10D8N Lakes & Glaciers Adventure

by New Zealand Specialist

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Day 1: Singapore - Christchurch

Depart Singapore for New Zealand Tour.

Day 2: Arrival in Canterbury Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch - The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement, you will be transferred to your hotel. The tranquil Avon River meanders through the city and adjacent Hagley Park, historic buildings house a lively arts community and restored trams make it easy for visitors to get around. Heritage sites, museums and art galleries, Tram & Botanic Garden and enjoy the highly developed restaurant scene you may like to visit after check in.

Hotel: Cotswold Hotel or similar.

Day 3: Canterbury Christchurch – Mt. Cook National Park – Queenstown

Travel by road to Mount Cook, Australasia's highest mountain, through the spectacular scenery of the Canterbury Plains, the foothills of the Southern Alps from Geraldine to Fairlie and through the MacKenzie Basin, with its brown snowgrass-covered landscape which has an almost desert like aspect to Lake Tekapo. Obtain an idyllic photograph of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo with its backdrop of magnificent alpine scenery. Next to Lake Pukaki where the Tasman Valley opens into the MacKenzie Basin with Mount Cook and the surrounding snow covered peaks in the background. Follow journey to Queenstown - is an internationally recognized four seasons alpine and lake resort. With a wide variety if things to see and do, it is perfect for adventurers and leisure seekers alike.

Hotel: A-Line Hotel or similar.

Day 4: Queenstown – Dart River Jetboat (LOTR)

The Wilderness Safari takes you on a spectacular 1 1⁄2 hour Jet Boat journey through the Dart’s ever-changing braided river system, where you’ll be thrilled by our Jet Boat's capabilities including jet spins and awed by your surroundings of breathtaking snow-capped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls and glacial valleys frozen in time.

It includes an easy guided 30 - 40 minute walk through the Heritage Trail at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enliven your walk with an informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique flora and fauna, as well as the fascinating Maori and colonial history of the area. You‘ll also journey by 4WD coach via a scenic back-road route, while hearing stories about the surrounding countryside and stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films, including ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Day 5: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Milford Sound is simply stunning. It is a natural wonder of world fame. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze and uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Whatever the fiord’s mood - teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water - it will inspire you. Nowhere else in Fiordland do the mountains stand as tall, straight out of the sea. In the foreground of the fiord stands the legendary Mitre Peak, a remarkable presence dominating the skyline. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) travels through some of the world’s most impressive alpine scenery Our experienced drivers love sharing some of the breathtaking highlights and there is plenty of time for photo opportunities.

Day 6: Queenstown – Wanaka

Wanaka is the resort of the 'locals'. Set on the shores of Lake Wanaka for boating, and at the edge of Mt. Aspiring National Park for tramping and beneath the ski resorts of Treble Cone and Cardrona, Lake Wanaka is an all-year destination. Wanaka is also home to the internationally acclaimed Warbirds Museum and location of the famous bi-annual "Warbirds over Wanaka" event.

Puzzling World is a world unique attraction that has been entertaining families of all ages to Wanaka for over 35 years. Challenge yourself in the 3-D Great Maze – Kids love to take on their parents to see who will be the first to find the 4 Towers then the Exit! Don’t worry there are emergency doors for those with limited time, patience or energy! Nourish the family in our Puzzle Centre/Café - when trying out the puzzles, look up and you’ll see a Mirrored Ceiling that acts as a giant Kaleidoscope! You’ll be astonished by the Illusion Rooms, astounded by the Holograms & confounded by the Puzzles. Using the Toilets here is a must – you’ll find out why!

Other optional – Cardrona Adventure, Wilderness Adventure, Kidz Go, Backcountry Adventure, Skydive, etc.

Hotel: Mount Aspiring Hotel or similar

Day 7: Wanaka – Glacier Country

Today you will travel by coach into Mount Aspiring National Park (established in 1964) is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers. The views are endless and unforgettable. The park is part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Into The West Coast region is located on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of the more remote and sparsely populated areas of this beautiful land with just over 30,000 inhabitants (2001 census) living peacefully on a land area of more than 23,000 km2. A country of contrasts, New Zealand boasts two of the world’s most accessible glaciers. Whether you just want a
peek or want to thrust an ice axe in to a peak, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers give visitors an amazing opportunity to view these ancient giants firsthand. The Fox Glacier offers a different type of glacier experience than the Franz Josef Glacier, and visitors are increasingly booking activities on both glaciers during their visit to Glacier Country. Local companies provide access to the Fox Glacier with guided walks, heli-hikes and scenic flights (with or without snow landings). Fox Glacier is also internationally renowned for Lake Matheson’s stunning reflections of Aorangi/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

Hotel: Glacier Country Hotel or similar.

Day 8: Glacier Country – Greymouth – Christchurch

By coach along the West Coast to Greymouth - long, thin strip of beautiful New Zealand paradise, the Westland District is a sparsely populated are of over 11,000 square kilometres. A fascinating history, National Parks and a World Heritage area make this region a true New Zealand experience. Passing by Hokitika for the world renowned Wild Foods Festival, before come to Greymouth - the largest town on the West Coast, and the commercial centre of the region. As such it offers a range of retail, banking, medical, dental and other services.

Afternoon you will be travel by Tranz Alpine train through the mountains to Christchurch. The TranzAlpine – Greymouth to Christchurch, rated one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys! The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Greymouth & Christchurch, from one coast of New Zealand to
the other. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers.
Hotel: Elms or similar

Day 9: Christchurch – Hot Air Balloon

For a truly "out of this world" experience... it's Balloon Adventures Up Up and Away!

After more than 15 years experience and 50,000 satisfied passengers, their enthusiasm is still on the rise, just like their balloons over the Canterbury Plains. Hands on experience in helping set up the balloon leaves each traveller feeling as though they have really participated in creating their spectacular memories.

Day 10: Christchurch – Singapore

You will be transferred to airport for your home sweet home.

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Brought to you by

New Zealand Specialist

Concorde Hotel, 100 Orchard Road #02-35, Singapore 238840.

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