The following package is ideal for those interested in the outdoors, nature and adventure showcasing what we believe, are some of the true highlights of our beautiful country. Experience New Zealand's stunning South Island. Get ready to kayak and hike in the Abel Tasman National Park, visit one of New Zealand's most accessible glaciers, experience jetboating and white water rafting, horse trek or bike amongst some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery, hike on the famous Routeburn or Milford Track, see glowworms, indulge in fantastic food and wine and enjoy the friendly New Zealand people. And, if you have more time, add our North Island package and try two more truly unique adventures, black water rafting and New Zealand's best one day walk, the Tongariro Crossing!

Price Includes:
• 10 nights 4 star hotel & B&B accommodation (based on double occupancy)
• 11 Days Compact size auto rental car, including unlimited km's and daily insurance
• Breakfast daily
• Choice of four of the following activities:
  - Kayaking & Hiking in Abel Tasman National Park
  - Fox or Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike
  - White Water Rafting and Jetboating in Queenstown
  - Routeburn Track Guided Day Hike in Queenstown
  - Queenstown Trails Full Day Self Guided Bike Tour
  - Horse Trekking in Queenstown
  - Kayaking on Milford Sound
  - Milford Sound Nature Cruise & 2.5 hr Walk

This itinerary can be customized to suit.
 
Not Included:

• Airfares - contact us for a quote;
• Optional sightseeing experiences;
• Meals (unless specified);
• Travel Insurance
Day 1: Nelson
Today you will arrive in Nelson. After collecting your rental car, you have a short 10 minute drive to your centrally located accommodaton. You will have the afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation: 2 nights

Day 2: Nelson / Abel Tasman National Park
This morning you will drive via the orchards, vineyards and tidal beaches of Tasman Bays to Kaiteriteri, the gateway to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Your trip today may include guided Kayaking, a Boat Cruise including Tonga Island Seal Colony and a walk amongst native bush along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Explore the spectacular granite formations and protected coves of the Kaiteriteri coastline, including famous Split Apple Rock. Visit the fascinating seal colony at Tonga Island and relax on a golden sand beach.
 
Day 3: Nelson - Punakaiki

Today you will depart Nelson and begin your travel down the West Coast - Lonely Planet Blue List says, "A drive along the West Coast of the South Island rates in the top 10 best road trips in the world". The West Coast is a stretch of wild and rugged coastline with crashing waves and smooth, sandy shores. Where the curving road hugs the sea you will find Punakaiki, set between exquisite beaches and the lush rainforest of Paparoa National Park. Punakaiki offers beach and forest walks galore, crafts, horse trekking, and the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes which are columns of limestone carved by the ocean to resemble giant stacks of pancakes. Walk the short Truman Track at sunset to watch the sun descend in a honey-glow over the dramatic and untouched West Coast sea.

Accommodation: 1 night

Day 4: Punakaiki - Fox or Franz Josef Glacier
Today is another scenic travel day to reach the glaciers of Fox or Franz Josef. Along the way you may like to take a side-trip to visit the peaceful seaside village of Okarito, with New Zealand's largest natural lagoon and home to over 70 species of birds. Eco-enthusiasts can enjoy tremendous diversity of wild Tasman Sea beaches and the bird paradise of the lagoon and surrounding rainforest. Walk, kayak or take an open boat tour to explore this amazing sanctuary of wildlife.

Accommodation: 2 nights

Day 5: Fox or Franz Josef Glacier
Fox and Franz Joself are two of New Zealand's most accessible glaciers. Today you can enjoy the thrill of two scenic helicopter flights and the chance to investigate a remote part of the glacier on foot. In this section of the glacier, shunted between two icefalls, glacial forces are greatest, often resulting in the creation of spectacular ice caves and arches. This trip offers exceptional photographic opportunities with 2.5hrs ice time. Fitness level low - moderate. Duration: 4 Hours.

Other activities in the area inlcude a walk along Gillespies Beach or a stroll around NZ's most photographed lake, Lake Matheson, known for it's stunning reflections.

Day 6: Fox or Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown
Today you will travel further down the West Coast to the Southern Lakes region. There are many wonderful short bush and beach walks along the way with photo op's galore! As you climb the Crown Range you will be rewarded with views of Arrowtown, Kawarau Gorge and in the distance, the majestic alpine resort town of Queenstown, also known as the 'adventure capital of New Zealand'.

Accommodation: 3 nights

Day 7: Queenstown
Today you have a choice of activities from thriling jetboating and whitewater rafting to horse trekking amongst a backdrop of stunning scenery, a guided hike on the famous Routeburn Track in the Mt Aspiring National Park or off-road supported bike tour on Queenstown Trails with stops in Arrowtown, Bungy Bridge, Wineries and a cheesery.

Other Queenstown acitivities (not included)

Day 8: Queenstown
Free day to explore
 
Day 9: Queenstown - Te Anau
Today you may like to enjoy more activities in Queenstown before your drive to the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau, located just 2+hrs drive away in the Fiordland region of New Zealand. Alternatively, you could leave early and spend some of the day hiking on the Kepler Track or visiting the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves. Note: A very early departure from Queenstown would allow you to experience the Milford Track Guided Day Hike (avail. 1 Nov - mid April - additional cost).

Fiordland has achieved World Heritage status and is renowned as the home of Mitre Peak, Milford and Doubtful Sounds, and for the many Great Walks (the Milford, Routeburn, and Kepler Tracks), within the Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks.

Accommodation: 2 nights

Day 10: Te Anau / Milford Sound
Today you will journey along NZ's most spectacular alpine road, the Milford Road, a World Heritage highway with highlights such as the famous Homer Tunnel wedged into a world of slab-sided mountainous rock faces, icy-clear streams, avalanche scars plus the Cleddau Valley, and the rocky gorge of the chasm.

Your of choice of ways to experience Milford Sound include either kayaking amongst the waterfalls, glacial fiords which are home to dolphins, fur seals and crested penguins or enjoy a 2 1/2 hr unguided walk followed by a Milford Sound Nature Cruise, take in the magnificent scenery and wildlife and learn about the area from your nature guide. Note: kayaking on Milford Sound does not operate during June, July and August.

Day 11: Te Anau - Queenstown
Today your New Zealand adventure ends. You will travel back to Queenstown airport to return your rental car.

I T I N E R A R Y

Nelson & Abel Tasman National Park,
Fox or Franz Josef Glacier,
Queenstown & Milford Sound
11 Days – South Islands
*From $3,199 per person (land only)

Glaciers, Beaches, Rainforests & Fiords

Conditions:
Itinerary is strictly subject to availability at time of booking.
This itinerary can be customized to fit your needs. Activities can be added, accommodations and car hire upgraded (additional cost) etc.
Itinerary is subject to our
booking conditions. 
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