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NZ Table for 2. Designed for you
Please note these self drive tour options are bespoke designed especially for you and the experience you are after. Also note that most meals & dining options below are exclusives to & pre-organised by New Zealand Discovery Adventures and won't be found on menus. Accommodation options range from Quality Class 3+ star basis. For those travelling alone there is an additional single supplement to pay.
Accommodation and rental car upgrades are available
Quoted prices includes one special dinner, Thrifty Rental Car, all accommodation and activities including the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.
Day 1Tranz Alpine Train to Greymouth
Float the Rainforest+ native foods & medicines, Pancake Rocks visit & Champagne Hamper, and sample our Rogues & Rascals Audio Tour
Accommodation in Greymouth
Lunch: Go to Eli's Eating & Drinking near the clock tower. Try their all day Coal Miners Breakfast, the meats are grown and processed in the hills near town, you'll be eating exactly what the local coalminers do to get them through a day underground. Feeling adventurous, ask for a side of Mountain Oysters. (since it is lunch time… why not also have a beer with your breakfast… try a Monteith's Celtic)
Dinner: Fish from Talley's Shop at the wharf, fresh off the boat.
Day 2Taniwha Blackwater Cave Rafting
Greenstone factory visit
Self Drive to Franz Josef Glacier:
Bushman's Centre Entry into Pioneer Section own extra cost $5- learn to throw an axe & use a pitsaw as in the pioneering days
Mirror lakes & giant Matai tree
Franz Josef Glacier, viewing from walking track for photos
Accommodation Farm Stay: Franz Josef
Breakfast: As you are booked on a morning Blackwater rafting adventure, we recommend you have an early & convenient breakfast prior (perhaps at your Motel)
Ten minutes after you leave Greymouth there is a great goat Cheesery. Beautiful full flavoured cheeses reasonably priced that you can buy by the slice. And just up the road is Honey café with a selection of NZ Honeys. The local area is known for its Rata Rainforest Honey.
Late Lunch at the Bushman's Centre: Venison or Possum Pies or whatever fresh wildfoods they have in on the day of your visit. Ask for Pete, he is the town's Mayor and will advise you on the freshest of the day. And see if you can get the recipe off his wife, I've been trying for years...
Dinner: Grilled West Coast farmed salmon seasoned with NZ Kelp pepper, served with horopito risotto, local green salad & goat cheese side. Need to find restaurant to do this
Day 3Guided Glacier Walk
Breakfast: Kea Café Big Breaky. The head chef here is Rick, his breakfasts last & last & last.
Lunch: Frontier Café & Bar, Haast (Heartland World Heritage Hotel) Pie & Pud is pretty good
If you eat nothing else today, you must also include a mandatory single scoop of Hokey Pokey Ice cream (a NZ classic), find a quiet spot on the Lake edge & chillax.
Day 4Drive to Queenstown (ZQN)
Accommodation in Queenstown (for next 2 nights).
Sleep in & today is an, at your own pace drive to Queenstown. If you’re a bit of an adventurous driver and want to try something special then drive the Crown Range Road to the Cardrona Hotel. But take the longer Kawarau route in winter as this road can be icy or even closed
Morning Tea: Tea & Scones @ Cardrona Hotel
Lunch: Arguably the best pies in the Country: Butter Chicken Pie at Arrowtown
Dinner: Maori Hangi Dinner & Cultural show
Day 5You have done enough driving, (trust us when we say you will love not concentrating on the road for today’s activities)
Today is a magical drive into the famous Milford Sound & Scenic Cruise with Real Journeys (packed lunch included).
Dinner: New Zealand Rainbow & Brown Trout. You are not allowed to buy trout in NZ but we have a mate in Queenstown who will give you one. We will arrange it for you, take it to the chef at your hotel to have it lightly braised in New Zealand Meadowfresh butter, delicious.
Day 6Drive to Christchurch. A touring day through an amazing range of beautiful landscapes. Alpine deserts with their tussock plains, wind sculptured rocks, mirror lakes, mountains and the Canterbury plains.
Accommodation for this day isn’t included as some people fly out in the evening, however we can organise this for you on request.
Dinner: Johnny Jones Canterbury Lamb Rack @ Bealey’s Speights Alehouse. Try with a Canterbury Pinot Noir (either Sandihurst 2007 or other Akaroa Boutique wineries such as Gecko)
Cancellations: Tours paid for and cancelled within 30 days of or during travel will not be refunded under any circumstances. We recommend you have travel insurance which we can also arrange for you.