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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, 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.

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ONSM/242155
  • Starts: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Christchurch
  • Kaikoura
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Marahau
  • Lake Brunner
  • Franz Josef
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • Twizel

Itinerary

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Day 1: Christchurch

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Christchurch/Kaikoura

Transfer to Kaikoura, with a free afternoon to explore the area or take in an optional activity.
Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura.

A free afternoon can also be spent swimming 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.

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Day 3: Kaikoura/Abel Tasman National Park

Take in the scenery of the South Island while travelling to Abel Tasman National Park.

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Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau

Sea kayak in Abel Tasman out to the edge of the park.
Start the day with a short hike before setting off from the beach to kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau.

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Day 5: Marahau/Lake Brunner

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

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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.
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.

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Day 7: Franz Josef

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

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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.

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Day 9: Wanaka/Queenstown

Continue onto the “adventure capital of the world,” Queenstown.
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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 12: Queenstown/Twizel

Enjoy free time in Queenstown, before travelling on to the Mt Cook region.

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Day 13: Twizel

Prepare for an action packed day! Start on two-wheels on a mountain biking excursion around the Mt Cook region. In the afternoon, discover stunning landscapes on foot.

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Day 14: Twizel/Christchurch

Travel back to Christchurch. Learn more about how Christchurch has recovered from the 2011 earthquake on a G Adventures-supported walking tour. Opt for a final dinner with the group.

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Day 15: Christchurch

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Carte Blanche: 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (14 nts, some multi-share)
    • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, kayak, 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 at the base of Mt Cook
  • Hike the Routeburn Track.