New Zealand West Coast Adventure

7 Days | Cross the Southern Alps into rugged, untamed coastal territory

4.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
GBP £1,484
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Explore the narrow strip of South Island land sandwiched between the mountains and the Tasman Sea that’s home to some of the country’s most beautiful places. Millions of years of natural history are right in front of you in wild limestone rock formations, powerful glaciers, rushing rivers and surf pounded coast, while the much more recent stories of the gold and coal rush can be found in the heritage settlements and in the resolute spirit of the coasters. Take in highlights from Christchurch to Queenstown, Pancake Rocks to craft gin, kayaking to spa soaking. This is a coastal road trip to rival any other.

Trip overview

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Get out and see a different side to the South Island, making the most of the wide-open spaces of the rugged and largely unexplored West Coast.
  • Go deeper into the history of the area with stories of the goldrush days during visits to Reefton, Kumara and Arrowtown.
  • Take in the magic of the spectacular Fox Glacier region weaving through rainforests and a walk along shimmering Lake Matheson.
  • Witness the stunning, millions of years old scenery at the dramatic Pancake Rocks and the Hokitika Gorge, and spot fur seals at Cape Foulwind.

Is this trip right for you?
  • With seven days in the lesser visited regions of the South Island, you’ll have time to visit places others don’t.
  • This trip involves some walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.
  • This trip is the first part of a combination of 2 trips. Some of your fellow travellers may continue on in Queenstown. Please see our 'New Zealand South Island Adventure' (trip code PHSQC) for details.


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6 breakfasts


Private Vehicle


Hotel (5 nights), Motel (1 night)

  • Reefton - Historic Town Visit
  • Reefton - Goldfields Museum with Local Storyteller
  • Reefton - Billy Tea with 'The Bearded Miners'
  • Punakaiki - Pancake Rocks & Blowholes Walk
  • Kumara - Glow Worm Cave Visit
  • Charleston - Nile River Gorge Rainforest Train Ride
  • Westport - Seal Colony at Tauranga Bay
  • Westport - Cape Foulwind Walkway & Lighthouse
  • Hokitika - Gorge Visit
  • Okarito - Okarito Lagoon Walk
  • Fox Glacier - Lake Matheson Walk
Add on activities
  • Lewis Pass - Hanmer Hot Springs - from - NZD38
  • Fox Glacier - Glacier Heli Hike - from - NZD655

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Important notes

This trip starts at 8am in Christchurch on day 1 and finishes upon arrival in Queenstown on the last day at approximately 10:30am.

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. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
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Katherine · Traveled April 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Great Leader who kept us well informed and very helpful. The HeliHike on Fox Glacier was my highlight and the weather was perfect for the helihike. Three hours walking around on the glacier, small caves, down a crevasse. New Zealand has so much to offer.
Review submitted 04 May 2023

Caroline · Traveled April 2023
The intrepid tours of New Zealand were fabulous. Both islands have many different and beautiful places to see. I would recommend Intrepid to do the islands justice.
Review submitted 05 May 2023

Nigel · Traveled March 2023
This was my 1st intrepid trip and I will definitely be booking with them again. The guide Jef was amazing and showed us some awesome spots. Also meet some amazing people.
Review submitted 18 Mar 2023

Joan & John · Traveled March 2023
This trip entailed a lot of driving, through some spectacular scenery. Our leader, Jef, was most enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable about both the area of the trip and the rest of NZ. We also learnt a lot from him about his Maori heritage and culture.
Review submitted 28 Mar 2023

Matthew · Traveled March 2023
An excellent introduction to some of the highlights of New Zealand's South Island - definitely a destination I hope to someday return to. Everything exceeded expectations and Jef was a fantastic guide.
Review submitted 06 Apr 2023
New Zealand West Coast Adventure
GBP £1,484