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Starting From AU$934.00
Starting From AU$934.00

Bottoms Up

You can climb the worlds steepest street, go walking on a glacier, relax on the beach, go whale watching, see an abundance of wildlife and experience a huge range of adrenaline activities. With this pass you'll get to see all of the most amazing parts of New Zealand's South Island

Overnight stops:​

Franz Josef
Queenstown (Milford Sound)
Lake Tekapo


Day 1 : Christchurch - Nelson
Today will see you travel over the Lewis Pass - the northernmost of the three main passes across the Southern Alps. It is higher than the Haast Pass, and slightly lower than Arthur's Pass. State Highway 7 traverses the pass on its route between north Canterbury and the West Coast; it passes through extensive unmodified beech forest. The pass is the saddle between the valleys of the Maruia River to the northwest and the Lewis River to the southeast. The saddle is located close to the small spa of Maruia Springs. The Lewis Pass is named after Henry Lewis who, together with Christopher Maling, was the first European to discover the pass, in April 1860 while working as a surveyor of the Nelson Provincial Survey Department. Before this time the pass was used by the Ngāi Tahu Māori of Canterbury to transport Pounamu (greenstone) from the west coast. The area around Lewis Pass is protected as a national reserve.
Meals :None

Day 2 : Nelson - Abel Tasman
Only a short drive, we make our way to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can simply wile away the evening on the golden sand beach just metres from your accommodation. Kaiteriteri is a great spot to begin an adventure (on foot, by kayak or by water taxi) into the Abel Tasman National Park.
Meals :None

Day 3 : Abel Tasman - Westport
Travel through snow-capped mountains and fantastic lakes on your journey towards the wild West Coast. Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri, looking out for the local marine wildlife; or catch a water taxi to one of the bays in the Abel Tasman National Park to go for a morning stroll in the native New Zealand forest. This afternoon we stop at the iconic Nelson Lakes on the way to Westport so you can get your legendary wharf jumping shot before hitting surf town Westport.
Meals :None

Day 4 : Westport - Lake Mahinapua
Explore the rugged West Coast of NZ, see the Pancake Rocks and spend the night in a traditional West Coast pub! Today we start our journey down spectacular State Highway 6, that stretches 435 kilometres along the rugged Tasman shoreline. The road winds through a diverse series of landscapes which never cease to amaze. Highlights today include the Cape Foulwind seal colony walk, rugged beaches, and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Tonights unique accommodation is a chance to enjoy a delicious group meal and bond with your bus mates.
Meals :None

Day 5 : Lake Mahinapua - Franz Josef
Continue along the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand through forests and past the towering Southern Alps to glacier country. After breakfast at Lake Mahinapua we hit the road on our way to Franz Josef. Franz Josef is the northern gateway to Te Wahipounamu, the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage area. The region includes Aoraki/Mount Cook, Westland Tai Poutini, Mount Aspiring, the Fiordland National Parks, and surrounding conservation lands. We factor in a free day in Franz Josef so that you can get out there and experience what Franz Josef has to offer. It’s a wicked spot and whatever you get out and do, you will be blown away by the views of the glacier and Alps.
Meals :None

Day 6 : Franz Josef (Extra Day)
We recommend staying an extra night in Franz Josef because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner. Today is your chance to hike on Franz Josef Glacier, rated as one of the top three activities in New Zealand by Kiwi Experience passengers. You could also enjoy a scenic heli-flight over the glacier, go horseback riding, kayaking or explore the various walks in the area.
Meals :None

Day 7 : Franz Josef - Wanaka
Journey to the magical Southern Lakes region to take the time to chill by beautiful Lake Wanaka. We start out early in order to catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. We then cruise down the last stretch of Highway 6, stopping at popular scenic spots along the way. Then it’s into Mount Aspiring National Park, arriving in the awe-inspiring destination of Wanaka in the afternoon.
Meals :None

Day 8 : Wanaka - Queenstown
Adventure capital of New Zealand…and the world! What more do we need to say! Before we leave Wanaka get your brain working at Puzzling World and then its on to the world’s first commercial bungy site - the Kawarau Bridge. Only the brave will sign themselves up for this iconic NZ activity. On arrival in Queenstown we will head down to the spectacular waterfront before it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s infamous nightlife with all the crew!
Meals :None

Day 9 : Queenstown (Extra day)
We recommend staying an extra night in Queenstown because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner. Queenstown is one of the most amazing places on Earth. No matter what time of the year it is rated as one of our passenger’s favourite spots. Take the time to spend a few days here as it is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Make the most of the beautiful lake and surrounding walks, or get into a whole range of adrenalin pumping activities. If there was one activity that you couldn’t miss it would be the day trip to Milford Sound, commonly referred to as The Eighth Wonder of the World.
Meals :None

Day 10 : Queenstown - Milford - Invercargill (Deep South)
Depart Queenstown with Kiwi Experience and complete Milford Explorer day trip. Meet Deep South bus on route back to Queenstown and head to Invercargill for the night. Travel on the Kiwi Experience Milford Explorer day trip and enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound – one of the eight wonders of the world in Fiordland National Park – a UNESCO World heritage area. Your Driver Guide will connect you with the Bottom Bus en route back to Queenstown and you will continue on to Invercargill for the night.
Meals :None

Day 11 : Invercargill - Bluff – The Catlins - Dunedin (Deep South)
Travel from Invercargill to Bluff (transfers to Stewart Island available), then on through The Catlins, and to Dunedin for the night. This exciting full day starts with a visit to the world famous Bluff signpost. Bluff is also the location for all transfers on to Stewart Island. We then travel through The Catlins, along the very southeast of the South Island. The Catlins is home to a spectacular array of natural attractions and wildlife including penguins, seal, seal-lions and dolphins to name a few. Bush and beach walks, wildlife encounters and wilderness at its best topped with a few awesome lighthouses. We arrive in Dunedin early evening.
Meals :None

Day 12 : Dunedin - Queenstown (Deep South)
Enjoy a morning in Dunedin with a midday departure towards Queenstown with various stops throughout Central Otago on the way. A free morning which gives you time to explore central Dunedin by foot and take in the Cadbury World Chocolate Factory tour before hitting the road back to Queenstown. We do visit the world's steepest street before we leave town and farewell our Scarfie (= student) mates that make up a big part of the culture in this City of Learning. We follow the Clutha River to Queenstown through some beautiful fruit and wine growing terrain to arrive in Queenstown by late afternoon.
Meals :None

Day 13 : Queenstown - Lake Tekapo
Discover the untouched beauty and crystal clear skies in the world's largest dark sky reserve. We head out of Queenstown, through the Lindis Pass, so get your cameras ready because this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. After stopping to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, we travel to Lake Tekapo with its amazing location by snow-capped alps and clear starry skies. Lake Tekapo has something for everyone - relaxing at the lakeside and taking in the untouched view, soaking in the hot springs, discovering one of the many scenic walkways or checking out the mind-boggling stars in what is the world’s largest dark sky reserve.
Meals :None

Day 14 : Lake Tekapo - Christchurch
A day of contrasts from snowy peaks to fertile plains home to the Garden City. We have a straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand. Witness a city rebuilding and flourishing in the wake of the 2011 earthquakes. Check out the funky Re:Start Mall and keep your eyes peeled for the sweet pop-up bars around the city.
Meals :None

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Minimum travel time 14 days
Maximum travel time 12 months from the first day of travel