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- A guided tour of important places
- Accommodation in single twin share room
- Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
- First Entrance fees
- Observation and participation in allowed activities
- Professionally guided tour
- Unlimited bottled water
- Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
- International Air, unless expressly paid for
- Personal expenses
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Visa arrangements
From turquoise lakes and lush peninsulas to snowcapped mountains and sparkling glaciers, the South Island’s majestic landscapes offer awe and adventure in equal measure.
With just over a million people scattered across 151,215 sq km, you’ll have no trouble finding your own slice of wilderness on New Zealand’s ‘mainland’. The only problem will be choosing between the sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords that make this island one of the best outdoor destinations on the planet. Lace up your boots and tackle one of the South Island’s six Great Walks, or choose from countless other options ranging from short nature strolls to multiday, backcountry epics. The Department of Conservation’s track and hut network makes it easy to find a way in.
Hiking (known as ‘tramping’ here) may be the South Island’s quintessential activity, but there are racier ways to immerse yourself in its landscapes. Tumble down the Buller or Rangitata Rivers in a raft, or paddle the glassy coves of the Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman National Park or Fiordland. In winter, slice up the slopes around Wanaka, Queenstown or Mt Hutt, while in warmer weather the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail and Central Otago Rail Trail beckon to those on two wheels. For the hardcore thrill-seekers, Queenstown’s gravity-defying menu of bungy, paragliding or skydiving is sure to get your adrenalin pumping.
Meet the Locals
Prepare to meet the South Island’s idiosyncratic wildlife. Whales, fur seals, dolphins and penguins all frequent the coastal waters around Kaikoura; endangered Hector’s dolphins cavort alongside penguins in Akaroa Harbour and the Catlins; and the Otago Peninsula shelters penguins, sea lions and even a colony of royal albatrosses. Further south, remote Stewart Island is the perfect place to spot the iconic but shy kiwi, alongside a profusion of other feathered friends. The South Island is also home to two special parrots, the kaka and the kea – the latter is particularly partial to car aerials and unattended tramping boots.
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Arrive in to Wellington
We will pick you up from Wellington Airport and take to hotel where clients can relax and acclimatise to NZ timezone. Free day to explore Wellington. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings.
Catch the Ferry
Today enjoy a cruise through the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry then we make our way down to Kaikoura.
Enjoy Whale Sighting in Kaikoura
Take another cruise today on a famous Kaikoura Whale Watch then head back up the island to Nelson.
Explore Beautiful Nelson
Free day to explore Nelson. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings
Sightseeing Kahurangi,Nelson lakes and Victoria Forest Park
Travel between the Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and Victoria Forest Parks to Westport on the West Coast.
Heading to Hokitika town
The West Coast is another of the 3 major gold rush areas on NZ so on our way to Hokitika we'll head in to Shanty Town which is a recreated 19th century mining town.
Heading to Queenstown
Continuing down the West Coast to Queenstown, we'll visit a glacier or two if the weather is good.
Enjoy breath taking views in Milford
Tour will take a trip round to Milford Sound to enjoy a cruise through the Sound before heading back to Queenstown.
Explore stunning & beautiful Queestown
Free day to explore Queenstown. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings
Heading down to Invercargill
Travel day leaving Queenstown via Alexandra to Invercargill.
Heading back north again to Dunedin with a visit to Larnach Castle.
Trip to Omarama
A short trip to Omarama. Along the way we will stop in to the Moeraki Boulders. If weather and tide is suitable you will be able to go down to the boulders themselves.
Free day in Omarama. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings. A major attraction in Omarama is glider flying. You will be able to see 360 degree view of the beauty of the area from a clear canopy at several thousand feet. What better place to experience this in one of the worst best gliding spots.
Heading to Christchurch
Travel day to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo
Free day to explore Christchurch. Tour guide will help arrange any bookings.
Group will be taken to the airport to say farewell.