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High Country Explorer – Motorhome Trail

Roving High Country Explorer - Motorhome Trail

HIGHLIGHTS

Drive at your own pace, visit and stay at working farms, Queenstown, Fox Glacier, Marae visit in Hokitika

FROM

NZ$3,899

DURATION

12 Days

Why choose this Motorhome trail?

Carefully crafted motorhome tour to get you off the beaten track while experiencing local hospitality. This is not a convoy tour! You’ll head off each morning with time to visit the sights that interest you along the way. Then we’ll all meet up at our overnight stop, in time for Happy Hour and to share tales of the day on the road! This trail is limited to only eight motorhomes.

Roving High Country Explorer trail gives you the opportunity to visit New Zealand in a way you may never have done before. Enjoy driving at your own pace and taking time to stop and explore places along the way. You will be provided with an information pack with lists of options in each place you travel through. Do as much or as little as you like!

Doug Avery – 24th March 2021 Tour leader

Doug Avery  is well known in farming circles for his work that provides powerful support to New Zealand farmers across three pillars – financial, environmental and social. Due to the high stress involved with farming, the rate of depression and suicide can be high. Doug helps farmers adopt new thinking and practices to get through any rough times. So it is in conjunction with Doug, that we have access to several stations incredible High Country Stations, which are included in our motorhome tour itineraries.

What’s the Activity level?

This is a relaxed itinerary. Motorhome tours give you maximum independence to do as much or little as you like. There are many walks available throughout the trip should you choose to do them. Apart from the guided farm walks, there are two included walk, our helihike at Glentanner which is an easy walk back to base, and the Treetops Walk.

What’s the transport and accommodation like?

We will be travelling in a 3 berth motor home for the tour, plus a helihike at Glentanner and a TSS Earnslaw cruise in Queenstown. Our accommodation is in our comfortable 3 berth motor homes throughout the trip with one night hotel accommodation in Christchurch at the start.

*All our tours are non-smoking/vaping

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 12 days from Christchurch to Christchurch
Trip focus: A unique motorhome tour of New Zealand’s High Country and West Coast
Accommodation: 1 night in Christchurch hotel and 11 nights in a 3 berth motor home, with en suite facilities.
Transport: Motor home, helicopter, boat
Group size: Maximum 8 vehicles including tour leader, Minimum 5 vehicles
Vehicle upgrades: Upgrade to a 4 berth motor home – price on request

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • First night in Christchurch hotel wth dinner and breakfast
  • 11 days 3 berth motor home hire
  • Unlimited kms and fully inclusive vehicle insurance with zero excess
  • Camping chairs & table
  • All utensils, linen & full gas bottle
  • Goodie starter pack with essentials
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Orientation tour at each farm
  • Helihike at Glentanner
  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise
  • Entry to Puzzle World
  • Tree Tops Walk
  • Marae visit in Hokitika
  • Tour host so you get the best out of your trip
  • 15% GST

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transport to/from Christchurch
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed
  • Pre and post trip accommodation

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY CHRISTCHURCH

Welcome to our High Country Explorer motorhome tour. On arrival at Christchurch Airport, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers and tour hosts at your welcome dinner. You will receive your comprehensive tour notes, along with a briefing on the exciting motor homing days ahead. 

Meals included: Dinner

Distance travelled: 0 kms

DAY 2 - CHRISTCHURCH TO LAKE HERON

After breakfast, we’ll head off to pick up our roving accommodation. Our travels today take us from the Canterbury plains, through the picturesque Rakaia Gorge, to the South Canterbury high country. Once at our High Country Station, we’ll settle into our overnight sites in time for an introductory walk around the farm, and then we’ll have happy hour before our hosted dinner in the homestead.

Meals Included: Breakfast and 2 course Dinner with wine
Distance travelled: 155 kms, approx driving time 2 hours 30 minutes

DAY 3 - LAKE HERON TO RAINCLIFF

This morning as we leave, we will have plenty of opportunity for walks near Lake Heron and time to take in the vistas. Once back on the main road we head towards the quaint town of Geraldine. Take time for a stop here, where the Barkers store and café is a unique attraction. On arrival at our next High Country Station we’ll be treated to a fascinating hour’s tour, showing how this working deer farm operates. Enjoy a BBQ dinner this evening hosted by the farm owners. 

Meals Included: BBQ Dinner
Distance travelled: 130 kms, approx driving time 2 hours

DAY 4 - RAINCLIFF TO GLENTANNER

There’s so much to see and do today! If you’d like a morning coffee stop, the Farm Barn Café is 20 mins down the road. You’ll also pass through Fairlie, which is famous for its pies, and for good reason. Take time to visit an Alpaca farm and the Garage art gallery. At Burkes Pass Heritage Township you’ll find Three Creeks Service Station, full of yesteryear charm and knick knacks. Soon you’re greeted by views of beautiful Lake Tekapo. There’s lots to keep you busy today! Enjoy beautiful views of Mt Cook from tonights Holiday Park. We’ll enjoy a BBQ this evening at the park.

Meals Included: BBQ Dinner
Distance travelled: 152 kms, approx driving time 2 hours

DAY 5 - GLENTANNER TO OMARAMA

Sure to be a highlight of the journey is the included helicopter trip. This includes a flight to a wonderful vantage point and a guide to talk about the various aspects of farming at Glentanner, morning tea and a pleasant walk back to base. The drive to Omarama is relatively short today. On arrival at the High Country Station, we’ll have a guided walk around the farm that takes in the historic woolshed, brought over from the UK in the late 1800’s, and the operation of the farm. Then we’ll share stories of our day over happy hour and enjoy a hosted BBQ dinner up at the homestead. 

Meals Included:  BBQ Dinner
Distance travelled: 71 kms, approx driving time 1 hour

DAY 6 - OMARAMA TO QUEENSTOWN

Today you may like to take a round trip detour to the amazing Omarama Clay Cliffs. Then head over the barren but beautiful Lindis Pass. On the way to Queenstown, stop in to explore the old town of Cromwell and there are plenty of wineries to choose from for a tasting or delicious lunch. Arrowtown is another option for exploration, along with its old Chinese Gold mining settlement and historic centre. 

Meals Included: None
Distance travelled: 170 kms, approx driving time 2 hours 10 minutes

DAY 7 - QUEENSTOWN

Today we’ll embark on a beautiful Lake Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw. The rest of the day is free for you to choose from the many options in the surrounding area. Maybe go Jet boating, take a ride up the Skyline gondola for stunning views, or you may like to just relax and explore Queenstown. The choice is yours. 

Meals Included: None
Distance travelled: 0 kms

DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN TO LAKE HAWEA

On the way to Lake Hawea, drive via Lake Dunstan and take time to explore Wanaka and its attractions. All close to Wanaka are the Warbirds & Wheels Museum, the Lavender Farm featured on Country Calendar, Puzzling World and the Hook Salmon Farm and Eatery, to name a few. We’ll arrive at our lakeside campground in the evening. Surrounded by trees, it’s the perfect place to relax. 

Meals Included: None
Distance travelled: 116 kms, approx driving time 1 hour 30 minutes

DAY 9 - LAKE HAWEA TO FOX GLACIER

Today we travel from east to west over the Haast Pass and into the rainforest of the magical West Coast. There are many short walks and sights along the way, such as; the Blue Pools, Fantail and Thunder Creek Falls, the Haast Village and pub, the beautiful Ship Creek river and dune walks. Our overnight stop is at scenic Fox Glacier with views of Mt Cook on a fine day. This evening we’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. 

Meals Included: Dinner
Distance travelled: 186 kms, approx driving time 2 hours 45 minutes

DAY 10 - FOX GLACIER TO HOKITIKA

Our journey up the wild West Coast continues with a full day of sights. You’ll have the option of taking walks to Fox Glacier, though if it’s clear, we highly recommend Lake Matheson for spectacular views of Mount Cook. There’s also Franz Joseph Glacier and walks. The unique West Coast Treetop walk is included along the way. Our Holiday Park tonight is booked exclusively for our group. So enjoy a BBQ dinner and the glowworm grotto. You can even feed the tame eels as well! 

Meals Included: BBQ Dinner
Distance travelled: 203 kms, approx driving time 2 hours 50 minutes

DAY 11 - HOKITIKA TO OTIRA

At 9am we’ve arranged a special group visit at a local Marae, including a Powhiri and to hear stories of Marae history and culture. There’s also time to visit Hokitika itself. You may like to drive to the Pancake Rocks and return via Blackball, and Lake Brunner to the settlement of Otira where we’ll spend the night. The hotel itself is like a living museum, and the owner will explain the unusual collection of knickknacks and artefacts on display. Enjoy a final evening together and a roast dinner in the hotel tonight. 

Meals Included: Roast Dinner
Distance travelled: 127 kms, approx 1 hour 50 minutes via Greymouth and Lake Brunner

DAY 12 - DEPARTURE DAY OTIRA TO CHRISTCHURCH

This is our last day on the road before returning our motorhomes back to base in Christchurch. On the way you’ll pass over the amazing Otira viaduct and you may like to go on a bush walk in Arthurs Pass. There are also the unique rock formations at Castle Hill to wander around.

As you return your motorhomes to the depot, we’re sure you’ll reflect upon the amazing country we live in and the new friends you’ve made. Safe travels.

Meals Included: None

Distance travelled: 156 kms, approx driving time 2 hours 5 minutes

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel at your own pace in your own motor home
  • Get a comprehensive dossier with points of interest
  • Stay on working Stations
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the South Island
  • Visit a Marae in Hokitika
  • Stop at the quirky Otira Stagecoach Hotel
  • Your tour host to help throughout the journey

DATES

Start Date End Date Availability Cost
14th Nov 2020 25th Nov 2020 FULL $3,899
24th Mar 2021 4th Apr 2021 AVAILABLE $4,660
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