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11 Day South Island Explorer Itinerary
Day 1 Christchurch
Arrive early and discover Christchurch, the South Island's re-emerging city. Explore pop up bars, cafes and restaurants in the exciting new development dubbed Re:START. Relax with a coffee in a converted shipping container and see what’s happening in funky Christchurch.
Day 2 Punakaiki
Leave the dry east coast and cross the dividing range on the way to the lush, green west coast. Watch as the countryside changes radically to reveal deep-blue rivers springing from the steep mountainsides.
Days 3-4 Franz Josef Glacier
Sit back and relax on a breathtaking drive along the coast, passing forests, lakes and hidden beaches. Arrive in Franz Josef and choose from an array of optional activities here. Join a guided hike across the glacier, go for a kayak, take a spin on a quad bike or enjoy unrivalled views of the region on a scenic flight.
Days 5-8 Queenstown
Soak up mountain vistas, meandering rivers and glassy lakes while travelling to Queenstown. Be sure to have camera batteries charged as there'll be countless photo opportunities along the way. Then be spoilt for choice in the undisputed adventure capital of New Zealand. Jet boat, bungee jump, paraglide and kayak around Queenstown before taking time out on the Skyline Gondola.
Day 9 Doubtful Sound
Explore Doubtful Sound on a cruise, search out bottlenose dolphins, seals and crested penguins. This area dishes up scenery that is nothing short of breathtaking, with tall mountain peaks, waterfalls and crystal clear water.
ACCOM: Overnight boat - 1
Day 10 Mt Cook
Be dwarfed by spectacular Aoraki (Mt Cook) which, at an impressive 3,754 m (12,316 ft), is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Explore meadows, lakes, streams and glaciers that shelter the world's only alpine parrot, the kea.
Day 11 Christchurch
Travel back to Christchurch, where it will be time to say farewell to new friends. Perhaps choose to celebrate the end of this epic South Island adventure with a group dinner.
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