9 DAY NEW ZEALAND SOUTH ISLAND SMALL GROUP TOUR
Our New Zealand escorted tours are smaller - no more than 18 persons on tour! Who wants to travel in a crowd? Small group tour New Zealand
Do you want a tour of New Zealand, but don't want to be part of a large coach group and prefer not to drive yourself? On our unique motorcoach tours of New Zealand, you will be part of a smaller sized congenial group - never 50 to a bus, but a personalized tour with usually at most 18 passengers on board. Our guides will know you by your first name, and you will have made a friend for life. Enjoy one of our New Zealand small group tours.
The most obvious advantages of small group New Zealand tours are the peace of mind that comes from knowing your tour director is taking care of the myriad last-minute details of touring New Zealand, and the companionship of a group of fellow travelers. It's the opportunity to join a group of like-minded travelers, with whom each new experience can be shared, and often lasting friendships forged.
Then there are the subtler details: Driver-guides are knowledgeable and well educated, and with such a small group, they have time to spend with everyone. It's like traveling in a big family.
Journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound to cruise by iconic Mitre Peak on this one-of-a-kind New Zealand South Island Tour. Return to Queenstown by scenic flight over the Southern Alps. Enjoy visiting picturesque Wanaka, and experience the West Coast’s rainforests, Franz Josef Glacier and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.
DAY 1 Arrive Queenstown: On arrival into Queenstown you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore New Zealand’s premier alpine resort town. With your accommodation located close to many of the main attractions of Queenstown, you really will be spoiled for choice.
We recommend an optional excursion, such as taking a cruise on the historic twin screw steamer the TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu. Your small group New Zealand tour begins tomorrow.
DAY 2: Queenstown - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Nature Cruise - Scenic Flight - Queenstown (B) Travelling alongside Lake Wakatipu we head to Te Anau and Milford Sound, driving along the Milford Road to reach this spectacular area of pure New Zealand, located deep in the heart of the Fiordland National Park.
On arrival in Milford we head out onto the water for an informative nature cruise, exploring the hidden gems of this majestic fiord, lined with cascading waterfalls and native New Zealand bush clinging to rocky cliffs. Our return to Queenstown is a real highlight of our small group New Zealand tour - we take a scenic flight over the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu.
Today you are free to explore Queenstown at your leisure; a whole day to experience this resort town is a New Zealand must do. Your Kiwi guide will be on hand to assist you with a choice of optional experiences today – from epic adventures to relaxing retreats. Our recommended activities include a jet boat ride on the remote Dart River or a thrilling white water rafting adventure down the Shotover River. For those wanting to enjoy a slower pace, Queenstown has plenty of boutique shops to browse and lakeside walks to wander.
Our first destination today is the small village of Arrowtown, a tree-lined town of beauty that sits on the banks of the Arrow River. We call into the Cardrona Hotel, its history traced back to the Central Otago gold mining boom, before continuing on to your private lunch at a Wanaka homestead, overlooking the beautiful lake. After lunch there's free time to explore this fast-growing town. Stepping out from your lakeside hotel you will find a bike trail and walkway which takes you around the lake and into the charming town centre.
DAY 3: At leisure in Queenstown (B)
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Dart River Jet Boat
Today you are free to explore Queenstown at your leisure; a whole day to experience this resort town is a New Zealand must do. Your Kiwi guide will be on hand to assist you with a choice of optional experiences today – from epic adventures to relaxing retreats.
Our recommended activities include a jet boat ride on the remote Dart River or a thrilling white water rafting adventure down the Shotover River. For those wanting to enjoy a slower pace, Queenstown has plenty of boutique shops to browse and lakeside walks to wander.
Enjoy a relaxing day exploring New Zealand's premier alpine resort
Choose from one of the many optional excursions available
DAY 4: Queenstown - Cardrona Valley - Wanaka (B, L) new zealand south island tours crown range Crown Range Our first destination today is the small village of Arrowtown, a tree-lined town of beauty that sits on the banks of the Arrow River. We call into the Cardrona Hotel, its history traced back to the Central Otago gold mining boom, before continuing on to your private lunch at a Wanaka homestead, overlooking the beautiful lake. After lunch there's free time to explore this fast-growing town. Stepping out from your lakeside hotel you will find a bike trail and walkway which takes you around the lake and into the charming town centre. HIGHLIGHTS See gold mining history come to life in the leafy settlement of Arrowtown Enjoy expansive views from the top of the Crown Range
DAY 5: Wanaka - Haast Pass - Franz Josef (B)
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From Wanaka we continue touring New Zealand, passing the trout-filled Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka before reaching the pristine scenery of the Hasst Pass in Mt Aspiring National Park.
Leaving the mountains, the road travels along the edge of the river to Haast where we pass through the lush rainforest of Westland World Heritage Park. We stretch our legs with a walk through swampland rainforest at Ship Creek.You are able to see Fox Glacier for the first time as it descends into the rainforest and stroll around Lake Matheson, a lake that reflects the Southern Alps.
DAY 6: Franz Josef - Okarito Lagoon - Franz Josef (B)Today we drive out to the coast to visit Okarito, a small settlement nestled between the Tasman Sea and Okarito Lagoon. Depending on your preference you have the option of selecting a gentle kayak or boat cruise on the shallow waters of the lagoon, a nesting site for the extremely rare white heron (kotuku). You have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the lush beauty of this remote World Heritage Park. You may like to take an optional flight over the Southern Alps to Aoraki/Mt Cook, or enjoy a relaxing soak in glacier fed hot pools - both perfect additions to your South Island New Zealand tour.
DAY 7: Franz Josef - Hokitika - Punakaiki (B, D)Today our New Zealand small group tour continues as we travel to New Zealand’s wild West Coast, passing lakes, rivers and the majestic Southern Alps. At Hokitika we visit some of the artisan craft galleries of this historic South Island town.
Following a coastal road, a well-worn trail once traversed by ancient Maori, we arrive at our hotel in Punakaiki. From our hotel you will encounter unique coastal flora, including the nikau palm, a tree endemic to New Zealand. We also visit the world-famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, a stunning coastal landscape of sculpted limestone sea stacks and towering cliffs.
DAY 8: Punakaiki - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch (B)Retracing our steps down the coast we drive up the Otira Gorge, through towering mountains to Arthur’s Pass National Park. At the summit we stop at the spectacular lookout to watch the antics of the keas (New Zealand mountain parrot) in action. You can further stretch your legs as we visit Arthur’s Pass village and continue on to the incredible limestone rocks that dominate Castle Hill. From here we descend Porter’s Pass, with sweeping views of the Canterbury Plains, before reaching Christchurch – New Zealand’s second largest city - in the late afternoon.
Day 9: Depart Christchurch (B)Today marks the final day of our small group New Zealand tour and it's time to say goodbye.Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before being picked up from your hotel for transfer to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. If you have time before your transfer, you can catch up on some last minute shopping for New Zealand classics such as versatile merino clothing. Thank you for touring New Zealand with MoaTrek. Ka kite ano – “See you again.”
INCLUDES: All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers). Services of your guide. Accommodation chosen for its quality and ‘sense of place.’ All airport transfers pre and post tour. Included Meals All breakfasts (B). One special lunch (L) - private Wanaka homestead, Wanaka. One special dinner (D) - celebratory final dinner at Punakaiki Resort.
Included Activities & Entrance Fees Enjoy a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise around the majestic Milford Sound. Take flight on one of the world’s most scenic flights over the Southern Alps, from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Enjoy a guided kayak or a relaxing cruise on the shallow waters of Okarito Lagoon.
Included Sightseeing & Exploring Walk in the great outdoors in Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Tai Poutini Westland and Arthur’s Pass National Parks. Explore the gold mining history of Arrowtown. View the Great Southern Lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea. Stroll in the Haast Pass mountain beech forests. See the magical Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Walk through native New Zealand rainforests and experience the powerful blow holes at the Punakaiki Pancake rocks. Drive the Otira Gorge highway to the settlement of Arthur’s Pass, viewing kea birds and mountain terrain.
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