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Platinum Reward Yourself 4 day Package
NZ $2,690.00
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Platinum Reward Yourself 4 day Package

 
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Just Add Easy  Reward Yourself- at the Glaciers
This 4 day “Reward Yourself” package Includes
  • return TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch,
  • one nights accommodation at the Kingsgate Hotel with a Romance welcome pack,
  • a rental car for 48 hours (petrol is your own additional cost),
  •  two nights accommodation in a Franz Josef Glacier holiday home,
  • a scenic helicopter flight,
  • a guided glacier walk,
  • entry to the Rainforest hotpools and
  • your choice of two of the following guided activities:
    • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks Tour or
    • Taniwha Blackwater Rafting with a Rainforest Zipline Flight or
    • Rail Trail Cycle tour or
    • U-drive 4x4 Adventure
    • Rainforest Cruise
    • Jade & Gild Duscovery
  •  plus a CD Photo Package of your trip
                        
Choose two of the 1/2 day tours listed in the options window at the left to go with your package.


Take the Tranz-Alpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth for an overnight stay plus choose two of the following activities (included in price) to complement your visit to the Wild West Coast - a land of stunning contrasts. You will then return to Christchurch by train on the fourth day.

Day 1. 0800 Depart Christchurch Rail Station in the
           morning
           1245 Arrive Greymouth & check in at your 
           accommodation (included)
           13:15 Depart for the afternoon tour you selected
Day 2. am This morning collect your rental car and travel
           to the glaciers (3 hour drive)
            pm You'll be booked in for an Ice Explorer heli-hike
           with Franz Josef Glacier Guides either this
          afternoon or the next morning. A description can be
          found on their website at www.franzjosefglacier.com
          Evening: we suggest a visit to the luxurious
          Rainforest Hotpools
Day 3. Head back up the West Coast to Greymouth
           visiting the Hokitika Jade carvers on the way
          pm: Take your second selected tour
Day 4 am This morning is time to relax with a late start.
           1345  Depart on the train back to Christchurch
           1830  Arrive Christchurch.
 
    A detailed itinerary will be sent to you when you make a reservation with your date choice.
 
So choose one of the tours from these below and specify which one you would like to do when purchasing your Just Add Easy Package Voucher. Click on the link below to get a full descriptions of each of these activities that are available on this package. 

- Rainforest Cruise
- 4x4 goldrush & glow-worm adventure
- Blackwater cave Rafting, glow-worms & zipline
- Shantytown Visit
- Pancake Rocks National Park

- Jade & Gold Discovery


Below are descriptions of each of the half day tours you can choose from
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes - National Park
We travel from Greymouth north along the stunning Coast Road to Punakaiki, being the Maori word for "food basket" and the home of the fascinating Pancake Rocks. Enter a world of Limestone Landscapes amongst the Towering gorges of the Paparoa National Park. Take a stroll around the Pancake Rocks Walkway to see the unique rock structures layered here 30 million years ago. Watch also for the roaring Geysers that heave their way from the Ocean floor up out through the Rock Blowholes. Take time also to view the award winning audio visual show at the Visitors Centre and to browse around some of New Zealand's finest craft displays at the Gallery.

Other options included are (1) Take a short easy interpretative Rain Forest walk where you will learn about the ecology of NZ's temperate flora and how the local Maori people gained their food and medicine from the forest. (2) Beach combing for NZ Jade. This wild landscape is the home of NZ's Pounamu-the jade greenstone treasured by the Maori people. Walk along a secluded beach beside the thundering Tasman Sea surf in a search for your own souvenir piece of this treasured gemstone. (3) Myths and Legends Cavern Tour. Step into a forgotten world of caves misted with time and ancient maori legends. You will be led through the mysterious regions weaving between oral history and myth. Follow the footsteps of Maori warriors and the early European explorers as you learn about maori underworld legends and explore this historic site. We recommend you wear sturdy footwear if you would like to do the walking options.

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Rainforest cruise:

Can include bird watching or trout fishing

A relaxing cruise by Jungle Boat amongst the primeval giants of our rain forests.

Take the Tranz-Alpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth. You will be met at the Greymouth Rail Station for a gentle float trip through some of the worlds most hauntingly beautiful scenery.

In the traditions of our early explorers, by Jungle Boat we follow the route of 'Te Ara Pounamu'-the greenstone pathway. This is part of the trail used by ancient Maori greenstone jade traders on their way to the West Coast jade fields. Your spirit will lead you to your choice of waka (boat). Choose from taking a fun journey on the unique Maori outrigger canoe of the type used to travel the great ocean currents of the Pacific or be more relaxed in the inflatable jungle boats. (both have outboard motors but we do encourage you to have a go at paddling if you want) For those individual spirits paddle your own dugout canoe through the rainforest waterway with your guide.

This gentle flat water float trip through some of the world's most hauntingly beautiful scenery teaches you how we preserve the delicate balance between one of nature's oldest ecosystems and today's modern use of this environment. Touch the silence while drifting by this prehistoric world of huge podocarp rainforest trees with some of the areas bird life. The dark waters give you an eerie feeling of timelessness and spirituality.

Enjoy a cup of Manuka Bush tea as you learn about the life and legends of the native Maori People and take home a piece of traditional flax weaving that we teach you to make on the way. You will leave with a sense of rejuvenation from your visit with nature today.

Want to try some trout fishing. Let us know and we will get you a day licence which has a small addtional cost.
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4x4 Goldrush & glow-worms adventure  

Meet one of the Wild West's local gold prospectors who will take you into the outback to visit some of his claims. He "claims" to have gold in your pan within one hour! You will take a 4x4 tour up the Grey River Valley to the Nelson Creek Goldfields and then onto the goldminers back country trails . Enjoy a short bush walk and negotiate the ancient Chinese gold-diggers maze. Learn about the Native Beech Forest ecosystem found thriving here. Step into an underworld galaxy of glow-worms at the Deviation Mine and on the way make your fortune at the 1860's gold claim. This historic, underground mine was opened in 1866 and is worked from time to time by a local prospector who keeps the mine operating. Experience the Wild West's living heritage as you pan for the elusive gold flakes & red garnets. See how the old timers did it - Try some billy tea or, if you dare our 'Goldseeker's Lament" Liqueur.

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Blackwater Cave Rafting & glow-worms

with zipline & photos 

Join your Wild West Adventure Company guide for a half day of underworld intrigue. An adventure of mystery, romance & intrigue! Float through a galaxy world of glow-worms Take a tubing adventure down a rainforest canyon, thrill down zipline ride with a 25 meters drop reaching 65 km/hr and run the rock hydroslide. Finish with a hot spa & showers. Trips to suit all ages and abilities over 8 years. Average fitness required.

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Shantytown an 1860's goldrush town  

Take a trip back in time to Shantytown Heritage Park, a recreated goldrush mining town of the 1860's. Here you can ride a steam train into the bush to the Shantytown gold claim. Try your hand at goldpanning where gold is guaranteed for every prospector (that's you!). The town has over 30 buildings full of history and relics from the goldrush. Especially interesting is the 1860's hospital with its iron lung and shock treatment equipment!
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Jade and Gold Discovery. Discover your own treasures! 

You will be met by a Wild West goldminer who will take you on an adventure of romance and intrigue as you hunt for treasures on the West Coast. Your prospecting guide will take you back in time on a tour of an 1860's goldfield. Discover your own Goldstrike when you pan for gold while enjoying a cup of billy tea and some damper with your guide. Gold in your pan within one hour guaranteed!!! Make sure you bring a sack!


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PLUS...To make sure you really are getting good value, we will give you a voucher for discounts & free stuff at places around the West Coast. You can pick up a FREE Big Mac with any meal purchased, FREE Email, a FREE Beer/wine, a FREE Dessert at a local restaurant with your meal.

 
Here's the fine print relating specifically to the Just Add Easy Vouchers. Conditions:
 
  1. Use your voucher any time over the next year for travel that ends by 20th November 2013 except for public holidays and between Dec 20th to January 30th.
  2. Once purchased vouchers are non redeemable.
  3. Vouchers can only be used by the person who's name is registered when you purchase the voucher. (this is to stop people reselling them)
  4. Once we have confirmed a date for you to travel your voucher is regarded as redeemed and cannot be used again even if you cancel the agreed date or do not turn up. If you do need to change your date we may be able to do so but only  if there is availability and you make the change 30 days prior to your original date. There will be a $45 per person fee to do this.
  5. Do not book any connecting travel until we have confirmed your package date to you in writing. If you do this and we cannot provide you with a date that connects with other travel you have purchased we will not be responsible for its cost.
  6. Some components of your package provided by other operators have a minimum numbers requirement and you may also find that some dates get filled up so we cannot gaurantee particular dates. You need to be reasonably flexible in when you can travel which is why we give you a year to do so. But dont leave it till the last month!!
  7. The weather risk is yours. If a tour on your package cannot go for any reason we will try to provide another of similar value for the same time. If you don't take up this alternative there are no refunds. It doesn't happen often but it can happen.
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