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New Zealand–South Island Encompassed tour
Abel Tasman National Park Alps New Zealand–South Island Encompassed Trip

New Zealand–South Island Encompassed

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
16 days
From: $ 1,679 $ 105 / day
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  • Explore the trails of abel tasman national park by foot
  • Get an adrenaline rush in queenstown
  • Cruise through the remote fiords of milford sound
  • Cycle the otago rail trail

Short Description

Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, cycling, and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes, including rainforests, glaciers, and some of the most gorgeous coastline you’ll ever see. This trip is exciting even when you’re not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Wellington
End City Wellington


New Zealand

Age Requirement

Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour
  • Christchurch Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Excursion to Abel Tasman National Park
  • Seal colony visit
  • Walks in Abel Tasman National Park and Lake Matheson
  • Milford Sound day cruise
  • Cycling excursion (Central Otago)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Day 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. Included Activities: Meet Your CEO and Group Big Night Out

Day 2 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)

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. Additional Notes: During the winter season (May - Oct), and when there is inclement weather in the summer, we will stay in cabins in a true rural setting on the edge of the park instead of the floating boat hostel. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km) Water taxi (0.50 hour(s)) Ferry (3.50 hour(s), 92km)

Day 3 Abel Tasman National Park (1B)

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways. Included Activities: Abel Tasman National Park Walk

Day 4 Abel Tasman National Park/Westport (1B, 1D)

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night. Included Activities: Seal Colony Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 270km)

Day 5 Westport/Franz Josef (1B, 1D)

Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night. Included Activities: Pancake Rocks Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours, 285km)

Day 6 Franz Josef (1B)

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and kayaking.

Day 7 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 365km)

Days 8-9 Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Queenstown Jet Boating, your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity during your tour, as days are subject to change. Please note - in the winter months (early/mid June to early/mid October) skiing and snowboarding in the Southern Alps is a highlight for any visitor. Most of the optional activities are also available, ask your CEO which ones are in season.

Day 10 Queenstown/Te Anau (1B, 1L)

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. Included Activities: Milford Sound Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 120km)

Day 11 Te Anau/Central Otago (1B, 1D)

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 300km)

Day 12 Central Otago (1B)

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. Included Activities: Biking Otago Rail Trail

Day 13 Wedderburn/Christchurch (1B)

Overnight in the very unique converted jail house. Additional Notes: Central Otago/Christchurch Included Activities: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)

Day 14 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)

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. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))

Day 15 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 150km) Ferry (3.00 hour(s), 92km)

Day 16 Wellington (1B)

We highly recommend post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra. What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart Wellington at 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked this transfer NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected. Included Activities: Departure Day


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private vehicle, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking. Our vans are mini-coaches. Occasionally with smaller group sizes we will use smaller, equally comfortable 13-seater vehicles. All mini-coaches tow a trailer for luggage and camping equipment (when needed). All groups have one CEO/Driver. The vehicles are factory built with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. It is mandatory to wear a seatbelt while riding in our vehicles.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

Max 20, avg 16

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.


Hostels (11 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.


Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. COMBO TRIP This tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures prior to Day one of your tour, and may change between individual tour sections. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour after your trip concludes. 2. WIFI Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to. 3) PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Over public holidays in Australia and New Zealand (such as Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, and Anzac Day) there may be some limitations of services and disruptions to schedules. In general our tours still operate effectively over public holidays, but there may be closures of optional activities and restaurants, and slight itinerary adjustments in order to provide all tour inclusions.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the M/S Expedition or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.

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Meals Included:

13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

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