Note that this tour utilizes a variety of accommodation including hostels. See the 'About Accommodation' section of the trip details for more information.

New Zealand - Active South Island

From$3499USD
15 days,Wellington to Wellington
ONSA

Kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park, trek through the wilds of the South Island's national parks, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, hike along the Routeburn Track, cross the spectacular Southern Alps, cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago.

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New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and there's nowhere in the country more suited to that than the South Island. On this two-week trip, cover the ground (or water) by sea kayak, boat, bike, and on foot. Explore Abel Tasman National Park, hike the Routeburn Track, glide along the waters of Milford Sound and take two wheels through the Rail Trail in Central Otago. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.

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.
  • 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
Itinerary Notes

More information about the accommodation that we use for this trip can be found by clicking the button below.

Accommodation Info

Day 1 Wellington

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Abel Tasman (1B)

Transfer by ferry to the South Island. Transfer by water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park

Day 3 Marahau (1B)

Sea-kayak in Abel Tasman, out to the edge of the park before joining a short transfer to Marahau.

Day 4 Paparoa National Park (1B)

Transfer to Paparoa National Park before the option of either a a trek or a kayaking expedition in the park. Overnight in the National Park.

Day 5-6 Franz Josef (2B)

Transfer to Franz Josef, stopping at Okarito lagoon en route. Day 6 is free for optional activities in Franz Josef.

Day 7 Makarora (1B)

Transfer to Makarora, where there are a variety of optional activities available in Mt Aspiring National Park. Try glacier trekking and take a jet boat out of the park (optional).

Day 8-9 Queenstown (2B)

Two days free for activities in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. The options here are endless with so many optional activities to choose from.

Day 10 Walter Peak (1B)

Travel by ferry to Walter Peak and overnight in the historic shearers quarter. Enjoy all that the area has to offer.

Day 11 Milford Sound (1B)

Continue on to Milford Sound this morning. Enjoy a cruise out on the water here, looking out for a variety of marine life.

Day 12 Central Otago (1B)

Travel to Central Otago this morning. Enjoy a free afternoon here.

Day 13 Christchurch (1B)

Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Cycle through scenery unspolied by traffic and not visible from any roads. Continue to Christchurch for the evening.

Day 14 Kaikoura (1B)

Transfer to Kaikoura, with optional whale- or dolphin-watching in the afternoon.

Day 15 Wellington (1B)

Transfer to Picton, then take the ferry across to Wellington where the tour ends.

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