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And find the heart of New Zealand.

Soak it all in with longer stays at the best destinations and the widest variety of outdoor activities, all at a comfortable pace. This is a truly restorative trip.

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Masterpiece HIGHLIGHTS

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Swim with Dolphins

Getting in the water with gentle Dusky dolphins is an experience you’ll never forget.

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High Country Farm

Life on the farm near Aoraki/Mount Cook and some of the best stargazing in the world.

A trip that speaks to your heart and mind that your body will love.

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Milford Sound Overnight

Cruise the fiord to spot local wildlife and wake up in the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, pure magic.

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Queen Charlotte Sound

How often do you paddle to your accommodation?

West Coast Sunset

Wild West Coast Beaches

Stay in a tiny beach town, population 30, surrounded by lush native bush.

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Spectacular Scenery

From hiking in ancient Podocarp forest to walking among New Zealand’s highest peaks, each day brings new wows.

TRIP EXPLORER

Day 1

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Arrive Queenstown
Wakatipu Basin

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Kinloch

Day 1 – Welcome to Queenstown & a Jetlag Remedy

The Masterpiece is an all-encompassing experience that replenishes the mind and lifts the spirit, specifically designed to show you the best parts of New Zealand without feeling rushed. It's adventure travel at its finest -- a variety of outdoor activities each day with a changing backdrop of New Zealand's finest scenery, healthy meals, beautiful accommodation, plenty of deep sleep and, of course, meeting some lovely people. You won't go home the same. 

Begin your adventure on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, a feast for the senses known as "The Adventure Capital of the World." After introductions, we've got the perfect jetlag remedy -- a walk for a pure dose of sunshine, fresh mountain air and mind-blowing scenery. Next couple of nights in Kinloch on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

 

Hike Wakatipu Basin

We’ll start with a brisk walk in the stunning alpine scenery to put the colour back in your cheeks. There are many local favourite walks, all with great views, towering beech trees, and vast open spaces; Queenstown is our backyard, and you'll experience it as our guest.

Feel like you've walked onto the set of Lord of the Rings

Our first two nights will be spent at the top of Lake Wakatipu. Nestled in a valley at the foot of the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park, we stay in some super cosy accommodation with the most incredible scenery at your doorstep. We’ll travel from Queenstown to the top of Lake Wakatipu (recently voted one of the most scenic drives in the world) to just beyond the small farming town of Glenorchy, put on the map by the Lord of the Rings movies. Take time to settle into your surroundings and breathe in the fresh New Zealand air.

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Mt Aspiring National Park
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Kinloch

Day 2 – Hike Routeburn Track in Mount Aspiring National Park

After a good night's sleep, it’s time to get out and stretch our legs on a section of the famed Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, with shorter and longer options to suit.  

Hike Routeburn Track

This morning, we’ll walk the Routeburn Track to the Flats Hut through beech forest and lowland woodland alongside a babbling trout-filled river. Those who are keen can carry on, leaving the river behind and climbing up through the beech forest to Routeburn Falls. Your hard work is rewarded at the top with uninterrupted panoramic views of the Routeburn Valley. With the landscape dotted with delicate alpine flowers, mountain tarns and trickling waterfalls, you’ll feel like you are on top of the world. 

Hike Lake Sylvan (Optional)

If conditions don't allow for us to hike the Routeburn safely or there's time afterwards, we'll walk along an old moraine river terrace that winds its way through giant red beech trees. It will take us to Lake Sylvan, a secret hideaway only accessible on foot. The lake is popular with local fishermen, who you may spot sitting quietly on the shore hoping for a catch. The fresh smell of the native ferns, sounds of the birds and feel of the earth underfoot will invigorate your senses. 

Tonight take a walk outside under the stars in the evening and you may be lucky enough to glimpse New Zealand’s only native mammal – the bat.

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Fiordland NP
Hiking & Overnight Boat

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Milford Sound Overnight Boat

Day 3 – Mt Nicholas farm, Mavora Lakes & Milford Sound overnight boat

Today we take a boat across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to Mt Nicholas Station, a working high-country sheep farm, to learn about the region's rich farming history. Then we'll take a 4x4 ride through beautiful and rugged sub-alpine backcountry to Mavora Lakes. From here we'll continue on one of the most incredible stretches of road leading into Fiordland National Park. Tonight we'll spend the night on a boat on Milford Sound. 

Lake Wakatipu, Mount Nicholas high country sheep station and Mavora Lakes

Today we take a boat across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to a high country sheep station – Mt Nicholas - to learn about the history of farming in the region. Followed by a 4x4 coach ride through some beautiful sub-alpine back country that can only be accessed this way through to the stunning Mavora Lakes. There are no super highways in this part of the world, in fact there are no roads at all in many of these parts, so travelling from A to B is part of the adventure.

Journey into Fiordland National Park

We travel together through the lakeside town of Te Anau and on one of the world's most incredible road journeys to our next destination – Milford Sound. We're surrounded by the stunning peaks of Fiordland National Park so, on the way, we’ll stop when appropriate to take photos of this extraordinary place – some call it the eighth wonder of the world.

Milford Sound Overnight Boat

On arrival at Milford Sound, you board your vessel to overnight on the fiord itself. Once you’ve settled into your cosy cabin and had a safety briefing and afternoon tea in the saloon, you'll have time to enjoy the cruise out to the mouth of the fiord, and take in the view to the east over the wild Tasman Sea. You may spot the local resident penguins and dolphins, and you'll be wowed by the sheer cliff faces plunging into the sea and the stories of the deep waters below.

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Fiordland NP
Hollyford Track

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Te Anau

Day 4 – Cruise Milford Sound & Hike Hollyford Track

We’ll wake up to birdsong in a secluded bay deep within Milford Sound this morning. Enjoy breakfast as we cruise back through the fjord, often accompanied by local wildlife. Back on shore, we'll hike to dramatic Hidden Falls on the Hollyford Track before making our way to Te Anau for the night.  

Cruise Milford Sound (actually a fjord!) 

Whether the sun is shining brightly or clouds are rolling in from the Tasman Sea, you’ll never be disappointed with the immense beauty of this place. In fact, in the perfect world, it will be raining heavily because the waterfalls here have to be seen to be believed – literally hundreds of waterfalls sprouting, as if from nowhere, on the vertical rock faces above.

Hike the Hollyford Track to Hidden Falls

Once we’re back on shore in Milford Sound, we’ll head off to discover a gem on another of New Zealand’s Great Walks. We’ll hike past gushing creeks, sidle along bluffs and make our way to the rather inexactly named Swamp Creek. Enjoy the views of the Darran Mountains beyond; a remote wilderness limited to specialised mountaineers. On our route, we’ll hear the 31m high waterfall well before we see it, hence its name, and we’ll spend a while here before making our way back to Te Anau.

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Mackenzie Country
Biking Queenstown

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Ohau/Mt Cook Village

Day 5 – Bike Near Queenstown & Stay on High Country Farm in Mt Cook Region

Our journey continues today from the Southern Lakes region north towards New Zealand's highest peak. On our way, we'll stop in Arrowtown, a quaint historic goldmining town, to pedal for a bit. Follow purpose-built cycle trails next to the Kawarau River past homesteads, meadows, mountains and vineyards towards the world’s first commercial bungy bridge. After the ride, we carry on towards Aoraki/Mt Cook, where we'll spend the night on a high-country station.

We’ll leave the Southern Lakes region today, taking to the road for our journey to the middle of the South Island and New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook/Aoraki standing tall at 3724m (over 12,000 feet). It’s worth noting that New Zealand mountains often seem a lot higher and more dramatic than their heights would imply. This is because our mountains generally start at sea level, unlike many parts of the world where ‘the ground’ is already 6,000 feet, or more, above sea level. We don't hear too many complaints about our mountains being boring!

Bike Near Queenstown

On our way north we’ll pick up bikes in the quaint gold mining town of Arrowtown and ride along purpose-built cycle trails next to the Kawarau River towards the world’s first commercial bungy bridge, still in operation today. Maoritanga (Maori culture) is an important part of New Zealand's culture, and if you're interested, you'll be able to pronounce all the Maori place names you'll encounter by the time you go home! Today, we ride past homesteads, meadows, mountains and vineyards, and it’s important to stress that the cycling is suitable for all levels of biking experience. Experts can go hard, others can meander, and if cycling is not your bag, we have plenty of other options available too.

Road Trip to Mount Cook

After our ride we’ll rest our legs as we travel out of the region, through the Lindis Pass and out into open landscapes, before we catch our first glimpse of Mount Cook. Tonight we’ll stay in some fairly basic accommodation in a million-dollar location; in true Kiwi fashion. We’ll relax and enjoy the peace and quiet while hopefully checking out some of the best stargazing in the country.

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Day 6

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Aoraki/Mt Cook
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Ohau/Mt Cook Village

Day 6 – Your Choice in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Some of the best alpine hikes in New Zealand are found here in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. It's home to not only its namesake, our highest and most sacred peak, but 19 peaks towering over 3,000 metres. This rugged land of rock and ice is an alpine paradise and you have a number of experiences to choose from today, from cruisy to challenging. 

These are the mountains where Edmund Hillary honed his mountaineering skills before he and Tenzing Norgay became the first pair to summit Mount Everest in 1953. Aoraki, or "the Cloud Piercer" as it was named by the Maori, stands at a formidable 3724m (over 12,000 feet). This rugged land of rock and ice is an alpine paradise and you have a number of experiences to choose from today, from cruisy to challenging.

The Mueller Hut walk is one of our favourites and with a bit of grit and determination, most can enjoy jaw-dropping views usually reserved only for serious mountaineers. Or, if you'd like to give your legs a break today, there are a couple of very special optional activities below at additional cost. With two guides, we can almost always offer everyone their first choice.

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Whichever option you choose, you won't be disappointed. After a full day of activities, we'll meet up and return to our accommodation for a delicious home-cooked dinner and trade stories of the day. We're staying within one of the best Dark Sky Reserves in the world so tonight you can simply wander outside and look up to enjoy some of the best stargazing anywhere.

Choice 1

Hike to Mueller Ridge (Challenge)

The most physically challenging option is a hike up to Mueller Hut via Mueller Ridge for spectacular alpine views. It's a steady and steep climb on a well-built track (think: Stairmaster) but the views are worth every drop of sweat, even by South Island standards.

Choice 2

Walk the Hooker Valley Track

This is one of the South Island's most popular trails in glacier country. When you look down from the impressive swing bridges down to the rushing river below that leads you all the way to an alpine lake complete with icebergs, you'll understand why. For flower lovers, the Hooker Valley is one of the best places to see Mount Cook lilies in season.

Choice 3

Free time around Mt Cook Village

Today is a great opportunity to explore on your own. Visit the museum and planetarium in the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, take some short walks or just soak in the views with a coffee and a book.

Day 6 Optional Add-ons

Below are some of the optional add-ons you can also enjoy:

Glacier heli hiking

Take a chopper and land high up on the Tasman, New Zealand's longest glacier, where you'll don crampons and explore the dramatic ice caves and clear blue ice with a specialist guide.

USD$390+TAX

Glacier lake boat tour

Jump aboard a Zodiac boat to set off across the iceberg-filled glacial lake for an up-close encounter with the Tasman Glacier’s terminal face.

USD$110+TAX
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Day 7

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Kaikoura coastline

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Kaikoura

Day 7 – Sightseeing & Arrive Kaikoura Peninsula

Today's journey takes us all the way across the South Island, leaving the open spaces of the Mackenzie Country and the Alps through to farmlands in the green fertile plains of Canterbury and finally to Kaikoura on the East coast. We'll take our time to show you all of our favourite spots along the way for photos and short walks to stretch our legs. Overnight in the seaside settlement of Kaikoura. 

The scenery changes gradually but dramatically as we travel today and we'll see much more civilization as we go until we drop down through Burke's Pass towards the coast. 

Arrive Kaikoura Peninsula

Once we reach Christchurch, the South Island's biggest city, it's not far up the east coast to reach the small seaside town of Kaikoura. This is a stunning area just on the edge of a deep continental shelf, with towering inland and seaward Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the sea, running as deep as the mountains are high, on the other. The nutrient-rich water and startling geography create a mecca for marine life so keep an eye out for the whales, dolphins, fur seals and many more species that abound in these coastal waters.

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Day 8

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Kaikoura
Queen Charlotte Sound

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Dolphin Swimming
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Lochmara Lodge

Day 8 – Dolphin Swimming in Kaikoura, Scenic Flight & Sea Kayak Queen Charlotte Sound

Today is an unforgettable day and a dream come true for wildlife lovers. You'll jump in bright and early to swim with Dusky dolphins and see how many different varieties of fish, seals and even whales we can spot in this special marine reserve. We'll then take a scenic flight up to Picton, where we’ll sea kayak the last leg across Queen Charlotte Sound, accompanied by "the locals" all the way to our accommodation for the night if we're lucky. 

Dolphin Swimming Kaikoura

It's worth an early start today for the best chance of meeting some of the marine wildlife that calls this part of the world home. First up, we'll don wetsuits and swim with a pod of dolphins in their natural environment (providing the dolphins co-operate, which they almost always do). There are strict regulations in place to protect the dolphins and keep you safe in the water, which usually allows us to achieve our goal of safely swimming with the dolphins in a respectful manner. The small Dusky dolphins can be in pods of around 400 and are well-known for their acrobatics and interactive behaviour. The experience is a joyful one, whether you jump in for a swim or opt to watch from the boat. Our boats are well-equipped with swimming/snorkelling platforms and the tours are designed to be educational experiences that do not interfere with the natural behaviours and day-to-day lives of the dolphins. Enjoy every second as it’s always over too soon. Many people have told us this was the absolute highlight of their New Zealand trip.

Scenic Flight & Sea Kayak Queen Charlotte Sound

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Today is an unforgettable day and a dream come true for wildlife lovers. You'll jump in bright and early to swim with Dusky dolphins and see how many different varieties of fish, seals and even whales we can spot in this special marine reserve. We'll then take a scenic flight up to Picton, where we’ll sea kayak the last leg across Queen Charlotte Sound to our accommodation for the night.

We’ll then trade the boat for a plane that will take us on a scenic flight further north to the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. This is an area of mysterious beauty made up of a maze of sea-drowned valleys. From Picton, we’ll sea kayak across Queen Charlotte Sound to our accommodation for the night – the artistic and interesting Lochmara Lodge. You’ll stay in a lovely room by the sea, fall asleep to the sound of the lapping waves, and awake to birdsong. Gorgeous!

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Day 9

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Queen Charlotte Sound
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Nelson

Day 9 – Queen Charlotte Sound & Cycle through Marlborough Vineyards

We'll paddle back to Picton in our sea kayaks and have another chance to spot local wildlife. From here, it's a short hop to Marlborough's wine-growing region, where we tour the vineyards on bikes, stopping along the way to sample some of the area's wines. We're staying in Nelson, an artsy beach town, for the next couple of nights.

Queen Charlotte Sound

After breakfast at the lodge, we’ll return to our sea kayaks and head back to Picton, exploring some more of the special nooks and crannies on the way. Gliding along the water is a lovely way to spend a morning, but you have the option of booking a water taxi back instead if you prefer.

Cycle through Marlborough Vineyards

We’ll be biking this afternoon, as it’s a fantastic way to explore the local vineyards, and we’ll pause periodically to sample and taste some of the local wines. New Zealand wines are world famous and with a menu of crisp Sauvignon Blancs, rich Pinot Noirs and summery Rosés, you’re bound to go home with a new favourite. Take the opportunity to buy a few cases of the local vintage to ship home if you like – most countries also allow you to bring a few bottles (or more) home, without paying duty on them. 

Tonight is yours to explore Nelson on your own.

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Day 10 – Explore Nelson

Today is yours to enjoy as you wish. Nelson, "the sunniest place in NZ" is known for its arts scene, award-winning wines, craft beers and fruit orchards, with lots of entertaining stuff within walking distance. Most people enjoy a quiet-ish day by this point in the trip and enjoy hanging out in Nelson, browsing the shops and galleries, strolling along the beach and reading a book – it’s a lovely place to re-energise yourself for the rest of your trip. Option to visit Abel Tasman National Park.

There are over 350 local working craftspeople and artists creating Maori, traditional and contemporary art in the area, so it’s also a chance to discover more about what inspires New Zealanders. Or if you'd like to do a guided activity, we can help you book a tour to walk or kayak in the Abel Tasman National Park, an area famous for its long sandy beaches, stunning coastline, and blue seas.

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West Coast
Hike Nelson Lakes NP

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Punakaiki

Day 11 – Hike Nelson Lakes NP & Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

This morning we'll hike alongside Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes, a national park that's a perennial favourite among Kiwis, before carrying on to the West Coast. We'll have plenty of time to stop and enjoy the journey, including a walk out to the Tauranga Bay seal colony, before arriving at the gorgeous seaside village of Punakaiki for the night. 

Hike alongside Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park

Nelson Lakes National Park will be our first port of call this morning. it's not as popular as its neighbour, Abel Tasman National Park, but let's keep it our little secret for a while longer. We’ll start the day with a hike alongside Lake Rotoiti before carrying on to the West Coast. 

Explore West Coast Beaches

We’ll then head west to 'The Coast,' as it’s known by the locals, for a journey that was recently voted by Lonely Planet readers as one of the best coastal drives in the world. Rivers, rainforests, and tumbling glaciers meet stark beaches, and if you're like most of the Coast's visitors, you'll be mesmerised, especially if the weather is good enough for the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps to be visible. We’ll stop along the way and check out some of our favourite spots, including a walk out to visit the seal colony at Tauranga Bay, before arriving in the tiny town of Punakaiki for the night. Get ready for an epic sunset over the rugged beaches surrounded by rainforest. 

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West Coast
Paparoa National Park

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Okarito

Day 12 – Hike Paparoa National Park, the Pancake Rocks & Explore Hokitika

Towering limestone cliffs, lush rainforest, the crashing ocean… you've entered Jurassic Park! We have a stunning hike today in Paparoa National Park before checking out the blowholes and limestone formations of the Pancake Rocks. Then we drop in on Pounamu (greenstone/jade) carvers at work in the funky town of Hokitika. Tonight you're in for a treat at the Okarito Beach House.

Hike Paparoa National Park & Visit the Pancake Rocks

Today we’ll explore an interesting geological phenomenon in the town of Punakaiki – the curious-looking Pancake Rocks. These odd-looking rock formations and associated blow holes - where the incoming sea is forced into chambers forming natural geyser-like phenomena - have been created by the tide over thousands of years, with the pancake effect being caused by the immense pressure on the various hard and soft sediments making up the rock. We’ll then enter the Paparoa National Park and hike the Porarari River Trail, taking us in amongst the dense sub-tropical forest and through an impressive cliff-lined limestone gorge.

Explore Hokitika

After hiking, we’ll visit the quirky town of Hokitika, famous for its greenstone carvings and jewellery, with an arty and unique vibe. The impressive driftwood sculptures that the locals make on the beach are something else not to be missed.

Tonight we’ll show you what Kiwi hospitality is all about as we relax in the tiny settlement of Okarito and enjoy an incredible feast matched with local wines and craft beers. This is our favourite kind of evening and we look forward to sharing it with you in one of our favourite spots in the whole country. We enjoy exclusive access to the Okarito Beach House in a very small place – population less than 30 – so the chances of striking up a conversation with one of the locals out beachcombing are pretty good. You'll sleep well tonight.

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West Coast
Fox Glacier

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Wanaka

Day 13 – Kayak Okarito Lagoon & Hike near Fox Glacier

Mountains, beaches and glaciers, all in one wild day! We start with a gorgeous paddle out on Okarito Lagoon to soak up the tranquility then head down the Coast. Hike near Fox Glacier for a view of this river of ice pushing through the rainforest. Our last night together in Wanaka, a relaxed lakeside resort town that's a locals' favourite.

Kayak on Okarito Lagoon & West Coast Beaches

After a peaceful paddle out to the lagoon this morning, we'll leave the rugged beaches of the West Coast and head back into the mountains. 

Rainforest and Glaciers

We’ll travel this morning to the small township at the foot of Fox Glacier. Fox Glacier tumbles 13km from the Southern Alps ending in lush rainforest at just 300m above sea level on the West Coast. This is one of the most accessible glaciers there is so we’ll easily be able to get close enough for a great view of the terminal face and learn about the geology and surrounding area along the way.

We'll then continue on heading south over Haast Pass, the southernmost of the three Southern Alps passes, and into the vast beauty and open spaces of Central Otago. Tonight we have our final dinner and evening together in here the charming lakeside village of Lake Wanaka to celebrate our journey together.

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Wanaka
Queenstown

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Day 14 – Explore Wanaka & Finish in Queenstown

We have a few options on our last day together, including exploring the town, going for a swim in the lake or heading out for one last hike. Then we'll meet up and head and over the Crown Range, enjoying some incredible views en route, before our farewells in Queenstown.

Explore Wanaka

We’ll spend the morning exploring Wanaka and watching the goings-on in this fun little lakeside, mountain resort town. Perhaps you might take a dip in the glacial blue waters to celebrate the end of your trip, or check out some of the walking trails along the edge of the lake or up to Mt Iron. There’s also plenty of great little stores if you’re still looking for the perfect souvenir to take home – we highly recommend hokey pokey ice cream, especially if it's a hot day! We'll then meet back and head over the hill to Queenstown this afternoon.

Finish in Queenstown

Our last short road trip takes us up and over the Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest sealed road, and down to Queenstown. Once back in Queenstown, it’s time to say goodbye to each other and your hard-working guides as we drop you at your accommodation or the airport.

We hope to see you again in the Land of the Long White Cloud soon!

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Every day was magnificent

Nerida Liedloff Australia

April 2017

“Loved all the hikes and cycling through the vineyards in Marlborough. The shearing quarters at Ohau were fabulous! Awesome meals. If anything, just too much good food! New Zealand is undeniably the most beautiful country on earth! Every day was magnificent”

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Fantastic guides

Nerida Liedloff Australia

April 2017

“Courtney is a legend - a fantastic guide. Organised, full of energy, brilliant cook, well informed, super friendly, just fantastic. Blake too. I felt super safe with him behind the wheel and he was fun and engaging. They were a dynamic duo.”

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I was so impressed

Nerida Liedloff Australia

April 2017

“I had the best holiday of my life. I can't fault New Zealand Trails in any way and I'll be spreading the word in Oz.”

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It was wonderful. A fantastic trip; so glad I went with NZ Trails.

Helen Herzberg California USA

January 2017

“My guides totally exceeded my expectations. They were incredibly knowledgeable about the flora & fauna & agriculture and the trails.... absolutely amazing. And cheerful, great cooks, good drivers. Could not have had a better experience. Of course, I was ‘solo’ and I was incredibly spoiled”

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I had a wonderful time

Kevin Waits Georgia USA

December 2016

“Thank you so showing us as much of the South Island as possible in our time there. The beauty of the land and the people of New Zealand will stay with me always! It was such an Incredible variety of experiences...all beautiful and worth seeing! Our Guides are knowledgeable, personable, SO much fun and went out of their way to help us have a wonderful time!”

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One that I will never forget.

Rebecca Welbourn UK

December 2016

“New Zealand Trails made my first trip to New Zealand one that I will never forget. I loved every moment of it and throughout it was so well organised and most of all, so much fun. A fantastic experience. The Masterpiece itinerary is amazing staying in some incredible accommodation in the most beautiful locations. Well done and thank you New Zealand Trails.”

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14 Day South Island Tour – Queenstown to Queenstown US$47994799 + tax, per person (twin or double share)

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We do have shorter trip options and solo travellers don’t pay more, unless you’d like an upgrade to a private room. PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample of our current itinerary. Keep in mind we are constantly fine-tuning and improving our trips based on feedback from our guests and guides, availability, etc. So your trip will be at least this good, but we reserve the right to make slight alterations without notice to make it even better!

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