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Grand Kiwi: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

Duration
17 Days
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US$ 2,677

From the white sands of Bay of Islands to the lush forests and breathtaking glaciers of Franz Josef, New Zealand was the backdrop of “Middle Earth” and there is no country quite like it.


The Adventure Capital of the World. A Slice of Heaven. Middle Earth.

New Zealand has been all these things and continues to amaze visitors with stunning scenery, fascinating culture and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Spend 16 days exploring the best of the North and South Islands on this trip designed specifically for 18 to 39 year olds.

Visit the Bay of Islands, where some of New Zealand’s most important historical events took place, including the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. See the spectacular giant sand dunes of Te Paki, or Puketi Forest, home to enormous Kauri trees. Perhaps hop a catamaran to go visit the famous Hole in the Rock.

Spend a day exploring the bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers of Rotorua. Hire a bike, go whitewater rafting, or take a dip in a thermal spa. Then stay in a traditional Maori Marae for an unforgettable New Zealand experience. Just outside Taupo, continue your active adventure in Tongarino National Park, where you can hike, bike, or even ski when it’s in season. Your last North Island stop is Wellington, the national capital, base camp for the Lord of the Rings production team and home to many of New Zealand’s top cultural attractions.

Snap a few photos of Malborough Sounds as you cross to the South Island. Then keep your camera ready for Abel Tasman National Park. This vehicle-free wilderness is yours to explore on foot or on the water by boat or kayak. Stop in at Kaikoura for some whale watching or dolphin/seal swimming, before your arrival in Christchurch.

Take a ride through the spectacular Southern Alps on your way to Fox Glacier. Then it’s on to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure sports capital! You’ll have a full day at leisure to enjoy this exhilarating town your way. Try bungee jumping, take a jetboat ride, or choose from a plethora of nearby hiking tracks.

Milford Sound is a breathtaking 16km fjord carved by glacial ice out to the Tasman Sea. It’s also New Zealand’s number one tourist attraction, and an idea place to spot some of the native wildlife, including dolphins and the occasional whale. Spend a night at Lake Ohau, visiting Mt Cook Village before your return to Christchurch.


 

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Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,677

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Day 1

Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands

Kia Ora and welcome to your Grand Kiwi trip with Topdeck! Your NZ journey unfolds in Auckland, or Tamaki-Makau-Rau as it’s known in Maori, meaning ‘the maiden with a thousand lovers’. It earned its name because it was coveted by many tribes, and let’s face it, what’s not to love! Crossing Auckland’s scenic harbour and heading north, our first stop is at Parry Kauri Park to marvel at the magnificent Kauri tree, NZ’s oldest and largest tree species dating back to Jurassic times. Then it’s onto the seaside town of Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands - 144 islands, secluded bays, and an abundance of marine life - this is the picture perfect New Zealand you’ve been dreaming about. Settle into your hotel and make the most of this evening at your own pace - relax by the pool, head into town for a meal and most importantly, get to know your new tour buddies!

Duration2 Nights
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Tanoa Paihia Hotel

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    Paihia is a holiday paradise, with the stunning Bay of Islands on its doorstep. Accommodation at the Tanoa Paihia Hotel is well located for guests to enjoy this beautiful area. It is just a 5 minute walk from Paihia town centre with its shops and ...

    Paihia is a holiday paradise, with the stunning Bay of Islands on its doorstep. Accommodation at the Tanoa Paihia Hotel is well located for guests to enjoy this beautiful area. It is just a 5 minute walk from Paihia town centre with its shops and restaurants, and the wharf. Just a 3 hour drive north of Auckland, Paihia is a well-known jewel' in New Zealand's Bay of Islands and the departure point for a variety of visitor excursions and attractions.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa/Jacuzzi
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tennis Court
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Paihia, Bay of Islands

Today is yours to explore the fascinating Bay of Islands and there’s a whole host of optional activities on offer. Adventure lovers can catamaran along the inner bay looking for dolphins*, kayak through mangrove forests to Haruru Falls*, or take a ride along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga* and board down the Te Paki sand dunes. History buffs can take a step back in time and learn about the fascinating past of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House*. There’s also time to visit Russell, the oldest settlement in New Zealand, or hike to the Haruru Falls through native bush. Tonight swap stories about our day in the bay over a delicious Kiwi favourite - fish and chips!

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Day 3

Bay of Islands to Rotorua (Marae Stay)

This morning we start our journey south. If the weather's nice, you'll enjoy a scenic walk to view Whangarei Falls before it's back to Auckland, the jewel of the North Island, where we break for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll meet some more excited Topdeck travellers and together, we continue to the heartbeat of Maori culture in Aotearoa - Rotorua. This steamy thermal playground is renowned for its natural and cultural beauty and a distinct welcoming aroma in the air - breathe in that sulphuric goodness! Tonight we’ll be staying in a traditional Maori Marae where the elders will welcome us on arrival in their time-honoured style; this stay is an opportunity to experience the real side of Maori Culture, as it is today. After a hearty traditional family style dinner, our Whanau host will enlighten us through some Maori history and legend before we are treated to an exclusive cultural performance by the Te Arawa people. We also interact and learn facets of the cultural performance including the actions of various Haka and Poi. The Haka that we learn is not a traditional one (as this would break tribal protocol), instead it is one that was written specifically for Topdeck. All of this traditional Maori entertainment, education and performance by a local Kapa Haka group exclusively for us – this certainly is the real deal! Later, doze off to sleep eye to eye as you check out all of the carvings inside the Marae up close and personal.

Accommodation: Ta Heke Marae

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Duration1 Night
Day 4

Rotorua

We say goodbye to the Marae after breakfast and the rest of the day is yours to explore, and there are countless options on offer in this beautiful area. Relax in the famous thermal spa pools*, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage*. If you're looking for adventure, there's also mountain biking*, white water rafting*, the original OGO Zorb* or tackle some unique activities on offer at the Agroventures adventure hub*. Another option is The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour*, an absolute must-do for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans. This fascinating tour takes you through the real middle-earth as you view the set through Frodo’s eyes - exactly as it appeared in the films! Get lost among the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree whilst admiring the picturesque landscape on this privately owned, working New Zealand farm. A little slice of luxury tonight as we settle into Rotorua’s largest hotel, set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua and just a short stroll from the vibrant city centre.

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Duration1 Night
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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

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    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy ...

    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy Events Centre. Sudima Lake Rotorua offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
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    • Massage Treatments
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    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 5

Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Travelling south we divert from the highway to explore the uniquely different landscape of Wai-O-Tapu (Maori for sacred waters), an active geothermal area located in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The vibrant colours of the hot springs along the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Track make for the most spectacular Facebook cover photo! A visit here would not be complete without taking the short detour to see (and hear) the gurgling, bubbling Mud Pool. Next up, it’s onwards to the raging waters of Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Hanging above the free flowing Waikato River, the Taupo Bungy is a must for those game enough to take the plunge*! We make a stop and have the opportunity for a swim at Spa Park, a hot stream that flows into the mighty Waikato River. As you get further away from the stream, you’ll feel the cooler water - move around to find your ideal temperature. After some time to enjoy Taupo, we journey toward the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park. The three mountains at the heart of the park - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu - have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people. Here we bunk down for the next two nights in a true alpine retreat nestled on the edge of Whakapapa Village. You’ll have the opportunity to relax in the sauna and spa or unwind with a drink in the Terrace Bar by the fire. We’ll top the night off with a hearty country style meal, but leave room for desert – you’ll be introduced to a Kiwi favourite tonight, the Pavlova!

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Duration2 Nights
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Skotel Alpine Resort Mount Ruapehu

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    Skotel, New Zealand's highest hotel, is nestled in the tussock at the upper end of the village. It is the centre of activity, both summer and winter, when visiting the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. There are 25 comfortable hotel rooms all with magnificent full ...

    Skotel, New Zealand's highest hotel, is nestled in the tussock at the upper end of the village. It is the centre of activity, both summer and winter, when visiting the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. There are 25 comfortable hotel rooms all with magnificent full views overlooking the plains, or with the backdrop of Mount Ngauruhoe or Mount Ruapehu.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 6

Tongaririo National Park

With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as one of the best full day hikes in NZ, the “Tongariro Crossing”* is yours to take on today if you choose. Two active volcanoes, a cold mountain spring, lava flows, an active crater, emerald lakes and hot springs combine to make this an enjoyable and memorable trip into a most interesting area of the park (8 hour hike – transfers at own expense, seasonal and subject to weather conditions). Around the Village there are also a number of many shorter walking tracks for you to experience the grandeur of Tongariro National Park. If hiking is not your thing, there are a variety of other optional activities available including Quad Biking*, Mountain Biking*, Kayaking*, even Skiing in winter* (check with your crew for the best deals). After a full day’s exploring, take a leisurely stroll into the village where numerous options are on offer for dinner*. After a full day spent exploring, head back for another relaxing night at the mountain lodge – perfect!

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Day 7

Tongariro National Park to Wellington

We leave the tranquil setting of Tongariro behind this morning on our way towards the New Zealand capital, Wellington. Wellington's been crowned the '4th coolest city' in the world to visit and you're about to find out why. Before arriving at our accommodation we visit Weta Cave, the mini-museum and theaterette of Weta - the Academy Award winning design and special effects company. Here you’ll get not only a behind-the-scenes look at Weta and the studio part of movie making but a real insight into the creativity and imagination that goes into making these works of art. There’s even the opportunity to come face to face with some of the characters, props and displays from your favourite movies. After checking into our accommodation, why not Visit Te Papa - the NZ National Museum - with six brilliant levels of interactive history, art and all round awesomeness! For all you cool city cats, there’s the funky designer shops and contemporary art galleries by day, stylish cocktail bars and award-winning restaurants by night – it’s this combination that make Wellington the most vibrant city in NZ!

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Duration1 Night
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Travelodge Wellington

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    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa ...

    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Museum of Wellington's City and Sea. The hotel offers 132 spacious rooms.

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    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Wellington to Nelson

We jump on the inter-islander ferry across Cook Strait today where the blue waters of the Marlborough Sound will greet you as if by magic - you’ll notice the change of scenery immediately. Disembarking in Picton, we discover the very reason why the Marlborough region has become so famous around the world – yes, the vino! This area has one of the world’s greatest wine trails: fabulous wine, breathtaking scenery, a warm climate and relaxed people clustered in one small grape growing region. After a bite to eat we arrive at our secret Marlborough Winery for some famous NZ wine tastings. The family-owned vineyard was one of the first to be set up in this area and the passion the staff have for all facets of wine making is truly infectious. After some time enjoying this most spectacular of settings, our journey continues west over the ranges to Nelson, the sunniest region in New Zealand known best for its beaches, wineries, breweries and energetic local arts community.

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Duration2 Nights
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Aloha Lodge

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    Aloha Lodge



    Situated in sunny Nelson, Aloha Lodge is an established accommodation complex, featuring 21 well appointed executive studio, garden and executive suites.

    Situated in sunny Nelson, Aloha Lodge is an established accommodation complex, featuring 21 well appointed executive studio, garden and executive suites.

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Day 9

Nelson

Today is yours to explore the breathtaking surrounds of Nelson and whatever you’re into; it’s all here, all year! Home to three of New Zealand’s most spectacular national parks, it truly is a diverse region. From snow capped mountains to lush green forests, and rolling vineyards to turquoise waters, make sure you pack your camera today! You’ll have the opportunity to explore the stunning Abel Tasman National Park by boat*, by the ever-popular walking tracks* or from the water as you paddle in ocean kayaks* along the shoreline. For a different view, why not try an unforgettable tandem skydive*? If you would prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, there’s horse riding* and even quad biking* options available. Nelson is also the creative arts hub of New Zealand and home to a number of wonderful galleries and studios. With over three hundred working artists, you’re guaranteed to see many scattered around the lakes, on the rivers, in forest dwellings and everywhere in between! Tonight we regroup over a traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner provided by your champion Topdeck crew.

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Day 10

Nelson to Christchurch via Kaikoura

Today we head back through the Rai Valley and the sensational Marlborough Wine Region to make our first stop in Blenheim. Continuing down the coast, we try to spy New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point before reaching our afternoon destination at Kaikoura - a friendly town that sits right at the foothills of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Fans of seafood will certainly enjoy lunch in these parts. In fact, in the Maori language Kai = Food and Koura = Crayfish, so you know it’s good! There's even the option of meeting some marine friends with a whale watching* or dolphin* or seal swimming adventure* here, while in winter you can snuggle up with a glass of NZ's finest at a local winery. Waving Kaikoura goodbye, we continue our journey to eclectic Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, and our base for this evening.

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Duration1 Night
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Bealey Hotel

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    On the edge of Arthur's Pass National Park, in the heart of the majestic Southern Alps, stunning views of mountains, river and valley surround the accommodation, restaurant and bar of the iconic Bealey Hotel. Rich in history, The Bealey offers a great base from which ...

    On the edge of Arthur's Pass National Park, in the heart of the majestic Southern Alps, stunning views of mountains, river and valley surround the accommodation, restaurant and bar of the iconic Bealey Hotel. Rich in history, The Bealey offers a great base from which to explore the Southern Alps - 5 ski fields within 30 minutes and dozens of walks and tracks through native bush and above. The Bealey Hotel has 5 large cabins, 3 studio cabins and 8 rooms available in the Moa Lodge.

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Day 11

Christchurch to Fox Glacier

The scenery will totally amaze you today as we head off across the Canterbury Plains and into the Southern Alps. Our path is only one of three that cut across these impressive mountains that form the backbone of the South Island. We’ll stop for a break at Arthur’s Pass then continue on through the Otira Gorge with waterfalls cascading overhead. Welcome to the wild West Coast as we head into the town of Hokitika for our lunch break – the Whitebait fritters are a must when in season. We’ll stop at the Jade factory and see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the Pounamu greenstone, known as Jade, and grab the chance to purchase a souvenir pendant. Let’s hope Lake Matheson’s waters are still and the skies are clear so that we can get that famous reflection of New Zealand’s two tallest mountain peaks in its waters. This afternoon we’ll stretch our legs with an afternoon walk taking in the stunning scenery before we check into our accommodation.

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Duration1 Night
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Fox Glacier Inn

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    Looking for somewhere warm and comfortable that offers hearty food, great beer, fun company and a good nights sleep. Then let us welcome you to the Fox Glacier Inn where we offer affordable accommodation and great hospitality.

    Looking for somewhere warm and comfortable that offers hearty food, great beer, fun company and a good nights sleep. Then let us welcome you to the Fox Glacier Inn where we offer affordable accommodation and great hospitality.

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Day 12

Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Westland National Park abounds with high mountain peaks and glaciers and today we'll have a chance to walk on a flowing river of ice! A half day guided hike* is an excellent way to take a closer look at Fox Glacier as your ice guides take you alongside the glacier through rejuvenating temperate rainforest and onto the lower icefall. If you prefer to search higher on the glacier for stunning ice caves and formations take a heli-hike* onto the upper icefall and enjoy a more sedate walking pace as you explore with your ice guides and await the return of your helicopter. After lunch we will make stops for photos and short walks. A stop at Thunder Creek Falls, which flows into the Haast River amidst rainforest, highlights the beauty of this World Heritage area. We’ll break at Makarora then journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and onto our destination, the adrenalin mecca of the southern hemisphere – Queenstown, our home for next three nights! Don’t miss out on a famous Topdeck recommended Queenstown Fergburger* whilst in town – the Little Lamby is always a winner.

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Duration3 Nights
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Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

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    Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park



    Just a 500-metre walk from the shores of the Lake Wakatipu and only 100 metres from the town centre, lies the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park. Opened in November 2001, this holiday park is your ultimate home away from home. With accommodation suited to all budgets, ...

    Just a 500-metre walk from the shores of the Lake Wakatipu and only 100 metres from the town centre, lies the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park. Opened in November 2001, this holiday park is your ultimate home away from home. With accommodation suited to all budgets, the wide range of accommodations include 2 bedroom motel units, spacious tourist flats, leisure lodges, ensuite studio units, and powered and unpowered camping sites that are serviced by modern amenities.

    Stay here and you are only minutes away from various adventure activities and spectacular scenic spots. The efficient and well-informed Front Line staff are always eager to help you plan and book the varied activities you can enjoy within Queenstown, and the neighbouring areas.

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Days 13 & 14

Queenstown

One is never quite enough so we’ve given you two full days in Queenstown and adventure waits at every turn! Queenstown is perfect for everyone from the adrenalin junkie to the leisure seeker - there is just so much to do. Try a bungy jump* or a giant swing through a narrow canyon*, skim past canyon walls on the Shotover Jet*, pass through the breathtaking scenery of the Dart River on a jet boat safari* or for a more leisurely view take a horseback ride* through Paradise. If this is not your ‘cup of tea’, enjoy the mountains and views on the numerous mountain bike trails* or hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views, admire Queenstown from above with a ride on the skyline gondola* or take one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer. With two full days in this ever popular resort town, it’s also a perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of a Kiwi – why not head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park*? If all of this seems just too much, you can always chill out in a local restaurant, cafe or bar, or simply chill out by the lake.

Two Breakfasts, One Dinner

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Day 15

Queenstown to Southland (Including Milford Sound)

Departing Queenstown this morning we farewell this adventure playground and head to the Fiords. There will be time to stop and admire the reflection in Mirror Lake, the views down the Hollyford Valley, and we literally drive through the mountain via the Homer Tunnel and emerge back into a landscape of spectacular mountains and waterfalls. This afternoon brings a heightened enthusiasm rearing for your Milford Sound Nature Cruise and to enjoy the stunning views that have been pictured millions of times in the Fiord. Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins are often seen and, on the odd occasion the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins can also be out playing. Our afternoon cruise is an intimate look into the history and geology of the Fiord while exploring small nooks and crannies along the edges, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail and is sure to be a real highlight!

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Duration1 Night
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The Village Inn Hotel Te Anau

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    The Village Inn Hotel, Te Anau provides quality accommodation to suit every need. This modern and unique hotel creates a feeling of 'stepping back in time' with its carefully recreated Pioneer Village facades and is within walking distance of the lake shore and town centre. ...

    The Village Inn Hotel, Te Anau provides quality accommodation to suit every need. This modern and unique hotel creates a feeling of 'stepping back in time' with its carefully recreated Pioneer Village facades and is within walking distance of the lake shore and town centre.
    Sample delicious cuisine from the comprehensive à la carte menu in the fully licensed restaurant. Choose an award-winning New Zealand wine to complement your meal and savour the Village Inn experience.
    At the end of the day come and join the relaxing atmosphere of the lounge bar beside the massive stone fireplace, an ideal way for guests to relax.

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Day 16

Southland to Lake Ohau

We make our way along Lake Wakatipu this morning bound for quaint Arrowtown. You’ll have some time to explore this historic gold mining town before tackling our next adventure. After lunch*, we leave the coach behind for just a little while – this afternoon we’re using pedal power! Departing Arrowtown on our mountain bikes, your Topdeck trip leader guides you along the willow-lined Arrow River. Crossing various bridges, you’ll zig-zag across the river which is sometimes tranquil, often rushing over rocks, then widening to crystal clear pools. There’s no shortage of photo stops along the relatively gentle ride either, none more popular than the halfway mark when we arrive at the most awe-inspiring suspension bridge – it’s a destination in itself. There is certainly time to take it all in and enjoy the journey before we finish at the famous Kawarau Bridge, home of the world’s first commercial Bungy operation. Before too long it’s time to hit the road again as we continue through to the Cromwell district before we venture up and over the Lindis Pass as we witness the dramatic variation in scenery of these ranges to those we’ve encountered in the west. Our home tonight is a classic Kiwi Lakeside Lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau. After a superb homemade meal, be sure to save room for dessert - it has been a Topdeck favourite for years! There’s time for an evening stroll by the lake, or quiet drink on the deck as we watch the sun silhouette Mt Cook whilst setting to the west.

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Duration1 Night
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Lake Ohau Lodge

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    Lake Ohau Lodge



    Lake Ohau Lodge is a 72 unit Lodge with warm centrally heated, comfortable accommodation on the shore of Lake Ohau with views of Glen Mary Glacier, Aoraki Mt Cook and the Ben Ohau Range.

    Lake Ohau Lodge is a 72 unit Lodge with warm centrally heated, comfortable accommodation on the shore of Lake Ohau with views of Glen Mary Glacier, Aoraki Mt Cook and the Ben Ohau Range.

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Day 17

Lake Ohau to Christchurch (Via Mt Cook Village)

Wake up this morning to magnificent views of the mountains before you. Today we make tracks and follow the Southern Lakes hydroelectricity scheme around impressive blue water lakes with the ever-present Southern Alps as a backdrop. If the weather is right we’ll head in to Mt Cook village, there is an opportunity to take a walk in the National Park, or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery. Next stop, Lake Pukaki, and a chance for some amazing photos as we gaze across the clear blue waters back to Mt Cook – known to the Maori people as Aoraki or “cloud piercer” – hopefully no clouds in sight to obscure our view! The blue waters of Lake Tekapo greet us as we make a scenic lunch stop in the village. After lunch we make our way to the “Church of the Good Sheppard” and the monument to the Border Collie. On to Fairlie - situated smack in the heart of sheep country, we will learn about life on a Kiwi sheep farm and see the Collie dogs in action at our Kiwi Farm Experience – the delicious homemade afternoon tea is true Kiwi Country fare. From here it’s flat going as we once again cross the Canterbury Plains to reach our final destination and say our goodbyes ... as they say in Kiwi ... it's been real-as, bro! Ka Kite Ano!

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DEPARTURES:

Auckland to Christchurch

2017:  Apr 8, 16, 28; May 11, 20; Jun 1, 12, 23; Jul 6, 16, 27; Aug 9, 19, 30; Sep 14, 23; Oct 5, 20, 24, 28; Nov 10, 24, 29; Dec 3, 16

2018: Jan 4, 7, 20, 28; Feb 8, 12, 24; Mar 5, 16, 19

Christchurch to Auckland

2017:  Apr 12, 26; May 5, 17, 29; Jun 8, 19, 30; Jul 12, 25; Aug 4, 15, 28; Sep 6, 18; Oct 3, 7, 11, 24; Nov 7, 12, 16, 29; Dec 12, 21

2018: Jan 3, 11, 22, 26; Feb 7, 16, 27; Mar 2, 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 17 nights multi share accommodation in a mix of hotels, motels, lodges and hostels
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with WIFI internet
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

These tours available to guests between the ages of 18 – 39 years only.

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