All about the 14 Day Full South Island Christchurch to Christchurch Summer Tour

On this 14 day South Island adventure you can opt to get your adrenaline fix with some world class extreme activities, explore awesome cities and relax in spectacular landscapes.

Highlights of this two-week adventure include a visit to the Marlborough wine region and sample some New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park. You can also choose to take a water taxi ride or hire a stand-up paddle board. Visiting the historic French and British settlement of Akaroa (optional marine activities available at your own expense). Soaking in Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. Seeing the mighty Franz Josef Glacier (optional Glacier Ice Explorer or helicopter flight available at your own expense). Walking around the mirror-like Lake Matheson. Admiring the stunning colours of the Blue Pools in Makarora. Spending two full days in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand! Seeing the fascinating Moeraki Boulders and then heading to the Kaikoura coast with option to go whale watching You will also spend a full day in Abel Tasman National Park for walks and optional sea kayaking and sailing

If the scenery of the South Island leaves you with any breath, then Queenstown’s adventure activities will take it away!

Real Kiwi Adventures is about adventure and getting involved. We don’t define by age but our trips are quite active. We get travelers from all over the world, people traveling by themselves, couples and groups A great way to meet new people and with an experienced and fun tour guide.

14 Day Full South Island Christchurch to Christchurch Summer Tour Itinerary - 14 days

  • Day 1 Christchurch to Picton
    Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off when we depart Christchurch in the morning to travel north on a scenic drive through Lewis Pass, heading to the coastal town of Picton. We arrive in the early evening, giving you time to go for a walk to get your bearings in this charming town or relax in the spa at your accommodation.
    Accommodation included: Cozy villa
  • Day 2 Picton to Abel Tasman
    Spend the morning exploring the stunning Marlborough Sounds by foot or bicycle. You’ll meet your coach at midday to cruise through the famous Marlborough wine region. We visit a local vineyard’s cellar door to sample New Zealand’s world famous Sauvignon Blanc, before heading to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. Tonight we enjoy some delicious seafood and a BBQ dinner at our exclusive campsite accommodation. (D)
    Accommodation included: Beach accommodation in the national park
    Activities included: Winery cellar door visit
    Optional activities: Walk or hire a bicycle for sightseeing
  • Day 3 Full day in Abel Tasman
    Today is a free day to experience the incredible Abel Tasman National Park. Explore this stunning, coastal area famous for being one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand. Walk the coastal track and discover some of New Zealand’s best natural golden beaches or choose an optional activity like sailing or sea kayaking (own expense). Tonight you can self-cater and use the BBQ facilities at our accommodation on the edge of the national park. (B)
    Accommodation included: Beach accommodation in the national park
    Activities included: Abel Tasman Track and Aqua Taxi or paddle board hire
  • Day 4 Abel Tasman to Hanmer Springs
    Today you’ll travel through beautiful scenery in the Kahurangi and Nelson National Parks where we’ll stop for a picnic lunch, before heading to the peaceful town of Hanmer Springs. This afternoon you are free to enjoy this alpine setting. Spend the afternoon surrounded by mountains and forest as you relax in the thermal hot pools. Tonight is a group dinner. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Cozy alpine chalets
    Activities included: Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa
  • Day 5 Hanmer Springs to Christchurch
    Today we head for the East Coast and the coastal village of Kaikoura, famous for a huge array of natural wonders from land to sea. We arrive in Kaikoura early, so you are free to experience all this location has to offer. Why not go out on the water and experience one of Kaikoura’s famous dolphin and whale spotting tours (own expense), see seals sitting right beside the road at Goose Bay or wander around the peninsula and check out the breath-taking views from the lookout. After the afternoon’s activities, we make our way to the city of Christchurch. Check out the city sights as you make your way to your accommodation in the city centre and enjoy a group meal in the evening. (B)
    Accommodation included: Central city hostel
    Activities included: Peninsula walk and seal colony visit
    Optional activities: Whale watching, swim with dolphins
  • Day 6 Christchurch to Franz Josef
    We depart Christchurch this morning for a stunning journey across the Canterbury Plains and over the famous Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. Around almost every corner there is a picturesque backdrop to enjoy so have your camera ready as we stop often for walks and photo opportunities. We visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), before our day ends in the quaint little West Coast town of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. (D)
    Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions
    Activities included: Pounamu jade factory
  • Day 7 Full day at Franz Josef
    Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible landscape on a Franz Josef Glacier guided tour which we highly recommend (own expense). There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region. Tonight we self-cater, giving you the opportunity to dine at one of the many local cafes and restaurants in town or make use of the self-catering kitchen at our accommodation. (B)
    Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions
    Optional activities: Glacier Ice Explorer, helicopter flight
  • Day 8 Franz Josef to Makarora
    Today we head down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake. See waterfalls as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora then visit the stunning Blue Pools. On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park we go jet boating, experience the best in shallow water boating skimming just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Unique mountain chalets
    Activities included: Walk around Lake Matheson – Mirror Lake, walk through beech forest to the Blue Pools, Jet Boat Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Day 9 Makarora to Doubtful Sound
    Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; it is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks to explore the fiord. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay in a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    Activities included: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting
  • Day 10 Doubtful Sound to Queenstown
    We depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the ‘adventure capital of the world’ Queenstown. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music. (B)
    Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views
  • Days 11 and 12 Queenstown
    You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense. (B)
    Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views
    Optional activities: AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging
  • Day 13 Queenstown to Mt Cook
    We’ll jump back on the bus for a short drive to Wanaka, where we’ll spend the morning biking some of New Zealand’s most scenic lakeside trails. After lunch, we head over the Lindis Pass through the picturesque Mackenzie region to the base of the country’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. There is time for a hike through the Hooker Valley for breathtaking views of the dramatic mountain landscape, or opt to take an alpine scenic flight (own expense). This is also one of the best places in New Zealand to join an evening stargazing tour. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Alpine lodge
    Activities included: Mountain biking in Wanaka, scenic walk on Hooker Valley
    Optional activities: Big Sky Stargazing or scenic heli-flight
  • Day 14 Mt Cook to Christchurch
    Today we make our way through a landscape made famous in the 'Lord of the Rings' films. We’ll take a break for a stroll around Lake Tekapo, iconic for its historic church and turquoise waters. Between Tekapo and Christchurch there is an option for thrill seekers to hop-off and join a top-notch Grade 5 white water adventure on the Rangitata River (own expense). Those not rafting will continue on to Christchurch, where your driver guide will point out the highlights of the South Island’s largest city. The rafters will rejoin the group in Christchurch this evening. This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)
    Activities included: Explore Lake Tekapo area
    Optional activities: Rangitata white water rafting
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Real Kiwi Says:
If you're into nature, spectacular views and more fresh air then you know what to do with then this South Island Tour is for you! During the winter our Real Kiwi Adventures tours are operated with our partners on the hop on hop off network, so you can guarantee we depart with a good group of travellers every week. There is plenty to see in New Zealand in the winter, with some saying its even better at that time of year!

14 Day Full South Island Christchurch to Christchurch Summer Tour Price information
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Tour code: ASI14
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Saturdays from Christchurch from October 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018, and October 2018 to March 31, 2019.

Traveling from May to September 2018? Check out our 15 Day Full South Island Christchurch to Christchurch Winter Tour.


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Things you need to know about this tour

Itinerary is subject to change due to cultural or seasonal conditions
^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei and Doubtful Sound.
*Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro.
Child rate available to one passenger 8-12 years sharing with 2 adults.
Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

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