Starting From AU$1,828.27
Starting From AU$1,828.27

Stray NZ: Mackinnon (Off-Peak Itinerary)

Follow in Mackinnon's footsteps exploring the South Island, taking in the diverse and stunning landscapes, and seeing all the highlights.

Please note:

  • During Winter our Stray Journeys are operated on our hop-on hop-off bus network. This means some passengers on your trip who are travelling on flexible passes will be hopping on and off the bus. Stray Journeys passengers will follow a fixed itinerary with specified inclusions. You can expect to travel on a modern comfortable bus (mid-coach) and to be led by a knowledgeable Driver Guide.
  • No meals are included.
  • All rates are in NZD, per person, and are subject to change.
  • A 15% discount off these rates is available for children aged between 7 - 17 years old travelling with a parent or legal guardian. Stray Journeys are not suited to children under 7 years old.

Day 1 : Christchurch to Kaikoura
Haere mai (welcome)! Your adventure begins when we depart from Christchurch this morning and enjoy a beautiful drive up the coast to seaside Kaikoura. You have the afternoon free for activities to check out the amazing marine wildlife that call this area home. Go on a whale and dolphin spotting tour, search for seals sunning themselves at Goose Bay or walk to the peninsula lookout for breathtaking views. Accommodation included: Warm modern hostel Optional activities: Whale watching by boat or by plane, swimming with dolphins, guided fishing trip Free activities: Walk around the peninsula and up to the lookout
Meals :None

Day 2 : Kaikoura to Picton
Leaving Kaikoura this morning, we wind our way up the rugged coastal roads for the top of the South Island. We arrive into Picton around midday so you have plenty of time to explore this charming port town – go for a walk to take in the stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds or kick back and relax in the spa at your accommodation. Accommodation included: Cosy villa Free activities: Walks and hikes, relax in the accommodation’s spa pool
Meals :None

Day 3 : Picton to Marahau (Abel Tasman)
Enjoy a free morning to relax and explore Picton. There’s time for you to take advantage of the free fishing gear and bikes on offer from the accommodation. You will meet your group at midday and we will cruise through the famous Marlborough vineyard area and the coastal town of Nelson on the way to our amazing overnight stop of Marahau, right on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. Accommodation included: Unique accommodation on the edge of the national park Optional activities: Wine tasting
Meals :None

Day 4 : Free day in Marahau (Abel Tasman)
You have the entire day free to explore this stunning coastal national park renowned for its golden sand beaches. An Aqua Taxi ride is included in your tour, but you are welcome to upgrade to sailing or kayaking. Hike, sail, kayak or skydive – Abel Tasman National Park is gorgeous no matter which option you choose. Accommodation included: Unique accommodation on the edge of the national park. Activities included: Walk part of the Abel Tasman track and catch an Aqua Taxi home. Optional activities: Full day sailing trip, kayaking, skydiving, swim
Meals :None

Day 5 : Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Franz Josef
Buckle up for an awesome day driving down the incredibly scenic ‘wild’ West Coast, an area known for its untamed beaches and spectacular rainforest. We’ll pass through Buller Gorge and down a stretch of road that was labelled one of the top ten drives in the world by Lonely Planet. We’ll view the seal colony at Cape Foulwind before continuing further down the coast to the geographic wonder of Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Here we’ll take a walk around these unique limestone rock formations and stop for a bite of lunch. Our next stop is the historic gold mining town of Greymouth to collect passengers connecting from Christchurch. From here we’ll continue on, via Hokitika, to the quaint township of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation included: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest Free activities: Buller Gorge, Cape Foulwind Seal Colony, Pancake Rocks and Blow holes, Hokitika greenstone store
Meals :None

Day 6 : Free day in Franz Josef
Enjoy a full free day to explore the glacier. Live your glacier walking dream with a guided tour through a world of ice on the glacier or hike from town to view it from below, then unwind in the relaxing spa pools afterwards. Accommodation included: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest Optional activities: Guided Glacier Heli-hike, Glacier Valley Walk Free Activities: Any of the good bush walks in the area
Meals :None

Day 7 : Franz Josef to Wanaka
Depart early to take a walk to the mirror-like Lake Matheson, stop at Fox Glacier for pickups, and then travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora. We pass by the beautiful Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka late afternoon.  Accommodation: Central hostel Free Activities: Lake Matheson walk, Ship Creek walk, Blue Pools walk, Thundercreek Falls walk, explore Wanaka.
Meals :None

Day 8 : Wanaka to Queenstown
This morning, head out on a scenic bike ride around the lake before we depart Wanaka and cruise down to the famous A.J. Hackett bungy site, where you can take the plunge - if you dare! Then, it’s on to the ‘Adventure Capital of the World!’ Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with a variety of excellent restaurants, pubs and live music. Accommodation: Central hostel Included Activities: Scenic bike ride around the lake
Meals :None

Day 9 : Queenstown
With so much to see and do in and around Queenstown, you need three full days to take it all in! To get you started, a couple highlight activities are included in your package. Today, you'll take an exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat ride through the spectacular Shotover River Canyons in the morning and then have the afternoon free for more Queenstown fun.   Accommodation: Central hostel   Included Activities: Shotover Jet   Optional Activities: Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jetboating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…)   Free Activities: Sleep in, great walks, take in the beautiful views from this cool resort town
Meals :None

Day 10 : Queenstown
Depart early on a day long trip to the jaw dropping Doubtful Sound in stunning Fiordland National Park, where you'll take a three hour wilderness cruise and learn more about this incredible natural wonder. You will return to Queenstown in the evening. Accommodation: Central hostel Included Activities: Doubtful Sound Day Trip
Meals :None

Day 11 : Queenstown
Make the most of your final free day doing any of the other incredible activities on offer or further exploring Queenstown. Accommodation: Central hostel Optional Activities: Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jetboating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…), trip to Milford Sound   Free Activities: Sleep in, great walks, take in the beautiful views from this cool resort town
Meals :None

Day 12 : Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook
Depart Queenstown early to drive over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and past Lake Pukaki, then head north to our amazing stop at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mt Cook, arriving in the early afternoon. Accommodation: Stunning alpine lodge Optional Activities: Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Free Activities: Take photos of awe-inspiring scenery, do one of the many great short walks to the Hooker Glacial Lake.
Meals :None

Day 13 : Mt Cook (via Tekapo) to Rangitata
Leaving Mt Cook, we make our way through a landscape made famous in the Lord of the Rings films. We’ll stop to admire the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd – a famous photo stop. Relax in the Tekapo hot pools, go snow tubing or ice skating or hike up to the Mt John observatory where you’ll witness stunning views of the lake from above. After lunch, we will continue to our overnight stop in Rangitata Peel Forest. Tonight, we’ll stay in one of Canterbury’s original sheep stations. Accommodation included: One of Canterbury’s original sheep stations Optional activities: Tekapo Hot Springs, Ice skating (April-Sept), Snow tubing (June-Sept) Free activities: Visit Lake Tekapo, Mt John walk, Rangitata forest walks
Meals :None

Day 14 : Rangitata to Christchurch
This morning, you will have the opportunity to sign up to a Lord of the Rings tour or to explore the stunning Peel Forest scenery on horseback. We’ll arrive in Christchurch late afternoon, where your tour comes to an end - we hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! Optional paid activities: LOTR tour, horse trekking Free activities: Explore Christchurch by foot, check out the Cardboard Cathedral and inner- city street art
Meals :None

Stray Winter itinerary – Runs between the months of May - October

Departs Thursdays

Departure time: 8am

Main departure address: All Stars Inn or Christchurch Airport