Locals & Landscapes


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13-day itinerary (10 days in New Zealand), depart Los Angeles or San Francisco on Air New Zealand non-stop. Designed for those who want to experience exclusive off the beaten track activities in scenic beauty with a private local guide.

Includes:

  • Roundtrip air from Los Angeles or San Francisco via Air New Zealand’s award-winning non-stop service to Auckland, and domestic flights within New Zealand
  • Nine nights at five different accommodations including eight breakfasts
  • Acomplimentary bottle of New Zealand wine upon arrival at each of the five accommodations
  • Air-conditioned compact rental car with automatic transmission, unlimited miles and daily vehicle insurance
  • Private tour with local Kiwi, of family vineyard, wine tasting and state of the art apple packing facility in Nelson
  • Private Christchurch city and art tour with local Kiwi or 4WD safari tour with Southern Alps guide, Mark, into the Canterbury high country including two Lord of the Rings sites.
  • Private wildlife tour with local Kiwi guide, Brian, to see the world’s rarest penguins, the Yellow-Eyed penguin as well as the Royal Albatross nesting area at Taiaroa Head, Hooker sea lions, and a colony of NZ fur seals.
  • Private 4WD scenic tour of Fiordland with a genuine Kiwi, Dave. Stories, belly laughs and great photo opportunities throughout the day.

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Nelson

A beautiful coastal city famous for its sunny weather and relaxed pace of life.

While you are in Nelson you could:

  • Spend time wandering the quaint city centre
  • Visit the Hoglund Art Glass Studio & Gallery
  • Visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum
  • Visit the Icon Gallery featuring work form local artists as well as a range of carefully curated New Zealand artworks
  • Tour some of New Zealand’s best craft breweries and sample beer made with local hops

rentalcar1The following information is a highlights view of what is possible.

We are able to customise the program to make it the perfect vacation for you.

Punakaiki

Watch the of sunset over the thundering Tasman Sea and wind-weathered Punakaiki Rocks.

Be sure to take the 30 minute Pancake Rocks walk to see the blow holes and rugged rock formations. Walk on the beach and take the short Truman Track through rainforest to the beach. The blowholes are active at high tide – check in at the Department of Conservation Visitors Centre for times. When a heavy sea swell is running, saltwater is pushed at great force through holes in the limestone rock, exiting as a fine spray mist many meters above sea level. The blowholes at full blast are an amazing sight.

A five minute walk north from the Pancake Rocks walkway is the Punakaiki Cavern, hidden away on the eastern side of the main road. Car parking is available on the sea-side of the road, slightly north of the cavern

In the evening have a drink at the local pub and say hi to Pete the bartender.

The West Coast

Drive on what is the most scenic drive in New Zealand—along the West Coast with it’s rugged beaches; rain forests; 18 peaks over 12,000 feet; and glaciers coming down to sea level. Note: Travel book Lonely Planet has recently rated this South Island Highway as one of the world’s greatest road trips.

Stop in Greymouth which offers good shopping for West Coast crafts. (visit the Jade Boulder Gallery!)

Drive over exhilarating Arthur’s Pass through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch

Christchurch

Known as the ‘Garden City’, enjoy its huge central city park, English architecture and nearby Banks Peninsula.

Dunedin

New Zealand’s ‘Scottish’ city, named after the ancient name for Edinburgh and sharing street names and general layout with the Scottish capital, Dunedin has a unique atmosphere with the University contributing to a quarter of the city’s population.</>

Take a trip out to the Otago Peninsula so see New Zealand Fur Seals, yellow penguins, Hooker Sea Lions and the world famous Royal Albatross colony. Stop for high tea at Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, on the way back to Dunedin

Te Anau/Milford Sound

The township sits on the edge of Lake Te Anau, lying on the border of Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. The famously scenic Milford Road begins in the centre of Te Anau. Guided tours to Milford Sound depart or stop at Te Anau

Visitors to Te Anau have a great choice of things to do including scenic boat cruises, scenic flights, kayaking, diving, fishing, coach tours, golf, four wheel driving and hunting.

Take a cruise in Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages and is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 3000 feet. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

Queenstown

One of New Zealand’s most picturesque towns. The peaks of The Remarkables soar up to over 7,500 feet above Lake Wakatipu.

On the drive into Queenstown you might stop and visit one of the award winning wineries along the route. Maybe cruise across lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a BBQ dinner.

Bronte Lodge, Nelson

Bronte Lodge is unique, it borders an estuary paradise on the historic Bronte Peninsula, an area of stunning beauty in Nelson’s Tasman Bay.

Wave Watchers Retreat, Punakaiki

A private self catering, luxury two bedroom three bathroom cottage on a large private beach front site. The retreat was built with every room capturing the spectacular views of the garden, the cliffs and the beach. Both bedrooms have French Doors with panoramic views directly to the sea. Each bedroom has an ensuite. The cottage is equipped with a fireplace, flat screen television with Sky TV, CD player, telephone, desktop computer, wireless & broadband cable for laptop computers, full laundry with washing machine, drier and iron, and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, thermal oven, microwave and fridge-freezer. The cottage has three spacious outdoor decks, a large covered verandah, outdoor furniture, gas barbecue, a delightful garden, and an unbelievable view of sunset over the thundering Tasman Sea and wind-weathered Punakaiki Rocks.

The Worcester, Christchurch

This beautifully preserved heritage house is furnished in classic Victorian style, complete with a superb collection of fine art and antiques, but at the same time offers guests every modern convenience, including complimentary in-room wireless and broadband internet.

Mandeno House, Dunedin

Mandeno House is a luxury premier address strategically located on main street, Dunedin
New Zealand, amongst the sophisticated shopping, business and vibrant cafes and dining. From its front door to the University, Hospital, Central Business District, Museum and Botanical Gardens in four minutes flat walking.

Dock Bay Lodge, Te Anau

Newly opened in December 2006 Dock Bay Lodge is Te Anau’s newest Luxury Lodge – built for the discerning traveller. There are five suites, three suites have super king beds and two suites have king beds plus a separate lounge and all have private balconies with unobstructed views over the golf course, Lake Te Anau and the National Park Mountains towards Milford Sound.


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