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2020 October South Island

Enjoy an action packed experience of the South Island on this fantastic,    fun-filled, 11 day tour!

 

27 - 7 October
$1,920.00 per student
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Your Trip Includes:

Christchurch, Tekapo, Doubtful Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef, Kaikoura, Christchurch

What you'll get:

  • Ten nights multi share accommodation in Holiday Parks and Youth Hostels
  • 20 meals (ten breakfasts, eight dinners and two lunches) + tour snacks
  • An experienced NZET tour manager + driver team
  • Two additional tour assistants
  • Special NZET group games + spot prizes
  • Group photo
  • Luxury air conditioned coach with seat belts, TV and ipod/pad/phone connections

 

Highlights:

  •  Exclusive Doubtful Sound overnight boat
  • Thrilling jet boat ride in Queenstown
  • Puzzling World
  • Sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Group Photo
  • Greenstone factory visit including carving demonstration
  • Guided walk to Fox Glacier Base
  • Seal colony visit
  • Punakaiki Rocks
  • Secret NZET hot spots
  • 5 star bus - travel in modern coaches
  • Airport transfer - we pick you up and drop you off at the airport
  • Awesome accommodation in holiday parks and youth hostels
  • Healthy and tasty meals - 10 breakfast, 8 dinners and 2 lunches!
  • Kiwi tour manager - lots of fun and specially trained
  • Special NZET activities

 

Your Itinerary Print Itinerary

 

DAY 1 CHRISTCHURCH

 

Kia ora and welcome to ‘Te Wai Pounamu’; New Zealand’s South Island! Our tour kicks off with a fun evening as we meet our fellow travelling crew and friendly Tour Manager and Tour assistants.

 

Tonight, we have our first home cooked meal; a delicious duo of dinner and dessert and then discuss the exciting days ahead!

 

Includes: First Group Dinner | Discuss the exciting days ahead | Meet your crew

 

 

DAY 2 CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA

 

Christchurch is our largest city in the South Island and following the 2010-11 earthquakes, this city has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever changing city.

 

This morning starts off with a city tour to see the devastation that hit Christchurch and what enormous efforts are going ahead to rebuild this amazing city.  

 

After lunch, we drive north to the coastal township of Kaikoura and visit one of our special NZET spots where we get to see a seal colony up close and personal!


Tonight, head to the beach for a refreshing swim, relax in the spa and get ready for another delicious dinner.

 

Includes: Breakfast | Christchurch city tour | Visit seal colony | Dinner

 

 

DAY 3 KAIKOURA - MOTUEKA

 

Kaikoura is well known for its abundance of marine life and this morning you have an opportunity to experience the unforgettable sight of whales or go swimming with dolphins.

 

If you don’t feel like getting wet, there is also an optional boat trip to view these amazing creatures instead.


This afternoon we make our way to Motueka, home for our next two nights and situated beside the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

 

Includes: Breakfast | Optional Swimming with Dolphins activity | Optional Whale Watching activity | Dinner

 

 

DAY 4 MOTUEKA

 

We rise and shine bright and early to take advantage of this paradise!

 

We enjoy the ultimate sea kayaking experience and explore the beautiful golden beaches, peaceful coves and lagoons, offshore islands, wildlife and the native forest.

Stopping at our secluded beach, we have a picnic lunch and enjoy some free time to relax and go swimming before our trek back to the mainland.

 

Includes: Breakfast | Kayaking | Hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park Dinner

 

DAY 5 MOTUEKA - FRANZ JOSEF

 

Have your cameras ready as our drive takes us through the Buller Gorge and the spectacular West Coast. We visit the famous Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks) and have time to explore the rocks and blowholes before making our way to Hokitika.

 

Our next stop is visiting a Greenstone Factory and watching experts carve beautiful Pounamu while we learn about the history and tradition of this special Jadestone.


From here we travel to Franz Josef where we stay overnight.  You may wish to take a Scenic Helicopter (at a very special NZET price) and experience the awe-inspiring scenery of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as you climb to 6000ft.


Tonight, dinner is your choice and then you can enjoy a soak in the spa pools - nestled in a rainforest and the perfect place to unwind and experience pure relaxation.

 

Includes: Breakfast | Pancake Rocks | Greenstone Carving Demo

 

DAY 6 FRANZ JOSEF - WANAKA

 

Get out your cameras as this morning we travel through three National Parks and even more awesome scenery.

 

Fox Glacier attracts over 1000 people each day!  Remember your walking shoes and jacket as our walk today takes us to the base of Fox Glacier for an up close and personal look at the frozen glacier river that was formed thousands of years ago.



From here we head to Wanaka, a place of breathtaking lakes and mountains. We stop at Puzzling World, the world’s first modern-style maze and a deceptive, frustrating, confusing and definitely out of the ordinary experience! Then for all of our adrenaline junkies, you have the chance to go skydiving this afternoon.

 

Includes: Breakfast | Fox Glacier | Puzzling World | Dinner

 

 

DAY 7 WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN

 

Today we make our way to Queenstown - the 'Adventure Capital' of New Zealand and home to the latest and greatest adventure activities from bungy jumping and jet boating to whitewater rafting, river surfing and canyon swinging.

 

First up we're off on a spectacular Jet boat ride on the mighty Kawarau River. In the heart of one of New Zealand's most historic gold mining regions, we have an unforgettable 40-minute ride through the gorge.

 

Our next stop is the famous AJ Hackett base, the birthplace of bungy and one of the most famous attractions in Queenstown.


We watch the secrets of bungy and then for those of you who dare...you have time for an optional 43m bungy off Kawarau Bridge! It's then time to capture our awesome crew with a professional group photo before our short drive into the heart of Queenstown.

 

Includes: Breakfast | AJ Hackett Bungy | Free Night for Dinner

 

 

DAY 8  QUEENSTOWN

 

Today is a free day and time to make the most of the adventure activities on offer! With special NZET prices, try a Canyon Swing, Nevis Bungy, River Rafting, Horse Riding, Gondola & Luge or any of the other thrilling activities.

Do you feel like dangling on a high wire cable 134 metres over the valley floor? Then try the Nevis.


If jumping or being released from 109 metres into a canyon with over 70 different jumpstyles, try the Canyon Swing.


If you want to see the best views in Queenstown, sit back and relax in the Skyline Gondola which carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak.


(Remember, as long as we have your natural parent’s permission for the activities on offer, we will organise all of these activities for you while on tour).

 

Includes: Breakfast | Free Day for Activities | Dinner

 

 

DAY 9 QUEENSTOWN - DOUBTFUL SOUND

 

Today we experience the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience, spend the night on the boat and wake up in one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is one of our exclusive and very special tour highlights.

 

We start with a drive into the mystical wilderness of Fiordland National Park then cruise over Lake Manapouri before boarding the Fiordland Navigator for an overnight experience.


We have plenty of time to view the spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife and also go exploring in kayaks or simply go swimming in this amazing place (if you’re brave enough!).


As night falls, we enjoy a delicious buffet dinner then relax while doing some star gazing.

 

Includes: Breakfast | Doubtful Sound | Kayaking | Dinner

 

 

DAY 10 DOUBTFUL SOUND - TEKAPO

 

We then have a stunning scenic drive as we travel through the Mackenzie Country to beautiful Lake Tekapo. We visit the famous ‘Church of the Good Shepherd' followed by the Collie Dog Memorial and from here we drive to Lake Pukaki for spectacular views of Mount Cook - New Zealand’s highest Mountain.


Tonight is our final night of the tour and a very a special evening. We have some final night fun with a mix of games, presentations and dinner party. Bring your tissues because tonight is full of laughs but also tears as you realise we have to say good bye tomorrow.

 

Includes: Breakfast | Church of the Good Shepherd | Final Night Dinner & Party Games

 

 

DAY 11 Tekapo- Christchurch - Home

We rise early and make the drive back to Christchurch.

 

We are dropped off at Christchurch Airport at with an amazing bunch of new friends and ‘ferntastic’ memories.

 

Includes: Breakfast | Farewell with great memories and new friends

 

 

 

Things to Know

We are happy to book your flights to and from tour and will always try to find the best priced flights available.

The cost of these flights are not included in the tour price and there is also a $20 administration fee for this service.

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