New Zealand–South Island Encompassed

  • 16Day(s)
  • Trip Code: GAONSE

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Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, cycling, and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes, including rainforests, glaciers, and some of the most gorgeous coastline you’ll ever see. This trip is exciting even when you’re not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.

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Day 1 Wellington

Arrive at any time

Arrive at any time. Start the adventure with a Big Night Out with the group.

Day 2 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 3 Abel Tasman National Park (1B)

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.

Day 4 Abel Tasman National Park/Westport (1B, 1D)

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.

Day 5 Westport/Franz Josef (1B, 1D)

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking.

Day 6 Franz Josef (1B)

Free day for optional activities

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and kayaking.

Day 7 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Days 8-9 Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

Day 10 Queenstown/Te Anau (1B, 1L)

Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound

Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.

Day 11 Te Anau/Central Otago (1B, 1D)

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.

Day 12 Central Otago (1B)

Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next

Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.

Day 13 Wedderburn/Christchurch (1B)

Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011

Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.

Day 14 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.

Day 15 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

Day 16 Wellington (1B)

Depart at any time

Depart at any time.

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  • TRIP NAME: NEW ZEALAND–SOUTH ISLAND ENCOMPASSED
  • DURATION: 16 DAYS
  • FROM PRICE: NZ$1372
  • TRIP CODE: GAONSE
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You will visit

  • New Zealand

Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: 18-35s , Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Private vehicle, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking.
  • Hostels (11 nts), basic lodges (4 nts). Most nights are multi-share.
  • Max 20, avg 16
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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Departure Month

  • Oct 2019 Oct 2019 FROM NZ$ 1372
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  • Dec 2019 FROM NZ$ 1868
  • Jan 2020 FROM NZ$ 2919
  • Feb 2020 FROM NZ$ 2919
  • Mar 2020 FROM NZ$ 2799
  • Apr 2020 FROM NZ$ 2799
  • May 2020 FROM NZ$ 2679
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