14 Day NATURAL NORTH/SOUTH New Zealand with Kiwi Dundee
Adventures & Canterbury Trails
Optional 16 days to include spectular North Island Tongariro
National Park -please inquire
AUCKLAND - COROMANDEL - ROTORUA CHRISTCHURCH - WEST COAST -
QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND
Explore the magnificent North and South Islands
of New Zealand on our personally guided small group nature and
scenic safari tours - Natural North'South New Zealand.
Your local guides will help you experience the
natural wonders and heritage of this diverse and magical land. Meet
the local people, walk along deserted beaches and through ancient
rain forests, over an advancing glacier, and experience the
stillness in magnificent Milford Sound. Visit national parks, walk
on pristine beaches that Captain Cook walked on, and visit the
Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area in the shadow of the
Southern Alps and their rugged snowcapped peaks.
Highlights include the Coromandel Peninsula,
Rotorua, the High Country, Arthur's Pass, Franz Josef and Fox
Glaciers, Lake Moeraki, Queenstown and Milford Sound.
Taking you "off the beaten track", these
adventures include guided walks, first class service, superb food
and the finest lodges and luxurious accommodations. Maximum group
size of these tours is six and exclusive private trips can be
- 14 days of scenic splendour
- Get in touch with nature
- Diverse Landscapes
- A photographers dream
(B) : Full Breakfast (MT) :
Picnic morning tea
(L) : Lunch (AT) : Picnic afternoon tea (D) :
Day 1... Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula
"Arrival, greeting and orientation"
Your nature-loving guide from the world-famous
company, Kiwi Dundee Adventures, meets you in Auckland.
We escape from Auckland City in the air-conditioned luxury of Kiwi
Dundee Adventures mini coach, travelling south through picturesque
farmland and along the seabird coast to the beautiful, historic
Coromandel Peninsula. You will enjoy a visit to the fascinating old
gold mine town of Thames with its buildings and churches dating
from the 1800's.
After a delightful lunch, we will travel up the Thames coast,
lined with ancient Pohutukawa, New Zealand's Christmas tree, to
visit a giant Kauri tree, over 30ft round, set amongst the world's
largest ferns and semitropical rainforest. We then travel over
mountains, clad with dense rain forest, to the Pacific coast of the
Peninsula with its many offshore islands. A short journey to a
quiet coastal town takes you to your accommodation for the next two
ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Homestay or Lodge (L)
Day 2... On the Coromandel
"Glowworms, giant ferns, white sand beaches & fun!"
Highlights of your day will be a leisurely walk
through beautiful regenerating Kauri forest full of fern trees,
along the old tracks of Puketui, the 1890's gold mining town. See
glowworms in an historic old gold cave. Learn about the flora and
fauna of this magic area.
Lunch will be at a delightful cafe, or a delicious picnic with a
chance to view your guide's spectacular collection of quartz,
obsidian, minerals, old photos of the Coromandel and beautiful
rocks full of gold.
From the panorama of mountains and forest, travel to the
contrasting coastal scenery with beautiful beaches, offshore
islands and magnificent cliffs decorated with ancient Pohutukawa
trees. Visit Hot Water Beach (tide permitting) where you can dabble
your feet in the natural hot springs on the beach.
Walk up onto the old Maori fortification to enjoy the spectacular
This day includes many of the 'highlights' of the Coromandel
ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Homestay or Lodge
Day 3...Coromandel - Bay of Plenty - Rotorua
"Coastline, orchards, craters & mud!"
This day is an ever-changing panorama of
forests, mountains, beaches and islands, until we leave the
Coromandel behind and enter the Bay of Plenty, home to plantations
of kiwi fruit, citrus, avocados, flowers and deer farms to name a
Stop at New Zealand's "Mural Town", Katikati, with its open-air
art on the history of the area. Continue south to visit a private
working orchard, growing Kiwi fruit, avocados and export
After a delightful lunch, we tour on to Rotorua, the thermal city
built in the crater of a huge volcano. Your guide will give you an
overview of this fascinating region before arriving at your
accommodation and wishes you well for the rest of the journey
through our beautiful country.
ACCOMMODATION: Quality hotel, Deluxe Homestay or Lodge
N.B. The 16 Day tour includes two nights at National Park in
the North Island - Perfect for those that enjoy dramatic volcanic
mountains & walking.
Day 4... Rotorua - Christchurch
A free morning to explore Rotorua before flying
south to the Garden City of Christchurch. After transferring to
your Christchurch accommodation, you can enjoy the ambiance of this
very "English" city.
ACCOMMODATION: Quality Hotel or Bed & Breakfast
Day 5... Christchurch
Today is a day on your own to explore this
city, which is sometimes said to be "more English than England".
Founded by English settlers in 1850, Christchurch became a city by
Royal Charter in 1856, which makes it the oldest officially
established city in New Zealand.
The peace. The open spaces. The lush colours and rich textures of
a city, where a leisurely pace still prevails, never fail to
capture the imagination. Located on the east coast of the South
Island, Christchurch - just like the rest of New Zealand - is a
city of contrast. A place where residents continue to enjoy a
health, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment.
Officially known as the "Garden City", Christchurch has over 3000
hectares of parklands, which include Hagley Park and the famous
Botanic Gardens. Located next to these gardens is the Christchurch
Arts Centre, which is the hub of Christchurch art and the
headquarters of many art, craft and recreation associations and
Christchurch is perfect for exploring on foot because it is
attractive, fascinating - and flat! The central city is a
particularly dynamic place, offering numerous opportunities to
shop, sightsee and socialise. And it's surprisingly easy to get
about. You can hop aboard one of the beautifully restored vintage
trams, hire a bicycle, enjoy a punt on the Avon river or simply
stroll about on foot.
Christchurch has a special relationship with Antarctica - for
almost a century, Christchurch has been the stepping-off point for
numerous Antarctic activities. The International Antarctic Centre
is a working campus and home to Antarctica New Zealand and various
other international Antarctic groups. The Visitor's Centre, which
opened in 1992, provides a fun and interactive Antarctic
The great variety of cafes and bars offer an excellent street-side
vantage point from which to enjoy a glass or two of local wine,
freshly brewed coffee or an amazing array of international cuisine.
And then there are many fine restaurants to experience, too,
perhaps as a prelude to a night's entertainment at the theatre,
cinema, nightclub or the casino.
This is Christchurch........
ACCOMMODATION: Quality Hotel or Bed
& Breakfast (B)
Day 6... Christchurch - Arthur's Pass
Your personal guide will meet you and take you
through the "Garden City" and up onto the Port Hills, the flanks of
one of the ancient extinct volcanoes that form the Banks Peninsula.
From the hills there are spectacular views of the city and the
Kaikoura Range can be seen far to the north, while the Pacific
Ocean sparkles to the east. To the south and west the vast
Canterbury Plains stretch to the horizon, and in the distance the
Southern Alps beckon you to discover them. This is an opportunity
to talk about where we are going and what we will see on the
Having orientated ourselves in Christchurch, we then escape the
city and start our journey west across the Canterbury Plains. As
the distant mountains become closer, we wonder, like the Maori and
the early settlers before us, how we shall find a way through.
Crossing Porter's Pass, a dramatic landscape change occurs as we
enter the highcountry, a high tussock grass basin bounded by the
Torlesse Mountains to the east and the Craigieburn Mountains to the
west. Travelling through this region we pass glacial formed lakes
and the limestone formations of Castle Hill, which dominate the
landscape, and the wide expanse of the Waimakariri River.
ACCOMMODATION: Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Day 7... A Day in the Mountains
"High country, sheep, valleys & Keas"
This is a day to discover the real high
country - a day where you can explore and learn about the alpine
landscape and plants, the animals and take in the spectacular
A tour of the high country sheep farm which is part of the lodge
will enable you to visit the woolshed and see a sheepdog
demonstration. From the lodge we will head into the heart of the
Southern Alps - Arthur's Pass National Park which has an incredible
diversity of flora and terrain. They range from the eastern
beech-clad hills and tussock grass valleys to the luxuriant rain
forest in the west.
From the Lodge, we will again travel on New Zealand's transalpine
highway and head into Arthur's Pass National Park, where we will
take walks to see waterfalls, learn about the forests and alpine
plants of this area, and experience the alpine environment. Your
guide will tell you of the history of Arthur's Pass, as you explore
the glacial landscape and learn about the features that the Ice Age
left behind. Seek out and hopefully find a unique South Island
personality who is mischievous, inquisitive, comical and rowdy; the
cheeky kea - the world's only alpine parrot. You may have to defend
your mini coach as they have been known to try and remove aerials
and door trims with their beaks!
For those who might be escaping from a busy lifestyle and are
seeking some quiet relaxation at the beginning of their tour, the
lodge is just the place to relax in the lounge and gaze at the
surrounding peaks and perhaps take a short nature walk. For the
more adventurous, help out with the day to day activities such as
feeding out, mustering or working with the station dogs. Walking,
canoeing and mountain bike riding are all available.
ACCOMMODATION: Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Day 8... Arthur's Pass - Hokitika - Franz Josef Glacier
"Mountains, pioneers, greenstone and ice"
After breakfast, we will travel through the
Arthur's Pass National Park and depart Canterbury province for
Westland ("The West Coast"). Originally used by the Maori to move
greenstone from the West Coast and later as a link to the gold rush
fields, this route will reveal great mountain valleys and we will
marvel at the road as it winds its way down the spectacular Otira
Gorge - a geographer's dream.
We follow rivers that flow to the West Coast and observe the
changes to the rainforest and the many varieties of ferns that
contribute to their character. Travel on a backcountry road, walk
through old gold miners' tunnels and marvel at the tenacity of the
miners in their quest for gold. Visit Hokitika, once the capital of
Westland, a roaring gold mining town and also a place where the
Maori sought their treasured greenstone (jade). Greenstone is a
feature in the town's bustling centre of art and craft shops. As we
journey south we will be able to visit the Bushman's Centre, where
we can meet some "Coasters" in a village with a population of 2
Heading farther south, we see the West Coast bush and further
evidence of the last Ice Age in the kettle lakes created by the
melting ice sheets. We then arrive at Franz Josef for our overnight
stay, and view the Franz Josef Glacier pushing into rainforest -
ACCOMMODATION: Westwood Lodge or
Day 9... Franz Josef Glacier - Fox Glacier - Lake Moeraki
"Geology, Ice Age and podocarps"
Depart Franz Josef Glacier for a dramatic drive
through the glaciated landscape to Fox Glacier. Here you can enjoy
a highlight of the tour, a hike with an alpine guide up on to the
ice. For this experience, you are provided with the necessary
equipment and instruction. For those who would like something a
little more passive, alternative walks are available to the
terminal face of the Fox Glacier, or to a glacier viewpoint to
witness the glacier's descent down the mountain into the
rainforest. An exciting helicopter ride to view the Southern Alps
with a snow landing on the upper reaches of the glacier is also
available. (Please note that the optional helicopter trips are not
included in the tour cost and are subject to the weather.)
After lunch, a beautiful and tranquil walk can be taken around the
edge of Lake Matheson. It is here that incredible reflections of
Mount Cook and Mount Tasman towering on the horizon above the lake
can often be seen. Alternatively, a drive through the lush
rainforest to a remote beach on the Tasman Sea for views of the
Alps and where we can look for the rare Hectors Dolphins.
From Fox Glacier, travel south to the Wilderness Lodge Lake
Moeraki, set in the heart of Te Wahi Pounamu - the Southwest New
Zealand World Heritage area. This lodge is a Tourism Award winner,
providing a first class wilderness experience.
ACCOMMODATION: Lake Moeraki Wilderness
Day 10... Lake Moeraki
"Wilderness, wildlife and rain forests"
Another opportunity to spend a day at a
Wilderness Lodge with its own special attractions. Untouched
lowland rain forests spread between pristine lakes and rivers which
drain the snowcapped Southern Alps. Few places on earth can match
the unique natural setting of Lake Moeraki in the heart of the 2.7
million hectare Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.
This special place is home to breeding colonies of the rare
Fiordland Crested Penguin (seasonal), a seal colony, the world's
smallest dolphin, the Hectors Dolphins and numerous native
Lake Moeraki is a nature lover's paradise. Visits can be made to
spectacular beaches that are home to crested penguins (seasonal)
and fur seals that were hunted in the nineteenth century.
Activities include guided walks to get close to the wildlife,
learning about the forest and experiencing amazing scenery. If you
prefer to have a restful day, then you can take a canoe out on the
tranquil lake, or just relax in the lodge.
ACCOMMODATION: Lake Moeraki Wilderness
Day 11... Lake Moeraki - Wanaka - Queenstown
"Estuaries, explorers, tussocks and gold"
From Moeraki we travel to nearby Ship Creek.
From a viewing tower on the beach, there is a good chance of seeing
the rare Hectors Dolphin playing beyond the surf. We walk through a
primeval swamp forest to see ancient "dinosaur" trees, view a
coastal lagoon and fossick for greenstone on the remote
After a little while, the road turns east, following the Haast
Highway. We can now observe how the landscape again changes
dramatically as the road climbs over the Haast Pass from the dense
rain forest of the West Coast to the drier tussock lands of Otago.
On the way, there are short walks to see waterfalls and if there
has been recent rainfall, the Haast River passing through the gorge
known as the Gates of Haast can be truly spectacular. A while after
the Haast Pass the road skirts first along the banks of the
headwaters of Lake Wanaka, and then making a slight turn and rising
over a ridge, Lake Wanaka is left behind and Lake Hawea is before
us. The road follows the shoreline of this lake and then we reach
Wanaka. This is a quiet mountain resort on the southern shores of
From Wanaka, we head over the rugged and remote Crown Range, the
site of gold diggings in the 1860's. We arrive in Arrowtown and
visit the old Chinese gold miners' settlement and view this quaint
old village tied into the history of gold. It is then a short drive
to your Queenstown accommodation.
ACCOMMODATION: Millbrook Resort or
quality lodge (B,MT,AT,D)
Day 12... Queenstown
"Adventure and relaxing in the mountains"
A "free" day for you to experience and enjoy
some of the many activities which Queenstown has to offer. Your
guide is available to transfer you to the venues and activities in
the Queenstown area of your choice.
You might like to enjoy a relaxing cruise on the old steamship
Earnslaw, the lady of the Lake. For those wanting more excitement,
try an exhilarating jetboat trip through the Shotover Canyon.
Another New Zealand experience is a bungy jump at the Kawarau
Bridge, the first bungy jumping site in the world. There are many
wineries to visit and also an art and craft trail around the
district to visit some of the many artists and craft studios. Golf
and horse trekking are other possibilities available in
For some this is an ideal opportunity to do some shopping. A ride
up the gondola offers spectacular views across to the mountains
known as the Remarkables. For those who wish to hike, a climb up
Queenstown Hill offers spectacular views or perhaps a walk around a
remote and beautiful glacial lake.
Your guide will be available to advise and assist with transfers
ACCOMMODATION: Millbrook Resort or
quality lodge (B)
Day 13... Queenstown - Milford Sound Excursion
"Milford Sound, glacial lakes, Alps and fiords"
The road to Milford Sound through the Fiordland
National Park is absolutely breathtaking, with sheer U-shaped
glaciated valleys and waterfalls everywhere. The rain forests are
Jurassic Park and the Homer Tunnel, entry to the Cleddau Valley and
Milford Sound, is tribute to the engineers' skills in the 1930's.
Explore the fiord on a cruise before heading back to Queenstown.
Catch a glimpse of the extremely rare Takahe, a flightless bird, at
a sanctuary in Te Anau, and we can take short walks to see
waterfalls, alpine views and lakes. Optionals (not included in tour
cost) for the day are a return flight from Milford to Queenstown by
plane or perhaps a private helicopter charter which can include a
snow landing on the mountains.
ACCOMMODATION: Millbrook Resort or
quality lodge (B,MT,L,AT,D)
Day 14... Queenstown & Farewell
After breakfast, perhaps relax and
indulge in the odd bit of pampering with some of the many health
and beauty facilities. A range of products designed to revitalise
and relax weary bodies are available, and we all need a little care
and attention sometime! Time for that last minute shopping or to
experience that last piece of adventure before it is time for your
guide to bid you farewell. Your guide will transfer you to the
airport, car rental office or coach depot, as required.
Please note: This trip does not