Milford Sound


Start:  Anywhere in South Island
Finish:  Where you started
Minimum  Days: 17-18
Recommended  Days: 20

Pass valid for 12 months


Want to explore on the South Island all the way to Milford Sound? The “Ron” is for you – whether you have 2-3 weeks or 12 months, this includes our full South Island travel network. Book this bus pas on Student Trips and get a 50 Dollars Student Trips Voucher!

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We depart Christchurch International Airport in the morning for a beautiful drive up the coast to
Kaikoura. Enjoy a free afternoon for activities. Get out on the water and experience one of
Kaikoura’s famous dolphins and whale spotting tours, see seals sitting right beside the road at Goose
Bay or wander around the peninsula and check out the breath-taking views from the lookout.

Accommodation: Warm modern hostel.
Optional paid activities: Optional paid activities: Whale watching, swim with dolphins (pre-booking is advised in summer for
dolphin swimming). Go fishing and eat your spoils or try the amazing fresh fish and chips.
Free activities: Walk around the peninsula and up to the lookout.

Leaving Kaikoura in the morning we wind our way up the rugged coastal roads, with stops for photos
and a seal colony en-route. Tonight we stay in the port town of Picton, where you can do the Queen
Charlotte Sound walk, and enjoy the free fishing gear and mountain bikes at our Picton

Accommodation: Cozy villa.
Optional paid activities: Vineyard tour.
Free activities: Seal colony; Queen Charlotte Sound View walk, mountain biking, fishing or relax in
the spa where we stay.

Today meet your Stray group in Picton at midday before cruising through the famous Marlborough
vineyard area and depending on the group we’ll stop for a bit of wine tasting. We head through the
coastal town of Nelson and stop at a supermarket in Motueka, before we making our way to our
amazing and remote overnight stop Marahau, right on the edge of the spectacular Abel Tasman
National Park.

Accommodation: Unique Stray accommodation on the edge of the national park.
Optional paid activities: Wine tasting, skydiving.
Free activities: Walk, mussel tasting around the fire, star-gazing.

You have the day at leisure to explore this stunning, coastal national park. This park is famous for
being one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand and for its natural golden sand beaches. It’s a great
place to hop off and explore via kayak, water taxi or go for a walk.

Accommodation: Unique Stray accommodation on the edge of the national park.
Optional paid activities: Full day sailing trip, kayaking, skydiving, water taxi, hang gliding, stand-up
paddle boarding, canyoning.
Free activities: Walk in the national park, relax on one of the golden sand beaches, go for a swim.

This morning you get the chance to get involved and give something back by participating in our Tree
Planting Project. Become an eco-warrior, get soil under your finger nails and plant a tree with the
Otuwhero Wetland Trust. This is a fantastic opportunity to create life-long memories of your time in
New Zealand, and you can come back and visit your tree in years to come!

Today we head south towards the ‘wild’ West Coast passing through Buller Gorge and down a
stretch of road that was recently rated one of the top ten drives in the world by Lonely Planet. We
stop at Cape Foulwind to visit the seal colony and then head for the historic coal mining town,
Westport. The sunset from our accommodation tonight is a must if the weather is clear!

Accommodation: Charming character villa in the centre of town.
Optional paid activities: Surfing, horse riding, jet boating, caving.
Free activities: Westport seal colony, West Coast sunset, Truman Track walk.

An early start takes us down the rugged West Coast to the spectacular Punakaiki limestone pancake
rocks and blowholes. We’ll stop to take a short walk and grab refreshments at the café before we
head for the historic gold mining town, Greymouth. We do pick-ups in Greymouth and make stops in
Hokitika, before heading to the quaint little town of Franz Josef – home to the mighty Franz Josef

Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.
Optional paid activities:Save some coin today.
Free activities: Punakaiki pancake rocks and the mighty blowholes; walk along the beach

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Navigate the maze of ice
and explore the incredible landscape on a Franz Josef Glacier guided tour, or visit the glacial terminal
face for some spectacular photos. There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region.

Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.
Optional paid activities: The ‘Ice Explorer’ Trip – a short heli-hop onto the glacier followed by an
educational tour (entry to hot pools included), kayaking, skydiving.
Free activities: Many excellent bush hikes (but we recommend a guided one for safety). Relax in one
of NZ’s largest spa pools at your accommodation.

We depart in the morning stopping for hostel pick-ups at Fox Glacier before heading for the amazing
mirror Lake Matheson. We’ll travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora towards
Wanaka. This is one of the most scenic drives you’ll ever do – from rainforests to mountains, through
beech forest and past great lakes. We’ll pass by the beautiful Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka late-
afternoon in time to enjoy this picturesque lakeside town.

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Save some coin today.
Free activities: Mirror Lake walk; Ship Creek walk, Blue Pools walk, Thundercreek Falls walk, explore

We depart around mid-morning, giving you time to check out amazing views of the lake either by skydiving or taking a walk up Mt Iron! We cruise to Queenstown known as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and the spiritual home of commercial bungy! Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music.

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities:Puzzle World, skydiving, bungy jumping, pilot your own stunt plane or learn to fly and take a friend for free.
Free activities:Walk Mt Iron, watch people jumping off a bridge

Today is yours to explore. Queenstown is a great place to spend some extra time no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover river jet boating, skiing, sky diving and local walks, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Obviously you can break your journey in Queenstown for as long as you want. Speak to your driver or hostel travel desk for Dunedin connection options.

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jet boating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding...).
Free activities : Sleep in, great walks; take in beautiful views from this cool resort town.

It’s an early start as we head for the breathtaking Milford Sound. Sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most scenic drives on the South Island Stray circuit, as we cruise past Lake Wakatipu and watch the landscape change from farmland to mountains, glacial carved valleys and fiords. This morning there is time to do the Milford Sound cruise, before we head for our unique Stray overnight stop, Gunn’s Camp. Located in the solitude of Hollyford Valley (and one of our top rated overnight stops), enjoy an evening under the stars, spot glow-worms and listen out for Kiwi bird calls. Keep your eyes peeled for Morris the Moose who the locals say has roamed the bush for the last 50 years.

Accommodation: Historic camp on the edge of the Hollyford Track in the heart of Fiordland National Park.
Optional paid activites:Milford Sound Cruise.
Free activities:Stunning views, Humbolt Falls walk, visit the historic museum or take in the incredible surroundings of a World Heritage National Park at Gunn’s Camp, Chasm walk.

We start the morning with a short riverside stroll through beech forest on the Viewing Gantry walk. Fiordland is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Te Wahipounamu (which incorporates four national parks including Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Westland and Fiordland) and rightly so as the landscape is spectacular and very photogenic. This afternoon we travel further South to Invercargill, next stop Stewart Island! Stewart Island has an abundance of activities such as fishing, kayaking, diving, bird watching and tramping tracks. There are also options for those not going to Stewart Island to stay in Invercargill.

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Ata Whenua – Shadowland, incredible movie of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau Wildlife Centre.
Free activities: Humbolt Falls Walk, Viewing Gantry walk.

The morning is yours to explore the island, meet the locals, go fishing or enjoy some of the walks. We catch an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. For those who chose not to venture onto Stewart Island your bus departs mid-morning to head out to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay for some sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. On the chance we can’t find any wildlife, we can always visit the 180 million year old fossilized forest and grab a milkshake. Afterwards we return to Bluff Hill to meet up with the island-goers before we express back to Queenstown.

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Stewart Island: fishing, hire a scooter, go to Ulva Island.
Free activities: Explore the island, amazing birdlife, walks through the native parkland (Stewart Island); visit the start/end point for State Highway 1, sea-lion, penguin, dolphin spotting, find Burt Munro’s World’s Fastest Indian, Bluff Hill walk, visit Henry the 100 year old Tuatara (Invercargill).

Today we head over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and past Lake Pukaki on the way to our amazing stop at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mt Cook. We arrive in the early afternoon with time to do a Mt. Cook 4WD and Argo Tour, check out the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine centre or do one of the many great short walks in the park. If you want to hop off the bus for a few days there are some incredible longer walks you can do (we’d recommend leaving climbing Mt Cook to the mountaineers though).

Accommodation: Stunning alpine lodge.
Optional paid activities: Argo tour of Alpine Region, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
Free activities: Take photos of awe-inspiring scenery, do one of the many great short walks to the Hooker glacial lake (weather dependent).

Leaving Mt Cook we make our way to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscape of Rangitata. We make a stop at the turquoise Lake Tekapo before heading onto Geraldine for an afternoon arrival and our overnight stop in Rangitata. Tonight spend the night in one of Canterbury’s original sheep stations, a great place to get outdoors, go horse trekking or wander through native bush in Peel Forest. *Winter only: We stop longer at Lake Tekapo for ice-skating, snow tubing or a swim in the hot springs.

Accommodation: One of Canterbury’s original sheep stations.
Optional paid activities: Walk through Peel Forest, Rangitata River Rafting (late September – late March only).
Free activities: Take photos of stunning scenery, go for a walk.

It’s an early departure for an express haul across the Canterbury plains to Christchurch. For those
whoes Stray adventure to an end you’ll arrive around mid-morning at the Christchurch International Airport, with the rest of the day free to enjoy this ever changing city

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