New Zealand - South Island Encompassed

16 Day Small Group Tour from Wellington to Wellington with G Adventures

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Wellington
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Wellington
Trip Budget
Budget
Affordable
20
Max Group Size
20
Adventure Tour
Trip Style
Adventure Tour
18 - 30's
Trip Style
18 - 30's
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
G Adventures
G Adventures
34 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
5.0 out of 5
1 Reviews
Trip Code:
ONSE

Itinerary

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1 Wellington
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Check out New Zealand's National Museum, a must-see with great displays of historical Maori artifacts and relatively modern exhibits such as the motorbike that was built in a shed and won the world championships. Afterwards, opt for a night out on the town. Wellington has an abundance of nightlife, bars, cafes and restaurants all located on and around the entertainment district of Courtenay Place. Stay: Nomads Capital
2 Wellington - Abel Tasman National Park
Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel. Stay: Aquapackers (B/D)
3 Abel Tasman National Park
Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways. Stay: Old MacDonalds Farm (B)
4 Abel Tasman National Park - Westport
Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night. Stay: Tripinn Hostel, YHA Westport (B/D)
5 Westport - Franz Josef
Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night. Stay: Rainforest Retreat (B/D)
6 Franz Josef
Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking. Stay: Rainforest Retreat (B)
7 Franz Josef - Queenstown
Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown. Stay: Nomads Queenstown (B)
8 Queenstown
Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving. Stay: Nomads Queenstown (B)
9 Queenstown
Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving. Stay: Nomads Queenstown (B)
10 Queenstown - Te Anau
Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms. Stay: Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park (B/L)
11 Te Anau - Central Otago
Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago. Stay: Mt Ida Shearers Quarters (B/D)
12 Central Otago
Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink. Stay: Mt Ida Shearers Quarters (B)
13 Wedderburn - Christchurch
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house. Stay: Jailhouse Accommodation (B)
14 Christchurch - Kaikoura
Spend the afternoon 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. Stay: Dusky Lodge (B)
15 Kaikoura - Wellington
Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group. Stay: Nomads Capital (B)
16 Wellington
We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. (B)

G Adventures Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot.
  • Get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown.
  • Weave through the remote fjords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak.
  • Cycle the Otago Rail Trail.
Trip Inclusions
  • Big Night Out: Wellington
  • Excursion to Abel Tasman NP
  • Seal colony visit
  • Walks in Abel Tasman NP, Paparoa NP, and Lake Matheson
  • Sea kayaking excursion (Doubtful Sound, seasonal)
  • Cycling excursion (Central Otago)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodation
  • Hostels (8 nts), basic hotels (3 nts), basic lodges (4 nts)
  • Most nights are multi-share
  • Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in New Zealand and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip.
  • Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in New Zealand, couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
  • Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Towels and soap are not always provided at overnight stops, so it's best to bring your own for bathing. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and are very rarely en-suite.
  • PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION: If booking additional nights before or after your tour, accommodation will be multi-share on a mixed gender basis.
Your Tour Guides
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Meals Included
  • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport
  • Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking
Read Trip Notes
  • Trip Notes outline what's included, visa information, important notes, how to get to your hotel, packing checklist, optional activities, travel insurance requirements - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more. Please take time to have a read through, and contact us if you have any questions. View Trip Notes

Reviews (1)

16 Day New Zealand - South Island Encompassed reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Unforgettable trip to New Zealand's South Island ”
- United States Jan 2019

Juliet was an amazing travel agent who quickly responded to any questions I had. My trip to New Zealand was incredible and I met so many people from all over the world that I will still keep in touch with. Some of the highlights of my trip were swimming with dolphins, the shot over jet, hiking the Franz Josef Glacier, and skydiving. There were so many other activities that I also enjoyed but those were just a few of my favorites. ...read more

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