Wildsouth Discovery Exclusive
Nine-Day Wilderness Tour
Christchurch, Arthur’s Pass, The West Coast,
Glacier Country, Lake Moeraki & Queenstown (with Piopiotahi/Milford Sound Fly/Cruise/Fly day excursion)
9 Days/8 Nights
Take a nine-day nature and wilderness expedition, and explore the hidden gems of New Zealand’s magnificent South Island/Te Wai Pounamu. Your knowledgeable local guides will personally show you around our natural wonders and heritage in luxurious comfort, with the finest cuisine and accommodation. Walk through primeval forests, along deserted beaches and view glaciers amid the rainforests, marvelling at their diverse ecological systems. Photograph spectacular landscapes, and experience the unique sounds and the tantalising tastes that this astonishing Pacific Island has to offer.
Wildsouth Discovery offers their private, exclusively guided 9 Day Nature & Wilderness tours of South Island for the discerning traveller – the Wildsouth Discovery Tour. The Wildsouth Discovery guides and hosts personally lead their tours and they are absolutely passionate about New Zealand.
Come along and allow them to show you the remarkable landscapes and picturesque locations, the soothing sounds and the tantalizing tastes of South Island. This tour is fully escorted with guided walks, first class service, superb food and exquisite accommodations.
“Explore the wonder of New Zealand’s magnificent South Island. Your local guides will show you the natural wonders and heritage of Te Wai Pounamu / South island. Walk through primeval forests, along deserted beaches and view glaciers – all on a Pacific Island! Your journey will include Arthur’s Pass National Park and the “High Country”, the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area with Glacier Country and Lake Moeraki, the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps and the splendour of Piopiotahi/Milford Sound.”
Your journey will take you from Christchurch and across the vast Canterbury Plains into the Southern Alps. Experience the West Coast and the World Heritage area of South Westland and then on to Wanaka and Queenstown. Take a scenic flight to Piopiotahi / Milford Sound and explore the fiord on a nature cruise. Diverse landscapes, glaciers, rainforests and fiords – all on a Pacific island!
• 9 days of scenic splendour
• Spectacular landscapes
• Discover diverse ecologies
• A photographer’s dream!
• Sightseeing magnificent scenery
• Penguins (seasonal)
• Picnic morning teas, cafe lunches and picnic afternoon tea / wine and cheese stops on some days (please see the itinerary for inclusions)
• Guided walks
• Scenic flight from Queenstown with Nature Cruise in Piopiotahi / Milford Sound
• Tour type – Nature/Scenic
• Easy guided walks, if desired
• Group Size – Private tours for 1-10, larger private tours by arrangement
Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass
“Greetings, views, plains & alps”
After being met by your guide and host, you will be driven through the “Garden City” and up onto the Port Hills, the flanks of one of the ancient extinct volcanoes that form 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. This is an opportunity to talk about where you will be going and what you will see on the tour.
You will then escape the city and start your journey west across the Canterbury Plains. As the distant mountains become closer, you may wonder just like the Maori and the early settlers before us how you will find a way through. Crossing Porter’s Pass, a dramatic landscape change occurs as you enter the high country, an inter-montaine plateau bounded by the Torlesse Mountains to the east and the Craigieburn Mountains to the west. Travelling through this glacial shaped region, you will pass glacial formed lakes and the stunning spiritual limestone formations of Castle Hill which dominates the landscape.
Further on, you will reach the wide expanse of the Waimakariri River and the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass.
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass or similar
Included meals: AT, D
Meal codes indicating meals which are included in your Wildsouth experience…
B – Breakfast; MT – Picnic morning tea; L – Lunch;
AT – Picnic afternoon tea / NZ wine & cheese; D – Dinner
Please Note: Accommodation inclusions are subject to availability. If unavailable, a suitable alternative will be provided. Optional helicopter trips and other suggested activities are not included.
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