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New Zealand Scenic Tours

Manuka Point Lodge offers two options for scenic touring; driving with a personal driver/guide and flying fixed wing aircraft with our own bush pilot

SOUTH ISLAND SCENIC TOUR DRIVING– FIVE DAYS – FOUR NIGHTS

MANUKA POINT • HOKITIKA (1) • FOX GLACIER (1) • QUEENSTOWN (2) • CHRISTCHURCH

Includes:

  • Personal tour guide and comfortable vehicle
  • Four nights, quality accommodations
  • Four breakfasts
  • Gondola ride, Queenstown

Price US$3950 per person (minimum 2 people per tour)

DAY 1 MANUKA POINT – HOKITIKA
Driving from Manuka Point Lodge over the Rakaia Gorge and on to alpine Arthurs Pass (2 hrs), first stop, lunch.  On to Hokitika (1 1/2 hrs). There you can take a scenic flight to Mt Cook over the stunning    Southern Alps (option to extend your flight to include Milford Sound). With Ben Patterson, Wilderness Wings Pilot/Owner. Evening at Hokitika, taking in the sunset on the beach.

DAY 2 HOKITIKA – FOX GLACIER
In the morning after breakfast we drive on to Fox Glacier (2 1/2 hrs). Taking a hike around Lake Matheson, the most photographed lake in the country, the reflections are amazing. The circular walk will take around an hour. Visit the Glacier look-out. Dinner at the Cook Saddle Saloon.

DAY 3 FOX GLACIER — QUEENSTOWN
After breakfast we will drive on to Queenstown (6 hours) stopping at different areas of interest including, Knights Point, Whitebait Snack Shack, Haast, Makarora, Wanaka for lunch, The Roaring Billy Waterfall, Blue Lakes and  the famous Cardrona Hotel. For the next two nights you stay in New Zealand’s tourism jewel and adventure capital, Queenstown.

DAY 4 QUEENSTOWN
In the morning you can choose to take any of a multitude of adventure and sightseeing options, a Jet Boat ride on the Shotover River or a chance to explore Queenstown and in the afternoon maybe a winery tour enjoying the local wines and superb scenery. In the evening dining is at the Skyline Restaurant which involves a gondola ride to reach the restaurant which overlooks the amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown.

DAY 5 QUEENSTOWN — CHRISTCHURCH
9 am start and drive to beautiful Tekapo. On the way we stop off at interesting areas for shopping and sightseeing, The Salmon shop for salmon tasting, visit James Mckenzies dog statue on the shores of Lake Tekapo. From the ‘MacKenzie Country’ to Geraldine and across the patchwork Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Additional tour options

  • Not included in price but these activities can be organized by your tour guide
  • Alpine scenic flights—Hokitika
  • Jet Boat—Queenstown
  • Winery tour —Queenstown
  • Any other activities that you request, such as fishing, golf, horseback riding