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14 Day South Island Tour

This 14 day tour allows you to experience the absolute best of New Zealand’s South Island - from Abel Tasman, to the West Coast, to majestic Doubtful Sound and more.

This tour departs from Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch, this trip and leaves no corner of the South Island unexplored. 

Highlights

  • Enjoy a Full day in Abel Tasman National Park for walks and optional sea kayaking and sailing
  • Visit the West Coast’s Franz Josef Glacier World Heritage area
  • Queenstown – optional bungy jump in  the adventure capital of the World
  • Doubtful Sound overnight cruise through Fiordland National Park
  • Central Otago gold country and Otago Rail Trail cycling
  • Kaikoura coast with option to go whale watching

What's Included

  • Experienced tour guide
  • Accommodation transfers, Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Boat transfers in the Abel Tasman National Park
  • A winery visit
  • Soak in the hot springs of Hanmer Springs
  • Exclusive overnight cruise on the incredible Doubtful Sound
  • Mountain biking on the Otago Rail Trail.
  • Breakfast (9 days), Dinner (6 days).

Important Notes

  • Departure Time / Location: 9am from Christchurch International Airport
  • Finish Time: Early morning arrival at Christchurch

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PRICE: $3,115 NZD

Number of Days 14

Starts: Christchurch Finishes: Christchurch

Tour Type: Small Group Tour

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Tour Itinerary EXPAND ALL

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! You kick off your journey in New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch. Your bus departs at 9.00am from the Christchurch International Airport for a scenic drive up the East Coast to the coastal port town of Piction. We’ll stop to view a seal colony along the way, and arrive mid-afternoon with time to take a scenic walk to see some stunning views over the Marlborough Sounds.

ACCOMODATION

Cozy villa

SIGHTS

Seal colony, Marlborough Sounds scenic walk.

This morning is yours to explore the Marlborough Sounds before we join the coach that takes us through Marlborough, NZ’s premier wine region to the Abel Tasman National Park. Participate in a wine tasting and discover world famous Sauvignon Blanc at a local winery. Visit the beautiful sandy golden beaches before heading back to our exclusive campsite accommodation for a bit of seafood and a BBQ dinner. (BD) 

ACCOMODATION

Beach accommodation in the national park

SIGHTS

Walk or bike around Picton town, winery visit.

You have a whole day to experience this incredible area. Walk the coastal track famous for some of New Zealand’s best beaches or choose any of the optional activities on offer, including sailing or sea kayaking (own expense). Tonight we provide you with BBQ facilities for you to self cater. Accommodation is back at our exclusive campsite adjacent to the National Park. Includes breakfast.

ACCOMODATION

Beach accommodation in the national park

SIGHTS

Walk in the national park, relax on one of the golden sand beaches or jump on the Aqua Taxi (price included) and get dropped along the track and walk back.

You’re heading to the peaceful Hanmer Springs, first travelling through Kahurangi and Nelson National Parks. Both boast beautiful scenery and superb walks. You’ll have a picnic lunch today before spending the afternoon relaxing in the hot pools. Dinner is a group meal. (BD) 

ACCOMODATION

Cozy alpine chalets

SIGHTS

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

Today we head south and drive directly to the quaint seaside township of Akaroa, nestled in the naturally formed Akaroa Harbour in the Banks Peninsula. Here you have the option to cruise around the harbour to learn more about the area’s native wildlife and early French and British settlement history, head out to swim with the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins, or stay on dry land to do any of the awesome walks for breath-taking views of the peninsula. After the afternoon’s activities, we make our way back to the city of Christchurch. Check out the city sights as you make your way to your accommodation in the city centre.

ACCOMODATION

Central city hostel

SIGHTS

Free activities: Peninsula walk

Optional paid activities: Harbour nature cruise, swim with dolphins

Don’t forget your camera today, as there are many fantastic photo opportunities. We travel over the famous Arthur’s Pass and down onto the West Coast. Around almost every corner there’s a new picturesque backdrop to enjoy. We also visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade) and the Bushman’s Centre to learn about local history. The day ends at Franz Josef to see the famous glacier. 

ACCOMODATION

Rainforest Retreat

SIGHTS

Pounamu jade factory, scenic Arthur's Pass. 

The day is spent in Franz Josef, a World Heritage area. As well as the glacier, the area is famous for its excellent walking trails (and lots of rain!). There are many great options for activities but a highly recommended guided trip (own expense - Franz Josef Glacier Hike) will enable you to get a hike ON the glacier, with a helicopter trip from the village nonetheless. Tonight is self-catering; there are plenty of local cafes and restaurants to enjoy or make use of the self-catering kitchen. Includes breakfast.

ACCOMODATION

Hostel close to all attractions

SIGHTS

Franz Josef Glacier Hike (extra expense) or loads of other activities. 

We head down the coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park and along the way see some breathtaking scenery including Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake. We also visit a waterfall and travel over a spectacular alpine pass. Once we arrive at the National Park there’s plenty of time to enjoy some of its activities including walking, scenic flights or jet boating (own expense). We spend the night in Chalets. Includes breakfast and dinner.

ACCOMODATION

Unique mountain chalets

SIGHTS

Walk around Lake Matheson - Mirror Lake, walk through beech forest to the Blue Pools

Fiordland National Park is 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. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls.

We will board a purpose built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks to explore the fiord. (B,D)

ACCOMODATION

Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SIGHTS

 Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting.

We depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the ‘adventure capital of the world’ Queenstown. 

ACCOMODATION

Lodge located close to town with awesome views.

The world's your oyster in Queenstown. Head out on a Day Tour to Milford Sound, take advantage of loads of walks or choose from a whole range of adventure activities. Adventure not your thing? How about a day sampling wine in Gibbston Valley. Either way you have two FREE days to explore Queenstown. Optional activities and meals are at own expense. Overnight accommodation included.

ACCOMODATION

Lodge located close to town with awesome views

SIGHTS

Milford Sound Day Tour, Wine Tasting, adventure activities, relax, go for hike (activities at extra expense) 

Leaving Queenstown behind, we’ll jump back on the bus to head for the historic town of Naseby. Located in a shallow valley in the foothills of the Mt Ida Range, Naseby is a unique gold mining village just minutes from the Central Otago Rail Trail. Arriving by midday, there is time to ride our favourite part of the Central Otago Rail Trail in the afternoon. It’s an ideal activity for riders of all abilities and the best way to soak up the incredible scenery of the area. (B,D)

ACCOMODATION

Fully restored historic hotel

SIGHTS

Mountain bike Otago Rail Trail

From Central Otago we head back to the Pacific coast, where we’ll turn to head north on a scenic coastal drive towards Christchurch. Stop along the way to see the fascinating Moeraki Boulders and the town of Oamaru before arriving in Christchurch in the afternoon. There is an option to stay with your group for a tour of the city’s highlights with your driver guide.

SIGHTS

Optional inclusion: Guided city sights tour

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Reviews

1 reviews
Trish Byrne
February 2016

Hi We did this trip last year mid feb to march
As we are an older couple we opted for the extra payment for our own accommodation not sharing which was a great decision. Our group was mixed age wise as young as 20 and up to 60 not a problem at all.
The advise that matt gave me prior to booking with them was excellent any questions he answered and I asked a lot!
Doubtful sound was fantastic, Helicopter up to Franz Joseph just brilliant and white water rafting in Queenstown for me was the best I even got in to swim twice. Our Guide Gollum was really good lots of information . Otago biking the old railway line was great especially the tunnel where you cannot see for a few seconds. The lodge in Rangatata was the best place ever. the supposedly haunted house in Otago was not !!!!! Just do it

Trip Date: March 2015

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