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New Zealand–South Island Encompassed

Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealands 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 youll ever see. This trip is exciting even when youre not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.

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Duration: 16 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 133096
Starts: Wellington, New Zealand Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Wellington

Itinerary

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Day 1: Wellington

There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.

Check out New Zealand's National Museum, a must-see with great displays of historical Maori artifacts and relatively modern exhibits such as the motorbike that was built in a shed and won the world championships. Afterwards, opt for a night out on the town. Wellington has an abundance of nightlife, bars, cafes and restaurants all located on and around the entertainment district of Courtenay Place.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Big Night Out

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

Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel.

Additional Notes:
During the winter season (May - Oct), and when there is inclement weather in the summer, we will stay in cabins in a true rural setting on the edge of the park instead of the floating boat hostel.

Transport:
Ferry (3.50 hour(s), 92km)
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)
Water taxi (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Abel Tasman National Park Walk

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

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef.

Included Activities:
Pancake Rocks Trek
Seal Colony Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00-8.50 hours, 475km)

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Day 5: Franz Josef (1B, 1D)

Opt to kayak the river into the Paparoa National Park or stick to the local trails for some day hikes. Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.

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Day 6: Franz Josef (1B)

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

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Day 7: Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)

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Day 8: Queenstown

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

Additional Notes:
If you have pre-booked the Queenstown Jet Boating, your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity during your tour, as days are subject to change.

Please note - in the winter months (late April - early Nov) skiing and snowboarding in the Southern Alps is a highlight for any visitor. Most of the optional activities are also available, ask your CEO which ones are in season.

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

Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.

Additional Notes:
Depending on weather the walk and kayak may be reversed to fall on different days.

Included Activities:
Fiordland National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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

Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery (seasonal), then travel to Central Otago.

Additional Notes:
Due to cold weather during the winter months (approx May to late September), we will be going on a three hour nature cruise in Doubtful Sound instead of kayaking in the area.

Included Activities:
Kayaking Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 12: Wedderburn (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.

Included Activities:
Biking Otago Rail Trail

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Day 13: Wedderburn/Christchurch (1B)

Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 14: Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)

Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula.

Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters frequent the area.

Additional Notes:
As a result of the recent earthquake in New Zealand, groups departing before Oct 31, 2017 will be rerouted to Picton or Nelson instead of Kaikoura today.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 15: Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 150km)
Ferry (3.00 hour(s), 92km)

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Day 16: Wellington (1B)

We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Excursion to Abel Tasman NP
    • Seal colony visit
    • Walks in Abel Tasman NP, Paparoa NP, and Lake Matheson
    • Sea kayaking excursion (Doubtful Sound, seasonal)
    • Cycling excursion (Central Otago)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (8 nts), basic hotels (3 nts), basic lodges (4 nts). Most nights are multi-share
    • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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.