New Zealand–South Island Encompassed

New Zealand–South Island Encompassed


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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

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.

Day 1: Wellington
Arrive at any time. Start the adventure with a Big Night Out with the group.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Activity: Whether it's a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Accommodation: Nomads Capital (or similar)

Day 2: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park
Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
Transport: Jump in and cross the water to the next stop.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park
Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.
Activity: Walk along a coastline track from Anchorage to Marahau to one of the world's most scenic golden sand beaches.
Accommodation: Old MacDonalds Farm (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Stop by a viewing platform over a New Zealand fur seal colony at Cape Foulwind. Female seals will live in the same colony for the duration of their lives, whereas male seals move around more. The males visit the Cape Foulwind colony between late November and mid-January for mating season. All seasons offer plenty of activity to check out, from mating to the raising of baby pups and feeding out at sea.
Accommodation: Tripinn Hostel YHA Westport (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner (Create a meal together as a group and show off your cooking skills!)

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.
Activity: Walk along a loop trail with informative signs detailing how the 'Pancake Rocks' were formed millions of years ago. When the trail reaches the coast, there are many lookouts for photo stops and beautiful views of the coast, the rocks and the blowholes found along the area.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: With tons of optional activities available around Franz Josef, get out there and explore!
Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 6: Franz Josef
Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and kayaking.
Free Time: Enjoy a free day to explore the beautiful Franz Josef area.
Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Franz Josef/Queenstown
Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Jucy Snooze Queenstown (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

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.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as wanted during a free day to explore the area.
Accommodation: Jucy Snooze Queenstown (or similar)

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.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as wanted during a free day to explore the area.
Accommodation: Jucy Snooze Queenstown (or similar)

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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Recharge your camera and be ready to shoot stunning photos of waterfalls, mountains stretching up to the sky and down to the sea and then search for dolphins and seals. This place is any artist's dream!
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Mt Ida Shearers Quarters (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

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.
Activity: Drive to one of the best starting points of the Historic Otago Rail Trail. Spend the better part of the day cycling along an easy gradient through stunning scenery along 35km of the old rail trail. Cycle through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.
Accommodation: Mt Ida Shearers Quarters (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Explore lesser-known paths around Christchurch on this walking tour of the city led by a member of Rekindle — a social enterprise where resourcefulness skills are shared among members to build self-confidence and create art out of under-valued materials. The hands-on, workshop-based environment keeps everyone engaged and helps to strengthen the community.
Free Time: Spend the evening exploring Christchurch during free time.
Accommodation: Jailhouse Accommodation (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Christchurch/Kaikoura
Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Head out and explore this beautiful area. View some of the wildlife in the area or hit the trails to get a workout with a view.
Accommodation: Dusky Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Kaikoura/Wellington
Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Accommodation: Nomads Capital (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16: Wellington
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Please Note: This tour is only applicable for 18 to 30 year olds.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking.

Inclusions
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.

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Accommodations

Hostels (11 nts), basic lodges (4 nts). Most nights are multi-share.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Any escortd tours suitable for seniors?

All escorted tours are suitable for seniors in good health. In fact, touring is the preferred way to see the world for seniors due to the convenience of not having to plan, being accompanied by a tour director the entire time, and getting expert knowledge from local guides.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 429 reviews about G Adventures Tours. Currently showing 15 reviews with comments only.
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By Jan B on Oct 06, 2018

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

By Cynthia N on Sep 09, 2018

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

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Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

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By John C on Dec 12, 2017

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