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Friday - - TRAVEL -

Wanaka River Jour­neys

We went on the half-day Jet­boat and Wilder­ness Walk. This was a very fast trip up the Matuk­i­tuki River, in­clud­ing some very fast spins, which our son adored. Our guide also took us on a 40-minute walk in the Mount As­pir­ing for­est. wanakariver­jour­neys.co.nz (Adults Dh565; chil­dren Dh330)

Whale Watch­ing

We went with Whale Watch Kaik­oura, which has a 95 per cent suc­cess rate in find­ing whales. If your tour does not see a whale, they guar­an­tee to re­fund 80 per cent of your fare. whale­watch.co.nz (Adult tick­ets from Dh353; chil­dren from Dh140; un­der-threes not al­lowed).

Kayak­ing

We did the Is­lands of An­chor­age half-day trip with Kai­teri­teri Kayak Abel Tas­man. This in­cludes a guide, pic­nic and the pos­si­bil­ity of see­ing seals, pen­guins and stingrays. Safe, easy and to­tally beau­ti­ful. seakayak.co.nz (Adults Dh350; chil­dren Dh226).

Mil­ford Sound overnight cruise

We sailed on the Mil­ford Mariner from Mil­ford Sound, leav­ing at 4pm, with af­ter­noon tea, the chance to go kayak­ing and then a three-course meal. We saw seals and dol­phins. Cooked break­fast and won­der­ful cab­ins. re­aljour­neys.co.nz (From pounds 166 to pounds 216 per adult twin share.

Hob­biton Movie Set

Step into the Shire and be guided around the 12-acre set; past Bag End and the Green Dragon. To­tally mag­i­cal. hob­biton­tours.com (Adults 17+ Dh197; chil­dren 8 to 16 Dh75; un­der-8s free).

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