Summary of The Day: Welcome to Christchurch!
Upon arrival, please self transfer to the first night's hotel and check in after 3:00pm. You'll have the afternoon and evening free to enjoy Christchurch.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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!
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: Today is your last day of the trip. Enjoy the morning in Christchurch before checking out of your accommodation any time before the 10:00am, when this amazing adventure will come to an end.
* 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.
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