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New Zealand: South Island Encompassed
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Until Jan 20

Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, cycling, and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes, including rainforests, glaciers, and some of the most gorgeous coastline you’ll ever see. This trip is exciting even when you’re not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: ONSE.B/201772
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Wellington
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Westport
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau
  • Wedderburn
  • Christchurch
  • Kaikoura



Day 1: Wellington

Arrive at any time. Start the adventure with a Big Night Out with the group.
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.


Day 2: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
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.


Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park

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


Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park/Westport

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.


Day 5: Westport/Franz Josef

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking.
Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.


Day 6: Franz Josef

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


Day 7: Franz Josef/Queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.


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.


Day 9: Queenstown

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


Day 10: Queenstown/Te Anau

Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.


Day 11: Te Anau/Central Otago

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.


Day 12: Central Otago

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.


Day 13: Wedderburn/Christchurch

Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.


Day 14: Christchurch/Kaikoura

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
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.


Day 15: Kaikoura/Wellington

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


Day 16: Wellington

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra.

What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart Wellington at 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked this transfer NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected.

    • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
    • Excursion to Abel Tasman National Park
    • Seal colony visit
    • Walks in Abel Tasman National Park and Lake Matheson
    • Milford Sound day cruise
    • Cycling excursion (Central Otago)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hostels (11 nts), basic lodges (4 nts). Most nights are multi-share
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
    • Private vehicle, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) 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
  • Cruise through the remote fiords of Milford Sound
  • Cycle the Otago Rail Trail