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New Zealand–South Island Encompassed
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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.

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  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ONSE.A/201771
  • Starts: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Wellington
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Doubtful Sound
  • Wedderburn
  • Christchurch
  • Kaikoura

Itinerary

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Day 1: Wellington

Arrive at any time. Start the adventure with a Big Night Out with the group.
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.

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Day 2: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
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.

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Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.

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Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park/Franz Josef

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.

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Day 5: Franz Josef

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.
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.

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Day 6: Franz Josef

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.

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Day 7: Franz Josef/Queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

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Day 8: Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

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Day 9: Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

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Day 10: Queenstown/Doubtful Sound

Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.

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Day 11: Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn

Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery (seasonal), then travel to Central Otago.

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Day 12: Wedderburn

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.

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Day 13: Wedderburn/Christchurch

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Christchurch.
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.

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Day 14: Christchurch/Kaikoura

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
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.

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Day 15: Kaikoura/Wellington

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

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Day 16: Wellington

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Excursion to Abel Tasman NP
    • Seal colony visit
    • Walks in Abel Tasman NP, Paparoa NP, and Lake Matheson
    • Sea kayaking excursion (Doubtful Sound, seasonal)
    • Cycling excursion (Central Otago)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (8 nts), basic hotels (3 nts), basic lodges (4 nts). Most nights are multi-share
    • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot
  • Get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown
  • Weave through the remote fjords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak
  • Cycle the Otago Rail Trail.