$1,999.00 NZD

10 Day South Island Road Trip

Solo Travellers, Couples, & Friends

Our Awesome NZ South Island Tour Package!

New Zealand’s South Island is a place of breathtaking beauty. It’s home to Queenstown, the Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo and our incredible glacier country, and so much more. There’s no better time to explore it whilst international travel is restricted and our winter starts! With the snow-covered mountains, copper-blue lakes, and unbeatable nightlife, you’ll spend 10 days exploring it all with us while creating unforgettable memories. Winter is coming…so let’s make sure we embrace it!

Trip Details

The Particulars

Price

1999.00 NZD

You can secure your spot with a 20% deposit and pay the rest later! Check our Terms & Conditions for more details.


Availability

2021

July 19th
August 9th
August 30th
September 20th
October 11th


Meeting point

On day 1, you’ll meet us at 9 am in Christchurch at JUCY Snooze


On the road

10 days, 9 nights


Group size

Small groups of up to 12 people


Taking part

You must be 18+ years old to book


Included

  • All transport
  • All accommodation
  • All activities (please see the itinerary)
  • 9 x breakfasts
  • 2 x lunches
  • 5 x dinners

Not included

Flights to Christchurch


What to bring

  • We recommend a large-sized bag for most of your stuff (this will be locked away in the trailer) and a small day bag to keep with you in the van where you can keep water, snacks, a camera, and an extra layer handy
  • Our South Island’s weather can be pretty unpredictable, so remember a few pairs of shoes as some might get wet, a waterproof rain jacket and pants, warm jumpers/hoodies/puffers, base thermals (polypro or merino, warm track pants, and good socks! Also, don’t forget a towel and togs for our water activities
  • If need be you can use the laundry room at Nomads (Queenstown) as we will be there for 3 nights. If you want to bring clothes to go out and enjoy the nightlife in Queenstown then feel free to do so!

Tour staff

You will have 2 tour guides with you during your road trip with us. They will be your drivers, hosts, cooks, and new best mates!

Things to Look Forward to

Experience the most beautiful scenic drives through the Haast Pass, Arthur’s Pass, and up to the stunning ‘8th wonder of the world’ Milford Sound

Soak in the stars with a 2hr stargazing experience & exclusive night-time use of the Tekapo Hot Springs - Optional Add on

Enjoy 3 nights in Queenstown! Most of your stay here will be free time for you to explore the adventure capital of the world

Enjoy a guided tour of Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Road followed by the thrilling jet boat ride through the most dramatic canyons of the Shotover river - Optional Add on

2hr boat cruise through Milford Sound. You'll get up-close views of the impressive fiord and will be within touching distance of the stunning waterfalls and local wildlife

Glide effortlessly across Lake Mapourika in a kayak taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps, colossal glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rainforest

Explore the limestone rocks of the Castle Hill Basin which the Dalai Lama dubbed "the spiritual centre of the universe”

Explore Arrowtown, New Zealand's historic gold-mining town aka the kiwi ‘Wild West’

South Island Itinerary 10 Days

Welcome aboard! Today is the first day of our road trip and after a quick meet and greet in Christchurch, we load into our van and kick off our NZ adventure holiday over The Rakaia Gorge Bridge which is a historic piece of architecture that dates back to 1945. From there, we’ll then make our way to Geraldine for a lunch stop. After lunch, we’ll cruise towards Lake Tekapo with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd. This stop is a must as it’s one of the most photographed items in NZ.

On our arrival, we will give you time to settle into your accommodation which looks out at the intense milky blue waters of the glacial-fed Lake Tekapo. After a BBQ dinner, you have the option to enjoy a two-hour stargazing adventure to truly enjoy the beautiful night sky. This will be the ultimate stellar relaxation experience because we’ll combine the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve with a unique blend of astronomy and storytelling. Did we mention we can also enjoy the blanket of sparkling stars while bathing in some soul-warming hot springs? Not a bad way to start the trip and break the ice!

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: BBQ Dinner
Included activities: Visit Rakaia Gorge and the Church of the Good Shepherd

Optional add-ons:
Soak in the stars 2hr experience
– $89
Tekapo springs day access – $26
Silver River stargazing 2hr experience – $63

In the morning, your guides will prepare a continental breakfast for you before we wind our way further south. We will pass Lake Pukaki which is the largest lake in the area and it proudly shows off NZ’s tallest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. If you still have some room left after breakfast, you’ll be happy to know we have a quick stop off for lunch in Arrowtown, New Zealand’s historic gold-mining destination. The Kiwi style ‘Wild West’ is full of funky cafes, charming wooden-fronted shops, and remnants of the gold rush era. Whilst you’re there, you should visit the replica miner’s huts, buy some flakes of gold, wade in the river where people still pan for gold or buy some old-fashioned sweets from the Remarkable Sweet Shop. After our visit, we head straight to the stunning lakeside town of Te Anau where we stay the night to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure. This picturesque township is the main visitor base for the glacier-covered wilderness Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner
Included activities: Arrowtown free time

After breakfast, we head to one of NZ’s most stunning attractions: the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Milford Sound. Deemed the world’s 8th wonder by Rudyard Kipling, this area has a magical combination of mountain peaks, forest-clad cliffs, and deep mysterious-blue waters. We really take advantage of this beautiful spot and include a 2-hour boat cruise on the sound itself. You’ll get up-close views of the impressive fiord and you will be in touching distance of the stunning waterfalls and local wildlife. Your guides will prepare you a gourmet lunch on board the boat too while you keep your eyes out for seals, dolphins, and more!

After our cruise, we drive back towards Queenstown whilst making stops at Eglinton Valley and Mirror Lake. On arrival, we’ll check into our accommodation and you’ll have some free time to go and explore this famous town! You can check out the world’s best burger joint (at least we think so)— Fergburger. And then, the night is yours. Have some drinks at the Ice Bar, take a trip through the haunted house, or head back to our accommodation to rest up for two more big days ahead in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: Breakfast & lunch
Included activities: 2.5hr Milford Sound cruise

Today is your first FREE DAY and what better place than to enjoy it in Queenstown! The bro John Travolta once said, “whenever I get stressed, I just want to hop on a plane to Queenstown.” People come here from all over the world for Queenstown adventure holidays and the town has subsequently been nicknamed our adventure capital, and for good reason! It has to be seen to be believed and, with two more nights in this incredible southern paradise, you’ll get your chance to do as much exploring as you can fit in. Spend it how you want; bungy jumping, skydiving, exploring the town, soak up in the ONSEN hot pools (pre booking required)… the bucket list activities are endless! For those who don’t want to splash out on paid activities, you’re more than welcome to join the tour guides as we can visit Glenorchy or Bob’s Cove for the day.Glenorchy or Bob’s Cove for the day.

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: ree day trip to Glenorchy and Bobs Cove (optional)

Optional add-ons:
Shotover Canyon Swing – $179-$322
ONSEN Hot pools – $79-199
AJ Hacket Bungy – $139-249
Kawaru Zipline – $39-49
Ozone Skydive 12000ft – $305
and many more..

There’s only one thing better than waking up to a Friday – and that’s waking up to a Friday in the beautiful Queenstown! Now, if you didn’t manage to do or see everything you wanted yesterday, no stress! You have another full day to explore this adventurous town. At midday, however, we have an optional add-on for a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Road followed by the thrilling jet boat ride through the Shotover River’s dramatic canyons! In this area, you will discover a land rich in gold mining history and breathtaking scenery, just a short distance from central Queenstown.

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Day trip to Glenorchy and Bobs Cove

Optional add-ons:
Skippers Canyon Jet – $129
Shotover Jet boat – $109
Go orange Jet boat – $84
Shotover Canyon Swing – $199
ONSEN Hot pools – $99
AJ Hacket Bungy – $199
Kawaru Zipline – $49
Ozone Skydive 12000ft – $309
and many more..

In the morning of day 6, we will have an early breakfast and head off to Cardrona, a historic village situated on the famous crown range road. You’ll be able to grab a coffee at the iconic Cardrona Hotel at the heart of the village while surely grabbing a photo while you’re there! Afterwards, we will head towards a town situated on a lakefront and dwarfed by mountains they call Wānaka where you will have a free day to explore. Before we check into our accommodation, you can wander the town and see why this place draws visitors from all around the world with unrivalled views of Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner

Optional add-ons: Cardrona Alpine Resort & Wildwire Wanaka
Cardrona Alpine Resort: For those who want to experience NZ’s most popular ski area, Cardrona Alpine Resort. We can take you from Wanaka to Cardrona and help organise a half-day lift pass, your gear rental, clothing bundle and group beginners lessons if it’s your first time or if you are looking for some pointers!
Half day lift pass – $89
Ski/snowboard and boots set – $40
Clothing bundle (jacket, pants, goggles, helmet & gloves) – $80
Beginner group lesson (2hr) – $45

Wildwire Wanaka: For those who want to kick their holidays up a notch and get hooked on adventure. Tackle the highest waterfall cable climb in the world and feel the excitement build with every rung and every step with Wildwire Wanaka
3hr Stage 1 climb 150m -$169
5hr Stage 2 climb 320m – $255
7hr Stage 3 climb 450m – $515

Starting day 7, we’ll enjoy our breakfast with panoramic views of the stunning Lake Wānaka. We will then hit the road and pass by Lake Hāwea, a place of vivid beauty. We will then carry on to experience one of the best scenic drives in this area. Today, we pass by non-stop Aotearoa eye-candy through the Haast Pass which is highlighted by ancient rainforests, small glaciers, and awesome waterfalls. We might even get the chance to meet some penguins if we are lucky!

Before lunch, we’ll visit the famous Blue Pools which is only a short walk from the car park. The blue of the water is not to be believed, it’s clear, it’s pure and makes for one amazing photo! Afterwards, we will pass by more epic waterfalls and you will have a beachfront lunch prepared for you by the friendly guides. After we’re satisfied, we’ll then make our way to Franz Josef Glacier for the night. Once settled into our new home for the night, you can opt-in for a pizza night, check out the local restaurants in the area and even use the giant hot tub (at the accommodation) to finish off your epic day with the squad!

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: Breakfast & lunch
Included activities: Haast Pass Blue Pools & many stunning waterfalls

Today you’ll get your chance to experience the original Franz Josef kayak adventure. With a knowledgeable, certified guide, the group will have the chance to glide effortlessly across the water taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps, glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rainforest reflected on the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika. Finishing up at midday, we will head back to our accommodation and you’ll be able to grab lunch in town and have some free time for the rest of the day. To visit the glacier itself, the trail is a free walk which your guides can take you to check out but if you’ve got a bit of extra spending money, optional paid activities like helicopter tours and treks are also available for that unbeatable Instagram shot (your guides can give you some suggestions and help with bookings). We will then meet back for a big family dinner prepared by your guides and make the most of our night there.

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner
Included activities: Franz Josef kayaking tour (3hr)

Optional add ons:
Heli + Glacier Hike – $485
Heli Trip – $289
Skydive – $229
Quad Bike tour – $179

Today you’ll get your chance to experience the original Franz Josef kayak adventure. With a knowledgeable, certified guide, the group will have the chance to glide effortlessly across the water taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps, glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rainforest reflected on the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika. Finishing up at midday, we will head back to our accommodation and you’ll be able to grab lunch in town and have some free time for the rest of the day. To visit the glacier itself, the trail is a free walk which your guides can take you to check out but if you’ve got a bit of extra spending money, optional paid activities like helicopter tours and treks are also available for that unbeatable Instagram shot (your guides can give you some suggestions and help with bookings). We will then meet back for a big family dinner prepared by your guides and make the most of our night there.

Accommodation: Shared twin room or private double for two
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner
Included activities: Franz Josef kayaking tour (3hr)

Optional add ons:
Heli + Glacier Hike – $485
Heli Trip – $280-379
Skydive – $229-579
Quad Bike tour – $179
and many more..

Breakfast is served as we pack up to make our way to Christchurch. But before the saddest chapter of the tour comes to an end, we will stop to explore the limestone rocks of Castle Hill Basin, described by the Dalai Lama as “the spiritual centre of the universe”. Castle Hill is a short 15 min drive away from our lodge, where we will get our last group photos together and make our way to the drop off zone which will be close to Christchurch Airport at 2 pm. If people have a flight to catch around that time, we can drop you off at the airport, no worries, just let us know before the tour starts!

Included meals: Cooked breakfast
Included activities: Castle Hill limestone boulders

Some Important Details


  • Flights to Christchurch are not included
  • On day six when we go to Wanaka, you can choose to go to Cardrona Alpine Resort. Your snowboard/ski rental, boots, half-day lift pass and clothing bundle (jacket, pants, goggles, helmet and gloves) are not included in the package. This will be an additional charge you can pay whilst on tour. If you are a beginner/new then we can help you book group lessons too.
  • ‘On day six we can also offer assistance if you want to book ‘Wildwire Wanaka’ and conquer the highest waterfall cable climb in the world. This will be an additional charge you can pay whilst on tour.
  • If you want to arrive in Christchurch earlier than the departure date we can offer you exclusive discounts(opens in a new tab) at JUCY Snooze in Christchurch (5mins from the airport). This is where we start the tour at 9 am on day one
  • COVID restrictions/changes or cancellations to your booking
    • All cancellations of bookings by you must be made in writing. We will not regard a booking as cancelled unless an email written notice has been received by us from you.
    • Cancellation can only be made up to 7 days before the departure of your tour. Once the cancellation is accepted a refund of 80% of the total ticket price (less the 20% deposit) will be paid to you. The refundable portion does not include the non-refundable 20% deposit.
    • No refunds will be available for cancellations within 7 days of the departure date.
    • We recognise that our current tours may require flexibility around cancellations during this evolving global situation. As such, if your travel arrangement to the meetup zone has been affected due to COVID Alert level restrictions your tour purchase will be 100% refundable (excl. any credit card, booking fee).
  • For any other optional add on activities we can help you book the activity of your choice and organise transport to and from these activities. We can take activity payments whilst you are on tour with us by using a Portable EFTPOS machine for an easier process. We will make direct contact with the activity providers for you.

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