9-Day South Island Haast Tour from Christchurch

  • Tour code: 278-5739
  • Available: Thu (Oct 19, 2017 - May 10, 2018)
  • Depart from: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
From USD$1488.16

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Highlights:

Visit Fiordland National Park, , Franz Josef Glacier, , Hokitika, WTC, Lake Tekapo Township, CAN, Queenstown, , Wanaka, OTA. Make your mark on the South Island like Haast. Heading south from Christchurch you'll discover the West Coast taking in glaciers, lakes, snowcapped peaks and overnighting in Doubtful Sound (Fiordland) before looping back up through Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Cook towards Christchurch.

Pricing Details

Adult:$1488.16
Child:$1265.45
  • We've chosen high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels. Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).
  • Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won't.
  • Tours are not suited to children under 7 years. 7 - 17 year old's may travel if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Age based on the time of commencing travel (not booking).

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Christchurch - Hokitika - Franz Josef(382 km)
  • Day 2 Full day at Franz Josef
  • Day 3 Franz Josef - Makarora(286 km)
  • Day 4 Makarora - Fiordland National Park
  • Day 5 Fiordland National Park - Queenstown(235 km)
  • Day 6 Full days in Queenstown
  • Day 7 Full days in Queenstown
  • Day 8 Queenstown - Mount Cook(219 km)
  • Day 9 Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch(275 km)
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Day 1 Christchurch - Hokitika - Franz Josef(382 km)

Nau mai, haere mai! That?s how local Kiwis say "welcome!" Our journey in New Zealand will kick off as we depart Christchurch in the morning, making a fantastic trek across the Canterbury Plains and over Arthur's Pass, which will bring us to the West Coast. Around every corner, we will enjoy a picturesque view, so we should be sure to have our cameras ready. We will visit Hokitika, famous for its jade, before stopping in the town of Franz Josef.

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.

Standard Hotel: Hostel close to all attractions
Dinner: Included

Day 2 Full day at Franz Josef

We will enjoy a free day to explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier, navigating a maze of ice and viewing the landscape. We can join a tour of the glacier at our own expense. The region also offers many spectacular hiking opportunities. In the evening, we can dine at any of the fin local restaurants in town or prepare our own dinner.

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 Available
    The Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier's path as it winds its way through this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history, see what this majestic giant leaves behind, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$75; Child (6-16 yrs, Children under 6yrs are not permitted on the tour) N$65|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
Standard Hotel: Hostel close to all attractions
Breakfast: Included

Day 3 Franz Josef - Makarora(286 km)

Today we head down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror Lake Matheson, NZ's most photographed lake. See waterfalls as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora then visit the stunning Blue Pools. On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park we go jet boating, experience the best in shallow water boating skimming just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush.

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
    Located near Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson is a scenic area that offers spectacular views of New Zealand's highest mountain peak: Mount Cook. The lake contains long finned eels and is also an ideal location of bird watching.

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
    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.
Standard Hotel: Unique mountain chalets
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 4 Makarora - Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand's most beautiful locations, featuring stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery. It is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland, we will visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fjords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. We will also be able to rent out sea kayaks to explore the area.

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.

  • Always Visit
  • Always Visit
    Doubtful Sound, nicknamed the sound of silence, is practically untouched by man. The physical grandeur of towering peaks descending into moody waters, outstanding waterfalls from ice-age valleys and ancient vegetation clad fiords create a powerful atmosphere of solitude and serenity.
Standard Hotel: Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay in a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 5 Fiordland National Park - Queenstown(235 km)

Around midday, we will depart Doubtful Sound, leaving behind the Fiordland as we head to Queenstown, known as the "adventure capital of the world." We can enjoy a night on the town, exploring the area's restaurants, pubs and live music venues.

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.

Standard Hotel: Lodge located close to town with awesome views
Breakfast: Included

Day 6 Full days in Queenstown

We will have the entire day to explore Queenstown at our own leisure. There are many activities available to join in the area, including, bungee jumping, ziplining, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or simply just walking to enjoy the stunning scenery. These optional activities and meals are available at guests? own expense.

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
    Located between Queenstown and Cromwell, the Kawarau River's turquoise water flows through the Kawarau Gorge. Visitors often cross the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge for breathtaking views of surrounding mountain ranges and also enjoy a wide range of recreational activities.
  • Always Visit
    Often considered one of the best views in the world, the gondola that is attached to the Skyline restaurant in Queenstown provides an amazing scenic vantage point of the surrounding lands of New Zealand.
  • Always Visit
  • 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 Available
    It takes a certain kind of person to jump from an aircraft at 15,000ft into thin air. It takes courage. Expect sensory overload as your mind, body and soul fight against every natural self-preserving urge. The challenge is immense. Harnessed by space age materials to an experienced qualified Jumpmaster, you step out of that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you plummet toward the ground at 200 kph - terminal velocity!
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$339; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$439; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$528; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$628; Adult (Freefall, 12,000 feet) N$598; Adult (Freefall, 15,000 feet) N$698; Adult (Full Monty, 12,000 feet) N$668; Adult (Full Monty, 15,000 feet) N$768; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
  • Always Available
    It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts his state-of-the-art Big Red Jet Boat through its paces. At 85kph he’ll skillfully whip the powerful boat past rocky outcrops, skim around crags and boulders, and speed through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into a myriad of white water crystals with every turn.
  • Always Available
    Situated 400 metres above Queenstown, the Ledge enables you to put your own twist on Bungy Jumping.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$195; Child N$195
  • Always Available
    Swing out 400m above Queenstown. This crazy exploit will swing you off into the sky and bring you back from your high, before you've managed to stop screaming– a truly thrilling way to take in the Queenstown sights!
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$145; Child (10-14 yrs) N$145
  • Always Available
    Take a thrilling ride enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Our purpose built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on over 800 metres of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you’ll be hooked. Once is never enough.
  • Always Available
    You’ll be carried 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak, where you’ll enjoy the best views in the region unfolding before your eyes. You get to experience a spectacular 220 degree panorama with breath-taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and, of course, Queenstown.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$35; Adult (Gondola & 2 Luge Rides) N$49; Adult (Gondola & 5 Luge Rides) N$56; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola only) N$22; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola & 2 Luge Rides) N$37; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola & 5 Luge Rides) N$46; Gondola only
  • Always Available
    Ideal for families, tour groups, and conferences & incentive groups. The Kawarau Zipride is comprised of 3x 130m zip lines, allowing for solo or tandems, and can take up to six people at once! Our Zipride reaches speeds of up to 60kph- zipride like Superman, share the fun with a friend or maybe race your work colleagues upside-down!
  • Always Available
    Not only is Queenstown the Adventure Capital of the World but it is also the location of the 'World Home of Bungy Jumping'- The Kawarau Bridge Bungy! 43m Bungy Jump off the Historic Kawarau Bridge.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$180; Child (10-14 yrs) N$180
  • Always Available
    Set an epic 134m above the stark beauty of the Nevis River, the highest Bungy (bungee) in New Zealand is a once in a lifetime experience.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$260; Child N$260
  • Always Available
    The World's Most Famous Swing. After being lifted out above the launch deck, suspended 160 metres above the canyon floor, you’re suddenly released and find yourself rushing towards the other side of the valley at 120kph, eyes wide open in disbelief or shut tight in fear.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$180; Child (10-14 yrs) N$180
  • Always Available
    Discover your own natural high while jumping from a plane 15,000ft above New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery! Freefall at 200kph over Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area – the place of greenstone. Welcome to Paradise.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$335; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$409; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$504; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$578; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
Standard Hotel: Lodge located close to town with awesome views
Breakfast: Included

Day 7 Full days in Queenstown

We will have the entire day to explore Queenstown at our own leisure. There are many activities available to join in the area, including, bungee jumping, ziplining, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or simply just walking to enjoy the stunning scenery. These optional activities and meals are available at guests? own expense.

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
    Located between Queenstown and Cromwell, the Kawarau River's turquoise water flows through the Kawarau Gorge. Visitors often cross the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge for breathtaking views of surrounding mountain ranges and also enjoy a wide range of recreational activities.
  • Always Visit
    Often considered one of the best views in the world, the gondola that is attached to the Skyline restaurant in Queenstown provides an amazing scenic vantage point of the surrounding lands of New Zealand.
  • Always Visit
  • 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 Available
    It takes a certain kind of person to jump from an aircraft at 15,000ft into thin air. It takes courage. Expect sensory overload as your mind, body and soul fight against every natural self-preserving urge. The challenge is immense. Harnessed by space age materials to an experienced qualified Jumpmaster, you step out of that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you plummet toward the ground at 200 kph - terminal velocity!
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$339; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$439; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$528; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$628; Adult (Freefall, 12,000 feet) N$598; Adult (Freefall, 15,000 feet) N$698; Adult (Full Monty, 12,000 feet) N$668; Adult (Full Monty, 15,000 feet) N$768; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
  • Always Available
    It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts his state-of-the-art Big Red Jet Boat through its paces. At 85kph he’ll skillfully whip the powerful boat past rocky outcrops, skim around crags and boulders, and speed through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into a myriad of white water crystals with every turn.
  • Always Available
    Situated 400 metres above Queenstown, the Ledge enables you to put your own twist on Bungy Jumping.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$195; Child N$195
  • Always Available
    Swing out 400m above Queenstown. This crazy exploit will swing you off into the sky and bring you back from your high, before you've managed to stop screaming– a truly thrilling way to take in the Queenstown sights!
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$145; Child (10-14 yrs) N$145
  • Always Available
    Take a thrilling ride enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Our purpose built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on over 800 metres of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you’ll be hooked. Once is never enough.
  • Always Available
    You’ll be carried 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak, where you’ll enjoy the best views in the region unfolding before your eyes. You get to experience a spectacular 220 degree panorama with breath-taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and, of course, Queenstown.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$35; Adult (Gondola & 2 Luge Rides) N$49; Adult (Gondola & 5 Luge Rides) N$56; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola only) N$22; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola & 2 Luge Rides) N$37; Child (5-14 yrs, Gondola & 5 Luge Rides) N$46; Gondola only
  • Always Available
    Ideal for families, tour groups, and conferences & incentive groups. The Kawarau Zipride is comprised of 3x 130m zip lines, allowing for solo or tandems, and can take up to six people at once! Our Zipride reaches speeds of up to 60kph- zipride like Superman, share the fun with a friend or maybe race your work colleagues upside-down!
  • Always Available
    Not only is Queenstown the Adventure Capital of the World but it is also the location of the 'World Home of Bungy Jumping'- The Kawarau Bridge Bungy! 43m Bungy Jump off the Historic Kawarau Bridge.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$180; Child (10-14 yrs) N$180
  • Always Available
    Set an epic 134m above the stark beauty of the Nevis River, the highest Bungy (bungee) in New Zealand is a once in a lifetime experience.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$260; Child N$260
  • Always Available
    The World's Most Famous Swing. After being lifted out above the launch deck, suspended 160 metres above the canyon floor, you’re suddenly released and find yourself rushing towards the other side of the valley at 120kph, eyes wide open in disbelief or shut tight in fear.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$180; Child (10-14 yrs) N$180
  • Always Available
    Discover your own natural high while jumping from a plane 15,000ft above New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery! Freefall at 200kph over Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area – the place of greenstone. Welcome to Paradise.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$335; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$409; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$504; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$578; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
Standard Hotel: Lodge located close to town with awesome views
Breakfast: Included

Day 8 Queenstown - Mount Cook(219 km)

Today, we will start with a short drive to Wanaka, where we will spend the morning biking along scenic lakeside trails. After lunch, we will head over the Lindis Pass through the picturesque Mackenzie region to the base of Mount Cook. We will also have some time to hike through Hooker Valley, full of breathtaking views of dramatic mountain landscapes. We will also have the option of taking a scenic alpine flight.

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
    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.

Mount Cook, locally known as Aoraki, is the highest mountain in New Zealand measuring 12,218 feet tall. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Cook is a beautiful, diverse location like no other. Enjoy exploring peaks, valleys, lakes, forests, and more.

  • Always Visit
    One of the most popular walks in Mt Cook National Park. Pass through Hooker Valley and walk beside the Hooker River. Picturesque icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.
  • Always Available
    Admire the beauty and scale of New Zealand's largest mountain, Mount Cook, from the sky with a helicopter tour. Locally known as Aoraki, guests learn about the mountain's cultural and historical importance from knowledgeable pilots while admiring the grandeur of the Southern Alps.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$240; Adult (35 MINS) N$360; Child (4-14 yrs, 20 MINS) N$168; Child (4-14 yrs, 35 MINS) N$252; 20 MINS|Duration: 20 Minutes to 1 Hour
Standard Hotel: Stunning alpine lodge
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 9 Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch(275 km)

Today, we will make our way through a landscape made famous by the Lord of the Rings films. We will take a stroll around Lake Tekapo, known for its turquoise waters and historic church. Between Tekapo and Christchurch, we will have the option of going on a thrill-seeking white water adventure on the Rangitata River at our own expense. Those not rafting will continue to Christchurch, where our guide will point out some of the city's highlights. In the evening, our journey will come to an end.

Mount Cook, locally known as Aoraki, is the highest mountain in New Zealand measuring 12,218 feet tall. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Cook is a beautiful, diverse location like no other. Enjoy exploring peaks, valleys, lakes, forests, and more.

Located near the Mackenzie Basin, the Lake Tekapo Township is a small community surrounded mountain ranges, lakes and natural beauty. It is also home to Mount John University Observatory, the Church of the Good Shepherd, Waitaki Dam, and more.

  • Always Visit
    Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau).

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