15-Day South Island Adventure Tour
Product Code: 1113-114676
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Ferry crossing to South Island
  • • Water taxi to Abel Tasman
  • • Sea kayak in Abel Tasman
  • • Trek in Paparoa National Park
  • • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • • Cycling the Rail Trail
Tour Code
1113-114676
Duration
15 days
Departure City
Wellington
End City
Wellington
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

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 want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Guided, Escorted

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity; Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

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

Activity Level: Moderate, Strenuous

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking; Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget, Standard

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Wellington

Wellington

Hotel: Downtown Backpackers - Waterloo Hotel or similar

Upon arrival, please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon).

Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your Chief Experience Officer (CEO). This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5:00pm and 7:00pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!

Tips:
Joining hotel: Downtown Backpackers - Waterloo Hotel (address: 1 Bunny St, PO Box 3071 Wellington).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Abel Tasman National Park

Wellington - Abel Tasman National Park

Today we'll travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Marahau

Abel Tasman National Park - Marahau

Hotel: Old MacDonalds Farm or similar

Welcome to the South Island! Today we'll set off from the beach and kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau, enjoy the fantastic scenery along the way.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Paparoa National Park

Marahau - Paparoa National Park

Hotel: Te Nikau or similar

From Marahua we'll depart and head to Paparoa National Park, where we'll enjoy a trek through this fantastic region. You'll also have the option to kayak throughout the park.

**Optional Activities**

- Kayaking

Take a scenic kayak trip up the river from Punakaiki into the National Park. Enjoy paddling along the Pororari River, there are some small rapids to keep the route exciting and great views in all directions.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Franz Josef

Paparoa National Park - Franz Josef

Hotel: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Transfer to Franz Josef, stopping at Okarito lagoon en route. Opt to go glacier trekking in Franz Josef.

Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon.

Walk through the wetlands of Okarito Lagoon, bordered by forest and surrounded by nature. Enjoy spectacular views all the way up to the mountains on a clear day. Take the time to soak in the scenery – the walk is gentle and includes a variety of landscapes on the path through the estuary out through the wetlands.

Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest in Franz Josef.

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Hotel: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Today you'll be free to enjoy the fantastic landscapes of Franz Josef. You can join various hikes, go horseback riding or quad biking, or explore the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier with a glacier walk.

**Optional Activities**

- Franz Josef Glacial Valley Walk

Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier's retreat. At the end, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.

- Franz Josef Quad Bike

Hop aboard the two-seater ATV quad and drive along ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water. Be amazed at what lies around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding in the wild.

- Hiking

Take your pick of many scenic and memorable treks in Franz Josef – a true hiker’s haven. Get prepared before heading out, and be mindful of signs along the track. See majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, and amazing views that you’ll definitely want your camera on hand for.

- Horseback Riding

Hop in the saddle and explore Franz Josef’s amazing glacier landscape on horseback. Ride amid rainforests and mountain scenery, and enjoy fresh open air and natural beauty on this unforgettable trip.

- Helicopter Hike

Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool!

Tips:
Breakfast included.
Day 07
Makarora

Franz Josef - Makarora

Hotel: Makarora Tourist Centre or similar

Travel through Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area to Makarora, where you can spend the afternoon exploring the area by foot, or opt for a jet boat excursion or scenic flight.

**Optional Activities**

- Jet Boating Excursion

Fulfill your need for fun and speed on this jet boat excursion. Take in amazing views of local wilderness, wildlife, and all around spectacular scenery flying along the water.

- Makarora Scenic Flight

Fly high to take in incredibly scenic views of the Makarora area. Spot wildlife from a birds-eye view, and enjoy a breathtaking vantage point of unbeatable natural beauty. See mountains, lakes, and, even, glaciers, and learn more about the area's natural history.

- Hiking

Hit the trail and see majestic mountains, rivers, and amazing views that you’ll definitely want your camera on hand for. Get prepared before heading out, and be mindful of signs along the track.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Queenstown

Makarora - Queenstown

Hotel: Nomads Queenstown or similar

Today we'll travel into the heart of Central Otago, stopping at the resort town of Wanaka. Then we'll continue onto the “adventure capital of the world,” Queenstown.

Here you'll be free to enjoy all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here.

**Optional Activities**

- Shotover Jet Boating

Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity - go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

- Bungee Jumping

Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

- Mountain Biking

Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views!

- Skydiving

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

- Paragliding

Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Queenstown

Queenstown

Hotel: Nomads Queenstown or similar

Today, continue to get your thrills in Queenstown.

**Optional Activities**

- Shotover Jet Boating

Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity - go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

- Bungee Jumping

Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

- Mountain Biking

Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views!

- Skydiving

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

- Hang Gliding

Glide like a bird on this exhilarating and inspiring air adventure. Get all the guidance you need to go airborne with your instructor, and take to the skies for an unbeatable experience and amazing views. Careful - you may become addicted to the freedom of flying!

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Milford Sound

Queenstown - Milford Sound

Hotel: Milford Lodge or similar

Today we'll continue to one of the most scenic areas in New Zealand, the fjords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat.

Tips:
Breakfast included.
Day 11
Te Anau

Milford Sound - Te Anau

Hotel: Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park or similar

Today we'll continue onto Te Anau and explore the area surrounding the South Island's largest lake. Here we have the options to hike, bike or explore the Te Anau glowworm caves.

**Optional Activities**

- Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Head underground to see the mysterious and beautiful glowworms that magically shine bright deep in limestone caves. Learn about local history, and experience an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind natural wonder.

- Hiking

Lace up your hiking boots and head out on a trek to take in the amazing scenery around Te Anau. Hikes range from short walks to more challenging full-day treks - take your pick!

- Mountain Bike Rental

Grab a bike, strap on a helmet and hit the road. This half day bike rental will let you really explore the area around Lake Te Anau and take in the incredible views.

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12
Otago Central Rail Trail

Te Anau - Central Otago District

Hotel: Wedderburn Cottages or similar

In the morning we'll depart to Central Otago and spend the afternoon cycling 42km (26 mi) along the Historic Otago Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
Christchurch

Central Otago District - Christchurch

Hotel: Jailhouse Accommodation or similar

Drive through breathtaking central Otago via the Lindis Pass and see Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.

In the evening we'll arrive in Christchurch.

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 14
Kaikoura

Christchurch - Kaikoura

Hotel: Dusky Lodge or similar

We'll start early today with a drive along the scenic coastal road to Kaikoua.

Here we'll have a free afternoon to spend swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals, or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula. Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters frequent the area.

Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.

**Optional Activities**

- Swimming With Dolphins

Hop aboard a boat and head out to the open seas to search for wild dusky dolphins. Depending on conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins.

- New Zealand Fur Seals Visit

See the lovable southern fur seals in their natural habitat. These confident and curious creatures can be pretty engaging, but be sure to keep a distance so they don't feel threatened. Be sure to snap some pics of your new furry friends!

- Scenic Flight

Take a 30-minute flight and set off to search for whales, dolphins, and other marine life. On land, you'll see Maori sites, Kaikoura town and New Zealand's southern fur seals.

- Hiking

Set off along one of many hiking trails to take in the beautiful scenery surrounding Kaikoura.

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 15
Wellington

Kaikoura - Picton - Wellington

Today we'll transfer to Picton and visit a seal colony along the way before taking the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.

Tips:
Your flight must depart no earlier than 8:00pm.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 11 night hostels, 2 nights hotels, 1 night floating hostel
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Ferry crossing to South Island
  • Water taxi to Abel Tasman
  • Sea kayak in Abel Tasman
  • Trek in Paparoa National Park
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Cycling the Rail Trail
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Ice Explorer Guided Hike (Heli transfer): USD 299.00
    - Heli Hike: USD 399.00
    - Horseback Riding: USD 60.00-90.00
    - Makarora Jet Boat: USD 90.00
    - Bungy Jumping: USD 180.00-260.00
    - Swing: USD 180.00 (USD 160.00 pp Tandem)
    - Queenstown Jet Boat: USD 129.00
    - Sky Diving: 9,000ft USD 299.00, 12,000ft USD 339.00, 15,000ft USD 439.00
    - Ziptrek: USD 129.00-179.00
    - Mountain Biking (Skippers Guided Tour): USD 129.00
    - Lord of the Rings Horse Riding Tour: USD 195.00
    - Vineyard Cycle Tour: USD 155.00
    - Whale Watch: USD 145.00
    - Dolphin Swimming: USD 170.00
    - Seal Swim: USD 80.00-110.00
    - Half day bike hire: USD 30.00
    - Fiordland Cinema “Ata Whenua” (screens several times daily, 32 min, USD 10.00)
    - Portion of Kelper Track (return via water taxi): USD 25.00
    - Te Anau Jet Boat ride (USD 99.00, 1hr ride)
Special Notes
  • Service Level: Basic. Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • Physical Grading: Demanding. Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travelers.
  • Travel Style: Active. Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.
  • This tour combines with other tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with the local operator prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another tour after your trip concludes.
  • Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
  • Please note that most included breakfasts will consist of cereal, milk, bread and spreads, juice, tea and instant coffee. Having a simple breakfast together most days allows us the flexibility to get on the road early and get from point A to B all that much faster.
  • The vans are mini-coaches. Occasionally with smaller group sizes we will use smaller, equally comfortable 13-seater vehicles. All mini-coaches tow a trailer for luggage and camping equipment (when needed). All groups have one CEO/Driver. The vehicles are factory built with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. It is mandatory to wear a seatbelt while riding in our vehicles.
  • Most nights are multi-share. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in New Zealand and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip.
  • Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in New Zealand, couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
  • Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Towels and soap are not always provided at overnight stops, so it's best to bring your own for bathing. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and are very rarely en-suite.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • 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 pax based on multi-share.
* Age requirement: 12 and above. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Trip type: small group with max 16, avg 12.
* Please note that availability and prices of optional services are subject to final confirmation.

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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