Be spoilt by the scenic and adventurous delights of South NZ

Hike the Franz Josef Glacier, kayak with the dolphins on Milford Sound, visit New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook, and go wild in Queenstown - the extreme adventure capital of the world. There's so much to do on New Zealand's South Island, this is bound to be an unforgettable travel experience and a rollicking adventure. Where do you sign up? Right here!

Start
Christchurch, New Zealand
Finish
Christchurch, New Zealand
Countries
New Zealand
Themes
Explorer
Code
PTRS
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 15
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover the 'Garden City' of Christchurch
  • Take a drive along NZ's wild West Coast
  • Savour icy vistas at Franz Joseph Glacier
  • Take a sky-high glide over Queenstown
  • Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjords by kayak
  • Be dwarfed by spectacular Mt Cook

Itinerary

Arrive early and discover why Christchurch is known as the 'Garden City'. Visit Hagley Park or hire a punt and glide down the Avon River. Leave the city behind and head over the Canterbury Plains on to Punakaiki, located on New Zealand's wild West Coast.
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.
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.
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.
Explore Milford Sound on a cruise. When weather permits, kayak its tranquil bays and 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.
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 which shelter the world's only alpine parrot, the kea.
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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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Van
Accommodation
Hostel (1 night), Lodge (8 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)
Included activites
  • Milford Sound - Day Cruise
  • Queenstown - Skyline Gondola

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Notes

1. Accommodation is generally on a 4 share single sex room basis. In some areas we may need to use larger rooms. Double rooms can be obtained at extra cost depending on availability. This must be requested at the time of booking.
2.The tour finishes on arrival in Christchurch on day 11 at around 18:00. Please take this into consideration when booking any flights and accommodation. We recommend you book accommodation in advance for any extra nights either prior to your stay or extend your stay here.

Important notes

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Reviews

Our South Island Adventure trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

South Island Adventure , January 2013

South Island Adventure , January 2013