The Maori refer to New Zealand as Aotearoa, which means land of the long white cloud and the South Island as Te Wai Pounamu which means the waters of greenstone. Te Ika a Maui means fish of Maui and is the Maori name for the North Island.
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NOTE: If you are flying from the US to NZ you have to leave May 13th to arrive in NZ on May 15th!
We recommend that you arrive a day or so before the tour begins to recover from jet lag. You can book an additional night at the hotel we will be staying at the first two days of the tour. Please contact us for that information.
Let us know your travel plans and we will pick you up from the airport on May 13, 14 or 15th. You may feel like just relaxing however there is plenty to do once you arrive. Most of the city centre attractions are within walking distance. When we are traveling we’ll take care of the driving so you can enjoy the scenery!
May 15-16, Day 1 & 2: Christchurch (Otautahi): Visit galleries, museums, punt down the Avon River, and enjoy the excellent wine and cuisine of New Zealand. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 2011 and is now on the road to recovery. Read more…
Visit the Amberley wine growing region for wine tasting or take a road trip to lovely Akaroa and explore the harbor wild-life.
May 17, Day 3: Travel to Hokitika on the West Coast. Cross the Southern Alps and the Alpine Fault through the Arthurs Pass. Hokitika is the center for jade (green stone) jewelry in New Zealand.
May 20, Day 6: Travel to Cromwell. Travel back across the Southern Alps to a town between Wanaka and Queenstown. Along the way stop off and walk to a swing bridge to view the Blue Pools. Wanaka is 20 miles from The Lake Resort in Cromwell (where we will stay) and 26 miles from Queenstown, a great place to play.
May 21, Day 7: Visit vineyards in one of New Zealand’s newest and southern most wine growing regions.
May 22, Day 8: Travel to Aoraki/ Mount Cook, the largest mountain in New Zealand.
May 23, Day 9: Do some hiking, take a helicopter ride over the glaciers, shop and enjoy fine dining in the Hermitage Hotel.
May 24, Day 10: Return to Christchurch for a farewell dinner.