South Island Trip (27 December)


Pick up location: Christchurch



Transport included

  • High quality bus including an experienced driver

Accommodation booked in but still to pay – 10 nights

  • Kaikoura x 1 night
  • Kaiteriteri x 1 night
  • Westport x 1 night
  • Franz Josef x 2 nights
  • Queenstown x 3 nights
  • Lake Tekapo x 1 night
  • Christchurch x 1 nights (at the end of the trip)

The maximum fee would be $50 NZD per night.


  • Visit to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Visit to Lake Matheson
  • Visit to Cape Foulwind
  • Visit to Monkey falls
  • Visit to Wanaka Tree
  • Visit a seal colony in Kaikoura
  • Visit Nelson Lakes

Optional activities at a discounted price (can be booked on the bus)

  • Abel Tasman Kayaking
  • Travel and boat cruise in Milford Sound
  • AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Jump Queenstown
  • Shotover jet Queenstown
  • Helicopter Franz Joseph
  • Canyon Swing
  • Nevis Swing
  • Whale Watching Kaikoura
  • Dolphin Swimming Kaikoura


  • Experienced driver who also is a New Zealand Expert & Guide

Why visit the South Island?

You have not visited New Zealand if you have not seen the South island! It doesn’t matter how long your stay is or even if you are a born and bread Kiwi who hasn’t yet had the opportunity to explore his own backyard; you simply have to see the New Zealand South Island. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Mainland’, the South Island with its more than 150,000km is the ultimate adventure playground for all nature lovers and outdoor-obsessed among us! It is for good reason that the biggest of New Zealand’s islands is world famous for its pure natural landscape – you will discover astonishing world heritage sites, beautiful fjords, white glaciers, rugged coastlines and native forest – a truly unique and majestic land.

Why book this trip?
Student Trips has organized a South Island special for you! Do it your self is always an option. But will that be cheaper? Probably not.. Will this cause more hassle and leave you without so (m)any options? Very likely!

Made possible exclusively for interns of New Zealand Internships and Au Pairs from Dream Au Pair.

11 days of fun - The journey of a lifetime!

Arrival in Christchurch and departure to Kaikoura the day after. Kaikoura is the perfect place for marine life encounters and coastal walks. It's also a world famous location for Whale watching and swimming with Dolphins.

We make our way from Kaikoura to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can simply wile away the evening on the golden sand beach just meters from your accommodation. Kaiteriteri is a great spot to begin an adventure (on foot, by kayak or by water taxi) into Abel Tasman National Park.

Optional activities: Abel Tasmans National park (Walk or Kajak)

Travel through snow-capped mountains and fantastic lakes on your journey towards the wild West Coast.

Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri, looking out for the local marine wildlife; or go for a morning stroll in the native New Zealand forest of Abel Tasman national Park. This afternoon we stop at the iconic Nelson Lakes on the way to Westport so you can get your legendary wharf jumping shot before hitting surf town Westport.

Free activities: Nelson Lakes, walk through the Abel Tasman Park, legendary wharf jumping shot

Explore the rugged West Coast of NZ, see the Pancake Rocks and spend the night at Franz Josef.

The road winds through a diverse series of landscapes which never cease to amaze. Highlights today include the Cape Foulwind seal colony walk, rugged beaches, and the

Take a ride in a Helicopter to the top of the glacier and have the opportunity to walk around the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier.

Today is your chance to hike on Franz Josef Glacier, rated as one of the top three activities in New Zealand by Kiwi Experience passengers. You could also enjoy a scenic heli-flight over the glacier! After the glacier hike visit the Spa pools for an overwhelming relaxation.

Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.
Optional activities: Helicopter ride to top of Franz Josef Glacier, Spa pool

Journey to the magical Southern Lakes region to take the time to have a little chill by beautiful Lake Wanaka and have a look at the world famous Wanaka Tree.

On arrival in Queenstown we will head down to the spectacular waterfront before it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s infamous nightlife with all the crew!

Optional activities: AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Jump, Jetboat, Milfor Sound

Queenstown is one of the most amazing places on Earth. No matter what time of the year it is rated as one of our passenger’s favourite spots. Take the time to spend a few days here as it is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Make the most of the beautiful lake and surrounding walks, or get into a whole range of adrenalin pumping activities.

From here we have a number of optional activities arranged for us. The first of which will involve travel to Milford Sound, a fjord to the South-West that lies within Fiordland National Park Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. The trip includes a boat cruise through this pristine water-way, and views of the beautiful mountain ranges and cascading waterfalls that surround it. In 2008, it was judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination.

Make sure to book in any activities you’d like to join on the Bus.

You will get ample time to experience Queenstown at your leisure. There will definitely be no shortage of fun things to keep you entertained!

Main optional activity to book on the bus: Milford Sound Day Trip
Free activities: Great walks, take in beautiful views from this cool resort town.
Optional paid activities: Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jet-boating (Included if you did not do a bungee), skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…)

Discover the untouched beauty and crystal clear skies in the world's largest dark sky reserve.

We head out of Queenstown, through the Lindis Pass, so get your cameras ready because this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. After stopping to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, we travel to Lake Tekapo with its amazing location by snow-capped alps and clear starry skies. Lake Tekapo has something for everyone - relaxing at the lakeside and taking in the untouched view, soaking in the hot springs, discovering one of the many scenic walkways or checking out the mind-boggling stars in what is the world’s largest dark sky reserve..

Free activities: Take photos of awe-inspiring scenery, do one of the many great short walks to the Hooker glacial lake.

A day of contrasts from snowy peaks to fertile plains home to the Garden City.

We have a straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand. You last night of accommodation will be in Christchurch. Witness a city rebuilding and flourishing in the wake of the 2011 earthquakes. Check out the funky Re:Start Mall and keep your eyes peeled for the sweet pop-up bars around the city.


What is not included

  • Please note, food & drinks are not included.
  • Book your own ticket from Auckland to Christchurch here.
  • Frequent Supermarket stops.
  • Your trip is not confirmed until you have paid.
  • This trip is subject to change due to availability and or weather conditions.

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