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Queenstown Wine Hopper Bus

Queenstown Wine Hopper Bus

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Explore the wineries of the Gibbston wine region with the convenience of a hop-on hop-off tour that lets you set your own pace. Buses depart throughout the day and run every hour. Hop off at the stops you like to do wine tastings at local wineries. You can also rent a bike to explore on two wheels, and book a meal at a restaurant (own expense).
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience
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Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience

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Escape the crowds on a Milford Sound cruise aboard a spacious boat with a limited number of passengers. Get up-close views of New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and Fiordland-crested penguins from the luxury lounge in the upper cabin, where you can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits as you listen to the skipper’s narration. This boutique vessel provides a superior experience with unforgettable memories of highlights like Mitre Peak.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Milford Sound Scenic Fly-Cruise-Fly departing Queenstown
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Milford Sound Scenic Fly-Cruise-Fly departing Queenstown

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Round-trip flights between Queenstown and Milford Sound take you deep into the spectacular Southern Alps. Following a scenic flight with views of snow-covered peaks, remote valleys, and waterfalls, touch down for a boat cruise on Milford Sound. Traveling by both air and water takes you to the dramatic places that you'd miss by sticking to the road.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

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Receive a passport to some of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery on this full-day excursion to Milford Sound. Part of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, the region features a glacier-carved fjord, soaring mountains, and tumbling waterfalls. Explore via glass-topped bus, go for a cruise along the sound’s waters, stroll the Mirror Lakes Walk, enjoy lunch along the way, and much more.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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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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TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch
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TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch

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Depart Queenstown aboard the TSS ‘Earnslaw’ for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Travel round-trip by vintage steamship and dig into a gourmet barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. Enjoy chef-prepared Central Otago specialties accompanied by salads, desserts, and local cheeses. Don’t miss the sheep shearing demonstration or showmanship by the farm’s sheepdogs.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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
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Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

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
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Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
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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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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

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Experience heart-racing fun on an exhilarating Queenstown jet-boat ride. The expert captain races across Lake Wakatipu, navigates tricky turns on the Kawarau River and speeds through the milky waters of the Shotover River. Grab hold of your seat as the jet boat makes 360-degree spins and fishtails on a rollercoaster ride over the water.
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  • 1 hour
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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, New Zealand
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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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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Buffet Lunch from Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Buffet Lunch from Queenstown

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Enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountain scenery on the way to Milford Sound in a glass-roofed coach. Your driver will provide commentary along the way, to keep you informed. At Milford Sound, embark on a cruise on the water, all the way out to the Tasman Sea. Interesting commentary is available in several languages. Relax and take in the views as you enjoy a buffet lunch on board.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

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Travel from Queenstown to the much-loved UNESCO-listed Milford Sound. Your guide will ensure you make the most of your trip with commentary along the way—pointing out scenic viewpoints and areas where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Once you reach Milford Sound, you won’t have to worry about waiting in visitor lines as entrance tickets are included. Enjoy a Milford Sound Discovery Cruise where you’ll see stunning views of waterfalls and Mitre Peak. You’ll also have free time to explore the waterfalls of Lake Marian on foot.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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
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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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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
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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat
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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
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri
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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. Journey across the clear waters of Lake Manapouri, drive over Wilmot Pass into the breathtaking Doubtful Sound. 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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  • 7 hours
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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
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Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour
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Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour

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Fans of the Lord of the Rings movies won’t want to miss this fun half-day tour to various filming locations in the Southern Alps. You’ll enjoy exclusive access to private Arcadia Station and will also visit the beautiful Mt. Aspiring National Park. Be amazed by the natural beauty while reliving your favorite movie scenes. Don an LOTR costume and sword too, if you like.
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  • 4 hours
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Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown
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Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

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Shoot the rapids on the Shotover River on this half-day tour from Queenstown, a great choice for thrill seekers. Under the supervision of a guide, you'll brave the wild rapids, raft through the Oxenbridge Tunnel, and drop into the Cascade Rapid. Instruction and all necessary equipment (wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet) are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
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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
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45-Minute Mount Cook Ski Plane and Helicopter Combo Tour
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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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TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
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TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth

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Ride a train through the Southern Alps on a remarkable scenic journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train. Choose between three different segments of the TranzAlpine Train route, then enjoy views of native beech forest, the powerful Waimakariri River, and Arthur's Pass National Park from a comfortable carriage or open viewing deck. For getting the history and context of the landmarks along the railway, GPS-triggered audio commentary is available on headphones at every seat.
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  • 4 hours 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Te Anau
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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Te Anau

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A Milford Sound cruise is a must-do activity in southern New Zealand. Make the most of your time on this tour from Te Anau that includes a picnic lunch. Look at the views rather than the road by going with a guide and driver. You’ll see many spectacular sights along the way, including the Mirror Lakes and the Homer Tunnel.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about South Island Tours

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Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience
"Absolutely amazing scenery seeing Ford land at its best. Great info given by the skipper. Would recommend"..."
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Milford Sound Scenic Fly-Cruise-Fly departing Queenstown
"Every part of the trip was excellent. Bad weather conditions made them to reschedule our trip 2 days later, and they did that promptly. Good communication and very professional. Jason was out pilot while flying to Milford sound. He was very friendly and informative. Definitely recommend them if flying to Milford sound."..."
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Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
"Absolutely breathtaking trip, our guide Luke was exceptional, great info and driving!! Highly recommend"..."
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Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown
"Absolutely breathtaking! Our tour guide, Roland, was excellent. By far the best views we have seen of nature in our lives. Stunning. Highly recommend. The picnic lunch was delightful :)"..."
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TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch
"Great excursion. Scrumptious lunch. Beautiful venue. Friendly staff both onboard the Earnslaw and at Walter Peak. Highly recommended"..."
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
"Great experience! Driver, skipper and crew on the catamaran were excellent! Milford Sound itself spectacular!"..."
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Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise
"A pure pleasure from the start in Queenstown via the guided cruise to the final return to Queenstown. Pilots, guides, company, facilities are all top notch! Thanks for your efforts to make this a memorable day!"..."
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Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
"The helicopter ride over to the glacier was gorgeous. The day was beautiful and our guide was a wealth of information about glacier formation and the dynamics of glacier movement. One of the most incredible hikes I can remember. Worth every penny."..."
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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers
"Great experience with lot of fun. I would recommend this and I’ll try to do it again while I’m in NZ"..."
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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, New Zealand
"Coming back after 43 years to do the shotover again was just as thrilling the second time especially having family with me to do it as well."..."
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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Buffet Lunch from Queenstown
"cruise and scenery on route. The commentary by the coach driver was excellent. cannot remember his name."..."
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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
"I am giving this rate just becuae of our tour guide , Shane. He was such a nice. Friendly, knowledgable and entertaining person. He made the long journey fun, enjoyable and interesting. Of course the sightseeing was spectacular, stunning and amazing but the credit goes to God. Thank you Shane, u are one of the best tour guide I have ever had."..."
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise
"Have no words just an amazing place. Feel like you in Heaven my family loved it specially kids had a great time."..."
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
"Unbelievable experience from the moment we got airborne to return. Tommo our pilot was very informative and friendly. Weather was really good and make the flight magical. Milford sound is a natural wonder and flying is the best way to experience that. Air Milford is highly recommended."..."
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown
"The flight was amazing, the scenery spectacular, and Milford Sound was just heaven on earth, it was an amazing day! Highly recommend."..."
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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat
"Saw a sperm whale surface and dive. Also saw about 100 dolphins, as well as a small pod of hector's dolphins. Seals and a heap of jelly fish!"..."
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri
"The most important thing is to bring your rain gear and get out on deck! You will miss more than half of the experience if not."..."
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
"This was without doubt the highlight of our 2 week NZ holiday. Absolutely amazing. Highly recommended. I would advise booking early in the day as the weather can change quickly from midday."..."
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Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour
"Looking at the movie clips and comparing with real scenery was amazing. The info given by tour guide was good."..."
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Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown
"Our Guides Gabe and Will were Amazing! They gave us plenty of training to get through the rapids without any issues, They knew how to navigate the water and especially the BIG water (rapids) we had the best time. We worked as a team and had a ball, Will definately do this again and recommend this to everyone!"..."
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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
"This was an interesting tour. It was great to see the glow worms shine in the pitch black and the walk through the caves to get to them was an adventure in itself. The rapids flowing through them were spectacular. The cruise to the caves was relaxing and the scenery beautiful. Professional and friendly staff looked after us well"..."
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45-Minute Mount Cook Ski Plane and Helicopter Combo Tour
"A Wonderfull experience with excellent friendly staff. The combo of helicopter and ski plane travel made it extra special"..."
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TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
"Train ran about 20mins late which might have been an issue had three been a bus connection in Greymouth, but as there wasn’t didn’t matter so much. Scenery was terrific & really enjoyable journey."..."
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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Te Anau
"I had a great time, the packed lunch was pretty good. The highlight was definitely the group was such a fun bunch, and then there was Dave, the guide, who was hilarious and took great care of us, and was very knowledgeable too. Highly recommend this!"..."
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