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Picton to Queenstown Camping Tour

Not enough time for the full South Island trip? This is an excellent way to take in the beauty of some our natural wonders- from glaciers and mountains to beautiful beaches and wild coastlines. Plus, experience the adrenaline rush of Queenstown and many other great activities!

What's Included

  • Knowledgable driver-guide who will help get you around the South Island and tell you everything you need to know about New Zealand.
  • Meals as noted on the tour itinerary
  • Multi share tents in commercial and Department of Conservation camps
  • Camping tour focused on adventure, hiking and biking 

Important Notes

  • Departure Time / Location: 11am outside Picton Railway Station


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PRICE: $2,610 NZD

Number of Days 10

Starts: Picton Finishes: Queenstown

Tour Type: Camping Tour


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Today is Day 1 for those starting their trip from Picton. We head down towards Kaikoura where you can enjoy the informative and unique whale watching tour to view the incredible sperm whales. Other activities include sea kayaking and deep sea fishing, while cyclists and hikers have some great choices with wonderful coastal tracks.


A beautiful sea side camp with the chance to toast marshmallows by the camp fire.

Today, make the most of the unique and diverse sea life around the shores of Kaikoura from our coast side camp. We highly recommend starting the day with a dolphin swim as this is a unique chance to get up close and personal with these friendly creatures in their natural environment.

Those starting their trip in Christchurch join us today as we head out towards the Southern Alps with fantastic views across the Canterbury plains - real Lord of the Rings country!


Camping, upgrades available.

Wake up to mountain views and try white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River! If rafting isn’t for you soak it all in with a morning cycle or walk through Peel forest. We then head through more jaw dropping landscapes (they don’t stop in the South Island) to the picture postcard, Lake Tekapo. Here you will view the most spectacular turquoise waters which get their colour from the glacial flour brought down from the rivers flowing from glaciers high up in the mountains.

Relax in the nearby hot pools or enjoy star gazing at the Mt John Observatory and make the most of staying in an International Dark Sky Reserve, plus there are plenty of hike and cycle options to choose from.


A camp nestled by the side of Lake Pukaki - absolutely stunning with views of Mount Cook!


Optional Paid Activities: White water rafting (grade 5 rapids!), horse-riding, Mt John Observatory tour

Today is a real chance to immerse yourself in the snow-capped mountain scenery that New Zealand is famous for. We will be exploring Aoraki National Park and hike to the base of NZ’s highest mountain - Mount Cook. We then head back to the Pacific coast with a short stop in the historic town of Oamaru. From there it’s a short drive down the coast to the small village of Moeraki. Go for a walk to a view point and take in the views of the Pacific Ocean and try and spot a little blue penguin along the shore. If you have a bike it’s possible to visit a colony of extremely rare yellow-eyed penguins near to camp.


A lovely campsite to the south of Oamaru with views over the Pacific ocean.

Before heading south, we make a stop at the nearby Moeraki Boulders - a collection of perfectly round rocks each weighing up to 4 tonnes that sit down on the beach, and then it’s onto the historic Scottish city of Dunedin - the South Island's second-largest city. Its name is the Scots Gaelic word for Edinburgh, a testament to the mostly Scottish settlers who came here. This southern city is also home to the world’s steepest residential street, which makes for a great challenge to see who can get to the top first!

The Otago Coast stretches along the South Island's eastern side and Dunedin marks the halfway point along this coast which has a few decent surf breaks. Our camp is a short walk from the beach and you walk the short distance to St.Clair to grab some food at one of the laid back water front restaurants.


Camping, upgrades available.


Optional Paid Activities: Surfing, Otago Peninsula wildlife tour

Journey through scenic southern pastures to Te Anau, the hub and jumping-off point for Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Our accommodation tonight is a unique and historic site hidden in the unspoilt Hollyford Valley - a true wilderness escape. There is even an onsite museum to learn more about the region and history. For cyclists there is the chance to cycle into camp and for the hikers this camp offers some great short treks (ask your guide about secret glow worm trails).

The south west corner of New Zealand is home to Fiordland - home to wild, dramatic and rugged landscapes. The main town for access to the Fiordland National park region is Te Anau, the park is a World Heritage Area over 1.2 million hectares in size. In this area everything is oversized - gigantic waterfalls, towering mountains and forested valleys meet you around every corner.


Camping, upgrades available.

This morning is all about exploring Fiordland National Park and we’re heading to Milford Sound, one of the most iconic places in New Zealand. Sometimes referred to as the 8th wonder of the world this Fiord is quite incredible with towering sea cliffs and dramatic waterfalls the Milford cruise is one of the highlights of any trip to New Zealand.

After exploring Milford Sound we start making our way back to Te Anau and on route it is time to say goodbye to our brave Routeburn hikers who will be walking for the next 3 days and rejoinging us in Queenstown. From the drop off the road follows the edge of Lake Te Anau and back to the town where we will have a few hours that afternoon to explore and spend the night.


A lake-view holiday park with great facilities at Te Anau. Cabins are available for a small extra charge (subject to availability).


Optional Paid Activities: Milford boat cruise, Routeburn Track, Te Anau glow worm caves & boat ride

In the morning we're off to Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of the World! Here you can enjoy spectacular views, a free Gondola ride and a huge selection of activities to choose from.


Dorm-share accommodation in a centrally located hostel. Upgrades available.

Today is yours to explore Queenstown, or partake in one of dozens of adventure activities. Providing the adrenaline junkies with the ultimate fix, every mad thrill sport is here! Queenstown is also a stunning place with excellent shops, cafes and bars.

At midday the Routeburn walkers will re-join the group with their amazing stories to share.


A well-equipped lodge just outside of Queenstown (included in trip price) perfect for exploring the town.

The tour ends here, but there is plenty to keep you busy with options to extend the trip or stay on for more fun and frolics in the stunning, adrenaline capital.

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