New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and there's nowhere in the country more suited to that than the South Island. On this two week trip, cover the ground (or water) by sea kayak, boat, bike, and on foot. Explore Abel Tasman National Park, glide along the waters of Milford Sound, and take two-wheels through the Rail Trail in Central Otago. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.
Set off from the beach and kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau.
Kayaking to Marahau
Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest.
Okarito Lagoon Walk
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)
A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Transfer to Wanaka, where there are a variety of optional activities available. Opt to go mountain biking, skydiving, or check out the giant maze and optical illusions of Puzzling World.
Te Wahipounamu Visit
Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours, 290km)
Free day to maximize time for 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.
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)
Enjoy a full-day hiking excursion along the world renowned Routeburn Track, taking in the gorgeous mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and lakes surrounding the track.
Routeburn Track Day Hike
Enjoy a free day for optional activities in Queenstown.
Travel to the fiords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat, then return to Te Anau for the night.
Milford Sound Cruise
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 300km)
Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.
Otago Rail Trail Cycling
Drive through breathtaking Central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch in the evening.
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 500km)
Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura.
A free afternoon can also be spent 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.
Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.
As a result of the recent earthquake in New Zealand, groups will travel to St Arnaud or Nelson instead of Kaikoura today.
Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.
Departure Day (Activities)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 156km)
Ferry (3.00-3.50 hours)
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Trip Name: New Zealand – South Island Multisport
Duration: 15 Days
From Price: 3499
Trip Code: 142737
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