees. Other restrictions may apply. Please check current COVID-19 travel restrictions for the destination you wish to visit before departure. Other conditions apply. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details.