BEAUTIFUL NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films.
Welcome to Christchurch!! Set against a majestic backdrop from the Alps to the ocean, Christchurch and Canterbury offer visitors a unique and diverse destination. From Christchurch city, you’ll find the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula all within driving distance. Christchurch is New Zealand’s largest South Island city. Set on the expansive Canterbury Plains between the Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps it is a vibrant, ever-changing city. The city is interwoven by the meandering Avon River, linking parks, gardens and avenues. On arrival in Christchurch, you will collect rental car and drive to your accommodation.
After breakfast, we head to Queenstown. On your Self Drive to Queenstown, there are 2 route options. (The Coastal Route) & (The Inland Route), popular & shorter route to reach Queenstown is “The Inland Route”. It is a great way to see some of the best places in New Zealand. You can head to Lake Tekapo to marvel at the views and go to Mount Cook to see this incredible mountain. At Lake Tekapo the solitary ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ takes pride of place against the backdrop of the vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Follow the shores of beautiful Lake Pukaki and through the historic Central Otago region to Queenstown. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors – captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers – gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. It has also become a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking. On arrival in Queenstown, we head to our hotel & relax after Check-In.
Deep within Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction. With its magical combination of mountain peaks, ink-dark waters and superb dramatic forest-clad cliffs, it must be seen to be believed. Milford Sound is located approximately 287 Km from Queenstown. It takes approximately four hours to drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Te Anau is approximately 2 Hours away from Queenstown, and forms part of the route. You will pass by some of the beautiful panoramic vistas such as Te Anau Downs, Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Lake Fergus, Homer Tunnel & many more. On arrival at Milford Sound we take excursion to Milford Sound Cruises, The best thing about Milford Sound Cruises is that the weather doesn’t matter! On a sunny day, it is beautiful and on a wet day it is spectacular! Fiordland has some of the world’s highest waterfalls and they are a popular feature of Milford Sound. In all weather, you will see water cascading down massive cliffs into the sea. Milford Sound is in the Fiordland National Park, which is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site which covers 26,000km² and encompassing four national parks. It is widely considered to be one of the World’s top travel destinations.
Today you have free time to relax or explore Queenstown and its nearby areas OR you may opt for below optional excursions & adventure activities (at extra cost) 1)Half Day Canyoning Adventure 2)Bungy Jumping, Swing or Catapult 3)Ziplining 4)Jet Boat 5)Scenic Glenorchy & Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour 6)Te Anau Gloworm Caves 7)White Water Rafting 8)Hydro Attack Shark Ride + Jet Ski 9)Scenic Helicopter Rides
Setting off from Queenstown, travel by your vehicle through ruggedly beautiful landscape and over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country. We enter the amazing Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain, where there is time to stop for lunch (on own) and a chance to enjoy the amazing alpine scenery. According to Māori legend, the boy Aoraki and his brothers once hit a reef in their canoe. When they climbed to the higher side of the tilting vessel, the cold south wind froze them, turning them into stone. Aoraki and family now form the Southern Alps. In the afternoon, travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd against the backdrop of this vivid blue glacier-fed lake. We then continue through the diverse farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the Garden City, where your tour concludes.
Departure to Christchurch Airport for flight to your onward Destination. We hope you enjoyed your stay in New Zealand.