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Kea 9 day small group tour with MoaTrek

Drive from Queenstown to Te Anau and Milford Sound to cruise by iconic Mitre Peak. Take a scenic flight back over the mountains to Queenstown, a picturesque resort town. Visit the old gold mining town, Arrowtown and stay in Wanaka, a favourite holiday destination for New Zealanders. Travel over Haast Pass, stopping for short walks to blue pools and waterfalls. Drive alongside the Tasman Sea and stop two nights in Franz Josef to discover the West Coast’s rainforests, crystal clear rivers, lakes and glaciers. See the quirky Punakaiki Pancake rocks and the kea birds in Arthur’s Pass National Park.

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 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Christchurch
 9 days/ 8 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Kea 9 day small group tour with MoaTrek

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 2: Queenstown to Milford Sound and back to Queenstown. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 3: Explore Queenstown. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 4: Queenstown to Wanaka. Accommodation: Edgewater

Day 5: Wanaka to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suites

Day 6: Explore Franz Josef. Accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suites

Day 7: Franz Josef to Punakaiki. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

Day 8: Punakaiki to Arthurs Pass to Christchurch. Accommodation: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Day 9: Depart Christchurch.

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Kea 9 day small group tour with MoaTrek - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown

MoaTrek Kea 9 day small group tour

Arrive into Queenstown

On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in central Queenstown. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the adventure capital of New Zealand. Your hotel is close to the central city shopping district. The cafes and restaurants on the mall and lakeside are all within easy walking distance.  We recommend an optional excursion such as a cruise on the historic twin screw steamer the TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu.

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.

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 2: Queenstown to Milford Sound and back to Queenstown

Queenstown to Milford Sound for nature cruise, then a scenic flight back to Queenstown

Today is all about the one and only Milford Sound, from Queenstown you'll follow the shores of the great southern lakes before heading into the heart of Fiordland National Park on the spectacular Milford Road.  

On arrival at Milford cruise by launch out onto the sound, dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to birdlife, seal colonies and pods of dolphins. A magical flight over the Southern Alps will return you to Queenstown at the end of a fantastic day of touring by land, sea and air. The very best of Milford.

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

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 3: Explore Queenstown

Explore Queenstown at leisure

Today is yours to make the most of the infinite choice of day tours and activities Queenstown has to offer and your "Kiwi Guide" will be right there to help.  

A jet boat ride on the remote and beautiful Dart River in "The Lord of the Rings" scenery, walking along the lakeshore and the Botanic Gardens or take a thrilling raft ride on the Kawarau River. These are some of the famous Queenstown activities. Other favourites are wine tasting in the celebrated boutique vineyards of Central Otago, golf on one of New Zealand’s best courses, a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track or cruising Lake Wakatipu on the 1912 Steamship, the TSS "Earnslaw".

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

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 4: Queenstown to Wanaka

Queenstown to Wanaka

Your day starts with a short trip to leafy Arrowtown, where gold mining history comes alive beside the Arrow River and in the excellent museum. Then you'll head into tussock country for the climb up the Crown Range and your last views of the beautiful Wakatipu basin. You'll visit picture perfect Cardrona Hotel, its history dates back to the colonial era, then continue on to Wanaka. You will get a chance to relax with fine wines and meet locals over lunch at their Wanaka lakeside home.


Your hotel this evening is right on the lake edge, you’ve got plenty of time after lunch to discover this lovely lakeside town for yourself. Bike the waterfront trail, get out on the lake in a kayak or head next door to Rippon Vineyard for wine tasting with a view.

Your Accommodation: Edgewater

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, Lunch

Edgewater

Day 5: Wanaka to Franz Josef

Wanaka to Franz Josef

Today is a quintessential kiwi day, where else in the world can you visit the seaside, a rainforest and a glacier all in the same day? You'll start off following the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before reaching the pristine mountain and river scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Then it’s up and over the Haast Pass through beech forests, past cascading waterfalls and clear blue pools before following the Haast River out to the sea. There’s plenty of time for short walks and photo stops on the way.

You'll travel north through the lush, prehistoric Gondwanaland forest of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, stopping at Ship Creek to stroll the beach, keep your eye out for dolphins feeding in the shallows. More stops along the way as you reach the glacier country, get your cameras ready for Lake Matheson’s famous reflections and your first glimpse of Fox Glacier descending from Aoraki/Mt Cook. Your home for the next two nights is Franz Josef.

Your Accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suites

Punga Grove is right in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village and offers affordable and stylish accommodation in a beautiful rainforest setting.

Meals included: Breakfast

Punga Grove motel & suites

Day 6: Explore Franz Josef

Explore Franz Josef and surrounds

You'll have the whole day to enjoy the beauty of this remote corner of the country, a place many Kiwis don’t even get to visit. This is the best part of New Zealand to get to the glaciers!  Your choice of a stunning walk to the terminal face of Franz Josef Glacier, or get right out on the ice on a heli hike or glacier landing.

Everyone loves Okarito, a tiny settlement nestled between the Tasman Sea and Okarito Lagoon, take your pick from guided kayaking or a wildlife cruise on the shallow waters of the lagoon, a feeding ground of the extremely rare white heron (kotuku) which breeds nearby in the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve. For pure relaxation take a soak in hot pools fed by pure glacier water. 

Your Accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suites

Punga Grove is right in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village and offers affordable and stylish accommodation in a beautiful rainforest setting.

Meals included: Breakfast

Punga Grove motel & suites

Day 7: Franz Josef to Punakaiki

Franz Josef to Punakaiki

You have the whole day to enjoy the beauty of this remote corner of the country. Your choice of a stunning walk to the terminal face of Franz Josef Glacier or get right out on the ice on a heli hike or glacier landing.

Discover, the "wild" West Coast as you head north through countryside dotted with little lakes and boulder strewn rivers, all under the watchful eye of the mighty Southern Alps. Coffee time in Hokitika, once a centre of commerce and the setting for the Man Booker Prize colonial epic ’The Luminaries’. Hokitika people are crafty folk and of course, it’s the Pounamu (greenstone) capital of the country. Arrive in Punakaiki this evening.

Your Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

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, Dinner

Punakaiki Resort

Day 8: Punakaiki to Arthurs Pass to Christchurch

Punakaiki to Arthurs Pass to Christchurch

Wake up to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach, cross New Zealand’s main divide, traverse the stunning Canterbury High Country and cross the plains into the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. To do this in most countries would take days or weeks, in New Zealand it’s easy and you will even have plenty of time on the way for short walks and photo stops.

Highlights will be the Otira Viaduct, a spectacular cantilevered road through towering mountains to Arthur’s Pass National Park, with dramatic views from the lookout at the top of the Gorge and one of the best places in the country to see the hilarious antics of our alpine parrot, the Kea. Stretch your legs in the beech forests at Arthur’s Pass National Park and again at the massive limestone rocks rising out of bare pasture at Castle Hill before we descend Porter’s Pass to the Canterbury Plains reaching Christchurch in the late afternoon.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

A modern hotel tower built alongside an historic heritage-listed building, Novotel Christchurch is perfectly located in the very heart of Cathedral Square. Featuring spacious rooms with contemporary design and double glazed windows, you're just a short walk to restaurants and entertainment.

Meals included: Breakfast

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Day 9: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the last day of your tour in Christchurch, before you are dropped off at the airport for your flight home after your New Zealand "Trip of a Lifetime".

Your hotel is right on the edge of Hagley Park so take the time for one last walk through the botanical gardens, a scenic tram ride through the streets or even a punt on the treelined Avon River. Christchurch is known as the most English city outside England and it’s easy to see why. Catch up on last minute shopping for New Zealand favourites such as merino clothing or manuka honey. Ka kite ano – “See you again”.

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