NEW ZEALAND

Wildsouth Discovery Tour

from £6396 9 nights | Year round Exc. flights See price details
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Overview

Explore the scenic wonders, national parks and diverse nature of New Zealand's South Island on this privately guided, off the beaten track exclusive tour. Walk among primeval forests, heritage towns and along deserted beaches and dramatic glaciers as you learn about the history, culture and wildlife of New Zealand's South Island from your informative local guides and hosts.

Highlights

  • Explore the glacial landscapes and alpine forests of Arthur's Pass National Park
  • Marvel at the reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman in the beautiful and tranquil Lake Matheson
  • Watch for the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin, Hectors Dolphins and native birds in Te Wahipounamu - a Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.
  • Experience one of the many activities on offer in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown
  • Listen to the silence as you cruise along the awe-inspiring Milford Sound
  • View the Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in the world that exists in a temperate zone

Travel by 4WD mini-coach, stay in first class accommodation and hear informative commentary throughout your tour. Meet the local people, walk along trails less travelled and venture where larger tour groups cannot go.

Maximum group size: 6

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Christchurch - Arthur's Pass
Meet your hosts and drive through the "Garden City" to Port Hills for views of the city, the Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. Head west across the Canterbury Plains, crossing Porter's Pass to enter an inter-montaine plateau bounded by the Torlesse Mountains to the east and the Craigieburn Mountains to the west. Pass the glacial formed lakes and the stunning limestone formations of Castle Hill which dominate the landscape.
Overnight: Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Day 2: Arthur's Pass
This is a day to discover the real high country - a day in which you can explore and learn about the alpine landscape, plants and animals of the region. Take a tour of the high country sheep farm and see a sheepdog demonstration before taking walks to see waterfalls, alpine forests and glacial landscapes. Seek and hopefully find the world's only alpine parrot; the cheeky Kea!
Overnight: Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Day 3: Arthur's Pass, Hokitika & Franz Josef
After breakfast, depart the Canterbury province for the west coast. This route reveals great mountain valleys, winding roads and spectacular gorges. Travel on a back country road and walk through old gold miners' tunnels before visiting Hokitika, an historical greenstone town. Pass through villages as you head further into the West Coast bush before glimpsing sight of the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.
Overnight: Ta Waonui Forest Retreat
Day 4: Franz Josef - Lake Moeraki
Options abound in this beautiful region of the South Island's West Coast - Take a walk to one of the glacial viewpoints and witness Fox Glacier's descent down the mountain into the rainforest or alternatively enjoy a guided hike upon the glacier itself or a scenic helicopter flight over this dramatic landscape.
Overnight: Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
Day 5: Lake Moeraki
A day to explore the unique natural setting of Lake Moeraki set in the heart of the World Heritage Area of Te Wahipounamu. Spend the day wildlife watching seeking the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin (seasonal) as well as Hectors Dolphins and numerous varieties of native birds. Visits can be made to wild and remote beaches and activities included guided wildlife walks, canoeing on Lake Moeraki or simply relaxing in the surrounds of the lodge.
Overnight: Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
Day 6: Lake Moeraki - Queenstown
Depart Moeraki and travel south to Ship Creek, a spot popular with Hectors Dolphins. Admire ancient "dinosaur" trees, view a coastal lagoon and fossick for greenstone on the remote beach. Travel along the Haast Pass and admire the ever changing landscape as you see dense rain forest morph into drier tussock land. Continue on to Lake Wanaka and visit the old gold mining village of Cardrona before heading over the rugged and remote Crown Range and viewing Queenstown in the valley below. Descend into the adventure capital of the world.
Overnight: Millbrook Country Resort
Day 7: Queenstown
Your day is free today to enjoy some of the many activities that have made this town so famous. From a relaxing cruise on the old steamship Earnslaw to a more exhilarating jet boat trip through the Shotover Canyon. Dare to try the worlds first ever bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge or visit one of the regions many wineries. Golf and horse trekking are also possible or take a hike up Queenstown Hill or round the perimeter of the remote and beautiful glacial lake.
Overnight: Millbrook Country Resort
Day 8: Queenstown & Milford Sound
Today, your highlight will be a flight to Milford Sound. Once you arrive at Milford you will be transferred to your 2 hour nature cruise. Your catamaran explores nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail. This “ecotour” is perfect for close up shots of seals, birds and other Fiordland wildlife, including the rarest penguin in the world, the Fiordland crested penguin whilst the smaller boat helps you to appreciate the sheer size and grandeur of the fiords cliff faces rising hundreds of metres out of the water. You’ll get within touching distance of impressive geological features and close enough to feel the full force from the 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls.
Overnight: Millbrook Country Resort
Day 9: Queenstown - Mt Cook

Depart Queenstown and head north through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to visit the old gold mining town of Cromwell. Travel over the Lindis Pass into MacKenzie Country, famed for having New Zealand's highest mountains. Follow Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook National Park and Mount Cook village from where the mighty Mount Cook rises 3754 metres into the sky. Take a walk to marvel at the alpine vistas and view the Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in the world that exists in a temperate zone.
Overnight: Hermitage Hotel

Day 10: Mt Cook - Christchurch
Travel to Lake Tekapo and head over Burke's Pass into the rolling farming country of the Canterbury Plains. Take a brief stop to taste some of the regions cheese or take an optional walk up Mt Sunday, that featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Edoras. Continue on to Christchurch and your chosen accommodation and bid farewell to your hosts and guides.

Accommodation Options

Arthurs Pass Wilderness Lodgeᅠ

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Luxury Lodge

A 24-unit lodge on a spectacular 2,400 hectare nature re…

Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka, Fox Glacier

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Found within walking distance of the world-famous Fox Gl…

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, Hokitika

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Luxury Lodge

An eco-friendly lodge that offers 28 suites in the vast …

The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Superbly situated in Mt Cook National Park, the Hermitag…

Accommodation

A variety of accommodation options are included in this holiday, some of which are listed above. For further details, please contact us.

Prices & Dates

Prices from £ per person

Twin Share
 £6,396

Price Includes
Fully escorted exclusive "off the beaten track" tours Personal, experienced and knowledgeable local guides and hosts Guided walks and excursions each day  Full day fly/cruise/fly excursion to Fiordland  9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Picnic morning and afternoon teas with NZ biscuits and homemade chocolates 9 nights accommodation in first class lodges and premium hotels Travel by deluxe 4WD mini-coach Meet and greet at Christchurch 

Price Excludes
International Flights Optional Activities not mentioned above Tips and Gratuities Personal Expenses Travel Insurance

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