Get your taste of the South Island and discover the picturesque Abel Tasman National Park, the geo-thermal town of Hanmer Springs, a world-famous wine region and the beautiful marine life of Kaikoura - starting and finishing your tour in Christchurch
All about the 10 Day Best of South Island Christchurch to Christchurch Winter Tour
The South Island of New Zealand is among the most stunning places on earth. Nestled between snow capped mountains are deep glacier valleys, pristine lakes, quaint villages and some bustling party hubs. Real Kiwi Adventures are taking you through the amazing natural beauty and excitement of this corner of the world with this 10 day South Island tour which includes a visit to Franz Josef Glacier, Doubtful Sound, Queenstown and so much more.
Travel the New Zealand South Island this winter with Real Kiwi Adventures.
10 Day Best of South Island Christchurch to Christchurch Winter Tour Itinerary - 10 days
Christchurch to Franz Josef
Take the ’Atomic Shuttle’ over the stunning Arthur’s Pass to the historic gold mining town of Greymouth, where you have 30mins free before meeting up with the Stray bus. This afternoon we’ll make a stop in Hokitika then head to Franz Josef, a quaint little town squashed between the Tasman Sea and the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.
Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.
Day in Franz Josef
Enjoy a full free day to explore the glacier. Live your glacier walking dream with a guided tour on the glacier or hike to view it from below, then unwind in the spa pools afterwards.
Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest
Optional Activities: Ice Explorer Trip (short helicopter flight onto the glacier), Glacier Valley Walk
Free Activities: Many bush walks in the area
Franz Josef to Wanaka
Depart at 8am. We head to Lake Matheson for a walk at the amazing mirror lake, stop at Fox Glacier for pickups, and then travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora. We pass by the beautiful Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka late afternoon.
Accommodation: Central hostel
Free Activities: Lake Matheson walk, Ship Creek walk, Blue Pools walk, Thundercreek Falls walk, explore Wanaka.
Wanaka to Queenstown
This morning, head out on a guided bike tour around the lake before we depart Wanaka at 10.30am and cruise down to the famous A.J. Hackett bungy site, where you can take the plunge - if you dare! Then, it’s on to the ‘Adventure Capital of the World!’ Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music.
Accommodation: Central hostel
Included Activities: Guided Bike Tour
Days 5, 6 and 7
With so much to see and do in and around Queenstown, you need three full days to take it all in! To get you started, a couple highlight activities are included – an exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat ride in the morning on Day 5 and a full day trip to jaw dropping Doubtful Sound on Day 6. Day 7 is free for you to do as you please.
Accommodation: Central hostel
Included Activities: Shotover Jet (Day 5) and Doubtful Sound day trip (Day 6)
Optional Activities: Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jetboating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…), trip to Milford Sound.
Free Activities: Sleep in, great walks, take in beautiful views from this cool resort town.
Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook
Depart from 8.40am. We head over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and past Lake Pukaki, then head north to our amazing stop at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mt Cook, arriving in the early afternoon.
Accommodation: Stunning alpine lodge
Optional Activities: Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Free Activities: Take photos of awe-inspiring scenery, do one of the many great short walks to the Hooker Glacial Lake.
Mt Cook to Christchurch
Today we make our way through a landscape made famous by the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films. We head past turquoise Lake Tekapo, where we stop for ice-skating, snow tubing or a swim at the hot springs. We arrive in Christchurch later in the afternoon, giving you time to explore parts of the South Island’s largest city.
Accommodation: Purpose built backpackers near the city centre
Optional Activities: Ice skating, snow tubing or soak in the hot springs
Free Activities: Take photos of stunning scenery, go for a walk around central Christchurch
Day in Christchurch
Christchurch is where your journey ends - if you are catching a flight today, you can be dropped off at the International Airport at 8:00am. Otherwise, you can take an optional free day to spend more time exploring the South Island's largest city. We especially recommend checking out the Re:Start Mall, Quake City exhibition, Canterbury Museum or the gorgeous Botanical Gardens.
Tuesdays and Sundays from Christchurch from May to October 2017
Travelling from October 19, 2017 to March 31 2018? Check out our 9 Day Best of the South Christchurch to Christchurch Summer Tour
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Luggage should be restricted to 15kg per person in a single bag, plus a small day pack.
Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
During the winter months, tours will operate in conjunction with the Stray travel network allowing all Real Kiwi winter departures to be 100% guaranteed. Clients will still have a set itinerary with included accommodation and activities however meals are not included and the guide and group may change during the tour.
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