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New Zealand – South Island Multisport

New Zealand – South Island Multisport


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, cruise through Milford Sound, cycle at the base of Mt Cook, hike the Routeburn Track.

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, cruise along the waters of Milford Sound, and take two wheels through the trails around Mt Cook. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.

Day 1: Christchurch
Arrive at any time.
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.
Accommodation: All Stars Inn on Bealey (or similar)

Day 2: Christchurch/Kaikoura
Transfer to Kaikoura, with a free afternoon to explore the area or take in an optional activity.
Transport: Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Free Time: A free afternoon can be spent 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.
Accommodation: Dusky Lodge - Private Twin_Double (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Kaikoura/Abel Tasman National Park
Take in the scenery of the South Island while travelling to Abel Tasman National Park.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Aquapackers (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park/Nelson
Start the day with a short hike before setting off from the beach to kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau. Later, travel to Nelson.
Activity: Explore the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park by foot.
Activity: See Abel Tasman National Park at a pleasant pace by sea kayak. Take part in a safety briefing and preparation, then head out into the water to glide in and out of the bays and islets on the route to Marahau. Look for nesting seabirds and tiny islands, and enjoy amazing views along the way.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: The Hotel Nelson (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 5: Nelson/Lake Brunner
Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.
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.
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.
Accommodation: Hotel Lake Brunner (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Lake Brunner/Franz Josef
Transfer to Franz Josef, stopping for a walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon en route. Enjoy free time for optional activities such as hiking and checking out the stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Walk through the wetlands of Okarito Lagoon, bordered by forest and surrounded by nature. Enjoy spectacular views all the way up to the mountains on a clear day. Take the time to soak in the scenery - the walk is a short climb up to a viewpoint that includes a variety of landscapes on the path through the estuary out through the wetlands.
Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Franz Josef
A free day for optional activities. Options include a helicopter hike, a glacier valley walk, kayaking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Free Time: A variety of optional activities are available in the wildnerness around Franz Josef. Choices include a helicopter hike, glacier valley walk, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Franz Josef/Wanaka
Transfer to Wanaka, where there are a variety of optional activities available. Opt to go mountain biking, skydiving, or check out the giant maze and optical illusions of Puzzling World.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Use free time to check out the optional activities around Wanaka.
Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Wanaka/Queenstown
Drive the winding route between Wanaka and Queenstown passing through picturesque wine country, the towering Crown Range Mountains, and the turquoise waters of the Kawarau River. Watch as the scenery shifts from vast open valleys to the hustle and bustle of the city, and get ready to enjoy a free afternoon in the "adventure capital of the world."
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Enjoy free time to try some of the challenging optional activities available in the "adventure capital of the world."
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Queenstown
Enjoy a full-day hiking excursion along the world renowned Routeburn Track, taking in the gorgeous mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and lakes surrounding the track.
Activity: Head out for a day of hiking along the stunning Routeburn Track. Start on a gradual incline through a 130 million year old forest, with incredible views of snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams, and alpine meadows. After enjoying a picnic lunch, continue on the forgotten paths of the Maori while travelling along their old 'Greenstone' trails. With incredible scenery and historical significance, this hike is not one to miss!
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 11: Queenstown
Travel to the fiords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat, then return to Queenstown for the night.
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: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 12: Queenstown/Twizel
Enjoy free time in Queenstown, before travelling on to the Aoraki/Mt Cook region.
Free Time: Enjoy a final morning in Queenstown, with time for optional activities.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: High Country Lodge Motel (or similar)

Day 13: Twizel
Prepare for an action packed day! Start on two-wheels on a mountain biking excursion around the Aoraki/Mt Cook region. In the afternoon, discover stunning landscapes on foot.
Activity: Hop on a bike and experience the beautiful scenery of New Zealand's Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.
Activity: Hike in the shadow of Mt Cook.
Accommodation: High Country Lodge Motel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Twizel/Christchurch
Travel back to Christchurch. Join a guided tour this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening and opt for a final dinner with the group.
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: All Stars Inn on Bealey (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Christchurch
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef. Abel Tasman National Park hike. Sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park. Punakaiki pancake rocks visit. Seal colony stop. Okarito Lagoon walk. Full-day Routeburn Track hiking excursion. Fiordland National Park visit. Cruise through Milford Sound. Mount Cook cycling excursion. Hike the Mt Cook region. Free time in Franz Josef and Queenstown. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels/hostels (14 nts, some 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.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 446 reviews about G Adventures Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was my 8th tour with this operator and I have a 9th scheduled. Obviously I am happy with this operator.

It was a great tour and are guides were very knowledgeable.

A Gadventures tour is a great affordable way to see the country and get the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people

It was a dream vacation.Thank you.

The G-Adventures travel guides were excellent

All 100% perfect, nothing to be done better

The G Adventures tour was fantastic.

Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

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

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

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!

Great trip at a reasonable price.

Awesome trip in a great country. Our CEO was professional and fun!!!

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