Wild West Coast
Tuesday 27 October – Tuesday 03 November 2020 (8 Days)
Journey with us to the West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it. The Coast offers some of New Zealand’s most ruggedly beautiful scenery. Only 70km at its widest point but 600km long, it is a wild place of rivers, rainforests, glaciers and hidden gems. Experience the wild west of New Zealand, an adventure to remember!
ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (D)
Departing our home cities this morning we travel to Auckland Domestic Airport for our flight to Christchurch! You are met on arrival at Christchurch Airport before being transferred to our hotel. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch
Day 2 Wednesday 28 October 2020
CHRISTCHURCH TO WESTPORT (BD)
Departing Christchurch this morning, you have the opportunity (at own cost) to traverse the Southern Alps aboard the famous Tranz-Alpine rail journey to Arthur’s Pass. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The train then climbs into the Southern Alps. Once we have crossed into the Southern Alps we are met at the Village of Arthur’s Pass by the coach for us to continue our journey to the West Coast via the Otira Viaduct opened in 1999. ‘The Coast’ as locals call it, is one of the world’s special places, with mind-blowing topography. Ancient uplifts of the earth’s crust created the impressive vertical ramparts of the main divide of the Southern Alps. These cloud-piercing mountains rise within 30km of a breathtaking coast. Five of our national parks are here, and South West New Zealand has been declared a World Heritage Area. Our next stop will be Shanty Town. With two village streets filled with shops and buildings to explore, you'll find fascinating stories of life in the early years of colonisation both on the West Coast and New Zealand. All tickets to Shantytown include a ride on a vintage steam train. You will take a short trip through lush native rain forest along the Infants Creek Tram line which follows an original sawmill tram track of the 1800’s. The 1.5 km track travels to a photo stop at the end of the line, where you will find information about saw-milling in the area and maybe see a few weka – a native NZ flightless bird. There will be time available here to purchase your lunch (own cost). Departing Shantytown we continue north travelling along the coast road through to Westport, where we stay for the next two nights.
Accommodation: Westport Motor Inn, Westport – 2 nights
Day 3 Thursday 29 October 2020
This morning we travel to Charleston to board the Nile River Rainforest Train recreated a bygone era where bush trams once prevailed. The train provides visitors with a fantastic way to experience the spectacular landscapes of the Nile River Canyon in the South Island’s Paparoa National Park Enjoy the landscape and interpret the environment as the train meanders its way through the rainforest beside the Nile River. Pass through many of the film sites for the BBC’s “The Lost World” production and imagine the pioneers at work in the canyon. Arrive at “Softrock Station”, nestled beneath the towering limestone buffs. Take a short walk from the station through the rainforest to the Nile River Suspension Bridge or a longer walk to the Nile River Caves entrance, before the return journey to the festival station at Charleston. We then depart Charleston and travel north to Karamea and have lunch at the Karamea Hotel. We also visit Kohaihai the “start or finish” of the Heaphy Track. Time here allows for a brief bushwalk across the swingbridge into a sub tropical forest. We then return to our accommodation in Westport.
Day 4 Friday 30 October 2020
WESTPORT TO HOKITIKA (B)
This morning we depart Westport and return via the coast road to Punakaiki where you will have time to visit the pancake rocks. These sedimentary rocks have been hammered by the sea, and wind erosion forming layered rocks giving a look of a large stack of pancakes. There is a 20 minute loop walk here for those wishing to view these fascinating rocks. Continuing our journey we head back to Greymouth where you will have time to stretch your legs before we travel south to Hokitika. On arrival, there is time to purchase lunch at one of the local cafes (own cost). After lunch we travel to the Hokitika Gorge to admire its unbelievably turquoise waters, enjoying views of farmland, rivers and the mountains along the way. Before arriving at our accommodation we will make one more stop at the Treetops Walk - a leisurely 45 minute to one hour stroll through the beautiful West Coast rainforest tree tops viewing the exquisite Lake Mahinapua through the richly diverse forest foliage. We then arrive at our accommodation in Hokitika. Our accommodation is conveniently located within the heart of Hokitika so tonight we suggest you take the opportunity to go out and meet some of the locals within the many cafes, restaurants and bars. We highly recommend the Whitebait Fritters which you should be able to find on most menus in town!
Accommodation: Beachfront (Oceanview Rooms), Hokitika
Day 5 Saturday 31 October 2020
HOKITIKA- HAAST (BD)
Departing Hokitika we travel through Ross where in 1909 two miners reworking the bank of Jones Creek, unearthed a fist-sized nugget weighing about 3.1kg. This was a celebrated find, and the nugget was christened 'the Honourable Roddy Nugget', after the Minister of Mines Roderick McKenzie. We then continue on to Whataroa to visit the Waitangiroto heron colony. We will view the magnificent Kotuku (White Heron), the Kotuku Ngutu Papa (Royal Spoonbill), the Kawapaka (Little Shag) and other Bird life - all in their natural environment. This is a unique experience to New Zealand's only Kotuku (White Heron) nesting site. After this wonderful experience we continue on to our accommodation at Haast – gateway to the Haast World Heritage Park.
Accommodation: Heartland Haast Hotel, Haast
Day 6 Sunday 01 November 2020
HAAST – QUEENSTOWN (BD)
Departing Haast this morning, we head in-land over the Haast Pass, the lowest of the South Island mountain passes crossing the Southern Alps. Once over the Pass the scenery changes dramatically as the road descends past the waters of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and into Central Otago. On arrival in Wanaka, there will be time available for you to purchase some lunch, and explore the resort town. Departing Wanaka we travel to Cromwell then onto visit the site of New Zealand’s first commercial Bungy Jump platform at Kawarau Gorge. There will be time to watch the jumpers and even partake in a jump! Our next stop is to historic Arrowtown - a quaint town away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown with plenty of shops and historic remains from the Gold Rush days. We then travel to Queenstown where we stay for the next two nights. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Lakefront, Queenstown – 2 nights
Day 7 Monday 02 November 2020
Today is at leisure. Visit the Remarkable’s or Coronet Peak. Experience the thrill of a jet-boat ride along the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers. Perhaps a scenic 4 wheel drive excursion through Skippers Canyon, or a tour to Glenorchy to visit Lord of the Rings movie sites, or maybe just browse in the many shops and galleries - it’s up to you. Tonight is free for you to explore the local restaurants, cafes and bars, or perhaps you’d like to take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the steamer ‘TSS Earnslaw’ to Walter Peak Station to dine at the Colonel’s Homestead. Ask the office for pricing and assistance with booking any of these trips.
Day 8 Tuesday 03 November 2020
QUEENSTOWN TO HOME CITIES (B)
After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Auckland (other ports on application).
Quality Hotel Elms
The Quality Hotel Elms is situated in a quiet suburban area yet accessible to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer, surrounded by award-winning gardens and is ideally situated midway between the airport and central city. All 97 guest rooms are well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, offering luxurious accommodation in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the area.
Westport Motor Inn
The Westport Motor Hotel is a leading accommodation provider in Westport with 27 studio units, onsite restaurant and bar.
The Beachfront Hotel offers guests a high standard of accommodation steps away from the beach and the centre of town. Located in Hokitika on the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand they are surrounded by views of the ocean, rainforest and Southern Alps. They are conveniently located for travel to major attractions on the Coast, being one hour south of Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and one and a half hours north of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Numerous artisans and craftspeople live in Hokitika. Their workshops and displays featuring jade, wood, gold, paintings and metals create the market atmosphere in this seaside town.
Heartland Hotel Haast
The Heartland Hotel Haast is situated four kilometres from Haast township on the doorstep of the South Westland World Heritage Area. Haast offers a place of tranquillity, with untouched beaches and rugged glacial valleys en route to the West Coast and Southern Lakes. The hotel offers a range of room types and is a perfect rest stop for all travellers and adventurers. Hotel facilities include a ‘country pub’ style café and bar, warm and comfortable accommodation with modern amenities including wifi.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront
The Hotel blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly personal service. The property offers a relaxing atmosphere combined with stunning panoramic lake and mountain views, situated within a tranquil garden setting. With 240 guest rooms, including six suites and over 80 rooms that have views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range. The hotel is within walking distance of Queenstown central shopping and entertainment area.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas
- 7 nights accommodation with private en suite
- Auckland to Christchurch and Queenstown to Auckland airfares with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners included
- Admission to Shantytown
- View the Pancake Rocks
- Admission to West Coast Treetops Walk
- Guided tour of Waitangiroto Heron Colony
- Time to explore Arrowtown
- Day of leisure in Queenstown - Leisure Time Tours can assist with optional sightseeing bookings
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$3,550.00|
|Non Member Share Twin Cost:||$3,590.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Tuesday 15 September 2020
Booking Terms & Conditions
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(Applicable for New Zealand Tours from 01 May 2020 - 30 September 2021)
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If a passenger has been tested positive for COVID-19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive COVID-19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers. Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required. Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.