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Dates:2021
  • 3 – 7 October
  • 11 – 15 November
  • 9 – 13 December

2022

  • 6 – 10 January
  • 17 – 21 February
  • 10 – 14 March
  • 19 – 23 April
  • 9 – 13 October
  • 3 – 7 November
  • 1 – 5 December
Trip Duration:5 days / 4 nights
Start:Christchurch
Finish:Dunedin
Price:
  • Adult $2855 $2190 per person
  • Child $ 1695 per person
  • Special price for 2 people – $5710 $4299
  • Single Supplement NZD 795
20% deposit  will secure a place on this trip.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

To inspire

  • Magical Ohinetahi Gardens
  • Extraordinary geology, Vanished World / Duntroon
  • Glorious picture postcard St Bathans crystal deep blue lake
  • Lake Coleridge’s quiet beauty

To enjoy

  • Enjoy meeting some Aussies / hand feed wallabies
  • Amusing, quirky tiled piano and garden, an invitation to play
  • Garden rambles backdropped against Maniototo skyline
To indulge

  • Afternoon tea in Larnach Castle’s heritage stable complex
  • Lunch finger food nestled in alpine country garden
  • Savour a classic country roast nestled in Dansey’s Pass hotel
  • Relish a night at Methven boutique cinema with snacks at hand

To browse

  • Farm style gift shops
  • Finding the unusual handmade objects and art
  • Ranfurly Visitor Centre wares displayed in an old railway carriage
TRIP INCLUDES
  • FLIGHTS to & from major cities*
  • Door to door shuttle urban areas*
  • Your own professional historian as a guide
  • 1 night at Akaroa Waterfront Motels
  • 1 night at Methven Resort
  • 2 nights at Danseys Pass Hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 x 2-course dinners
  • Magical Ohinetahi Gardens Guided Tour
  • The Giant House Akaroa
  • Exclusive country estate lunch
  • Waimate Museum
  • Enjoy meeting some Aussies / hand feed wallabies
  • Vanished World Centre Duntroon
  • Afternoon tea in Larnach Castle’s heritage stable complex
  • Relish a night at Methven boutique cinema with snacks at hand
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • Tax included

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    ITINERARY
    About Trip
    Tiny places
    Big stories

    Who on earth lived here?

    Evocative places with names like Middlemarch & Maniototo (red tussock) lace up your exploring boots and find out more. Glorious lakes, quaint places where giants live, or wineries where you are the only visitor.

    Platters of fresh produce and a glass of wine with a remote redwood forest at the doorstep. Enormous ancient landforms naturally sculptured nestled in farmland where sheep quietly graze.

    Personal stories of people who travelled before us create private doorways where we get to glimpse tiny places with big stories.

    @Gunyahcountryestate

    DAY 1
    Christchurch - Bank Peninsula
    (Akaroa)
    Small bays, fine views, pebble beach, arts and crafts

    Highlights of the day

    • Scenic Lookout over Christchurch and mountains
    • Ohinetahi House & Garden
    • The Giant House Akaroa
    • Onuku, ancestral house and church
    • Birdlings Flat, pebble beach with ocean surf
    • Little River, tiny town in the heart of the Peninsula

    @thegiantshouse

    Stay

    @Akaroa Waterfront Motels

    Akaroa Waterfront Motels

    Welcome to the Akaroa Waterfront Motels accommodation (formally Driftwood and Wai-iti Motels) situated right on the water’s edge in Akaroa. Only 1.5 hrs from Christchurch the Akaroa Waterfront Motels is the ideal place for family holidays or a weekend escape.

    DAY 2
    Bank Peninsula -
    Lake Coleridge/Methven
    Family-owned farm tour, historic country estate, Lake Coleridge high country

    Highlights of the day

    • Family-owned farm tour
    • Cotons Cottage
    • Boutique Cinema Experience
    • Country Estate Lunch and Garden Tour
    • Lake Coleridge / Rakaia River scenic route

    Lake Coleridge

    Stay

    @methvenresort

    Methven Resort

    Nestled under the iconic Mt Hutt Ski Field sits the rural town of Methven. Boasting breathtaking scenery, lakes and rivers, adventure sports, golfing and more.
    Methven Resort is well located, being less than 5 minute walk to the Methven Town Centre.

    Our spacious grounds boast three hot pools, outdoor swimming pool, bar and restaurant, conference rooms and 46 spacious rooms for you to enjoy.

    DAY 3
    Lake Coleridge/Methven -
    Danseys Pass
    Waimate, Kurow, Duntroon, Moeraki Boulders, Danseys Pass

    Highlights of the day

    • Meet some Aussies / hand feed wallabies
    • Take a selfie with Richie McCaw / Kurow
    • Lost in a Vanished World / Duntroon
    • Jumping across Moeraki Boulders

    Lake Coleridge @Agoda

    Stay

    @Danseyspasshotel

    Danseys Pass Hotel

    Welcome to Danseys Pass Hotel, a historic establishment built in 1862 that offers 19 double bedrooms across the original building and modern purpose-built lodge, as well as facilities for wedding ceremonies, conferences and other functions nestled in the heart of the beautiful Otago countryside. Modern conveniences have been carefully integrated into the traditional surroundings to provide ambiance and versatility to suit your occasion.

    DAY 4
    Danseys Pass -
    Maniototo Gold mining towns
    Ranfurly, Naseby, Clachanburn Gardens, St Bathans

    Highlights of the day

    • Clachanburn, a rambling country garden
    • Ranfurly, the Art Deco of Otago
    • Naseby, ‘jewel of the Maniototo’
    • St Bathans, five people are a crowd! / Blue Lake

    Clachanburn Gardens @Stuff

    DAY 5
    Danseys Pass - Dunedin
    Macraes, Middlemarch, Larnach Castle

    Highlights of the day

    • Macraes, Otago’s gold mining history
    • Middlemarch, Central Otago backcountry
    • Larnach Castle, one and only mock castle in NZ

    Middlemarch

    Trip includes / Trip exludes / Important notes

    Ohinetahi Garden @ohinetahi

    TRIP INCLUDES

    • FLIGHTS to & from major cities*
    • Your own professional historian as a guide
    • 1 night at Akaroa Waterfront Motels
    • 1 night at Methven Resort
    • 2 nights at Danseys Pass Hotel
    • Daily breakfast
    • 3 x 2-course dinners
    • Magical Ohinetahi Gardens Guided Tour
    • The Giant House Akaroa
    • Exclusive country estate lunch
    • Waimate Museum
    • Enjoy meeting some Aussies / hand feed wallabies
    • Vanished World Centre Duntroon
    • Afternoon tea in Larnach Castle’s heritage stable complex
    • Relish a night at Methven boutique cinema with snacks at hand
    • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
    • Tax included
    ADD-ONS

    @akaroawaterfront

    TRIP ADD-ONS

    • Single Supplement
    • Methven Boutique Cinema Experience

    The accommodation on our tours is based on twin share. If you’d prefer to have your own room, please select the single supplement option in the online booking form. The single supplement fee is for the whole trip, not per night.

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