On arrival in Christchurch, you will be met and transferred to The George hotel, located opposite beautiful Hagely Park. One of the city’s finest hotels, it boasts an award-winning restaurant as well as a substantial collection of New Zealand Art that has been refined over almost 30 years. Discover the city at your leisure, perhaps take a scenic ride on the Christchurch gondola, explore the trails along the River Avon or visit a winery in the nearby Waipara Valley. B (day 2 only)
This morning your hire car will be delivered to your hotel. In your own time head south-west to The Hermitage Hotel in the breathtaking Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The drive from Christchurch is approximately 330 kilometres (4 hours). A fantastic spot to stop en route for lunch is the town of Lake Tekapo. There are a wealth of exciting activities to enjoy at The Hermitage, including scenic flights, glacier explorations, hiking, mountain bike hire and a visit to the fascinating and insightful Sir Edmund Hilary Centre. B D
Today carry on south to the The Lindis, located in the astoundingly beautiful Ahuriri Valley. This remote section of New Zealand provides guests a chance to explore this pristine landscape in almost complete privacy. Self-guided exploration on foot and by e-bike is a highlight, whilst for those wishing to delve a little deeper, guided walks are also available. Heli-skiing, Heli-hiking, exclusive wine tours by helicopter and horse riding are just a handful of the exciting excursions available (at an additional cost). At the end of each day, return to the lodge and relax in complete luxury and comfort. B L D
After one last morning activity it’s time to head to your final destination – Queenstown – approximately a 3-hour drive from the Ahuriri Valley. A good spot to stop to break up your drive is either Wanaka, a small town on the shores of its namesake lake, or in Cromwell, home to a host of excellent vineyards.
On arrival in Queenstown make your way to either Matakauri Lodge or The Rees Hotel. Over the next 3 days explore this sensational town – often referred to as “The Adventure Capital of the World” – at your leisure. take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, scenic flight over the mountains, kayak, walk, play a round of golf or ski (seasonal); there are countless activities to consider and enjoy. B
Please note: For those looking to explore nearby Milford Sound, we can organise a guided day trip and cruise with either bus or light aircraft transfers. Please contact us for details on 1300 363 302.
This morning after checking out, please drop off your hire car at the airport. Tour ends. B
B L D = Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner