New Zealand–South Island Encompassed

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16 days,Wellington to Wellington
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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.

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, 7 dinners. (Allow NZD350-400 for meals not included.)
  • Private bus, kayak, boat, ferry
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
  • 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.

Add to Your Experience

Queenstown Jet Boating

It's a jet-boating ride along the Shotover River of Queenstown - need we say more? Okay, how about this? Imagine a white-water ride with the turns and paces expertly done by a trained driver up to 85kph. All you need to do is strap in and get ready to get wet.

Itinerary

Sep 11 - Apr 29

Day 1Wellington

Arrive at any time.

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

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

Day 3Abel Tasman National Park(1B, 1D)

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

Day 4Abel Tasman National Park/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 5Punakaiki/Franz Josef(1B, 1D)

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

Day 6Franz Josef(1B)

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

Day 7Franz Josef/Queenstown(1B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Days 8–9Queenstown(1B)

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

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

Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.

Day 11Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn(1B, 1D)

Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery. Travel to Central Otago.

Day 12Wedderburn(1B)

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 13Wedderburn/Christchurch(1B)

A free afternoon to explore Christchurch.

Day 14Christchurch/Kaikoura(1B, 1D)

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

Day 15Kaikoura/Wellington(1B)

Morning visit to a seal colony before catching the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

Day 16Wellington(1B)

Depart at any time.

Apr 30 - Sep 10

Day 1Wellington

Arrive at any time.

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

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

Day 3Abel Tasman National Park(1B, 1D)

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

Day 4Abel Tasman National Park/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 5Punakaiki/Franz Josef(1B, 1D)

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

Day 6Franz Josef(1B)

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

Day 7Franz Josef/Queenstown(1B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Days 8–9Queenstown(1B)

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

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

Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.

Day 11Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn(1B, 1D)

Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery. Travel to Central Otago.

Day 12Wedderburn(1B)

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 13Wedderburn/Christchurch(1B)

A free afternoon to explore Christchurch.

Day 14Christchurch/Kaikoura(1B, 1D)

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

Day 15Kaikoura/Wellington(1B)

Morning visit to a seal colony before catching the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

Day 16Wellington(1B)

Depart at any time.

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