New Zealand—South Island Encompassed
Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, cycle the Otago Rail Trail.
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, kayaking, 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.
- Excursion to Abel Tasman National Park. Visit to the Cape Foulwind seal colony. Walks in Paparoa National Park including the Pancake Rocks. Lake Matheson region walk. Kayaking in a UNESCO World Heritage park. Cycle along the Otago Rail Trail.
- 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners. (Allow NZD350-400 for meals not included.)
- Hostels (12 nts), eco lodge (1 nt), floating boat hostel (1 nt in summer, cabin in winter months). Most nights are multi-share.
- Private bus, kayak, boat, ferry
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
- New Zealand
Please note that all departures prior to August 1, 2013 depart from Christchurch.
Day 1 Wellington
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-3 Abel Tasman National Park (2B,2D)
Travel by bus and boat into Abel Tasman NP. Hike and explore the park's golden beaches and waterways.
Day 4 Punakaiki (1B,1D)
Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki.
Day 5-6 Franz Josef (2B,1D)
Enjoy an overnight stay in a lodge surrounded by rainforest. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage area.
Day 7-9 Queenstown (3B)
Stop for lunch at the lakeside town of Wanaka before continuing on to the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown. Fill your time here with some of the adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or sky diving.
Day 10 Doubtful Sound (1B,1L,1D)
Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound. Guided kayak excursion before overnighting in a hostel surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife.
Day 11-12 Central Otago (2B,1D)
Travel to Central Otago, famous for its vineyards and goldmines. Cycle 35 km of the rail trail from one historic town to the next, with the chance to sample local food along the way.
Day 13 Christchurch (1B)
Head north to Christchurch for a free afternoon of exploration in the city.
Day 14 Kaikoura (1B)
Travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura for the night, where options include whale watching, swimming with seals or walking along the coast.
Day 15 Wellington (1B)
Morning visit to a seal colony before winding around the coast to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival in the evening. Feel free to book onward travel after 8pm.
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