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New Zealand’s South Island in Depth

14 Days | Discover a bounty of natural wonders in New Zealand’s South Island

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AUD $3,009
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From glaciers to golden beaches, rainforests to resort towns and glittering lakes to gigantic peaks, New Zealand’s South Island truly has it all. Embark on a 14-day adventure through some of the world’s most remarkable landscapes, and with a local leader by your side, you’ll also see the beneath the surface. Encounter creativity and resilience in Christchurch, gaze at out-of-this-world stars in Lake Tekapo, get your adrenaline pumping in Queenstown and take your time in postcard-pretty Wanaka. Stand in awe of the Franz Josef Glacier, stay in the heart of Punakaiki’s subtropical rainforest and explore the pristine coastline of Abel Tasman National Park.

Trip overview

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Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand
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Min 18
Group size
Min 6 - Max 16
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Starting off in Christchurch, see the cool and creative ways the city has rebuilt post-earthquake before heading to the stunning shores of Lake Tekapo.
  • Calling all adventure seekers! Queenstown is overflowing with adrenaline-pumping activities, so dive straight in or sit back with a glass of world-class local wine.
  • It just doesn’t get better looking than Wanaka. From its centrepiece lake to surrounding mountains, uncover all this pretty little spot has to offer.
  • Stand in awe of the epic Franz Josef glacier and visit a local gallery to learn about the significance of pounamu (greenstone) to Maori culture while carving your own pendant.
  • Explore the coastal delights of Abel Tasman National Park, where secluded coves and golden beaches make walking, kayaking and swimming a real joy.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is operated and run by Haka Tours, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Haka customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Haka Tours to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in New Zealand.
  • Accommodation on this trip is in mixed-gender multi-share dormitory style hostels with shared facilities.


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14 breakfasts


Private Vehicle, Ferry


Multi-share hostel with shared facilities (13 nights)

  • Marlborough - Cook Strait Ferry Crossing
  • Wellington - Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Kaikoura - Visit to a Seal Colony
  • Lake Tekapo - Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Christchurch - City Tour
  • Queenstown - Kawarau Gorge
  • Arrowtown - Village visit
  • West Coast - Haast Pass
  • West Coast - Lake Hawea Lookout
  • Franz Josef - Carve your own Pounamu Necklace
  • Hokitika - Mountain Jade Greenstone Factory
  • Punakaiki - Overnight in a Rainforest Retreat
  • Punakaiki - Pancake Rocks Visit
  • Marlborough - Visit Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
  • Abel Tasman National Park - Paddle a Waka (war canoe)
Add on activities
  • Kaikoura - Dolphin Encounter - NZD115
  • Kaikoura - Whale Watching - NZD165
  • Kaikoura - Albatross Encounter - NZD175
  • Kaikoura - Wildlife Kayaking - NZD140
  • Lake Tekapo - Dark Sky Project - NZD50
  • Lake Tekapo - Tekapo Springs Hot Pool - NZD35
  • Lake Tekapo - Hike up Mt John - Free
  • Queenstown - Kawarau Bridge Bungy - NZD265
  • Queenstown - Canyoning - NZD229
  • Queenstown - Shotover River Jet Boat Ride - NZD159
  • Queenstown - Paragliding - NZD299
  • Queenstown - Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour - NZD270
  • Queenstown - Canyon Swing - from - NZD259
  • Queenstown - Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly Day Trip - NZD645
  • Queenstown - Milford Sound Coach-Cruise-Coach Day Trip - NZD245
  • Queenstown - Skydiving - from - NZD415
  • Queenstown - Nevis Bungy - NZD345
  • Queenstown - Milford Sound Coach-Cruise-Fly Day Trip - NZD670
  • Queenstown - Skyline Gondola - NZD52
  • Queenstown - Dart River Funyaks - from - NZD429
  • Queenstown - Time Tripper - NZD15
  • Wanaka - Happy Hour on the Lake - NZD59
  • Wanaka - Mou Waho Island Cruise & Guided Nature Walk - NZD159
  • Wanaka - Skydiving - from - NZD379
  • Wanaka - Flying Lessons - NZD338
  • Wanaka - Mou Waho Island Cruise - NZD119
  • Wanaka - Waterfall Climbing - from - NZD199
  • Franz Josef - Glacier Lake Kayaking - NZD145
  • Franz Josef - Glacier Heli Hike - NZD695
  • Franz Josef - Heli Experience with Snow Landing - NZD325
  • Franz Josef - Skydiving - from - NZD399
  • Punakaiki - Glowworm Caves - NZD145
  • Punakaiki - Skeleton Crew Bone Carving - NZD90
  • Punakaiki - Underworld Tube Rafting - NZD215
  • Abel Tasman National Park - Skydiving - from - NZD399
  • Abel Tasman National Park - Sailing & Walking Excursion - NZD208
  • Abel Tasman National Park - Sea Kayaking - NZD140
  • Abel Tasman National Park - Canyoning - NZD295

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Wellington on Day 1 at 8am. You will depart the city immediately after the welcome meeting. This trip ends on Day 14 in Wellington and you are free to leave at any time.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. If you are a single traveller this will give you a single room, if you are travelling as a couple a double room will be allocated to you. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Multishare typically includes triple and quad rooms. You may be required to share with group members of a different gender and couples. People travelling together may occasionally be separated due to rooming configurations.
4. This trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 56 days out from departure (prior to full payment due). We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.
5. This trip is operated and run by Haka Tours, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Haka customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Haka Tours to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in New Zealand.
6. We recommend booking optional activities in advance. Please contact your booking agent if there are any you would like to add to your trip.

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Virginia · Traveled September 2023
I will be happy to write a review when I return from my extended trip.
Review submitted 26 Sep 2023
New Zealand’s South Island in Depth
AUD $3,009