Best of New Zealand
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Holiday Highlights
  • Compact car with fully inclusive insurance for the full duration
  • FREE Bay of Islands day tour
Overview
This amazing Best of New Zealand fly-drive consists of 2 nights in Auckland staying at the Waldorf stadium in a 1 bedroom apartment, 2 nights at the Novotel Hamilton Tainui, 2 nights at the Millennium hotel and resort Manuels Taupo in Lake Taupo, 1 night in Napier at the Nautilus hotel, 2 nights in wellington at the Bolton hotel, 3 nights in Nelson at the Grand Mercure Monaco, 2 nights in the Chateau Marloborough in Blenheim, 2 nights in Kaikoura at the Fairways at ocean ridge and 2 nights in Christchurch at the Novotel Cathedral Square.This self-drive holiday really makes the most out of your time in New Zealand and allows you freedom and flexibility to explore the island.

We are currently offering £300 per person discount aswell as  FREE Compact car with fully inclusive insurance and a FREE Bay of Islands day tour:

Make the most of this popular day tour from Auckland with return coach travel to Paihia, including a spectacular dolphin watching cruise in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands.

Discover the magic of the Bay of Islands with this cruise through the maritime park which is filled with an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking scenery, the highlight of which has to be the passage through the 'Hole in the Rock'.

Your experienced local skipper will guide you through the beautiful clear waters aboard Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as we get you up close to the action from the comfort of Dolphin Seeker.

Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock - hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.

This full day tour brings together the historical highlights and stunning scenery of this spectacular region.

What's Included
  • Return international flights
  • All airport fees and taxes
  • In-flight meals
  • 2 nights in Auckland
  • 2 nights in Hamilton
  • 2 nights in Lake Taupo
  • 1 night in Napier
  • 2 nights in Wellington
  • 3 nights in Nelson
  • 2 nights in Blenheim
  • 2 nights in Kaikoura
  • 2 nights in Christchurch
  • Compact car with fully inclusive insurance for the full duration
  • £300 per person discount
  • FREE Bay of Islands day tour
Itinerary

Day by day

Day 1 London to Auckland

Fly overnight from London to Auckland.

Day 2 Auckland

Arrive into Auckland after your overnight flight. Pick up your hire car from the airport and drive to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3 -4 Auckland

1 day at leisure and 1 day to do your FREE trip: Bay of Islands day tour & cape Brett hole in the Rock cruise from Auckland - Make the most of this popular day tour from Auckland with return coach travel to Paihia, including a spectacular dolphin watching cruise in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands.

Discover the magic of the Bay of Islands with this cruise through the maritime park which is filled with an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking scenery, the highlight of which has to be the passage through the 'Hole in the Rock'.

Your experienced local skipper will guide you through the beautiful clear waters aboard Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as we get you up close to the action from the comfort of Dolphin Seeker.

Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock - hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.

This full day tour brings together the historical highlights and stunning scenery of this spectacular region.

Day 5 Auckland to Hamilton

This morning enjoy some breakfast before starting your journey to Hamilton. The drive only takes a couple of hours so when you get to your hotel enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6 Hamilton

Well-known for its underground wonders, black sand surf beaches and rolling green hills, the Hamilton - Waikato region of New Zealand offers a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions surrounding a vibrant city hub.

If you’re a Tolkien fan, drive east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie Set, the amazing Hobbit-sized village created for the movies. Or if surfing is more your style, then Raglan is the perfect spot for you, with one of the longest left hand breaks in the world.

Day 7 Hamilton to Lake Taupo

This morning after some breakfast continue your journey onto Lake Taupo where you have another 2 nights. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 8 Lake Taupo

It was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Crater of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents. 

Just north of Lake Taupo you'll find New Zealand's most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.

Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.

Day 9 Lake Taupo to Napier

This morning you will make your way to Napier for a 1 night stay. Napier, Hastings and the Hawke’s Bay are home to a sunny climate and beautiful beaches. Napier was rebuilt with art deco-style architecture after the town suffered massive damage in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake. The art deco style of architecture adopted was popular in the 1930s, and after experiencing a decline from the early 1940s, grew in popularity again towards the end of the 20th century. Today, art deco aficionados from around the world visit Napier for its architecture.

Napier's promenade is one of the city's highlights. Known as Marine Parade, there are cafés, restaurants, swimming pools, mini golf and a marine park. MTG Museum on Tennyson St gives an insight into the 1931 earthquake, as well as local Maori culture.

Day 10 Napier to Wellington

After your nights stay in Napier you will start your journey to Wellington where you will spend 2 nights before you catch the Ferry to the south island (payable locally). When you arrive into Wellington check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 11 Wellington

Great coffee is a Wellington speciality with cafes and roasteries dotted throughout the city. Grab a coffee and watch the world go by - the local speciality is a flat white. Take a short drive to the top of Mount Victoria for a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and harbour and great photo opportunities.

Day 12 Wellington to Nelson

Today you will need to drop your car off and make your way to the ferry port for your 3 hours journey to the south island. When you arrive you will pick up another car and make your way to your Nelson hotel for 3 nights. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 13-14 Nelson

You have 2 full days in Nelson to enjoy this amazing place. Have a walk round the city and stop at the local market if it’s a Saturday. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes in the brick paved are under the cathedral steps. Why not head north out of the city to cable bay, named after the communication cable which once connected Nelson to the rest of the world. Along the way you can quad bike and ride the sky wire before reaching the beach.

Day 15 Nelson to Blenheim

After your 3 nights in Nelson travel the short drive to Blenheim wine region where you will spend 2 nights.

Day 16 Blenheim

Today take a vineyard tour and enjoy the breathtaking countryside.

Day 17 Blenheim to Kaikoura

After 2 nights here make your way down the coast to Kaikoura for 2 nights here. When you arrive settle into your hotel and enjoy a nice meal along the coast.

Day 18 Kaikoura

Several different species of whale can be seen off Kaikoura at different times of the year, but almost always the huge sperm whales. The orca is often sighted in Kaikoura, and schools of pilot whales are Occasional visitors. Dusky dolphins and fur seals are plentiful so make the most of your full day here and take a boat to see these amazing creatures.

Day 19 Kaikoura to Christchurch

After 2 days of whale watching make your way to Christchurch for your final 2 nights.

Day 20 Christchurch

Get around and see the sights in style on a hop-on hop-off tram tour, running from the Botanic Gardens to the River Avon. Enjoy the central city highlights; including Cathedral Square, Victoria Square, the floral clock, Christ's College, Arts Center with craft market, and the Bridge of Remembrance. Visit the Big 5 most popular attractions in Christchurch: Antarctica's beautiful icy wilderness has been re-created at the International Antarctic Center, view native kiwis at the Willow bank Wildlife Reserve, ride on a historic Christchurch tram, take a relaxing two-hour harbour cruise, and soar to the summit on the Christchurch Gondola with breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, Canterbury Plains and Banks Peninsula.

Day 21 Christchurch to London

After an amazing 2 nights in Christchurch drop your car back off at the airport and check in for your flight home.

Day 22 London

Arrive back into London after your amazing New Zealand adventure.

We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.

You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.

Auckland

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day trip from Auckland, £169 per person - Enjoy two of New Zealand's famous destinations in one day travelling aboard a premium air conditioned tour coach. At Waitomo you'll take a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers to view stalactites formed over thousands of years by the constant dripping of water. Your caves tour includes a magical boat ride through the glowworm grotto, illuminated by thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling.

Next stop is the the Agrodome for a hands-on Kiwi farming experience. You'll see sheep mustering by highly trained dogs, sheep shearing demonstrations and receive an insight into the history of dairy farm milking. Don't miss the opportunity to milk a cow, feed young animals or even be photographed with a huge bull!

Then it's on to the famous Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the renowned silica terraces, bubbling mud pools and unique geothermal vegetation. Exploding from the ground up to 100 feet (30 meters) high is the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, which bursts into life 10-20 times a day and has been a visitor attraction since the early 1900s.

You'll also visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, to see how traditional carvings and weaving record history and customs in the Maori sacred meeting houses.

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, £89 per person - Auckland's Whale & Dolphin Safari takes you out on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf which is considered one the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world.

Considered one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world, 22 species of marine mammal have been identified in the Hauraki Gulf, almost one third of the entire world's population of species.

Every Safari is different but all include: Dolphins viewed on over 90% of trips, whales viewed on 75%; cruise and commentary; culture and history of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf; fully licensed bar and snacks available for purchase.

You may be spellbound by the spectacle of a feeding frenzy involving sea birds, whales, and dolphins or see small pods of dolphins playing around the boat. Wherever the most exciting whale and dolphin activity is, we aim to find it for you. Plus show you some of the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park.

With six years of continued scientific programmes undertaken onboard, our crew are probably New Zealand's most experienced and knowledgeable. On Auckland's Whale & Dolphin Safari you will experience the Gulf from the most comfortable and stable whale watching vessel in New Zealand. Our luxury 20m high speed catamaran is designed specifically for the sea conditions of this unique area.

Auckland Harbour Sailing Dinner cruise, £69 per person - Dine aboard a 50-foot (15-meter) yacht, then take an evening cruise on Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour to see the twinkling city lights.

Tie up at a sheltered anchorage within the largest yacht marina in the Southern Hemisphere where you will be invited to your table below decks and served your dinner along with an offering from the ship's bar. After dinner the sails are set and we pass under the Harbour Bridge to Chelsea sugar works, Devonport Naval Base and the City's waterfront. Guests are welcome to participate in sailing the yacht or just sit back, relax and enjoy the sail.

Auckland Bridge Climb, £69 per person - Admire the stunning views over the bustling harbour and downtown Auckland as you scale the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge on this fun filled adventure.

On this exciting excursion you will travel up, under and around the 1,021 metre long bridge that links the North Shore of Auckland with the city and southern suburbs.  Dubbed The Coathanger by the city’s residents after it was opened in 1959, the bridge rises 67 metres above the Waitemata Harbour, providing stunning 360 degree views of Auckland’s harbour and islands and the busy city around you.

Your expert guide will fully brief you before your climb over the purpose built walkways and stairs which let you climb both over and under the traffic on the bridge with safety and ease.  Your guide will fill you in on some of the history and myths surrounding this New Zealand landmark, as well as pointing out many interesting architectural features.  If you can take your eyes off the astonishing scenery surrounding you for long enough, watch other thrill seekers as they leap past you into the harbour below from the bungy jumping pod.

Auckland city highlights, £39 per person - Perfect for first time visitors or if you have limited time to get to know New Zealand's largest city, this tour serves as an introduction to this sophisticated, multicultural city.

Your coach tour around Auckland begins in the commercial heart of the city, with a journey down affluent Queen Street, also known as the “Golden Mile”.  From here you will travel though the historical buildings and university grounds of old Auckland and then over the Auckland Harbour Bridge enjoying fantastic views over downtown Auckland and the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. 

The magnificent 360 degree views over the city, Hauraki Gulf and Manukau Harbour at the summit of Mt Eden provide an excellent opportunity for a photo stop where you can stretch your legs before continuing on to the America’s Cup Village and Westhaven Marina.  A forty-five minute stop in the Auckland Domain gives you the opportunity to visit the highly recommended Auckland War Memorial Museum or to explore the Domain in your own time. 

Your coach then travels via colonial Parnell Village to the exclusive residential area of Paritai Drive, before returning to the city along Tamaki Waterfront with its stunning views of the beaches, harbour and islands.

Wellington

Wellington City Tour, £39 per person - Perfect for first time visitors or if you have a limited time in the country's capital, this tour of is a great way to get to know Wellington.

Learn a bit about the city’s interesting history as you take in the Gothic Revival style of Old St Paul’s Cathedral, the unique architecture of The Beehive and Parliament Buildings before visiting the Botanic Gardens and Lady Norwood Rose Gardens. 

Enjoy sweeping city and harbour views from some of Wellington’s spectacular vantage points, including Mount Victoria where the 360 degree views over the city and out over Cook Strait are unrivalled.  Your tour visits the inner city beach at Oriental Bay and also includes a drive around the pretty, rugged bays of Wellington’s south coast where you may be able to spot the South Island on a clear day.

Seal Coast Safari, £69 per person - Take a look at the wild side of Wellington on this 4WD tour along the rugged south coast. This tour takes you along Wellington's craggy coastline to encounter the seals and birdlife that inhabit it's beaches

Your comfortable 4WD will take you 20km along the beach to the Leaning Lighthouse at Tongue Point where you will see the seal colony and fascinating resident bird life.  During the winter months there are over 600 seals laying lazily in the sun, but they are spotted in the area all year round. 

Your journey takes you back over the hills of Wellington via the Brooklyn Wind Turbine.  Enjoy spectacular views over the capital, as well as the distant mountains of the South Island, the sparkling Tasman Sea and the azure Pacific Ocean.

Christchurch

Discover Christchurch, half day sightseeing - £39 per person - Following the pickup from guests accommodation, the tour commences by covering the central city highlights, including Cathedral You will be collected from your Hotel/Motel, the tour then travels through the University of Canterbury, down to Riccarton House and Bush and then through Monavale Gardens where you will have a chance to have a short stroll with 5.5 hectares of richly landscaped gardens, ponds and fountains.

The tour then continues into the central city, through Hagley park, the boat sheds, Botanical Gardens Arts Centre in the historic Buildings that were once Canterbury University, past the Museum, Art Galley and Victoria Clock Tower before moving on to the Catholic Basillica, then onto the seaside suburb of Sumner, then to Lyttleton Harbour, a volcanic crater which is now the port of Christchurch.

The tour then ends with a visit to the Sign of the Takahe, situated on the volcanic ridges of the cashmere hills, provides spectacular views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps, you will be then returned to your accommodation.

Full day Hamner Springs - £189 per person See rural New Zealand at its finest with a visit to a farm followed a white-knuckle river adventure and a visit to the famous Hamner Springs thermal resort. And on the return journey, stop off at a winery for a tasting of brilliant local wines that are simply bursting with character.

Travel by road through the rural pastoral scenes of north Canterbury, taking in the beautiful scenery before arriving at a local sheep farm for short tour of complex and for a sheep shearing demonstration. Arrive at Thrillseekers Canyon, Hanmer Springs, and challenge the waters of the Waiau Gorge by jet boat or white water raft. Lunch at the Garden House Café at the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort Pools. Since 1859 these thermal springs have attracted visitors seeking to unwind and ease their aches and pains in the soothing mineral waters. As an alternative to the jet boating or rafting at Thrillseekers, a therapeutic massage with steam or sauna can be arranged for your pleasure.

On the return journey to Christchurch, a stop will be made at a North Canterbury Winery for wine tasting. The tour includes lunch, admission to thermal pools, farm visit and wine tasting. Also included is a choice of one of the following: jet-boating, rafting or therapeutic massage.

Christchurch Wildlife Cruise - £45 per person Discover rare dolphins just 15 minutes from central Christchurch. Cruise the scenic Lyttleton Harbour aboard the sleek Canterbury Cat. You'll catch a glimpse of one of the world's rarest and smallest dolphins - the Hector or New Zealand dolphin. You'll also discover Little Blue Penguins and other coastal marine birdlife such as breeding spotted shags, white fronted terns and numerous species of gulls. As well as the natural wildlife, you'll see evidence of the harbours violent, volcanic past. Lyttelton has a fascinating history; your skipper will point out the many significant sites including those of the early Maori and European settlers. There are stories from the historic Lyttelton Township, the lengends of Ripapa Island and more.

Lord of the rings – Journey to Edoras - £139 per person Get well off the beaten track with this 4WD tour to the wide open spaces of remote Mt Sunday, which was transformed into Edoras for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Get well off the beaten track with this 4WD tour to the wide open spaces of remote Mt Sunday, which was transformed into Edoras for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  

This tour by 4WD will take you racing through rivers and right onto Mt Sunday itself, showing you the stunning scenery of the remote Mt Potts high country station.  You will enjoy a delicious champagne lunch in the crisp mountain air overlooking beautifully clear lakes and rivers, and have a full running commentary about the area from your local kiwi guide throughout the day. 

 

There are plenty of behind the scenes photos and replicas, as well as unique Edoras merchandise, but you do not have to be a fan of the trilogy to appreciate the stunning mountains rising out of the alluvial plains carved by ancient glaciers in the immense wilderness surrounding you.

Kaikoura

Dolphin encounter Kaikoura, swim with dolphins cruise - £129 per person Swim with playful, acrobatic Dusky Dolphins in their natural environment in this experience-of-a-lifetime off the coast of Kaikoura.

For those wishing to enhance their understanding of dolphins in their natural environment, this is a truly unique experience. All vessels are purpose built for the comfort of passengers and have adequate covered areas out of the weather; approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours is spent out on the water. This is an opportunity to interact with the dusky dolphins at play while gaining wonderful views of these spectacular and acrobatic mammals. These dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round. Other marine mammals such as orca (killer whales), pilot whales, New Zealand fur seals, and Hector’s dolphins are sometimes also seen and a complete guided commentary is given throughout the trip.

Whale watch Kaikoura - £99 per person Get up close and personal with giant Sperm Whales in their natural habitat on this dream encounter.

Due to a complex marine eco-system which supports a variety of wildlife, including the largest concentration of pelagic birds in New Zealand, fur seals, dolphins and many species of whales, Kaikoura is the perfect place for you to see marine mammals in their own environment. 

Onboard you will see the magnificent Sperm Whale as it comes to the surface after hunting for giant squid at depths of up to 3,200 metres.  Humpback, Pilot and Southern Right Whales also call Kaikoura home and although the Sperm Whale can be seen year round, it is likely that you will spot many other species out at sea, including pods of up to 800 Dusky Dolphins cavorting in the water around you!

Your local crew know the area and the whales themselves, and so are able to provide you with a fascinating commentary as you enter into the habitat of the amazing array of wildlife that call this area home.  Come and see these amazing creatures in their natural environment and experience the magic of being close to them.

Kaikoura Albatross Encounter - £79 per person Experience the sensation of getting close to the mighty Albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds.

Although famous for its resident whales and dolphins, Kaikoura's best kept secret is its incredible diversity of pelagic (ocean going) birds. Kaikoura is the albatross capital of the world with up to 14 different species visiting the area throughout the year. Experience the sensation of getting close to the mighty Albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds. This tour involves feeding and observing the large pelagic birds of the Kaikoura coastline, including Northern and Southern Albatross, Petrels and occasionally some varieties of Penguins. Travel time out to where you begin to see seabirds can be anywhere from a few minutes to 30 minutes. 

Blenheim

Full day wine experience – Marlborough region - £79 per person On this exclusive tour, you will travel to the heart of New Zealand's primary wine-making district famous for floral sauvignon blancs, chardonnays and fruity reislings.

On this exclusive tour, you will travel to the heart of New Zealand’s prime wine-making district and visit 6 or 7 local vineyards.  Marlborough is NZ’s biggest wine-producing area and is particularly famous for floral sauvignon blancs, chardonnays and fruity reislings. Your guide and the enthusiastic local owners will assist you in learning how to fully appreciate white wine and how to tell the subtle differences in the grape.

Hell’s Gate mud bath and spa - £59 per person Perfect for experienced fishermen or absolute beginners, enjoy the tranquillity of Marlborough's sheltered waterways and abundance of game fish including snapper, hake, barracouda and blue cod.

Perfect for experienced fishermen or absolute beginners, this tour lets you enjoy the tranquillity of Marlborough’s sheltered waterways and an abundance of fish. The region is famous for snapper, hake, hapuku, trumpeter, butterfish, ling, barracouta and blue cod.  You can choose to keep whatever you catch and have it filleted ready to be cooked for supper - your entertaining captains will advise you on which fish are best to eat.  Many of the local restaurants will cook your fish which you can enjoy with one of the marvelous local Sauvignon Blancs.

Nelson

Abel Tasman Seals & Beach - £69 per person Spend a leisurely day exploring New Zealand's finest coastal National Park as you cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Abel Tasman Voyager and also wander around spectacular Bark Bay estuary.

Covering just 22,520 hectares, the Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest National Park but perhaps the best known due to its 91km of beautiful coastline. Just north of Motueka, the park is popular with nature lovers visiting the seal colony, trampers who want to explore the lush subtropical forest, kayakers taking to the crystal clear waters in search of dolphins and day trippers who simply want to relax on one of the golden sand beaches.

Head to Kaiteriteri, where you board Abel Tasman Voyager, a state-of-the-art, 140-passenger catamaran with two decks; one lower covered deck and one open viewing deck. Cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve, pausing to watch the antics of its resident Fur Seal Colony. Land at historic Tonga Quarry beach to walk 2-2½ hours (4.1 kms, 2.5 miles) over a forested saddle and around spectacular Bark Bay estuary with its cascading waterfalls. Reboard your vessel at the sheltered golden cove, Medlands Beach, for a return cruise to Kaiteriteri.

Abel Tasman Sailing Adventure - £149 per person a day of fun and relaxation awaits, as you board a beautiful catamaran and set sail along New Zealand’s coastal paradise.

Experience the pristine clear waters, secluded sandy coves, mysterious islands and lush native forest of the Abel Tasman National Park on this fun-filled sailing trip aboard a spacious sailing catamaran.  Enjoy a great day on the water combining sailing and sightseeing with stops at a number of the golden beaches for which the coastline is renowned. Above all, there is plenty of time for relaxing – although you are more than welcome to get involved in the sailing. Highlights include Split Apple Rock, and a visit to a New Zealand fur seal colony. A café prepared lunch is taken on the hour long stop at beautiful Anchorage beach.

Abel Tasman Kayak, Seals and Walk Tour - £69 per person Discover the natural beauty of the amazing Abel Tasman National Park as you cruise, kayak and wander along the magnificent coastline.

Covering just 22,520 hectares, the Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest National Park but perhaps the best known due to its 91km of beautiful coastline. Just north of Motueka, the park is popular with nature lovers visiting the seal colony, trampers who want to explore the lush subtropical forest, kayakers taking to the crystal clear waters in search of dolphins and day trippers who simply want to relax on one of the golden sand beaches.

 

Your tour will start with a full briefing on safety procedures and kayaking techniques before you take to the turquoise waters and explore the secret inlets and islands along the granite coastline.

 

After returning to shore you will board the Vigour Taxi speedboat and head off over the waves to Onetahuti beach, visiting the New Zealand fur seal colony at Tonga Island along the way.  Relax on this golden sand beach for a while and then take your time on the track through native forest on the way to Bark Bay where your boat waits to return you to your starting point.

 

Fox Glacier

Heli Hiking fox glacier - £239 per person - This unrivalled experience combines an exhilarating helicopter flight with the thrill of exploring the gleaming icy sculptures and caves of this spectacular glacier that would otherwise be virtually inaccessible.

The fly-in, fly-out helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in the guests are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches.  Equipped with sturdy leather boots and other equipment, the guests board the helicopter for their first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. Here, the ice is in constant motion. They then circle the upper icefall and Victoria Falls before landing.  The landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, the guide outfits participants with crampons specially designed for these ice conditions and they then follow the ice steps cut by the guide as they explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here.  Each departure is a true voyage of exploration. There are so many changing features that the guides always find something new. 

Both your flight to the glacier and your hike on the mighty river of ice take place under the guidance of expert pilots and guides to ensure that you get the utmost enjoyment, safety and comfort from your exciting trip.

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Fox Glacier - £199 per person - Fly over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers before touching down on the at the head of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. Take advantage of the terrific photo opportunities of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman while landed on the snow.

The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are New Zealand’s most well known glaciers, perhaps due to their striking sapphire tinged ice and crisp, white appearance.  Because the West Coast experiences such heavy snowfall, the ice crystals fuse and form the clear ice that makes these two glaciers so pristine. 

Flying over these two glaciers is an exhilarating experience and you will delight at the breathtaking panoramic views as you soar over the pure white ice peaks and canyons below.  You will land at the head of either the Franz Josef or the Fox Glacier and enjoy the overwhelming view of the glacier as it winds down from the towering mountains behind you into the steep valley below.  This valley was created by the incredible movement of the ice and the extraordinary natural ice sculptures you will see are testimony to this powerful force.

Fox Glacier Snow Landing Helicopter Flight - £139 per person - Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of one of New Zealand’s most famous glaciers on this 20-minute scenic flight over majestic Fox Glacier.

Board your sightseeing helicopter and sweep above Westland National Park as you explore the Fox Glacier to 6000’ before landing in the snow to enjoy exceptional views across the Fox Glacier Neve to Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and the views of the majestic Southern Alps. Snow landings last for around 8 - 10 minutes and are provided as a fantastic photo opportunity for participants to capture the breathtaking alpine surrounds for picture perfect opportunities. 

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