New Zealand – South Island Multisport

Start: Christchurch Finish: Christchurch

Visiting: Christchurch, Kaikoura, Nelson, Lake Brunner, Franz Josef / Waiau, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown, Twizel


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 16

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3111

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconCycle at the base of Mt Cook.
  • iconKayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park.
  • iconTry exhilarating adventures in Queenstown.
  • iconCruise through Milford Sound.

Places You'll See

Countries:
New Zealand – South Island Multisport
New Zealand – South Island Multisport
New Zealand – South Island Multisport
New Zealand – South Island Multisport
New Zealand – South Island Multisport

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Accommodation: All Stars Inn on Bealey (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Christchurch/Kaikoura

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dusky Lodge (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

TRANSPORT: Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON A free afternoon can be spent visiting a colony of Southern Fur seals, 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.

icon Day 3 : Kaikoura/Nelson

Location: Kaikoura, Nelson

Accommodation: Aquapackers (or similar(

Meals: Breakfast

Take in the scenery of the South Island while travelling to New Zealand's sunshine capital, Nelson. Sample some local produce and wine as you travel through the renowned Marlborough wine region. Enjoy free time to explore upon arrival.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 4 : Nelson

Location: Nelson

Accommodation: The Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park by boat, sea kayak and on foot. After a full day of exploring, reward your efforts with a well earned meal at one of Nelson's gourmet eateries.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Enjoy a scenic transfer via water taxi into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park.

ACTIVITY: Explore the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park by foot.

ACTIVITY: See Abel Tasman National Park at a pleasant pace by sea kayak. Take part in a safety briefing and preparation, then head out into the water to glide in and out of the bays and islets on the route to Marahau. Look for nesting seabirds and tiny islands, and enjoy amazing views along the way.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 5 : Nelson/Lake Brunner

Location: Nelson, Lake Brunner

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Lake Brunner (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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

ACTIVITY: Stop by a viewing platform over a New Zealand fur seal colony at Cape Foulwind. Female seals will live in the same colony for the duration of their lives, whereas male seals move around more. The males visit the Cape Foulwind colony between late November and mid-January for mating season. All seasons offer plenty of activity to check out, from mating to the raising of baby pups and feeding out at sea.

ACTIVITY: Walk along a loop trail with informative signs detailing how the 'Pancake Rocks' were formed millions of years ago. When the trail reaches the coast, there are many lookouts for photo stops and beautiful views of the coast, the rocks and the blowholes found along the area.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 6 : Lake Brunner/Franz Josef

Location: Lake Brunner, Franz Josef / Waiau

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

ACTIVITY: Walk through the wetlands of Okarito Lagoon, bordered by forest and surrounded by nature. Enjoy spectacular views all the way up to the mountains on a clear day. Take the time to soak in the scenery – the walk is a short climb up to a viewpoint that includes a variety of landscapes on the path through the estuary out through the wetlands.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 7 : Franz Josef

Location: Franz Josef

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

A free day for optional activities. Options include a helicopter hike, a glacier valley walk, kayaking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY A variety of optional activities are available in the wildnerness around Franz Josef. Choices include a helicopter hike, glacier valley walk, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

icon Day 8 : Franz Josef/Wanaka

Location: Franz Josef, Wanaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Wanaka Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Use free time to check out the optional activities around Wanaka.

icon Day 9 : Wanaka/Queenstown

Location: Wanaka, Queenstown

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive the winding route between Wanaka and Queenstown passing through picturesque wine country, the towering Crown Range Mountains, and the turquoise waters of the Kawarau River. Watch as the scenery shifts from vast open valleys to the hustle and bustle of the city, and get ready to enjoy a free afternoon in the "adventure capital of the world."

Enjoy a free afternoon 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. Opt to pre-book the "Queenstown Jet Boating" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

Additional Information: Please note that if you are travelling on this trip between December 2019 and October 2020 your group will be staying at the Ramada in Frankton on the nights of the tour that the group is passing through Queenstown.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy free time to try some of the challenging optional activities available in the “adventure capital of the world.”

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 10 : Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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

ACTIVITY: Head out for a day of hiking along the stunning Routeburn Track. Start on a gradual incline through a 130 million year old forest, with incredible views of snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams, and alpine meadows. After enjoying a picnic lunch, continue on the forgotten paths of the Maori while travelling along their old 'Greenstone' trails. With incredible scenery and historical significance, this hike is not one to miss!

icon Day 11 : Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Travel to the fjords 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.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Recharge your camera and be ready to shoot stunning photos of waterfalls, mountains stretching up to the sky and down to the sea and then search for dolphins and seals. This place is any artist's dream!

icon Day 12 : Queenstown/Twizel

Location: Queenstown, Twizel

Accommodation: High Country Lodge Motel (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: MORNING Enjoy a final morning in Queenstown, with time for optional activities.

icon Day 13 : Twizel

Location: Twizel

Accommodation: High Country Lodge Motel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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

ACTIVITY: Hop on a bike and experience the beautiful scenery of New Zealand's Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.

ACTIVITY: Hike in the shadow of Mt Cook.

icon Day 14 : Twizel/Christchurch

Location: Twizel, Christchurch

Accommodation: All Stars Inn on Bealey (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel back to Christchurch. Head out for an orientation walk with your CEO before enjoying a few hours to explore the city.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

FREE TIME: Spend the evening exploring Christchurch during free time.

icon Day 15 : Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Mount Cook cycling excursion

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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    Abel Tasman National Park hike

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    Hike the Mt Cook region

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    Orientation walk in Christchurch

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    Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef.

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    Okarito Lagoon walk

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    Accommodation

    Hotels/hostels (14 nts, some multi-share).

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    Meals

    12 breakfasts, 2 lunches Allow USD375-490 for meals not included

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    Cruise through Milford Sound

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    Fiordland National Park visit

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    Full-day Routeburn Track hiking excursion

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    Punakaiki pancake rocks visit

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

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    Seal colony stop

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    Free time in Franz Josef and Queenstown

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Accommodation

Hotels/hostels (14 nts, some multi-share).

Meals Included

12 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle, kayak, boat, bicycle, walking.

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Thursday Dec 02, 2021

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