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5 Day North of the South Island Tour

Only have a week to go on a New Zealand small group backpacking tour? Look no further than this five day tour departing from Christchurch.

You’ll experience the top spots on the South Island – whale watching in Kaikoura, sea kayaking in Abel Tasman and wine tasting in Marlborough. Sound good? Well read on for more details. 


  • Taste New Zealand’s world famous Sauvignon Blanc
  • Go hiking or sea kayaking in Abel Tasman
  • See seals in the wild at Ohau Point
  • Go Whale Watching in Kaikoura
  • Soak in the Hanmer Springs Hot Pools 

What's Included

  • Experienced tour guide
  • Accommodation transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Boat transfers in the Abel Tasman National Park
  • A winery visit and a soak in the hot springs of Hanmer
  • Breakfast (4), dinner (2)

Important Notes

  • Summer Departures: October 2017 - April 2018
  • Departure Time / Location: 9am from Christchurch International Airport
  • Finish Time: Arriving approximately at 9am in Christchurch

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Number of Days 5

Starts: Christchurch Finishes: Christchurch

Tour Type: Small Group Tour


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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.


Cozy villa


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) 


Beach accommodation in the national park


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.


Beach accommodation in the national park


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.

We are heading to the peaceful Hanmer Springs, first travelling through Kahurangi and Nelson National Parks. Both boast beautiful scenery and superb walks. We have a picnic lunch today before spending the afternoon relaxing in the hot pools. Dinner is a group meal. Includes breakfast and dinner.


Cozy alpine chalets


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.


Central city hostel


Free activities: Peninsula walk

Optional paid activities: Harbour nature cruise, swim with dolphins

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