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Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18

From US$ 1,070 US$ 995
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highlights
  • Stay in Fox Glacier
  • Kiwi farm experience in Fairlie
  • Arrow River bike trails
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
The Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18 tour starts and ends in Christchurch. The Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18 is an Explorer tour that takes 7 days taking you through Christchurch, New Zealand and 4 other destinations in New Zealand. The Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

Topdeck's Southern Explorer is a superb 7 day trip of NZ's South Island from Christchurch to Queenstown and back again. This is truly 'Middle Earth' , if you've seen the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, then Milford Sound, Fox Glacier, Lake Ohau, Mt Cook and the Southern Alps will feel like old friends! And if the scenery leaves you with any breath, then Queenstown's adventure activities will take it away. Enjoy an unforgettable New Zealand South Island tour with Topdeck.
Day 1 Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and Pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be.

Included today:
-Lake Matheson walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 2 Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Today's your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Fox Glacier hikes
-Helicopter scenic glacier flights
-Glacier transfers

Day 3 Queenstown

Here's some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities-you have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with bungy, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, or paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola. If you're bored here, there's something wrong. Need some time out? Head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, or kick back with a local pinot.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Bungy jumping
-Canyon swinging
-Horse riding
-Skydiving
-Skiing in winter
-Wine tours
-Hang-gliding
-Zip lining
-Birdlife park
-Whitewater rafting

Day 4 Queenstown

Free day, take two. Jump off more stuff or chill out and let your pulse drop. Your call.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jet boating
-Bungy jumping
-Canyon swinging
-Horse riding
-Skydiving
-Skiing in winter
-Wine tours
-Hang-gliding
-Zip lining
-Birdlife park
-Whitewater rafting

Day 5 Queenstown to Fiordland

By now you might be becoming a little desensitised to the otherworldly beauty of NZ but when you see the Fjords for the first time, it's okay to enter a total Instagram meltdown! Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.

Included today:
-Milford Sound Nature Cruise
-Fiordland National Park walks

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6 Fiordland to Lake Ohau

Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with venison burgers and a central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.

Included today:
-Mountain bike ride (13km/2hrs) along Arrow River

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 7 Lake Ohau to Christchurch

Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It's about as Kiwi as 'fush and chups' (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog and a chance to watch them in action on a Kiwi farm. Then back to into the city of Churches as our trip winds to a close.

Included today:
-Mt Cook Village (weather dependant)
-Scenic walks

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Afternoon tea

what’s included
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 3 dinners
  • 5 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in hostel
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver
  • Other services as per the itinerary
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • 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
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 7 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 18-39 yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Christchurch, New Zealand/Christchurch, New Zealand
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customer reviews
4.0 - Very Good Based on 1 review
Great way to explore the South Island
Ryan Victor George From India At
4 - Very Good
“The South Island is absolutely gorgeous and my wife & I had a lovely time on this tour with an amazingly diverse group. The Team Leader and Driver both were thorough professionals who ensured we had the best time of our life!”
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 89 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 06 October 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18 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 Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18 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.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18 tour. You can cancel the tour up to 43 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 43 days of departure.
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