New Zealand's south island is full of wonderful wilderness, which is why this adventure takes you off grid. Journeying into the thicketed heart of the South Island, you'll encounter unforgettable experiences every single day. Walk on a glacier, kayak in the Marlborough Sounds, learn yoga at an eco-retreat and bungy jump in Queenstown - and that's a small sample of the adventures awaiting you. This is the South Island unplugged, and it's utterly unforgettable.
Take an underwater observatory tour with a marine biologist and learn about marine conservation in the Marlborough Sounds
Learn about the wildlife recovery programme at Lochmara on a guided conservation tour
Wellington to Marlborough Sounds - Learn about the wildlife recovery programme at Lochmara on a guided conservation tour
Marlborough Sounds - Enjoy included kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) and hiking from your base at Lochmara Lodge
Glenorchy to Queenstown - Check out Queenstown's top adventure spots & nightlife from your centrally located Jucy Snooze hostel
Christchurch to Mt Cook - Take a short and spectacular hike to Tasman Glacier Lake
Check out Queenstown's top adventure spots & nightlife from your centrally located Jucy Snooze hostel
Eat a full buffet breakfast at the Heritage Hotel with floor to ceiling views of Mt Cook
Take an early morning hike to Kea Point to see a golden sunrise fall over majestic Mt Cook
Take a guided city tour of a city in transition: Christchurch
Mt Cook to Glenorchy - Eat a full buffet breakfast at the Heritage Hotel with floor to ceiling views of Mt Cook
Mt Cook to Glenorchy - Take an early morning hike to Kea Point to see a golden sunrise fall over majestic Mt Cook
Take a short and spectacular hike to Tasman Glacier Lake
Hike to the coastal paradise of Queen Charlotte Sound
Explore 10 acres of living gallery on the quirky outdoor sculpture and art trail at Lochmara Lodge
Marlborough Sounds - Explore 10 acres of living gallery on the quirky outdoor sculpture and art trail at Lochmara Lodge
Marlborough Sounds to Christchurch - Take a guided city tour of a city in transition: Christchurch
Enjoy included kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) and hiking from your base at Lochmara Lodge
Cruise Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds
Glenorchy - Start the morning with a yoga session at Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat
Marlborough Sounds - Hike to the coastal paradise of Queen Charlotte Sound
Wellington to Marlborough Sounds - Take an underwater observatory tour with a marine biologist and learn about marine conservation in the Marlborough Sounds
Christchurch to Mt Cook - Immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring multimedia Dark Sky Reserve experience, 13.8 billion years in the making, combining science and tatai arora (Maori astronomy)
Immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring multimedia Dark Sky Reserve experience, 13.8 billion years in the making, combining science and tatai arora (Maori astronomy)
Start the morning with a yoga session at Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat
After meeting and greeting in the compact cultural hub of Wellington this morning, we're catching the ferry to the wild and wonderful South Island.It's time for our first Special Stay - only accessible by water. Lochmara Lodge is more than just a place to stay, it's a natural haven, and a unique way to experience the magic of the Marlborough Sounds. There's no road access and no TVs - just gorgeous views, nature walks, art and wildlife and, at night, clear starswept skies. Facilities include free kayaks and paddleboards, hammocks, a beach, and world famous nature trails. There's also the Underwater Observatory, where we'll get a tour from a marine biologist who will tell us all about their work to replenish fish populations of the sounds. We'll also take the sculpture and art trail along 10 acres of a 'living gallery' with mixed media art by renowned global artists.
Day 2: Marlborough Sounds
Location: Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Lochmara Lodge (Special Stay)
We've got a full day to explore the sounds. Go kayaking or stand up paddleboarding, hike to the Queen Charlotte Sound or take the Seafood Odyssey Cruise. Featuring Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels with local Sauvignon Blanc for the perfect food and wine match, you'll also get to enjoy the beauty of the sounds as you cruise aboard a luxury launch. Bliss.
Day 3: Marlborough Sounds to Christchurch
Location: Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch
Accommodation: Breakfree on Cashel
We're taking a quick break from nature today as we head onto Christchurch.Christchurch is still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquakes that destroyed its centre, but it remains a vibrant city steeped in its European heritage. We'll check out the local sights of this city in transition with an included tour before retiring and getting ready for our next venture into nature.
Day 4: Christchurch to Mt Cook
Location: Christchurch, Mt Cook
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Get ready for your next Special Stay in Mt Cook - but first, we have a unique stop on the agenda.We'll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo, and here, we'll also get to enjoy an unforgettable Dark Sky experience. You'll be blown away by this interactive multimedia exhibition that mixes stargazing, science and traditional Māori astronomy, teaching us how the Māori people originally used to use stars to harvest food, and about the importance of limiting light pollution.Our next Special Stay is a lodge located in Mt Cook National Park, a majestic landscape of glaciers, terminal lakes, turbulent rivers and Australasia's tallest peak, the mighty Aoraki (Mt Cook) soaring above at 3,724 metres. There's endless adventures to choose from today - walk some of the famed hiking trails or take a scenic flight over the glacier followed by a snow landing and glacier walk. If heights aren't your thing, take a cruise up close to the glaciers, where you to touch and taste 300-500 year old glacial crystals. As the pitch black night draws in, opt for a unique stargazing experience.
Day 5: Mt Cook to Glenorchy
Location: Mt Cook, Glenorchy
Accommodation: Camp Glenorchy (Special Stay)
Rise and shine! You won't want to miss our morning hike to Kea point, to watch a golden sunrise stretch over the mountains. Hungry? We've definitely earned a buffet breakfast, and we'll enjoy floor to ceiling views of Mt Cook as we dine in the Heritage Hotel.Whether or not you have any room left after breakfast, you'll be happy to know we have a quick stop off for lunch in Arrowtown, New Zealand's historic gold-mining town. A bit like a New Zealand version of the Wild West, Arrowtown is full of charming wooden-fronted shops, cafes and remnants of the goldrush era. Be sure to check out the replica miner's huts, buy some flakes of gold, wade in the river where people still go gold-panning, or buy some old-timey sweets from the Remarkable Sweet Shop on the main street.Arriving in Glenorchy we'll get a guided tour of our eco-retreat Special Stay. Nestled among some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery, this place celebrates nature through buildings designed with non-toxic construction materials, native plantings, and creative touches from New Zealand artists and craftspeople. State-of-the-art technology helps to reduce water and energy use. We'll enjoy an included Kiwi BBQ dinner before turning in for the night. We've got a big day of exploration tomorrow.
Day 6: Glenorchy
Accommodation: Camp Glenorchy (Special Stay)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
We've got a day to explore the great outdoors! Lucky us. Maybe start the day with some free yoga; after that the opportunities are limitless. Get the ultimate thrill with some tandem skydiving; take an e-bike tour of the Routeburn track; maybe take the safari kayak adventure and explore the islands of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by the spectacular Southern Alps...New Zealand is the gift that keeps on giving, and we're not done yet.
Day 7: Glenorchy to Queenstown
Location: Glenorchy, Queenstown
Accommodation: Jucy Snooze
Glenorchy, it's been emotional, but we're headed to the adventure capital of the world.Framed by the aptly named Remarkable Mountains, the birthplace of bungee gets the pulse racing in more ways than one. We'll take an orientation tour, and then there's a menu of adventures to choose from. So, where to start? You might be the one trailing through wine country and doing a spot of horseback riding, or you may insist on cramming in a bungy jump, a skydive and a heliraft. It's your adventure - run wild as you see fit.
Day 8: Queenstown
Accommodation: Jucy Snooze
With our last day (sob) in adrenaline city ahead of us, this is the time to push yourself to the limits and hurl over any mental barriers you've put up around yourself. Maybe conquer those niggling fears once and for all. We recommend the exhilarating Shotover Jet experience, where you can throw those hands in the air as you fly through narrow Shotover canyons at speeds of up to 85 kph. For those who did their dash yesterday, a day staying mellow and enjoying the beautiful wineries, cute cafes and incredible mountains is fine too!
Day 9: Queenstown
This morning our adventure comes to an end (sob) here in Queenstown, or you can take an optional transfer back to Christhurch. Hug it out with your New Zealand crew. We're sad to say goodbye, but memories of what we've experienced will put stupid grins on our faces for years to come.
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
We'll get 9 of your meals, you get the rest. You can expect an included breakfast most mornings, as well as an authentic Kiwi BBQ and a breakfast buffet with floor to ceiling views of Mt Cook. We'll also give you plenty of opportunities to try the best gourmet eats in NZ, with killer tips to find the perfect flat white, hokey-pokey icecream or pulled lamb pie.
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