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Must do ebike experience - Arrowtown to Queenstown -Door-to-door from Queenstown
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Must do ebike experience - Arrowtown to Queenstown -Door-to-door from Queenstown

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- On your Self Guided Explorer Bike Experience, you can ride in your own time with no time deadlines as you make your way along the stunning scenic tracks back to Queenstown. - Enjoy 365 days a year pickup. Once back to Queenstown, we can pick your gear up from your accommodation in Queesntown, Frankton or Arthurs Point or from the iconic Speight's Ale House located in Central Queenstown. - Choose to ride on our Cruiser bikes or our Premium e-bikes. All our bikes are the brand NEW 2020 models. - Arrowtown, Lower Shotover and Frankton and the surrounding trails are home to world-class award-winning golf courses, stunning Lord of the Rings scenery, historic gold mining history and famous bridges and much more. - We also can be flexible with departure times. Just let us know and we will try and cater to your group's needs. - You will also have your driver's cell phone number to contact in case your plans change during the day.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$57.01
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Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown
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Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown

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Arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, Milford Sound offers a sweeping landscape of jagged snow-capped mountains, shimmering fjords and lakes, towering waterfalls and emerald greenery. Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu—New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau—the South Island’s the largest lake.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$139.94
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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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See the glowworm caves of Te Anau on an underground adventure sure to charm visitors of all ages. An informative guide joins you on the 2hour and 15 minute Te Anau glowworm caves tour, starting with a cruise across Lake Te Anau. Then marvel at the shimmering illumination of thousands of glowworms as you glide through the quiet darkness of this magical underground world.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$64.74
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise by Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$117.05
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

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The glacial waters, soaring cliffs, and thundering waterfalls of Milford Sound are spectacular from all angles, and this half-day tour takes in all the highlights. Enjoy thrilling aerial views of the Fiordland National Park on a round-trip flight from Queenstown, and marvel at Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke on a scenic Milford Sound cruise. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$378.95
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional lunch

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional lunch

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a Milford Sound cruise while visiting UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Departing from Milford Wharf, this boat cruises past Mitre Peak and waterfalls cascading down steep-walled mountains that rise straight up from the water. See Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point while searching the deep fiord for marine life including bottlenose dolphins and New Zealand fur seals.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour

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Travel from Akaroa Harbour on this shore excursion through the Banks Peninsula to Christchurch, whose city center was devastated by the 2011 earthquake. Drive past city landmarks in the old CBD and stroll the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with a knowledgeable guide. En route, take in the scenic splendor of the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Region.
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  • 6 hours
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Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour

Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour

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Visit ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations in Glenorchy, traveling by 4WD with an informative guide. Departing Queenstown for Middle-earth in the morning or afternoon, this half-day tour includes stunning countryside landscapes chosen by director Peter Jackson. See where famous scenes were filmed, such as the Fortress of Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and Forest of Amon Hen. Enjoy light refreshments and personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to six passengers per vehicle.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$164.79
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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202

Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202

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Located in the heart of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Explore the stunning fiord by air and water during a half-day excursion. The exhilarating, round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown includes a glacier landing on Mt. Tutoko. Perhaps spot dolphins, seals, and penguins during an unforgettable cruise.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$652.30
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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea
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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea

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Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the TSS ‘Earnslaw,’ a vintage steamship. Stroll the lakeside gardens and enjoy a traditional morning or afternoon tea and take a walking tour of the farm. You’ll watch sheepdogs in action and see sheep shearing demonstrations. Treat yourself to home-baked goods and alpine views of the Remarkables mountain range. Savor a delicious afternoon tea and an amble through lakeside gardens before heading back to Queenstown by boat.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise
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Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise

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Cruise Milford Sound and explore New Zealand’s Fiordland on a full-day trip from Queenstown by luxury coach. See some of the South Island’s most dramatic scenery through the glass roof of the coach, then cruise past towering waterfalls and seal colonies to the Tasman Sea, choosing between open decks and cabins that are comfortable in any weather. With pickup and drop-off at selected hotels in Queenstown, this Milford Sound trip is a spectacular day of scenery and wildlife in Fiordland National Park.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$136.67
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

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Take a window seat for a scenic round-trip flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound, and see the splendor of Fiordland National Park from the air and sea. Board a cruise and pass dramatic waterfalls and Mitre Peak as you travel to the Tasman Sea. Then soar over the Southern Alps on your return.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$299.50
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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown
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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

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Board the TSS "Earnslaw," a vintage steamship, for an evening cruise on Queenstown’s scenic Lake Wakatipu. Arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm, you’re treated to a sumptuous barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Sink your teeth into roasted meats and seafood, homemade desserts, and a New Zealand cheeseboard. After dinner, see farm demonstrations or purchase a drink and simply relax in the bar.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown with Optional Activities

Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown with Optional Activities

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Take a break from the hectic Queenstown streets with this trip into the mighty Southern Alps. Spend the day at Mount Cook Village, nestled in the shadow of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Enjoy free reign to set your own schedule, whether it’s hiking around the Alps, speeding around in jet boats or learning more about the mountains at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$130.13
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

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See the Eighth Wonder of the World on a Milford Sound Nature cruise, led by a naturalist guide. Gliding past granite walls, glacier-fed waterfalls and stunning Mitre Peak aboard a smaller-sized vessel than most Milford Sound cruises, you’ll have great photo ops of this famous South Island attraction situated within the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Stay on the water for up to 2 hours, and be on the lookout for Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Walter Peak Horse Trek from Queenstown
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Half-Day Walter Peak Horse Trek from Queenstown

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Cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm and venture out on horseback with an expert guide. You'll board the vintage steamship TSS ‘Earnslaw’ for a round-trip ride across Lake Wakatipu then have morning or afternoon tea at the Colonel’s Homestead. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience on the horse trek, with views of the Remarkables mountain range.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

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Travel along the spectacular Milford Road on a full-day Milford Sound tour from Te Anau. Have the chance to see native wildlife like the endangered kea (an alpine parrot), seals, dolphins, and the Fiordland crested penguin. Visit Gunns Camp, take short walks to beautiful sights including the Chasm and Marian Cascade, and take a sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound. Includes entrance fees, boat cruise with live commentary, morning tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Appreciate the majesty and scale of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers from the air during a 30-minute helicopter flight and snow landing. Enjoy aerial views over both glaciers from your prime position in the sky, and hear live commentary from the professional pilot before landing atop either Fox or Franz Josef. Then hop out and focus your camera lens on a glacial scene of frozen icefalls, glowing blue ice fields and plunging crevasses — considered to be among New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown or Te Anau
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Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown or Te Anau

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Travel to the Tasman Sea on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the ‘Milford Mariner’, 'Milford Sinbad', or ‘Milford Wanderer.’ Pass by the world-renowned Mitre Peak and drift alongside rushing waterfalls as you search for wildlife including New Zealand fur seals, dolphins, and Fiordland-crested penguins. An onboard nature specialist provides expert commentary. Hotel pickup and drop-off are available from Milford Sound, Queenstown, and Te Anau by luxury coach.
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  • 2 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Arrival Transfer: Queenstown Airport to Central Queenstown City Centre

Arrival Transfer: Queenstown Airport to Central Queenstown City Centre

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Let a professional and courteous driver collect you from the Queenstown airport, help you with your luggage and drop you off at the doorstep of your accommodation. This shared transfer to your Queenstown hotel offers a hassle-free arrival. Shuttles stop just outside baggage claim. Airport transfers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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  • 45 minutes
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Milford Sound Fly | Cruise | Fly ex Queenstown
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Milford Sound Fly | Cruise | Fly ex Queenstown

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Take in the vast scale of Milford Sound from the air and water with a half-day trip that includes round-trip flights and a catamaran cruise. You’ll board a small plane that accommodates up to 7 passengers, lift off above the ridges and lakes of Fiordland National Park, then cruise Milford Sound all the way to the Tasman Sea. Watch for fur seals and penguins, and pass through the mists of Stirling Falls before meeting the pilot for the return trip to Queenstown.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$326.31
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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, New Zealand

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, New Zealand

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Take a jet boat ride on the Shotover River during an extreme ride, and make use of transport from Queenstown. Experience adrenaline-fueled fun as the jet boat skims the water’s surface at high speed and fishtails into 360-degree spins. Hold on tight as the captain maneuvers the jet boat over rapids and through narrow canyons during one heart-pounding adventure you won’t soon forget.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

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Pair the fine wines of Central Otago with a gourmet lunch platter on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Queenstown. Visit at boutique wineries during your tour and drive through verdant valleys and vine-clad foothills rich in gold mining history. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience with other wine lovers.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

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Visit four boutique wineries of North Canterbury on a half-day wine-tasting tour with optional lunch. Departing Christchurch, you’ll taste a quality selection of wines in the up-and-coming Waipara wine region, including stops at Pegasus Bay, Waipara Hills, Torlesse Wines and Waipara Springs. Learn from a knowledgeable guide about Waipara’s unique terroir as you sip a range of superior reds and whites.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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See the Franz Josef Glacier from the air on a helicopter flight above ice falls, snowfields, and crevasses. Touch down on a snowfield to see the icy landscape up close, and take in sweeping views across the maritime glacier. This helicopter tour departs from a helipad in Franz Josef township.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about Nature and Wildlife in South Island

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Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown
"We thought the hole experience great from views and commentary by our guide Tania made our experience awesome"..."
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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
"Whole experience and staff was friendly and helping they explained things throughly . Will definitely suggest more people"..."
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
"The best Milford sound experience we had. Our tour guide/driver Ian was amazing and very helpful. He gave us a lot of information and also clicked amazing photos for us. Must visit and highly recommend. Very smooth driving and the bus was great. Please carry snacks if u feel hungry."..."
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
"The size of the aircraft, so tiny but so amazing how close we could get to the glaciers for amazing shots. Antz was an awesome pilot and guide. While we had the best 4 days for our 20th wedding anniversary in Queenstown covering a lot of activities and places, this was our special treat and was by far the highlight of our trip, just stunning and exceeded all expectations!!! Aaron and I are talkers and we had very few words, such breathtaking views and so much to take in!!! Loved every minute of this trip and would highly recommend as a 'must do' in Queenstown. Thanks so much Antz."..."
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional lunch
"Amazing views and great service from team on board. Good food for kids was a bonus. A must do on your Queenstown trip!!!"..."
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour
"Very informative & engaging representative. Gave personal insight into sights & went out of his way to accommodate wishes."..."
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Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour
"This tour was fantastic - I’m a big LOTR fan & the experience was just amazing. Our guide was very informative 😀"..."
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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202
"The entire Team and experience were excellent. Skilled and knowledgeable pilot, excellent aircraft and amazing scenery."..."
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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea
"Afternoon tea was delicious! The dog show was fantastic-very entertaining and learnt a lot about farming!"..."
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Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise
"We had a fantastic day, Brad our driver was amazing, he was so knowledgeable and entertaining, he certainly earned his money and must have been exhausted after a long 13 hour day. Would definitely reconnaissance trip."..."
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown
"It was a first time flying in small plane. We loved the whole experience and Peter the pilot was fantastic 😀"..."
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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown
"The boat trip was awesome, nice and warm inside and great to see the inner workings of the ship. Walter Peak was amazing!! Stunning property, service was great and the Buffett was so tasty!! Would definitely do this again!"..."
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Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown with Optional Activities
"This is a wonderful experience, would recommend it to my friends, the hiking is easy, and the views on the road are excellent"..."
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise
"Great tour, absolutely stunning part of the country. Made even better by the super friendly crew, who had lots of super interesting facts and stories of the area."..."
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Half-Day Walter Peak Horse Trek from Queenstown
"Great with kids. The dogs were a welcome addition to the trek. Stunning scenery. Healthy, strong and well-kept horses. Highly recommend."..."
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Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau
"Firstly our tour guide Johno was absolutely brilliant! He went out of his way and his local knowledge was amazing. The care and attention we received couldn’t have been better and to take us out of the way to view the Humbolt Falls was definitely a bonus. And of course the Milford Sound cruise was beautiful. Couldn’t fault our day out."..."
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
"Absolutely amazing. Very nice and helpful staff, lovely helicopter and we were blessed with fantastic weather."..."
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Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown or Te Anau
"Te Anau to Milford Sound bus trip and boat tour is fantastic. Great commentary and spectacular views. The cruise is just amazing I highly recommend doing this!"..."
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Arrival Transfer: Queenstown Airport to Central Queenstown City Centre
"Wow! where do I begin, I have enjoyed it all, shot over jet was amazing, the stream boat ride and farm was cool, the gondala the gondala was a challange for me as I am scard of highs, and luge was great fun."..."
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Milford Sound Fly | Cruise | Fly ex Queenstown
"The Milford Sound Fly and Cruise was one of the top 5 adventures we’ve ever had. The weather was inclement on our scheduled day but the team rescheduled for the following day with no problem. Exciting, jaw dropping! Staff and equipment excellent!"..."
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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, New Zealand
"This was the most thing I have ever done I'm my 64 years. Our driver was Donald and he was so lovely. Thankyou so much. Kerryn pearce."..."
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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
"We were lucky enough to be the only couple on this tour with Gary. Gary was very friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and informative and attentive to our requests. The wineries we visited were lovely boutique wineries all of which we had never heard of before. It was a lovely day and we would highly recommend this tour to anyone."..."
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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch
"The wineries were amazing and the staff were so informative about everything and the history of the wineries was so interesting all in all a 10/10 experience"..."
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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
"A spectacular slow ascent up the actual glacier was a thrilling, unexpected bonus which enabled us to fully enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the glacier."..."

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