Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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).
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: For those whose adventures come to an end today, you will arrive at the Christchurch International Airport early this morning. We hope you had a blast!
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