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New Zealand / CHRISTCHURCH & FRANZ JOSEPH GLACIER LOCAL TOURING WELLINGTON & CHRISTCHURCH FEATURED PARTNERS AND LOCAL TOURING / New Zealand 3 Day Wellington City Stay Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay _ Mt. Cook Day Tour - Christchurch to Queenstown Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington, New Zea- land’s capital city, is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden sand inner-city beach and delve into the many mu- seums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. If you are into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the har- bour and surrounding hills. On the waterfront itself you will find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. You can join a tour to the filming locations of The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy, as Wellington was the main filming and production location. Highlights (included): Located on Wellington's premier Oriental Parade, overlooking the stunning Wellington Harbour, Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay is the perfect base to explore the city. Merely 10 minutes away, is the city's shopping, commercial, and entertainment centre. The Te Papa Museum, Live Theatre in Courtney Place, and many of the city's finest restaurants and bars are also close to our Oriental Parade Hotel. • Wellington city and coastline tour • Te Papa admission • Zealandia twilight tour Day 1: Wellington Day 2: Wellington city and coastline touring Day 3: Wellington Package includes: 2 nights of accommodation, sightseeing and attractions as listed above. Pricing from. Our 118 rooms, across four different styles, feature a separate balcony with views of the harbour or city. Each room captures the natural beauty of the nearby ocean and environment, and comes equipped with all the modern hotels comforts that you need in Oriental Bay, Wellington. Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Southern Alps on a sightseeing day tour to Mount Cook. Leaving Christchurch in the morning, travel across the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps. The highlight of this tour is seeing New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook, situated in a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising to 3,724 metres high, Aoraki certainly lives up to its name, which in Māori can be translated as 'cloud piercer'. Enjoy lunch (optional extra) at the famous Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village. After lunch you will have time to explore the village and soak up the view. The tour concludes in the evening upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. (Photo Credit Right: Miles Holden). $399 Pricing is per person, double occupancy Hotel Hooker Valley, Aoraki Mount Cook, Canterbury | Tourism New Zealand Day Touring Wellington City Touring Options Te Waonui Forest Retreat Nestled amongst native rainforest in pristine wilderness sits Te Waonui Forest Retreat, an experience that will leave a lasting memory. In the heart of Glacier Country, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a world away from everyday stresses and strains. This 5 star ecoluxury retreat has been created in harmony with its surrounds and offers a place to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul through nature based pursuits, delicious degustation dining and fine wine. There are four accommodation wings, all overlooking the native forest offering guests a private sanctuary. Balconies are a feature of all guest rooms, seamlessly connecting the hotel experience with the great outdoors. The hotel features an onsite luxury spa, restaurant and lounge bar, local activity desk and concierge service. Discover New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, on one of the many tours available to explore the top highlights of the city lying between a magnificent harbour and rolling hills. Wellington not only holds the National Museum, Te Papa, and the Parliament buildings but it was also known for being the base of Lord of the Rings™. You might opt for a filming location tour instead of a traditional city tour and discover film studios and filming locations including the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard and much more. Other options include exploring the neighbouring wine region of Martinborough, through the Hutt Valley and the Rimutake Ranges. Te Waonui Forest Retreat – close to nature, far from ordinary. (Image Credits: Wellington Harbour view from Mount Victoria | Rob Suisted; Weta Cave Museum | Weta Workshops). Hotel 3 Day Christchurch City Stay Te Papa Museum, Wellington | Te Papa Museum Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier Heartland Hotel Cotswold _ Franz Josef to Queenstown Day Tour In February 2011, this city was hit by a large earthquake. Much of the central city with its classic neo-gothic architecture was destroyed, however as it rebuilds, it remains a beautiful city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in quality hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining. Christchurch is showing its vibrancy with new developments popping up including many creative re-start shopping areas and pop up city bars. Share in the unique history and rebuild of this elegant city, visit the interactive Inter- national Antarctic Centre, stroll through the Wearable Arts Awards Museum and drive through the Port Hills for stunning views of the city and coast. Highlights (included): • Christchurch sightseeing • Full day tour to Akaroa In the midst of Christchurch’s prestigious suburb of Merivale, on the outskirts of the CBD, the Heartland Hotel Cotswold combines a unique and distinctive Tudor style architecture with a classic charm that is carried throughout the hotel. Its convenient central location, picturesque gardens and close proximity to Christchurch’s Hagley Park, shipping districts and casino, offers guests the best of both worlds. Day 1: Christchurch sightseeing Day 2: Akaroa Day 3: Wellington Package includes: 2 nights of accommodation, arrival airport transfer, sightseeing and attractions as listed above. Pricing from. Pricing is per person, double occupancy $599 With a full complement of guest facilities, the Heartland Hotel Cotswold is popular amongst a mix of international and business travellers alike. Natural light and garden views fill the 77 spacious rooms, while the 1 and 2 bedroom suites offer excellent facilities for families of longer stay guests. The hotel features an onsite restaurant, swimming pool and sauna, fitness centre, complemented by spacious grounds and courtyard. Hotel 84 ANDERSON VACATIONS Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is a haven for visitors seeking the experience of a lifetime in the heart of New Zealand’s stunning West Coast. Serving up a warm and inviting atmosphere, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is renowned for its genuine Kiwi hospitality in comfortable surrounds. Comprising of two distinctive wings, the hotel offers 130 standard and superior guest rooms with excellent in room amenities. Guests are invited to take advantage of all services and facilities on offer, including private spa pools, two onsite restaurants, bar with an open fireplace, gift shop and more. The Franz Josef Glacier village is only a 2 hour drive south from the regions airport at Hokitika, and around a 5 hour drive from either Christchurch or Queenstown. Hotel www.andersonvacations.ca Leave the small village of Franz Josef, access point to the world famous Franz Josef Glacier, and journey through the remote and rugged landscape of the West Coast. This is New Zealand at its purest and most untamed – see moody mountain ranges, thick native rainforest and wild rocky shores as you travel in comfort, enjoying the commentary from your local driver/guide. Cross over to the East Coast through the Haast Pass, the southernmost pass in the Southern Alps. On the other side, enjoy postcard views of vibrant blue lakes like Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka and Lake Dunstan as you make your way into scenic Queenstown, arriving in the late afternoon. (Photo credit right: Lake Wanaka | Julian Apse) Day Touring 85