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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 1,549 $ 141 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • Mountain bike in Arrowtown
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • Mountain bike in Arrowtown
  • Arrow River bike trails
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Visit Kaikoura Peninsula & seal colony
  • Marlborough wine tasting
  • Visit Fiordland National Park
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Arrow River bike trails
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Marlborough Wine Tasting
  • Visit Kaikoura Peninsula & seal colony
  • Visit Fiordland National Park

Short Description

It’s safe to say that the Kiwis don’t do things by halves, and this trip is no exception. Not for the faint-hearted, adrenalin sports are the name of the game for this adventure. The stunning scenery and epic wildlife doesn’t let up either. Ready to take on New Zealand? And, GO!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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Trip Includes

  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • 1 night in a hotel, 1 night in a hostel, 4 nights in motels, 3 nights in lodges, 1 night in a cabin
  • Cook Strait ferry crossing
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew

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Itinerary

Day 1

Today we’ll cross the Cook Strait by ferry and sail into the blue waters of Marlborough Sound. Hop off in Picton and you’ll find out why this region has become so famous for its wine (and scenery).

Included today:
-Cook Strait ferry crossing

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 2

Explore the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park by boat, take to the walking tracks, paddle along the shoreline in ocean kayaks, or see it all from above with a skydive. This is a real South Island gem, so get amongst it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit Abel Tasman National Park
-Hiking
-Kayaking
-Skydiving

Day 3

This place is famous for producing some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Today, see if you agree with an included tour and tasting at a Marlborough winery. As we carry on down the coast, try to spot a New Zealand fur seal or two in Kaikoura.

Included today:
-Wine tasting in Marlborough

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 4

Few places in the world can boast such natural wonders as Kaikoura. Get amongst it today with some unique optional activities. There’s optional whale watching and swimming with the resident dusky dolphins today. Then: after an orientation tour in Christchurch, the city is yours to wander.

Included today:
-Christchurch orientation tour

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Whale watching
-Swim with dolphins

Day 5

The Canterbury Plains make for pretty window views today – but we’ll be in mountain territory in no time. We’ll make a pit stop by the stunning Lake Matheson en route to Fox Glacier. Fingers crossed for good weather so you can see NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in the mirror-like lake!

Included today:
-Visit Lake Matheson
-Stay in the Fox glacier region

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 6

Hit up NZ's most famous glacier with an optional guided terminal face walk or heli-hike. Then, we’ll journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea as we roll into Queenstown. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then be free! The nightlife here is unreal. Trust us.

Included today:
-Queenstown orientation tour

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Heli-hike
-Guided terminal face walk

Day 7

Queenstown has sooo many adrenalin-fuelled activities to try. Question is, how many can you fit in to your time here? You could try bungy jumping, a canyon swing, skydiving, hiking or the skyline gondola. Hungry after all of that adventuring? Don’t miss Fergburger, Queenstown’s famous burger joint. The queues are worth it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Bungy jumping
-Canyon swinging
-Skydiving
-Skiing in winter
-Hang-gliding
-Ziplining
-Whitewater rafting
-Half day hike
-Scenic helicopter flights

Day 8

It’s time for the main event! We’re headed to the unbelievable beauty of NZ’s southwestern fjords for a cruise through Milford Sound. This place comes complete with thundering waterfalls and towering cliffs that’ll blow your mind. Keep your eyes peeled for resident seals and dolphins too (cute).

Included activities:
-Cruise Milford Sound

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 9

Our hot tip for your last day here? Sign up for a jet boat ride or some rafting (both optional). For dinner, why not try the yummy pizzas at Winnie’s before a final night out on the town? Let’s gooo!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Rafting

Day 10

Hop on a bike and ride past mountains, lakes and rivers in Arrowtown on the most spectacular ride on the Queenstown trail. Crossing the 80 m suspension bridge, get ready for open farmland and stunning views.

Included today:
-Mountain bike in Arrowtown

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 11

It may be our last day, but there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a visit to a real working farm. We’ll tuck into afternoon tea with the owners before moving on to Christchurch to say our goodbyes.

Included today:
-Visit a local farm

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

And so the journey begins! The Canterbury Plains make for pretty window views today – but we’ll be in mountain territory in no time. We’ll make a pit stop by the stunning Lake Matheson en route to Fox Glacier. Fingers crossed for good weather so you can see New Zealand’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in the mirror-like lake!

Included today:
-Visit Lake Matheson
-Stay in the Fox Glacier region

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Hit up New Zealand's most famous glacier with an optional guided terminal face walk or heli-hike. Then, we’ll journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea as we roll into Queenstown. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then be free! The nightlife here is unreal. Trust us.

Included today:
-Queenstown orientation tour

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Heli-hike
-Ice walk

Day 3

Queenstown has sooo many adrenalin-fuelled activities to try. Question is, how many can you fit in to your time here? You could try bungy jumping, a canyon swing, skydiving, hiking or the skyline gondola. Hungry after all of that adventuring? Don’t miss Fergburger, Queenstown’s famous burger joint. The queues are worth it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Bungy jumping
-Canyon swinging
-Horse riding
-Skydiving
-Skiing in winter
-Hang-gliding
-Ziplining
-Whitewater rafting
-Half day hike
-Scenic helicopter flights

Day 4

It’s time for the main event! We’re headed to the unbelievable beauty of New Zealand’s southwestern fjords for a cruise through Milford Sound. This place comes complete with thundering waterfalls and towering cliffs that’ll blow your mind. Keep your eyes peeled for resident seals and dolphins too (cute).

Included activities:
-Cruise Milford Sound

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 5

Our hot tip for your last day here? Sign up for a jet boat ride or some rafting (both optional). For dinner, why not try the yummy pizzas at Winnie’s before a final night out on the town? Let’s gooo!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Rafting

Day 6

Bye Queenstown, you’ve been epic. On our way to Lake Ohau you'll get the chance to hop on a bike and take on the most spectacular ride on the Queenstown trail. Cross the 80 m suspension bridge and take in the stunning, open farmland, mountain and river views.

Included today:
-Mountain bike in Arrowtown

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 7

We’re headed to Christchurch today. But not before squeezing in a visit to a real working farm. We’ll tuck into afternoon tea with the owners before moving on to Christchurch.

Included today:
-Visit a local farm

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 8

Before leaving Christchurch, we’ve got an orientation tour on the cards. Then it’s onwards to beautiful Kaikoura. Few places in the world can boast such natural wonders as Kaikoura. Once here, you’ll have the unique opportunity to swim with the resident dusky dolphins. There’s also whale watching on the cards too. Eeek!

Included today:
-Christchurch orientation tour

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Whale watching
-Swim with dolphins

Day 9

Try to spot a New Zealand fur seal or two in Kaikoura. Then, we’re on to Nelson. But first we’ll stop for an included tour and tasting at a Marlborough winery. Famous for producing some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc, come check it out for yourself.

Included today:
-Wine tasting in Marlborough

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 10

Explore the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park by boat, take to the walking tracks, paddle along the shoreline in ocean kayaks, or see it all from above with a skydive. This is a real South Island gem, so get amongst it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit Abel Tasman National Park
-Hiking
-Kayaking
-Skydiving

Day 11

Today we’ll cross the Cook Strait by ferry and sail into the blue waters of Marlborough Sound. Hop off in Wellington and get ready to experience the big city with a chilled out feel. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then go exploring. Our top tips? The incredible Te Papa Museum and the pretty botanical gardens. Don’t miss the nightlife here. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, what better way to spend the night?

Included today:
-Cook Strait ferry crossing
-Orientation tour in Wellington

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit the Te Papa Museum
-Visit the botanical gardens

Day 1

Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch the shades of green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and Pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be.

Included today:
-Visit Lake Matheson

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Today's your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Fox Glacier hikes
-Helicopter scenic flights

Day 3

Here's some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities-you have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with a bungy jump , a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, hiking or horse riding. If you're bored here, there's something wrong.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Bungy jumping
-Canyon swinging
-Horse riding
-Skydiving
-Skiing in winter
-Ziplining
-Whitewater rafting

Day 4

Free day, take two. Jump off more stuff or chill out and let your pulse drop. Your call.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Bungy jumping
-Canyon swinging
-Horse riding
-Skydiving
-Skiing in winter
-Ziplining
-Whitewater rafting

Day 5

You might already be a little desensitised to the otherworldly beauty of NZ but when you see the fjords for the first time, it’s okay to enter a total Instagram meltdown! Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.


Included today:
-Milford Sound nature cruise
-Visit Fiordland National Park

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Today jump on a bike and cruise along the Arrow River Rail Trail. Then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.

Included today:
-Mountain bike ride (13km/2hrs) along Arrow River

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 7

Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It's about as Kiwi as 'fush and chups' (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog. Then on to Christchurch, which has recovered from the 2011 Earthquake and bounced back with new pop-up bars and a shopping precinct, with still more to come.

Included today:
-Visit Mount Cook Village (weather dependent)
-Scenic walk

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 8

From NZ’s ‘Garden City’ and and through the North Canterbury vineyards, we’ll head into Kaikoura. A place so famous for a certain type of crustacean, that they stuck it in the name (Kai = Food, Koura = Crayfish / Lobster). You’ll walk across the site of an ancient Maori Pa (fortified village), and get to taste what all the fuss is about with a crayfish tester.

Included today:
-Kaikoura Peninsula walk
-Crayfish tasting

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 9

Here’s a place where you won’t mind getting up a little earlier than usual. Today’s your day to head out to see and swim amongst hundreds of wild dolphins and see whales in their natural habitat. Heck, even the sunrise here is the thing dreams are made of. This afternoon, we dial up the cute as we check out Ohau Point and some of the sweetest sea creatures you’ll ever lay your eyes on (NZ fur Seals). Then we hit the road for the top of the South, Nelson.

Included today:
-Ohau Point seal colony

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Dolphin swimming
-Whale watching
-Seal swimming

Day 10

Dense forest, snow capped mountains and acres of pinot noir grapes. Green, white and red… no wonder Nelson has been referred to as the Naples of the southern hemisphere. Skydive, kayak or go treasure hunting in Nelson's galleries. Round out the day with a traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner catered by yours truly. Not bad, Nelson. Not bad.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Kayaking
-Skydiving

Day 11

Wake up and fall straight into the arms of the world's best Sauv Blanc for a private tasting in a family-owned vineyard. With postcard-perfect vistas and 35,000 hectares under vines, it's a slice of heaven. Next up: a ferry through Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to the capital of New Zealand (no, it's not Auckland!). With more bars, restaurants and cafes per capita than New York in Wellington tonight, you won't be bored.

Included today:
-Cook Strait ferry crossing
-Marlborough wine tasting

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

Ferry across the Cook Strait through Marlborough Sounds and into the arms of the world's best Sauvignon Blanc for a private tasting in a family-owned vineyard. Work out how many bottles you can fit in your suitcase without breaking your back. With postcard-perfect vistas and 35,000 hectares under vines, it's a slice of heaven.

Included today:
-Cook Strait ferry crossing
-Marlborough wine tasting

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Dense forest, snow-capped mountains and acres of pinot noir grapes. Green, white and red… no wonder Nelson has been referred to as the Naples of the southern hemisphere. Throw clay or wield a paintbrush in the creative artist hub. Skydive, kayak or go treasure hunting in Nelson's galleries. Round out the day with a traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner catered by yours truly. Not bad, Nelson. Not bad.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Kayaking
-Skydiving

Day 3

Today we head back through the Rai Valley and Marlborough Wine Region to the coast bound for the Kaikoura peninsula. Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea right here. This afternoon we can tackle the elements on the very scenic Kaikoura Peninsula Walk and seafood fans can settle in for some deliciously fresh crayfish (Kai = food, Koura = crayfish).

Included today:
-Kaikoura Peninsula walk
-Crayfish tasting

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 4

Make some marine mates and brace yourself for the optional triple threat of dolphin swimming, seal swimming or whale watching. Then, on to Christchurch. The rebuild of this city is now really taking shape and bounced back with new pop-up bars and a shopping precinct, with still more to come.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Dolphin swimming
-Whale watching
-Seal swimming

Day 5

Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch 50 shades of green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and Pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be.

Included today:
-Visit Lake Matheson

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 6

Today's your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Fox Glacier hikes
-Helicopter scenic flights

Day 7

Here's some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities. You have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with a bungy jump, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, hiking or horse riding. If you're bored here, there's something wrong.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Bungy jumping
-Canyon swinging
-Horse riding
-Skydiving
-Skiing in winter
-Ziplining
-Whitewater rafting

Day 8

Free day, take two. Jump off more stuff or chill out and let your pulse drop. Your call.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Bungy jumping
-Canyon swinging
-Horse riding
-Skydiving
-Skiing in winter
-Ziplining
-Whitewater rafting

Day 9

By now you might be becoming a little desensitised to the otherworldly beauty of NZ but when you see the fjords for the first time, it’s okay to enter a total Instagram meltdown! Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.

Included today:
-Milford Sound nature cruise
-Visit Fiordland National Park

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 10

Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with a venison pie and a central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.

Included today:
-Mountain Bike ride along Arrow River

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 11

Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It's about as Kiwi as 'fush and chups' (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog. Then back to into the city of Christchurch as our trip winds to a close.

Included today:
-Visit Mount Cook Village (weather dependent)
-Scenic walks

Meals:
-Breakfast

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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