Active: New Zealand - Active South Island (ONSA)

Countries Visited: New Zealand
Trip Style: Acrtive - Hiking, biking and kayaking adventures across the world
Hungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinations? No sweat. (Well, maybe a little.) You don't have to be a decathlete to take an Active trip, just someone with a healthy love for getting active and the outdoors.
Service Level: Basic
  • Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences
  • Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character
  • Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction
  • Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
    Trip Style: Acrtive - Hiking, biking and kayaking adventures across the world
    Hungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinations? No sweat. (Well, maybe a little.) You don't have to be a decathlete to take an Active trip, just someone with a healthy love for getting active and the outdoors.
    Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
    Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
    Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Accommodations: Hostels (11nts), hotels (2 nts), camp (1 nts).

    Highlights
    Kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park, trek through the wilds of the South Islands national parks, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, cross the spectacular Southern Alps, cruise on Milford Sound, cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago.

    Description
    New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and theres nowhere in the country more suited to that than the South Island. On this two week trip, cover the ground (or water) by sea kayak, boat, bike, and on foot. Explore Abel Tasman National Park, glide along the waters of Milford Sound, and take two-wheels through the Rail Trail in Central Otago. If youre not out of breath just from reading all that, then its time to start packing.
  • Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 12337562

    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    15 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1WellingtonDay 1 Wellington
    Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2Abel Tasman National ParkDay 2 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)
    Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Transport: Ferry Water taxi
    Day 3MarahauDay 3 Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L)
    Set off from the beach and kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau. Included Activities: Kayaking to Marahau
    Day 4Paparoa National ParkDay 4 Marahau/Paparoa National Park (1B, 1D)
    Transfer to Paparoa National Park, and enjoy a trek in the park. Additional Notes: Should you prefer, there is the option to kayak in the National Park. Included Activities: Paparoa National Park Trek Pancake Rocks Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
    Day 5Franz JosefDay 5 Paparoa National Park/Franz Josef (1B)
    Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest. Included Activities: Okarito Lagoon Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)
    Day 6Franz JosefDay 6 Franz Josef (1B)
    A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
    Day 7MakaroraDay 7 Franz Josef/Makarora (1B, 1D)
    Travel through Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area to Makarora, where you can spend the afternoon exploring the area by foot, or opt for a jet boat excursion or scenic flight. Included Activities: Te Wahipounamu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 225km)
    Day 8QueenstownDay 8 Makarora/Queenstown (1B)
    Free day to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)
    Day 9QueenstownDay 9 Queenstown (1B)
    Free day to enjoy the city.
    Day 10Milford SoundDay 10 Queenstown/Milford Sound (1B)
    Continue to the fjords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Included Activities: Milford Sound Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
    Day 11Te AnauDay 11 Milford Sound/Te Anau (1B)
    Continue onto Te Anau with a free day to explore the area surrounding Lake Te Anau, including the start of the Kepler Track. Optional activities including hiking, biking, exploring the Te Anau glowworm caves or taking in a screening of the award-winning `Ata Whenua' - `Fjordland Film' documentary at the local cinema. Included Activities: Explore Lake Te Anau
    Day 12Central Otago DistrictDay 12 Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B)
    Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads. Included Activities: Otago Rail Trail Cycling Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 13ChristchurchDay 13 Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B)
    Drive through breathtaking Central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch in the evening. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 500km)
    Day 14KaikouraDay 14 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)
    Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoua. A free afternoon can also be spent swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals, or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula. Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters frequent the area. Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains. Transport: Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
    Day 15WellingtonDay 15 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)
    Transfer to Picton and visit a seal colony along the way before taking the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival. Included Activities: Seal Colony Visit Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 156km) Ferry (3.00-3.50 hours)
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    11/17/2017$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/15/2017$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    01/05/2018$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    01/19/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    02/02/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    02/16/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/02/2018$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/16/2018$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/30/2018$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/16/2018$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/30/2018$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/14/2018$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/28/2018$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
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