1

HIGH COUNTRY LAKE'S & ALP'S

Start your tour in Christchurch. After having breakfast and exploring the city centre of Christchurch, we head to Lake Tekapo. We leave the city today westwards through the Canterbury Plains, Stopping at at Lake Tekapo for a fantastic photo opportunity. Tekapo is one of three significant lakes that border the Mackenzie Valley. Golden tussock grass carpets the surrounding hillside and roll away into the distance where the Southern Alps frame the horizon. The charming 'Church of the Good Shepherd' sits alone on its shores and the views to our highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook are remarkable.

You may want to check out the Southern Alps in a Hot Air Balloon or take a Scenic Flight. (not included)

This who area is one of the worlds first 'Dark Sky Reserves' so stargazing is amazing.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tekapo - 1 Night

Accommodation:

Whether en route from south to north (or vice versa) or visiting Lake Tekapo for its broad range of spectacular activities and scenery, the Village Motel is there to seal the deal for your total experience in the centre of the South Island. Being located in the centre of the village, great restaurants with good deals for guests deals and the shops are at your disposal. 

Village Motel

2

TEKAPO - QUEENSTOWN

After breakfast it's a hike up Mt John to enjoy amazing views of the Southern Alps. Then we journey South from Mount Cook and through the high country towns of Twizel and Omarama before entering the beautiful Lindis Pass, the pass offers a unique mountain and tussock grassland scenery - Lindis Pass Scenic Reserve was formed in 1976 and was one of the first tussock reserves in New Zealand.

On your way you may want to Bungy Jump at Kawarau Gorge or take pictures of the amazing landscapes.

The scenery changes from rugged ranges and mirror lakes to the winding Kawarau River Gorge before emerging into the lush green farmland surrounding Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Queenstown - 2 Nights

Accommodation:

Just around the corner of Shotover street, the fully modernised and in 2013 refurbished Haka Lodge Queenstown offers high-scale but low budget accommodation. Private rooms and an apartment are available, as are premium dormitory bunk beds with good mattresses. Next to this, the Haka Lodge ensures lots of comfort for guests by having multiple bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, TVs, free Wi-Fi and more, free to use.


3

EXPLORE QUEENSTOWN

Today relax and enjoy the stunning lakes & rivers - there is a bounty of vineyards, cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the wider district of QueenstownArrowtown and the Gibbston Valley. You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Queenstown and part of its charm is the array of less hectic quality activities on offer – but if interested Queenstown is home to the ultimate adventure bucket list – Just ask. 

Recommended excursions around Queenstown.

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise   Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail


Meals: Breakfast


4

OVER THE CROWN RANGE TO WANAKA

Today our first discovery is nestled beside the Arrow River - the postcard-perfect village of Arrowtown, where the pioneer gold mining era comes alive. Continuing on we drive into tussock country and climb the road into the Crown Range looking out to sweeping views of the Gibbston Valley.

Explore Lake Wanaka in the afternoon by foot, bike or boat. You either may want to choose to go Skydiving in Wanaka, to have a Tiger Moth Aerobatic Plane Ride, to do a Bike Tour or to enjoy a Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk. (activities not included)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Wanaka - 1 Night

Offering uninterrupted views of stunning Lake Wanaka and the famed Southern Alps, the YHA Travellers Lodge in Wanaka is the best choice for quality budget accommodation with a 4 Star Qualmark rating. They have a great range of facilities to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable beds after long days exploring. With a fantastic kitchen, relaxing dining area, pool table and deck to enjoy.
YHA Wanaka is a home away from home.

5

THE WEST COAST / GLACIER COUNTRY

Spend the morning enjoying Wanaka, perhaps go on a Bike Tour or a Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk. (optional & cost not included)

Continue your journey this afternoon and travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Discover the rich alpine rainforest the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote that UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area.

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Take the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking options.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Franz Josef - 2 Nights

The YHA Franz Josef is placed right in the heart of Franz Josef and has Franz Josef and Fox Glacier right on its doorstep. And in case you are keen to take the backdoor you will directly find the west coast rainforest in front of you 


6

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER & REGION

Today learn to carve a pounamu pendant (greenstone/jade) with your group. (included) Afterwards there is free time to explore. Many adventures await - try a Glacier Heli Hike, a Scenic Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing or how about a Kayaking Tour deep into the rain-forest. If you feel like relaxing there are steamy hot springs to chill and soak.

Meals: Breakfast


7

FRANZ JOSEF - CHRISTCHURCH

Before you know it, it’s your last day! After breakfast we head further along the beautiful west coast on another of the most spectacular drives in the country (and, some would say, the world): a rugged, primeval landscape of luxuriant rainforest juxtaposed against breathtaking beach and ocean waves.

We stop at Hokitika and visit a greenstone factory, a great place to stock up on souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Time permitting, we may also visit the National Kiwi Centre where there is guaranteed viewing of rare kiwi birds in their nocturnal house.

On the way back to Christchurch, you'll traverse the South Island on the stunning TranzAlpine Train Crossing. Travelling across the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass, you'll arrive in Christchurch around 6.30pm before transferring to your accommodation.

Your tour officially ends in Christchurch, so feel free to party on with your new travel buddies for as long as you like – your accommodation tonight is included so you can treat yourself to a lie-in in the morning!

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation:

Located in New Zealand's 'garden city' is the Haka Lodge Christchurch. The Haka Lodge offers high-scale but low budget accommodation. The cosy building is surrounded by beautiful native bush, which gives a good impression of what Christchurch is like. Private rooms and a self-contained apartment are available, as are premium single dormitory beds (no bunk beds) with good mattresses.


NOTES

Tour Inclusions:

  • TranzAlpine rail journey
  • Queenstown Skyline Gongola
  • Star gazing in Tekapo
  • Expert Tour Guide
  • All transport
  • 7 x nights’ accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • All maps, passes and shuttles
  • Daily breakfast
  • All maps, detailed trail advice and recommendations
  • Small group sizes (16 max)
  • Guided tour of every location. We show you places you would miss when travelling on a bus pass
  • Plus many surprise stops on the way

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What Michelle says about this tour: This a great small group trip for like minded travellers 18-39 - you just have to want to have fun - you choose which activities suit your adrenalin requirements and budget. The best locations of the South Island are included.
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