9 Day Intrepid Southern South Tour
This South Island adventure-loaded tour will not only leave you will a full memory card, but bursting with stories to tell friends and family of your time in the South Island. Lets get going....
|Christchurch to Christchurch|
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|Queenstown||Christchurch||Greymouth||Franz Josef||Wanaka||Doubtful Sound||Mt Cook||Tekapo|
- All transport
- 8 nights accommodation
- Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike & Hot Pools
- Wanaka Highlights Safari
- Queenstown Bungy Jump OR Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk
- Doubtful Sound Day Excursion
- Mt John Observatory Tour
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.
TOUR TYPE - INDEPENDENT TOUR
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF
Leaving Christchurch city on the TranzAlpine Train, we cross the Canterbury Plains and into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. From Arthur’s Pass our journey is via an 8.5 km long rail tunnel that has been cut through the heart of the Southern Alps. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with spectacular mountain back drops south to the glaciers.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 2 - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER HELI HIKE
Today we have included a fantastic glacier Heli Hike. After a thrilling flight high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier ready to undertake a three hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Your guide will choose your route carefully as you go and with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you’ll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice. Entry into the Glacier Hot Pools is included – what better way to relax after a morning on the ice.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 3 - FRANZ JOSEF / WANAKA
We travel deeper into South Westland taking in some beautiful coastal views and the spectacle of Haast Pass, carved by the Haast River and framed by the Southern Alps. Enjoy stunning views of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before arriving into Wanaka township mid afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy beautiful Wanaka.
DAY 4 - WANAKA HIGHLIGHTS SAFARI / QUEENSTOWN
This morning we have included a wonderful 2.5 hour adventure taking in Wanaka’s finest lakeside scenery plus an exciting and fun 4WD journey through a real alpine, mountain farm. Journey into the mountains exploring life behind the scenes of West Wanaka Station, an authentic alpine mountain farm bordering the snow-capped peaks and glaciers of Mt Aspiring National Park and overlooking sparkling Lake Wanaka. From feeding Alpaca, sheep and horses, seeing Red Deer and Angus cattle in their natural environment to views across to LOTR and Hobbit film locations this will be an absolute highlight of your holiday. After your safari adventure, return to Wanaka where you have time to collect your luggage before joining your coach to Queenstown.
* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating
DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A full day at leisure for you to enjoy Queenstown at your own pace. There are dozens of activities available – something for everyone. Alternatively, sit back and relax and take in some of the most beautiful scenery to be had.
DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN BUNGY JUMPING OR ROUTEBURN TRACK DAY WALK
Today you have the choice of an exciting Bungy Jump off the Kawarau Bridge or an equally exciting Full Day Guided Walk on the famous Routeburn Track.
Kawarau Bungy: The world’s first commercially operated Bungy Jumping Site off the historic Kawarau Bridge. With over 26 years of operating experience this jump has become renowned as one of the most exhilarating things to do in Queenstown. Please ask for available jump times. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Guided Day Walk on the Routeburn Track: This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park is a gradual ascent through 130 million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Just 2.5 hours walk later the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud scraping mountains. After a delicious Kiwi style lunch enjoy the valley in reverse, exploring the old paths of the Maori travellers as you travel along their old ‘Greenstone’ trails finding new enjoyment around each corner. Walking time is 3 – 5 hours and sensible closed toe footwear is required.
DAY 7 - DOUBTFUL SOUND DAY EXCURSION
Today travel to Doubtful Sound – an untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its broad wilderness. Cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm where your board a coach that will take you over Wilmot Pass – with the highest point being 640 metres some stunning views are waiting. At Deep Cove board a modern catamaran for a 3 hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. A magical day out!
DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / TEKAPO
Leaving Queenstown, you travel north through the historic gold mining region of the rugged Kawarau Gorge and past Cromwell, famed for fruit growing. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan, we cross the Lindis Pass to Omarama. Continue through the high country landscape of the Mackenzie Basin arriving at Mt Cook Village where you can gaze up at the 3,724 metre spectacle of Aoraki / Mt Cook. After lunch (own expense) continue for a short distance to Lake Tekapo arriving mid afternoon.This evening enjoy a stargazing tour to Mt John Observatory. See the wonders of the southern night sky, and experience the thrill of peering through powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer and see a range of research equipment not open to the general public and experience the working environment of an astronomer.
DAY 9 - TEKAPO / CHRISTCHURCH
What better way to round off your Intrepid Southern South jaunt than to enjoy a relaxing morning at Lake Tekapo. Perhaps a stroll to the Church of the Good Shepherd sitting on the shore of the breathtakingly blue waters of Lake Tekapo and framed by the charming Southern Alps. Early afternoon, join your coach for your journey back to the garden city of Christchurch.