New Zealand–South Island Encompassed

16 days,Wellington to Wellington

Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fjords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, cycle the Otago Rail Trail.

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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, 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.

What's Included

  • Excursion to Abel Tasman National Park. Seal colony visit. Walks in Abel Tasman National Park, Paparoa National Park, and Lake Matheson. Sea kayaking (Doubtful Sound). Cycling excursion (Central Otago). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners. (Allow NZD350-400 for meals not included.)
  • Hostels (7 nts), basic hotels (3 nts), basic lodges (4 nts), 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
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)

Stay in a lodge surrounded by rainforest, and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Area.

Day 7-9 Queenstown (3B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

Day 10 Doubtful Sound (1B,1L,1D)

Visit Fiordland NP en route to Doubtful Sound. Enjoy a guided kayak excursion though jaw-dropping scenery.

Day 11-12 Central Otago (2B,1D)

Travel to Central Otago, and bike 35 km of the rail trail from one historic town to the next, with the chance to sample local food and drink along the way.

Day 13 Christchurch (1B)

Head north to Christchurch for an orientation walk and free afternoon to explore the city.

Day 14 Kaikoura (1B)

Travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura. Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.

Day 15 Wellington (1B)

Enjoy a morning visit to a seal colony before catching the ferry back to Wellington. Arrive into Wellington in the evening. Enjoy a final evening with the group.

Day 16 Wellington

Depart at any time.

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