Highlights
  • Share amazing moments with your fellow travellers. As you'll be in a small group, the trip retains a fun, personalised atmosphere throughout
  • Spend several nights in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, where's you'll have tonnes of time to explore
  • Cruise Milford Sound watching out for he spectacular views.
  • Franz Josef Glacier is every adventurer's dream. Take a guided hike across the glacier, get your blood pumping on a quad bike ride around the area or enjoy unrivalled views on a scenic flight

Hike the Franz Josef Glacier, enjoy a cruise through Milford Sound, view New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook, and go wild in Queenstown - the extreme adventure capital of the world. There's so much to do in New Zealand's South Island, this is bound to be an unforgettable travel experience and a rollicking adventure. Where do you sign up? Right here!

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First and foremost our group’s health and safety were paramount to our tour leaders. The locals were unbelievably friendly and when I headed off on my own at times it was an uplifting experience with no security concerns.
The highlights for me were, our stay at the Rabaul Hotel where the staff were welcoming, the food amazing, the atmosphere relaxed, our overnight homestay at the Duke of York Island group ( Mioko Is.) where you are treated by the locals as though you were a brother or sister (or grandfather in my case!) , swimming alongside dolphins at around 5 knots in mask and snorkel while hanging onto a rope as our boat kept pace with the pod, the early morning beach-side arrival of villagers in their boats and canoes, the Mask Festival, the Fire Dance, exploring the historical sites and being welcomed into a culture in a way that has left a treasure of wonderful memories. All of this while being looked after by a group of friendly, competent and humble tour guides. The way our small group laughed, encouraged and looked out for each other was a very positive part of the experience.

Thank you Intrepid and thank you Alan, Lloyd (and his mum!) Jerry, Eli, Stephen, Trevearn, Leo, Thomas, Zebulon, John, Yolanda and all the others who assisted in this wonderful tour.
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it was brilliant, ive never really camped September 2015

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it was brilliant, ive never really camped before ,now ready to book the darwin to perth, _x000D_
it was all just brilliant , can't believe i did it,_x000D_
i thought i loved India [ done 8 tours there] but now need to ditch the o/s brochures and work my way around the aus one
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well balanced between action, information given by September 2015

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well balanced between action, information given by the guide, silence_x000D_
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I would just point people directly to September 2015

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I would just point people directly to adventure tours

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I'm 60yrs old and the other 6 September 2015

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I'm 60yrs old and the other 6 travellers were all in their 20's. They were a wonderful fun group who connected so well. Cheif, our tour guide topped it off. He was a wonderful cook, incredibly knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure everyone felt looked after. I especially liked the way he kept his eyes open for happenings in the wild eg wedge tailed eagles feeding, an obscure lizard, or wold horses. Things as an Australian I take for granted but were much appreciated by our visitors. _x000D_
It was a perfect time to be in the Outback weather wise. Cold at night but magnificent during the day._x000D_
Loved sleeping in the swags, sitting around the fire and learning so much about my own country that I wasn't aware of. Also interesting to hear about the journeys of the younger travellers and their perspective of Australia.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Christchurch

Kia-ora! Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early into the city, there's a whole new range of pop up cafes, restaurants and bars to run through. Christchurch has hit the ground running and it's a great chance to get your bearings of this resilient city. Your evening is the free to do as you wish, before settling into your accommodation for the night. Note: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive to the welcome meeting in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Day 2 Punakaiki

Depart Christchurch early in the morning and head over the fertile Canterbury Plains, heading for the mountains. Leave the dry earth of the east coast and cross the dividing range to go down to the lush, green west coast. The countryside changes radically, as great deep blue rivers spring from the steep mountainsides. On arrival to Punakaiki, perhaps talk a walk out to Pancake Rocks and watch the power of the waves as they crash against the rocks. In the evening, drive onto Greymouth where you'll spend the night. Notes: Total driving distance is around five hours (approximately 300kms). Total distance walked is approximately two to three kilometres.

Day 3 Franz Josef

The drive down the coast later today is beautiful. You have plenty of time in the morning and afternoon to take part in optional activities, before leaving for Franz Josef Glacier along the coast of forests, lakes and hidden beaches. Pull into Franz Josef in the evening and relax before tomorrow's activities. Your evening is free, so possibly head out for dinner with the group. Notes: Total driving distance takes around three hours (approximately 180kms).

Day 4 Franz Josef

After breakfast this morning, your day is free to do as much or as little as you please. There are plenty of amazing optional activities to keep you busy, such as a guided hike across a glacier, kayaking, taking a spin on a quad bike or enjoying unrivaled views of the region on a scenic flight (at your own cost). Notes: Total driving time is around 30 minutes (approximately 10kms). Total distance walked will be between one and five kilometres.

Day 5 Queenstown

After breakfast, drive the remainder of the west coast and climb up through the Haast Pass into the Southern Alps (approximately four to five hours). This is a stunning drive with fantastic views of the mountains, rivers and lakes. Arriving into Queenstown in the late afternoon, enjoy dinner with the rest of your night free. Over the next few days, you'll see and experience a place that's widely acknowledged as being the extreme activity capital of the world. There is simply no end to the line up of optional activities including bungy-jumping, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, helicopter rides, jet boating and paragliding. Note: Total driving time is around five and a half hours (approximately 360kms). Total distance walked is around one to two kilometres.

Day 6-7 Queenstown

Today is free to take part in as many optional activities as you want. Queenstown will spoil you for choice, as the undisputed adventure capital of New Zealand. Jet boat, bungee jump, paraglide, kayak, mountain bike, ski or river raft - there's so much to do in this grand place (all activities are at own expense). This evening, head out for an included dinner at the renowned Skyline Restaurant - Stratosfare. Notes: Total driving time is around one hour (approximately 10kms). Walking distance will depend on what activities you take part in.

Day 8 Milford Sound

Head out after breakfast and take a break from the adrenaline rush of Queenstown, as you drive to Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) to board your cruise boat for a trip through the fjords. This place is stunning with tall mountain peaks (spot Mitre Peak - Rahotu) and Stirling and Lady Bowen Falls, as well as numerous temporary waterfalls after rain. Continue on to Te Anau . Notes: Total driving time is around 6 hours.

Day 9-10 Mt Cook

Be dwarfed by spectacular Aoraki (Mt Cook) which, at an impressive 3,754 m (12,316 ft), is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Explore meadows, lakes, streams and glaciers that shelter the world's only alpine parrot, the kea.

Day 11 Christchurch

This morning we depart Mt Cook in the morning making our way to Christchurch where your adventure concludes at around 6 pm. Please take this into consideration when booking any onward flights. Notes: Total driving time is around five hours (approximately 325kms).

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$ 283 per day
 
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Nov-04-2018Nov-14-2018$ 3,115Yes6 spots left Reserve
Nov-15-2018Nov-25-2018$ 3,115Yes6 spots left Reserve
Nov-28-2018Dec-08-2018$ 3,115Yes9 spots left Reserve
Dec-09-2018Dec-19-2018$ 3,115Yes11 spots left Reserve
Dec-23-2018Jan-02-2019$ 3,115Yes11 spots left Reserve
Jan-03-2019Jan-13-2019$ 3,115Yes7 spots left Reserve
Jan-16-2019Jan-26-2019$ 3,115Yes6 spots left Reserve
Jan-27-2019Feb-06-2019$ 3,115Yes11 spots left Reserve
Feb-10-2019Feb-20-2019$ 3,115Yes12 spots left Reserve
Feb-21-2019Mar-03-2019$ 3,115Yes11 spots left Reserve
Mar-06-2019Mar-16-2019$ 3,115Yes14 spots left Reserve
Mar-17-2019Mar-27-2019$ 3,115Yes9 spots left Reserve
Apr-11-2019Apr-21-2019$ 3,115No15 spots left Reserve
Oct-16-2019Oct-26-2019$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Oct-29-2019Nov-08-2019$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Nov-09-2019Nov-19-2019$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Nov-23-2019Dec-03-2019$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Dec-04-2019Dec-14-2019$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Dec-17-2019Dec-27-2019$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Dec-28-2019Jan-07-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Jan-11-2020Jan-21-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Jan-22-2020Feb-01-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Feb-04-2020Feb-14-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Feb-15-2020Feb-25-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Feb-29-2020Mar-10-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Mar-11-2020Mar-21-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Mar-24-2020Apr-03-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
Apr-29-2020May-09-2020$ 3,305Yes15 spots left Reserve
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Details
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportVan
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Accomodations
Lodge (10 nts)
Start City
Christchurch
End City
Christchurch
Guides All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. In New Zealand your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a coaster vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Our crew are chosen for their driving skills, their knowledge of the country, their personality, and of course their leadership abilities. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.
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Finish point

  • Breakfree Christchurch
  • 165 Cashel St
  • Christchurch
  • Christchurch
  • 8011
  • NEW ZEALAND
  • Phone: +64 800 448 891

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