MoaTrek 9 day Kea Tour
8 nights/ 9 days twin share from $4390
Prepare to be left speechless by the natural wonders of New Zealand. Starting from Queenstown discover the best of the south’s spectacular scenery, five national parks and the wild West Coast’s rainforests and seascapes. Cruise on Milford Sound and cap off the day with an unforgettable flight back over the alps. Travel from Queenstown to Wanaka then head to Lake Matheson, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Experience untouched Paparoa National Park and return over Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch.
Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown.
Transfer to your hotel, a short walk from the centre of town.
DAY 2: Queenstown – Milford Sound Nature Cruise – Scenic Flight – Queenstown
After meeting everyone in Queenstown we travel along the shores of the great lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau into the mountains and waterfalls of Fiordland National Park. We cruise on Milford Sound dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to seal colonies and dolphins. A magnificent scenic flight back over the Southern Alps to Queenstown ends this fantastic day. Stay at Scenic Suites, Queenstown our home for two nights.
Day 3: At leisure in Queenstown
Activities and day tours - Today is yours to make the most of the infinite number of activities Queenstown has to offer. Your Kiwi Guide is right there to help you choose from a jet boat ride on the Dart River in The Lord of the Rings scenery, wine tasting at the vineyards or a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track and many more.
DAY 4: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Cardrona Valley -Wanaka
In the leafy village of Arrowtown gold mining history comes alive beside the Arrow River. We drive over the Crown Range and stop for the last views of the Wakatipu basin then call in for refreshments at picture perfect Cardrona Hotel. From Edgewater, our Wanaka lakeside hotel, you can bike the waterfront trail or kayak on the lake.
DAY 5: Wanaka -Haast Pass -Fox Glacier - Franz Josef
The pristine Haast Pass in Mt Aspiring National Park has well-maintained short tracks leading to cascading waterfalls and clear blue pools. Discover the beauty of Westland Tai Poutini World Heritage Park’s wild West Coast beaches and lush, primeval rainforest and stop at Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson before we reach Franz Josef to stay at Punga Grove.
DAY 6: Franz Josef - Hokitika -Punakaiki
The morning is free to walk to Franz Josef Glacier lookout or take an optional helihike or flight or cruise out on Okarito lagoon in search of the rare Kotuku, White Heron. In Hokitika, the home of Pounamu (greenstone), meet the carvers of this treasured stone. Our home for two nights is beside the beach at Punakaiki Resort.
9 nights Twin Share accomodation
Visit 5 National Parks
Meals Included: Breakfast daily
General season runs from October - April. Please check start date once COVID-19 restrictions lift.
21 October – 29 October
04 November– 12 November
11 November – 19 November
18 November – 26 November
25 November – 03 December
02 December– 10 December
23 December – 31 December
13 January – 21 January
16 January – 24 February
23 January – 31 January
27 January – 04 February
03 February – 11 February
13 February – 21 February
17 February – 25 February
20 February – 28 February
24 February – 04 February
27 February – 07 March
03 March – 11 March
06 March – 14 March
13 March – 21 March
24 March – 01 April
31 March – 08 April
07 April – 15 April
Day 7: Punakaiki - Paparoa National Park -Charleston -Cape Foulwind
Close to our hotel is the leading local attraction, the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, limestone stacks weathered by the sea. Paparoa Park has towering limestone cliffs and karst rock formations with river valleys draped in subtropical forest. Walk to an isolated beach or the seal colony at Cape Foulwind. A favourite option is the glow worm cave at Charleston.
DAY 8: Punakaiki – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch
Leaving the West Coast, we head eastwards to Christchurch through the alpine beech forests of Arthur’s ass National Park. We stop to enjoy the mischievous antics of the Keas (alpine parrots) and take short walks in the forest and to the rock formations at Castle Hill. The dramatic landscapes make a fitting finale to your adventure with MoaTrek.
DAY 9: Depart Christchurch
Take in the sights of Christchurch or head out to the airport for those off home today.
Ka kite ano!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Terms and Conditions: Prices shown in Australian Dollars. A deposit is required 7 days after confirmation. The deposit value is 20% of the tour cost. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full payment is required 60 days from departure. MoaTrek Tours have customised this tour for the Australian market to include pre and post accommodation. The tours displayed on the MoaTrek website do not display pre and post accommodation. For Full Terms & Conditions visit www.moatrek.com.