West Coast

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Number of Days: 10
Destination: New Zealand
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  • We drive from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass then bike down minor roads on our way to the coast and Punakaiki and its famous BlowHoles. From here we head south, pedalling through lush rainforest, past picture perfect West Coast Glaciers and lakes. There is a rest day at Franz Josef Glacier with the opportunity for hiking or sightseeing. We stay at a Wilderness Lodge in the rain forest where you can walk to the beach and possibly see penguins ! We cross Haast Pass to sheep country and Wanaka set on beautiful Lake Wanaka, over looked by Mt Aspiring National Park. Our last ‘hill’ is the Crown Range – a superb descent to historic Arrowtown before reaching Queenstown, the outdoor capital of New Zealand.
     
    Accommodation includes award-winning eco-tourism hotel, and friendly luxury alpine and wilderness lodges. 
  • The Itinerary has a slight modification in Jan and March at days spent in Hokitika, Lake Moeraki and Wanaka

    DAY 1  PUNAKAIKI.

    The mini-bus departs Christchurch this morning before heading across the Alps and through the spectacular Otira Gorge to Punakaiki. Visit the Pancake Rocks and blowholes.

    DAY 2  HOKITIKA.

    We head south along the rainforest clad coast to Greymouth and then to Hokitika, a former gold rush town.

    DAY 3 + 4  FRANZ JOSEF

    A shorter ride cycle over Mt Hercules, with a flat run into Westland National Park and Franz Josef Glacier where you will have superb views of snow-capped peaks. A rest day gives time for a walk to the glacier, a day on the beach, a visit to the white heron colony, or a scenic flight.

    DAY 5  LAKE MOERAKI.

    Time for an early morning walk around Lake Matheson, famous for its reflections of Mts Cook and Tasman. Ride through tall stands of ancient rainforest to stay at a beautiful lodge overlooking the Moeraki River. Canoe on the lake or take a bush walk.

    DAY 6  MAKARORA.

    Knights Point affords excellent views of the rugged coastline where seals can often be seen basking in the sun.

    DAY 7 + 8  WANAKA.

    Spectacular mountain and lake views as we pass Lakes Hawea and Wanaka. Visit a vineyard or take a hike up Mt Iron.

    DAY 9 + 10 QUEENSTOWN.

    Over the Crown Range to the quaint old gold mining town of Arrowtown. Queenstown lies ahead with a chance for exciting activities: rafting, jet-boating, a scenic flight or a lake cruise on the historic SS Earnslaw.

     

  • West Coast

    Punakaiki to Queenstown

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    Upcoming Tours

    Depart: 08-Jan-2018

    8.00am, Christchurch

    Finish: 17-Jan-2018

    After breakfast, Queenstown

    NZ$4995.00

    Single Supplement: NZ$995.00

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    Depart: 19-Feb-2018

    8.00am, Christchurch

    Finish: 28-Feb-2018

    After breakfast, Queenstown

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  • Alex provided great service and made sure everyone in group was enjoying themselves. Went out of his way to help you out. A trip I will never forget.

    Louie, Canada

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