South Island Paradise Tour - New Zealand
10 - 19 November 2012 (10 days)
SEMI GUIDED - tourguide on 4 of 14 tour days
Semi guided (or self guided) tours can be arranged at any time suitable to you and for a minimum of one woman only
Short description: South Island Paradise Tour in 14 days from Christchurch to Christchurch. Incl. whale watch (optional) at Kaikoura, wildlife tour to see penguins, seals & sea lions, Milford Sound cruise, spectacular West Coast rainforest & glaciers, boat ride into the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park, plenty of beach days. Semi-Guided: Tour guide on the first three and the last tour day.
Other motorcycles on request
All prices based on twin share / double occupancy.
Single room surcharge: US$800.00
Accommodation: 2-3 star quality rating (good to very good), holiday homes, motels, B&B. Most rooms with private bathrooms and often with sea views.
Included in the tour package:
Airport pick up & shuttle service, motorcycle hire incl. insurance and 24 hour support, 3 + star accommodation in motels, holiday appartments and bed & breakfast places, Overnight Cruise in Milford Sound, tour guide(s) for the first two tour days and on the last tour day, plenty of information before and during the tour.
Meals and petrol costs are not included in the tour package. Neither are flights.
Might be due to minor changes
Arrive on 10 November 2012 in Christchurch.
We will be there to greet you at the airport. Airport pick up and transfer to your accommodation. Relax until briefing and dinner.
Day 2: Christchurch - Lake Tekapo (270 km / 160 miles)
Sea and mountains are two main features in New Zealands landscape. Today we already reach the first mountains of the New Zealand Alps and stay the night at the shore of a magnificent turquiose coloured glacier lake. The ones who are up early might like to go on one of the offered scenic flights (NZ$200) over the glaciers next morning - its certainly worth the extra expense!
Day 3: Lake Tekapo - Dunedin (300km / 180 miles)
Not less than 14 named peaks over 2000m form the New Zealand Alps. The tallest and most beautiful peak is Mt. Cook at 3754m. The Maori call him "Aoraki "which means Cloud Piercer. This sight is just amazing and will stick in your mind quite a while on the next hundred kilometres. Dunedin - an University town with a very cruisy atmosphere - is our next stop. This afternoon you will experience true New Zealand wildlife: albatrosses, seals, sea lions and penguins these cute little creatures! (Cost for 6 hrs wild life tour: NZ$45, optional)
Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (300km / 180 miles)
After a cruisy breakfast we will make our way to the world famous Milford Sound. Tonight in Te Anau you have the option to go on a night time cave tour (cost: NZ$45).
Day 5: Te Anau Milford Te Anau (240km / 140 miles)
Cruise into the heart of Milford Sound where we go on a spectacular cruise through the world-famous fiord built millions of years ago. The ride to the heart of the Milford Sound is one of the best Downunder. Spectacular views, spectacular scenery, spectacular windy bits - do we have to say more? There are also several other attractions awaiting you.
Day 6: Te Anau - Queenstown (140 km / 82 miles)
The ride to Queenstown will take us to beautiful back country, then along rugged mountains. Queenstown - the entertainment capital of New Zealand - is ideally placed at the bottom of a remarkable mountain range and at the shore of Lake Wakatipu. One of the oldest steamboats in service can take you across the lake to Walter Peak Station. Here you get the chance to explore New Zealand farm life on one of the biggest farms of the are. Life in Queenstown is "all go".
Day 7: no trip, Explore Queenstown
Today we just enjoy the special atmosphere of Queenstown and think of the best way to spend our time. Highly recommended is the 1/2 day Off-road Motorcycle Tour (for non-riders also) where you get the appropriate bike and equipment to have great fun! Other options are bungee jumping, rafting or jet boating through the famous "Skippers Canyon". (all activities are around NZ$150).
Day 8: Queenstown - Haast (240 km / 140 miles)
Stunning scenery makes it hard to keep our eyes on the road while we are riding along the shore of two beautiful lakes. Climbing up the Haast Pass we reach the next leg of our trip: the spectacular Rain Forest of the West Coast of New Zealand, also referred to as "Wet Coast".
Day 9: Haast - Glaciers - Hokitika (300 km / 180 miles)
This will be a magnificent day - in sunshine, rain or hail. The West Coast is simply naturally amazing. At lunch time well reach the glaciers and have the chance to stretch our legs with a short walk to the snowline. Glacierland also offers some lovely windy roads for us to take us to bikers heaven... In Hokitika we can go on a Jade Discovery Walk to find out more about this unique gem of New Zealand. Tour participants of the 10-day South Island Paradise Tour return from here to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train Ride.
Day 10: Hokitika - Punakaiki Murchison (250 km / 145 miles)
Today you will reach the pancake rocks of Punakaiki. The sea has washed blowholes in the rocks which are most impressive at high tide. Through the dramatic shaped river gorge of the "Buller" river we are carrying on to Murchison, our last stop before we reach one of New Zealands most beautiful and exotic spots the Abel Tasman National Park.
Day 11: Murchison Nelson - Havelock (270 km / 160 miles)
Today we are going to see one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand. Dont forget your sunnies and to close your mouth again.
Day 12: Explore the Marlborough Sounds
Every bet that you will never want to leave again In the meantime relax at the Lodge or enjoy a kayak trip through the park. The beauty of this region is best seen by quietly paddling our kayaks off golden beaches.
Day 13: Havelock Queen Charlotte Drive - Kaikoura (200 km / 120 miles)
The ride through the Queens Charlotte Drive with one twist after another and stunning views over tranquil bays is one of the best rides you ever had the pleasure to experience. Today we are heading through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds and further to Kaikoura, the whale watch capitol of New Zealand.
Day 14: Kaikoura - Christchurch (200 km / 120 miles)
Back to Christchurch via the scenic coastal route.
Kaikoura Motel with seaviews ***+
Lake Tekapo Boutique Motel with lakeviews ****
Dunedin Larnach Stables at Larnach Castle, B&B ***
Te Anau Holiday Home, Farm stay
Queenstown Serviced Apartments with lakeviews ****
Haast Motel ***
Hokitika Holiday Villa with seaviews ***+
Murchison Motel ***
Marlborough Lodge with seaviews ***+
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