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From Christchurch: Mt Cook Day Tour via Lake Tekapo w/ Lunch

1. From Christchurch: Mt Cook Day Tour via Lake Tekapo w/ Lunch

Itinerary Christchurch - We start by leaving Garden City/Christchurch and heading south towards our destination, while our knowledgeable driver points out some of the Garden City’s highlights. Canterbury Plains - Wrapped around Christchurch are the Canterbury Plains filled with farmland as far as the eye can see. Most types of farming you can think of will be found on the plains such as crops, vineyards, dairy and livestock production. Fairlie Bakehouse (10mins) - A Classic New Zealand farming town hidden away in Mackenzie. Fairlie goes through some stunning colour changes especially come Autum, this is truly one of the best locations to sit and relax with one of their world-famous meat Pies from the Bakehouse. And this stop is also where we will pick up your lunch to keep you full of energy for the rest of the day. Lake Tekapo/ Church of the Good Shepherd (15mins) – An alpine lake region like no other in the heart of Mackenzie. At the right time of year, you will find clusters of wild lupins along the lake edge. Once we arrive in Tekapo we head towards the most popular photo spots in the country The Church of The Good Shepard for those social media worthy pictures. Lake Pukaki (10mins) - This glacier fed lake is unique compared to its alpine partners. The colours can change from ice blue to a dark deep blue depending on the weather conditions. On a clear day enjoy undisturbed views right up to Mt Cook which appears to extend out of the head of the lake. Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park (2.5hrs) – AND HERE WE ARE! Named after the famous explorer James Cook, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak. Once here you will have the choice to embark on either The Hooker Valley or The Tasman Glacier walk. If a flight overlooking the mountains is more your thing, we are happy to arrange Helicopter rides for you and the family to enjoy instead. • Hooker Valley (2.5-3hrs) The Hooker valley track is one of the highest rated day walks in New Zealand. It’s not hard to see why as you walk alongside an ice-covered cliff face (Listen carefully you may hear it moving) all the way to an ice filled lake with Mt Cook at its end. • Tasman Glacier (2.5 – 3hrs) This track leads through the glacier’s old terminal moraines, and there you will find amazing views of the glacier, river, and lake. • Mt Cook Information Centre (DOC) – You are more than welcome to take it all in by spending the day in the information centre with a coffee. Learn the history of the national park, ask questions and just be in moment. At 2:30 our driver will collect you from your chosen destinations for the day to head back home. Lake Tekapo (10mins) -We stop briefly in Lake Tekapo for one last time to take those last minute late evening photos of the Church and the Lake. Christchurch – After what has been a simply beautiful day, we will head back to the Garden City. Its bittersweet as you’ll be exhausted but filled with new memories.

From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

2. From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

Visit breathtaking locations in Queenstown as you make your way to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Travel with a reliable tour guide who will share stories and rich background knowledge on Queenstown and the Mount Cook area. Start your tour in the stunning city of Queenstown. Drive through the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and marvel at the scenery the Kawarau Gorge has to offer. Stop at the Roaring Meg Lookout to take photos of your stunning view. Then, enter the region of Cromwell, famous for fruits and wine and where you can see huge fields of vines. Next, traverse the majestic Lindis Pass which lies between two valleys against a backdrop of a bright blue sky. This stretch of highway is one of the only three Alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. After taking photos at the top of the pass, drive through the Mackenzie District and visit the township of Omarama. Turning west, you'll enter Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and Lake Pukaki will emerge in front of you. Proceed to the start of the Hooker Valley Track and depart on a 3-hour self-guided hike with amazing views of Hooker Lake, Hooker Glacier, and Mount Cook. Finish your tour by visiting High Country Salmon as you make your way back to Queenstown.

From Queenstown: 3 Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Lunch

3. From Queenstown: 3 Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Lunch

Make the most of your stay in Queenstown with this half-day wine and food experience for an unforgettable taste of Central Otago’s wine region. Enjoy a winery lunch consisting of a main meal perfectly matched with a glass of estate wine. Indulge in hosted wine tastings and presentations at 3 wineries. The wineries we choose to visit provide you with a great perspective of the types of wine we make in the region. Our knowledgeable guides will provide you with an insight into our Central Otago wine industry as well as entertain you with great commentary and a bit of fun too!

Queenstown & Gibbston Valley: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tours

4. Queenstown & Gibbston Valley: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tours

Become your own tour guide for a day and enjoy having the freedom to explore Queenstown's wineries, Breweries, and Wonders. Enjoy the local wine and soak up the amazing sights of Queenstown and Gibbston Valley. Our friendly drivers will look after you and provide you with information on each location. Once you join the tour you will be given a timetable which the buses run to. The tour is one way, starting in Queenstown, Arthurs point, Arrowtown; then progressing to the Gibbston Valley, until Finishing back in Queenstown. Hop on and off as you please, on a full day tour you can fit 5-6 stops ( you may wish to stay longer for a lunch stop ) Stop options (in order) to choose from include: * Shotover Jet boat ride * Canyon Food & Brew Co * Cargo Brewery * Strike Bowl bowling and entertainment center * Gantley’s Tavern * The Gin Garden * Arrowtown historical gold mining town * The Winery, Arrowtown * Ayrburn * Mora Wines & Kitchen by Artisan * Ayrburn * Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door * Nockies Palette Wines at Stoneridge * Gibbston Valley Winery * The Church Cellar Door and Cafe * Mt Rosa Wines * Brennan Wines * Kinross Cellar Door & Bistro * Gibbston Tavern * Rockburn Cellar Door * The Crown * Frankton Arms Tavern * Altitude Brewing * The Winery, Queenstown

Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

5. Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

Are you craving an outdoor adventure where you can get active and immerse yourself in nature? Look no further! Our guided canyoning tour through the stunning Gibbston Valley is perfect for those dipping their toes into the world of adrenaline-fuelled escapades. Sit back and relax as we whisk you away from Queenstown on a scenic drive, passing by the iconic AJ Hackett bungy bridge and into the wine country of Gibbston Valley. Let the stunning vistas and charming countryside views set the tone for an epic day ahead. This experience is filled with excitement, where you’ll discover the beauty of canyoning without the need for any daring jumps. Our tour is designed with the beginner adventurer in mind, offering an array of thrilling activities such as slides, abseils and climbing challenges – all perfectly suited for participants with medium fitness levels. Rest assured, our qualified and experienced guides are fluent in English and dedicated to ensuring your safety and enjoyment. Throughout the entire adventure they’ll be by your side, providing expert guidance and encouragement every step of the way. No need to worry about equipment – we’ve got you covered! From wetsuits to harnesses, helmets, socks, and shoes, we provide everything you need to stay comfortable and safe throughout your adventure. Our top-of-the-line gear ensures that you can focus on soaking in the beauty of nature and conquering each challenge with confidence. In addition to providing an unforgettable canyoning experience surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature, we go the extra mile to ensure that your memories last a lifetime. Your dedicated guide is on hand to capture exhilarating moments of your adventure through stunning still photos. After your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to view and purchase your photos, allowing you to relive the adventure and share your epic experience with friends and family for years to come, our photos will serve as a lasting reminder of your incredible journey. And what’s a thrilling adventure without a satisfying meal to refuel your energy? For those joining our 9am tour, we’ve got you covered with a lunch voucher redeemable at one of three fantastic restaurants back in Queenstown after the tour. It’s the perfect way to cap off your day of adrenaline-pumping fun! But before you take the plunge, here’s the scoop: while no prior experience is needed, a medium level of fitness is required. You’ll need to be physically able to strut your stuff in a wetsuit for up to 2 hours, navigating through the terrain with walks, climbs, and moves that’ll leave you feeling like a true adventurer. So, whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or simply seeking an unforgettable adventure, The Gibbston Valley Half Day Canyoning Adventure has something for everyone. Book your spot today and get ready to experience the beauty of nature in a whole new way!

From Christchurch: Guided Day Trip to Queenstown Via Mt Cook

6. From Christchurch: Guided Day Trip to Queenstown Via Mt Cook

Embark on a road trip from Christchurch and Queenstown, driving past blue lakes, rolling countryside, and pretty towns, all with the majestic Southern Alps in the background. Stop in Mt Cook, the perfect base to explore the natural wonders of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Leave Christchurch and head south towards your destination, as your driver points out some of the Garden City’s highlights. Make your first stop of the day in Fairlie. Grab a coffee and try one of the best pies in New Zealand. After refueling for the next part of our journey, leave Fairle and head toward Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the stunning lakefront to take photos. Then, turn west and enter the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, with Lake Pukaki revealing all its beauty before your eyes. At the National Park, enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to indulge in local activities. Go on a hike or book optional extras such as a scenic flight. After leaving Mt Cook, stop at High Country Salmon – a local salmon farm where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand. Finally, be driven to your final destination of Queenstown.

From Arrowtown: Scenic Valley of the Vines Bike & Wine Tour

7. From Arrowtown: Scenic Valley of the Vines Bike & Wine Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey with our "Ride to Riches" tour, featuring the finest eBikes in New Zealand, including Trek Powerfly 4's (2023) and Giant Talons. Alternatively, choose the 2024 Trek Marlin 6 pedal bikes for a classic cycling experience. Your adventure starts with a scenic shuttle to Arrowtown, rich in gold mining history. Enjoy a 2-3 hour ride along the Twin Rivers Trail, crossing bridges and rivers, leading into the Valley of the Vines. Brunch at AB Bakeries offers a delightful start, while Mount Rosa and Kinross wineries provide exquisite wine tasting experiences. Don't miss the Gibbston Tavern for delicious pizzas, burgers, and craft beers. This tour combines nature, history, and culinary delights, concluding with a convenient pickup from any winery, ensuring a smooth return to Queenstown by 5pm. Whether you choose an eBike or a pedal bike, the tour promises a unique and memorable experience in the heart of New Zealand's stunning landscapes.

Queenstown: Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour with 3 Wineries

8. Queenstown: Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour with 3 Wineries

Embark on an afternoon tour to experience the true flavor of the local Pinot Noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards. This relaxing tour travels just a short distance from Queenstown to give you in-depth wine tastings and a presentation at each vineyard. The wineries we choose give you a great perspective of the types of wine we produce in the region. We make time on the tour or you to unwind and have a winery lunch at your own cost. A perfect tour for connoisseurs and beginners alike, come taste the best wines New Zealand has to offer!  

Queenstown: Wine Tasting Tour

9. Queenstown: Wine Tasting Tour

Your wine guide will collect you near your Queenstown accommodation around 10am in a premium Mercedes vehicle, before traveling 30 minutes out to the spectacular Gibbston wine region. Throughout the day you will visit four tasting locations, tasting over 18 local wines. Our first location includes a tour and tasting at New Zealand’s famous Gibbston Valley underground wine cave. Here you will visit the vines before exploring their incredible wine cave and tasting their world-famous wines. From here we move on to Kinross, a fantastic tasting location that showcases wines from five different wine-makers, their cellar-door hosts will entertain and educate you on the wide history of the region. It is at Kinross where we allow time for lunch, and you can order off their varied delicious menu (lunch is paid for separately on the day). After lunch, visit the beautiful tasting room at Mt Rosa Wines. Mt Rosa is an owner-operator cellar door, with single-label wines that are unique and hard to source around NZ and the world. The fourth location is The Church Tasting Room, a picturesque location, in a small refurbished church sitting on large sweeping grounds and the tasting room for Mt Edward Wines. At the end of the tour you can be dropped back near your accommodation around 4pm, or choose to go into Queenstown to enjoy your afternoon/evening. Travel in style with transfers in a premium Mercedes van, enjoy learning how to taste wine through onboard videos and make use of our complimentary WiFi and Spotify playlists.

New Zealand: eSIM High-Speed Mobile Data Plan

10. New Zealand: eSIM High-Speed Mobile Data Plan

Connect to the internet on your smartphone without a new SIM card or contract. Choose between a range of plans, with different data limits and validity periods. Use the high-speed data network in New Zealand and connect to the Vodafone network, with activation via a simple QR code. Check that your phone is eSIM compatible, select the data plan that you want, and buy the product. Get a QR code, and add eSIM as an option in the settings on your device. Scan the QR code and turn on data roaming. Then, connect to the internet and start using the data straight away.

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(239 reviews)

The whole day was a really nice experience and I would go again, but only if Jeff is driving - he was such a good guide and if you ever want a picture with Liam Neeson, ask for Jeff ;D I had such a good time and enjoyed every stop we made during the day and of course the Hooker Valley trail was awesome even if it was cloudy and we had a little bit of snow, but this made it even more interesting.

The wine tour was excellent and our tour guide, Angus was fantastic. Angus had great knowledge of the wine and the region.

Our guide Ed was very knowledgeable and singing was next level a great day out would recommend this tour

Our guide Jordan was really nice, thks to him for this day. Very good bikes and nice wineries to visit !

Everything was great. Angus our guide was fantastic!