BACK COUNTRY RAMBLE 10 DAY TOUR
Starting from NZ$4,850 per person
*based on 4 people in a private group
DAY ONE. Christchurch to Mt Cook – 4 hours driving
We take the scenic inland route to Mt Cook, via picturesque Geraldine and Fairlie with the option of a famous ” Fairlie Pie” lunch. Our journey continues through rugged high country, on to LakeTekapo where you can soak in the hot pools if you wish before heading on to Mt Cook. Stay the Hermitage, Mt Cook.
DAY TWO. Mt Cook to Wanaka – 2 hours 30 mins driving
This is your chance to discover Mt Cook and the glaciers by helicopter, weather permitting. The pristine beauty of the Southern Alps will not disappoint. The drive south from Mt Cook runs through the iconic Mackenzie Country to Omarama where a sheep shearing demonstration is on offer; and then over the Lindis Pass to Wanaka. Stay Wanaka.
DAY THREE. Wanaka to Queenstown via Arrowtown – 1 hour 15 mins driving
Time to explore the beautiful Lake Wanaka, wander the waterfront, walk up Mt Iron or visit the Puzzle House and Maze. Then after lunch we head over the Crown Range to Arrowtown, with the opportunity to wander this former goldmining village. Then it’s only a short drive to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Stay Queenstown.
DAY FOUR. Queenstown
A free day to explore all that Queenstown has to offer whether it be bungy, paragliding, skiing, jet boating, white water rafting or shopping. A cruise to Walter Peak on the Earnslaw Steamer is also an option. Stay Queenstown.
DAY FIVE. Queenstown to Milford Sound and back to Te Anau – 5 hours 30 mins driving
From Queenstown we drive south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau – the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Then it’s through the awesome Homer Tunnel and on to Milford Sound for a cruise in this most magnificent fiord, and then back Te Anau to stay overnight.
DAY SIX. Te Anau to Invercargill- 2 hours driving
Before heading south, a visit to the spectacular glow worm caves on the western shores of Lake Te Anau is a must. Then the driver south takes you through some of the most productive farmland in the country, and on to the South Coast with a stop off at Oreti Beach, before heading to Invercargill for the night.
DAY SEVEN. Day Trip to Stewart Island, fly (20 mins), or ferry (approx. 1 hour) each way
Arrive on the island and you will be transported into a different world where the pace of life matches that of the sea and the tides. Bird life abounds, while nature walks, fishing, diving are all on offer. Stay Invercargill.
DAY EIGHT Invercargill to Dunedin via the Catlins – 3 hours 15 mins driving time
This scenic route takes you through the beautiful remote Catlins Forest Park, home to podocarp and beech forests, and then along the coast to Owaka. A look at the petrified forest at Curio Bay, the “nuggets” at Nugget Point, penguins and seals are part of the amazing coastal scenery. Stay Dunedin.
DAY NINE. Dunedin to Christchurch– 4 hours 45 mins driving time
A look around the city, perhaps a visit to Larnach Castle and then it’s only a bit over an hour to lunch at Fleurs at Moeraki – famous for it’s seafood menu. The round cannonball like boulders scattered around the beach at Moeraki are a good photo opportunity. Then we head north up to Christchurch. Stay Christchurch.
DAY TEN Christchurch to Akaroa return – 1 hour 30 mins driving each way
Akaroa is a small French flavoured village in the Akaroa Harbour just over the hill from Christchurch. Weather permitting a harbour cruise should ensure close up encounters of one of the worlds smallest dolphins, the Hector Dolphin. And on the way there is the opportunity to see sheepdogs working sheep on the hill. Stay Christchurch.
Please note that tour excursions are weather dependent and subject to availability. Third party activities may incur additional charges.