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New Zealand-South Island Encompassed

  • 16 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAONSE

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, kayaking, 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.

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Day 9 Punakaiki (1B,1D)

Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki.

Morning drive through the stunning Buller Gorge to the West Coast of the South Island. Visit the Cape Foulwind seal colony, then follow the stunning coastal road down to our beach camp in Punakaiki for the night. Opt to kayak the river into the Paparoa National Park or stick to the local trails for some day hikes. The evening offers an opportunity to express our cooking skills and create a group meal together! Estimated travel time: 4 hour drive, 30 min boat trip Travel distance: 250 km

Day 10-11 Franz Josef (2B,1D)

Stay in a lodge surrounded by rainforest and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Area.

Trek the famous Punakaiki 'Pancake Rocks' walk and continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night. Day 11 is a free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 220 km

Day 12-14 Queenstown (3B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world-Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some small walks and waterfall visits. Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site. Opt to take the plunge or simply observe the site where it all started while getting some great pictures of those who do decide to jump. Days 13 and 14 are free days to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boating outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Three nights at a centrally-located hostel means that fitting everything in won't be too hard. *Please note - in the winter months (late April - early Nov) skiing and snowboarding in the Southern Alps is a highlight for any visitor. Most of the aforementioned activities are also available, ask your CEO which ones are in season. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 365 km

Day 15 Doubtful Sound (1B,1L,1D)

Visit Fiordland NP en route to Doubtful Sound. Enjoy a guided kayak excursion though jaw-dropping scenery.

Travel to Fiordland National Park, one of the most stunningly rugged places on earth - think 'Lord of the Rings' country. Take a boat across Lake Manapouri to meet the local kayaking guides. Spend the afternoon on a guided 3 hour interpretive bush walk in deep cove with a visit to Helena Falls. The night is spent in a lodge on the edge of Doubtful Sound. The following day we engage in a 4-5 hour kayaking trip through the national park below towering cliffs and waterfalls while admiring the wild rainforest terrain. Spot dolphins, seals and penguins as the abundant birdlife surrounds you. Note: Depending on weather the walk and kayak may be reversed to fall on different days. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 km

Day 16-17 Central Otago (2B,1D)

Travel to Central Otago, and bike 35 km of the rail trail from one historic town to the next, with the chance to sample local food and drink along the way.

Spend the morning paddling back to the wharf, then transfer by bus to the historic central Otago mining counry. Overnight in a historic miners hotel. Day 17 drive to one of the best starting points of the Historic Otago Rail Trail. Spend the better part of the day cycling (easy gradient) through stunning scenery along 35km of the old rail trail. In the evening opt to try your hand at luging and/or curling at the only year-round curling facility in Australasia. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 350 km

Day 18 Christchurch (1B)

Orientation walk and a free afternoon of exploration of Christchurch.

Drive through breathtaking central Otago, stopping at historic towns to buy supplies for a picnic lunch. Arrive to Christchurch in the early afternoon, stretch the legs with a short walk through Hagley park to the downtown district. Get to know sights around the central business district and witness the rebuilding that is going on in this recently devastated city. Overnight in the very unique converted Jail House. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 400 km

Day 19 Kaikoura (1B)

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

Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoua. The views are breathtaking in this small town where the mountains meet the ocean. The just off shore deep water Hikurangi Trench brings an abundance of marine life very close to the shoreline. This is one of the premier spots in the world for whale watching. 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, part of the Southern Alps range, that provide an excellent backdrop to the town's picturesque landscape. One of the most popular routes is the Kaikoura peninsula walkway that starts at a seal colony and provides excellent sea and mountain views. In Maori, “Kai” means food, and “Koura” means crayfish. Be sure to sample the delicious offerings from the sea. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 180 km

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  • TRIP CODE : GAONSE
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  • Trip Style: 18-35s, Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

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Excursion to Abel Tasman National Park. Seal colony visit. Walks in Abel Tasman National Park, Paparoa National Park, and Lake Matheson. Sea kayaking (Doubtful Sound). Cycling excursion (Central Otago). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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