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Tours & Excursions

A holiday in New Zealand is a real adventure, offering a multitude of experiences. It is not only the perfect destination for an action-packed holiday but is also a great place to relax and unwind with its quiet beaches, tranquil countryside and charming wine regions.

 
 

Christchurch Discovery Stay

4 days/3 nights

Christchurch Discovery Stay

Day 1:
On arrival at Christchurch transfer to your chosen hotel.

Day 2:
This morning, join a Great Sights Discover Christchurch city tour, see all the main sights of the largest city on the south island. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3:
Today do the full day excursion to Kaikoura, your chance to see magnificent whales at close quarters.

Day 4:
Perhaps time for last minute shopping, before your transfer back to the airport.

Prices per person per night sharing a a twin or double room on a room-only basis.

The Elms from £229
Rydges Christchurch from £265

 
 
 

Christchurch Wine Trail

Excursion (4hrs)

Christchurch Wine Trail

From Christchurch you will travel by road to the Waipara region, well known for its warm dry climate and limestone rich soils. The tour visits four wineries for wine tasting, and also includes an informative tour of the Pegasus Bay winery.

Departs: Christchurch 9.30am or 1.30pm

From £39 per person

 
 
 

Kaikoura Whale Watching

Excursion

Kaikoura Whale Watching

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road or train through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins.

On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour; by boat, light aircraft or helicopter, the choice is yours. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters.

On your return to Christchurch a stop will be made at a North Canterbury vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged for your pleasure.

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road or train through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins.

On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour; by boat, light aircraft or helicopter, the choice is yours. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters.
On your return to Christchurch a stop will be made at a North Canterbury vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged for your pleasure.

Departs: Daily from Christchurch.

From £125 per person

 
 
 
 

Peninsula Encounters Tour with Albatross

Excursion (6hrs)

Peninsula Encounters

This multi-award winning, scheduled, daily, 'small group' tour departs from Dunedin city in the mid-afternoon for the Otago Peninsula wildlife 'hotspots'. The tour combines tourism and conservation in a symbiotic relationship and provides absolutely unrivalled viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife. Our knowledgeable guides will inform you of activity being viewed and visit places where the best possible viewing of Hooker's Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and Royal Albatross can be had. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience. Close up unobtrusive viewing from beach locations and strategically placed observation hides is guaranteed.

If you want to see the world's biggest sea bird close-up, then this is as good as it gets. A unique opportunity to watch these magnificent birds on their nesting area at Taiaroa Head. Your tour guide will deliver you to the Royal Albatross centre to join the one hour tour, before rejoining with your Elm Wildlife tour guide for the remainder of our half day tour. This tour inclusion is a must for the Albatross enthusiast.

NOTE: Not available during the Albatross nest building period from 16th September to 24th November each year.

Departs: Daily. Pickup/drop-off from Dunedin hotels.

From £57 per person

 
 
 

Shotover Jet

Excursion (1 1/2hrs)

Christchurch Discovery Stay

Shotover Jet is imitated by many; but for sheer excitement, no-one else even comes close.
Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate amidst the spectacular scenery of the Shotover River Canyons.
This is the home of spectacular shallow water jetboating. Give yourself a buzz and 'Catch the Canyons' - with Shotover Jet - the world's most exciting jetboat ride!

Departs: Passengers are to make their own way to the 'Station Building' (on the Corner of Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown).

Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the trip.

Hours of operation are 7 days a week, 8.30am-5.00pm

Tour operates every 30minutes

We recommend that you reconfirm your tour time 24 hours in advance.

From £54 per person

Skyline Gondola

Excursion

Skyline Gondola

One of the first sights to that greets visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex nestled high above town. Reached by Gondola and situated on Bob's Peak 790 metres above sea level the best views in the region are found here, spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama. This really is an awe inspiring place.

Departs: Daily; the gondola station is a five minute walk from central Queenstown and most major hotels.

Gondola ride from £11 per person

Include a buffet lunch from only £23 per person

Include a Kiwi Haka show from £26 per person

Include dinner from £35 per person

 
 

Queenstown Discovery Stay

4 days/3 nights

Queenstown Discovery Stay

Day 1:
On arrival at Queenstown we will transfer you to your chosen hotel.

Day 2:
A day at leisure to enjoy the sights and delights of the adventure capital of New Zealand, in the evening join the fun with the Walter Peak Evening Dining excursion.

Day 3:
Today we provide the thrills, courtesy of the Shotover Jet canyon ride, the world?s most thrilling jetboat experience.

Day 4:
Your time in Queenstown is at an end; we will transfer you back to the airport for your onward travel.

Prices per person per night sharing a a twin or double room on a room-only basis.

Peak season prices may apply year-round.

Rydges Lakeland Resort from £249

 
 
 

TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Evening Dinner

Excursion (4hrs)

Earnslaw

A return scenic cruise Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.
During the cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak, guests may purchase pre-dinner drinks and listen to the pianist play a few old favorites.
On disembarking at Walter Peak, guests are warmly welcome and escorted though the beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming Colonel's Homestead where they are seated amidst elegant surroundings.
Our resident pianist provides background music and on cold nights open fires create a cosy atmosphere.
The delicious carvery style buffet features New Zealand specialties - succulent Roast Meats, Fresh Seafood, Salads and Vegetables.
The traditional desserts are hard to resist. An excellent range of wine and other beverages are available for purchase from the well stocked bar.
Following the meals, guests have the option of an entertaining, brief farm show, or of relaxing in the bar before returning on board the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown.
A tradition is the TSS Earnslaw's sing-along around the piano on the return journey.

NOTE: During the TSS Earnslaw survey period (late May-Early July 2008), the Fiordlander launch replaces the TSS Earnslaw.

NOTE: The Walter Peak Dining option will be replaced with a Christmas menu and a glass of champagne on the 25 Dec with an 6.00pm departure only.

Departs: Check in at the Real Journeys Queenstown Visitor Centre on the Steamer Wharf 20 minutes prior to departure.

Departures at - 4.00pm (20 Jul- 31 May, except 25 Dec and only for 30 or more passengers), 6.00pm (1 Oct-late May), 6.00pm (20 Jul-30 Sep as advertised locally).

From £54 per person

 
 
 

Milford Sound Day Trip

Excursion (7hrs)

Peninsula Encounters

Join the Discover Milford Tour at Te Anau and travel through the Fiordland National Park, a region rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Pass through the Eglinton Valley to see ancient alpine beech forest, stunning waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes, where the coach pauses for photo opportunities. From here, the tour progresses through the Upper Hollyford Valley and past the stunning Christie Falls. As you exit the 1.2km long Homer Tunnel (drilled through the solid rock of a mountain) prepare yourself for the breathtaking impact of the Cleddau Valley and the descent into Milford Sound where you'll board a spectacular Milford Sound Red Boat Cruise.

See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Return to Te Anau by coach.

Departs: Daily at 9.45am from Te Anau.

From £79 per person

 
 
 

Fox Glacier Walk

Excursion (4 - 4 1/2hrs)

Fox Glacier Walk

For those with a half-day available this popular round trip is a delightful eco-adventure full of variety and interest. Walkers are kitted out with sturdy leather boots before boarding one of the glacier buses for the short drive through the rainforest and into the steep-sided glacial valley. Your guide leads you on a walk beside the river bed to our secret track which zig zags slowly uphill for forty five minutes through ferns and regenerating temperate rainforest. From high on the track, you enjoy fantastic views of the glacier and its upper and lower icefalls. From its high point, the track winds down to the edge of the ice. The route takes you onto the ice amongst crevasses and ice ridges and leads you into the middle of the glacier for spectacular views of the icefall and lower glacier.

At least one hour is spent on the ice before returning to the bus using a different track that follows the edge of the ice and passes the collapsing terminal face of the glacier. Your guide will be with you for the duration of the trip and will enjoy passing on fascinating details of the natural history of this landscape sculpted by ice.

Departs: Daily at 9.15am and 1.45pm.

From £44 per person