High Country Tour

(10 days/9 nights)

Please note : B, L, D refers to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided as part of the cost of the tour.

Day 1 : Christchurch

Pick up from Christchurch Airport or from your accommodation.

We start the tour by visiting the natural beauty spots of the Christchurch Gardens, Hagley Park and Mona Vale Homestead and Public park. After this we will visit the Canterbury Museum. We stay the night and have dinner here in Christchurch.

Day 2 : Christchurch – Geraldine - Lake Ohau  300 kms (B,L,D)

From Christchurch we head into the High Country of the Mackenzie area. We take the scenic route to the charming small town of Geraldine and on to “Morelea Farm” near Fairlie for lunch and a demonstration of sheep shearing at Stan and Angie’s Farm. Early afternoon we drive to stunning Lake Tekapo; one of the most visited place in the south and then on to Lake Pukaki  where (weather permitting) we can view Mt Cook, our highest mountain. From here we drive to Lake Ohau Lodge to spend the night. Dinner is provided at the Lodge.

Day 3 :  Lake Ohau - Lindis Pass- Wanaka 160 kms (B)

We depart in the morning and travel to Omarama  where we go off the beaten path to wander  through  the Clay Cliffs to view the naturally occurring rock formations. Next we travel via the Lindis Pass (one of the most scenic mountain passes in New Zealand) to the tiny country village of Tarras. In Tarras we will visit the Shrek museum in memory of one of the most well know merino sheep in the world and on to Wanaka for dinner and accommodation.

Day 4 :  Wanaka-Arrowtown-Queenstown 100 kms (B)

Leaving Wanaka in the morning we take the highest road in New Zealand, the Crown Range, for absolutely spectacular view of Southern Alps, expansive farmlands and local lakes.  We arrive in the historic village of Arrowtown which was built on gold mining in the 1860s. Here we will visit the Chinese miners settlement of abandoned huts, general store and other dwellings by the Arrow River. Next we travel to Queenstown; New Zealand’s adventure capital, famous for its extreme sports and outdoor activities.  This afternoon is your own free time to have lunch and participate in whichever activity appeals including jet boating, rafting, cruising on the lake or for the less adventurous there is excellent shopping. We spend the night and have dinner in Queenstown.  

Day 5 :  Queenstown-Clyde- Alexandra 92 kms (B,L,D)

We leave Queenstown in the morning and travel through the magnificent Kawarau Gorge and onto the historic village of Clyde where will have a wine tasting at the Clyde Village Vineyard. From Clyde will drive to the Earnscleugh area of Alexandra and visit award wining wineries.  Some of the tasting rooms will take you back in time to give you a glimpse of life as a gold miner in the late 1800’s. The growers will talk you through their wines and how they are produced. Early afternoon we will take a boat and cruise the mighty Clutha river. Depending on availability we may incorporate a BBQ lunch on the River Cruise at the historic gold mining site of Doctor Point, alternatively we will lunch at one of the lovely local cafes in the Clyde area prior to the River Cruise. Depending on time we will take in some local scenery (Alexandra is known for it’s craggy, rocky scenery and amazing mountain biking) and another wine tasting. We will stay the night and have dinner in Alexandra or Clyde.

Day 6 : Alexandra – Dunedin 190 kms (B,D)

Today we head to Dunedin, the capital city of Otago. We travel either via Roxburgh and Lawrence or via Ranfurly and Middlemarch.  Either route will allow us to visit some of the local artists and artisan craftspeople of these areas. We will have lunch in one of the many wonderful cafes en route. We arrive in Dunedin early afternoon when there will be time to settle into your accommodation and wander the vibrant streets of this university city. Dinner and accommodation is in Dunedin tonight. Depending on availability we will stay at Joyce’s Bed & Breakfast, where she has lively social dinners in her creative and colourful home. Alternatively we can enjoy one of the many fabulous restaurants and enjoy the nightlife of Dunedin.

Day 7: Dunedin (B,L)

Today begins with a tour of Natural Dunedin, where we will head out to the Otago Peninsula and Allan’s Beach to see if we can see the local sea lions and other wildlife. After a lunch break at the Botanic Gardens café will then explore the rest of the beautiful Botanic Gardens. After this we travel up to Signal Hill to view the panorama of Dunedin City, the Harbour as well as the view towards to the southern ocean and Antarctica. On the way back down we will visit Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street. The rest of the afternoon is for shopping, visiting art galleries or the museum.  We again stay the night and have dinner here in Dunedin.

Day 8: Dunedin-Oamaru-Timaru 199kms (B,D)

This morning we head North to Timaru travelling the scenic route via Moeraki where we will stop to view the incredible natural formations on the beach known as the Moeraki Boulders. From here we travel to Oamaru where we will experience the historic Victorian precinct where we go back in time with shop keepers in Victorian costume in the restored part of town. We will have lunch in the Victorian Tea Rooms followed by a visit to the Steam Punk Museum. From here we head to the seaside town of Timaru to have dinner and stay the night.

Day 9: Timaru - Christchurch 162 kms (B,D)

This morning have a leisurely start and head to Christchurch mid-morning along the coastal road. We arrive for lunch in Christchurch and after this head to your accommodation to settle in. In the afternoon we spend time at the Willowbank Maori Cultural Park where we encounter the Kiwi – New Zealand’s native bird and our national identity. Late afternoon we will experience a Maori welcome to a cultural performance of traditional song and dance followed by a Hangi (traditionally prepared Maori meal). We spend our last night together in Christchurch.

Day 10: Christchurch (B)

Last opportunity for shopping and Airport/hotel transfer as required.

Tour prices for 2015/16

Min: 7 people                   Max: 11 People 

  • Price per person (in a double or twin room) NZD$3995.00
  • Please contact us for a charter rate for smaller groups.
  • Supplement for a single room : $700.00

Conditions :

  • 7 to 11 people in a confortable minibus with a driver-guide for 10 days
  • The tour departs from Christchurch and returns to Christchurch
  • Accommodation  B&B, Motel or 3 star Hôtel

The price includes :

  • A comfortable Minibus
  • A Professional driver-guide for 10 days
  • 9 nights accommodation B&B or Motel, 3 star Hôtel
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 5 evening meals and 3 lunches (drinks not included)

Activities: Entrance to Morelea Farm, Clay Cliffs, wine tasting, river cruise, Moeraki Boulders and  Willowbank; Maori cultural experience and kiwi bird experience.

The price does not include :

  • All optional activities
  • Drinks and meals not identified in the itinerary
  • Tips for service
  • Private travel insurance

To take into consideration:

The South Island of New Zealand is situated close to Antarctica and the weather can be very changeable: we can have four seasons in one day!!!. For this reason you will need to bring some warm clothes, a good waterproof jacket, a good warm jumper and comfortable walking shoes. Dont forget your camera!