Go away to come together

This guided family trip provides a fun, scenic, experience-packed New Zealand vacation within a two-week school-break period. When you step off the plane in Christchurch, your guide will gently remove the family-organizer hat from your head and put it firmly onto theirs—you’re here to play, too. Let them take the wheel and take care of all the details while you enjoy family time, photobombing the world’s most scenic selfies. All you’ll need to decide is whether to order the Pinot or the Chardonnay at the end of each day’s adventure.

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Based on 4 ppl, double occupancy. Prices vary depending on season. Request Your Date for exact pricing.

Summary
Length10 days | 9 nights
DestinationChristchurch to Queenstown
LodgingPremier

Classic Stays
Modern, well-appointed properties that provide a comfortable, convenient base from which to explore. Perfect for the region, they’re typically within easy access to cafes and other amenities.

Premier Stays
Quality lodgings in superb settings, from stylish lakeside lodges to restful alpine retreats. Note that in a few cases, Classic Stays are used on a trip classified overall as Premier to allow access to stunning, remote locations where Premier Stays are not available.

Luxe Stays
Exclusive, indulgent hideaways with exceptional facilities and service. The best in New Zealand (and perhaps the world). Note that in a few cases, Premier Stays are used on a trip classified overall as Luxe to allow access to stunning, remote locations where Luxe Stays are not available.

Special Stays
Some tours feature overnight cruises and multiple-day hikes, with stays in private lodges or Department of Conservation huts, for special wilderness experiences.

FitnessModerate

Easygoing
You’re comfortable on tracks with gently undulating terrain and can move comfortably and freely. Suitable for families with young children. Note, activity add-ons may change rating.

Moderate
You enjoy walking/light hiking, can handle a hill or two, and appreciate life-affirming soft adventures that dip a toe outside your comfort zone.

Active
You’ve got a bit of Kiwi in you and are ready to hit the hills and push yourself a little. Some of these trips include multi-day hikes that get you further into the wild. It’s not all Bear Grylls, though. You’re happy to enjoy a rewarding glass of pinot at day’s end.

This is an overall guide. Our trips include a range of activities across the spectrum. Request a Detailed Itinerary for more details on fitness levels needed for individual activities.

StylePrivate

Small Group
Scheduled, guided adventures with just the right number of like-minded travellers to share in the laughs and make new friends.

Private
Guided, professionally crafted trips with your own group and your choice of travel dates.

Self Drive
Self-guided, stress-free road trips with all the elements sorted for you. Our professionally crafted itineraries and booking team, your dates and travel companions.

Bespoke
Guided or self-guided, this is your personal New Zealand dream made manifest. A fully customized experience based on your passions, finessed with our professional planning.

Interests
Family,
Soft Adventure,
GO BESPOKE

If you already have a dream in mind, our Travel Shepherds await the challenge of bringing it to fruition. Request a Custom Quote based on your interests.

Daily Brief

Click on the orange icons to read about lodging along the way (not available on mobile). C=Classic, P=Premier, L=Luxe, S=Special Stays. Note accommodation may vary based on departure date. For hotel links and more information, Request a Detailed Itinerary above.
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P

Step off the plane in Christchurch and into the care of your Black Sheep guide. Freshen up at your hotel, then head out and explore: paddle a canoe on the Avon, stroll the Botanical Gardens, visit the Canterbury Museum, or enjoy a coffee in the square as you marvel at the post-quake ingenuity and artwork that has bloomed up in the central city. At dinner, socialize together and discuss your impending adventure.

2
C

Board the renowned TranzAlpine train for a trip over the Southern Alps, crossing glacially fed rivers and winding beneath snow-capped peaks. Upon reaching the Coast, rejoin your guide for a short drive along stunning coastline to our eco lodging on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The afternoon allows you time to explore the area's features, including the blowholes and surge pools of the Pancake Rocks.

3

This region is honeycombed with natural cave systems and today gives you the opportunity to explore one of them in a choice of two ways. Visit the cave’s dry chambers on a scenic caving tour, or stuff yourself in a wetsuit for a hilarious cave rafting adventure. Both include delicate cave formations, glowworm constellations and loads of fun.

4
P

This morning, it's a spectacular drive through lush rainforest to the glacier region and a heli-hike adventure. A scenic helicopter flight carries you up the valley and over three icefalls to land on a remote, dynamic part of the Fox Glacier. Outfitted with crampons, explore blue-ice caves, arches, azur pools and pinnacles, following ice steps cut by your guide.

5
P

Depart Fox and head south through the Mt Aspiring National Park to Makarora. From there, a scenic heli flight takes you over the glacial lakes and mountains of the park. Land in remote Siberia Valley for a 3-hour walk through pristine alpine scenery. A jetboat returns you to your starting point via two wilderness rivers. Continue to the lakeside resort town of Wanaka for your two-night stay.

6

Wanaka has a huge range of activities available to make the most of the great outdoors. We’ve left the day free for you to pick and choose whatever optional activities take your fancy, from all-out adventures like sky diving and canyoning, to more laidback pursuits like cycling and wine trails. There’s also a great network of walking and hiking tracks that will fill your eyes (and phone) with some of New Zealand’s most iconic images.

7
S

Depart Wanaka and travel by coach from Te Anau through the extraordinary landscape of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound for your overnight adventure. Board your vessel for your cruise, passing waterfalls spilling from vertical cliffs and fur seals basking on the rocks. Anchor in a sheltered cove and explore the shoreline via kayak or guided tender before dinner. The touring masses have long since gone home for the night, leaving you in utter tranquility.

8
P

View the fiord in fresh light as you cruise back to land, rare witnesses to a Milford dawn. From Milford, your coach will carry you to Queenstown where you’ll be transferred to your hotel spectacularly placed on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and flanked by the dramatic Remarkables mountain range. Rest and enjoy the views from your balcony, or get out and explore this vibrant town.

9

Queenstown is alive with the hum of impending adventure. Because there are so many things to do—including things you never even knew were a thing—we have left the day free to do whatever optional activities you choose. Fling yourself from a bridge (with chord attached, of course), horse trek through Lord of the Rings territory, canoe on a turqoise river to Paradise (literally)—dream it and we’ll help you do it. Tonight, gather for your farewell dinner.

10

Depending on your flight schedule, enjoy a lakeside stroll or one last adventure before your reluctant ride to Queenstown Airport. Wonder if your Black Sheep guide will fit into your carry on.

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Trip Inclusions

While Black Sheep prides itself on the intangibles that make our Small Group trips special, our packages are known for being stuffed with features. Check out what’s included in your Black Sheep adventure below.

Accomodation

All accommodation during your tour

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Activities

TranzAlpine train ride over Southern Alps
Cave rafting or scenic cave tour
Glacier heli-hike
Siberia wilderness adventure
Milford Sound overnight cruise
Additional walks, the inevitable rugby lesson, and more

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Meals

All breakfasts
2 lunches
3 dinners with NZ wine sampling
Onboard snacks & beverages

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Transport

Tour vehicle with professional driver/guide
TranzAlpine train to Greymouth
Airport transfers within tour dates
All baggage transport within tour

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Support

Services of a doting Black Sheep guide
Background support from Black Sheep HQ
Flight assistance available

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Gear & Amenities

Stainless steel water bottle & holder
NZ map & travel journal
Use of walking sticks, neck pillows, onboard library, and more
A few surprises

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New Zealand Breakaway
Guided
Private

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP. OUR DAUGHTERS HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME IN NEW ZEALAND, AND SO DID WE!

JULIE KICUCHI, BOISE, ID, USA