3 week tour around New Zealand's
Southern Alps for 5-8 people who would enjoy being led by a New
Zealander knowledgable on New Zealand culture and
history and enthusiastic about sharing it during his Christmas break from teaching
English in Emilia Romagna. Optional extra week in Australia.
A select NZ wine to go each day with a
located picnic lunch of fresh gourmet local delicacies. A quality
restaurant for an evening meal of fusion Pacific Rim cuisine: local
seafood and meat with a dash of the Orient and a touch of
Southern Alps in a
minivan we stay in intimate stylish lodgings nestled in bush, lakeside
or mountain high. The draw of the South Island is that the
landscape is always changing. We fly to Christchurch from Milan,
cross the Southern Alps, follow the rugged West Coast then go inland to
the southern lakes and Mount Cook.
To best experience
the Middle Earth of Lord of
the Rings we jet boat rivers and cruise lakes, meander around mirror
glass lakes and swim with dolphins or watch whales at sea. For those
who wish there is the option of rafting, kayaking, scenic flights and
And your guide can always dress up as Frodo.
The emphasis is on avoiding the crowds and learning
about a land so isolated that no sizeable animals evolved there and
the birds dominated. A place where humans first arrived little more
than c.1000 years ago.
Your guide from Bologna to New Zealand and
round the Southern Alps is CJ Turner, a Kiwi based in Bologna. He takes you anti-clockwise on the southern loop below,
starting and finishing in Christchurch where he lived as a student.
The hard part
There's a reason why New Zealand is clean,
green and uncrowded: it is on precisely the opposite side of
the globe from Italy,
so the flight there is a long and tiring one of about 6 hours and a
in Dubai then c. 20 hours to Christchurch.
A minimum of five people needed per tour.
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