“Enjoy one whole week exploring the southern island of New Zealand with “”Roads Less Travelled”” this season. Explore the hidden world of Cadbury Chocolates by taking a visit to the Cadbury factory; visit the colonies of yellow eyed & little blue penguins, NZ fur seals and cliff dwelling cormorants, all of whom live in harmony in their natural environment. See New Zealand as never before!
Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch “”Kia Ora from New Zealand “”
Welcome to New Zealand! Arrive at Christchurch airport, where our TCI Tour Manager will meet you. He will hand over your tour documents and transfer you to your hotel. Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.
Rest day at leisure and Overnight stay at Christchurch.
Recommendation: You can ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungee jump, go rafting, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing, whale watching and visit world class wineries and gardens.
Day 2: Christchurch – Dunedin (Afternoon Wildlife Safari)
After your breakfast this morning, start your 360 km southward journey to Dunedin. Depart from Christchurch and cross the Canterbury Plains which has many dairy, pastoral and cropping farms along the route towards Timaru, a small coastal city which marks the halfway point in today’s journey. From Timaru, the scenery changes with the foot hills much closer to you which are famous for the Oamaru stone which is quarried. At Oamaru, witness some of the town’s buildings which are made of the Oamaru stone. We will see the spherical Moeraki Boulders which were formed by the lime salts over 60 million years ago. After arriving in Dunedin, begin your Albatross Centre and Natures Wonders Wildlife Safari. At the albatross centre, explore the exhibits on display and, if the weather permits, you may just see an albatross flying overhead. Thereafter, board an eight-wheeler all terrain vehicle for an exhilarating ride taking in the spectacular scenery and authentic farm life as you descend down to Penguin beach. Colonies of the very rare yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals and cliff dwelling cormorants all live in harmony and in their natural environment.
Overnight stay at Dunedin.
Day 3: Cadbury Chocolate Factory Tour, Afternoon Dunedin – Te Anau
Today visit Dunedin’s tastiest attraction with our TCI Tour Manager, Cadbury World – a sensation in sight, smell and sound. Learn about the history of Cadbury and chocolate, take a fun filled and fascinating tour around the chocolate factory and don’t forget to take samples of Cadbury product along! Its here they make some of the fantastic, incredible chocolates and lollies that bring us joy.
Afternoon: Start westwards for Te Anau, located 290 km away. Travel through Saddle Hill and across the fertile Taieri Plains passing Lake Waihola (a tidal freshwater lake) to Balclutha, a town in Otaga. Crossing the Clutha River, the South Island’s longest, continue through Gore, Lumsden and Mossburn to arrive at Te Anau on the shore of beautiful Lake Te Anau, which is the largest lake in the South Island and largest in the country by water volume getting to depths of over 400m. Overnight stay at Te Anau.
Optional Activity: Te Anau Glow-worm Caves Cruise & Tour
Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on one of the purpose-built scenic cruise vessels. Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.
Duration: 2hrs 15 mins
Day 4: Te Anau – Milford Sound Cruise – Queenstown
After breakfast, follow the shores of Lake Te Anau before entering Fiordland National Park, a mere 120 km from Te Anau. Established in 1952, Fiordland National Park is now over 1.2 million hectares in size, and encompasses mountain, lake, fiord and rainforest environments. Board the catamaran and start a 1.5 hour cruise out to the Tasman Sea and back with superb views of towering peaks, close ups of the fresh mist of tall waterfalls, southern fur seals and the spectacular Mitre Peak. Return to Milford Wharf and board coach for your return journey to Queenstown arriving around 7.30pm.
Overnight stay at Queenstown.
Day 5: Queenstown
Day at leisure and overnight stay at Queenstown.
After your breakfast today, get set to enjoy many of the fun adventure activities or sightseeing trips available in Queenstown. It is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. Ask our TCI Manager for some amazing adventure ideas.
– Kawarau Jet-Boat Ride
– Shotover Jet-boat Ride
– Dart River Jet Safari
– 4WD Lord of the Rings Tour
– Tandem Sky-Dive
– A J Hackett Bungy Jump
– Earnslaw Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Farm Tour
Day 6: Queenstown – Mt Cook Village – Christchurch
Enjoy your breakfast & thereafter board the coach to Christchurch. The Mount Cook wander begins from Queenstown via short trip up the Kawarau River Gorge into Lindis Pass and over the MacKenzie basin to Mount Cook National Park. Located in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island, Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie are home to breathtaking landscapes and the kiwi spirit of adventure. During your stop at Mount Cook, go for an optional scenic flight or have lunch at The Hermitage. It is the perfect ‘base camp’ to discover your Peak Experience. Leaving Mount Cook, return to Lake Pukaki following the shores to meet up with the main highway. Continue your journey to Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand. Stop briefly to view the “”Church of the Good Shepherd”” and the bronze “”Collie Dog”” statue signifying the rural history of this area. Drive through the amazing Canterbury Plains. Overnight stay at Christchurch.
Optional Activities :
40 Minute Ski-plane flight with Snow Landing
Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Day 7: Depart Christchurch
Get ready to say goodbyes. After breakfast, you can choose from optional activities before your tour ends at Christchurch Airport. Say Adios to New Zealand and fly home with loads of memories of a lifetime of the amazing TCI Trip!
Dawn Hot Air Balloon Safari or City Tour including Entry to the International Antarctic Centre”