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From Wellington: 11-Day South Island Tour with Accommodation

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Discover turquoise lakes, majestic glaciers, dramatic mountain peaks, and the picture-perfect towns of Queenstown, Wanaka, and Franz Josef on this 11-day trip from Wellington.

Highlights

  • Savor the clean mountain air as you hike up Roys Peak for views of Lake Wānaka
  • Explore the snow-covered mountains and copper-blue lakes of the South Island
  • Enjoy beautiful scenic drives as you explore the top sights of the South Island
  • Get your heart pumping on the the Hooker Valley Track all the way to Hooker Lake
  • Cruise across the world-famous, beautiful Cook Strait on a relaxing ferry ride

Description

Set off on an adventure-filled 11-day tour to discover and explore New Zealand's South Island. Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, explore Queenstown, and create your own Greenstone jewelry. Day 1: Wellington to Kaikoura Meet your driver in Wellington and begin your adventure across the South Island. Board a ferry to travel across the Cook Strait. After disembarking, go for a wine tasting in the Marlborough region and visit the Kaikoura Seal colony. Day 2: Kaikoura to Christchurch Begin your day with a hike along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Enjoy panoramic views of Kaikoura before heading to Christchurch to discover hidden gems on a city street art trail. Day 3: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Drive to Lake Tekapo to marvel at the stars in the Dark Sky Project. Visit The Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most-photographed places in New Zealand. Finish the day with a hike up Mount John for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Day 4: Mount Cook Spend the day at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park under the shadow of Mt. Cook, the country's highest mountain. Hike the Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake, enjoying the scenery, before returning to Lake Tekapo. Day 5: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown Travel to Queenstown to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with panoramic views of Queenstown at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant (not included). Day 6: Queenstown Spend the day exploring Queenstown on your own. Visit the sights, go shopping, or relax at a cafe. Day 7: Glenorchy Head out to Glenorchy on a day trip from Queenstown. Cruise past the late, soaking up the views, and onto Glenorchy. Enjoy several short walks, taking in the scenery, before returning to Queenstown. Day 8: Queenstown to Wanaka Head to Wanaka to enjoy panoramic hikes. From November to May, hike Roys Peak, a 6-hour roundtrip trek, for breathtaking views over Lake Wānaka. For the rest of the year, enjoy the Mt. Iron hike with 360-degree views of The Pisa range. After your hike, visit the famous Wanaka tree. Day 9: Wanaka to Franz Josef Visit Thunder Creek Falls in Mt. Aspiring National Park. Next, head to Lake Matheson to enjoy its famous mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Spend the night in Franz Josef. Day 10: Franz Josef Design and carve your own Greenstone jewelry in a West Coast workshop (included) before enjoying the Glacier Valley Walk in Franz Josef. Day 11: Franz Josef to Christchurch Take a scenic hike across Arthurs Pass, and enjoy stunning views. Walk the Castle Hill track and admire the Devil's Punchbowl waterfalls before finishing your tour in Christchurch.

Includes

11 nights of dorm accommodation 11 x breakfasts Local Kiwi guide Inter-Island transport across the Cook Strait Wine tasting in the Marlborough region Kaikoura Seal colony Christchurch city street art tour Dark Sky Project, Lake Tekapo The Church of the Good Shepherd Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Roys Peak hike shuttle Glenorchy & Lake Wakatipu tour Thunder Creek Falls Lake Matheson Glacier valley walk in Franz Josef Scenic hikes across Arthurs Pass Devils Punchbowl and Castle Hill

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