Project Description

From Only $3185

What’s Included

  • 13 Nights Accommodation

  • Some Daily Activities

  • National Park Fees

  • Knowledgable Guide

  • Transport

Kaikoura Whale Cruise

7 Trees Planted

We will plant 7 trees to offset your Carbon footprint!

Taking into account 14 days of food and waste, travel by coach and a day cruise your Carbon Emissions reach approximately 1.67 tons.

Based on evidence that a tree can absorb as much as 1 ton of CO2 over a lifetime (of approximately 40 years) we plant 4 trees per ton of CO2 to speed up this process.

This donation will be made on your behalf and is included in the price you pay.

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Why we love this package

Spend two whole weeks exploring the South Island with an awesome guide and a group of like-minded travellers.

Take in the diverse and stunning landscapes and embrace those once in a lifetime experiences such as spotting marine life in Kaikoura, cruising through Doubtful Sound, jet boating around Mt. Aspiring National Park and stargazing in Mount Cook…. Just to name a few highlights!

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Itinerary

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off this morning when we depart from the city centre to the historic French settlement of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. After exploring the delights of the village, we’ll have time for lunch – make sure you sample one of the wonderful French pastries on offer in the charming cafes. Next, we head to the peaceful alpine town of Hanmer Springs, where you can spend the evening surrounded by mountains and forest as you relax in the thermal hot pools. Tonight is a group dinner.

*Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Cozy alpine chalets

*Activities included: Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa  

We start today with an invigorating walk up Conical Hill for the best views in Hanmer Springs. Then, we’ll make our way to the East Coast and the coastal village of Kaikoura, famous for a huge array of natural wonders from land to sea. We arrive in Kaikoura with plenty of free time to experience all this location has to offer. Why not go out on the water and experience one of Kaikoura’s famous dolphin and whale spotting tours (own expense), see seals sitting right beside the road at Goose Bay or wander around the peninsula and check out the breathtaking views from the lookout.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Warm modern hostel

*Activities included: Conical Hill walk, peninsula walk and seal colony visit

*Optional activities: Whale watching, swim with dolphins

Today we’ll travel north on a scenic drive along rugged coastal roads to the seaside port town of Picton. You have free time this afternoon to go for a walk to get your bearings in this charming town, stroll along the waterfront or relax in the spa pool at your accommodation.

*No Meals Included

*Accommodation included: Cozy villa

Spend the morning soaking up the views of the stunning Marlborough Sounds by foot or bicycle on one of the nearby tracks. You’ll meet your group at midday to drive through the famous Marlborough wine region. We visit the cellar door shop at a local vineyard to sample New Zealand’s world famous Sauvignon Blanc before heading to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. Tonight we enjoy some delicious seafood and a BBQ dinner at our exclusive campsite accommodation on the edge of the national park.

*Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Beach accommodation on the edge of the national park

*Activities included: Winery cellar door visit

Today is a free day to experience the incredible Abel Tasman National Park. Explore this stunning, coastal area famous for being one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand. Walk the coastal track and discover some of New Zealand’s best natural golden beaches or choose an optional activity like sailing or sea kayaking (own expense). Tonight you can self-cater and use the BBQ facilities at our accommodation from dinner.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Beach accommodation on the edge of the national park

*Activities included: Abel Tasman Track and Aqua Taxi

We start early to head south along the ‘wild’ West Coast, travelling on the rugged rocky coastline that makes this stretch of road one of the country’s top drives. We’ll stop at Cape Foulwind to view a wild seal colony that’s active year round, and then make our way further down the coast to visit the spectacular limestone Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes. From there, we carry on to our next overnight stop in the quaint little West Coast town of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

*Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions

*Activities included: Cape Foulwind seal colony, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks walk

Enjoy a free day to get out and explore the natural wonder of Franz Josef Glacier. We highly recommend a guided glacier tour to navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible glacier (own expense). There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region if you decide not to get up on the glacier. Tonight’s dinner is up to you with the opportunity to dine at one of the local cafes or restaurants in town or make use of the self-catering kitchen at our accommodation.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions

*Optional activities: Glacier heli-hike, scenic helicopter flight

Today we head down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror-like Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake.  See waterfalls as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora then visit the stunning Blue Pools. On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park we go jet boating to experience the best in shallow water boating skimming just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Unique mountain chalets

*Activities included: Walk around Lake Matheson, walk through beech forest to the Blue Pools, jet boat in Mt Aspiring National Park  

Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; it is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks available to paddle in the fiord.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

*Activities included: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting  

We depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the ‘adventure capital of the world’ Queenstown. For your first evening here, Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge!) night out with many excellent restaurants, pubs and live music.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, skydiving or walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

*Optional activities: AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging

You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

*Optional activities: AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging

We’ll jump back on the bus for a short drive to Wanaka, where we’ll spend the morning biking some of New Zealand’s most scenic lakeside trails. After lunch, we head over the Lindis Pass through the picturesque Mackenzie region to the base of the country’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. There is time for a hike through the Hooker Valley for breathtaking views of the dramatic mountain landscape, or opt to take an alpine scenic flight (own expense). This is also one of the best places in New Zealand to join an evening stargazing tour.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Alpine lodge  

*Activities included: Mountain biking in Wanaka, scenic walk along the Hooker Valley track

*Optional activities: Big Sky Stargazing or scenic heli-flight

Today we make our way through a landscape made famous in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films. We’ll take a break for a stroll around Lake Tekapo, iconic for its historic church and turquoise waters. Between Tekapo and Christchurch there is an option for thrill seekers to hop-off and join a top-notch Grade 5 white water adventure on the Rangitata River (own expense). Those not rafting will continue on to Christchurch, where your driver guide will point out the highlights of the South Island’s largest city. The rafters will rejoin the group in Christchurch this evening. This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey!   

*Breakfast Included

*Activities included: Explore Lake Tekapo area

*Optional activities: Rangitata white water rafting  

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Important Information

  • Starts:

    8.30am from All Stars Inn

    9am from Christchurch International Airport

  • Ends:

    Evening of day 14 in Christchurch

  • Departure Dates:

    This tour departs weekly on Saturdays

  • Extra Costs: 

    Optional Activities

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Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Minimum age of 7 years

This tour runs during the Summer months only (5 October 2019 – 2 May 2020)

Please contact us for the Winter itinerary.

Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag plus a small day pack.

Expect high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it will not.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Pricing

Quad Share

NZ$3185

Double/Twin Upgrade (pp)

NZ$3650

Single Upgrade

NZ$4010