Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealands South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, kayaking, cycling, and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes, including rainforests, glaciers, and some of the most gorgeous coastline youll ever see. This trip is exciting even when youre not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.
Check out New Zealand's National Museum, a must-see with great displays of historical Maori artifacts and relatively modern exhibits such as the motorbike that was built in a shed and won the world championships. Afterwards, opt for a night out on the town. Wellington has an abundance of nightlife, bars, cafes and restaurants all located on and around the entertainment district of Courtenay Place.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Big Night Out
Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel.
During the winter season (May - Oct), and when there is inclement weather in the summer, we will stay in cabins in a true rural setting on the edge of the park instead of the floating boat hostel.
Ferry (3.50 hour(s), 92km)
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)
Water taxi (0.50 hour(s))
Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.
Abel Tasman National Park Walk
Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef.
Pancake Rocks Trek
Seal Colony Visit
Private Vehicle (8.00-8.50 hours, 475km)
Opt to kayak the river into the Paparoa National Park or stick to the local trails for some day hikes. Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.
Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.
Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)
Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
If you have pre-booked the Queenstown Jet Boating, your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity during your tour, as days are subject to change.
Please note - in the winter months (late April - early Nov) skiing and snowboarding in the Southern Alps is a highlight for any visitor. Most of the optional activities are also available, ask your CEO which ones are in season.
Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.
Depending on weather the walk and kayak may be reversed to fall on different days.
Fiordland National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery (seasonal), then travel to Central Otago.
Due to cold weather during the winter months (approx May to late September), we will be going on a three hour nature cruise in Doubtful Sound instead of kayaking in the area.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)
Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.
Biking Otago Rail Trail
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)
Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins 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.
As a result of the recent earthquake in New Zealand, groups departing before Oct 31, 2017 will be rerouted to Picton or Nelson instead of Kaikoura today.
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 150km)
Ferry (3.00 hour(s), 92km)
We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.
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Trip Name: New Zealand–South Island Encompassed
Duration: 16 Days
From Price: 2299
Trip Code: 133096
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