Delve Deep: New Zealand South Island 2024-25

Delve Deep: New Zealand South Island 2024-25

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$2349

$2008

Delve Deep: New Zealand South Island 2024-25

10 Days Starting and ending in Christchurch

Visiting: Christchurch, Kaikōura, Hanmer Springs, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Matheson, Wānaka, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Cromwell, Lake Ohau, Lake Tekapo

Tour operator:

Topdeck

Tour code:

TGKCC4

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-39

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active, Small Group

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From:
$2349
$2008 (USD) Operator discount: -$235 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$106 -15%
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Tour Overview

TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. Take 10 days of pure unadulterated Kiwi adventures and turn them into a trip of a lifetime. From the adrenalin-pumping capital of Queenstown to the jaw-dropping scenery of Franz Josef, Milford Sound and Wanaka, this is your chance to see all this great southern island has to offer – with a bunch of mates just as stoked to be here as you are. It’s time to dive in: you ready?

Highlights

  • Visit Kaikoura

  • Visit Hokitika

  • Stay in the scenic Franz Josef Glacier region

  • Visit Lake Matheson

  • Orientation walk of Wanaka with Trip Leader

  • Arrow River Bridges cycle ride

  • Orientation walk of Queenstown with Trip Leader

  • Scenic cruise on Milford Sound (including lunch)

  • Wine tasting in Central Otago region

  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd

Itinerary

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Day 1: Christchurch (South Island, New Zealand)
Location: Christchurch
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

One minute you’re stuck in that boring home routine, next minute you’re landing in Christchurch, meeting a bunch of people who are 100% different but 100% the same. We’re kicking things off with an included group dinner – swap notes on all the weird and wonderful stuff you’re planning to do. Get ready to delve into the South Island’s local hot spots, legendary cities and mind-blowing natural wonders. See you in the morning!

Day 2: Christchurch – Kaikoura – Hamner Springs
Location: Christchurch, Kaikōura, Hanmer Springs
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

In the mood to see Mother Nature showing off? Say hello to Hamner Springs. But first up: B-E-A-Utiful Kaikoura. Options here = soak up the laid back atmosphere in town, take a hike around the peninsula, keep your eyes peeled for Giant Sperm Whales on a whale-watching tour, or get your butt down to one of the seafood caravans on the foreshore for some fresher-than-fresh crayfish. Fancy a spa afternoon? Once we reach Hamner Springs, make your way to its natural thermal pools. There’s 22 in total, plus the complex also hosts New Zealand’s biggest water slide: the Conical Thrill.

Day 3: Hamner Springs – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier Region
Location: Hanmer Springs, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

You’re in luck – today we’re heading to one of New Zealand’s most famous glaciers. En-route, we’ll make a photo stop in historic Hokitika. Head to the beach and find the quirky sculpture made by the locals. Gift a pounamu (greenstone) to your new travel BFF for good luck. Or give ‘mountain oysters’ a try (hint: Google it first). Then, it’s time to roll into the jaw-dropping Franz Josef Glacier region. Need somewhere for dins? Your Trip Leader’s got the recs.

Day 4: Franz Josef Glacier Region – Lake Matheson – Wanaka
Location: Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Matheson, Wānaka
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine! If the weather is good, you’ll have the chance to explore this chilly playground on an optional heli-hike. Strap on your crampons and pile into the chopper – we’ll head up to 800m above sea level to explore the maze of ice formations with an expert local guide. Then, it’s time to move on to Lake Matheson. Cue: snapping photos that’ll make your friends back home jealous AF. Later, we’ll arrive into Wanaka: a lakeside, alpine town with some ‘holy-sh*t’-worthy scenery. Get your bearings with your Trip Leader before hopping on an optional cruise. After snapping endless photos on the water, gather your mates for dinner. Our pick? Francesca’s Italian Kitchen for yummy wood-fired pizza.

Day 5: Wanaka – Arrowtown – Queenstown
Location: Wānaka, Arrowtown, Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Set the course for Arrowtown and stretch out those calves – there’s a cycle along the banks of the historic Arrow River in store for today. Venture through some ‘holy-sh*t’-worthy scenery and cross awe-inspiring suspension bridges. Then: we’ll turn our attention to the adventure capital of the world! Get the lay of the land with your Trip Leader before enjoying some free time. Opt to race your Topdeck buddies on the sky-high luge track. Or try bungy jumping and try not to stack it in front of your trip mates. Then, there’s a group dinner on us at Fergburger. Tonight you can hunker down in World Bar – with world-famous teapot cocktails, it’s the perfect spot to make a plan for your full day in Queenstown.

Day 6: Queenstown
Location: Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

If Queenstown had a Tinder profile it would read: fun-filled outdoor enthusiast – looking for a fellow adrenalin junkie to share adventures with. And all its pics would be of people throwing themselves off extreme heights. Swiping right? Hell yes! Skydiving. Jet boating. Canyon swinging. You want it, this place has it. And you’ve got 24 hrs to embrace it all. DW if all the above makes you want to run and hide – there’s more here than death-defying antics. Take the skyline gondola for some incred views over Lake Wakatipu. Or visit Queenstown Gardens for stunning scenes of the The Remarkables. Tonight: head to the Cookie Bar. We’re talking warm cookies, freakshakes, s’more, ice-cream...*wipes drool from chin*.

Day 7: Queenstown – Te Anau
Location: Queenstown, Te Anau
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

There’s time for one last adrenaline rush and a final feed before we wave goodbye to Queenstown. Soak up all the incredible views racing past the coach window as we make our way to Te Anau. Stretch your legs with a walk around Ivon Wilson Park. Or keep your eyes peeled for rare tuis and kakas in the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Tonight: seek out the resident glow worms on an after-dark adventure – just ask your in-the-know Trip Leader.

Day 8: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Te Anau
Location: Te Anau, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, it’s time for a trip to the mesmerising Milford Sound. Plaster your face to the window as we take the scenic route through Fiordland National Park. Then, the main event: a cruise on the Milford fjord complete with thundering waterfalls, razor-edge cliffs and resident seals. This place is National Geographic on steroids (like Schwarzenegger steroids). Tuck into lunch on board surrounded by a view you’ll tell your children (12 cats) about for years to come. Back in Te Anau, gather your mates and explore the local haunts – your Trip Leader knows ‘em, just ask.

Day 9: Te Anau – Cromwell – Lake Ohau
Location: Te Anau, Cromwell, Lake Ohau
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Fuel up with an included brekkie ‘cos it’s time to make tracks to our final overnight stop of the trip: Lake Ohau. First, there’s a wine tasting tour on the cards in Cromwell. The Central Otago town is famous for its Pinot. Prefer a cool glass of Savvie B? There’s plenty of that, too. Then, onto Lake Ohau. Nestled between towering mountains and overlooking the sparkling lake, it's the perfect place to spend the last night of our southern expedition. We’re gonna give this trip the send-off it deserves at tonight’s final group dinner.

Day 10: Lake Ohau – Lake Tekapo – Christchurch
Location: Lake Ohau, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ok, nobody panic – the adventure is coming to a close. But we’re sure as hell not done yet! Lake Tekapo is calling. Add one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings to your camera roll with a visit to the Church of the Good Shepherd along the shoreline. Then, we’ll make tracks for Christchurch where it’s time to say goodbye. Eight days. Countless thrills, spills and good times. You embraced it all and shared the adventure with a bunch of strangers who are now like family. Reunion trip next year? 100%.

What's Included

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned minicoach

  • Accommodation

    8 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double), 1 night in a hostel (twin or double)

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Tipping and Gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Country Entry Visas

Check out our Q&As

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes from all over the world

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Single pricing is available on all tours

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No they aren't

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    We will have our Tour Leader with you every day

  • What is the maximum group size?

    20

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is not required

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All guides are English Speaking

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No they aren't

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on all documentation

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    This will vary from your country of origin. Please seek advice locally

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes we can

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Curious? Open-minded? Same. Topdeckers are a mixed bunch, but that’s what makes us special. They come from all over the globe and are aged between 18 and 39. Like you, they’re looking to feel real. To experience more. To embrace the unknown. To grow and connect – without judgement.

  • Is there an age limit on Topdeck trips?

    Yes. Our trips are specifically designed for those aged 18-39 years of age.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.topdeck.travel/resources/booking-flexibility

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We operate Single Share across across all touring styles and will match you with someone of the same gender

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    E-Documentation will be sent

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

    Yes, we work dilligenltly with our partners to acheive this

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes you can on European Tours

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Leonie St  

Delve Deep: New Zealand South Island 2024-25

Good service and good accomodation but as we could

Good service and good accomodation but as we could not pre book activities we missed out. If Topdeck could allow pre booking that would have fixed this issue.

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Jun 21, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024
$2349 $2008 (USD)

Operator discount: -$235 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$106 (USD)

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Jul 12, 2024 - Jul 21, 2024
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Operator discount: -$235 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$106 (USD)

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Aug 09, 2024 - Aug 18, 2024
$2419 $2298 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$121 (USD)

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$2419 $2068 (USD)

Operator discount: -$242 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$109 (USD)

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Sep 20, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024
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The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$121 (USD)

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Nov 08, 2024 - Nov 17, 2024
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Dec 13, 2024 - Dec 22, 2024
$2489 $2365 (USD)

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Jan 03, 2025 - Jan 12, 2025
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Mar 07, 2025 - Mar 16, 2025
$2489 $2365 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$124 (USD)

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  • Free Date Changes

    Topdeck allows you to make 1000 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Topdeck allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform topdeck, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Topdeck requires a minimum deposit of 60 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of topdeck charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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