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Southern Explorer

Tour Highlights

  • Let loose in the adventure capital of Queenstown.
  • Take one of the world's most scenic train journeys.
  • Get your adrenaline pumping with activities galore!
  • See the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier.
AGE RANGE 18 to 39 year olds
Max Group Size 16
Physical Rating Normal

Start and end in Christchurch! With this tour, you have a 7 days tour package taking you through Christchurch, New Zealand and 5 other destinations in New Zealand. Southern Explorer is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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Tour Itinerary

If you only have a short time to explore the largest island of New Zealand, this is the tour for you! Prepare for seven days of spectacular scenery and lots of opportunity for adventure. Turquoise lakes, majestic glaciers, dramatic mountain peaks, golden tussocklands and the picture-perfect towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Franz Josef are all on our week-long road trip! This small-group guided tour of the South Island will visit Christchurch, Wanaka, Queenstown, Tekapo (an International Dark Sky Reserve), Franz Josef Glacier, and back across to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass onboard the world-famous TranzAlpine train. You’ll have the option to visit Milford Sound, and we’ll stop at many other scenic spots along this South Island itinerary. There’s a range of optional add-on activities: from adrenalin-pumping bucket-list items like bungy jumping, jet boating, and sky-diving to more gentle activities like heli-hiking (okay for all abilities), quad biking, kayaking, scenic flights and hiking. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want. Southern Explorer Tips: - Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do. As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation in Christchurch with us the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress-free morning! The tour price includes dorm share accommodation (4–6 share) but if you would prefer your own space you have the option to upgrade to a private room. You can select this upgrade when you start building your tour online Please note, there is 1 night on this tour (in MacKenzie Country) where private accommodation upgrades are not available due to limited availability.

What's included

Shared dorms in hostels & lodges. Private room upgrades available!
Expert Kiwi Guide.
Daily breakfast.
This tour offers Jain, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Kosher food options on request.
We normally use a 22 to 25 seater Toyota Coaster with a trailer. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to lounge about!
Carve your own pounamu/jade pendant in Franz Josef. Discover NZ's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas. Journey through multiple National Parks. Plus many surprise stops on the way!

What's Not included

Activities and services not mentioned
Optional Private Room Upgrade

Upgrade your accommodation to a private room for $649. If you are sharing a room with another traveler only one of you needs to purchase this upgrade.

Optional Accommodation Before & After Your Tour

You can book accommodation with us the night before your tour starts and also the night after your tour ends.

Optional Activities

Choose from 70+ optional activities to add to your tour. You can pre-book activities before your tour starts, or add them while you are on tour. Here are a selection of activites available for this tour:

Grand Traverse Scenic Flight (Tekapo)
Kawarau Bridge Bungy (Queenstown)
Milford Sound Coach/Cruise/Coach (Queenstown)
Milford Sound Fly/Cruise/Fly (Queenstown)
Canyon Swing (Queenstown)
Kawarau Bridge Bungy (Queenstown)
Nevis Bungy (Queenstown)
Skydiving (Queenstown)
Paragliding (Queenstown)
Shotover Jet Boat (Queenstown)
Canyoning (Queenstown)
Horse Trek Lord of the Rings (Queenstown)
Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Queenstown)
Heli-Mountain Biking (Queenstown)
Aerobatic Plane Flight (Wanaka)
Skydive (Wanaka)
Wanaka ebike Tour (Wanaka)
Mou Waho Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk (Wanaka)
Glacier Heli Hike (Franz Josef)
Heli Experience with Snow Landing (Franz Josef)
Glacier Kayaking (Franz Josef)
Quad Biking (Franz Josef)
Cave Tubing (Punakaiki)
Surf Lesson (Punakaiki)
International and domestic flights not included.
Insurance not included. Travel insurance is required for all of our tours.

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