10 Day South Island Outdoors

New Zealand is internationally renowned for its’ unique and spectacular scenery. It is a wonderful country to explore with friends, family or solo. One of our Directors, Dean, is a passionate outdoorsman and New Zealand is his playground. We bring a 10 day itinerary for the South Island of New Zealand to start a journey that will be life changing.

DAY 1

FLY SINGAPORE TO CHRISTCHURCH

Arrive in to Christchurch direct from Singapore and be greeted by a specialist Antipodean guide. You will be directed to the helicopter departures and take a 20 minute scenic flight to Pigeon Bay to the 4,000 acre Annandale Coastal farm. Annandale is a private working farm, hidden away “where the world can’t find you.” This incredible property will take your breath away. Tonight let your private chef take care of your food needs while you enjoy the property.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and settle into your stunning new surroundings. You may like to enjoy one of the following optional activities:

  • Take a guided 4WD tour across the farm and watch sheep dogs at work, enjoy the atmosphere of the shearing shed, and potentially see the skilled shearers in action. Depending on the time of year you will be surrounded by luscious greens in Spring, to tussocky golden in Autumn. When we were there we were lucky enough to have the farm full of spring time baby lambs
  • Sea Kayaking in the sheltered, turquoise waters of Pigeon Bay and the surrounding area along Annandale’s coast. This is the playground to much wildlife including the friendly Hector’s dolphins, fur seals, blue penguins and bird colonies.
  • Take a complimentary bike-ride on the farm trails.

ACCOMMODATION: Annandale: Scrubby Bay incl. Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2

CHRISTCHURCH

This morning you will be met by your local Antipodean guide to enjoy a guided fly-fishing trip. Canterbury’s rivers provide an excellent opportunity for both the novice and expert fly-fisherman to test their skills.

Our guests will benefit from the knowledge of a local guide who will choose the best river location to ensure a high probability of making a successful catch. Brown and rainbow trout can be caught in both the high country as well as lowland streams from October through April. It is also possible during these months to catch Chinook salmon. 

An alternative option for access to remote mountain streams is to take a helicopter to locally know hot-spots. You will be supplied with a picnic lunch.

ACCOMMODATION: Annandale: Scrubby Bay incl. Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 3

CHRISTCHURCH-LAKE HERON

You will be collected in the morning by an Antipodean driver who will transfer you through the beautiful scenery of the Canterbury Plains. The two hour drive will bring you to spectacular 19,600 high country station.

This is another wonderful place to get off the beaten track and simply relax or get out and about in one of the most genuine farm stays you will ever have. Spend the night in the historic 1900s Cottage that will fall in love with.

On your first afternoon, settle in and enjoy a row on rowboat on Lake Heron. The lake provides excellent swimming and fishing over the summer months, as well as the opportunity to spot the rare Southern Crested Grebe. For those wanting something more adventurous, jump in the station 4WD tracks for exploring remoter parts of the property or set off on an afternoon hike.

ACCOMMODATION: Lake Heron Station Cottage incl Dinner.

DAY 4

LAKE HERON

In the morning you will be collected by Phillip, a pilot with 33 years expertise, for a Heli-Skiing adventure. No matter what your level is, a suitable terrain will be found and an instructor can be provided. You will be flown to a location that is perfect for your experience level with internationally-trained instructor Kevin and his team. There is a huge variety of peaks, basins and bowls to choose from, with hundreds of square kilometres of terrain, hundreds of runs and three mountain ranges and magnificent scenery.

If heli-skiing isn’t for you, don’t worry we have lots of High-Country activities that will delight you, or you might like a day to rest and relax in this extraordinary part of the world.

In the evening, return to your Cottage with a warm fire and delicious local wines and produce to feast one.

ACCOMMODATION: Lake Heron Station Cottage incl Breakfast Dinner

DAY 5

LAKE HERON – MOUNT COOK

This morning you will be transferred to one of the most photographed areas of New Zealand, and immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery in the world near Aoraki/Mt Cook. The alpine village nestled at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain will be your base of exploration for the day. With over 700km of glaciers, you will be in for an experience of a lifetime.

This is the only place to be able to explore the wonders of a glacier from a glacier lake. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the glacier lake no two experiences will be the same, discovering icebergs with every shape and size imaginable.

Spend the night by the Lake Pukaki and take in the incredible light show of the night lights from you room.

ACCOMMODATION: Lakestone Lodge, Lake Pukaki

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Twilight Stargazing Tour, High Country trekking, bike-riding, Alpaca farm tour, Hot Tubs, a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

DAY 6

MACKENZIE COUNTRY

Today you are up in the air on a scenic flight encompassing two World Heritage Parks and over 200 km of New Zealand’s most beautiful and memorable scenery. You are in for a breathtaking morning. With your experienced pilot as your personal guide you will learn about our famous high country way of life, and fly over our highest peaks and longest glaciers. Experience an alpine landing and capture the mountain ranges, uniquely South Island braided rivers and glacier lakes.

This afternoon you will drive South through the incredible MacKenize country, stopping off along the way to capture the unique landscapes and drop into a renowned winery for a personal wine-tasting.

Arrive at the small township on Lake Wanaka, where on arrival you will be transferred to Minaret Station in Wanaka. The remainder of the day is at your leisure at Minaret Station. You may wish to enjoy the following activity:
Mountain Top Massage: Take a relaxing and rejuvenating massage high on a mountain top in the heart of the Southern Alps. With private helicopter access only, views stretching up to the glacier clad Mt Aspiring and down across the native beech forest to the valley floor below, there simply could not be a more spectacular place to enjoy such an indulgence

ACCOMMODATION: Minaret Station: One Alpine Chalet, Double Occupancy incl. Breakfast, Lunch, Pre Dinner Drinks and Dinner

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Gliding in Omarama with a qualified instructor in the best mountain soaring site in the world.

DAY 7

WANAKA

Today is at your leisure at Minaret Station. You may like to enjoy some of the following optional activities:
•    Fly-Fishing: Minaret Station privately owns a 50,000 acre parcel of wilderness providing guests with exclusive access to prime fishing rivers in the Southern Alps. In addition to this, Minaret Station holds independent concessions to fish on conservation lands covering some four million acres including National Parks and world heritage areas.
•    High Country Station Muster: Minaret Station is a working High Country Station running more than 20,000 head of mixed livestock sheep, cattle and deer. Join one of the Station’s shepherds in mustering a large mob of the sheep or cattle into new valleys for grazing using unique New Zealand farming dogs known as ‘huntaways’.
•    High Country Hiking: Minaret Station has some stunning hiking trails right on the doorstep. The glacial valley floor where the Lodge is located has an elevation of 3,000 feet which is right where the golden Tussock grasses begin to merge with the sub-alpine shrubs and mountain daisy wild flowers. Choosing a hiking trail that winds up the river valley will take you through this native vegetation transition and into the higher hanging basins formed from thousands of years of glaciation. The trails that head down stream follow the Estuary Burn river and soon merge into the native Beech Forest which forms a canopy over much of the valley floor. Hiking trails can be as gentle or as advanced as you prefer, due to the wide expanse of terrain stretching in every direction from the Lodge. At the end of each day hiking, what better way to relax and restore those muscles that with a private hot tub right there on the balcony of your Alpine Chalet!
•    Heli Mountain Biking: This is the ultimate form of Mountain Biking! Why ride uphill when you can fly by helicopter to the top! After an introduction to the techniques of downhill biking and a gear fitting session with your professional mountain biking guide at the lodge, fly to some of the most scenic parts of the Southern lakes region to begin a mountain bike ride down the trails towards the lake edge below. Terrain can be tailored for Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.
•    Alpine Picnic: Enjoy an alpine picnic at your leisure including fresh crayfish, lamb or beef cooked on an ingenious keg converted barbeque. Choose to picnic at one of the old huts on the station or select a private mountain top location with views of stunning Lake Wanaka.

ACCOMMODATION: Minaret Station: One Alpine Chalet, Double Occupancy incl. Breakfast, Lunch, Pre Dinner Drinks and Dinner
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: Guided Hunting, Heli-Skiing, Jet-Boating,Farm Touring, Mountain Fine Dining.

DAY 8

WANAKA – QUEENSTOWN

Today you will tick off a bucket list experience. You will be transferred by helicopter with an incredible scenic flight over Skippers Canyon, the Donne glacier and several ‘Lord of the Rings’ filming sites to the Milford Sounds.

This isolated gem is on the West Coast of New Zealand and about as back to nature as you can get. The pristine fiord is 12km long and 320 metres deep. You’ll see the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest. Keep a look out for wildlife like seals basking on the rocks or dolphins. Lunch will be provided on board and your return flight will capture even more of this remarkable part of the world.

When you arrive back to Queenstown, it’s time for a little more night-time action to complete your trip. Queenstown is the alpine playground of New Zealand. Renowned for its’ beauty but also for what the area has to offer. Some of the World’s best Pinot Noirs are created here, wonderful restaurants and an exciting atmosphere. You will be staying in the heart of the buzz at the historical and elegant Eichardt’s Private Hotel, right on the edge of Lake Wakatipu.

Tonight is at your leisure to explore this wonderful town. Our concierge service will arrange any restaurant bookings and transfers.

ACCOMMODATION: Eichardt’s Private Hotel: Two Lake View Suites, Double/Twin Occupancy incl. Breakfast and Evening Drink

DAY 9

QUEENSTOWN

This morning you will be met by your local Antipodean Guide to enjoy a Full Day Sightseeing Tour in the Queenstown Region. 
First ‘Catch the Canyons’ with Shotover Jet the World’s most exciting Jet Boat ride. This is a thrilling thirty minute jet boat ride you’ll never forget! The Shotover Canyon walls tower over you as your driver skillfully whips the boat past rocky outcrops, and skims around crags and boulders! 

Visit the nearby historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, purveying a combination of historic buildings and quiet charm. The growing café culture means there are great cafés and restaurants to choose from. Being an artistic town, there is artwork ranging from traditional to contemporary on exhibit in the many homestead studios surrounding Arrowtown. 

Today enjoy lunch at Amisfield Winery, the architecturally award winning winery known for its “Grown Not Made” philosophy. Amisfield’s Bistro is located within an iconic stone building with stunning views of snow covered mountains and the beautiful Lake Hayes. Choose from the daily changing menu or indulge in Amisfield’s famous shared dining experience, ‘Trust the Chef Menu’ where you will be served a selection of dishes designed to be shared at the table; all dishes are chosen by the chef based on the freshest ingredients available on the day. 

You will also have the opportunity to watch or do a Bungy Jump! Take a leap off the bridge where it all began. A.J. Hackett, a New Zealander who became a worldwide cult hero after jumping off the Eiffel Tower on a bungy rope, was the first person to develop bungy jumping commercially. Take the plunge – 141 feet (43 metres) into the canyon below. 
Following lunch explore more of the Southern Lakes region – with your guide assisting with recommendations.  

At the conclusion of your day you will be transferred back to Eichardt’s Private Hotel for a delicious dinner at the newly opened Eichardt’s Grill for a gastronomic last meal.

ACCOMMODATION: Eichardt’s Private Hotel: Two Lake View Suites, Double/Twin Occupancy incl. Breakfast and Evening Drink

DAY 10

QUEENSTOWN – AUCKLAND, CHRISTCHURCH OR WELLINGTON: DEPART NEW ZEALAND

Today you will be transferred by private vehicle to Queenstown Airport to check in for your departing flight.

Fly QUEENSTOWN to AUCKLAND/CHRISTCHURCH/WELLINGTON to SINGAPORE

At Antipodean Luxury Travel, all our holidays are curated specifically to your interests and budget. This 10 day New Zealand Luxury South Island Outdoor itinerary is a sample of what’s available.  This trip starts at SGD $15,000 per person. Call Us today to start planning your dream holiday.