Pure Adrenaline

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Pure Adrenaline

from £786.25
Duration: 10 days
Countries: New Zealand
Get your Kiwi kicks in Nelson, Abel Tasman NP, Fox Glacier, Milford Sound and of course Queenstown, where you can bungy jump, mountain bike and jet boat in this thrill-seeker’s paradise.

Pure Adrenaline


Day 1: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
Take off like Frodo Baggins as we roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch 50 shades of green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and Pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be.

Included today:
-Lake Matheson Walk

Day 2: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Today's your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.

Day 3: Queenstown
Here's some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities-you have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with bungy, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, or paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola. If you're bored here, there's something wrong. Need some time out? Head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, soak in a Japanese onsen, or kick back with a local pinot.

Day 4: Queenstown
Free day, take two. Jump off more stuff or chill out and let your pulse drop. Your call.

Day 5: Queenstown to Fiordland
Instagram account meltdown warning! Today is going to chew through your memory cards with the Mirror Lakes, Hollyford Valley and Milford Sound. Sheer rock faces towering 1,200m above sea level, wildlife and waterfalls combine like an inch-thick chocolate ganache… 100% pure mouth-watering decadence out on the sound. You probably won't see any woolly mammoths, but dolphins and fur seals? You can pretty much bet your snow boots on it. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.

Included today:
-Milford Sound Nature Cruise
-Fiordland National Park Walks

Day 6: Fiordland to Lake Ohau
Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with venison burgers and a central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Then cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.

Included today:
-Mountain Bike ride (13km/2hrs) along Arrow River


Did you know:
-New Zealand is also the only country with hobbits printed on their currency.
-And everyone in New Zealand knows at least one person who worked on the films.

Day 7: Lake Ohau to Christchurch
Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It's about as Kiwi as 'fush and chups' (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog and a chance to watch them in action on a Kiwi farm. Then on to Christchurch, which has recovered from the 2011 Earthquake and bounced back with new pop-up bars and a shopping precinct, with still more to come.

Included today:
-Mt Cook Village (weather dependant)
-Scenic walks

Did you know:
-After the 2011 Christchurch earthquake there was a national shortage of Marmite sandwich spread that lasted over a year. The dilemma was named “Marmageddon”.
-A pop-up mall project called Re:START was constructed from shipping containers over the destroyed pedestrian mall after the 2011 quake.

Day 8: Christchurch to Nelson
Make some marine mates and brace yourself for the triple threat of acrobatic sperm whales, orcas and humpbacks on a whale watching tour and melt over the cuteness of fur seals under the falls. Fancy some fish and chips? You're spoilt for choice in Kaikoura where Kai = Food and Koura = Crayfish.

Included today:
-Kaikoura Peninsula Walk
-Ohau Point Seal colony


Did you know:
-The One Ring featured in Lord of the Rings was crafted by Nelson jeweller Jens Hansen, who continues to grant the dreams of many a LOTR fan by selling replicas for purchase from his store.
-“Sunny Nelson” as it is known, is New Zealand's sunniest city.
-In 1870 Nelson played host to New Zealand's first recognised rugby game.

Day 9: Nelson
Dense forest, snow capped mountains and acres of pinot noir grapes. Green, white and red… no wonder Nelson has been referred to as the Naples of the southern hemisphere. Throw clay or wield a paintbrush in the creative artist hub. Skydive, kayak or take a hike through the mountains, forests and waters of Abel Tasman National Park. Or go treasure hunting in Nelson's galleries. Round out the day with a traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner catered by yours truly. Not bad, Nelson. Not bad.

Day 10: Nelson to Wellington
Wake up and fall straight into the arms of the world's best Sav Blanc for a private tasting in a family-owned vineyard. With postcard-perfect vistas and 35,000 hectares under vines, it's a slice of heaven. Next up: a ferry through Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to the capital of New Zealand (no, it's not Auckland!). With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, you won't be bored.

Included today:
-Cook Strait Ferry Crossing
-Marlborough Wine tasting

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Wine tasting in Marlborough
Stay in Fox Glacier
Adventure capital Queenstown
Kiwi farm experience in Fairlie
Kaikoura Peninsula and marine life
Milford Sound experience by Nature Encounter Cruise
Arrow River bike trails
Cook Strait ferry crossing
Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader and Driver


9 breakfasts, 1 afternoon, 4 dinners


9 nights in hotels, motels and lodges

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