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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from QueenstownDay Cruises

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$341.58
From
US$341.58

Milford Sound Experience Full Day from QueenstownDay Cruises

Milford Sound Experience Full Day 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$132.82
From
US$132.82

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from QueenstownDay Cruises

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$383.77
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US$383.77

Milford Sound Fly, Cruise and Helicopter Tour from QueenstownDay Trips

Milford Sound Fly, Cruise and Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

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Take your Milford Sound visit to ‘new heights’ thanks to this half-day adventure trip combining a scenic plane flight, boat cruise, and helicopter ride. Experience the majesty of Fjordland National Park during a scenic plane ride before landing in Milford Sound for a leisurely boat cruise. Cap it all off with a helicopter ride back to Queenstown, including an alpine snow landing.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$643.68
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US$643.68

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves TourNature and Wildlife

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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.07
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US$66.07
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Franz Josef Glacier Heli-HikeHiking

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

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On this Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour and hike, land atop the glacier and explore ice caves and pinnacles with a small group. Soar above New Zealand’s Southern Alps during a scenic flight, then grab your crampons and make your way through dramatic ice formations during a moderately difficult hike. After your return flight, rejuvenate with a complimentary blissful soak at Glacier Hot Pools. Numbers are limited to 11 to ensure personalized attention from your expert guide.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$323.70
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US$323.70

Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights, Coastal Train and Castle GardenFull-day Tours

Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

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Combine top Dunedin experiences into a single day of sightseeing on a Port Chalmers shore excursion that includes a city tour, Larnach Castle Garden, and a 90-minute ride on a coastal train through the scenic Otago Peninsula. A flexible mix of guided and independent activities gives you the best of both worlds: you’ll get a fascinating, guided introduction to Dunedin highlights, but enjoy the freedom to explore on your own.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$123.22
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US$123.22

Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour Winter Sports

Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

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Experience a Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike as you explore ice caves and other glacial terrain with a professional guide.  Then don provided boots, jacket and ice axe for a guided hike past deep crevasses and towering ice-blue pinnacles before the return chopper ride down. Choose from seasonal departure times to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$332.00
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US$332.00

Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from QueenstownNature and Wildlife

Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

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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$737.50
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US$737.50

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from ManapouriDay Cruises

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

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Explore Fiordland National Park's Doubtful Sound on this full-day cruise from Manapouri. Aboard a luxury catamaran, take in the scenery and keep an eye out for fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and crested and little blue penguins while listening to commentary from your naturalist guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$176.87
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US$176.87

Whale Watching in Kaikoura by BoatCultural Tours

Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat

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Located on the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Kaikoura is famous for the spectacular array of marine wildlife living off its shores—but to see the best of it, you have to take to the waves. On this tour, cruise into Kaikoura’s deep waters by speedy catamaran with running commentary throughout from your guide, and spot dolphins, seals, and sperm whales in their natural habitat.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$102.68
From
US$102.68

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from QueenstownJet Boating

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

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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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US$86.76
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US$86.76

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights TourDay Trips

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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US$58.19
From
US$58.19

Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from WanakaDay Cruises

Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka

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Experience the rugged beauty of remote Milford Sound from Wanaka, all in half-a-day. With a choice of morning or afternoon flight departures, fly over lush national parks, epic glaciers, and alpine lakes, before touching down in the Sound. Enjoy a scenic cruise, keeping an eye out for some of the local inhabitants including seals, penguins, and dolphins, before returning to Wanaka by plane.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$397.03
From
US$397.03

Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier WalkNature and Wildlife

Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk

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Experience an exhilarating Tasman Glacier heli-hike adventure. Soar over the Southern Alps and UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, then land atop New Zealand’s largest glacier for a guided walk. Ice axe in hand, follow your guide over this frozen natural wonder to get up close to pinnacles, ice caves, crevasses and seracs. Choose from multiple departure times per day to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$407.30
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US$407.30

Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from ChristchurchDay Trips

Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

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Explore the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on this Arthur’s Pass day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield with your guide. Hop aboard your TranzAlpine train and journey through the Waimakariri Gorge. Explore the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass in the Otira Gorge and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Visit a sheep farm, and admire native birdlife in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Upgrade to include a hair-raising jet-boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri River!
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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US$250.28
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US$250.28

Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from ChristchurchDay Trips

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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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US$60.07
US$66.74
US$6.67 savings
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US$60.07
US$66.74
US$6.67 savings

45-Minute Mount Cook Ski Plane and Helicopter Combo TourCity Packages

45-Minute Mount Cook Ski Plane and Helicopter Combo Tour

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The Mount Cook National Park is home to New Zealand’s longest glacier and highest mountain, and the stunning scenery is even more impressive from above. This tour includes a thrilling aerial tour by both ski plane and helicopter, soaring over the Tasman Glacier and Hochstetter icefall, and touching down on a snow-covered mountaintop. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$273.13
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US$273.13

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic CentreCity Packages

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre

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This Akaroa shore excursion takes you sightseeing in Christchurch via a scenic drive through the Banks Peninsula. See the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and other city highlights before a visit to the International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch's top attraction. Feel arctic winds at the Snow and Ice Experience and observe New Zealand wildlife at the Penguin Encounter. Finish with an all-terrain adventure on a thrilling ride by amphibious Hagglund vehicle.
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  • 6 hours
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US$99.26
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US$99.26

Half Day Canyoning Experience QueenstownClimbing

Half Day Canyoning Experience Queenstown

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This half-day Queenstown canyoneering adventure is action-packed! Walk through an ancient beech forest to a steep-walled canyon, where you descend by zipline, abseil (rappel) down waterfalls, plunge into natural pools, float down narrow passageways, and cascade down chutes. Expert guides ensure your safety and provide alternate routes depending on skill level. No experience is necessary, but this activity does require a moderate level of fitness. Wetsuits, safety equipment, and waterproof footwear are provided.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$163.46
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US$163.46

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago PeninsulaHalf-day Tours

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

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Swap the cruise port for the Dunedin countryside on a half-day shore excursion that includes the Otago Peninsula. Your sightseeing tour covers highlights of the city center such as the Dunedin Railway Station, then travels to several village suburbs, stopping en route at scenic lookouts and for a beachside view of basking sea lions. Enjoy the personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 19 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.73
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US$56.73

5-Day South Island Tour from ChristchurchNature and Wildlife

5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

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See the top sights of the spectacular South Island on a 5-day guided coach tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Stop at Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain; enjoy free time to explore the adventure capital of Queenstown; take a boat cruise on Milford Sound, surrounded by steep rock walls; view Fox and Franz Josef glaciers; and travel by rail through the Southern Alps aboard the scenic TranzAlpine Express. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and four nights’ accommodation in Queenstown and Franz Josef.
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  • 5 days
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US$1,280.73
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US$1,280.73

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te AnauDay Trips

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

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Cruise Milford Sound from Te Anau during this full-day tour to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. See the crown jewel of New Zealand’s South Island by luxury coach, stopping en route at the Mirror Lakes before boarding a cruise on luxurious catamaran journey past waterfalls and steep-walled pinnacles such as famous Mitre Peak.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$114.80
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US$114.80

Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature CruiseDay Cruises

Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

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See Milford Sound by air and water, flying round-trip from Queenstown for a small-craft boat cruise through the famous fiord. Save time on this half-day tour as you soar over the World Heritage-listed landscape of Fiordland National Park. Landing at Milford Sound, trade your wings for watercraft and a sightseeing journey with experienced naturalists. Learn about the wildlife and geology of the scenic waterways at one of New Zealand’s top natural wonders. Includes round-trip hotel transfers and a boxed lunch.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$333.04
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US$333.04

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