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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-35

9 Days / 8 Nights Trip to New Zealand

Sweet as South

Go on an adventure through the North and South Islands of New Zealand, peppered with spectacular sights and adrenaline-thrills.
Join us on a journey through a strange and fantastical land, where constellations of blue-green glow worms twinkle like stars in dark caves, and the wildlife is as bizarre as it’s possible to be; a landscape of velvety-green mountains and silver waterfalls; and meet fierce warriors and friendly Kiwis along the way.
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  • Duration
    9 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,317
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Contiki
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Queenstown: the ‘Adventure Capital’ of New Zealand
Highlight #1
Queenstown: the ‘Adventure Capital’ of New Zealand
The ultimate adventure destination! From parasailing to hiking, bungy jumping to skiing, you’ll find plenty of adventures at every twist and turn.
Christchurch: a lively city like no other
Highlight #2
Christchurch: a lively city like no other
Welcome to a city alive with vivacious people, wineries, and white-sand beaches.
The magic of Lake Ohau
Highlight #3
The magic of Lake Ohau
Snowcapped mountains, a sparkling lake and dramatic landscapes make Lake Ohau the perfect place for skiing, hiking and cycling.
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Itinerary

CHRISTCHURCH TO LAKE OHAU VIA LAKE TEKAPO

Christchurch
Christchurch what's up! New Zealand's South Island is the home to adventure, adrenalin and good times and we're here to take it all on and more...

Lake Tekapo
We'll stop off to see the inense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo - a spot you've most likely spotted on Instagram before. Well guess what, now it's your turn, and it's all about that #nofilter beauty.

Lake Ohau
Oh Lake Ohau how you impress with your glorious views of Mt. Cook. Yet another swoon-worthy location where you'll have to pick that jaw up off the ground. Kick start the evening with a spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt. Cook for all new views of the country's highest mountain. 
M Air Safaris Grand Traverse

LAKE OHAU TO TE ANAU VIA ARROWTOWN

Lake Ohau
Departing Lake Ohau we will stop by a farm to experience true country NZ life. Envisage - Horse back farmers, mustering sheep using dogs. Following that we travel to Arrowtown for a lunch stop then onto Te Anau.

Arrowtown
We make a quick stop for lunch in this historic gold mining town before heading onto Te Anau.

Te Anau
The time has come to travel the beautiful lake side town of Te Anau.

TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN VIA MILFORD SOUND

Te Anau
It's time to make tracks to the spectacular natural wonder of Milford Sound. 
 
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. 

Queenstown
Later, we head to our home for the night in Queenstown.

QUEENSTOWN

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.

QUEENSTOWN

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.

QUEENSTOWN

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.

QUEENSTOWN TO FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VIA WANAKA & HAAST PASS

Queenstown
Time to return our adrenalin levels to normal and make tracks to the wild (and often wet) West Coast and it's towering glaciers. But before we do, bridge bungy jump, anyone?

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. 

Haast Pass
Our first piece of NZ eye-candy comes in the form of Hasast Pass, beautified by ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Note how the scenery changes as we roll away from Queenstown through the Southern Alps. 

Franz Josef Glacier
Playing host tonight is the town of Franz Josef, home to some of NZ's finest natural beauty with bushlands and glaciers that almost reach the sea. Tomorrow we'll be out and about making the most of it - who's excited?

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

Franz Josef Glacier
This morning will be another big ol' tick off the list as we take to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier. Want to double tick the list in gold sparkly pen? We've got a heli ride over the glacier up for grabs for an ultra special experience. Satisfaction levels on high, tonight will be topped off with story swapping and crew drinks at the local. Be sure to breathe in that fresh alpine air - doesn't it feel good.

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER TO CHRISTCHURCH VIA HOKITIKA & ARTHER'S PASS

Franz Josef Glacier
Armed with a new found appreciation for frozen water, we hop back on the coach & start making our way back to Christchurch.

Hokitika
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...

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

Christchurch
Arriving into Christchurch marks the end of our adventure (sob). NZ - you've been real.

Inclusions

 Accommodation - 7 nights in Lodge, 1 night in Hotel

 Meals - 3 Dinner, 8 Breakfast

 Team - Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

 Transport - All transport included during the trip

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 Additional 5% GST

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