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  • Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot.
  • Get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown.
  • Cruise through the remote fjords of Milford Sound.
  • Cycle the Otago Rail Trail
The New Zealand–South Island Encompassed tour starts and ends in Wellington. The New Zealand–South Island Encompassed is a Photography Tour that takes 16 days taking you through Wellington, New Zealand and other destinations in New Zealand.

Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, cycling, and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes, including rainforests, glaciers, and some of the most gorgeous coastline you’ll ever see. This trip is exciting even when you’re not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.
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Arrive at any time. Start the adventure with a Big Night Out with the group.
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.

Check out New Zealand's National Museum, a must-see with great displays of historical Maori artifacts and relatively modern exhibits such as the motorbike that was built in a shed and won the world championships. Afterwards, opt for a night out on the town. Wellington has an abundance of nightlife, bars, cafes and restaurants all located on and around the entertainment district of Courtenay Place.
Accommodation
  • Nomads Capital (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
  • Big Night Out
    Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Optional Activities
  • Weta Workshop Visit
    Step into the behind-the-scenes world of hobbits, dragons and other fantastical movie creatures. The Weta Workshop is where the props and models for films like The Lord of the Rings, Avatar and the Amazing Spiderman 2 are designed and brought to life. Watch artists working on new pieces and see some of their award-winning creations from past projects in their new exhibition space.
  • Te Papa Museum Visit
    Visit this must-see museum, home to displays of historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand New Zealand’s many earthquakes – find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descend into the foundations of the building.
Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Aquapackers (or similar)
Transport
  • Ferry
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Distance : 92 km
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Distance : 200 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Water taxi
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Jump in and cross the water to the next stop.
Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Old MacDonalds Farm (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Abel Tasman National Park Walk
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Distance : 12 km
    Walk along a coastline track from Anchorage to Marahau to one of the world's most scenic golden sand beaches.
Optional Activities
  • Sailing
    Sail through crystal clear waters, admire spectacular scenery and investigate secluded cloves, small islands, golden beaches and lush forest. Don't forget to wear a hat and sunscreen!
  • Abel Tasman National Park Kayaking
    Explore the coastline and beaches in stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak from Watering Cove along the coastline to Marahau.
  • Canyoning
    Jump, slide, rappel, swim and float down the Torrent River on this canyoning adventure. Make your way down stream and see the stunning rainforest scenery on this active adventure that will bring you into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Skydiving
Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Tripinn Hostel, YHA Westport (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Seal Colony Visit
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Distance : 1 km
    Stop by a viewing platform over a New Zealand fur seal colony at Cape Foulwind. Female seals will live in the same colony for the duration of their lives, whereas male seals move around more. The males visit the Cape Foulwind colony between late November and mid-January for mating season. All seasons offer plenty of activity to check out, from mating to the raising of baby pups and feeding out at sea.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.5 hr - 5.0 hr
    Distance : 270 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking.
Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Rainforest Retreat (or similar)
    Park Motel rooms
Included Activity
  • Pancake Rocks Trek
    Duration : 0.25 hr - 0.5 hr
    Distance : 1 km
    Walk along a loop trail with informative signs detailing how the 'Pancake Rocks' were formed millions of years ago. When the trail reaches the coast, there are many lookouts for photo stops and beautiful views of the coast, the rocks and the blowholes found along the area.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 5.0 hr - 5.5 hr
    Distance : 285 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Helicopter Hike
    Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool!
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
    Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier's retreat. At the end, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.
  • Franz Josef Kayaking
    Explore the stunning Lake Mapourika by kayak. This lake was created as the Franz Josef glacier retreated 14,000 years ago, and the still water has created a natural mirror allowing you to soak in the incredible panoramic views.
Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and kayaking.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Rainforest Retreat (or similar)
    Park Motel rooms
Optional Activities
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
    Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier's retreat. At the end, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.
  • Helicopter Hike
    Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool!
  • Franz Josef Kayaking
    Explore the stunning Lake Mapourika by kayak. This lake was created as the Franz Josef glacier retreated 14,000 years ago, and the still water has created a natural mirror allowing you to soak in the incredible panoramic views.
  • Hiking
    Take your pick of many scenic and memorable treks in Franz Josef – a true hiker’s haven. Get prepared before heading out, and be mindful of signs along the track. See majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, and amazing views that you’ll definitely want your camera on hand for.
  • Horseback Riding
    Hop in the saddle and explore Franz Josef’s amazing glacier landscape on horseback. Ride amid rainforests and mountain scenery, and enjoy fresh open air and natural beauty on this unforgettable trip.
Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Nomads Queenstown (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 8.0 hr - 9.0 hr
    Distance : 365 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Nomads Queenstown (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Shotover Jet Boating
    Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity— go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.
  • Bungee Jumping
    Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.
  • Mountain Biking
    Hop on a bike and get familiar with some of the great trails in the area. There are routes for all levels of cyclist to enjoy so rent a and start exploring the hills.
  • Skydiving
    Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!
  • Vineyard Tour
    Visit vineyards in New Zealand's fastest growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Sample local cheeses and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savour back home.
  • Paragliding
    100kg (220 lbs) limit for hang gliding, 130kg (286 lbs) for paragliding.
  • Gondola Ride
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu below.
  • Lord of the Rings Horse Riding Tour
    Escape New Zealand and head to Middle-earth on a horseback riding tour of sites used in the Lord of the Rings films. Take in the breathtaking views and see if you can spot places where the films were shot.
  • Ziptrek
  • Canyon Swing
    Get your heart racing as you launch yourself from the world's highest canyon swing. Free fall for 60m before a 200m swing across Shotover Canyon. See you at the other side!
  • Shotover Canyon Swing/Shotover Canyon Fox
Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Nomads Queenstown (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Shotover Jet Boating
    Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity— go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.
  • Bungee Jumping
    Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.
  • Mountain Biking
    Hop on a bike and get familiar with some of the great trails in the area. There are routes for all levels of cyclist to enjoy so rent a and start exploring the hills.
  • Skydiving
    Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!
  • Vineyard Tour
    Visit vineyards in New Zealand's fastest growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Sample local cheeses and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savour back home.
  • Paragliding
    100kg (220 lbs) limit for hang gliding, 130kg (286 lbs) for paragliding.
  • Gondola Ride
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu below.
  • Lord of the Rings Horse Riding Tour
    Escape New Zealand and head to Middle-earth on a horseback riding tour of sites used in the Lord of the Rings films. Take in the breathtaking views and see if you can spot places where the films were shot.
  • Ziptrek
  • Canyon Swing
    Get your heart racing as you launch yourself from the world's highest canyon swing. Free fall for 60m before a 200m swing across Shotover Canyon. See you at the other side!
  • Shotover Canyon Swing/Shotover Canyon Fox
Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Milford Sound Cruise
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 2.5 hr
    Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Recharge your camera and be ready to shoot stunning photos of waterfalls, mountains stretching up to the sky and down to the sea and then search for dolphins and seals. This place is any artist's dream!
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 120 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves
    Head underground to see the mysterious and beautiful glowworms that magically shine bright deep in limestone caves. Learn about local history, and experience an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind natural wonder.
Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Mt Ida Shearers Quarters (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.0 hr - 5.0 hr
    Distance : 300 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Hiking
    Lace up your hiking boots and head out on a trek to take in the amazing scenery around Te Anau. Hikes range from short walks to more challenging full-day treks -- take your pick!
Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Mt Ida Shearers Quarters (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Biking Otago Rail Trail
    Duration : 5.0 hr
    Distance : 35 km
    Drive to one of the best starting points of the Historic Otago Rail Trail. Spend the better part of the day cycling along an easy gradient through stunning scenery along 35km of the old rail trail. Cycle through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.
Optional Activities
  • Curling
    Try your hand at throwing a curling rock and sweeping the ice at the only year-round curling facility in Australasia. The sport of curling was introduced to New Zealand in the late 19th century by Scottish settlers.
Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Jailhouse Accommodation (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour
    Explore lesser-known paths around Christchurch on this walking tour of the city led by a member of Rekindle — a social enterprise where resourcefulness skills are shared among members to build self-confidence and create art out of under-valued materials. The hands-on, workshop-based environment keeps everyone engaged and helps to strengthen the community.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 5.0 hr
    Distance : 400 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula.

Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters frequent the area.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Dusky Lodge (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Swimming With Dolphins
    Hop aboard a boat and head out to the open seas to search for wild dusky dolphins. Depending on conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins.
  • Scenic Flight
    Take a 30-minute flight and set off to search for whales, dolphins, and other marine life. On land, you'll see Maori sites, Kaikoura town and New Zealand's southern fur seals.
  • Whale Watching
    Follow in the path of Paikea, the Maori "whale rider", and set out in search of Giant Sperm Whales as they spray and dive their way through the waters off Kaikora.
  • Hiking
    Set off along one of many hiking trails to take in the beautiful scenery surrounding Kaikoura.
  • Sea Kayaking
Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Nomads Capital (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 150 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Ferry
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Distance : 92 km
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Depart at any time.
We highly recommend post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra.

What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart Wellington at 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked this transfer NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Included Activity
  • Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hostels (10 nts), basic hotels (2 nts), basic lodges (3 nts). Most nights are multi-share.
Meals
  • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
    Note: Allow USD325-425 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Private vehicle, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington
  • Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef
  • Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Excursion to Abel Tasman National Park
  • Seal colony visit
  • Walks in Abel Tasman National Park and Lake Matheson
  • Milford Sound day cruise
  • Cycling excursion (Central Otago)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Wellington 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 New Zealand–South Island Encompassed tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 16 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 20 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Wellington, New Zealand/ Wellington, New Zealand
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Payment

A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 18 April 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The New Zealand–South Island Encompassed 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 Encompassed 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.

Other Practical Information
  • 1. Travel Style : 18-to-ThirtysomethingsFast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 2. Service Level : BasicSimple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this New Zealand–South Island Encompassed tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Hostels (10 nts), basic hotels (2 nts), basic lodges (3 nts). Most nights are multi-share.

  • Checklist

    Cold Weather:
    • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Warm hat
    • Warm layers

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Light Hiking:
    • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

    Note: The weather in New Zealand varies depending on the season. Make sure to check the forecast for the time you will be visiting and pack weather appropriate clothing for your trip.

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 20, avg 16

  • Highlights

    Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, cruise through the remote fjords of Milford Sound, cycle the Otago Rail Trail

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, cycling, and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes, including rainforests, glaciers, and some of the most gorgeous coastline you’ll ever see. This trip is exciting even when you’re not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD325-425 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Packing_note

    The weather in New Zealand varies depending on the season. Make sure to check the forecast for the time you will be visiting and pack weather appropriate clothing for your trip.

  • Start_finish

    ex Wellington

  • Transport

    Private vehicle, boat, ferry, bicycle, walking.

  • Whats_included

    Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch
    Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington
    Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef
    Your Discover Moment: Queenstown. Excursion to Abel Tasman National Park. Seal colony visit. Walks in Abel Tasman National Park and Lake Matheson. Milford Sound day cruise. Cycling excursion (Central Otago). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Hi ,
Thanks for your trip input. We will do our utmost to make sure that you get a trip of a lifetime.
We've noted down your trip requirements below. You can easily them.
  • {{myRequest.title}}
  • Country: {{!!tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation?tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation:myRequest.country}}
  • Group Size: {{myRequest.no_of_adults > 0 && myRequest.no_of_children > 0?',':''}} {{myRequest.group_type=='Single'?'1 Person':myRequest.group_type=='Couple'?'2 People':''}}
  • {{myRequest.departure_month || myRequest.duration?'Approx. Dates':'Travel Dates'}}: {{myRequest.start_date | readableDate}} to {{myRequest.end_date | readableDate}} {{myRequest.departure_month}}, {{myRequest.duration}} Not decided yet
  • Tour Type: {{myRequest.tourtype | tourtypefullName}}
  • Destination: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].destinations.join(', ')}}
  • Custom Destination: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].destination}}
  • Custom Activity: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].activity}}
  • Activity: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].activity.join(', ')}}
  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}} yrs
  • Type of Tour: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].type_of_tour}}
  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
  • Trip Details: ... Read More Read Less
How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
New customer enquiry by {{getFirstName(activeuser)}}:
  • No of people: {{myRequest.no_of_adults > 0 && myRequest.no_of_children > 0?' and ':''}} {{myCurrentRequest.group_type=='Single'?'1 Person':myCurrentRequest.group_type=='Couple'?'2 People':''}}
  • Travel period: {{myRequest.start_date | readableDate}} to {{myRequest.end_date | readableDate}} {{myRequest.departure_month}} Yet to be decided
  • Trip duration: Yet to be decided
  • Trip duration: {{myRequest.duration}}
  • Trip duration:
  • Tour type: {{myRequest.tourtype | tourtypefullName}}
  • Destination: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].destinations.join(', ')}}
  • Activity: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].activity.join(', ')}}
  • Custom Destination: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].destination}}
  • Custom Activity: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].activity}}
  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}}
  • Type of Tour: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].type_of_tour}}
  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage: {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
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Hi ,
Thanks for your trip input. We will do our utmost to make sure that you get a trip of a lifetime.
We've noted down your trip requirements below. You can easily them.
  • {{myRequest.title}}
  • Country: {{!!tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation?tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation:myRequest.country}}
  • Group Size: {{myRequest.no_of_adults > 0 && myRequest.no_of_children > 0?',':''}} {{myRequest.group_type=='Single'?'1 Person':myRequest.group_type=='Couple'?'2 People':''}}
  • {{myRequest.departure_month || myRequest.duration?'Approx. Dates':'Travel Dates'}}: {{myRequest.start_date | readableDate}} to {{myRequest.end_date | readableDate}} {{myRequest.departure_month}}, {{myRequest.duration}} Not decided yet
  • Tour Type: {{myRequest.tourtype | tourtypefullName}}
  • Destination: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].destinations.join(', ')}}
  • Custom Destination: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].destination}}
  • Custom Activity: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].activity}}
  • Activity: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].activity.join(', ')}}
  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}} yrs
  • Type of Tour: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].type_of_tour}}
  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
  • Trip Details: ... Read More Read Less
How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
New customer enquiry by {{getFirstName(activeuser)}}:
  • No of people: {{myRequest.no_of_adults > 0 && myRequest.no_of_children > 0?' and ':''}} {{myCurrentRequest.group_type=='Single'?'1 Person':myCurrentRequest.group_type=='Couple'?'2 People':''}}
  • Travel period: {{myRequest.start_date | readableDate}} to {{myRequest.end_date | readableDate}} {{myRequest.departure_month}} Yet to be decided
  • Trip duration: Yet to be decided
  • Trip duration: {{myRequest.duration}}
  • Trip duration:
  • Tour type: {{myRequest.tourtype | tourtypefullName}}
  • Destination: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].destinations.join(', ')}}
  • Activity: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].activity.join(', ')}}
  • Custom Destination: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].destination}}
  • Custom Activity: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].activity}}
  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}}
  • Type of Tour: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].type_of_tour}}
  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage: {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
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Can you handle {{getFirstName(activeuser)}}'s enquiry? Rejection Reason
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