Christchurch is known as New Zealand's Garden City with its 740+ parks, including the large165ha Hagley Park located in the central area of the city and the nearby Botanical Garden with the electric 'Caterpillar' shuttle garden tours.There are many activities to accommodate all personal interests. Some suggestions being, The Canterbury Museum, The Air Force Museum, Heritage Parks, Punting on the citys picturesque Avon River, or views of the city and beyond from the look-out of the Port Hills.
For the more adventuresome, there is 'thrill seekers' river Jet Boating, T he Antarctic Centre with its interactive and visual experiences along with the penguin encounter, or the full on and exciting Hagglund ride, If that is not enough there is Wildlife Reserve with its many native birds including the New Zealand Kiwi or an open range Wildlife Park and its animals.
There is also opportunity to travel the Volcanic Peninsula area with its many scenic bays and harbours. Winery tours into the nearby Waipara Valley wine region, or the option of some retail therapy within the South Island's largest shopping centre.
A very popular option with our overseas visitors is a visit to a New Zealand sheepskin clothing and footwear manufacturer for purchases at factory direct prices, experience the opportunity of purchasing high quality Merino wool garments, shopping at its best.
There are a variety of multi-day tours that we can highly recommend. These private tours can be structured as required, and are especially suitable for couples or small groups who prefer to avoid large coach travelling conditions and the associated hassles and contraints.
Our private tours are extremely popular with overseas families when visiting New Zealand. These tours are available using our small luxury vehicles and you are accompanied through-out by our driver/guide. The tours involve overnight accommodation at various must see locations available along the way. The tours can be planned exclusivley with the costs to fit within a budget.
To multi-day tour and see the many attactions throughout New Zealand, does not necessarily mean a large expense.
Christchurch City and Surrounds, the West Coast of the South Island, Wanaka, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Mt.Cook and Tekapo
Day 1. Day prior to departure. On your arrival you will be met at the Christchurch airport by our driver/guide for transfer to your place of accommodation, and with an option of a Christchurch City and surrounds tour following check in at your accommodation.
Day 2. Depart Christchurch for travel to Franz Josef over inland rural Canterbury Plains(approx.5 hours, overnight Franz Josef), to the picturesque Southern Alps and over two mountain road passes. A stop at Hokitika for visits to the jade manufacturing, a kiwi wildlife centre, possum fur products factories plus an all inspiring Tree Top Walk structure amongst the canopy of a New Zealand native forest.(Overnight Franz Josef)
Day 3. Travel to Lake Wanaka, on route take in the views of the Franz Josef and or Fox Glacier. Take a easy walk to the reflective waters of Lake Matheson that also provide a view of Mount Cook (3754m/12,300+ ft.). Travel the scenic rain forest region of South Westland including the spectacular Haast Pass highway with stops that include some of the not so strenuous but most picturesque native forest walks, and while on route stops for photos at the large fresh water lakes of Wanaka and Hawea.(approx.4 hours, overnight Wanaka)
Day 4. Explore the tranquil township of Wanaka and take in the views of the Mount Aspiring National Park before departing for Te Anau travelling over New Zealands highest public highway The Crown Range, before travelling the Devils Staircase along the shoreline of picturesque Lake Wakatipu. In the evening an option of a cruise on lake Te Anau (the South Island largest lake) to the 12,000 year old under-ground cave system located on the western side of the lake that is home to 1000s of tiny glow worms.(approx.3.5 hours, overnight Te Anau)
Day 5. Depart Te Anau to travel to Milford Sound taking in the spectacular mountain scenery on route including the passing through the (1.2km,.75 mile) Homer Tunnel into the Fiordland region and Milford Sound. At Milford be captivated by a cruise on the mountainous bush clad Milford Sound and its famous Mitre Peak, before departing for the tourist mecca of New Zealand, Queenstown (approx.4 hours, overnight Queenstown).
Day 6. Spend a full day in and around Queenstown with the many options to visit the likes of the quaint and historic Arrowtown village with its numerous boutique shops and their high quality products, plus time to include the world famous New Zealand jet boating experience on the Shotover river, experience bungy jumping either physically or visually, experience the vineyards and cheese of the Gibbston valley and lets not forget an evening within the friendly township of Queenstown with its numerous restaurant options including the must try 'Ferg Burger' taste experience, and the large variety of retail shops. (2nd overnight Queenstown).
Day 7. Depart Queenstown travelling the very scenic Kawarau River Gorge into the central Otago region and up and over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie country and to Mt Cook . If energetic one may partake in some of the alpine walking tracks or even better hop on a helicopter for never to be forgotten a scenic flight into the Southern Alps and including a snow landing.(approx.4 hours, overnight Mt.Cook or Tekapo should one wish to experience the 'Night Sky')
Day 8. Depart for Christchurch along the shoreline of Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, climb (by vehicle) up Mt. John to the Astro Café with its 360 degrees spectacular panoramic views of the region, continue the journey to Christchurch by way of the rural towns of Fairlie and inland Geraldine before saying farewell to your Call Jeeves driver/guide at the end of the day in Christchurch (approx.4 hours, overnight Christchurch).