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10-Day New Zealand South Island Self-Guided Adventure Tour from Christchurch
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Product Code: 3955-201604


  • • best selling tour in Oceania
  • • Explore the vast and diverse South Island ofNew Zealand
  • • Take a peaceful boat ride in the serene Milford Sound
  • • Walk through the Franz Josef Glacier Valley
  • • Experience a stunning Anchorage sailing and walking trip
  • • Enjoy the range of adventures in Queenstown
Tour Code
10 days
Departure City
End City
Tour Type:

Experience: Nature, Adventure, Backpacker

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Independent

No guide will be available except during included excursions/activities/transfers

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Day 01


Hotel: All Stars Inn on Bealey or similar

As you arrive at Christchurch Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the afternoon and evening free to settle in this beautiful city.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02

Christchurch - Queenstown

Hotel: Base Backpackers Queenstown or similar

This morning you will travel onward from Christchurch to the Adventure Capital of New Zealand - if not the world - Queenstown! Make your way to the bus departure point outside Canterbury Museum to catch your bus.

Queenstown is a scenic town in the South Island of New Zealand. It's one of the most beautiful regions and offers year round attractions. The town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by the Southern Alps. The most remarkable sight is the Remarkables, which is a saw-toothed range of mountains on the opposite side of the lake from the town. After arrival, make your way to your accommodation for check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to settle in and overnight.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Milford Sound

Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Hotel: Base Backpackers Queenstown or similar

Make your way to the departure point today, to visit Milford Sound, undoubtedly one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomena, and to journey along the 295 km Milford Road through Fiordland National Park, equally impressive.

Leaving Queenstown, you will travel on modern comfortable buses that include informative and entertaining commentary from experienced local guides, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into southern farmland to Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. After a morning tea stop (own expense), travel along the lake and into Fiordland National Park.

Enter the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand, and take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain.

Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the dramatic skyline as you cross the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, with stunning mountain peaks all around. Stop at Monkey Creek and sample some of the purest water in the world (but watch out for cheeky kea-native mountain parrots!). Travel under the mountains through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2 km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.

At Milford Sound, board your 1 hour 45 minute Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below.

Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while wildlife including seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. Mountain ranges surround the fiord, including Mitre Peak which rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 meters above sea level.

During your cruise the crew will entertain you with commentary on the natural history and wildlife of the area, and the large top deck allows amazing viewing and panoramic photo opportunities. Large covered seating areas and viewing windows are located on other levels.

After your cruise, return to Queenstown by bus.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04


Hotel: Base Backpackers Queenstown or similar

Today is free to enjoy yourself in Queenstown. There are so many things to see and do here, it's impossible to ever get bored!

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Franz Josef

Queenstown - Franz Josef

Hotel: YHA Franz Josef or similar

This morning, make your way to the bus departure point to catch the bus that will take you from Queenstown to the incredible town of Franz Josef. Upon arrival, check-in your new accommodation and enjoy the beauty here.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef

Hotel: YHA Franz Josef or similar

The Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier's path as it winds its way through this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history, see what this majestic giant leaves behind, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the glacier’s rapidly changing terminal face.

This leisurely and informative journey can be tailored to suit groups of most abilities and interests, so no trip is ever the same. Accessing some exclusive trails and including great storytelling from your experienced and well-trained guide, there has never been a more extraordinary time to visit the Franz Josef Glacier.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07

Franz Josef - Nelson

Hotel: Paradiso Backpackers Nelson or similar

Today you will leave Franz Josef to travel to the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to settle-in.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Abel Tasman National Park

Nelson - Abel Tasman - Nelson

Hotel: Paradiso Backpackers Nelson or similar

Today, you will be picked-up from your accommodation to embark on a journey that will restore your connection with nature. Start the day with an invigorating walk through lush native forest from Marahau to Anchorage. Feel the freedom, soak up the ambiance and take in the views of New Zealand's coastal paradise.

Join the sailing tour by 1:30pm from Anchorage beach for a visit to the Fur Seal colony. Then let nature do the work and sail back through the best of the Abel Tasman coastline via Split Apple Rock into the gorgeous resort community of Kaiteriteri (2.5 hour sail & 4 hour walk).

Lunch is served on the boat along with morning and afternoon tea. At the end of the tour you will be dropped-off back at your Nelson accommodation.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09

Nelson - Christchurch

Hotel: All Stars Inn on Bealey or similar

Today we say goodbye to Nelson and make the return journey to Christchurch where you will spend your last night. On arrival check-in into your new accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the southern New Zealand vibe.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10


Today is your last day of the trip. Enjoy the morning in Christchurch before checking out of your accommodation in time to catch your return airport transfer, where this amazing adventure will come to an end.

Optionally you can spend more nights in Christchurch at extra cost, please contact us if interested.


Package Includes

  • Airport pick-up, drop-off
  • All transportation as per itinerary
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Meals: 1 lunch
  • Abel Tasman by Land & Sea Experience
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Experience
  • Milford Sound Cruise Experience

Package Excludes

  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Transfers to/from bus stations
  • Optional activities:
    - Franz Josef Ice Explorer: USD 233
    - Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike: USD 316
    - Franz Josef Heli Ice climb: USD 323 - Shotover Jet: USD 116
    - Skydive Queenstown 15,000ft: USD 376
    - Skydive Queenstown 12,000ft: USD 291
    - Skydive Queenstown 9,000ft: USD 256
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable once confirmed.
  • There’s no tour leader to follow around on these adventures, only local guides for each included activity. You will travel independently on a fixed itinerary with prebooked public transportation, activities and accommodation. Take advantage of some free time to go explore at your own pace. Choose to stay overnight in hostels, 3-star, or 4-star hotels.
  • Most of travelers on this tour fall between the ages of 18 - 35, but everyone is young at heart and welcome to come experience the world with us! If you are between the ages of 18 and 118, we invite you to take this trip and have the time of your life! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Your day trips will include:
    Abel Tasman by Land & Sea Experience
    - English Speaking Guide
    - Accommodation Pick-up & Drop-off
    - Freedom Walk
    - Catamaran Sailing Tour
    - Morning & afternoon Tea

    Franz Josef Glacier Valley Experience
    - Experienced Glacier Guide
    - Breathable Rain Jacket
    - Waterproof Over-trousers (if required)
    - Socks & Sturdy Boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots)
    - Woollen Hats & Gloves (if required)

    Milford Sound Cruise Experience
    - Comfortable Coach Transfers with Free WiFi on Board
    - Glass Roof Coach for Optimal Viewing
    - Informative English Speaking Driver/Guide
    - Milford Sound 2 hour Nature Cruise
  • Tours4fun requires passengers to be aware of the importance of travel insurance when traveling on adventure style tours. We strongly advise to take out travel and cancellation insurance to cover against cancellation costs, lost or damaged luggage or costs incurred from injury or illness. If you choose not to travel with travel insurance please be aware Tours4fun or any of its affiliates will take no liability for any cost incurred while traveling on this tour.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.
* The display price is per person for travelers sharing a room with other travelers in hostels. You can upgrade to single occupancy or double/twin occupancy in the check-out page.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.









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    Definitely one of the best experiences of my life! New Zealand has great views and you can find nature everywhere. If you take the highways you can enjoy all the amazing views. On the top of the mountain at Queenstown you can have the panor...amic view of a perfect town. And the tours of Milford Sound and the Heli Hike at Franz Josef were simply the best! Read full review

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