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Arrive into Christchurch and collect your car hire. Make your way into the city and to your first night’s accommodation. Start exploring the new vibrant city that is Christchurch straight away.
After a leisurely morning depart Christchurch for your journey south. 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.
Venture further sound to another lakeside town of Wanaka. Your drive will take you through the scenic Lewis Pass. On arriving into Wanaka check into your accommodation. It’s a leisurely walk to explore the local village, cafes restaurants and boutiques.
Today you will get out on to the lake and cruise across to the magical island of Mou Waho. This island is a nature reserve and predator free making it an ideal home for the rare flightless Buff Weka. You’ll take a guided bush walk to discover the secrets the island has to offer before returning back to the mainland.
After a relaxing morning, your journey continues to Queenstown. Drive over the Crown range stopping at the Gin Distillery in the Cardrona valley. Call into the historic Cardrona Hotel for a drink on the way past. Once over the range discover the quaintness of Arrowtown and the gold rush history from the last couple of centuries. Your arrival into Queenstown sees you checking into your accommodation for the next two nights.
Today is about movie location scenery and exploring the Glenorchy, Paradise and the Dart Valley. Nomad Safaris will take you on a 4WD tour like no other. You don’t need to be a movie buff to appreciate the stunning vistas and unique insight into this region.
Travel across the Central Otago district to the east coast and city of 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.
For your final leg, you are heading north back to Christchurch. Stop in just south of Oamaru to see the Moeraki Boulders. Icon rock formations scattered across a local beach, only access is at low tide. 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 car hire and board your flight.
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Advertised price is per person twin share 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. Other dates available an anther 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.