Day 1 : WELLINGTON > PICTON > KAIKOURA
You’ll kick off your trip experiencing what’s regarded as one of the most beautiful inter-island crossings in the world, the Cook Straight (included). Arriving into Picton, we’ll hit the road into the South Island journeying through the dreamy Marlborough region, home to more vineyards than your eyes can see. Stopping off for a tasting along the way (included) we’ll then head onto Kaikoura to spot wildlife and experience local cuisine.
Day 2 : KAIKOURA > CHRISTCHURCH
Start the day with a sleep-in or for the more adventurous head out to sea to witness spectacular marine life such as dolphins, whales, albatrosses and so much more. (Not included.) Around mid-morning we’ll head up the Kaikoura Peninsula walkway to experience the seal colony (included). After a morning experiencing a real life Planet Earth episode we’ll cruise to the diverse city of Christchurch where we will go on a walking tour of the city (included) to learn about the street art, see the blooming botanical gardens, and learn about the history of a city that’s experienced so much in recent times.
Day 3 : CHRISTCHURCH > LAKE TEKAPO
Saying goodbye to Christchurch we’ll hit the road and cruise into the magnificent Mackenzie Country, home to Lake Tekapo. Here we will visit the charming stone Church of the Good Shepherd (included), sat next to the breathtakingly blue waters of the lake framed with colourful lupins. As night falls, we will visit the ‘Dark Sky Project’ situated amongst the UNESCO Dark Sky reserve. (Included!)
Day 4 : TEKAPO > MOUNT COOK > WANAKA
Cruising past the ‘powerade factory’ Lake Pukaki we head for Mount Cook village where we will hike the Hooker Valley Walk (included) which has breath-taking views which will break the internet. Here you will have the opportunity to experience the Tasman Glacier by helicopter or take a scenic flight through the Aoraki National Park. From mid- morning, we will continue to cruise through the National Park, through the stunning Lindas Pass through to Wanaka.
Day 5 : WANAKA > QUEENSTOWN
Here in Wanaka, we will have the morning to hike the famous Roys Peak (included), snap ‘That Wanaka tree’ or climb Mount Iron (included). For the more daring in the group there’s the option to experience a via ferrata ‘Wild Wire’ or hit up the lakeside trails on a mountain bike. Late afternoon, you can catch your breath in the back of the bus as we cruise through the Crown ranges and head for the adrenaline fuelled Queenstown. We’ll end the day heading up the Gondola (included) for a tasty dinner at the ‘Skyline’ overlooking Queenstown.
Day 6 : QUEENSTOWN
Carrying on the adrenaline pumping theme, you have a full day to fill with activities that suit all budgets and appetites for adventure. Try your hand at activities such as white water rafting, bungy jumping, skydiving, jet-boating or paragliding… if you dream it, it probably exists here in Queenstown. Speak to your Guide who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Day 7 : QUEENSTOWN
Today we will head out into the heartlands of Otago to the picturesque town of Glenorchy to experience a scenic landscape brimming with southern charm.
Day 8 : QUEENSTOWN > FRANZ JOSEF
Leaving bright and early we leave behind Queenstown and set off for Franz Josef. This is one of the most scenic drives of your tour. We’ll cruise by the breath-taking Lake Hawea, past the aptly named ‘Blue Pools’ and visit the pounding Thunder Creek Falls before visiting Lake Matheson; a spot that makes a mockery of Instagram filters. We’ll then arrive in Franz Josef where we’ll retire to a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself.
Day 9 : Franz Josef
Today's free day in Franz Josef where you have the opportunity to experience a Heli-Hike to the famous Glacier or you can explore this lush corner of New Zealand (for free) on foot and hit up the many trails in the area. For those wanting something a little more special to take home with them; passengers can head up the road to nearby Hokitika to carve their own greenstone necklace (pounamu).
Day 10 : Franz Josef > Arthurs Pass > Christchurch
On your final day we will cruise through the Arthur’s Pass National Park, a landscape of two halves. On the eastern side you'll see wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast swathes of beech forest. Descend the western side and you venture through dense rainforest alongside and over deeply gorged rivers. Along this road we will stop off at the Devil’s Punch Bowl and the breath-taking Castle Hill. (Included.) You tour will end in Christchurch, a small city with a big heart.