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MoaTrek Kea 7 Day Tour

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. From Wanaka head to Lake Matheson, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Experience untouched Paparoa National Park and return over Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch.

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New Zealand small group tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,890 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Christchurch

7 days/6 nights

Hotel 4 star

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Brief itinerary - MoaTrek Kea 7 Day Tour

Day 1: Join the group in Queenstown before heading to Milford. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 2: A day at leisure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 3: Take a look at the gold mining town of Arrowtown before resting in Wanaka. Accommodation: Edgewater (or similar)

Day 4: Head up the west coast to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Day 5: Franz Josef to Punakaiki. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 6: Check out the Punakaiki Rocks. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 7: Head to your final destination, Christchurch.

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Day 1 - Join the group in Queenstown before heading to Milford

MoaTrek Kea 7 Day Tour - Day 1
Kea 7 day small group tour

Join a small group of fellow tourists to explore the wonders of New Zealand's South Island.  Start in Queenstown you'll wind your way along the west coast to Christchurch.

Arrive into Queenstown

After meeting everyone in Queenstown you travel along the shores of the great lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau into the mountains and waterfalls of Fiordland National Park. You 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.

Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers guests exquisite style, comfort and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The hotel prides itself on its four star hospitality that will make your stay in Queenstown even more memorable.

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Day 2 - A day at leisure in Queenstown

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Queenstown leisure day

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.

Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers guests exquisite style, comfort and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The hotel prides itself on its four star hospitality that will make your stay in Queenstown even more memorable.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3 - Take a look at the gold mining town of Arrowtown before resting in Wanaka

MoaTrek Kea 7 Day Tour - Day 3
Queenstown to Wanaka

In the leafy village of Arrowtown, gold mining history comes alive beside the Arrow River. 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, tonight's lakeside hotel, you can bike the waterfront trail or kayak on the lake.

Your accommodation: Edgewater (or similar)

Edgewater is Wanaka's leading hotel located right on the edge of Lake Wanaka. A short stroll to the town centres shops, cafes and restaurants and close to many walking trails the resort is ideal to explore this wonderful Alpine setting.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4 - Head up the west coast to Franz Josef

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Wanaka to 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, primaeval rainforest and stop at Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson before we reach Franz Josef.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 5 - Franz Josef to Punakaiki

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Franz Josef to 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. Your home for two nights is beside the beach at Punakaiki Resort.

Your accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

The Punakaiki Resort is a modern, award-winning hotel complex, architecturally designed to harmonise with the local environment. Nestled in the foothills of Papaproa National Park the resort has spectacular views of the Wild West Coast beaches while all rooms have rainforest and/or ocean views.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 6 - Check out the Punakaiki Rocks

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Punakaiki to Cape Foulwind day trip

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 a subtropical forest. Walk to an isolated beach or the seal colony at Cape Foulwind. A favourite option is the glow worm cave at Charleston.

Your accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

The Punakaiki Resort is a modern, award-winning hotel complex, architecturally designed to harmonise with the local environment. Nestled in the foothills of Papaproa National Park the resort has spectacular views of the Wild West Coast beaches while all rooms have rainforest and/or ocean views.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 7 - Head to your final destination, Christchurch

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Travel back to Christchurch

Leaving the West Coast head eastwards to Christchurch through the alpine beech forests of Arthur's Pass National Park. 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.

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