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- High quality bus including an experienced driver
- TranzAlpine Train
- 8 nights shared accommodation
- Experienced driver
- Private guide during the entire tour
Activities included – worth $850
- Activity that you can choose
- AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Jump (World’s 1st Commercial Bungy Jump)
- Shotover Jetboat experience
- Franz Josef Ice Explorer Trip
- Helicopter ride (To the Franz Josef Ice Explorer trip)
- Milford Explorer Day Trip
- Entry to Franz Josef Hot Pools
- Entry to Lake tekapo Springs Hot Pools
- Secrets of Bungy, Queenstown
- Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
- Lake Matheson
- Cape Foulwind
- Food and drinks
- Flight ticket from Auckland to Christchurch
- We will stop at supermarkets
- This trip is subject to change due to availability and or weather conditions.
No matter if you are in New Zealand for a short visit, a somewhat longer stay or are a local resident who hasn’t yet had the opportunity to explore your own backyard, you simply have to see Queenstown and New Zealand South Island. Sometimes referred to as the ‘mainland’, the South Island with its more than 150,000km2 is the ultimate adventure playground for all nature lovers and outdoor-obsessed amongst 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.
Bookings in advance are required, especially during summer-time when Queenstown is bursting with activity!
The journey of a lifetime!In designing this tour, we wanted to create a schedule that was both flexible and also full of amazing group activities. We created gaps for your own spare time allowing you to personalise your South Island experience and not feel constrained by too stringent a tour. Whats more, it gives you the opportunity to easily extend your stay should you decide to do so. The trip starts with an amazing train ride across some of the most spectacular country side before meeting the bus in Greymouth on the West Coast.
Fly from Auckland to the Garden City Christchurch, for those who arrive early enough we recommend taking a walk around the city to see the rebuild and some funky art as this city rebuilds and develops. The container mall is well worth a look.
Accommodation: YMCA (dorm share)
The train service heads over the stunning Arthur's Pass to Greymouth where you have a half hour stop before you get picked up by the bus outside the train station. We stop in Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade) and at the Bushman’s Centre to learn about the local history, before heading down to Lake Mahinapua for the night. Tonight it’s a group meal at a traditional West Coast Pub before a few fun games so we get to know each other.
Accommodation: Accommodation at Lake Mahinapua Hotel(dorm share)
Today you will do the ‘Glacier Valley Walk’ trip – you will get to see the glacier up close and personal, a guide will take you down the valley and explain the amazing environmental changes that have occurred here over the last few years. After exploring this awesome and unique area you can relax in the hot pools. (You can also upgrade to the Ice Explorer Trip with heli flight)
Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (dorm share)
Includes: Glacier Valley Walk and Entry to Glacier Hot Pools
We recommend an extra day in Franz Josef to truly grasp the nature and beauty. More hiking, horse back riding, kayaking can be done. Or simply explore the country side.
Depart at 9am. We head to Lake Matheson for a walk around the amazing mirror lake before briefly stopping in the town of Fox Glacier. Moving on, we travel through the mountainous Haast pass and onto the beautiful Lake Hawea where you will be able to stop for some awesome photos! Arriving into Wanaka in the afternoon – you have time to explore this picturesque lakeside town.
Accommodation: Base Wanaka (dorm share)
Depart at 11.30am. Free time this morning for you to relax and take in the amazing views of Lake Wanaka or if you’re feeling adventurous – try skydiving! On arrival into Queenstown, we’ll stop at the famous AJ Hackett Bungy site where you can learn the history of Bungy Jumping in New Zealand. You will all see what you are doing tomorrow afternoon at the Ledge! Great night out in Queenstown exploring this famous resort town with your guide
Accommodation: in Queenstown (dorm share)
Today is yours to explore the adventure capital that is Queenstown, in the morning you will head out to the Shotover Jet to take a ride on New Zealand’s most extreme jet boat. Alternatively throw yourself off a cliff with a bungy jump 700 meters above Queenstown.
Accommodation: 2 nights accommodation in Queenstown (dorm share)
Includes: Shotover Jet, Ledge Bungy, Milford Sound Visit.
Depart from 9am. We head over the Lindis pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and Lake Pukaki, then head north to our amazing stop on the shores of Lake Tekapo arriving in the early afternoon. This remote and rugged alpine region offers views like you would encounter in Nepal. This is a very overwhelming area of NZ and one place not to miss.
Accommodation: Lake Tekapo (dorm share)
Depart 8.00am. We head from the scenic Lake Tekapo, with time for photos of the turquoise lake and the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd. We arrive late morning into Geraldine, and then head through the farming plains of Canterbury before making our way back to the city of Christchurch. We will finish tonight with a group BBQ and remember the last 9 days of fun, experiences and amazing stories to tell our mates at home!
Accommodation: Christchurch (dorm share)
For those flying later in that next day the International Antarctic Center is well worth visiting and only 800 meters from the airport.[/accordion-item]
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