New Zealand South Island Explorer

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Ends Christchurch, New Zealand
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip brochure
  • From the striking contrasts of the Canterbury Plains to New Zealand’s highest point at Mt Cook, the South Island’s west coast is full of spectacular sights. You’ll definitely want a window seat.
  • Spend three nights in Queenstown – New Zealand's adventure capital – where you'll have tonnes of time for optional activities, from thrillseeking jaunts to some chilledout haunts.
  • Set sail on an included cruise through the Milford Sound on the southwestern coast. Passing by glacial waterfalls, snowcapped mountains and marine life, be sure to have your camera ready.
  • Franz Josef Glacier is every adventurer's dream, and that’s why you’ve got the power to choose your own adventure. A guided trek across the glacier, a quad bike ride or a scenic helihike? It’s up to you.
Starting and ending in Christchurch, the tour New Zealand South Island Explorer is a guided explorer trip that takes 11 days. You will travel through Christchurch, Punakaiki, Queenstown and 3 other destinations in New Zealand. New Zealand South Island Explorer is a small group tour which includes accommodation, meals and others.

The scenic South Island of New Zealand is part explorer, part thrill-seeker, and full of spectacular highlights. With an 11-day exploration of the best of the south, you’ll be able to choose your own adventure and see what you want to see at a pace that suits you. Cruise the splendid fjords of the Milford Sound? Tick. View New Zealand’s highest peak at Mt Cook? Tick. Go wild in Queenstown and have one of the country’s most scenic dinners at Skyline? Tick. Bungy jump off a bridge, or take a heli-hike on the Franz Josef Glacier? Well, that’s up to you. Let the thrills, spills, chills and… hills? of adventure-packed New Zealand get you exploring the best that this region can serve you on a small-group trip. The only question left is when to go.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
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Anahita's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anahita
  • From USA
  • On Dec 06 2018
“It was such a beautiful experience. Very cold but so amazing!! The trek was a bit challenging at times especially with the extreme weather conditions but what can you expect it is patagonia. Camping out in tents was a fun experience. Overall a very good trip!”
Angie's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Angie
  • From Canada
  • On Mar 28 2019
“Very Good”
CHAU's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • CHAU
  • From UK
  • On Sep 25 2018
“Our tour is a group of twenty people. Majorities are Australians. We have good atmosphere and co-operations , especially in preparation and after our daily feedings. We have two tour leaders, nice and hard working guys. Niki is excellent cook.
Different landscapes. lakes and Bungle Bungles let you understand more about this wild Kimberley. If you like hiking,
swimming and drinking Champagne at the same time in the
Lake Agryle, go.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Christchurch
  • Day 2: Punakaiki
  • Day 3: Franz Josef
  • Day 4: Franz Josef
  • Day 5: Queenstown
  • Day 6-7: Queenstown
  • Day 8: Milford Sound
  • Day 9-10: Mt Cook
  • Day 11: Christchurch
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Lodge (10 nights)
Meals
  • 3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinner
Transport
  • Van
Included Activities
  • Pancake Rocks and Blowhole
  • Kiwi House
  • Lake Matheson
  • Arrowtown Visit
  • Milford Sound cruise
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Christchurch are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this New Zealand South Island Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this New Zealand South Island Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 23 days before departure. For any departures within 30 August 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

New Zealand South Island Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this New Zealand South Island Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • There’s so much to do on the South Island of New Zealand, we thought we’d give you the opportunity to explore at your own pace, and so, in most places there are more optional activities on this trip than included ones. These activities range from trekking moderate hiking trails to white water rafting, so you'll be able to choose your own adventure level.
  • Lots of time allocated for optional activities means freedom and flexibility, but it does require a level of independence. Only are few meals are included, so mostly you'll find your own – with plenty of suggestions from your leader, of course!
  • Accommodation on this trip is often basic and simple. The accommodation that has been chosen, although not luxurious, is comfortable enough for you to relax after a day of adventure.
  • You'll be spending quite a lot of time in a minibus as you travel through the islands. The bus may be small, but it's comfortable, and offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and gaze at passing landscapes. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
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