18-to-Thirtysomethings: New Zealand South Island Encompassed (ONSE)
Countries Visited: New Zealand Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 20, avg 16
Meals Included: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Hostels (7 nts), basic hotels (3 nts), basic lodges (4 nts), floating boat hostel (1 nt in summer, cabin in winter months). Most nights are multi-share.
Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fjords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, cycle the Otago Rail Trail.
Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one gos New Zealand's South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, kayaking, 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. Uniques You bet.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2020|
|Day 1||Wellington||Day 1 Wellington|
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Check out New Zealands 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: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Big Night Out
|Day 2||Abel Tasman National Park||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||Day 3 Abel Tasman National Park (1B)|
Hike and explore Abel Tasmans golden beaches and waterways. Included Activities: Abel Tasman National Park Walk
|Day 4||Westport||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||Franz Josef||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||Day 6 Franz Josef (1B)|
Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.
|Day 7||Queenstown||Day 7 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)|
Visit the adventure capital of the world-Queenstown. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)
|Days 8-9||Queenstown||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 (late April - early Nov) 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||Doubtful Sound||Day 10 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound. Additional Notes: Depending on weather the walk and kayak may be reversed to fall on different days. Included Activities: Fiordland National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
|Day 11||Wedderburn||Day 11 Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery (seasonal), then travel to Central Otago. Additional Notes: Due to cold weather during the winter months (approx May to late September), we will be going on a three hour nature cruise in Doubtful Sound instead of kayaking in the area. Included Activities: Kayaking Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)
|Day 12||Wedderburn||Day 12 Wedderburn (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||Christchurch||Day 13 Wedderburn/Christchurch (1B)|
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)
|Day 14||Kaikoura||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. Additional Notes: As a result of the recent earthquake in New Zealand, groups departing before Jan 18, 2018 will be rerouted to Picton or Nelson instead of Kaikoura today. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
|Day 15||Wellington||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||Day 16 Wellington (1B)|
We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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