10th - 18th November 2022
|Day One Hometown to Nelson
Fly from your hometown to Nelson. Met at the airport you are transferred to our central city hotel. This evening meet your fellow travellers over a pre-dinner beverage.
Rutherford Hotel, Nelson 1 night
Day Two Nelson to Westport
From Nelson we head to Murchison and then on through the spectacular Upper and Lower Buller Gorge to Westport. Visit the Coaltown Museum housing a number of displays bringing the past to life and linking it with the present before heading up to the Denniston Plateau and exploring the top of the incline and mining ruins.
Bella Vista Motel, Westport 1 night
Day Three Westport to Hokitika
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we head down the coast to Charleston where it is all aboard the ‘Rainforest Train’ for a journey through the magnificent Nile River Canyon. Our journey to Hokitika continues with a stop at Punakaiki famous for its pancake rocks and blowholes.
Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika 2 nights
Day Six Fox Glacier to HaastBreakfast, Dinner
This morning enjoy the easy 2.6km walk around Lake Matheson. The lake is famous for its reflective views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, and is home to many bird species. This afternoon we continue south to Haast, stopping at spectacular vantage points.
Heartland Hotel, Haast 1 night
Day Seven Haast to Queenstown
Today we join a jet boat safari on the Haast River. The Haast River Safari is a leisurely scenic cruise in a fully enclosed boat, taking you on a journey through the untouched awe-inspiring natural wilderness of the South Westland World Heritage area. Hear stories of the Kiwi spirit that enabled the community to survive on the edge of the wilderness and learn about the physical attributes of the glacial valley and thriving rainforest. Leaving the river we make our way through the Haast Pass to Wanaka stopping at many points of interest and short scenic walks. In Wanaka visit the Lavender Farm where you can walk through the lavender fields, browse the shop full of beautiful lavender gifts and indulge in a lavender ice-cream before continuing to Queenstown.
Mercure Queenstown Resort 2 nights
Day Eight Queenstown
A leisurely day to explore Queenstown. This evening we transfer to TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across the lake and delicious BBQ dinner at Walter Peak.
Day Nine Queenstown to Home
A leisurely start this morning before transferring to the airport mid afternoon for the return flights home.