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From Naseby and Ranfurly in the east to Cromwell and Arrowtown in the west, Central Otago is a sprawling alpine landscape known for winemaking and natural beauty. Spanning more than 3,800 miles (9,900 square kilometers) but with only 18,000 residents, this isolated, historical part of New Zealand is a great escape from the urban jungle.

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$148.10
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Gourmet Food and Wine Tour From Queenstown with Lunch Included

Gourmet Food and Wine Tour From Queenstown with Lunch Included

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Discover some of New Zealand's finest wines on a full-day tour of the Central Otago wine region from Queenstown. Visit multiple wineries, sip wine in Australasia's largest wine cave, enjoy a gourmet lunch, and sample locally made cheeses. You also visit the Cromwell Heritage Precinct and learn about the Otago Gold Rush. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group wine tour that includes wine tastings, lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$200.19
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US$200.19
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$144.39
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US$144.39
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Cromwell Heritage Precinct (CHP) Bike Rentals, Cromwell

Cromwell Heritage Precinct (CHP) Bike Rentals, Cromwell

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CHP Bike Rentals is located on the shores of Lake Dunstan, in the old historic Wisharts building at the Cromwell Heritage Precinct with the main trail just a few metres from our front doors. The 55km Lake Dunstan Trail takes you from Smith’s Way, just out of Cromwell to Clyde along Lake Dunstan, the Kawarau River and the mighty Clutha River Mata-au. Key features of the trail are the man-made landscapes, rich Maori and early pioneer history, abundant vineyards and cellar doors in Bannockburn and the Historical Precinct in Cromwell. We offer a transport service to shuttle you & your bikes to the start of the trail at Smiths Way, where you then have the option of riding one way and be picked up at the end of your days ride in Clyde
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  • 1 to 30 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.91
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US$39.91

THE TIGER TOUR - Full-Day Guided Wine Tour of the Central Otago Wine Region.

THE TIGER TOUR - Full-Day Guided Wine Tour of the Central Otago Wine Region.

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Enjoy a day of sampling the wines of Central Otago without worrying about getting around safely, on this guided tour. Your guide is a licensed sommelier, so you’ll learn all about different wines and wine-making from an expert. As it’s a small-group tour, you’ll receive personalized service and can alter the tour according to your needs. Explore the rich wine-growing region while you indulge and have fun with your family or friends.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$182.33
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US$182.33

Arrowtown and Wanaka Premium Tour from Queenstown

Arrowtown and Wanaka Premium Tour from Queenstown

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Tucked in beneath the soaring peaks and serene lakes of New Zealand’s South Island, Arrowtown and Wanaka offer outdoor adventure with a strong sense of history. On this tour, hit both destinations in one day and enjoy a drink in the famous Cardrona Hotel. Spin into the Gibbston Valley with your guide and stroll through the 19th-century gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Pass the fertile vineyards of Kawarau Gorge, admire spectacular views along the Crown Range road, and enjoy free time to explore Wanaka at your leisure.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$173.96
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Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka

Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka

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Central Otago is one of New Zealand’s most popular wine regions, producing well-respected reds and whites in alpine vineyards. On this afternoon tour, visit four of boutique wineries in the region and taste some of their award-winning offerings. Learn the secrets behind these wines from the winemakers themselves, and stop at one winery for a gourmet food and wine matching – tasting dishes of local produce matched with wines from the vineyard.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$152.56
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US$152.56
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Macetown 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Macetown 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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Travel off-road to the former gold mining town of Macetown along roads only accessible by 4WD. With an expert guide at the wheel, all you have to do is hold on for the rugged ride, which includes nearly two dozen river crossings and a backcountry route high above the Arrow Gorge. Pass Arrowtown en route to this historical ghost town protected by the Department of Conservation. Enjoy light refreshments and the opportunity to pan for gold in the Arrow River.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$256.86
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Go Karts - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

Go Karts - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

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A world-class tourism destination just 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport, Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park is home to a range of exceptional experiences which are exciting for the whole family. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be looked after by their friendly team – treating you to some authentic kiwi hospitality! Voted the #1 Thing to Do in Cromwell by TripAdvisor, Highlands – Experience the Exceptional is conveniently located along SH 6 in Cromwell in beautiful Central Otago. It’s a must do when you’re exploring the region – ideal for day trips because Highlands really does offer something fun and extraordinary for everyone. So whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, in a group, or with family, Highlands is an NZ must-do for the ride of your lives.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.55
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US$35.55
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Full-Day Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Tour from Queenstown

Full-Day Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Tour from Queenstown

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Enjoy a day cycling along the Roxburgh Gorge Trail without the risk of getting lost, and with convenient transfers either end. The trail is exciting for experienced riders, with some climbs and descents, as well as amazing views. Also enjoy a jet boat ride midway, before continuing the cycle trail, for an extra thrill. A challenging but hassle-free active day in the Otago countryside.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$297.68
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Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown

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Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown

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This is the ideal tour for wine lovers. Spend a day going on a wine tasting journey to some of the best vineyards in Central Otago. You won’t have to worry about organizing transport as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. The package is tailor-made according to your preferences, and you’ll have the ultimate stress-free day with lunch and wine tastings included.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$244.47
US$271.63
US$27.16 savings
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Full-Day Small-Group Central Otago Wine Tour

Full-Day Small-Group Central Otago Wine Tour

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This is an immersive, fun and educational wine tour visiting five of Central Otago’s finest and off the beaten track cellar doors through the BIG 4 wine regions of Gibbston, Cromwell Bendigo and Bannockburn. Sample over 20 spectacular cool-climate wines and enjoy an (optional) exceptional lunch at the renowned Bannockburn Hotel (additional cost ordered on the day) whilst learning information, stories and facts about the region and wine from your charismatic guide and cellar staff educate. Travel in style with transfers in a luxury Mercedes van, and make use of our complimentary WiFi and bottled water. We have regular cellar doors we visit however we have the flexibility to tailor the tour to suit where possible. If you have specific requests please let us know through ‘special requirements’ at the time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate. Sample itinerary for the day: Kinross, Scott Base, Misha's Vinyard, Te Kano and Cloudy Bay.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$204.66
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Golden Hills Horse Treks

Golden Hills Horse Treks

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Exploring the Central Otago countryside on horseback lets you go at a leisurely pace while covering more ground than you could hiking on your own two legs. Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Dunstan and the Mt. Pisa Range from the comfort of your horse. Go at the pace appropriate for your skill and experience level. Young kids can be led, if required.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.30
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Supercar Fast Dash - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

Supercar Fast Dash - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

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A world-class tourism destination just 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport, Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park is home to a range of exceptional experiences which are exciting for the whole family. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be looked after by their friendly team – treating you to some authentic kiwi hospitality! Voted the #1 Thing to Do in Cromwell by TripAdvisor, Highlands – Experience the Exceptional is conveniently located along SH 6 in Cromwell in beautiful Central Otago. It’s a must do when you’re exploring the region – ideal for day trips because Highlands really does offer something fun and extraordinary for everyone. So whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, in a group, or with family, Highlands is an NZ must-do for the ride of your lives.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$129.88
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Radical U-Drive - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

Radical U-Drive - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

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A world-class tourism destination just 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport, Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park is home to a range of exceptional experiences which are exciting for the whole family. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be looked after by their friendly team – treating you to some authentic kiwi hospitality! Voted the #1 Thing to Do in Cromwell by TripAdvisor, Highlands – Experience the Exceptional is conveniently located along SH 6 in Cromwell in beautiful Central Otago. It’s a must do when you’re exploring the region – ideal for day trips because Highlands really does offer something fun and extraordinary for everyone. So whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, in a group, or with family, Highlands is an NZ must-do for the ride of your lives.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$311.28
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Gibbston Half-Day Private Wine Tour with Hotel Pickup

Gibbston Half-Day Private Wine Tour with Hotel Pickup

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After complimentary accommodation pick-up, we will set off for the heart of Gibbston on a small private tour to visit four cellar doors and journey into the ‘valley of the vines’ to discover these vineyards nestled amongst the spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic river gorges. Before we get to the first winery there will be a stop at a scenic location and travellers will learn about wine-tasting techniques and wine aromas while soaking up the fabulous views. In one of the wineries, we will savour a vineyard platter or a cheese board to pair with the wines. There will be time for you to order more food if you think you need (at your own expense). We will visit boutique wineries that are off the beaten path. There is no set routine, so every day is an adventure. The choice of the wineries visited will vary each day based on your individual group's dynamics. The overall focus is on high-quality wines as well as friendly and informative staff.
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  • 6 hours
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US$223.26
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'Express' Wine Tour & Māori Culture Wānaka

'Express' Wine Tour & Māori Culture Wānaka

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Experience this one-of-a-kind wine tasting with a fascinating Māori culture spin! Learn about Māori history and their experiences of this region while sampling many wonderful wines. Of the wineries listed we will visit 2, if you have a preference please let me know.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$93.60
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Wine Tour From Wanaka: Half Day

Wine Tour From Wanaka: Half Day

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See four wineries on this fantastic wine tour. Great for small groups of family and friends who want an exclusive experience. You will travel in a luxury air-conditioned SUV with leather seats, generous legroom, extra headroom, sunroof and USB power. On board there is a free wi fi hotspot, coolbox for your snacks and beverages, wine carrier for purchases and umbrellas. Complimentary bottled water and crackers are also provided. You will discover an amazing range of award winning wines including Pinot Noir, Rosé, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. You will journey through three distinct winemaking sub regions and visit boutique wineries off the beaten track on this great value wine tasting experience. I am also a photographer and will take pictures of your memorable day trip free of charge and send them to you via download link after the tour.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$86.35
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Wine Tour from Wanaka & Cromwell: Full Day

Wine Tour from Wanaka & Cromwell: Full Day

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This is a relaxing wine tour for small groups of family and friends who want an exclusive experience. You will travel in a luxury air-conditioned SUV with leather seats, generous legroom, extra headroom, sunroof and USB power. On board there is a free wi fi hotspot, coolbox for food and beverages, wine carrier for purchases and umbrellas. Complimentary bottled water and crackers are also provided. You will discover an amazing range of award winning wines including Pinot Noir, Rosé, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. You will journey through four distinct winemaking sub regions and visit boutique wineries off the beaten track on this great value wine tasting experience. A platter lunch can be booked in advance on your behalf with expenses payable by you directly to the cellar door. I am a photographer and will take pictures of your memorable day free of charge a send them to you via download link.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.37
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Private Couple Photo Shoot in Queenstown

Private Couple Photo Shoot in Queenstown

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• This private photo session provides a flexible itinerary. • You can choose an astro photo shoot option between late February and early November. • Your local photographer holds the public liability insurance, first aid certification, DOC (Department of Conservation) permit to operate in public conservation areas and the Passenger Service license, which allows to carry and transport clients and are the legal requirements for running this kind of business safely. All of this provides confidence and peace of mind to the clients that this local business offers only the high quality, safe and enjoyable experiences.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$395.45
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Highlands Taxi - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

Highlands Taxi - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

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A world-class tourism destination just 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport, Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park is home to a range of exceptional experiences which are exciting for the whole family. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be looked after by their friendly team – treating you to some authentic kiwi hospitality! Voted the #1 Thing to Do in Cromwell by TripAdvisor, Highlands – Experience the Exceptional is conveniently located along SH 6 in Cromwell in beautiful Central Otago. It’s a must do when you’re exploring the region – ideal for day trips because Highlands really does offer something fun and extraordinary for everyone. So whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, in a group, or with family, Highlands is an NZ must-do for the ride of your lives.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$93.60
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Wine Tour from Queenstown: Full Day

Wine Tour from Queenstown: Full Day

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This exclusive wine tour of 5 wineries is perfect for small groups of family & friends. In Central Otago wine country you'll discover a wide range including Pinot Noir, Rosé, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc. I will pick you up at your accommodation in Queenstown at 11.40 am. Travelling in a premium SUV we head up the Kawarau Gorge to our first wine tasting which takes place at one of the most awe inspiring settings in the winemaking world. We then head to Cromwell where wineries are set amongst the historic remnants of the gold rush era. Here you will visit three wineries and taste distinctive wines in dramatic terrain. At one of the wineries a platter lunch can be booked in advance on your behalf with expenses payable by you directly to the cellar door. We then return to Queenstown and stop at a winery on the way for our final tasting. I am also a photographer; pictures are free of charge and are sent to you via link after the tour.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.37
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US$115.37
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Mt Cook & Hooker Valley Hike Small Group Tour from Queenstown

Mt Cook & Hooker Valley Hike Small Group Tour from Queenstown

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While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, complementary refreshments and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember. Mt Cook & Hooker Valley Hike Tour, this small group, fully-guided day trip combines all of the key highlights in the area with the famous Hooker Valley Hike. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$144.39
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10 Day Adrenalin Tour. Skydiving, Bungy, Rafting, Climbing, Heli MTB & more.

10 Day Adrenalin Tour. Skydiving, Bungy, Rafting, Climbing, Heli MTB & more.

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This tour has been the #1 bucket list New Zealand adventure tour since 2005 and includes skydiving, bungy jumping, heli biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, jet boating, high ropes and cross country biking in the price! Also included are 10 nights of comfortable dbl/twin share ensuite accommodation in modern, centrally located 4* studio apartments, plus breakfast and lunch daily. We deliver seamless, professional and fun once in a lifetime tours for visitors to NZ and our trips have been carefully planned to visit fantastic off-the-beaten-track locations as well as the spectacular must-visit destinations for which the South Island is famous. Our guides are experienced and 100% dedicated to the needs of our clients who come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Our tours are typically made up from a mix of solo travellers, couples, and friends and we also frequently run this itinerary as a private option for small groups and families.
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  • 10 days
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Should I book Central Otago tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Central Otago can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Central Otago 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Central Otago costs USD 35.55. Guided Central Otago tours start around USD 35.55 per person.
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