New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and€tivity, 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.
Day 1 Wellington
Arrive at any time.
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.
Day 3 Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L)
Sea kayak in Abel Tasman out to the edge of the park.
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.
Day 5 Westland District/Franz Josef (1B)
Transfer to Franz Josef, stopping for a walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon en route. Enjoy free time for optional€tivities such as hiking and checking out the stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 6 Franz Josef (1B)
A free day for optional€tivities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking 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€tivities available. Opt to go mountain biking, skydiving, or check out the giant maze and optical illusions of Puzzling World.
Day 8 Wanaka/Queenstown (1B)
Continue onto the “adventure capital of the world,” Queenstown.
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.
Day 10 Queenstown
Enjoy a free day for optional€tivities 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.
Day 12 Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B)
Morning departure to Central Otago to spend the afternoon cycling 42km (26 mi) along the historic Otago Rail Trail.
Day 13 Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B)
Drive through breathtaking Central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch in the evening.
Day 14 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)
Transfer to Kaikoura, with optional whale- or dolphin-watching in the afternoon.
Day 15 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)
Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.
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