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  • 12 Days NZ South Island Honeymoon
  • 12 Days NZ South Island Honeymoon

    This South Island NZ honeymoon is designed for nature lovers who prefer exploring golden sand beaches and wilderness areas alike.

    Discover beautiful waterfalls, majestic mountain ranges, 2 spectacular National Parks, the Queenstown Lake District, and more over 12 magical days, basking in the best scenery and natural hot pools along the way. With an ubandance of optional activities, customise this holiday to make it truly perfect...

    Get out into nature
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    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    ROMANCE
    PRICE FROM
    NZD $3,809
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    3/10

    Trip Highlights

     

    This trip is the perfect way to kick back, relax, and take in stunning scenery you can only find in New Zealand. With so many activities and optional excursions, every destination will introduce you to new and exciting experiences.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,809pp twin-share [Save $1,562]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Special interest
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Siberia Valley Flight, Hike & Wilderness Jet boat

    Siberia Valley experience, the ultimate adventure where unexpected delights of Nature await at every turn. Fly, Walk, and Jet boat, the best way to spend a day exploring New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine environment. (Optional inclusion for class)

    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.

    More trip highlights:

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    12 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

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    Kaikoura Dolphin Cruise & Swim

    Swimming with dolphins is a unique and sought after activity often being described as a life-changing experience; creating the most special and heart-warming memories of any activity. (Optional inclusion for class)

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    Abel Tasman Half-day Cruise

    Get the most out of your day in the Abel Tasman. This is a great way to spend an afternoon after enjoying the region's other attractions in the morning. Cruise in style and comfort along the spectacular granite coast. Get the perfect photograph of Split Apple Rock, and see the seals and birdlife around Tonga and Adele islands.

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    Glacier Heli-hike

    With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder visitors label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand). (Optional) (Optional inclusion for class)

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    Puponga Beach horse trek

    This trek will take you across the estuary, through the manuka, and down into the Puponga Channel that leads out onto the ever-changing tidal beach. You will ride past the old wharf before turning into a private farm track with more great views of Golden Bay. This is a great all-round trek with a bit of everything, suited to beginners and experienced riders alike. (Optional) (Optional inclusion for class)


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Value Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $3,809pp twin-share [Save $1,562]
    • Return flights to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
    • 12 days car hire included
    • 12 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 17 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 11 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 2 excellent excursions and activities

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $4,819pp twin-share [Save $1,970]
    • Return flights to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
    • 12 days car hire included
    • 12 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 17 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 11 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 4 excellent excursions and activities

    See full inclusions

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    * All prices and payments are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). Currency conversions are estimated only. Prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of New Zealand's most serene delights and enjoy its abundance of exhilarating activities.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,809pp twin-share [Save $1,562]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Maori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    An itinerary filled with secret wilderness hideaways that will take your breath away! You'll love visiting lesser-known gems such as Golden Bay and remote Murchison as much as the iconic Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier and Abel Tasman National Park - this honeymoon itinerary delivers the best of New Zealand's South Island.

    "Travel far enough, you meet yourself" - David Mitchell

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,809pp twin-share [Save $1,562]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA - BLENHEIM (1 NIGHT)

    Marlborough's main town, Blenheim, has great cafes, galleries and shops wrapped up within the picturesque Taylor and Opawa rivers, a short distance to the region's world famous wineries.

    Your hire car:

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    12 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Enjoy the quaint Blemheim

    Welcome to the spectacular South Island

    Kia Ora! Arrive into Auckland and pick-up your hire car, before hitting the road and beginning the journey to Blenheim.

    Your first stop is Kaikoura. If time permits, you can immerse yourself in a dolphin’s world with an unforgettable optional cruise and swim experience. The journey will start off on a boat where your instructor will take you out into the waters. Take a look around as the open ocean is ahead of you and the stunning Kaikoura coast around you. It’s just you, the sky, the ocean…and the dolphins! These friendly creatures will come around as you get into the water and will take you for a swim. This experience is the best way to encounter these dusky dolphins in a safe, humane, and environmentally-friendly manner.

    After your swim, it's time to continue onwards. Enjoy the one and a half hour drive along the scenic coast before arriving in the quiet and sunny town of Blenheim, where you will rest for the night.

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    Modern and spacious rooms for you to enjoy
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    1 night accommodation in Blenheim

    Blenheim is the most populous town in the region of Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand. The town is an ideal base for those who want to explore the local wine and food culture.

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    Kaikoura Dolphin Cruise & Swim

    Swimming with dolphins is a unique and sought after activity often being described as a life-changing experience; creating the most special and heart-warming memories of any activity.

    (Optional NZD $244 Adult price)
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    DAY 2
    BLENHEIM - MOTUEKA (2 NIGHTS)

    Motueka is a vibrant town, known for its lively cafe culture and artistic community. It is also a gateway town to the Abel Tasman National Park.

    About today:

    Relax in beautiful Motueka

    Beautiful bays and golden sands

    Enjoy your morning simply relaxing in Blenheim before continuing north for 2 and a half hours until you reach the sunshine capital, Motueka. From here, it only takes 45 minutes to drive into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park. New Zealand's smallest National Park is famous for its golden beaches, marbled cliffs and native forests. Blessed with secluded bays, mossy valleys and picturesque waterfalls, you are sure to fall in love with this corner of paradise over the next two nights.

    The perfect location.
    Rooms with spectacular views.
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    2 nights accommodation in Motueka

    Stay in Motueka, a vibrant town, known for its lively cafe culture and artistic community.

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    DAY 3
    ABEL TASMAN

    About today:

    Explore Abel Tasman

    Explore this spectacular national park

    Enjoy a scenic half-day cruise today around the hidden bays and beaches of beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

    You'll sail to the mysterious Split Apple Rock and visit the local wildlife at Tonga Island Marine Reserve. The itinerary is loose and flexible, giving you ample time to swim and snorkel the turquoise bays, or take a leisurely paddle in one of the on-board kayaks. You might even find yourself face to face with a fur seal!

    If you fancy, take some shore leave to walk along the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. Or relax on board and enjoy the serenity, while your knowledgeable skipper tells tales of the unique history and wildlife in this wonderful part of the world.

    Activities:

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    Abel Tasman Half-day Cruise

    Get the most out of your day in the Abel Tasman. This is a great way to spend an afternoon after enjoying the region's other attractions in the morning. Cruise in style and comfort along the spectacular granite coast. Get the perfect photograph of Split Apple Rock, and see the seals and birdlife around Tonga and Adele islands. (Kaiteriteri - Totaranui return 3 hrs 15 min)

    (Included)
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    DAY 4
    MOTUEKA - GOLDEN BAY (2 NIGHTS)

    With an incredibly vibrant and arty community at its heart, Golden Bay is known for welcoming visitors as one of their own, and it’s not uncommon to leave having made a bunch of new lifelong friends.

    About today:

    Te Waikoropupu Springs, Golden Bay

    Isolated splendor on a private peninsula

    Tucked away in the northwest corner of the South Island, Golden Bay is a gem of a location. This is where New Zealanders come for a getaway, so you know it must be special.

    A rugged mountain chain separates Golden Bay from the rest of the South Island, and its isolation is a major part of the charm. Driving over New Zealand's longest hill to get here, you'll be rewarded with alpine valleys, gorgeous beaches, and a friendly, creative local community.

    Seals, penguins, dolphins and even the occasional whale like to stop by Golden Bay too. We can't swear that they come for the laid-back atmosphere and the isolated beauty, but we wouldn't be surprised. Upon arrival, we recommend taking a stroll through Te Waikoropupu Springs, a gorgeous crystal clear spring with spectacular views.

    The perfect place to relax from.
    Located right on the Bay.
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    2 nights accommodation in Golden Bay

    Golden Bay is an extraordinary natural environment at the top of the South Island in New Zealand just waiting for you to explore it.

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    DAY 5
    GOLDEN BAY

    About today:

    Puponga Beach trekking

    Wilderness at your front door

    Today you wake up in the heart of a nature sanctuary with New Zealand's wilderness at your doorstep. Around your accommodation, you can hike some of the country's most dramatic coastlines, relax on hidden beaches, and stroll through the nikau palm forests around you.

    Take an optional kayaking trip with a local guide to show you their favourite secret spots. You may wish to venture further afield on a guided tour of Farewell Spit's internationally-renowned bird sanctuary or a horse trek along unspoiled Puponga Beach.

    When you return home tired but happy, you can pamper yourselves a relaxing massage or spa treatment before curling up in the comfort of your luxury lodge.

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    Puponga Beach horse trek

    This trek will take you across the estuary, through the manuka, and down into the Puponga Channel that leads out onto the ever-changing tidal beach. You will ride past the old wharf before turning into a private farm track with more great views of Golden Bay. This is a great all-round trek with a bit of everything, suited to beginners and experienced riders alike.

    (Optional NZD $194 Adult price)
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    Half-Day Kayaking Tour

    Tata Islands provide a breathtaking backdrop as you launch your kayak from the golden sands of Tata Beach, straight into the Abel Tasman National Park.

    (Optional NZD $111 Adult price)
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    Local guide to Farewell Spit

    Embark on a guided Farewell Spit Tour which, as well as exploring the spit, stops in Puponga and at the most northern point on the South island, Cape Farewell. From the cliff tops, seals and their pups can be seen all year basking on the rocks below.

    (Optional NZD $183 Adult price)
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    DAY 6
    GOLDEN BAY - MURCHISON (1 NIGHT)

    Come to Murchison for whitewater thrills - rafting, kayaking, canoeing and jet boating. There are fast running rivers in every direction.

    About today:

    Explore New Zealand's spectacular landscapes

    White water and gold fever

    Hitting the road again, today's destination is the charming former gold-rush town of Murchison. This small township still retains its old-school Kiwi charm.

    Murchison's history is heavily based on gold and farming – interrupted by a massive earthquake in 1929. Pay a visit to the museum to find out about how the town was affected.

    No less than seven rivers pass through the area, and whitewater rafters come from far and wide to conquer the rollercoaster rapids. For a more sedate activity, try your luck at panning for gold at the water's edge before paying a visit to the historical museum!

    Private cottages in the forest.
    The perfect base for exploring the natural area.
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    1 night accommodation in Murchison

    Known as the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country, spend some time exploring the many rivers and forests in the area.

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    Gold panning

    Try your luck at gold panning in Murchison, a historic gold rush town. At Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park you are provided with an expert tuition on panning and are bound to find some gold. You are also able to go down to the river and pan for as long as you like and can keep what you find!

    (Optional NZD $14 Adult price)
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    Murchison river rafting

    New Zealand rafting at it’s best. In the whitewater capital of Murchison, you have access to rivers that cover all grades of river adventures. Embark on a premium half day white water rafting on the Buller River, the area's local gem.

    (Optional NZD $177 Adult price)
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    DAY 7
    MURCHISON - FRANZ JOSEF (2 NIGHTS)

    Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village; the small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above. The glacier itself descends into the lush native rainforest and is home to truly incredible features such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses.

    About today:

    Experience Franz Josef Glacier

    Journey through the wild west before reaching the glacier region

    The windswept West Coast of the South Island is rugged, remote and full of fascinating places to check out during your journey to Franz Josef. Keep your camera close by as you pass rainforest-covered mountains and craggy coastlines, gold-rush towns and luscious lakes.

    Be sure to stop and marvel at the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki - these incredible rock stacks have formed over 30 million years, beaten into shape by the strong winds and waves here.

    Nestled in a rainforest clearing, Franz Josef Glacier Village lies at the heart of the Westland National Park. Welcome to one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of New Zealand.

    Tonight, relax, unwind and soak in the Glacier Hot Pools.

    Enjoy the area's natural beauty and exciting attractions, all from your accommodation's doorstep.
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    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    Activities:

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    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.

    (Included)
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    DAY 8
    FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

    About today:

    Hike Mt Cook glacier

    Towering glaciers and ancient rainforests

    The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. It tumbles down from the Southern Alps almost to the sea, its ancient icy faces contrasting spectacularly with the surrounding rainforests.

    There are many different ways to admire the glacier. You can walk to the terminal face, get a birds eye view with a scenic helicopter flight, or take an exhilarating Heli Hike up to the bluest ice.

    Whatever you choose, get ready to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world.

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    Glacier Heli-hike

    With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder visitors label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

    (Optional NZD $540 Adult price)
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    Glacier Scenic Flight

    Steep and dramatic or vast and remote? Take our Twin Glacier flight and you won't have to choose - you'll experience two very different glacial formations and a snow landing. This is the perfect trip to encounter two jaw-dropping glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef; giving you the opportunity to take in all the epic surroundings.

    (Optional NZD $312 Adult price)
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    DAY 9
    FRANZ JOSEF - WANAKA (2 NIGHTS)

    Located in the spectacular alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Area, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.

    About today:

    Haast Blue Pools

    Splendor of the Southern Alps

    The drive from Franz Josef to Wanaka is one of the most scenic in New Zealand, as the windswept West Coast gives way to ancient forests and mountain passes.

    Behind the Gates of Haast is a lost world so spectacular and remote that UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. There's beauty around every bend, with woodland walks and dramatic waterfalls along the way - perfect for picnic stops.

    After this breathtaking drive you will arrive in the lakeside town of Wanaka, where you will stay for the next two nights.

    Set alongside the bay, this accommodation will have you relaxing amongst breathtaking scenery.
    A beautiful property with great facilities.
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    2 nights accommodation in Wanaka

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

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    DAY 10
    MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK

    About today:

    Get out into nature

    A backcountry adventure to remember

    Today, get out into nature with an optional action-packed Siberian Valley tour.

    Firstly a scenic flight takes you soaring high above Mt Aspiring National Park. With mountain lakes and glaciers, snow-capped mountains and waterfalls far below, this breathtaking birds-eye view is only the beginning.

    Landing in a remote valley, you'll get a real taste of the New Zealand wilderness as you hike across the tussock plains and native forests with the mountain views all around you.

    Hike through the wilderness to arrive at a river: a jet boat will be waiting to speed you home along a crystal clear glacial river. You have earned your comfortable bed tonight!

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    Siberia Valley Flight, Hike & Wilderness Jet boat

    Siberia Valley experience, the ultimate adventure where unexpected delights of Nature await at every turn. Fly, Walk, and Jet boat, the best way to spend a day exploring New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine environment.

    (Optional NZD $531 Adult price)
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    DAY 11
    WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN (1 NIGHT)

    Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most exciting destinations. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun.

    About today:

    Get out and explore Queenstown

    Explore the Jewel of the South Island

    Travel onwards to Queenstown. Upon arrival, check-in to your accommodation and spend the day settling in and exploring Queenstown at your own pace. Walk the town's paved streets and visit it's abundance of shops. Or board a shuttle bus and head out to nearby Arrowtown and Frankton to soak up the spectacular scenery and their quaint country-town charms. There is lots to do, check-out some of our reccommended activities below.

    If you’d like to dine in luxury tonight, an optional lake cruise onboard the TSS Earnslaw paired with a delicious BBQ dinner in Walter Peak is available to take in the evening.

    A perfect base for exploring the area.
    With relaxing views of the bay.
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    1 night accommodation in Queenstown

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

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    DAY 12
    QUEENSTOWN - RETURN HOME

    About today:

    Embark on a romantic holiday through NZ

    The end of an unforgettable journey

    "Haere ra", goodbye, and bon voyage!

    Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,809pp twin-share [Save $1,562]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Blenheim

    Relax in the property's outdoor pool

    Modern and spacious rooms for you to enjoy

    Blenheim is the most populous town in the region of Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand. The town is an ideal base for those who want to explore the local wine and food culture.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Motueka

    The perfect location.

    Rooms with spectacular views.

    Stay in Motueka, a vibrant town, known for its lively cafe culture and artistic community.

    Example Property Type:
    Holiday Apartments
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.7 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Golden Bay

    The perfect place to relax from.

    Located right on the Bay.

    Golden Bay is an extraordinary natural environment at the top of the South Island in New Zealand just waiting for you to explore it.

    Example Property Type:
    Beach House
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.7 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Beach house

    Murchison

    Private cottages in the forest.

    The perfect base for exploring the natural area.

    Known as the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country, spend some time exploring the many rivers and forests in the area.

    Example Property Type:
    Lodge
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Cottage

    Franz Josef

    Enjoy the area's natural beauty and exciting attractions, all from your accommodation's doorstep.

    Gorgeously styled units.

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    Example Property Type:
    Resort
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Lodge

    Wanaka

    Set alongside the bay, this accommodation will have you relaxing amongst breathtaking scenery.

    A beautiful property with great facilities.

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.6 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Queenstown

    A perfect base for exploring the area.

    With relaxing views of the bay.

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a provision for flights is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price.

    Pricing is based on a minimum of two travelers, however all of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in each overnight destination. It will be hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    The introductory package is self-guided (self-drive) and exclusive to your group. All tour packages are flexible. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    This tour includes attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes. This is a great value self-guided (self-drive) tour package. You will be supplied with either a standard car or SUV according to the package inclusions. The idea is to use our itinerary as a guide. We take care of the flights, accommodation and other inclusions so you can focus on having a great time.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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