Contiki | 'Sweet as' South (Reverse)(Multi Share,Start Christchurch, End Christchurch)

Experience the best of Southern New Zealand! From Christchurch to Queenstown to Lake Ohau, it's an adventure you won't ever want to end.

In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier, then it's on to Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Take the leap on a bungy, canyon swinging - the possibilities are endless. Maybe take a day break to Milford Sound cruise past stunning waterfalls or a scenic flight over Mt. Cook!


Tour Operator: Contiki
  • What's Included

    • Throughout your trip you’ll be getting your beauty sleep in cosy, warm beds in multi-share rooms, plus the chance to stay in funky sleeping pods that can be completely enclosed for sleeping and chilling out. Your accommodation will always be located in the heart of the action, with communal areas for you and your new best friends to relax and socialise.
  • Pricing

      • Start Date
      • End Date
      • Price
        (Twin)
      • 13 Oct 21
      • 21 Oct 21
      • $2,178
      • 21 Oct 21
      • 29 Oct 21
      • $2,178
      • 29 Oct 21
      • 6 Nov 21
      • $2,178
      • 6 Nov 21
      • 14 Nov 21
      • $2,178
      • 14 Nov 21
      • 22 Nov 21
      • $2,178
      • 22 Nov 21
      • 30 Nov 21
      • $2,223
      • 30 Nov 21
      • 8 Dec 21
      • $2,223
      • 8 Dec 21
      • 16 Dec 21
      • $2,223
      • 16 Dec 21
      • 24 Dec 21
      • $2,347
      • 24 Dec 21
      • 1 Jan 22
      • $2,347
      • 28 Dec 21
      • 5 Jan 22
      • $2,470
      • 5 Jan 22
      • 13 Jan 22
      • $2,347
      • 9 Jan 22
      • 17 Jan 22
      • $2,470
      • 13 Jan 22
      • 21 Jan 22
      • $2,470
      • 17 Jan 22
      • 25 Jan 22
      • $2,347
      • 21 Jan 22
      • 29 Jan 22
      • $2,347
      • 25 Jan 22
      • 2 Feb 22
      • $2,347
      • 29 Jan 22
      • 6 Feb 22
      • $2,347
      • 2 Feb 22
      • 10 Feb 22
      • $2,347
      • 6 Feb 22
      • 14 Feb 22
      • $2,347
      • 10 Feb 22
      • 18 Feb 22
      • $2,347
      • 14 Feb 22
      • 22 Feb 22
      • $2,347
      • 18 Feb 22
      • 26 Feb 22
      • $2,347
      • 22 Feb 22
      • 2 Mar 22
      • $2,347
      • 26 Feb 22
      • 6 Mar 22
      • $2,347
      • 6 Mar 22
      • 14 Mar 22
      • $2,347
      • 14 Mar 22
      • 22 Mar 22
      • $2,223
      • 30 Mar 22
      • 7 Apr 22
      • $2,223
      • 15 Apr 22
      • 23 Apr 22
      • $2,196
      • 17 May 22
      • 25 May 22
      • $2,196
      • 2 Jun 22
      • 10 Jun 22
      • $2,196
      • 18 Jun 22
      • 26 Jun 22
      • $2,196
      • 4 Jul 22
      • 12 Jul 22
      • $2,142
      • 12 Jul 22
      • 20 Jul 22
      • $2,142
      • 20 Jul 22
      • 28 Jul 22
      • $2,142
      • 28 Jul 22
      • 5 Aug 22
      • $2,142
      • 5 Aug 22
      • 13 Aug 22
      • $2,142
      • 13 Aug 22
      • 21 Aug 22
      • $2,142
      • 29 Aug 22
      • 6 Sep 22
      • $2,142
      • 14 Sep 22
      • 22 Sep 22
      • $2,142
      • 22 Sep 22
      • 30 Sep 22
      • $2,142
      • 30 Sep 22
      • 8 Oct 22
      • $2,142
    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Christchurch to Franz Josef

    Christchurch, it was short and sweet, but with with ice age action on the horizon we gots to move on.Take in the beautiful scenery as we wind our way across the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps.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...We'll pull up for the night in glorious Franz Josef, probably one of the most beautiful places you'll ever of clapped eyes on. A bold statement we know, but well deserved.

     

    Day 2 - 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. But this ain't your ordinary boat cruise. You'll cruise up the glassy lake, framed by glaciers and mountains, before switching to a stand up paddle board and gliding along a narrow estuary. This takes you to your journey's destination, the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, where you'll get to meet New Zealand's adorable but vulnerable national bird.

     

    Day 3 - Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

    Armed with a new found appreciation for frozen water, we'll hop back on the coach & start making our way to Queenstown, making a few cheeky stops along the way. Our first piece of NZ eye-candy comes in the form of Haast Pass, beautified by ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Note how the scenery changes as we roll towards Queenstown through the Southern Alps and region of Otago.Intermitting 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. Welcome to the adventure capital of the world. Rest up tonight - the next few days are going to be BIG.

     

    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 - Queenstown to Te Anau via Milford Sound

    Alright, it's time to return our adrenaline levels to a normal level and make tracks to the spectacular natural wonder of 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.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 8 - Te Anau to Lake Ohau

    Departing Te Anau we will make a stop at a true Kiwi farm experience, to discover how country life really looks like in this corner of the world. Anyone up for sheep shearing or milking a cow?!We make a quick stop for lunch in this historic gold mining town before heading onto 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 Lake Ohau.

     

    Day 9 - Lake Ohau to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

    It's our last day, let's end it on a high!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. Onto Christchurch and there's sure to be some sadness. But don't worry - memories will put smiles on faces for many years to come.

     

    'Sweet as' South (Reverse)(Multi Share,Start Christchurch, End Christchurch)
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Food fund and airfares may be additional. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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