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New Zealand’s extensive network of walking trails suit all abilities and are a real treat for lovers of the great outdoors. There are a huge variety of walking opportunities, from more relaxed gentle strolls to challenging day walks through sub-tropical bush or energetic treks into alpine environments. This tour includes some great walks in both the North and South Island with plenty of options for all abilities.
✔ Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas
✔ 13 nights accommodation
✔ Queenstown to Auckland airfare with Air New Zealand - other ports on application (extra charge may apply)
✔ Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
✔ 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 10 dinners
✔ Choice of two walks at Te Papakura o Taranaki/Egmont National Park
✔ Visit Te Papa Museum
✔ Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton
✔ Return water taxi to Queen Charlotte Track
✔ Kaikoura Peninsula Walk
✔ Hooker Valley Walk
✔ Jet Boat ride on Lake Te Anau
✔ Milford Sound Cruise
✔ Day of leisure in Queenstown - Leisure Time Tours can assist with optional sightseeing bookings
From $6970 per person share twin
Travel: Wed 9 - Tue 22 Mar 22
Day 1 Wednesday 09 March 2022
JOURNEY TO NEW PLYMOUTH (D)
Today we travel to New Plymouth along State Highway 3 via Te Kuiti. We travel the Awakino Gorge Road to Mokau and then traverse Mt. Messenger to Uruti. On arrival into New Plymouth, we will visit the stunning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge for a photo stop. From here you may wish to walk along the award-winning New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching the length of New Plymouth. The walk from the bridge to our hotel is approximately 3.4-km/45-minute walk. You could also choose to continue walking along the Coastal Walkway to the Wind Wand and Puke Ariki. The Taranaki region is renowned for its consistent surf and black sand beaches and of course Mt Taranaki, which is shaped like a perfect cone with its good walking tracks on the mountain slopes. Tonight we enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: The Devon Hotel, New Plymouth – 2 nights
Day 2 Thursday 10 March 2022
NEW PLYMOUTH – MASTERTON (BD)
Today we travel out to Te Papakura o Taranaki/Egmont National Park where you will have the option to choose the walk you would like to complete. We will stop in Stratford prior to travelling up the mountain for you to purchase some lunch to eat on your walk.
Option 1: Wilkies Pools Loop Walk (2.3-km/1-1.5-hour walk)
Walk through the Goblin Forest of twisted kamahi trunks hanging with ferns and mosses. Walk straight ahead past the turnoff to Waingongoro Hut. This junction is also where the return loop will bring you back later in the walk. Cross the Kapuni Stream. Take care here as the riverbank may be eroded, making access difficult. There is no bridge across this stream. Rock steps allow you to walk up beside the pools to the top but take care as it can be slippery. Return to the base of the pools to continue the walk. The rest of the loop leads through subalpine scrub and montane forest past Twin Falls and Bubbling Springs.
Option 2: Kapuni Loop Track (2-km, 1-1.5-hour walk)
The Kapuni Loop Track follows the Kapuni Stream where alpine plant species can be found out of their vegetation zone due to water and wind-borne seed distribution. Listen to the stream as it drives one of the world’s oldest continually operating generators at the Dawson Falls Power Station. Follow the southern bank of the stream through mountain rainforest to the top of picturesque Dawson Falls. A steep sidetrack leads down to the base of the waterfall but a railed viewing point on the main track provides the best overall view, where you can see layers of lava, pumice, gravel and ash in the bluffs flanking the waterfall. Follow the loop track to the road, cross it and then enter a forest of fuchsia, kotukutuku and fern. This track will lead you back to your starting point.
On completion of our walks in Egmont National Park, we continue travelling south to Masterton where we will stay overnight. Dinner is included at the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Copthorne Solway Park, Masterton
Day 3 Friday 11 March 2022
MASTERTON – WELLINGTON (BD)
After breakfast, we travel out towards Cape Palliser to walk to the spectacular Putangirua Pinnacles - some of the most amazing rock formations you will ever see. This outlandish place was used as a filming location for the 'Paths of the Dead' scene in the Return of the King, the third movie in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. The walk is approximately 4.5-km for the full walk or if you do not wish to complete the full walk, you can do the shorter walk to the viewpoint. After our walk we stop in Martinborough for you to purchase your lunch (own cost), we then make our way into Wellington for our overnight stay. Dinner tonight will be in the hotel.
Accommodation: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington
Day 4 Saturday 12 March 2022
WELLINGTON – PICTON (BD)
We depart the hotel and visit Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum which offers visitors a unique and authentic experience of New Zealand’s treasures and stories. Explore Te Papa independently to learn about the shaping of its land, the spirit of its diverse peoples, its unique wildlife, landscapes, and its distinctive popular culture. This afternoon travel on board the Interislander Ferry for the 3-hour cruise to Picton. Appreciate Wellington’s grandeur from the ferry as it cruises south towards Cook Strait. This narrow stretch of water named after the explorer Captain James Cook can be extremely turbulent due to the high winds that are funnelled between the South and North Islands. The ferry is only in the Strait for a short time before entering Queen Charlotte Sound through Tory Channel. The cruise down the calm waters of Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton are sure to be a highlight as the hills surrounding the Sound are particularly picturesque. We arrive in Picton in the early evening and settle into our accommodation for the next two nights. Dinner tonight is at our hotel.
Accommodation: Picton Beachcomber Inn – 2 nights
Day 5 Sunday 13 March 2022
QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND (BLD)
After breakfast this morning, we walk down to the Picton Wharf to board a Cougar Line vessel to cruise Queen Charlotte Sound. The Queen Charlotte Track stretches down Queen Charlotte Sound from Ship Cove to Anakiwa and features 71-kms of spectacular walking track passing through historic sites, secluded bays and lush coastal bush.
Today there is a walking and non-walking option, and all passengers receive a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way.
Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove (4-hours, 11-km walk)
Returns to Picton at 4.30pm
Step ashore at Furneaux Lodge and take a walk on part of the Queen Charlotte Track (Furneux Lodge to Punga Cove, 4-hours, 11-km) through magnificent virgin forest with breath-taking views of the Sounds. This coastal walking track passes through lush coastal forest, historic bays and along skyline ridges with unsurpassed views of the Marlborough Sounds. Upon arrival at Punga Cove Resort relax on the deck of the Boat Shed Café with a well-deserved beverage (own cost) before boarding the water taxi for the journey back to Picton.
Non – Walking Option: Sounds Delivery Cruise (3-hour cruise)
Returns to Picton at 1.00pm
For those not wishing to complete the walk, sit back, as Cougar Line take us on their Sounds Delivery Cruise. Enjoy 80-km of beautiful coastline in 3-hours going into coves and hidden bays, not seen from the Interislander ferries, delivering walkers to the Queen Charlotte Track and delivering fresh supplies to the remote homes and resorts along the Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy the skipper’s commentary on the natural environment and local history. At the completion of the cruise, the remainder of your day is at leisure in Picton.
Dinner is included at our hotel.
Day 6 Monday 14 March 2022
PICTON – CHRISTCHURCH (BD)
Travel south through the vineyards of the Marlborough Wine Country surrounding the town of Blenheim on State Highway 1 and continue south along the eastern coastline hugging the Pacific Ocean to Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea. The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway track crosses the peninsula’s cliff top, with excellent views of the Seaward Kaikoura Range, ocean, and coastline, to South Bay. Arrive Whalers Bay from where a ten-minute track follows a former whalers’ route down the cliff to the shoreline. Return up via the same cliff track and continue to South Bay Viewpoint. Leave South Bay Viewpoint to walk to the South Bay car park for coach to pick up - 2-hour walk. Time out for lunch in Kaikoura (own cost) before reboarding the coach and continuing our journey south through the newly established wine region of Waipara and the farmlands of North Canterbury to Christchurch, where we will enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch – 2 nights
Day 7 Tuesday 15 March 2022
CHRISTCHURCH AT LEISURE (B)
The day is at leisure to enjoy the ‘Garden City’, which has also been described as “the most English city outside England”. You may wish to stroll through the Botanic Gardens and along the banks of the meandering Avon River, visit the shops at the Arts Centre, ride the historic tram around the city circuit (extra cost) or visit the Canterbury Museum and the new Christchurch Art Gallery. This evening is at leisure to enjoy one of the many dining establishments near the hotel or further afield.
Day 8 Wednesday 16 March 2022
CHRISTCHURCH – TWIZEL (BD)
Today we travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains – the area is New Zealand’s major crop producer as well as sheep and cattle farming. Stop in the charming boutique village of Geraldine, visiting the Four Peaks Plaza which is home to an array of specialty shops offering imaginative giftware, quality clothing and locally made gourmet delights. We continue our journey with our next stop being Fairlie, the eastern gateway to the Mackenzie Country, where we will stop for lunch (own cost). The road travels over Burkes Pass into the Mackenzie Country named after a 19th century sheep stealer. The climatic change is dramatic with vast tussock covered plains framed by the Southern Alps as a backdrop. Pass the turquoise-coloured glacier fed waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki with views of the Alps to the west. We’ll stop to see the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo before continuing to Twizel for our overnight stop.
Accommodation: Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel
Day 9 Thursday 17 March 2022
TWIZEL – MOUNT COOK – OMARAMA (BD)
This morning we drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki into Mount Cook National Park and Mount Cook village where you can view Mount Cook itself (conditions permitting). At the heart of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine region is Mount Cook, at 3743 metres, it is the highest mountain in New Zealand. The Mount Cook National Park comprises 70,013 hectares of ice, snow, rock, sub-alpine scrub, tussock, and riverbeds. Our day will be spent walking near Mount Cook, taking a spectacular route along the Hooker Valley (3-hours,10-km walk) with views to Mount Wakefield, Footstool, and the south face of Mount Cook. This popular route leads towards Mount Cook, crossing two swing bridges and continues to the terminal of the Hooker Glacier. After our walk we stop in at the Hermitage for you to purchase lunch (own cost). Later this afternoon we drive back alongside Lake Pukaki and travel on to Omarama for the evening. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Heritage Gateway, Omarama
Day 10 Friday 18 March 2022
OMARAMA – TE ANAU (BD)
At the southern end of the Mackenzie Country the road climbs through bleak rugged hills to the summit of the Lindis Pass before descending into Central Otago. The road follows the mighty Clutha River into recently created Lake Dunstan then through the spectacular rugged Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown. After lunch (own cost) we drive around the eastern shores of Lake Wakatipu and across the picturesque Southland countryside to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and starting point for some of New Zealand’s most famous walking tracks. On arrival in Te Anau, we check into our accommodation. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore, Te Anau – 2 nights
Day 11 Saturday 19 March 2022
TE ANAU (B)
Today we board the Fiordland Jet for a fast and thrilling jet boat ride across Lake Te Anau, the largest of the southern glacial lakes, surrounded by majestic mountains and ancient forests. Marvel at the Murchison Mountains, which rise a staggering 1400-metres above the lake surface as we skim across the pristine waters towards Dock Bay. At Dock Bay we disembark the boat and enjoy some time on shore to look for Mohua and Korimako and admire different species of moss and marvel at the beech forest up close. There will be plenty of time for photos, so make sure your camera is fully charged with plenty of memory space. You then have the option to return via jet boat or return to Te Anau via the self-guided Kepler Track. It is approximately 2-hours walk back to Te Anau, and you can walk this at your own pace. On arrival back in Te Anau, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 12 Sunday 20 March 2022
TE ANAU – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN (BLD)
Take a breathtaking journey into the dramatic landscape of the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. See the near perfect reflections of the mountains in the calm waters of Mirror Lakes before arriving in Milford Sound. Cruise the fiord past Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea enjoying the stunning scenery of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, steep cliff faces and marine life that inhabits these waters. A picnic lunch is included, and the on-board nature guide will give a commentary on the interesting features of the area. At conclusion of the cruise, we retrace our steps back to Te Anau travelling via the Cleddeau Gorge, Homer Tunnel and the lovely Eglinton Valley. Continue on through Te Anau and the quaint settlements of Mossburn, Athol and Garston to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown, we enjoy an orientation tour before checking in at our accommodation. Dinner tonight is at our hotel.
Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Queenstown – 2 nights
Day 13 Monday 21 March 2022
QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE (B)
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jet-boating on the thrilling Shotover Jet; a jet-boat excursion along the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; fly-fishing or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem sky-diving! Extra cost for optional sightseeing excursions. Use tonight as an opportunity to explore the many dining options that Queenstown has to offer.
Day 14 Tuesday 22 March 2022
DEPART QUEENSTOWN (B)
Today we will be transferred from the hotel to Queenstown Airport for our flight to Auckland.
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