7 Day South Island Explorer Tour

Beginning in Wellington, this great 7 day tour includes a mix of "must do" 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.

 

7 Day South Island Explorer Tour

Enjoy some magical South Island scenery during included sightseeing such as the Interislander Ferry, Kaikoura Whale Watching, Queenstown Highlights Tour, Skyline Gondola, glacier viewing and the famous 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 Fox Glacier Greymouth

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Kaikoura Whalewatch Cruise
  • Queenstown Highlights Tour
  • Queenstown Gondola
  • Fox Glacier transfer

Prices for the period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2020

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $2,370 NZD $2,985 NZD Enquire
Triple $2,210 NZD $2,630 NZD Enquire
Single $3,225 NZD $4,410 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 HIGHLIGHTS

Spend a morning exploring Queenstown on a guided tour, taking in some of the region’s best sights and activities. Travel up Queenstown Hill and enjoy spectacular bird’s-eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Discover the secrets of bungy-jumping with a behind the scenes tour of AJ Hackett’s world famous Bungy Bridge and watch the jumpers from the viewing deck. Visit the award winning Gibbston Valley Winery and sample a selection of wines produced on site. Browse the winery’s well stocked gift shop and the region’s only cheesery. Have your camera ready as you are transported into Middle-Earth at the Kawarau Gorge – film location for the “Pillars of the Kings” in The Lord of the Rings. Then discover beautiful Arrowtown’s captivating history and colonial architecture. Highlights are the cafes and restaurants. You have the afternoon at leisure for more Queenstown exploring or shopping. We have also included a visit to the Skyline Gondola – you may use this pass anytime during the day.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Today you have a full day at leisure in Queenstown. Perhaps take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu or venture out of Queenstown for the day for a trip to Milford or Doubtful Sounds. Please ask at time of booking if you are interested in Milford or Doubtful Sounds as a day tour add on.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN / FOX GLACIER

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. After arriving into Fox Glacier you will collected from your accommodation and transferred to the glacier car park where you can walk to a glacier look out point. This walk is not guided.

Stay: Fox Glacier

DAY 7 - FOX GLACIER / 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.