HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
- Lake Tekapo
- Mt John Observatory
- Mt Cook
Day 1: Christchurch - Lake Tekapo
Departing Christchurch, enjoy travelling through the Canterbury Plains and the pretty rural townships of Geralding and Fairlie in the MacKenzie Country before reaching the stunning shores of Lake Tekapo. This afternoon is at leisure for you to look around this beautiful area. This evening enjoy a stargazing tour to Mt John observatory. See the wonders of the southern night sky, and experience the thrill of peering through powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey with us to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer and see a range of research equipment not open to the general public and experience the working environment of an astronomer.
Accommodation: Pepper Bluewater Resort or similar
Day 2: Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook - Queenstown
After a leisurely start, depart Tekapo by coach. Hugging the stunning turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki you pass the Glentanner High Country Station before reaching Mt Cook Village. With time for lunch (own expense) you can enjoy the beautiful mountain and glacier views or one of the many short walks this area has to offer. Travel further south passing through Omarama and the fruit growing township of Cromwell before reaching stunning Queenstown early evening
Optional extras that can be added to this tour
Alpine Safari Day Tour
Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise
Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise
Routeburn Track Day Walk
This tour departs daily
As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)
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Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.
Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018
TOUR TYPE - INDEPENDENT TOUR
Independent tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Independent Tours
The trip was very well arranged and everyone enjoyed the time in New Zealand. We were also blessed with fine weather and just missed the storm as we left South Island. Appreciate the planning which was done very well and we will surely recommend our friends to get in contact when they want to do the same trip.