16-Day New Zealand South Island Supreme Adventure Private Tour from Christchurch

  • Tour code: 184-2286
  • Available: Daily
  • Depart from: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 16 Days 15 Nights
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15-night accommodations. New Zealand's South Island is one of the most amazing and picturesque locations on the face of the planet. On this South Island supreme 16 day tour you will see everything from rainforests, deserted beaches, glaciers, fjords, spectacular mountain ranges and amazing native wildlife.

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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Christchurch(12 km)
  • Day 2 Christchurch - Oamaru - Dunedin(361 km)
  • Day 3 Dunedin
  • Day 4 Dunedin - Te-Anau(382 km)
  • Day 5 Te Anau - Milford Sound(105 km)
  • Day 6 Milford Sound - Queenstown(235 km)
  • Day 7 Queenstown
  • Day 8 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Wanaka(74 km)
  • Day 9 Wanaka - Franz Josef Glacier(286 km)
  • Day 10 Franz Josef Glacier - Punakaiki(218 km)
  • Day 11 Punakaiki - Abel Tasman National Park(356 km)
  • Day 12 Abel Tasman National Park
  • Day 13 Abel Tasman National Park - Marlborough Sounds(86 km)
  • Day 14 Marlborough Sounds - Kaikoura(129 km)
  • Day 15 Kaikoura - Christchurch(181 km)
  • Day 16 Christchurch
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Day 1 Christchurch(12 km)

Today guests will arrive and be welcomed to New Zealand by a tour guide, and transferred to the local accommodations in Christchurch. In the afternoon, we will venture to Lyttleton to visit the top of the Port Hills and stroll through the Botanic Gardens. In the evening, guests will enjoy a welcome dinner.

The largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is an urban center in the Canterbury region. Nicknamed the Garden City, Christchurch is known for its Anglican cathedral, arts, museums, and as being a gateway for Antarctic expeditions.

  • Always Visit
    Experience a collection of exotic and local plants like no other at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. An ideal locale for bird watching, this 52 acre garden has flowers from around the globe, including orchids, carnivorous plants, and over 250 varieties of roses, and is located along Christchurch's Avon River.

Situated along the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Lyttleton is a port of nearby Christchurch. Visitors can enjoy scenic views from atop Port Hills: geological remnants of the Lyttelton volcano, which erupted millions of years ago.

  • Always Visit
    This range of hills sits between the two towns of Christchurch and Lyttleton, providing amazing views of the surrounding areas, especially the port of Lyttleton below. The hills rise between 300 and 500 meters above sea level.
Standard Hotel: Williams Hotel Christchurch
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Copthorne Commodore Hotel Christchurch / Gold: George Hotel Queenstown

Day 2 Christchurch - Oamaru - Dunedin(361 km)

Today we will travel south to Oamaru to see the famous Oamaru Stone Heritage Buildings and the boulders at Moeraki Beach. Our final stop and base for the next 2 nights will be Dinedin.

Oamaru is the largest and most populous town in the northern Otago region. Located 120 kilometers north of Dunedin, Oamaru is home to important archaeological sites and architectural stone buildings such as St. Patrick's Basilica.

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    Moeraki Beach is best known for enormous, spherical boulders lying along its coast between the towns of Moeraki and Hampden. Visitors will enjoy learning about the indigenous Māori legends surrounding these boulders and the picture-perfect views these unique beach feature offer.
  • Always Visit
    Oamaru stone is a key component in the architecture of New Zealand. Many of the buildings in this town are preserved to keep this intact, as the stone is susceptible to the weather.
Standard Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Dunedin Southern Cross Hotel / Gold: Blue Stone on George

Day 3 Dunedin

Today we will explore all Dunedin has to offer. In the morning, we will tour the city including Baldwin Street, the historic railway building, Dunedin University's campus, and New Zealand's Cadbury Chocolate Factory. In the afternoon we will tour the local Yellow Eyed Penguin Colony. In the evening, we will have the option to visit the Speight's Brewery, if they wish.

Dunedin is a bustling urban, cultural center in the Otago region in the South Island of New Zealand. It offers a wide variety of attractions for visitors including the theatre, music, museums, sporting events, universities, parks, gardens, architecture, and much more.

  • Always Visit
    Located in Dunedin, New Zealand, Baldwin Street is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's steepest residential Street. At its maximum incline, the slope of Baldwin Street is 19 degrees or a gradient of 35%.
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    Richard Hudson opened the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in 1884, making it the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Visitors can tours the Cadbury Creme Egg facility to learn about the manufacturing process and taste delicious confections along the way.
    Duration: 10 Minutes to 1 Hour 15 Minutes
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    On this tour, guests will explore the Penguin Place conservation and be able to see adorable little penguins up close in a protected setting.
    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
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    Come join this award-winning interactive tour of one of New Zealand's most famous breweries since 1876. Over the course of the experience, you will learn about beer production techniques, taste some samples, and be able to purchase your favorite brews.
    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Dunedin Southern Cross Hotel / Gold: Blue Stone on George

Day 4 Dunedin - Te-Anau(382 km)

Today we journey inland to Te-Anau. If time permits, guests will have a chance to take a short walk around the Fiordland National Park area. In the evening, guests may take an optional excursion to the Te-Anau Glow Worm Caves, if they wish.

Dunedin is a bustling urban, cultural center in the Otago region in the South Island of New Zealand. It offers a wide variety of attractions for visitors including the theatre, music, museums, sporting events, universities, parks, gardens, architecture, and much more.

Established in 1952, the Fiordland National Park is New Zealand's most significant conservation that supports a large and diverse ecosystem of plants and wildlife. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, and more while surrounded by the astounding beauty of this natural paradise.

Located in the Southland region of New Zealand, Te Anau is a scenic town that borders the Fiordland National Park. Experience the beauty of numerous mountain ranges, Lake Te Anau, bird watching, and easy access to Queenstown and the Milford Sounds.

  • Always Visit
    Take a journey into the underground magic of the Te Anau glow worm caves on the shores of Te Anau Lake. Cruise through limestone passages before arriving in a grotto filled with these marvelous creatures!
Standard Hotel: Fiordland Hotel Te Anau
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Te Anau Luxmore Hotel / Gold: Te Anau Luxmore Distinction Villas

Day 5 Te Anau - Milford Sound(105 km)

Today we will embark on a spectacular drive from Te-Anau to Milford Sound. En route guests will see valleys, mountains, and may glimpse New Zealand's mountain parrot: the Kea. In the evening, guests will have an opportunity to explore the Milford Sound area before overnighting on the Milford Mariner Ship Cruise.

Located in the Southland region of New Zealand, Te Anau is a scenic town that borders the Fiordland National Park. Experience the beauty of numerous mountain ranges, Lake Te Anau, bird watching, and easy access to Queenstown and the Milford Sounds.

Established in 1952, the Fiordland National Park is New Zealand's most significant conservation that supports a large and diverse ecosystem of plants and wildlife. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, and more while surrounded by the astounding beauty of this natural paradise.

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    Described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound offers breathtaking views and recreation. Visitors can admire staggering cliffs and waterfalls, kayak in the sea, take a helicopter flight, or enjoy a day or overnight boat cruise.
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    Spend the night aboard the Milford Mariner Cruise Ship and experience the Milford Sound like never before. Enjoy nature guides by day and stargazing by night, as well as delicious buffet-styled breakfast and dinner among the sound's natural beauty.
    Duration: 1 Day
Standard Hotel: Milford Mariner luxury overnight boat
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Milford Mariner luxury overnight boat cruise / Gold: Milford Mariner luxury overnight boat cruise

Day 6 Milford Sound - Queenstown(235 km)

Today we will travel to Queenstown, a New Zealand adventure tourism hot-spot. We will have a chance to take some photos and experience the natural beauty of Lake Wakitipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range. In the late afternoon we arrive in Queenstown, where we will stay the night.

Established in 1952, the Fiordland National Park is New Zealand's most significant conservation that supports a large and diverse ecosystem of plants and wildlife. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, and more while surrounded by the astounding beauty of this natural paradise.

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    Described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound offers breathtaking views and recreation. Visitors can admire staggering cliffs and waterfalls, kayak in the sea, take a helicopter flight, or enjoy a day or overnight boat cruise.

Located in the South Island of New Zealand along Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an urban, resort town popularized for its adventure tourism, which includes snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and paragliding. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy also features locations from Queenstown and surrounding locations.

  • Always Visit
    Measuring 50 miles long, Lake Wakitipu is New Zealand's longest lake. An inland lake, located in the Otago region, Wakitipu is surrounded by the astounding mountain ranges and is also an ideal location for bird watching and outdoor recreation.
  • Always Visit
    Located along the southeastern shores of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables are a vast mountain range that live up to their name. During the winter months visitors enjoy skiing, but all year round the Remarkables offer stunning scenery seen clearly from Queenstown.
Standard Hotel: Copthorne Hotel Queenstown
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Queenstown Heritage Hotel / Gold: Rees Luxury Apartments Queenstown

Day 7 Queenstown

Today guests will enjoy a free-day to explore all Queenstown has to offer. Adventurous guests can enjoy skydiving, bungy-jumping, paragliding, and white water rafting. Those who prefer a more relaxing day can cruise the TSS Earnslaw Steam Ship or walk along Lake Wakitipu.

Located in the South Island of New Zealand along Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an urban, resort town popularized for its adventure tourism, which includes snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and paragliding. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy also features locations from Queenstown and surrounding locations.

  • Always Visit
    Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw steamship is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the Otago region of New Zealand. Despite being over 100 years old, visitors can board the ship and traverse Lake Wakatipu from Queensland to Peak High Country.
    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Always Visit
    Measuring 50 miles long, Lake Wakitipu is New Zealand's longest lake. An inland lake, located in the Otago region, Wakitipu is surrounded by the astounding mountain ranges and is also an ideal location for bird watching and outdoor recreation.
Standard Hotel: Millenium Hotel Queenstown
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Queenstown Heritage Hotel / Gold: Rees Luxury Apartments Queenstown

Day 8 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Wanaka(74 km)

Today we will travel over the The Crown Range to historic Arrowtown to visit the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and explore the surrounding village. In the afternoon, we continue to Wanaka. If time permits, we will have a chance to explore Mount Iron and see views of Mount Aspiring National Park and Lake Wanaka. Guests may also be interested in visiting Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, if they wish.

Once a key town in the Central Otago Gold Rush and home to the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown has a rich, unique history. A popular tourist destination, guests can also explore historic buildings as well as resorts, golf courses, boutiques and restaurants.

  • Always Visit
    Between Wanaka and Queenstown is the Crown Range and the highest main road in New Zealand. With an altitude of 1,121 meters, the Crown Range Road makes for a scenic and memorable journey between these popular locations.
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    During the Otago Gold Rush of the 1860s, a small Chinese community popped up near Arrowtown. Visitors to the area can still see what is left of their huts on the banks of Bush Creek.

Located in the Otago region, Wanaka is a popular resort town that attracts tourists all year round. From cross-country skiing to water skiing, Wanaka offers endless outdoor activities no matter the season, as well as gorgeous views of mountain ranges, lakes, and more.

  • Always Visit
    An ideal vantage point that offers outstanding views of surrounding valleys, peaks, rivers, and Lake Wanaka, Mount Iron is a landmark in the Otago region. Visitors can enjoy hiking, horse-treks, and more.
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    Established in 1964, Mount Aspiring National Park is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Visitors enjoy popular hiking circuits throughout the park and experience the natural beauty of the area, located at the southern end of the Southern Alps.
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    Located at the heart of Wanaka, Lake Wanaka is situated in a glacier basin and spans an area of 72 square miles. Ideal for adventure tourism, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter.
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    Originally designed as a super maze in 1973, Puzzle World has expanded into a unique attraction featuring bizarre buildings, optical illusions and exhibits, and perception challenges that are as fun as they are baffling. Experience architecture, art, games, and more.
Standard Hotel: Millenium Hotel Queenstown
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Queenstown Heritage Hotel / Gold: Rees Luxury Apartments Queenstown

Day 9 Wanaka - Franz Josef Glacier(286 km)

Today we will journey from Wanaka to the Westland National Park and over the Haast Pass. In the afternoon we will have an opportunity to take a Helicopter Flight over the Franz Josef Glacier. In the evening, we will have a chance to soak in the Glacier Hot Pools (included).

Located in the Otago region, Wanaka is a popular resort town that attracts tourists all year round. From cross-country skiing to water skiing, Wanaka offers endless outdoor activities no matter the season, as well as gorgeous views of mountain ranges, lakes, and more.

The Franz Josef Glacier is a 12 meter (7.5 mile) long glacier that attracts upwards of 250,000 annual visitors. Guests can enjoy guided 1-2 hour hikes or helicopter tours exploring numerous ice falls, snow frosted mountain peaks, and spectacular views.

  • Always Visit
    Westland National Park offers a diverse natural environment for exploration including the Southern Alps mountains, glaciers, lakes, rainforests, and more. Located along the borders of Mount Cook National Park, Westland also provides access to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
  • Always Visit
    Haast Pass is located in the snowy Southern Alps along the West Coast region of New Zealand. Named after explorer-geologist Juilus von Haast, visitors can explore the natural beauty of the area on guided hikes.
  • Always Available
    Take in the size, scope, and wonder of the Franz Josef Glacier from the sky with a helicopter tour. Explore the Southern Alps' mountain peaks and ice falls, and learn about the glacier's unique features from an experiences guide.
    Duration: 20-45 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Bella Vista Motel Wanaka
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: The Moorings Apartments Wanaka / Gold: Edgewater Resort Wanaka

Day 10 Franz Josef Glacier - Punakaiki(218 km)

Today we journey north along the west coast to Hokitika. We will visit a Greenstone Factory and have the chance to see how precious stones are sculpted into art and jewelry. Next we follow The Great Coast Road to Greymouth and arrive at our destination in Punakaiki.

The Franz Josef Glacier is a 12 meter (7.5 mile) long glacier that attracts upwards of 250,000 annual visitors. Guests can enjoy guided 1-2 hour hikes or helicopter tours exploring numerous ice falls, snow frosted mountain peaks, and spectacular views.

Once the center of the West Coast Gold Rush, Hokitika is a rural township whose major industries include greenstone and a growing ecotourism economy. On a clear day, visitors can see the stunning views of Mount Cook.

  • Always Visit
    Greenstone, also known as Pounamu or New Zealand jade, is a local precious stone prized for its beauty and durability. Visit a local greenstone factory to see how pounamu has been and continues to be used for jewelry, ornaments, and more.

The most populous town in the West Coast region, Greymouth sits at the foot of the Southern Alps. Visitors can enjoy shopping, restaurants and a bustling ecotourism. Popular attractions close by include the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.

Located in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand, Punakaiki is a small town that offers stunning beaches and clifftop views. Situated between Westport and Greymouth, visitors often stop at the Pancake Rocks, a popular geological tourist attraction.

  • Always Visit
    Touted as one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the World, the Great Coast Road traverses beautiful beaches, national parks, cliffs, penguin colonies, geological sites, and more from Westport to Greymouth.
Standard Hotel: Te Nikau Resort Punakaiki
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Paparoa Park Motels Punakaiki / Gold: Punakaiki Resort

Day 11 Punakaiki - Abel Tasman National Park(356 km)

Today we will travel to Punakaiki's renowned Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Next we will travel north along The Great Coast Road through Muchison to the Buller Gorge and Buller River. Finally, we will arrive in the Abel Tasman National Park region.

Located in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand, Punakaiki is a small town that offers stunning beaches and clifftop views. Situated between Westport and Greymouth, visitors often stop at the Pancake Rocks, a popular geological tourist attraction.

  • Always Visit
    Punakaiki's famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes provide a beautifully bizarre limestone landscape dotted with pancake-shaped geological formations and surge pools. Visitors can explore a 20-minute walk along designated pathways at the picture perfect attraction.
  • Always Visit
    Touted as one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the World, the Great Coast Road traverses beautiful beaches, national parks, cliffs, penguin colonies, geological sites, and more from Westport to Greymouth.

This town, located near the western end of Four Rivers Plain, is known as the "Whitewater Capital" of New Zealand because of the many rapids nearby which make for thrilling rafting excursions.

  • Always Visit
    Located in the northwest of the South Island of New Zealand, the Buller River flows through the Buller Gorge. Visitors can enjoy scenic views, zip lining, and may walk across New Zealand's longest swing-bridge which extents 110 meters across the Buller River.
Standard Hotel: Nautilus Lodge Motueka
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Marahau Lodge/ Ocean View Chalets Abel Tasman / Gold: Marahau Lodge/ Ocean View Chalets Abel Tasman (superior room)

Day 12 Abel Tasman National Park

Today is a free day to explore the Abel Tasman National Park. Popular activities include Catamaran Excursions, kayaking around the Pinnacle Island Seal Colony, Scenic Boat Cruses, or light hiking and relaxation while surrounded by the serenity and natural beauty of the park.

Abel Tasman is New Zealand's smallest national park, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with golden sandy beaches, dramatic outcrops, and pristine estuaries. Visitors can explore the natural beauty of the park, enjoy recreational activities, and much more.

  • Always Available
    Experience the Abel Tasman National Park from the vantage point of the sea. Explore bays and inlets to see wildlife and breathtaking beaches for a few hours or an entire day while aboard the deck of a catamaran cruiser.
    Duration: 2-6 Hours
  • Always Visit
    Explore Pinnacle Island by kayak or boat cruise to get an up close and personal look at the local seal population. In addition to seals, visitors enjoy observing beautiful bird along the golden beaches and in small, peaceful lagoons.
  • Always Available
    This cruise allows you to relax in leaisure while ferrying you around beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, which provides amazing scenery while you enjoy a snack from the onboard cafe.
Standard Hotel: Nautilus Lodge Motueka
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Marahau Lodge/ Ocean View Chalets Abel Tasman / Gold: Marahau Lodge/ Ocean View Chalets Abel Tasman (superior room)

Day 13 Abel Tasman National Park - Marlborough Sounds(86 km)

Today we will travel over the Whangamoa Ranges to the Marlborough Sounds. Next we will travel to the Kenepuru Sound. In the afternoon, those feeling energized may be interested in taking a walk through a section of the Queen Charlotte Track.

Abel Tasman is New Zealand's smallest national park, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with golden sandy beaches, dramatic outcrops, and pristine estuaries. Visitors can explore the natural beauty of the park, enjoy recreational activities, and much more.

The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sunken valleys at the north end of the South Island of New Zealand. Visitors can explore water inlets by kayak or forests by foot of visit over 50 reserves and wildlife sanctuaries.

Standard Hotel: Misletoe Bay ?Whare? Cabins
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Portage Resort Marlborough Sounds / Gold: Portage Resort Hotel (superior room)

Day 14 Marlborough Sounds - Kaikoura(129 km)

Today we will explore the Marlborough Wine Region where guests can enjoy Wine Tours and tastings. In the evening, we will arrive in Kaikoura, a sea-food lover's paradise.

The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sunken valleys at the north end of the South Island of New Zealand. Visitors can explore water inlets by kayak or forests by foot of visit over 50 reserves and wildlife sanctuaries.

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    The Marlborough region is best known for beautiful outdoor recreational sites as well as for producing some of the world's best wines. Take a guided tour and sample wine at local vineyards while also enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of the Marlborough region.

Kaikoura offers activities all year round. By sea, visitors can swim with dolphins, whale watch or enjoy kayaking and surfing. By land, guests can enjoy wining and dining, shopping, bird watching, spas, hiking, and festivals. The possibilities are endless.

Standard Hotel: Kaikoura Gateway Lodge
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: White Morph Hotel Kaikoura / Gold: Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

Day 15 Kaikoura - Christchurch(181 km)

Today guests will have a free morning to explore Kaikoura. Popular activities include fishing, hiking, Whale Watching, and Swimming with Dolphins. In the afternoon, we will return to Christchurch and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Kaikoura offers activities all year round. By sea, visitors can swim with dolphins, whale watch or enjoy kayaking and surfing. By land, guests can enjoy wining and dining, shopping, bird watching, spas, hiking, and festivals. The possibilities are endless.

The largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is an urban center in the Canterbury region. Nicknamed the Garden City, Christchurch is known for its Anglican cathedral, arts, museums, and as being a gateway for Antarctic expeditions.

Standard Hotel: Williams Hotel Christchurch
Dulexe Hotel: Silver: Copthorne Commodore Hotel Christchurch / Gold: George Hotel Queenstown

Day 16 Christchurch

Today guests will depart from Christchurch. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.

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