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26 Day North and South Christchurch to Christchurch Winter Tour
Mt Cook
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PRICE

Quad Share $3,429
Twin / Double - per person $3,989
Single / Private room - one person $4,679

DEPARTURES

Starts:

Sundays from Christchurch International airport at 9.45am from May 1 to October 13, 2017

Travelling from October, 2016 to April 2017? Check out our 21 Day North and South Christchurch to Christchurch Summer Tour

Ends: Christchurch

Trip Style

Fitness: Can I do this tour?

It is very important that customers understand that a reasonable level of fitness is required for all tours.

The areas in which we operate vary greatly in  terrain and weather conditions. Travellers may be required to undertake walking experiences up to 4 hours in duration in challenging conditions. Travellers must be aware that depending on which region the tour is visiting  & the southern hemisphere weather season in which you are travelling, you could encounter extremes of heat ( 40C+) or cold (-5C).

By law it is required that customers advise Real Kiwi Adventures or our travel partners in New Zealand of any pre-existing medical conditions &/or Dietary conditions before they join the tour. Customers may also be asked at time of each tour commencement to sign a liability waiver.

Travellers are requested to contact us on: enquiries@realkiwiadventures.com in relation to all medical or dietary issues.


Accommodation: Hostel

Ranging from 4 – 8 bed dormitories some with private bathroom facilities in New Zealand's best backpacker hostel accommodation. Twin and double upgrades often available.


Vehicle: Mini Coach - 24 seats

Forward facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional tour guide
  • 23 nights accommodation
  • Mourea Maori Cultural Experience – traditional meal, interactive performance, dinner, breakfast
  • Lake Aniwhenua – ground cooked hangi feast, dessert, breakfast, guided tour of Maori rock art, Maori cookery Lesson and flax weaving
  • Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour, Whakahoro
  • Ferry crossings between the North and South Islands
  • Aqua taxi Abel Tasman
  • Guided bike tour Wanaka
  • Shotover Jet Queenstown
  • Day trip to Doubtful Sound

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots
  • Bathers/towel
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Itinerary is subject to change due to cultural or seasonal conditions
  • *Twin / Double upgrades based on two people sharing.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Winter tours will operate in conjunction with the Stray Travel Network allowing all Real Kiwi winter departures to be 100% guaranteed. Clients will still have a set itinerary with included accommodation and activities however less meals are included and the guide and group may change during the tour.

Tour Code

TNZ21W

Highlights

  • Get your adrenalin kick in Queenstown
  • Learn NZ's cultural side through authentic Maori experiences
  • Experience life on a working eco-farm
  • Explore national parks including Abel Tasman, Fiordland and Tongariro
  • Glowworm-spotting on the Waitomo Valley Caves walk

Tour Map

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Day 1 - Christchurch to Kaikoura

After a mid-morning departure from Christchurch Airport we enjoy a beautiful trip up the east coast to Kaikoura where you will have the afternoon to choose from an array of optional activities available to check out the amazing marine wildlife. In the evening we suggest sampling the delicious fresh fish and chips for dinner.

Activities included: Peninsula and look out walk

Day 2 - Kaikoura to Wellington

The rugged coastal roads await us today as we wind our way up to Picton via a seal colony and plenty of photo opportunities. We then catch the ferry back to Wellington where the evening is yours to explore.

Activities included: Seal Colony, Queen Charlotte View Walk, Ferry crossing from Picton to Wellington

Day 3 - Wellington (via National Park) to Auckland

Today is an express journey from Wellington to Auckland. We stop along the way for photos in the township of a dual World Heritage area - National Park before arriving into Auckland in the early evening.

Day 4 - Free day in Auckland

The day is yours to explore New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. If the weather is nice you may like to take a sailing trip on the harbour or head up to the top of Sky Tower for a bird's eye view of the city. If some retail therapy is in order then we suggest checking out Queen Street. All activities are at own expense.

Day 5 - Auckland to Hahei

We depart Auckland around 07.30am and head to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. We’ll settle into our accommodation in Hahei before heading to Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own natural spa in the sand (tidal dependent). 

Activities included: Hot Water beach visit Hahei

Day 6 - Day to explore in Hahei

Today you have a full free day to embrace the laid back Coromandel lifestyle. Get up early to catch the sunrise on the beach, then take a scenic coastal walk or opt to kayak to stunning Cathedral Cove. You can also take a glass bottom boat tour through the nearby marine reserve or go Kayaking. (additional expense)

Day 7 - Haihei to Raglan

We leave Hahei early to travel towards the mighty Waikato River. Head on to the world-renowned Raglan surf beach, with cow spotting and a walk to Bridal Veil Falls on the way. Chill out on the beach or go hard surfing the waves in this funky surf and arts town.
We stay in Raglan at an eco-lodge surrounded by native bush near the beach. You an take a waterfall walk, relax on the beach or spot glowworms in the bush. Take in a stunning West Coast sunset at Inspiration Point this evening.

Day 8 - Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua

A fairly early start to head south to the small town of Waitomo made famous by its caves and resident glowworms, which we have time to explore. Take a walk around Ruakuri Reserve and do the Waitomo Valley Caves walk. Then its onto a feast for the senses as we journey to Rotorua and discover its distinct smell thanks to its high level of geothermal activity. The afternoon is yours to discover the small city's cultural and adventure side, beyond its distinctive scent, including whitewater rafting or a visit to the Lord of the Rings movie set at Hobbiton (optional, at own expense)

Day 9 - Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

The morning is free to try one of the many adventure activities on offer in Rotorua. Try Zorbing or white water rafting (optional, own expense) We depart Rotorua at midday and drive into the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua. We will meet a local Maori guide who will take us to visit the area’s sacred sites and a local Marae for a traditional welcome and afternoon tea. Tonight, we feast on a traditional Hangi dinner at our lakeside accommodation. Included Activities today include Kohutapu Experience – guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings, Marae experience, afternoon tea, delicious ground cooked hangi feast and buffet breakfast. (D)

Day 10 - Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro

After breakfast it is onto Taupo to see Huka Falls, the most-visited natural attraction in New Zealand. The 11-metre thundering waterfall really is a magnificent sight. There is enough time for the brave to go skydiving (additional expense) before making our way to the jewel in the North Island's crown and a special Real Kiwi stop - Blue Duck Station. This 5,200 acre high country farm is both a working station and an environmental conservation pioneer, an area which you will learn a lot about during your stay. Walk around the truly amazing property at Whakahoro and take in the lush scenery, walk to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall, enjoy your hosts’ hospitality and stories on the local wildlife and history.

Day 11 - Explore Whakahoro

Today you have a free day to explore this truly amazing and secluded location in depth. There are plenty of farming and conservation-based activities for you to experience around the property. We stay again at the Country station lodge with included Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour
Optional activities you can do on the farm are Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and goat hunting. 

Day 12 - Whakahoro to National Park

An early start to travel onto the World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park and its active volcanoes. You will have the chance to embark on what is rated one of the world's best one day walks - the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The scenery on this hike is absolutely breathtaking and movie buffs will also recognise 'Mt Doom' from the Lord of the Rings films as you walk around the base. (Please note that you may have to pay a local supplement for an alpine guide and hiking equipment) Today we include the Taranaki Falls walk and a visit the Volcanic Centre.

Day 13 - National Park to Wellington 

After a great few days in the wilderness, we head to the 'big smoke' of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. On our way there we will pass through the quirky towns of Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. The afternoon is yours to explore this pretty city, checking out the shops and cafes along Cuba Street or strolling arlong the waterfront. We also highly recommend visiting the country's national museum - Te Papa

Day 14 - Wellington to Marahau

A bright and early start to the morning as we catch the 8am Bluebridge Ferry from Wellington to Picton (Check in is at 7am). After picking up some more group members in Picton we travel through the world-famous Marlborough wine region. We then travel to the coastal town of Nelson before cruising through Motueka, situated between three national parks, and onto our overnight stop at Marahau, right on the border of Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 15 - Explore Marahau
The day is yours to explore one of New Zealand's most picturesque National Parks, the Abel Tasman. While the area is great for hiking, you also have the option to partake in activities such as kayaking, skydiving, horse riding, hang gliding or a full day of sailing (additional cost). The hiking enthusiasts have an Aqua Taxi ride included which you can choose to take you to the start of a trailhead and you hike back out or you may choose to hike in to the park and choose to take your ride home. The day is yours to explore however you wish.

Day 16 - Marahau to Westport
More beautiful scenery to take your breath away is on the agenda today. We head south towards the 'Wild West Coast' and make our way through Buller Gorge and a road that was rateed one of the top ten scenic drives in the world by Lonely Planet. We get another fix of a seal colony at Cape Foulwind before heading to the historic coal mining town of Westport where, weather permitting, will treat us to a beautiful sunset from our accommodation.

Activities included: Westport seal colony visit, Truman Track walk

Day 17 - Westport to Franz Josef
It's time to take on the mighty rugged West Coast starting with the sensational limestone Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Your guide will take you on a short walk and a stop for snacks before it's onto the home of the mighty glacier at Franz Josef, via Greymouth and Hokitika. Your lodge for two nights at Franz Josef is in the middle of rainforest!

Activities included: Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and their mighty blowholes.

Day 18 - Free day in Franz Josef

Today is yours to make the most of the wonderous Franz Josef glacier and the various activities on offer around the town. Franz Josef Glacier currently measures at 12 kilometres long and is located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. To see the glacier you can take a free valley walk to the base but to truly experience it's grandeur, you can opt for the Ice Explorer Trip (additional expense) which is a short helicopter flight onto the glacier followed by a guided ice hike - an experience well worth doing.


After your day's activities you may also like to take a soak in the thermal hot springs nearby (additional expense) or relax at our lodge with a few local ales.


Day 19 - Franz Josef to Wanaka

An early morning departure from Franz Josef takes us onto Lake Matheson for a walk at the amazing mirror lake and then it's up and onwards through the mountains via Haast Pass and the blink-and-you'll-miss-it town of Makarora. We journey by pretty Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka in the late afternoon where we spend the night.


Activities included: Walks at Mirror Lake, Ship Creek, Blue Pools and Thundercreek Falls

Day 20 - Wanaka to Queenstown

We begin with an energetic start to the morning on a guided bike tour around the lake before we head towards Queenstown via the famous A.J. Hackett bungy site where those brave enough can take the plunge (additional expense). And bungy would be the perfect way to introduce you to the 'Adventure Capital of the World' - Queenstown with so many activities on offer it will make your eyes water and your legs twitch, not to mention the fantastic restaurants, pubs and live music to check out.

Activities included: Guided Bike Tour

Days 21, 22 & 23 - Queenstown

You have three days to relax, get adrenalin-filled or gourmet food and wine-filled! Included activities is an exhilarating jet boat ride of the Shotover River and a day trip to the stunning Doubtful Sound - a perfect contrast of experiences to witness the beautiful South Island scenery.


Other optional activities (at your own expense) include Canyon Swing, skydiving, mountain-biking, zip-lining, horse riding, Harley Davidson tours - and much much more.


Activities included: Shotover Jet and Doubtful Sound day trip

Day 24 - Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook

The stunning scenery continues today as we head north over Lindis Pass through Mackenzie Country and Lake Pukaki. In the early afternoon we arrive at our amazing overnight stop at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki/Mt Cook.


Activities included: Short walks to the Hooker Glacial Lake. 


Day 25 - Mt Cook to Rangitata
Fans of the Lord of the Rings will particularly enjoy today as we travel through landscapes which will remind you of the movie franchise. We head past turquoise Lake Tekapo, where we stop for optional ice-skating, snow tubing or a swim at the hot springs (additional expense). We pass through Geraldine and then head through to spend the night at one of Canterbury's original sheep stations in Rangitata.

Day 26 - Rangitata to Christchurch

It is an express haul across the Canterbury plains to Christchurch, arriving at the Christchurch International Airport at 09.40am and where your NZ adventure comes to an end.

Activities included: Peninsula and look out walk

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