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Spend 10 days hiking, biking, kayaking and wine tasting on New Zealand’s South Island, and discover for yourself why they say you can see the world without ever leaving the country.
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The scenery in New Zealand is so incredibly varied visitors often describe their experience as “seeing the world in one country.” From calving glaciers and coastal rainforest to mile-high mountains, serene sounds and pinot-perfect wine-country, New Zealand”™s South Island is, simply put, not to be missed.
”¢Â Â Â Visit the coastal town of Timaru, where ancient limestone drawings tell tribal tales of a Maori past
”¢Â Â Â Pedal Ocean Trail to Twizel, marveling at magnificent views of Mt. Cook as you skirt the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki
”¢Â Â Â Sail Glacial Lake to the ice face of Tasman Glacier and kayak Okarito lagoon along a stretch of coastal rainforest
”¢Â Â Â Take in the arid, rolling scenery of McKenzie country en route to the wine district of Central Otago, famous for its Pinot Noir
”¢Â Â Â Peer over the 154-foot Kawerau Bridge in Queenstown, site of the first ever bungee jump ”“ watch or take the leap, the choice is yours!
”¢Â Â Â Tear across the shallow, green waters of Shotover Gorge on a heart-thumping jet boat ride
”¢Â Â Â Float quietly beneath majestic mountains jutting above the serene waters of Milford Sound
”¢Â Â Â Strap on your crampons for a hike across the ice on Fox Glacier
Christchurch, New Zealand
Day 1: Christchurch
Day 2: Mt Cook
Day 3: Lake Ohau
Day 4: Queenstown
Day 5: Milford Sound
Day 6: Wanaka
Day 7: Fox Glacier
Day 8: Okarito
Day 9: Christchurch
Day 10: Christchurch
A unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful, tranquil gardens, the Chateau on the Park offers hotel accommodation in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand that seems a world away from the stresses of daily life. With two restaurants, a bar, and a lounge it may be difficult to leave but just minute away from Addington Business District, there is much to explore.
From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect “base camp” to discover your Peak Experience. The main hotel has a range of room types and all 164 rooms have en-suites, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, IDD telephones and fridges. Wi-Fi is also available in all rooms.
Lake Ohau Lodge, established 1951 is a family run business and a place for peace an tranquility. On the shore of Lake Ohau, the lodge is seemingly remote. They offer dinner, a bed, and breakfast with fabulous food, friendly staff, stunning views over the lake to Mt Cook.
Take in the picturesque beauty of Queenstown from this luxurious hotel. Enjoy the comfort and impressive style of the hotel then head out to explore the many attractions Queenstown has to offer. Owner of a beautiful setting, the hotel”™s elevated position gives fantastic views of the Southern Alps and over Lake Wakatipu. Its convenience and quality of four-star apartment style accommodation make this hotel a must-stay.
Spend the night aboard the Mariner and wake up to the dawn of a new day in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord”™s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you”™re bound to encounter seals and if you”™re lucky maybe dolphins and penguins.
Clearbrook is an oasis of quiet comfort within easy reach of all that Wanaka has to offer. Relax in your apartment or on your private balcony taking in the views of Wanaka's mountains. Wander across the lawn to feed the trout in Bullock Creek. Stroll across the road for shopping or a meal at any number of restaurants. Walk to the lakefront in two minutes.
Escape into the luxury of our spacious bedrooms, furnished with your choice of a king double bed or two king single beds. Relax in one of the comfortable armchairs and send a postcard to your family, or just enjoy a cup of plunger coffee. Breathe in the fresh alpine air from your own balcony.