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6-Day South Island Hop-On Hop-Off Pass
Product Code: 3850-199504

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Valid for 12 months

This bus pass is valid for 12 months upon activation and the below itinerary is only for the minimum number of days available, but you may extend your time in each destination. Accommodation is not included with the pass but your guide can guarantee you a room for the first night at each stop.

OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Unlimated travel through the South Island for 12 months
  • • Flexible travel pass with a recommended travel time of 14 days
  • • Book and pay accommodation and activities as you go
  • • Ride in comfortable wifi-enabled private buses
  • • Spend a few days in Queenstown
  • • See the stunning fiord of Milford Sound
  • • Search for kiwi birds
  • • See the Southern Lights from Stewart Island
  • • Immerse yourself in stunning Lord of the Rings scenery at Rangitata
  • • Explore Christchurch
Tour Code
3850-199504
Duration
6 days
Departure City
Queenstown
End City
Christchurch
Tour Type:
Adventure/Activities
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, UNESCO, Nature, Adventure

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Independent, Guided

No guide will be available except during included excursions/activities/transfers; Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

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

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Not accessible

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

Itinerary
Day 01
Queenstown

Queenstown - Fiordland National Park

Haere mai (welcome)!

Kick off your flexible journey through New Zealand's South Island in Queenstown! This route features a minimum of 6 days but your pass is valid for 12 months, meaning you can extend your stay in each town to get a discover all their hidden secrets. We recommended at least 8-10 days to get the true South Island experience, but you can stay even longer if you like. Just speak to your guide to add a few nights in each town.

We'll begin with an early start today as we head for breathtaking Fiordland National Park and NZ’s most famous destination, Milford Sound, sometimes called the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’ Sit back and enjoy one of the most scenic drives on the South Island circuit as we cruise past Lake Wakatipu and watch the landscape change from farmland to mountains, glacier carved valleys and fiords.

There is time to do a cruise around Milford Sound before we head for Gunn’s Camp. Located in the solitude of Hollyford Valley, there’s no better place to enjoy an evening under the stars, spot glow-worms and listen out for kiwi bird calls.

Tips:
This Pass can start or finish anywhere on this route.

Accommodation and activities are not included. However, the driver guide would assist you with booking accommodation and activities at every destination.
Day 02
Invercargill

Fiordland National Park - Invercargill/Stewart Island

Start your morning off with a short riverside stroll through beech forest on the Viewing Gantry walk. Fiordland is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Te Wahipounamu (which incorporates four national parks including Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Westland and Fiordland) and you’ll understand why as you soak up the spectacular landscape around you.

This afternoon we travel further south via Te Anau to Invercargill, next stop Stewart Island! NZ’s third-largest island, Stewart Island has an abundance of activities such as fishing, kayaking, diving, bird watching and tramping tracks. Those not going to Stewart Island will spend the night in Invercargill.

Day 03
Queenstown

Invercargill/Stewart Island - Queenstown

The morning is yours to explore the island, meet the locals, go fishing or enjoy some of the walks.

We'll catch an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. For those who chose not to venture onto Stewart Island your bus departs mid-morning to head out to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay for some sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. On the chance we can’t find any wildlife, we can visit the 180 million-year-old fossilized forest and grab a milkshake.

Afterwards we'll return to Bluff Hill to meet up with the island-goers before we express back to Queenstown.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Queenstown

Queenstown

You need at least one free day in Queenstown to make the most of the range of activities on offer, but it’s also a great place to hop off and spend extra time no matter what you choose to do. Options include: bungy or swing, zipline tours, canyoning, jet boating, skiing, skydiving and local bush walks, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing.

Speak to your driver or hostel travel desk for Dunedin connection options.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Queenstown

Queenstown - Aoraki/Mt Cook

Today we'll head over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and past picturesque Lake Pukaki on the way to our amazing stop at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook.

We'll arrive in the early afternoon with time to do a 4WD & Argo Tour, check out the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre or do one of the many great short walks in the park. If you want to hop off the bus for a few days there are some incredible longer walks you can do (we’d recommend leaving climbing Mt Cook to the experienced mountaineers though).

Day 06
Christchurch

Mt Cook - Christchurch

Leaving Mt Cook we'll make our way through a landscape made famous in the Lord of the Rings films. We'll make a stop at turquoise Lake Tekapo before heading on to Geraldine, where we will drop off the thrill seekers wanting to raft the top notch Grade 5 white water on the Rangitata River (late September - late March only). Those not rafting will continue on to Christchurch for a mid-afternoon arrival, giving you time to explore parts of the South Island’s largest city. The rafters will rejoin the group at the accommodation in Christchurch this evening.

Visiting Attractions

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • South Island flexible hop-on hop-off travel pass (valid for up to 12 months from your first day of travel)
  • Comfortable wifi-enabled transport on local operator's private buses
  • Driver guide to provide invaluable knowledge, support and local insight and to assist with booking accommodation and activities at every destination

Package Excludes

  • Accommodation- Pay as you go with your driver/guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities - Speak to your guide to purchase any activity before you arrive (some come with special rates just for using this pass)
    - Milford Sound cruise (ask the driver about the special Milford Sound+Stewart Island combo)
    - Te Anau Wildlife Centre
    - Ferry to Stewart Island (ask the driver about the special Milford Sound + Stewart Island combo)
    - Fishing - Stewart Island
    - Village & Bays tour - Stewart Island
    - Ulva Island tour - Stewart Island
    - Argo tour of alpine region
    - Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
    - Rangitata River Rafting ((1 October - end of April only)
Special Notes
  • Your pass is valid for up to 12 months from your first day of travel, so hop on and off as many times as you like.
  • It is NOT an A to B bus service! We make stops along the way to show you amazing things, like a beautiful waterfall, short scenic walk, local food tasting or breathtaking views!
  • Cancellation Policy:
    - 7 days prior to departure date: non-refundable
    - 8-14 days prior to departure date: 50% of payment is refunded
    - 15 days or more prior to departure date: 65% of payment is refunded
  • Timetable:
    May 2017
    Winter Timetable 2017 June - September
  • Accommodation is not included but you can book accommodation and activities by speaking to your Driver Guide - first night's accommodation is guaranteed at each stop!
    Basic Accommodation List 2016-2017
  • Tipping is not expected in New Zealand and is completely up to the guest's discretion. You are not expected to tip guides, drivers, waiters, hotel staff, etc.
  • 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.

* Price is per person.
* Tour prices are based on NZD and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.

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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