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Day 1: Christchurch to Methven

Pass By: Mt Hutt Ski Area, Methven New Zealand
Leaving Christchurch at 4:30pm we travel the short distance to the picturesque village of Methven, a snow sport magnet during the winter months as it sits in the shadow of New Zealand's best ski resort, Mt Hutt! This field offers breath-taking views along the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean and is well worth a visit to test your skills on the slopes or just to marvel at the stunning views.

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

Day 2: Methven to Lake Tekapo

Pass By: Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
It's time to dust off your ski gear and hit the slopes! We've included mountain transfers and a full day lift pass to New Zealand's best ski resort!If spending the day on the mountain isn't for you, spend time exploring Methven village, enjoy a massage or explore the region with a Lord of the Rings tour.Leaving the mountain at 3pm we make our way to the scenic lakeside township of Lake Tekapo. Next door to our perfectly located accommodation is the winter wonderland of TekapoSprings where their Hot Pools are the perfect way to end our day (included free). Relax, enjoy and take in the stunning night sky this magical part of the country offers. In fact, this area is so excellent for star gazing that it was named the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve, meaning the skies are almost completely free from any light pollution, making it one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

Day 3: Lake Tekapo to Mt Cook

Pass By: Mount Cook Alpine Memorial, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
Today we take you up close to New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki/Mt Cook. On arrival into the Mt Cook village tour the world class Information Centre featuring interactive exhibits, mountain artwork along with stories and memorabilia of NZ's brave mountaineers. A must see to truly appreciate the majestic, beautiful and remote area we are here to explore. Hike to the Tasman Glacier with plenty of photo opportunities or see Tasman Valley on an optional 4WD & Argo tour. Tonight, our accommodation is located in the shadow of Mount Cook, relax and enjoy as we share stories and a few laughs around the fire.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

Day 4: Mt Cook to Ohau

Pass By: Lake Ohau, Twizel Queenstown Highway, Twizel New Zealand
Getting away from commercial ski fields, today we venture to NZ's most well-known family run field and a locals favorite, Ohau. With shuttle transfers and a full day lift pass included we get an early start up the mountain to be rewarded with stunning views to Aoraki Mount Cook and overlooking Lake Ohau. This ski field is suitable for all abilities but if you prefer, to relax and enjoy the comforts of the lodge or explore the remote and beautiful surrounding area by foot or cycle, you're most welcome. After a day of adventure, a comfortable lodge setting awaits complete with an open fire, a hot meal and stunning lake views.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

Day 5: Ohau to Queenstown

Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
Today we travel the dramatic Lindis Pass linking the MacKenzie Basin with Central Otago. Prepare to be wowed as we travel through this alpine area of tall tussock covered mountains and roadside snow. Arriving by midday into the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ - Queenstown we spend two nights in centrally located accommodation that's ideal for enjoying all on offer. Optional Milford Sound boat cruise, bungy jumping, skydiving, scenic lake cruises or take to the mountains skiing and snowboarding just to name a few! This town has a buzzing vibe with something for everyone along with great hikes and cycle options.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

Day 6: Queenstown

Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
With so much to see and do we spend a full day in this scenic lakeside town to soak up the scenery, jump off a bridge or create tracks down the mountain. If you would like to explore further afield we recommend a day trip to the stunning Milford Sound for a scenic boat cruise. Get amongst it and enjoy!

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

Day 7: Queenstown to Franz Josef

Pass By: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
Just when you think the scenery can’t get any better…it does! Prepare yourself for the remote and rugged scenic beauty of the stunning West Coast, with its jaw dropping views and great short walks. The wild West Coast is home to majestic rainforest, thundering waterfalls and tranquil pools. Tonight, we stay in glacier country at the picturesque village of Franz Josef. Our accommodation is nestled in lush rainforest and located close to the Glacier Hot Pools, a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

Day 8: Franz Josef

Pass By: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders – Franz Josef with an optional Guided Heli Hike or Guided Heli Ice Climb. This staggering beautiful work of nature is 12 kilometres and descends from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level. Franz Josef is a quaint village offering scenic short walks or explore by bike or air with an optional skydive. To see nature at its best you can't go past a kayak trip along a narrow estuary amidst the lush ancient rainforest of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Comfortable accommodation in a carefully selected lodge

Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchurch

Pass By: Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013 New Zealand
Start the day with a great cycle ride, or hike to a stunning viewpoint overlooking the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Continuing up this spectacular coastal stretch we stop in Hokitika – home to Greenstone factories where you can see the skilled craftsmen at work before taking to the mountains once again as we travel over the breathtaking Southern Alps! We stop along the way to enjoy a short mountainous walk before arriving into Christchurch early evening for our final farewells as we leave you to reflect back on the wonders you've seen and experiences you've had.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Canterbury Museum (Christchurch), Canterbury 8013, New Zealand
2: Airport/Antarctic Centre, Canterbury 8053, New Zealand
Departure Time
4:00 PM
Duration
9 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 8x Breakfast
  • 6x Dinner
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • All accommodation in carefully selected hostels and lodges.
  • A knowledgeable and friendly Flying Kiwi driver/guide
  • Mt Hutt ski field mountain transfer and full day lift pass
  • Ohau ski field mountain transfer and full day lift pass
  • Tekapo Springs Hot Pools
  • Plenty of free hikes and walk options
  • Optional bike rides of varying lengths
Exclusions
  • Adventure activities (optional)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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By: Flying Kiwi
Adi A
Ramat Gan, Israel
20
A great way to experience New Zealand
The Ultimate Explorer is a great way to get a taste of New Zealand. The office staff were very friendly, and
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Mats
10
Amazing Trip
It was a great journey with amazing drivers and guides. With a lot of choices of adventures. I can really
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Bern199
Greater London, United Kingdom
81
Fantastic experience in New Zealand
We joined this wonderful tour in November and had the most fabulous time from beginning to end. If you like
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Wex0075
369
Just Okay
I did the 28 day ultimate explorer tour over the holidays. Theres a lot of driving each day and I felt the tour
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Victoria S
Nelson, New Zealand
11
This tour has exceeded all my expectations!
This tour has exceeded all my expectations! Before departure I received an email with my itinerary for each day,
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Katy L
Hong Kong, China
10
Fun, lots to see, worth the money
I did the southern camping tour from Christchurch to Queenstown. It was my first time camping and the trip had
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Sylvie
Landshut, Germany
10
Wonderful guides, lovely group, amazing sites
Everything was well organized by the flying kiwi Office and the Tour Guides, Brooke and Aaron. Thanks for a
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Dannyboy and Broadsword
21
Great way to see all of New Zealand
We opted for the 28 day experience and were not disappointed. Flying Kiwi provided a wide variety of activities,
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Alberto
10
New Zeland!!
Fascinating. It’s a trip with incredible contrasts!!! And wonderful people. I had an injury during my stay, and
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Dawn S
Heriot Bay, Canada
123
Challenging myself to be ageless.
Where to start? The awe inspiring scenery, the adventures along the way or the amazing people on the bus? Each
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