Day 1: To Auckland
Day 2: To Christchurch
Day 3: Christchurch - Arrive in Christchurch for a 2 night
stay. Free time to relax or stroll around the pleasant city.
Day 4: Christchurch
- Head out to Godley Head Walkway for a walk along this coastal path
accompanied by great sea views and the nesting sites of the little
Day 5: To Picton -
Journey along the east coast to Kaikoura, for an optional
whale-watching cruise (payable extra) and walk on the Kaikoura
Peninsula Trail, with excellent coast and mountain views. Continue
to the north of South Island and stay in Picton for 2 nights.
Day 6: Queen Charlotte
Walkway - Cruise to Ship Cove and walk a classic section of
the renowned Queen Charlotte Track to Resolution Bay and Furneaux
Lodge. We walk through native bush and coastal path offering
wonderful views of the Marlborough Sounds.
Day 7: To Nelson -
We take the Queen Charlotte’s scenic drive to Nelson, where we
ascend Botanical Hill to follow the ‘Centre of New Zealand
Walkway’. Stay in the attractive town of Nelson for 2 nights.
Day 8: Abel Tasman National
Park - Explore one of the world’s most beautiful coastal
parks. We cruise into the heart of the park for a trail walk along
golden beaches, around rocky headlands and through lush subtropical
forests rich in birdlife.
Day 9: To Greymouth
- Travel through the rugged Buller Gorge and stop at Lake Rotoiti in
the Nelson Lakes National Park. This afternoon we continue to Cape
Foulwind and walk in the Paparoa National Park, with its natural
arches and cave systems. Stay at Greymouth for 1 night.
Day 10: To Fox Glacier
- Travel down the west coast, passing through former gold mining
settlements, to glacier country and the town of Franz Josef for 1
night. Afternoon trek on the Fox Glacier with an expert alpine
guide, for an unforgettable experience.
Day 11: To Wanaka -
A morning walk on the boardwalk around Lake Matheson; the Southern
Alps are often reflected in the still morning waters. Drive from the
wild coast over the Haast Pass to Wanaka for a 2 night stay among
the high peaks of the centre of the island.
Day 12: Mount Aspiring
National Park - A full day’s walk among mountain scenery
along the Matukituki river leads to great views of the Rob Roy
Glacier, Mt Tyndall and the Shotover Saddle.
Day 13: To Te Anau -
Travel through more beautiful scenery to Te Anau for 2 nights in the
Fiordland National Park. Afternoon boat trip across Lake Te Anau to
Brod Bay for a walk on the Kepler Track, one of the most popular
walkways in New Zealand.
Day 14: Routeburn Track day
walk - Enjoy a day on a section of the Routeburn Track,
walking from the Divide to Key Summit and on to Lake Howden amid
Day 15: Doubtful Sound &
To Queenstown - Enjoy a day in the magnificent Doubtful
Sound, where peaks rise straight out of the still waters. We take a
cruise across Lake Manapori to West Arm, where we might see fur
seals or pods of dolphins. Late drive over the Wilmot Pass, with
views of Doubtful Sound far below, and head on to Queenstown, New
Zealand’s adventure capital, for 3 nights.
Day 16: Queenstown -
A morning to relax in Queenstown, amid beautiful scenery on the
shores of Lake Wakatipu. This afternoon there will be a choice of
walks around the lake offering wonderful views of the surrounding
Day 17: Moonlight Trail
- An unforgettable full day’s walk over the Ben Lomond Saddle,
following the trail of early gold prospectors on the Moonlight
Day 18: To Twizel -
A morning to relax in Queenstown, prior to a drive via the
picturesque gold rush village of Arrowtown to Cromwell.
Continue through the Lindis Pass into the legendary Mackenzie
Country for 1 night.
Day 19: Mount Cook & To
Christchurch - This morning is spent walking in the Mount
Cook area, taking a spectacular route along the Hooker Valley, with
views to Mount Wakefield, Footstool and the south face of Mount
Cook. Later we head north, stopping at the lovely stone church of
the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing
over Burke’s Pass and across the Canterbury plains to Christchurch
for 1 night.
Day 20: Flight home -
Morning free for sightseeing and last minute shopping before the