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Alpine Lakes and Mountains Explorer - from $489 NZD

Alpine Lakes and Mountains Explorer - from $489 NZD

Tour Date: March 18 2024

DEPOSIT - $100.00

Single - $489.00 NZD
Twin Share - Not applicable
Alpine Lakes and Mountains

Full payment no less than 2 weeks before tour start.A link for payment will be sent.

Departing and returning from the Port of Timaru, this breathtaking bespoke tour is designed for small groups. 

This personally guided tour takes you into the Mackenzie Country, which has stunning postcard perfect glacial blue lakes such as Tekapo and Pukaki. We take time to allow you to explore small rural towns and enjoy lakeside strolls.

Travel by passenger vans through a landscape of crop, sheep and beef farms en- route to the Mackenzie Basin. Here, the landscape and farming change dramatically. It is the domain of merino sheep and iconic high-country stations in a landscape dominated by the Southern Alps and glacial lakes.

Pause at Lake Tekapo -- a remarkable turquoise lake with brilliant views of the glacial valleys that feed it. Don’t miss the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd (1935), whose altar window frames a postcard-perfect view.

Lunch is provided at a private home overlooking the lake.

Traveling to Lake Pukaki, you cross one of the many bright-blue hydro canals crisscrossing the Mackenzie Basin. Lake Pukaki is surrounded by big country and borders the eastern slopes of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park – named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its outstanding scenic value.

The view from Lake Pukaki of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps is stunning but is weather dependant.

We stop to admire the Alpine Lavender farm before travelling on to view a salmon farm at Lake Ruataniwha. 

Walk through the town of Omarama, whose poetic name means The Place of Light, this location is renowned for hang-gliding and clear night skies.

A stop at the River T Vineyard for a complimentary beverage late in the afternoon is a pleasant way to enjoy this landscape.

 We Pass Lake Benmore, Lake Aviemore and rolling farmland before arriving back at Timaru.



Highlights Will Include

Rural Fairlie township

Lake Tekapo

Lake Pukaki

Views of Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park

Alpine Lavender Farm

Waitaki Valley

Local winery for complimentary drinks


Light lunch provided


Morning and afternoon tea

Booking Conditions

Minimum of 2 people required to run the tour.

A deposit of $150.00 pp (NZD) is required to secure your seat. The remainder is payable by cash on the day of tour departure


Cancellation Policy At times cruise ships may not come into port because of adverse weather conditions or allow less time in port, and other factors beyond the control of the passengers may mean our tours cannot go ahead. We can shorten the tour, if needed, on the day for any reason as well, so that's an advantage that we can control for the passengers who book to ensure you are back on time.

  • We will ask for a deposit initially; this will be 20 %.
  • Full payment required no later than 2 weeks before tour starts.
  • If cancellation is 24 hrs or more before the tour starts, full refund less 3% admin.
  • If cancellation is less than 24 hours, before the tour starts its a full refund, less the deposit.

In the event of a passenger cancelling, 24hr notice is required otherwise full payment is requested.

If Alps 2 Ocean need to cancel the tour, full repayment.

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