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New Zealand’s South Island in Depth

New Zealand’s South Island in Depth

From glaciers to golden beaches, rainforests to resort towns and glittering lakes to gigantic peaks, New Zealand’s South Island truly has it all. Embark on a 14-day adventure through some of the world’s most remarkable landscapes, and with a local leader by your side, you’ll also see the beneath the surface. Encounter creativity and resilience in Christchurch, gaze at out-of-this-world stars in Lake Tekapo, get your adrenaline pumping in Queenstown and take your time in postcard-pretty Wanaka. Stand in awe of the Franz Josef Glacier, stay in the heart of Punakaiki’s subtropical rainforest and explore the pristine coastline of Abel Tasman National Park.


  • Marlborough – Cook Strait Ferry Crossing
  • Wellington – Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Kaikoura – Visit to a Seal Colony
  • Lake Tekapo – Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Christchurch – City Tour
  • Queenstown – Kawarau Gorge
  • West Coast – Haast Pass
  • West Coast – Lake Hawea Lookout
  • Franz Josef – Carve your own Pounamu Necklace
  • Greymouth – Tranz Alpine Train Journey
  • Hokitika – Mountain Jade Greenstone Factory
  • Punakaiki – Overnight in a Rainforest Retreat
  • Punakaiki – Pancake Rocks Visit
  • Marlborough – Cook Strait Ferry Crossing
  • Marlborough – Visit Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
  • Abel Tasman National Park – Paddle a Waka (war canoe)


  • Starting off in Christchurch, see the cool and creative ways the city has rebuilt post-earthquake before heading to the stunning shores of Lake Tekapo.
  • Calling all adventure seekers! Queenstown is overflowing with adrenaline-pumping activities, so dive straight in or sit back with a glass of world-class local wine.
  • It just doesn’t get better looking than Wanaka. From its centrepiece lake to surrounding mountains, uncover all this pretty little spot has to offer.
  • Stand in awe of the epic Franz Josef glacier and visit a local gallery to learn about the significance of pounamu (greenstone) to Maori culture while carving your own pendant.
  • Explore the coastal delights of Abel Tasman National Park, where secluded coves and golden beaches make walking, kayaking and swimming a real joy.

04/02/2023 through 03/06/2024
04/02/2023 through 03/09/2024

Day 1 Wellington / Kaikoura
Day 2 Kaikoura / Christchurch
Day 3 Christchurch / Lake Tekapo
Day 4 Queenstown
Day 5 Queenstown
Day 6 Queenstown / Wanaka
Day 7 Wanaka / Franz Josef
Day 8 Franz Josef
Day 9 Hokitika / Punakaiki
Day 10 Punakaiki
Day 11 Abel Tasman National Park
Day 12 Abel Tasman National Park
Day 13 Abel Tasman National Park / Wellington
Day 14 Wellington

05/13/23 - 08/12/23

Starting At $2,340

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09/09/23 - 03/09/24

Starting At $2,705

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