Enjoy an amazing travel experience on New Zealand's South Island

See the best bits of the South Island on this 10-day adventure from Wellington to Christchurch. Discover Nelson's world-famous wines and see why Punakaiki's fascinating Pancake Rocks earned their name. Travel down the wild West Coast, marvel at Milford Sound, be a daredevil in Queenstown, take in breathtaking 'Lord of the Rings' scenery and capture incredible vistas of Mt Cook over sparkling, turquoise lakes. The diversity and character of New Zealand's South Island will delight all adventurers on this amazing trip.

Start
Wellington, New Zealand
Finish
Christchurch, New Zealand
Countries
New Zealand
Themes
Explorer
Code
PIKS
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 1
Group size
Min 4, Max 14
Carbon offset
132kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic ferry from the North Island to South Island
  • Visit Nelson's top-notch wineries, breweries and art galleries
  • See why the Pancake Rocks earned their name
  • Pass through crevasses and ice ridges on Fox Glacier
  • Experience a night of entertainment during a cruise of Lake Wakatipu
  • Try and spot fur seals and bottlenose dolphins in Milford Sound
  • Enjoy an evening drink while overlooking the sunset silhouette of Mt Cook

Itinerary

Board a ferry from the North Island to South Island of New Zealand, cruising through the Marlborough Sounds. Arrive in quirky Nelson and spend free time visiting the area's famous wineries, breweries and art galleries. The nearby Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs and picturesque, coastal track. Perhaps see it from the water on a guided sea kayak trip.
Discover the regions lakes on the way to Punakaiki, nestled in the foothills of the Paparoa National Park. Its magnificent ocean-front location, with spectacular views of the wild West Coast beaches, makes this an enjoyable stop. Enjoy short walks along the coast and see why the Pancake Rocks earned their name.
Take in the incredible scenery along the coast on the way to Fox Glacier. The guided glacier trek begins on a path through ferns and regenerating, temperate rainforest. Stepping onto the ice, strap on crampons and pass through crevasses and ridges for spectacular views of the icefalls and lower glacier.
Have an adrenaline rush on a visit to Queenstown - a thrillseekers' mecca. Then change pace with a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, heading to the Colonel's Homestead for a night of high country hospitality.
Farewell Queenstown and take in the beauty of Fiordland National Park en route to magnificent Milford Sound. Soak up the spectacular surrounds on a cruise and perhaps spot fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and even a rare penguin. Spend the night in Te Anau.
Travel through incredible 'Lord of the Rings' scenery to arrive at Lake Ohau. Take a stroll around the lake or enjoy an early evening drink while overlooking the sunset silhouette of Mt Cook.
Be prepared for breathtaking views of Mt Cook across the clear, blue waters of Lake Pukaki before heading to Lake Tekapo. For a real treat, take an optional flight over the lakes to see the region from a different angle. Later, make tracks across the Canterbury Plains to finish this adventure in Christchurch.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts4 dinners
Transport
Ferry, Minivan
Accommodation
Hotel (9 nights)
Included activities
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Fox Glacier hike
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Queenstown - Skyline Gondola

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Important notes

This trip starts at 7:45am on day 1 and finishes in the evening on day 10. Please consider this when bookings any flights and accommodation.

Trip notes

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