Highlights
  • Kayak in the waters of abel tasman national park
  • Try exhilarating adventures in queenstown
  • Cruise through milford sound
  • Cycle along the remote rail trail in central otago
  • Hike the routeburn track

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 Rail Trail in Central Otago. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.

Trip Description
New Zealand - Active South Island
 
Travel Theme
Destinations
Activities
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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New Zealand – South Island Multisport

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Wonderful trip December 2016

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Wonderful trip. There were so many highlights - the South Island is really special.

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Great scenery, Great guide, Great people March 2016

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Great scenery, Great guide, Great people

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The trip was amazing February 2016

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The trip was amazing. New Zealand is an incredible place, and I'll definitely be back again!

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This was my first solo travel with a tour and for me it was an amazing experience and I'm looking forward to my next tour with G adventures February 2016

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This was my first solo travel with a tour and for me it was an amazing experience and I'm looking forward to my next tour with G adventures!

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2nd GA trip for me and both have been excellent. Great CEO, varied and interesting itinerary, well organised travel/accommodation and great activities November 2015

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I had a brilliant time, the trip exceeded my expectations. The included activities and our frequent stops to admire the scenery, take a walk, have a coffee were spot on. I was able to do all the paid activities I wanted to do. The CEO helped make the trip very special and created an environment for all the group to gel and have great fun.
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It's a great way to travel and meet people when time limited June 2015

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A G Adventures tour is a great way to explore a far off destination when you have a limited amount of time. It takes the hassle out of planning a holiday and is great way to meet people. Perfect for solo travellers.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Wellington

Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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

Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Transport: Ferry (3.50 hour(s), 92km) Water taxi

Day 3 Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L)

Start the day with a short hike before setting off from the beach to kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau. Included Activities: Kayaking to Marahau

Day 4 Marahau/Westland District (1B, 1D)

Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Included Activities: Seal Colony Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 5 Westland District/Franz Josef (1B)

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. Included Activities: Okarito Lagoon Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)

Day 6 Franz Josef (1B)

A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, kayaking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 7 Franz Josef/Wanaka (1B)

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. Included Activities: Te Wahipounamu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours, 290km)

Day 8 Wanaka/Queenstown (1B)

Free day 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. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)

Day 9 Queenstown (1B, 1L)

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

Day 10 Queenstown

Enjoy a free day for optional activities in Queenstown.

Day 11 Queenstown/Te Anau

Travel to the fiords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat, then return to Te Anau for the night. Included Activities: Milford Sound Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 120km)

Day 12 Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B)

Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads. Included Activities: Otago Rail Trail Cycling Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 315km)

Day 13 Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B)

Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening. Included Activities: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 520km)

Day 14 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)

Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura. A free afternoon can also be spent 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. Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains. Transport: Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))

Day 15 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival. Additional Notes: Please book any onward travel after 21:00. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 150km) Ferry (3.00 hour(s), 92km)

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Trip Includes
  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour
  • Christchurch Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Ferry crossing to South Island
  • Sea kayaking in Abel Tasman NP
  • Full-day Routeburn Track hiking excursion
  • Fiordland NP visit
  • Cruise through Milford Sound
  • Otago Rail Trail cycling excursion
  • Free time in Franz Josef and Queenstown
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport Ferry, water taxi, kayak, private vehicle, boat, 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
Max 16, avg 12

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.
Accomodations
Hotels/hostels (14 nts, some multi-share).
Multi-share accommodation (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. 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.
Start City
Wellington
End City
Wellington
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 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.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1) Please note that 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 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 2) 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) 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.

Meals

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. 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. 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. Please note that most included breakfasts will be continental style, and consist of cereal, milk, bread and spreads, juice, tea and instant coffee. Having a simple breakfast together most days allows us the flexibility to get on the road early and get from point A to B all that much faster.

Dossier Disclaimer

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 prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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