7 Day South Island Explorer Tour

Beginning in Wellington, this great 7 day tour includes a mix of South Island activities as well as time at leisure in Queenstown for you to choose your own adventures. Visit Kaikoura, the Otago Lakes District and the glacier region before ending your tour in the "Garden City" of Christchurch.

The Remarkable mountain range towers above Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

 

7 Day South Island Explorer Tour

Enjoy wonderful views of Marlborough Sounds via the Interislander ferry, watch the whales in Kaikoura, free time in Queenstown and visit the glacier region before ending your tour in Christchurch via the TranzAlpine train.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Wellington to Christchurch

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

7 Days

Tour Code:

7S

 

Regions Visited

Click on the region name to view more information about the region

Wellington Picton Kaikoura Christchurch Queenstown Franz Josef Greymouth

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Kaikoura Whalewatch Cruise
  • Transfer to view glacier

Prices valid from 1st October 2019

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $1,799 NZD $2,463 NZD Enquire
Triple $1,676 NZD $2,249 NZD Enquire
Single $2,589 NZD $3,672 NZD Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

 

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 - WELLINGTON / PICTON / KAIKOURA

Board the Interislander Ferry for your scenic cruise across Cook Strait. The 92 km, three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences, and acknowledged as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world as you pass through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. On arrival into Picton, connect with the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel through Blenheim and the rugged Kaikoura coastline before arriving into the quaint township of Kaikoura.

Stay: Kaikoura

* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating

DAY 2 - KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH

This morning you will enjoy a 3 hour cruise with Kaikoura Whale Watch to marvel at the giant sperm whale and the dusky dolphin. Kaikoura Whale Watch has won many international awards for tourism excellence and marine conservation. You then have free time until your mid afternoon departure on the Coastal Pacific train*. Relax and enjoy your journey southward to Christchurch. After following the coastline for a short distance the train turns inland travelling through the mixed cropping farming areas of North Canterbury and the rapidly expanding vineyard areas of Waipara.

Stay: Christchurch

* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating

DAY 3 - CHRISTCHURCH / QUEENSTOWN

Travel through the Canterbury Plains and into the MacKenzie Country before reaching the stunning shores of Lake Tekapo. Enjoy a relaxing break which gives you time for lunch and photo opportunities of the vivid turquoise water of the lake. Your journey continues over the mighty Lindis Pass and through the Kawarau Gorge before reaching Queenstown late afternoon.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Spend a day relaxing in vibrant Queenstown. There are many activities / sightseeing opportunities available. From highlight tours visiting the best of the region, wine tours, thrill-seeking activities, Lord of the Rings tours to simply relaxing on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu. There is something for everyone. Please ask us about optional activities - we are happy to include these into your package.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Today you have a second day at leisure in Queenstown. Perhaps take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak or venture out of Queenstown for the day. A trip to Milford or Doubtful Sound will truly excite the eyes and leave you with a magical day of memories for years to come. 

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF

Leaving Queenstown we travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before climbing over the Haast Pass into the Westland National Park. The Haast Pass is our southern most pass that traverses the Southern Alps linking the East Coast with the West Coast. On arrival into Franz Josef you will collected from your accommodation for a short visit to view the glacier. 

Stay: Fox Glacier

DAY 7 - FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH

Travel north through lush rainforests and spectacular scenery to Greymouth where we transfer on to the world famous TranzAlpine Train. A remarkable journey of little more than four hours from the West Coast to the East Coast including the beautiful rainforest of the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Pass through the Southern Alps via the Otira Tunnel, cross massive viaducts over the Waimakariri Gorge descending to the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and on to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.