9-Day Thrilling South Island Adventure Tour
Product Code: 3850-198892
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Travel from Christchurch through NZ's South Island
  • • Spend 3 days in the adventure capital of Queenstown
  • • Encounter the famous Franz Josef Glacier
  • • Take a thrilling Jet Boat Ride In Makarora
  • • Take an exclusive Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • • Go Mountain biking on teh Central Otago Rail Trail
Tour Code
3850-198892
Duration
9 days
Departure City
Christchurch
End City
Christchurch
Tour Type:
Adventure/Activities
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Nature, Adventure

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

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: 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
Franz Josef

Christchurch - Franz Josef

Hotel: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)!

Say farewell to Christchurch as we begin our stunning journey with a morning drive across the Canterbury Plains and the famous Arthur's Pass to the South Island's West Coast. Have yoru camera at the ready to spot the amazing and picturesque backdrops as we cross through this stunning landscape. We'll stop for walks along the way to uncover hidden attractions. We'll also visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), before we arrive in the quaint little town of Franz Josef, home to Franz Josef Glacier.

Tips:

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Hotel: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible landscape on a guided glacier tour, which we highly recommend (own expense).

There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region.

Tonight you self-cater, giving you the opportunity to dine at one of the many local cafes and restaurants in town or make use of the self-catering kitchen at our accommodation.

Day 03
Makarora

Franz Josef - Makarora

Hotel: Unique mountain chalets or similar

Continuing down the West Coast today we'll make our way towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake. Spot waterfalls cascading from scenic cliffs as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora, where we'll visit the stunning Blue Pools.

Our journey will take us into Mount Aspiring National Park where we'll enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride on Makarora River, the best in shallow water boating. We'll skim just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush.

Day 04
Doubtful Sound

Makarora - Doubtful Sound

Hotel: Overnight on the boat or similar

Get ready for another phenomenal national park as we head from Mount Aspiring to the world famous Fiordland, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; it is our first port of call today.

Here we'll introduce ourselves to Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, which is surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board an exclusive and specially designed boat to cruise through the fjord on an overnight trip, enjoyomg complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks to explore the fiord.

Tips:
Standard accommodation in Doubtful Sound is quad share; upgrade to twin/double/single is not available.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Queenstown

Doubtful Sound - Queenstown

Hotel: Nomads Queenstown or similar

We'll depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the 'adventure capital of the world,' Queenstown. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Queenstown

Queenstown

Hotel: Nomads Queenstown or similar

You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Queenstown

Queenstown

Hotel: Nomads Queenstown or similar

Today your exploration of Queenstown continues.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Wanaka

Queenstown - Mt Cook

Hotel: Alpine lodge or similar

We’ll jump back on the bus for a short drive to Wanaka, where we’ll spend the morning biking some of New Zealand’s most scenic lakeside trails.

After lunch, we head over the Lindis Pass through the picturesque Mackenzie region to the base of the country’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook.

There is time for a hike through the Hooker Valley for breathtaking views of the dramatic mountain landscape, or opt to take an alpine scenic flight (own expense). This is also one of the best places in New Zealand to join an evening stargazing tour.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Christchurch

Mt Cook - Christchurch

Today we make our way through a landscape made famous in the 'Lord of the Rings' films. We’ll take a break for a stroll around Lake Tekapo, iconic for its historic church and turquoise waters. Between Tekapo and Christchurch there is an option for thrill seekers to hop-off and join a top-notch Grade 5 white water adventure on the Rangitata River (own expense).

Those not rafting will continue on to Christchurch, where your driver guide will point out the highlights of the South Island’s largest city. The rafters will rejoin the group in Christchurch this evening. This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey!

Tips:
At the end of the tour we will return to the meeting point.

Visiting Attractions

Meeting Point
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Time Region Location Full Address
9:00AM Christchurch Christchurch Airport Bus Terminal 30 Durey Rd Christchurch
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 7-night accommodations (quad share)
  • 1-night Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Professional tour guide
  • Pounamu jade factory
  • Jet Boat Ride in Makarora
  • Sea kayaking in Doubtful Sound
  • Mountain biking in Wanaka
  • Walks around Lake Matheson and the Blue Pools, Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Walk up Hooker Valley track, Mt Cook National Park
  • Explore Lake Tekapo area

Package Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activity (availability is subject to change):
    - Glacier Ice Explorer
    - Helicopter flight
    - AJ Hackett Bungy
    - Canyon Swing
    - Skyline Gondola and Luging
    - Big Sky Stargazing or scenic heli-flight
    - Rangitata white water rafting
Special Notes
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.
  • We recommend that you bring:
    - Sturdy walking shoes/boots
    - Bathers/towel
    - Hat & sunscreen
    - Water bottle
    - Toiletries
    - Warm clothing
    - Waterproof jacket
    - Insect repellent
    - Camera
    - Motion sickness tablets
  • 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
  • You can upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (select this option when booking) however upgrades are subject to availability. Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won't.
    Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.
    The standard accommodation on the Doubtful Sound Cruise is quad-share and upgrades are limited. If available you can upgrade on arrival and pay direct to the operator.
  • 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.

* Adult: 13 and older
* Child: 7-12 years of age
* Children younger than 7 are not permitted on the tour.
* Children aged 7 years are required to travel in an approved car seat. It is their legal guardian's responsibility to provide this.
* The standard accommodation is for a shared dormitory.
* Customers may upgrade to a twin shared room or private room.
* Standard accommodation in Doubtful Sound is shared dormitory; upgrade to twin/single is not available.
* 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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