Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need and then some. The 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 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.
Big Night Out: Wellington. Excursion to Abel Tasman NP. Seal colony visit. Walks in Abel Tasman NP, Fiordland NP, and Lake Matheson. Milford Sound day cruise. Cycling excursion (Central Otago). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
15 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Group Leader Details
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader, and driver – this person is experienced in the routes traveled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups.
As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Private vehicle, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking.
We believe solo travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hostels (10 nights), basic hotels (2 nights), basic lodges (3 nights). Most nights are multi-share
Day 1 Wellington
Arrive at any time. Start the adventure with a Big Night Out with the group.
Day 2 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park(Breakfast | Dinner)
Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
Day 3 Abel Tasman National Park(Breakfast)
Hike and explore Abel Tasman’s golden beaches and waterways.
Day 4 Abel Tasman National Park/Westport(Breakfast | Dinner)
Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before traveling to Westport, the stop for the night.
Day 5 Westport/Franz Josef(Breakfast | Dinner)
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 quad biking.
Day 6 Franz Josef(Breakfast)
Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, and quad biking.
Day 7 Franz Josef/Queenstown(Breakfast)
Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.
Days 8–9 Queenstown(Breakfast)
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(Breakfast | Lunch)
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(Breakfast | Dinner)
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(Breakfast)
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(Breakfast)
Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Christchurch.
Day 14 Christchurch/Kaikoura(Breakfast)
Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.
Day 16 Wellington(Breakfast)
Depart at any time.
Planning a date in 2018 / 2019 message us or call 780-760-1244 for dates