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New Zealand – South Island Multisport

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, glide along the waters of Milford Sound, and take two-wheels through the Rail Trail in Central Otago. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.

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Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Demanding
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Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 142737
Starts: Wellington, New Zealand Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Wellington

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Wellington

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)

Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.

Transport:
Ferry
Water taxi

03

Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L)

Set off from the beach and kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau.

Included Activities:
Kayaking to Marahau

04

Day 4: Marahau/Westland District (1B, 1D)

Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

05

Day 5: Westland District/Franz Josef (1B)

Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest.

Included Activities:
Okarito Lagoon Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)

06

Day 6: Franz Josef (1B)

A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

07

Day 7: Franz Josef/Wanaka (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Te Wahipounamu Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours, 290km)

08

Day 8: Wanaka/Queenstown (1B)

Free day to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)

09

Day 9: Queenstown (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a full-day hiking excursion along the world renowned Routeburn Track, taking in the gorgeous mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and lakes surrounding the track.

Included Activities:
Routeburn Track Day Hike

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Day 10: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day for optional activities in Queenstown.

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Day 11: Queenstown/Te Anau

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 Te Anau for the night.

Included Activities:
Milford Sound Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 300km)

12

Day 12: Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B)

Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.

Included Activities:
Otago Rail Trail Cycling

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 13: Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B)

Drive through breathtaking Central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch in the evening.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 500km)

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Day 14: Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)

Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura.

A free afternoon can also be spent swimming with dolphins 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.

Additional Notes:
As a result of the recent earthquake in New Zealand, groups will travel to St Arnaud or Nelson instead of Kaikoura today.

Transport:
Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

15

Day 15: Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 156km)
Ferry (3.00-3.50 hours)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Ferry crossing to South Island
    • Water taxi to Abel Tasman
    • Sea kayak in Abel Tasman
    • Trek in Paparoa NP
    • Full-day Routeburn Track hiking excursion
    • Cruise on Milford Sound
    • Cycle the Otago Rail Trail
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (14 nts, some multi-share)
    • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Ferry, water taxi, kayak, private vehicle, boat, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown
  • Cruise through Milford Sound
  • Cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago
  • Hike the Routeburn Track.