- 3 - 7 October
- 11 - 15 November
- 9 - 13 December
- Flights departing Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, or Queenstown
- 1 night at Akaroa Waterfront Motels
- 1 night at Methven Resort
- 2 nights at Danseys Pass Hotel
- 3 x cooked / buffet breakfast
- 3 x 2-course dinner
- Magical Ohinetahi Gardens guided tour
- Visiting the Giant House Akaroa
- Exclusive country estate lunch
- Visiting the Waimate Museum
- Meeting and hand-feeding wallabies at Victoria Park Waimate
- Visiting Vanished World Centre Duntroon
- Afternoon tea in Larnach Castle's heritage stable complex
- Relish a night at the Methven boutique cinema with snacks at hand
- Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
- Your guide is a professional historian
Highlights of the day:
- Scenic Lookout over Christchurch and mountains
- Ohinetahi House & Garden
- The Giant House Akaroa
- Onuku, ancestral house and church
- Birdlings Flat, pebble beach with ocean surf
- Little River, a tiny town in the heart of the Peninsula
Departs Christchurch Botanic Garden at 9.30 am. You will board your coach to start your southern experience!
On the way to Ohinetahi Garden you'll stop by Sugarloaf Scenic Reserve - fantastic area for views of Christchurch, Canterbury plains and southern alps.
Ohinetahi - a magnificent garden merging native with exotic plantings in a symphony of colour and shape starts the day with a bang. Then a wonderful gift / book shop with a glorious beach vista gets you wondering if there is a job vacancy going.
Onward to meet the giants and a town with a French story to tell. Ōnuku Marae represents the founding spirit of our past and nourishes our spirit and enriches our lives. The team welcome you to come and experience the spirit of Ōnuku.
You finally relax in the comfort of a 4-star waterfront accommodation.
Highlights of the day:
- Warwickz Farm
- Cotons Cottage
- Boutique Cinema Experience
- Gunyah Country Estate Lunch and Garden Tour
- Lake Coleridge / Rakaia River scenic route
Variety is the keynote of today from a working farm, a picturesque lake with an industrial sized job (generating hydroelectric power) and tiny settlements with interesting stories. Not to mention the alpine scenery of the South Island that is the envy of postcards and Instagram posts.
In the rolling foothills of the Southern Alps west of Christchurch you’ll find Gunyah Country Estate. Enjoy a buffet lunch at one of New Zealand’s grand old rural homesteads.
This is just the 2nd day, you still have much to see. If you like blockbuster movies you better go and watch classics at Cinema Paradiso.
Highlights of the day:
- Hand feed wallabies
- Take a selfie with Richie McCaw / Kurow
- Lost in Vanished World / Duntroon
- Jumping across Moeraki Boulders
There’s bound to be a small town out there that’s calling your name: Waimate. Waimate is home to one of New Zealand’s largest pieces of street art. Waimate attractions: Arcadia Theatre, Dr Margaret Cruickshank MD memorial, Waimate Museum and Archives, Aussie wallabies, Bushtown Waimate Heritage Park and The White Horse... and that's not all. The New Zealand rugby team is a kiwi identity badge. Spanning over 125 years, the All Blacks have won more than 70% of all the international matches they have played. We stop by Kurow, where Richie McCaw, one of NZ's great players spent his childhood.
Vanished World is a mine of information from displayed excavations of enormous prehistoric penguin to self-guided route maps. Your brief foray into the geopark will start with well-known Elephant Rocks. Just around the corner is Moeraki boulders, granite shaped and smoothed by eons of sea water movement. Magic made by nature is worth the visit.
Highlights of the day:
- Cachanburn, a rambling country garden
- Ranfurly, the Art Deco of Otago
- Naseby, 'jewel of the Maniototo’
- St Bathans, five people are a crowd! / Blue Lake
Jane Falconer welcomes you to her rambling country garden, set in the stark beauty of the Maniototo. Magical places where Scottish roots writ large on the Maniototo (red tussock) landscape. Perhaps try your hand at curling. Meet local artists who call the place home with one of the objects to ponder over.
Naseby is an attractive place to relax – historic old buildings, a cafe, a couple of old pubs, and if you want more then there is more. Ranfurly: jazz-aged buildings, rich history of this picturesque gold mining town. An extraordinary lake where once a mountain existed, deep blue with glacial dust. Nestled beside the cute, Instagram worthy St Bathans. Meet the dogs, huskies where cuddles are compulsory.
- Highlights of the day:
- Macraes, Otago's gold mining history
- Middlemarch, Central Otago backcountry
- Larnach Castle, one and only mock castle in NZ
The bizarre, the sad and the glorious.
Macraes gold mining history is about struggle and the likelihood of failure. Most miners do not find their pot of gold. You discover their stories at Golden Point Reserve. A lunar landscape is the legacy of dredging on an industrial scale.
Middlemarch is replete with stories of everyday settlers, the rocky tors and confluence of two rivers reflects the history of its farming and domestic life.
Larnach Castle is a testament to lives marred by scandal with a glorious garden and stately castle, a record of the life of a nineteenth-century politician.
- Travel/health insurance (highly recommended, please contact us for a quote)
- Entry visa if needed
- Accommodation not as listed in the itinerary
- Sightseeing/activities not listed in the itinerary
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
- Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
- Optional day tours during free time
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Valid from Jul 17, 2021
Expires Dec 8, 2021
Bookings essential. Subject to availability. Valid travel dates: 3 - 7 October, 11 - 15 November, 9 - 13 December 2021. Not valid on public holidays. Book early to avoid disappointment. Valid for the number of people and date stipulated on coupon only. Tour departs Clyde. Includes: Flights departing Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, or Queenstown, 1 night at Akaroa Waterfront Motels, 1 night at Methven Resort, 2 nights at Danseys Pass Hotel, 3 x cooked / buffet breakfast, 3 x 2-course dinner, Magical Ohinetahi Gardens guided tour, visiting the Giant House Akaroa, exclusive country estate lunch, visiting the Waimate Museum, meeting and hand-feeding wallabies at Victoria Park Waimate, visiting Vanished World Centre Duntroon, afternoon tea in Larnach Castle's heritage stable complex, a night at the Methven boutique cinema with snacks at hand, comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows, a professional historian as a guide. Flights are based on Jetstar seat & bags fares, subject to availability & cancellation/change penalties apply. Flights to & from major cities include Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown & Dunedin. Single supplement applies $795 payable directly to the merchant. Excludes: Travel/health insurance (highly recommended, please contact us for a quote), Entry visa if needed, Accommodation not as listed in the itinerary, Sightseeing/activities not listed in the itinerary, Meals not listed in the itinerary, Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc, Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc., Optional day tours during free time. 100% Covid risk-free guarantee - all deposits are 100% transferable to other dates or tours. Value of deal is based on current rates, which are subject to change. While stocks last. No refunds unless required by law. No cashback. Not to be used with other offers.
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