Sweet as South (Start in Christchurch, From Oct 2024 to Oct 2025)

Sweet as South (Start in Christchurch, From Oct 2024 to Oct 2025)

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Sweet as South (Start in Christchurch, From Oct 2024 to Oct 2025)

9 Days Starting and ending in Christchurch (Nz)

Visiting: Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, Hokitika, Franz Josef / Waiau, Haast, Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Arrowtown, Lake Ohau, Lake Tekapo

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

NSZADM24

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours, Budget

Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

Experience the best of Southern New Zealand! From Christchurch to Queenstown to Lake Ohau, it??s an adventure you won’t ever want to end. In Franz Josef you’ll hike a glacier, then it’s on to Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Take the leap on a bungy, canyon swinging - the possibilities are endless. Maybe take a day break to Milford Sound cruise past stunning waterfalls or a scenic flight over Mt. Cook!

Highlights

  • 3 Dinner (D)

  • Wanaka: Stop in the beautiful lake side town of Wanaka

  • 7 Breakfast (B)

  • Queenstown: Get your adrenaline pumping on the World's first, and some would say most famous, Bungy Jump

  • Milford Sound: Cruise along the glassy waters and get the kind of view people write poems about. You’ll see why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Te Anau:

  • Lake Ohau: See the peak of Mt Cook/Aoraki from across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau

  • Lake Tekapo: Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo and Geraldine

  • Lake Tekapo: See the church on the shores of Lake Tekapo with a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. And get that iconic Insta pic.

  • Hokitika: The South Island is known for Pounamu (in fact, it’s even named after the stuff.) Today in Hokitika, we’ll meet with a local Maori Guide, who’ll tell us all about the connection between the illustrious greenstone and the Maori people. After that, we’ll go and check some out for ourselves.

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Day 1: Christchurch To Franz Josef Glacier

Location: Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, Hokitika, Franz Josef / Waiau

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Christchurch what's up? New Zealand's South Island is the home to adventure, adrenaline and good times and we're here to take it all on.



Take in the beautiful scenery as we wind our way across the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps.



In the gold rush town of Hokitika we'll watch authentic carvers get to work on green jade and take a look at traditional Maori art.



We'll pull up for the night in glorious Franz Josef, probably one of the most beautiful places you'll ever of clapped eyes on. A bold statement we know, but well deserved.

Day 2: Franz Josef Glacier

Location: Franz Josef / Waiau

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning will be another big ol' tick off the list as we take to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier. We've got a heli ride over the glacier up for grabs, or the opportunity to carve your own Pounamu (jade) pendant, under the tuition of a Maori mastercraftsman. Pounamu is sacred to the Māori people, and this is a great way to learn about its cultural significance, while also creating a beautiful please of jewelery.

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier To Queenstown

Location: Franz Josef / Waiau, Haast, Wanaka, Queenstown

Accommodation: Jucy Snooze (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Armed with a new found appreciation for frozen water, we'll hop back on the coach & start making our way to Queenstown, making a few cheeky stops along the way. Our first piece of NZ eye-candy comes in the form of Haast Pass, beautified by ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Note how the scenery changes as we roll towards Queenstown through the Southern Alps and region of Otago. Intermitting our scenic drive we'll stop for lunch in Wanaka, a pretty ski resort town situated on a lake front and dwarfed by mountains. This town is fast becoming one of NZ's most popular spots, and a trip to the 'Dough Bin' for a luscious pie should be high on the list today. Welcome to the adventure capital of the world - Queenstown. We hit the ground running because tonight you can choose to jump on a gondola, to wine & dine atop of the highest restaurant in Queenstown, Skyline. What a way to start our time here! Rest up tonight - the next few days are going to be BIG.

Day 4: Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Accommodation: Jucy Snooze (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is yours to get acquainted with Queenstown and spend some time mulling over the activities up for grabs in the next two days. First stop is the legendary Kawarau Bungy Bridge, get your morning adrenaline hit with a heart pounding jump at the world home of the bungy. Later, take a stroll around beautiful Queenstown, nestled in the Southern Alps this stunning town has plenty to offer other than adventure activities.

Day 5: Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Accommodation: Jucy Snooze (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

It's times like this that you really start to work out what sort of traveler you are. And human for that matter. You might be the one trailing through wine country and exploring wine cellars and caves, or you may be that guy that crams in a bungy jump and a skydive & still craves more. It's your holiday - run wild as you see fit.

Day 6: Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Accommodation: Jucy Snooze (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

With our last day in adrenalin city edging closer, this is the time to push yourself to the limits and jump over any mental barriers you've put up around yourself. Embrace the spirit of adventure and conquer those niggling fears once and for all. For those who did their dash yesterday, a day staying mellow and enjoying this beautiful region will prove more than sufficient.

Day 7: Queenstown To Te Anau

Location: Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Accommodation: The Village Inn Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Alright, it's time to return our adrenaline levels to a normal level and make tracks to the spectacular natural wonder of Milford Sound. Welcome to New Zealand's most stunning attraction, with a magical combination of mountain peaks, forest-clad cliffs and deep dark waters. We take an included cruise of the fiord and experience the beauty of this pristine destination by boat, the best way to see Milford Sound in all its glory. Arriving in the stunning lakeside town of Te Anau, why not opt to take a guided jet boat trip to explore the Fiordland National Park. From Te Anau through Lake Manapouri, it's a pretty exhilirating way to soak up the scenery. Prefer to keep you feet (or wheels) on dry land. You can also take a trip to the ethereal glow worm caves (woaahhh) or simply cycle the gorgeous trails through native bush.

Day 8: Te Anau To Lake Ohau

Location: Te Anau, Arrowtown, Lake Ohau

Accommodation: Lake Ohau Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

So long, Te Anau. It's been fun. Our first stop today is Kingston for an authentic and important NZ farm experience. Where a charity helps local girls to learn practical farming skills and gain qualifications. Contiki makes a donation on behalf of every traveler who visits the farm, so you can help more NZ women and girls plough through barriers and get ahead in their ‘field’ just by turning up.  Next, the arrow points to Arrowtown - a historic gold mining town where we'll tuck into a gold standard lunch. For our last night, we'll go out with a bang. Or perhaps a splash. Sketchbooks at the ready folks - we'll spend our final night by Lake Ohau, with a spectacular view of Mt Cook in the distance!

Day 9: Lake Ohau To Christchurch

Location: Lake Ohau, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

We’ll kick off our final day with a visit to the glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, admiring the crystal clear water. Next, it's time for a Dark Sky experience - a multimedia exhibition that combines stargazing, science and traditional Māori astronomy. Here we'll learn how the Māori people would use the stars to help aid their harvests, plus why reducing light pollution is so important. And then the adventure ends in Christchurch. Sure, there'll be some sadness, but that's normal when awesome things end. And this has been more than awesome. On a brighter note, the memories will put a smile on your face for years to come.

Check out our Q&As

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

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16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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