8 Day tour with private guide...best of the South Island....
Experience the beauty of the South Island on a private tour. . . . . . feel the many moods of the mountains and lakes. . . . absorb the many shades of green and other colors of nature ! Many speak of the amazing warm light in the mornings and evenings. This tour explores the best of the South Island scenery from the east across the grand Southern Alps to the rainforests of the West Coast finishing up in the adventure capital of Queenstown. . . . . . Christchurch-Arthurs Pass-Franz Josef Glacier- Fox Glacier-Wanaka-Queenstown-( with Milford Sound option)
(Option of taking the Trans-alpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth)
I can create a customized tour for you in case you have any special requests or if you are more than 11 and need a larger vehicle.
DAY 1 : Pick-up Christchurch Airport. City tour. Shopping.
DAY 2 : Akaroa day tour from Christchurch. . . option of Black Cat Nature Cruise ( 2 hours). . . . highly recommended tour for its scenery and dolphins in this old volcanic crater
DAY 3: Christchurch -Rubicon Valley Farm (sheep farm show)- Arthurs Pass - Punakaiki (5 hours driving , 250 miles across the island ). . . . catch the Trans-alpine Trainh (option)and I will meet you in Greymouth
DAY 4 : Franz Josef Glacier-Haast Pass-Wanaka-Queenstown (6 hours driving, 230 miles).
DAY 5: Queenstown (local tour)
OPTION 1 : Queenstown-Milford Sound (Scenic Cruise)-Queenstown with Real Journeys
OPTION 2 : Queenstown-Manapouri-Doubtful Sound (Wilderness Cruise)-Queenstown with Real Journeys
DAY 6 :
Arrowtown and Queenstown Tour (Kawarau Bungy- Bridge etc. ), shopping
Day 7 :
Queenstown-Lake Pukaki ( Mt Cook visible in good weather across lake)-Tekapo-Christchurch. . . Mrs Jones Orchard
Day 8. :
Drop-off Christchurch Airport
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Christchurch Airport Arrivals Lounge
End location: Christchurch Airport Departure
Duration: 8 days
Our vehicle is a modern 2013 Toyota Hiace Minibus with 11 passenger seats and a microphone for commentary. We have air-conditioning and the seatbacks can be adjusted. The seat configuration is 2+1 passengers along the back two rows with 2 passengers per row in the front 2 rows. There is one seat next to the driver (great for those who love photography).IE from the rear 1+2,1+2, 2, 2 and 1 passenger seat (front). Your baggage is safely and conveniently stored in a trailer unit.
The services of your guide and transport in our LTNZ Licenced vehicle are included. Our vehicle is a modern 2013 Toyota Hiace Minibus with 11 passenger seats and a microphone for commentary. We have air-conditioning and the seatbacks can be adjusted. The seat configuration is 2+1 passengers along the back two rows with 2 passengers per row in the front 2 rows. There is one seat next to the driver (great for those who love photography).IE from the rear 1+2,1+2, 2, 2 and 1 passenger seat (front). Your baggage is safely stored in a trailer unit.
Guide accommodation and meals are included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 NZD - Please see List of options in What Extra for possible expenses that are not included in the Price of the tour. Its always a good idea to have some cash on hand for personal purchases.
Your accommodation(I can recommend if I know your price range/requirements)and meals.
OPTIONS 1 and 2 :
Queenstown-Milford Sound-Scenic Cruise-Queenstown....$220USD pp....should be added to tour cost and pre-booked
Queenstown-Doubtful Sound-Wilderness Cruise-Queenstown....$250USD pp....should be added to tour cost and pre-booked
Trans-alpine Train dep Chch 815 and arrives Greymouth1245.....$220USD pp....should be added to tour cost and pre-booked
Other possible activities (pay directly NZD):
Black Cat Nature Cruise , Akaroa Harbour $76 pp
Rubicon Valley Farm....farm show $50 ad, horse riding $55 pp 1hour, jet-boating $70 pp, 20 min.
Gibbston Valley winery tour, Queenstown...$20 pp
Skydiving (NZONE Queenstown $269/329/429, 9/12/15 k ft)
Shotover Jet $129
A.J.Hackett Bungy $195
Skyline Gondola, Queenstown $32
Canyon Swing $199
Puzzling World, Wanaka $15
Sir Edmund Hillary Museum/3d Scenic Movie/Planetarium, Mt Cook