self drive touring – south island

here soon will be a great plan developed by Shaun

 

Fri 22 Jan Franz Josef/Wanaka

Walk into the village.

9.00 am Report to The Helicopter Line Base, Main Rd, Franz Josef Village.

Recommend comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for on the

snow, sunglasses, warm jacket, covered shoes (sneakers or

trainers are fine) and plenty of space on memory cards for your

camera. Occasionally the temperature can be 5-10 degrees

cooler on the snow than it is in the village. Check with ground-

crew if you are unsure. Flights operate weather permitting.

9.30 am Enjoy a 20 minute helicopter flight – you will be captivated as

you lift off and fly up and over the Franz Josef Glacier and

experience the solitude of a landing in this natural alpine

wonderland for that special photo opportunity.

10.30 am Depart 58 on Cron Motel, 58 Cron St, Franz Josef, by Limousine

Services Queenstown private vehicle and driver (Tel: (03) 441

4405) travelling through the ever-changing scenery of mountain

streams, bush fringed lakes, mountains, wild beaches and glacial

lakes to the town of Wanaka nestled on the shores of Lake

Wanaka.

The motel is located a short walk from the town centre and the

lakefront.

Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka (2 Nights)

1 Bedroom Unit – 3 separate beds with

kitchenette

2 Dunmore Street

Wanaka

Tel: 03 443 6066

Sat 23 Jan Wanaka

Day at leisure

Sun 24 Jan Wanaka/Queenstown

10.00 am You will be collected from the motel by Limousine Services

private vehicle and driver. Enjoy a journey across the vineyards

and stone-fruit orchards of Central Otago or over the Crown

Range Road to the delightful lakeside resort of Queenstown.

Blue Peaks Lodge is located with an easy five minutes walk

downhill to the centre of Queenstown, shops, restaurants and

lakefront. Normal check-in time applies.

Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge (3 Nights)

1 bedroom unit – 3 separate beds with

kitchen facilities

Cnr Stanley & Sydney Sts

Queenstown

Tel: 03 441 0437

Mon 25 Jan Queenstown

Day at leisure

Tue 26 Jan Queenstown

8.30 am You will be collected from the motel by Private Discovery Tours

vehicle and guide. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing, walking

shoes and bring sun protection, jacket/sweater.

Enjoy a small group Skippers Canyon Discovery half day 4WD

tour and take the narrow road through the rugged historic

landscape of Skippers Canyon, a road carved from rock cliffs and

terraces. The Shotover River was one of the richest gold bearing

rivers in the world, now only gold mining relics remain to tell

the stories of hardship experienced in this unique environment.

Visit the Mount Aurum homestead and restored Skippers

school. Step back into a bygone era as you view historic

buildings, walk through the ghost town of Skippers, hear the

amazing stories, feel and appreciate the encounters of men

driven by riches. Includes refreshments and gold-panning.

12.30 pm You will be returned to your accommodation.

Afternoon at leisure.

Wed 27 Jan Queenstown/Te Anau

Morning at leisure – normal check out time applies at the

motel. Please contact motel reception regarding the storage of

your luggage until this afternoon.

1.00 pm You will be collected from Blue Peaks Lodge by Limousines

Services Queenstown private vehicle and driver. Depart

Queenstown travelling around the eastern shores of Lake

Wakatipu and across the Southland countryside to Te Anau,

gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

6.40 pm Report to the Real Journeys Centre at the Te Anau Lakefront.

Wear non-slip walking shoes and bring warm jacket. Cave

temperature approx 12 degrees Celsius all year.

7.00 pm Enjoy a Real Journeys launch cruise across Lake Te Anau to the

Te Ana-au Glow-worm Caves, where you will have a guided tour

into the underground cave system with its underground river

and whirlpools learning more about the life-cycle of these

interesting creatures and see them light the cave ceiling like a

starry night sky.

9.15 pm Arrive Te Anau.

Located only 2 minutes from the lakefront and a 5 minute walk

from the town centre, Anchorage Motel offers warm,

comfortable accommodation in the heart of Fiordland.

Accommodation: Anchorage Motel (2 Nights)

2 Bedroom Unit – Queen + 2 singles

with full kitchen facilities

47 Quintin Drive

Te Anau

Tel: 03 249 7256

Thu 28 Jan Milford Sound Excursion

For today’s trip wear comfortable walking shoes and bring day

pack containing lunch, warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof

jacket, insect repellent, sun protection, drinking water and

camera.

7.45 am You will be collected from your accommodation by Trips ‘n

Tramps vehicle and guide for a Milford Coach, Cruise and Walk

Day Excursion. Depart on a leisurely small group day excursion

to Milford Sound travelling through the dramatic scenery of the

Fiordland National Park.

On arrival at Milford Sound enjoy a nature cruise by boat

cruising past Mitre Peak and along the full length of the fiord

with its cascading waterfalls, steep cliff faces and native

rainforest to the Tasman Sea.

On the drive back to Te Anau select either a series of short

walks and exploration with a local nature guide, or 2 ½ hours

hiking (unguided) on the renowned Routeburn Great Walk Track

to Key Summit. The series of short guided walks with your local

guide allow you to get off the beaten track and explore a range

of different environments in this World Heritage Area. Plentiful

opportunities are made for you to experience the natural fauna

and flora with all your senses and capture it on camera.

For the more active enjoy an unguided walk ascending the

Routeburn Track en route to Key Summit through lush beech

rainforest and into the alpine environment with panoramic

views of the surrounding Fiordland Mountains, alpine lakes and

deep bush clad valleys. This option is unguided unless the whole

group on the day takes this option.

You will be delivered to your accommodation at the conclusion

of the tour.

Fri 29 Jan Te Anau/Catlins

10.00 am You will be collected from the motel by Limousine Services

private vehicle and driver. Travel around the south coast on the

Southern Scenic Route to Invercargill, New Zealand’s most

southern city. From here begin your journey north into the

Catlins region, known for its isolated beaches and wildlife.

Your accommodation is located just 12kms south of Papatowai

and is just 800 metres from the iconic Cathedral Caves and

spectacular McLean Falls. It is also a short drive to Lake Wilkie

and Tautuku walking beach. There is a café on site.

Your accommodation is in a purpose-built and spacious, fully

self-contained, one bedroom chalet, which comes complete

with a private verandah and deck. Beefy outdoor macrocarpa

benches provide that cosy wilderness cabin feel along with

leather furnishings, a large solid wood dining table and recycled

rimu chef’s kitchen.

Accommodation: Catlins Kiwi Holiday Park (2 nights)

Chalet – Queen + 2 singles with kitchen

facilities

9 Rewcastle Road

Chaslands

Catlins

Tel: 03 415 8338

Sat 30 Jan Catlins

Day at leisure – you may wish to walk with your Limousine

Services Queenstown driver/guide down to the water’s edge, to

the McLeans Falls or Cathedral Caves should walking distance

be in the permitted range.

Sun 31 Jan Catlins/Dunedin

9.00am Depart the Catlins by Limousine Services Queenstown private

vehicle and driver continuing north through the Catlins region

perhaps stopping en route to see the Waipapa Point Lighthouse,

take a short walk to see the lovely Purakaunui Falls or at the

northern end of the Catlins walk out to see the lighthouse (built

in 1869 and New Zealand’s oldest) at Nugget Point (Tokata)

which is an accessible place for viewing seals and penguins (in

season). Continue north through the small towns of Balclutha,

Milton and Mosgiel to Dunedin, a city proud of its Scottish

Heritage.

On arrival in Dunedin travel out to the Otago Peninsula.

3.20 pm Report to the Otago Trust Visitors Centre at Taiaroa Head.

3.30 pm Join a 60 minute tour at the Royal Albatross Colony – the only

mainland nesting site in the world. There will be a talk

explaining the life cycle of these majestic birds then a walk up to

the Observatory to view the nesting sites (steep pathway but

leisurely pace).

Following this drive to Penguin Place.

5.05 pm Report to Penguin Place, 45 Pakihau Rd, off Harrington Point Rd.

Wear walking shoes and bring warm jacket. Please note there

are approx 70 steps to negotiate.

5.15 pm Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of a Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony

and see these extremely endangered birds from especially built

hides.

The tour begins with a short talk outlining the issues Yellow

Eyed penguins are facing, the lifecycle and how the project is

carried out. A short bus trip over the farm takes the small

groups to the reserve. While in the reserve your guide will lead

you on foot through a unique system of covered trenches into

viewing hides allowing access to the living areas and breeding

grounds of this shy penguin and providing the opportunity to

witness and photograph undisturbed activity at close range.

Yellow Eyed Penguins are the world’s most endangered penguin

and live only in south east areas of New Zealand waters. On the

mainland estimated numbers are as low as 700 individuals. The

species is the third tallest and weigh between 5-6 kg and are

capable of living to 20-25 years old. Penguin Place is a private

conservation reserve, dedicated in helping this endangered

species survive (numbers this season have declined). The

project is entirely funded by the guided tours, which provide

funding for habitat restoration, predator control, a research

programme and on-site rehabilitation care for the sick, starving

and wounded.

The motel is situated just 1km or 10 minutes walk from the

heart of Dunedin City Centre.

Accommodation: Alcala Motor Lodge (1 Night)

1 Bedroom Unit – Queen + 2 singles

with kitchen facilities

704 George Street

Dunedin

Tel: 03 477 9073

Mon 01 Feb Dunedin/Mount Cook

9.30 am You will be collected from the motel by Limousine Services

private vehicle and driver. Before departing Dunedin you may

wish to visit a supermarket to restock provisions then travel up

the eastern coastline and inland through the Waitaki Basin

alongside the shores of glacial Lake Pukaki into the Aoraki

Mount Cook National Park – home to New Zealand’s highest

mountain peak.

8.30 pm Please call The Hermitage Hotel reception staff on Tel: (03) 435

1809 (or ask the Aoraki Court Motel Staff to call) to arrange the

hotel courtesy shuttle to collect you at 9.00pm.

9.00 pm Transfer by The Hermitage Hotel courtesy shuttle from the

motel to the hotel. Due to uneven surfaces around the outdoor

stargazing area flat-soled, enclosed walking shoes MUST be

worn prior to boarding the bus. Please dress warmly, even

summer nights can be chilly in the alpine environment.

Operates conditions permitting.

9.10 pm Report to the Activities Desk in the Hermitage Hotel lobby.

9.30 pm Once darkness has fallen join a Big Sky Stargazing tour

(conditions permitting) to see the Southern Sky and its

constellations – the air here is said to be some of the clearest in

the world and is now a World Heritage area. Transfer to a field

where there are telescopes set up for viewing. Learn about,

and if conditions allow you may see, the Southern Cross and

Pointers, the False Cross and Diamond Cross, Orion, Gemini,

Summer Triangle, Taurus and Sirius the brightest star. to see

the Southern Sky and its constellations – the air here is said to

be some of the clearest in the world. Duration 2 hours.

At the conclusion of the tour please see The Hermitage Hotel

reception staff to arrange a courtesy shuttle transfer back to the

motel.

The motel is located in Mount Cook Village and reception hours

are 7.30am till 9.00pm. Please contact motel reception on the

day of your arrival if you expect to arrive later than 8.00pm.

Furthermore if you wish for an early check-in prior to 2pm,

please contact the motel the morning of arrival.

Remember…. Although there are a number of restaurants in

Mount Cook Village, there is NO SUPERMARKET nearby, so

please come prepared.

Dining option – all cafés, bars and restaurants are within a

10minute walk from the motel.

There is Internet/Wi-Fi complimentary internet access consisting

of 200 MB for you to keep in touch with the world. This will be

issued upon request. This can be used via any of your computer

devices or gadgets.

Accommodation: Aoraki Court Motel (2 Nights)

2 bedroom unit with kitchen facilities

Bowen Drive

Mount Cook Village

Mount Cook National Park

Tel: 03 435 1111

Tue 02 Feb Mount Cook

8.20 am Please call The Hermitage Hotel reception staff on Tel: (03) 435

1809 (or ask the Aoraki Court Motel Staff to call) to arrange the

hotel courtesy shuttle to collect you at 8.50am.

8.50 am Transfer by The Hermitage Hotel courtesy shuttle from the

motel to the hotel. Wear closed in walking shoes, sunscreen

and bring jacket.

9.00 am Report to the Activities Desk in The Hermitage lobby.

9.30 am Join a Glacier Explorer 2.5 hour tour, which will transfer you by

shuttle minibus from The Hermitage into the Tasman Valley

then walk to the Tasman Glacier lake (approx 30 minutes with

stops en route) learning about the flora along the way as well as

the features and behaviour of the glacier. On reaching the lake

itself you will be fitted with lifejackets before boarding the

stable “ MAC Boats “ – powered by Yamaha. From here the 1

hour adventure exploring the lake, glacier and icebergs begins.

You will be taken by boat with an experienced guide to explore

icebergs and the terminal face of the glacier itself – see the ice

melt and hear the moraine rocks splash into the murky waters.

This will give a true perspective of how awesome the glacier is.

You will be returned to the hotel at the conclusion of the tour.

If you wish to transfer back to the motel at the conclusion of the

tour please see The Hermitage Hotel reception staff to arrange a

courtesy shuttle transfer back to the motel.

1.30 pm Please call The Hermitage Hotel reception staff on Tel: (03) 435

1809 (or ask the Aoraki Court Motel Staff to call) to arrange the

hotel courtesy shuttle to collect you at 2.00pm.

2.00 pm Transfer by The Hermitage Hotel courtesy shuttle from the

motel to the hotel. Wear closed in walking shoes, sunscreen

and jacket/sweater may be required.

2.10 pm Report to the Activities Desk in The Hermitage lobby.

2.30 pm Depart on a unique Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tours adventure

with magnificent views of the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic

moraine walls.  Your friendly guide is a real Mount Cook

character, learn about the area and be entertained by their

wealth of knowledge and local stories.  A short walk to a

vantage point overlooking the Tasman Glacier and Terminal

Lake provides one of the most spectacular photographic

opportunities in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

As you travel up the Tasman Valley on a 4WD track you will be

amazed at the awesome mountain scenery! During the summer

months you can see an abundance of Mount Cook Lilies,

Celmesia Daisies, Golden Spaniard Spear Grass and many

delicate mountain flowers. You may even catch a glimpse of the

world's only 'mountain parrot' – New Zealand's cheeky Kea.

What's an Argo? ARGOs are 8 wheel all terrain vehicles (ATV's)

capable of conquering virtually anything in their path, including

water, ice and even steep mountain terrain in the toughest of

conditions making them ideal for your exploration of the rugged

and beautiful Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

At the conclusion of the tour please see The Hermitage Hotel

reception staff to arrange a courtesy shuttle transfer back to the

motel.

Wed 03 Feb Mount Cook/Christchurch/Auckland

9.00 am You will be collected from the motel by Limousine Services

private vehicle and driver travelling alongside Lake Pukaki once

more to Lake Tekapo then across the patchwork farmlands of

the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch Airport (approx. 4.5 hours

driving time).

2.15 pm Check in for Air New Zealand flight NZ520. At check in for

domestic flights please present your international ticket and

boarding pass along with photo ID. This flight is in conjunction

with an international airline and the international airline

luggage limit will apply, maximum of 2 pieces up to 23kgs each

adult passenger if international ticket no.s are supplied prior to

the time of issuing this domestic air ticket.

3.00 pm Depart Christchurch.

4.20 pm Arrive Auckland Domestic Airport.

Please contact Jet Park Hotel – courtesy phone is located in the

Domestic Airport Terminal at the I-site centre and also near

luggage collection area by Door # 9.

Dial 18 for Jet Park Hotel or contact hotel direct on Freephone:

0800 538 466 to arrange transfers. Shuttle pick-up point is

located through Door # 2. Cross the first lane, look for Hotel

Shuttle sign on your right and wait for your transfer to arrive.

The hotel is located a short drive from the Airport Terminals.

On check-in please reconfirm your courtesy shuttle departure

time for tomorrow morning.

Accommodation: Jet Park Hotel (1 Night)

Family Suite

63 Westney Road

Mangere

Auckland

Tel: 09 275 4100

Thu 04 Feb Depart New Zealand

6.15 am Transfer by Jet Park Hotel courtesy shuttle to Auckland

International Airport.

6.30 am Check in for Cathay Pacific flight CX118.

9.00 am Depart New Zealand.