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Active South Island 15 Day Tour

This South Island New Zealand tour is designed for travelers looking for a bit of action and a chance to get outdoors. Any tour of New Zealand includes jaw-dropping views and diverse scenery, but this tour gets you up close and personal with New Zealand’s stunning landscapes by hiking, biking, kayaking and more.

New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and the South Island is the perfect place to be. This two-week tour lets you experience New Zealand by sea kayak, boat, bike, and by your own two feet. Explore the white sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park, hike amongst the mountains on the Routeburn Track, cruise along the waters of the majestic Milford Sound and cycle the historic Rail Trail in Central Otago.

Sound good? Start packing now or get more details with the itinerary below.


  • Sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Trekking in Paparoa National Park
  • Cycle the Otago Rail Trail
  • Adventure activities galore in Queenstown
  • Hike the Routeburn Track

What's Included

  • Ferry crossing to South Island
  • Water taxi to Abel Tasman
  • Sea kayak in Abel Tasman
  • Trek in Paparoa National Park
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Cycling the Rail Trail
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 14 breakfasts (Allow NZD250-300 for meals not included.)
  • Ferry, water taxi, kayak, private bus, walk, bike, boat
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Hostels (11nts), hotels (2 nts), camp (1 nts).

Important Notes

  • You can arrive in Wellington at anytime for Day 1 of the tour.
  • If you're flying out of Wellington right after the tour, make sure to book a flight that does not depart earlier than 8pm.

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PRICE: $3,199 NZD

Number of Days 15

Starts: Wellington Finishes: Wellington

Tour Type: Small Group Tour


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Arrive to Wellington at anytime, and explore the Coolest Little Capital City in the world on your own before catching up with your group during the evening.

Transfer by ferry over the stunning Cook Strait to the South Island. This is no ordinary ferry crossing, and is often billed the “Most Stunning Ferry Trip in the World.” Board your water taxi, and trasnfer into into Abel Tasman National Park

Today’s a water day – get up close and personal with the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park on a sea-kayak.

Today, we’re off to Paparoa National Park before the option of either a a trek or a kayaking expedition in the park. Overnight in the serenity of the National Park.

Day 5 starts with a stunning drive down the West Coast of the South Island. The drive from Westport south to Greymouth is often billed one of the most beautiful drives in the world. See if you agree. We reckon you will.
You’ll arrive in Franz Josef in the afternoon, and have all of Day 6 to explore the region.

Leave the West Coast behind today, and head to Makaroa in Mt Aspiring National Park – spend the day surrounded by majestic mountains.


Mt Aspiring National Park

Today you head off to the Adventure Capital of Queenstown. This epic little resort town is surround by mountains and offers up heaps of adventure activities you can choose from. You have an extra day to explore Queenstown.

Travel by ferry across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak and overnight in the historic shearers quarter. Enjoy all that the area has to offer on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Today you’re off to Milford Sounds – one of the most stunning areas of New Zealand. Sheer rock faces climb up from the fiords, and you’ll spend the day on a cruise with the opportunity to see marine wildlife.

Head back out along the stunning Milford Road through to Central Otago. This is New Zealand’s historic gold mining region filled with country pubs, friendly locals and rugged, remote and beautiful hills.

Cycle the historic Otago Central Rail Trail – one of New Zealand’s most famous mountain bike rides. Cycle through scenery unspolied by traffic and not visible from any roads. Continue to Christchurch for the evening.


Otago Central Rail Trail 

Transfer to Kaikoura, with optional whale- or dolphin-watching (or seal swimming!) in the afternoon.


Whale- or dolphin-watching (or seal swimming!)

Todays you’re final day, and we’ll head off up the stunning Kaikoura coast road en route to Picton. Here you’ll hop back on the ferry for the trip across to Wellington. Your tour ends here, or you could combine it with one of our North Island tours.

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