South Island Explorer

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Group Size: Max group size 36.

Trip code: NXGKCC

Duration: 7 days

Guided group tour
Awesome inclusions
Fantastic optional activities

Discover the mighty mountain ranges, sparkling blue lakes and adventure-loving cities of New Zealand’s South Island on this 7-day tour. Starting and ending in Christchurch, you’ll journey through the beautiful green landscapes of the Canterbury Plains, plunge through the jaw-dropping mountain scenery of the Southern Alps and get up close to amazing Fox Glacier. Plus, you’ll enjoy an adventurous break in Queenstown and an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. Travelling with a group and guide on board a comfortable coach with free Wi-Fi, you’ll soon fall in love with this spectacular part of the world!

Trip highlights

  • Discover the highlights of the South Island in just seven days
  • Walk around the perfect blue waters of Lake Matheson
  • Spend two unforgettable days in Queenstown, the adventure capital of NZ!
  • Enjoy a beautiful boat cruise on Milford Sound
  • Go mountain biking along the mighty Arrow River
Further trip information

Day 1: Christchurch to Fox Glacier. Meet your group and tour guide at 7:30am and then hit the road. Pass through the infinite greens of the Canterbury Plains and then journey through soaring snow-capped mountains. This is what New Zealand is all about! Your first stop is Hokitika, an atmospheric seaside town that looks out across the mighty Tasman Sea. Then, head inland and discover the perfect placid waters of Lake Matheson. Spend the night near famous Fox Glacier.

Please note: Due to the early start this morning, we recommend arriving in Christchurch the night before and booking an extra night of accommodation in the city. We can help you book this extra night. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Day 2: Fox Glacier to Queenstown. Wake up and enjoy a free morning in the area. Join an optional trip to Fox Glacier, an incredible channel of ice that plummets from the mountain tops to the forest-fringed valley below.  After an unforgettable morning, continue down to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Buckle up for a few days of non-stop adrenaline-pumping action!

Days 3-4: Queenstown. Enjoy two full free days to make the most of all that Queenstown has to offer. Whether it be white-water rushes, sky-plummeting adventures or canyon climbing excursions, there really is something for everyone in this awesome town. And once you’ve finished your adventures, there are a host of lively bars and restaurants where you can cool off with an ice-cold beer. Awesome!

Day 5: Milford Sound. Leave Queenstown behind this morning and journey south to the gorgeous waters of Milford Sound. The landscapes here are truly extraordinary. You’ll see it all on an unforgettable boat cruise and then stroll along the stunning walking trails.

Day 6: Queenstown to Ohau. Next stop: Arrowtown, once a gold mining hotspot that drew prospectors from all across the country. Step back in time as you mountain bike along the rushing Arrow River, rattling across suspension bridges and stopping off to soak up the scenery. Spend the end of the day at beautiful Lake Ohau, where you can swim and relax.

Day 7: Lake Ohau to Christchurch. Discover another perfect blue lake today as you roll past Lake Pukaki. Keep an eye out for the iconic peak of Mount Cook. Then leave mountain country behind and travel back towards Christchurch, stopping off at the gorgeous Church of the Good Shepherd on the banks of Lake Tekapo. Arrive back in Christchurch this evening at approximately 7pm, where your tour ends.

Due to this late finish, we recommend booking an extra night of accommodation in Christchurch and flying out the next day.

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