Sweet as South

New Zealand

Experience the best of Southern New Zealand. From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch – it’s an adventure you won’t want to end.
Start off on an amazing scenic flight over Mt. Cook then get ready to hit Queenstown!
You could choose to cruise past stunning waterfalls in Milford Sound, or back on land the action is endless (and the nightlife is not to be legendary!)
Hike a glacier and swim in a hot pool before finishing up with some good times in funky Wellington.

Highlights:

Christchurch – Lake Tekapo – Lake Ohau – Arrowtown – Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown – Wanaka – Haast Pass – Franz Josef Glacier – Hokitika – Arthurs Pass – Kaikoura – Picton - Wellington

Includes:

• 8 Nights accommodation
• 9 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
• All transportation included during the trip
• Expert Trip Manager, Driver and local guides

Not included:
- Visa or travel documents that may be needed
- Meals that are not shown
- Items of a personal nature

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8 nights, 9days

From $1,655* p.p.


July, August, September 2020

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Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Ohau via Lake Tekapo
Christchurch what's up? New Zealand's South Island is the home to adventure, adrenaline and good times and we're here to take it all on.

We'll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo. Here (from October 2020) we'll also get to enjoy an unforgettable Dark Sky experience, an interactive multimedia exhibition that mixes stargazing, science and traditional Māori astronomy, teaching us how the Māori people used to use stars to harvest food, and about the importance of reducing light pollution.

Days 2: Te Anau
Arriving in the stunning lakeside town of Te Anau, why not take a guided jet boat trip to Fiordland National Park? From Te Anau through Lake Manapouri, it's an exhilarating way to soak up the scenery. You can also take a trip to the ethereal glow worm caves or simply cycle the gorgeous trails through native bush.

Day 3: Milford Sound
Welcome to New Zealand's most stunning attraction, with a magical combination of mountain peaks, forest-clad cliffs and deep dark waters. We take an included cruise of the fiord and experience the beauty of this pristine destination by boat, the best way to see Milford Sound in all its glory.

Day 4: Queenstown
Today is yours to get acquainted with Queenstown and spend some time mulling over the activities up for grabs in the next two days. First stop is the legendary Kawarau Bungy Bridge, get your morning adrenaline hit with a heart-pounding jump at the world home of the bungy. Later, take a stroll around beautiful Queenstown, nestled in the Southern Alps this stunning town has plenty to offer other than adventure activities.

Day 5: Queenstown
With our last day in adrenalin city ahead of us, this is the time to push yourself to the limits and hurl over any mental barriers you've put up around yourself. Jump into #NOREGRETS spirit and conquer those niggling fears once and for all. For those who did their dash yesterday, a day staying mellow and enjoying this beautiful region will prove more than sufficient.

Day 6: Queenstown
It's times like this that you really start to work out what sort of traveller you are, and human for that matter. You might be the one trailing through wine country and doing a spot of horse back riding, or you may be that guy that crams in a bungy jump, a skydive and a heliraft & still craves more. It's your holiday - run wild as you see fit.

Day 7: Wanaka
Enjoying our scenic drive we'll stop for lunch in Wanaka, a pretty ski resort town situated on a lake front and dwarfed by mountains. This town is fast becoming one of NZ's most popular spots, and a trip to the 'Dough Bin' for a luscious pie should be high on the list today.

Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier
This morning will be another big ol' tick off the list as we take to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier. We've got a heli ride over the glacier up for grabs, or the opportunity to carve your own Pounamu (jade) pendant, under the tuition of a Maori mastercraftsman. Pounamu is sacred to the Māori people, and this is a great way to learn about its cultural significance, while also creating a beautiful please of jewellery. An optional highlight today is a boat cruise across Lake Mapourika.

Day 9: Hokitika & Arthurs Pass
In the gold rush town of Hokitika we'll watch authentic carvers get to work on green jade and take a look at traditional Maori art. Back on the coach we're coastline bound to one of the islands most jaw-droppingly beautiful spots...

Take in the beautiful scenery as we wind our way across the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps.

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