New Zealand

Destinations

Christchurch | Hokitika | Franz Josef | Wanaka | Queenstown | Milford Sound

Duration

13 Days, door-to-door

Travel Map

Itinerary

New Zealand Highlights
Day 1 (Mach 29)
En Route

 

Enplane for New Zealand (see WALLSabout tip below!).

 

WALLSabout Tip: We highly recommend booking a one-day or two-day pre-trip extension. These days are relatively low key and include luxury accommodation, breakfast, and light activities for just a few hours of the day so you have plenty of time to rest up for the trip of a lifetime. See your WALLS consultant for details.

Day 2 (March 30)
Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Upon arrival into Christchurch, you are met by a WALLSabout representative and transferred to your beautiful hotel in the heart of Christchurch. If you do not come a day or two early, we strongly advise booking flights that land after 9AM and before 1PM wherever possible. Hotel check-in is 2:00 PM. Meet your WALLSabout Program Director in the hotel lobby for start of services at 3:00 PM. At 3:30 PM we depart for a dynamic and informative walking tour of Christchurch. This tour is led by a passionate local guide who will take you on a journey of discovery through laneways, gardens, historic buildings, and landmarks. Along the way you will learn some basic Te Reo (Maori Language) and learn more about Maori and early settler history. Alternatively, if you’re “knackered” from your flight, take the afternoon to catch up on rest. Either way, meet your Program Director for an important trip briefing in the hotel lobby at 6:00 PM followed by welcome dinner.

 

WALLSabout Tip: Skip the nap, take the walking tour, and go to bed early! The real adventures begin tomorrow!

 

Accommodation: The George Hotel

 

Meals: Welcome Dinner

 

Key Times:

*Consider coming a day or two early – contact us for details
9AM-1PM Book your arrival flight to land in this window!
2:00 PM Hotel Check-In
3:00 PM Start of services— Meet in the hotel lobby
3:30 PM NZ Culture Walking Tour CBD
6:00 PM Welcome Briefing Hotel Lobby
7:30 PM Welcome Dinner
Day 3 (March 31)
Arthur’s Pass to Hokatika to Franz Joseph

 

Depart Christchurch early and explore the Southern Alps in style aboard the TranzAlpine train – one of the world’s great train journeys, covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way and taking just under 5 hours. Breakfast and lunch will be served on board and you’ll also have access to an exclusive open-air carriage. Disembark the train and board to our luxury mini coach en route to a one hour walking tour of the Hokatika Gorge! From there we’ll make our way along the West Coast before arriving at our beautiful accommodation, the Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Joseph. Rest and relax before dinner at the hotel.

 

WALLSabout Tip: Dress in layers and be ready for any weather. Have a daypack handy for short walks and/or anything you’ll need during the day as you will not have access to your roller bag. Our Mini Coach is stocked with snacks and water. Have your mosquito repellent handy for Hokatika Gorge… depending on conditions sand flys could be present. Socks and long pants will win half the battle as they typically go for ankles and wrists first and largely leave other parts of your body alone.

 

Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Approximate Schedule:
7:00 AM Departure
1:30 PM Hokitika Gorge
5:00 – 6:00 PM Check-in Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 4 (April 1)
Franz Joseph Glacier Experiences & Local Wildlife!

 

Today you’ll depart on the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) that you selected before the trip! From hiking to Heli and glaciers to crampons, this is going to be one EPIC Day! See your Program Director for details.

 

In the afternoon, explore the West Coast Wildlife Center and get acquainted with the local flora and fauna of the South Island, including the legendary Kiwi Birds.

 

Rest up before a beautiful dinner at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat and then a quick evening adventure to discover the glow worms dangling beneath the subtropical ferns. Fall into bed after a full day and get some rest for tomorrow the adventure continues!

 

WALLSabout Tip: Check the CYOA page for a refresh on what you’ll be experiencing and a reminder on what our operators supply. For example, all the equipment you need for a hike on the glacier is provided if you booked the Glacier Heli Hike as your CYOA but you’ll need some key items, example: sunglasses!

 

Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Approximate Schedule:
From 7:00 AM Breakfast at accommodation
See your PD for you personalized CYOA schedule for the day!
(Please note CYOA activities are subject to change or cancelation based on weather – all canceled CYOA activities will be fully refunded and alternate experiences are planned)

Day 5 (April 2)
West Coast View of Mt. Cook / Haast Pass / A Local’s Stop!

 

Breakfast is available at the hotel before departure to Lake Matheson for a breathtaking morning hike! If we’re lucky, we’ll catch the reflection of New Zealand highest peak, Mt. Cook, reflecting into the still waters. Followed by a short stroll through the majestic Swap Forest of Ship Creek. 

Then, say goodbye to the West Coast (for now) as we dive over Haast Pass. Along the way collect photos of Thunder Creek Falls, Blue Pools, The Knick and Lake Hawea. Discover our delightful accommodation perched on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Enjoy a brief respite before dinner. Fall into bed after a full day and get some rest for tomorrow the adventure continues!

 

WALLSabout Tip: Have your mosquito repellent handy… depending on conditions sand flys could be present. Socks and long pants will win half the battle as they typically go for ankles and wrists first and largely leave other parts of your body alone. Dress in layers and be ready for any weather at our stops as we cross the alps. Have a daypack handy for short walks and/or anything you’ll need during the day as you will not have access to your roller bag. Our Mini Coach is stocked with snacks and water.

 

Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Approximate Schedule:

From 7:00 AM Breakfast at accommodation 
8:00 AM Depart 
9:00 AM Lake Matheson Cafe & Lake Matheson Loop Walk
12:00 PM Lunch at Southwest Salmon Cafe 
1:00-3:00 PM Ship Creek / Thunder Creek Falls / Blue Pools / The Neck / Lake Hawea
3:30 PM Arrive Edgewaters Wanaka
6:45 PM Dinner at Kika
Day 6 (April 3)
Get Local Day — Wanaka Tree / Lavender Farm / Winery Tour / Local Art!

 

Breakfast at Edgewater’s before departing to Lake Wanaka for a breathtaking morning view of “The Wanaka Tree”, followed by a visit to Wanaka Lavender Farm for an autumn stroll. Onward to lunch at Wild Earth & Stoaker with a wine tasting at Misha’s Tasting Room. The afternoon includes shopping in the town of Wanaka while the rest of the afternoon / evening is at your leisure. Rest up, because tomorrow things get a little extreme!

 

WALLSabout Tip: Today is the day to immerse yourself in the local culture of the Southern Alps. Taste and sample food and drinks and feast on the sights and sounds of working farms, wineries, and artisan markets — not to mention the trendy boutiques of Wanaka. Remember to make dinner reservations as the afternoon/evening is at your leisure!

 

Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Approximate Schedule:

From 7:00 AM Breakfast at accommodation 
9:30 AM Depart 
9:00 AM Wanaka Lavender Farm
12:00 PM Lunch Wild Earth and Stoaker
2:00 PM Misha’s Vinyard Tasting Room 
3:30 PM Wanaka Shopping / Artisan Market -or- rest at lodge
4:00PM onward: Afternoon at your leisure / Dinner on your own
Day 7 (April 4)
Mtn Adventure Day! — Land Cruisers / Mtn Town / Mtn Culture!


At 8:30 AM depart Edgewater’s to AJ Hackett Bungey (the world’s first commercial Bungey Jumping establishment). Elect to throw yourself off the Kawarau Bridge dangling by only an elastic line or simply elect to watch your new friends jump. You can even opt to dunk your head in the river 141 feet below!  Next up, explore the charming mining town of Arrowtown (be ready for some boutique shopping). Revive your adrenal glands as you board our custom 4×4 for an adventure drive up the Arrow River Canyon and iconic filming locations from “Lord of the Rings”. We’ll stop to enjoy lunch at Canyon Brewing.  Next up, white-knuckle the boat handles during the world famous Shotover Jet-boat experience, powered by the custom supercharged twin V8 engines that will have you racing up the rapids at 90 kph, while performing gravity defying stunts within a hair’s breadth of the awe-inspiring cliff faces! 

 

Finally, enter the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, where you’ll discover our luxury property awaiting in the heart of town. Check-in and freshen up before catching dinner at our accommodation. Take your vitamins before bed, because you’re going to need more adrenaline tomorrow!

 

WALLSabout Tip: Smile for the camera, you’re going to remember today’s adventures for the rest of your life!  

 

Accommodation: QT Hotel, Queenstown

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Approximate Schedule:
From 7:00 AM Breakfast at accommodation 
8:30 AM Depart 
9:00 AM Bungee (or watch your new friends Bungee!)
11:30AM 4×4 Tour
12:00 PM Lunch Canyon Brewery
1:30-4:30 PM Shotover Jetboating
5:00 PM Checkin 
7:00 PM Dinner
Day 8 (April 5)
CYOA Queenstown — From Shopping to Sky Diving - it’s your choice!

 

With so many activities to choose from, we had to empower you with CHOICE!  Review www.WALLSabout.com/nzadventures to review your selection for the day and see your Program Director for your customized Itinerary of the day!

 

WALLSabout Tip: Review your selection of CYOA and enjoy your day!! Don’t forget to book Dinner On Your Own (DYOA) before leaving the states as reservations fill up fast in Queenstown.

 

Accommodation: QT Hotel, Queenstown

 

Meals: Breakfast

 
Approximate Schedule:
From 7:00 AM Breakfast at accommodation 
See your PD for you personalized CYOA schedule for the day!
(Please note CYOA activities are subject to change or cancelation based on weather – all canceled CYOA activities will be fully refunded and alternate experiences are planned)
Day 9 (April 6)
Fiordland National Park — Words Fall Short

 

Enjoy a morning at your leisure before departing Queenstown en route to Te Anau stoping for lunch at Jack’s Point and at the incredible vistas of Devils’ Staircase and Athols before arriving on the tranquil and romantic shores Te Anau. Checkin to our beautiful lakeside accommodation before boarding into our scenic flight to the most remote and dramatic portions of Fiordland National Park. Dinner to follow at Redcliff. While in town, be sure to take the short walk to visit to location where Benjamin took one of his most collected images Original Blues.

 

WALLSabout Tip: Dress in layers and be ready for any weather at our stops. Have a daypack handy for short walks during our stops. Our Deluxe Mini Coach is stocked with snacks and water. 

Accommodation: Fiordland Lakeview Hotel (suites), Te Anau

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Approximate Schedule:
From 7:00 AM Breakfast at accommodation 
Morning at your leisure
11:00 AM Depart for Te Anau 
11:30 AM Lunch – Jack’s Point
1:00-3:00 PM Stops en route to Te Anau
3:00 PM Checkin 
4:00 PM Scenic Flight Doubtful Sound
6:00 PM Thirty minute Cinema showing Fiordland
7:00 PM Dinner at Redcliff Cafe
Day 10 (April 7)
Milford Sound Cruise

 

Depart early aboard our Mini Coach en route to the spectacular Milford Sound. Then board our chartered boat for a cruise through the fiord as it teams with wildlife including seals and dolphins! Gaze up in every direction, thousands of feet of granite rock line the fiord that is also thousands of feet deep. Stare in amazement as waterfalls plunge off the hanging valleys in all directions. Upon return to shore, we’ll catch lunch at the Pio Pio Café before pressing onward to Mirror Lakes, Pops View, Gertrude Valley Lookout, Chasm Fall and finally arrive back at our luxurious accommodation in Te Anau. Enjoy the afternoon at you leisure before dinner at The Fat Duck.

 

WALLSabout Tip: Dress in layers and be ready for any weather at our stops. Have a daypack handy for short walks during our stops. Our Deluxe Mini Coach is stocked with snacks and water. 

 

Accommodation: Fiordland Lakeview Hotel (suites), Te Anau

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (April 8)
Farewell Dinner — Queenstown

 

Capture sunrise photos from your porch or explore the famous vantage points right our your door on the largest freshwater lake in Australiasia!  Back in Queenstown, we’ll check in at our final accommodation before enjoying an afternoon at your leisure (consider booking a hot soak with a view of the Remarkables!) before our Farewell Dinner to remember at the top-rated restaurant and venue, Nest! 

 

WALLSabout Tip: Dress in layers and be ready for any weather. Have a daypack handy for short walks during our stops. Our Deluxe Mini Coach is stocked with snacks and water. 

 

Accommodation: Kamana Lakehouse, Queenstown

 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 
Approximate Schedule:
9:00 AM Breakfast at the Sandfly Cafe
10:00 AM Depart for Queenstown
12:00 PM Lunch on your own / last minute suvineers in Queenstown
2:00 PM Drive to Kamana Lake Lodge / Checkin 
2PM-7PM – Afternoon at your leisure
7:00 PM Farewell Dinner at Nest (Kamana’s Private Venue)
Day 12 (April 9)
Bid Farewell to New Friends

 

After breakfast at our accommodation, depart Queenstown en route to your international flight home or your next adventure.*

*Ask your WALLS Consultant about option extensions! 

 

WALLSabout Tip: Remember to tip your Program Director! All tips to be paid in USD. Program director tips typically range from $25-35 USD per person / per day for exceptional service. Plan ahead with the concierge team if you’d like to stay a few extra day in Queenstown or an optional extension!

 

Meals: Breakfast

 
Approximate Schedule:
11:00AM-2PM – book your departure flight in this window wherever possible.
From 7:00 AM Breakfast at accommodation 
From 8:30 AM Farewell and depart for airport 
11:00 AM end of services
Afternoon: En route home (or your next adventure)
Day 13 (April 10)
En Route Home

We wish you safe travels home – or choose one of our signature extensions.

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Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA):
Optional Activities During Your Tour

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Explore Optional Adventures

The vast majority of activities on you tour are planned for the whole group. However, at a few key points on your tour we want empower YOU to choose your own adventure!

Simply review the options below and then schedule a time with your travel concierge team to review and book your custom CYOA activities. We are happy to expound on these possibilities and answer any questions at that time.

Day 1

En Route

Enplane for New Zealand

Day 2

Christchurch, New Zealand

Arrival Day! Start of services - Welcome Dinner at 6PM!!

Day 3

Arthur’s Pass to Hokatika to Franz Joseph

All activities as a group - No CYOA This Day

Day 4

Franz Joseph Glacier Experiences & Local Wildlife!

Day 5

West Coast View of Mt. Cook / Haast Pass / A Local’s Stop!

All activities as a group - No CYOA This Day

Day 6

Get Local Day — Wanaka Tree / Lavender Farm / Winery Tour / Local Art!

All activities as a group - No CYOA This Day

Day 7

Mtn Adventure Day! — Land Cruisers / Mtn Town / Mtn Culture!

Day 8

CYOA Queenstown — From Shopping to Sky Diving - it’s your choice!

Day 9

Fiordland National Park

All activities as a group - No CYOA This Day

Day 10

Milford Sound Cruise

All activities as a group - No CYOA This Day

Day 11

Farewell Dinner — Queenstown

All activities as a group - No CYOA This Day

Day 12

Bid Farewell to New Friends

Departure day- No CYOA This Day

Day 13

En Route Home

Optional Extensions

Arrive Early (One Day)

1 day pre-itinerary extension

We highly advise arriving 1 - 2 days early to shake off jet lag and be ready for the trip of a lifetime. Includes luxury accommodations, breakfast, and light activities for 2 - 4 hours per day with plenty of time to rest.

Arrive Early (Two Days)

2 day pre-itinerary extension

We highly advise arriving 1 - 2 days early to shake off jet lag and be ready for the trip of a lifetime. Includes luxury accommodations, breakfast, and light activities for 2 - 4 hours per day with plenty of time to rest.

Extend Your Stay

1 - 3 day post-itinerary extension

Linger longer in the adventure capitol of the world, Queenstown. Includes luxury accommodations and breakfast.

Wilderness Trekking

4 day post-itinerary guided wilderness experience.

Winery Extension

3 day post-itinerary extension to one of Central Otago's famed wineries.

Fly Fishing

3 day post-itinerary fly fishing experience.

Biking Extension

3 day post-itinerary biking extension.

Golfing Extension

3 Day post-itinerary extension at one of Central Otago's famed courses.

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We cap our group trips at 16 people, which allows us to provide each person with exceptional service. Private trips are also available.

How far in advance should I book my travel?
Six to 18 months prior to departure is highly recommended. However, if we have availability, we can get you ready for a trip in as little as 30 days. Keep in mind that our trips typically sell out months before departure.
Where do I find pricing?
Current pricing and payment details are available by contacting us.
How will I know what to pack?
Upon booking, our full-time concierge will step you through everything you need to prepare for your trip. From visas to vaccines to packing — we’ve got you covered!

Testimonials

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Benjamin Walls

Founder

"The goal with WALLSabout is not a great vacation, the goal is a life changing experience."

Benjamin Walls is an internationally recognized artist, founder of four successful startups, and an ardent conservationist. His dedication to connect people to the natural world has also led to the founding of WALLSabout Luxury Travel. “I believe there’s nothing more inspiring than our last great wild places — my mission is to reconnect people to those places in dynamic fashion. I do that with my artwork in my galleries, but WALLSabout™ is unique because it allows me to curate a three dimensional experience. The goal with WALLSabout is not a great vacation, the goal is a life changing experience."

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Steve

Senior Program Director
Australia & New Zealand
Ground-handler

Steve, aka “Fro” resides in Barwon Heads, Australia with his beautiful wife, daughter, and son. He met Benjamin years ago while working at Copper Mountain in Colorado and they’ve been lifelong friends since. Steve has spent the last five years traversing the plains of Africa with WALLSabout™, and is an expert in all things safari. His goal on every adventure is to make you feel completely at home halfway around the world!

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Lisa

Program Director

Lisa has over a decade of experience leading trips to destinations such as Australia, Cambodia, Chilie, Costa Rica, Nepal, Peru and Vietnam. In addition to her skills as a Program Director, she owns her own small business and is a CPA! One of her favorite quotes is by Howard Thurman who said “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” Lisa remarks, "I truly come alive when I am given the opportunity to delight guests with one-of-a-kind experiences.’ Lisa makes her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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Syd

Travel Concierge

From packing lists to visas to vaccinations - not to mention additional excursions - Syd has all of the answers!

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Emma

Lead Travel Concierge

From packing lists to visas to vaccinations - not to mention additional excursions - Emma has all of the answers!

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Benjamin’s hand-picked guides. They aren’t just good – they are the best.
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Guide

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Guide

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Steve

Guide

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Cassidy

Assistant Manager

[email protected]
828-552-4695‬

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Rebecca

Assistant Manager

[email protected]
828-845-4995

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Sydney

WALLS Supervisor

[email protected]
828-357-7430‬

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Elle

WALLS Consultant

[email protected]
828-552-4696

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WALLS Consultant

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828-552-4649

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Lela

WALLS Consultant

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276-285-5256

WALLSabout Journeys™ are carefully crafted luxury travel itineraries that are hosted by hand-picked local guides. Each trip is scouted and curated by our founder, Benjamin Walls to provide an ideal in-depth experience of various destinations and includes extraordinary accommodations, custom sightseeing tours, private transportation, most (if not all) meals, domestic airfare, and friendly personal service before and during the trip.

“I utilize the tenacity I have developed as an artist to curate our WALLSabout™ itineraries. I omit countless ‘good’ experiences so I can offer an itinerary that is truly special. For me, it’s about not settling for less than exceptional.” —Benjamin Walls, Founder of WALLSabout™ Travel​

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