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Our top 10 most popular itineraries

The Essential Middle Earth Tour of the North Island

10 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Wellington
Accommodation style: Motels

21 day Classic New Zealand

21 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

The Essence of New Zealand

14 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Luxury 23 day Grand Explorer

23 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

The 9 day Essential South Island

9 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

13 day Southern Family Adventure

13 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Motels

The Classic 9 day Southern Alps Circuit

9 days starting in Queenstown, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

18 Day Forests and Coasts Walking Experience

18 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Hotel 4 star

17 day Essential Golf New Zealand

17 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

9 Day Upper South Island Rail Experience

9 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

 

Nelson Lakes National Park

The small settlement of St Arnaud, a short drive from Nelson, is the gateway to Nelson Lakes National Park (102,000ha) which includes serene lakes and the majestic mountains that make up the northern expanse of the Southern Alps .  The beech forests around the namesake lakes, Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa contain a network of walking tracks allowing visitors to explore the lake edges and forest.   On signs around the area you can read about the Rotoiti Nature Recovery programme which aims to maintain a predator-free sanctuary around the nectar producing beech forest.  The success of this programme is evident in the rich variety of birdsong you’ll hear as you walk the trails.  You’ll see many smaller forest dwelling birds including tomtits, robins and rifleman and soaring above the forest canopy you might be lucky enough to see the South Island kaka. The Department of Conservation website has more detailed information on the many walks you can enjoy in the park.