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New Zealand – South Island Multisport

New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and there's nowhere in the country more suited to that than the South Island. On this two week trip, cover the ground (or water) by sea kayak, boat, bike, and on foot. Explore Abel Tasman National Park, glide along the waters of Milford Sound, and take two-wheels through the Rail Trail in Central Otago. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.

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Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking (unspecified), Multisport, Trekking Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 142737
Starts: Wellington, New Zealand Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will visit
  • Wellington
  • Wellington

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Wellington

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

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

Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.

Transport:
Ferry
Water taxi

03

Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L)

Set off from the beach and kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau.

Included Activities:
Kayaking to Marahau

04

Day 4: Marahau/Paparoa National Park (1B, 1D)

Transfer to Paparoa National Park, and enjoy a trek in the park.

Additional Notes:
Should you prefer, there is the option to kayak in the National Park.

Included Activities:
Paparoa National Park Trek
Pancake Rocks Trek

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

05

Day 5: Paparoa National Park/Franz Josef (1B)

Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest.

Included Activities:
Okarito Lagoon Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)

06

Day 6: Franz Josef (1B)

A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

07

Day 7: Franz Josef/Makarora (1B, 1D)

Travel through Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area to Makarora, where you can spend the afternoon exploring the area by foot, or opt for a jet boat excursion or scenic flight.

Included Activities:
Te Wahipounamu Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 225km)

08

Day 8: Makarora/Queenstown (1B)

Free day to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)

09

Day 9: Queenstown (1B)

Free day to enjoy the city.

10

Day 10: Queenstown/Milford Sound (1B)

Continue to the fjords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat.

Included Activities:
Milford Sound Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Milford Sound/Te Anau (1B)

Continue onto Te Anau with a free day to explore the area surrounding Lake Te Anau, including the start of the Kepler Track.

Optional activities including hiking, biking, exploring the Te Anau glowworm caves or taking in a screening of the award-winning ‘Ata Whenua' – ‘Fjordland Film' documentary at the local cinema.

Included Activities:
Explore Lake Te Anau

12

Day 12: Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B)

Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.

Included Activities:
Otago Rail Trail Cycling

Transport:
Private Vehicle

13

Day 13: Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B)

Drive through breathtaking central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch for the evening.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 500km)

14

Day 14: Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)

Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoua.

A free afternoon can also be spent swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals, 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.

Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.

Transport:
Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

15

Day 15: Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Transfer to Picton and visit a seal colony along the way before taking the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.

Included Activities:
Seal Colony Visit
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 156km)
Ferry (3.00-3.50 hours)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Ferry crossing to South Island
    • Water taxi to Abel Tasman
    • Sea kayak in Abel Tasman
    • Trek in Paparoa National Park
    • Cruise on Milford Sound
    • Cycling the Rail Trail
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (11nts), hotels (2 nts), floating hostel (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Ferry, water taxi, kayak, private bus, walk, bike, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Trek through the wilds of the South Island's national parks
  • Try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown
  • Cross the spectacular Southern Alps
  • Cruise on Milford Sound. cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago.