After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast glaciers and a cruise on the pristine Milford Sound, just to name a few of the destinations you have to look forward to.The Polynesians utilised the moa for food while from its bones they manufactured ornaments, fish hooks, bird spear points, and other items...The earliest c.14 carbon dating for the settlement of man in New Zealand is approximately 1,000 years ago...Accommodation: Anchor Inn Motel Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 471 kms / 292 miles : 6.3 hours Day 9: Do an optional activity in Kaikoura before you continue south over the Hawkswood range and then crossing the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch City Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 170 kms / 105 miles : 2.1 hours Day 10: Explore the evolving city of Christchurch or take a day trip to the charming french town of Akaroa.Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel Day 11: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the Mac Kenzie Country Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.1 hours Day 12: Leaving the Mac Kenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River Leaving Mac Kenzie Country follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll head south to Dunedinto the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin Accommodation: Motel on York Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 318 kms / 197 miles : 3.7 hours Day 13: Spend a full day exploring Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Accommodation: Motel on York Day 14: Travel through the rich farmland of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 387 kms / 240 miles : 4.7 hours Day 15: Take the spectacular road to Milford Sound - allowing plenty of time for photo stops along the way Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 233 kms / 145 miles : 3.6 hours Day 16: Travel through the Southland countryside then follow the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 164 kms / 102 miles : 1.9 hours Day 17: A full day to take in the many delights on offer in Queenstown Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments Day 18: Take the Crown range road to Wanaka before travelling through the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast Accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suites Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.6 hours Day 19: Explore Franz Josef and the wilderness of Westland National Park Accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suites Day 20: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 170 kms / 106 miles : 2.1 hours Day 21: Depart Christchurch today Personal meet and greet, and private transfer to your accommodation On arrival you will be met by one of our team and driven to your Auckland accommodation.
Nestling off the Normandy coast, Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands, and although only a short hop from its bigger neighbour, is most definitely its own island.
The trouble is that there have been fraught negotiations between the home union and their Kiwi counterparts, the NZRU, who recognise the value of the All Blacks and have been demanding a 50-50 cut of Twickenham gate receipts; a figure of around £3million.
So, it may still depend on whether the world's richest rugby nation are willing to pay that sort of sum to deliver the Test the English public crave, in addition to games against Australia, Argentina and Samoa, which have already been announced.
For most visitors, the islands coast is its greatest draw and with over 28 miles of spectacular cliff top paths and rural lanes, the best way to appreciate it is on foot at your own pace.
The south and east is cliff fringed with meandering coastal paths leading you through pine forests and past rocky coves to reveal stunning views of dramatic cliffs and headlands; while the north and west coast is flatter with miles of sweeping sandy bays or wide open beaches.