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South Island New Zealand - Nature & Birding Experience

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Highlights

A tour planned for visitors to experience the stunning rugged beauty of South Island. Explore the ancient forests, its rugged coastlines, high gradient mountains, glaciers, roaring rivers and beaches. Take the time to relax and absorb these stunning surrounds, experience this land of the long white cloud, with an experience that will stay with you for a long long time. Explore the amazing and unique birdlife. NZ has 396 recorded species to be precise, (85 of which are endemics), and use this opportunity to take some breathtaking photos!

What You'll Get

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Christchurch (- / - / D)

Stop At: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
Settle in an meet fellow group members. If time allows it explore the immediate area.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: The George Hotel


Day 2: Christchurch (B/ L/ D)

Stop At: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
Visit parks and drive interesting highways like the Great alpine route.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: The George Hotel

Day 3: Christchurch – lake Pukaki – Lake Wanaka - Queenstown (B/ L/ D)

Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
A drive through the dramatc landscape of Lake Pukaki & Lake Wanaka,covered with snowy mountains and lakes to the picturesque town of Queesnstown. Stopping to explore and take photographs.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Matakauri Lodge

Day 4: Queenstown – Purakaunui falls (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: Purakaunui Falls Walk, Purakaunui Falls Road, Catlins coastal area, Papatowai New Zealand
Continue to explore this area
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Kepplestone by the sea

Day 5: Purakaunui falls – Stewart Island (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: Stewart Island, Stewart Island, Southland Region, South Island
Travel across to the Island for its unique wildlife protected from many invasive species found on the mainland.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: South Sea Hotel

Day 6: Stewart Island (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: Stewart Island, Stewart Island, Southland Region, South Island
Enjoy this place of natural beauty
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: South Sea Hotel

Day 7: Stewart Island – Milford Sound- Fjordland (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: Fiordland National Park, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
Move onto this ancient landscape of high cliffs with gushing waterfalls in an almost surreal setting
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Ribbonwood retreat

Day 8: Milford Sound-fjordland (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: Fiordland National Park, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
Day of exploring the area
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Ribbonwood retreat

Day 9: Milford Sound-fjordland – Franz Josef Glacier (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), West Coast Region, South Island
Move onto another landscape of grey rivers and blue ice glaciers and if you are lucky witness large pieces of ice breaking into the river. Be entertained by the ever present Kea parrots.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Rain Forest Retreat

Day 10: Franz Josef Glacier (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), West Coast Region, South Island
Depending on the previous days timeline explore this area further.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Rain Forest Retreat

Day 11: Franz Josef Glacier – Devils Punchbowl (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: Devils Punchbowl Walking Track, Punchbowl Road, off State Highway 73, Arthur's Pass National Park New Zealand
Absorb the scenic beauty and capture them in your cameras
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Arthurs Pass

Day 12: Devils Punchbowl - Christchurch

Stop At: Devils Punchbowl Walking Track, Punchbowl Road, off State Highway 73, Arthur's Pass National Park New Zealand
Scenic drive back to Christchurch stopping at all areas of interest on the way.
Duration: 10 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Arthurs Pass

Day 13: Tour Ends (B/ L/ -)

Stop At: i-SITE Christchurch Airport, 30 Durey Road Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053 New Zealand
Departure day
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
Inclusions
  • 11x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 11x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 12 nights
  •  All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles
  • Accomodation as specified
  •  Local ENGLISH speaking guides
  •  All entrance fees as program
  •  All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program
  •  2 bottles of mineral water per person per day. On the busing during transfers and sightseeing only
  •  Government tax and service charge
  • Entry/Admission - Purakaunui Falls Walk
  • Entry/Admission - Devils Punchbowl Walking Track
  • Entry/Admission - i-SITE Christchurch Airport


Exclusions
  •  Travel insurance (compulsory)
  •  Airfares (international and domestic)
  •  Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  •  Early check in or late check
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  •  Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  •  Mineral water beyond that supplied
  •  Optional excursions and activities
  •  Items of a personal nature


Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We need your flight details if we did not book your flights for you

Airports

  • Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand




Departure Time
7:00 AM

Duration
13 days

Voucher Info
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