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10 Day Haast Guided South Island New Zealand - Stray Journeys

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Journey through New Zealand's South Island with Stray guided tour. Heading south from Christchurch you'll discover the West Coast taking in glaciers, lakes, snowcapped peaks and Fiordland before looping back up through central Otago's gold mining country towards Christchurch. 

 

Why you'll love this trip

  • Hokitika Bushman’s Centre
  • Franz Josef Glacier / Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound (summer)
  • Doubtful Sound day cruise (winter)
  • Central Otago historic gold mining area and Otago Rail Trail with all-level mountain biking

 

 

What's included

  • Experienced tour guide
  • accommodation transfers
  • accommodation
  • meals as indicated 
  • exclusive overnight cruise on the incredible Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (In winter the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise does not operate and is substituted with a day cruise, a night in Te Anau, and a glacial valley walk and hot pools in Franz Josef)
  • mountain biking on the Otago Rail Trail
  • Breakfast (5)
  • dinner (4)

 

WHAT TO BRING:

Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.

Note: Most accommodation on the Doubtful Sound cruise is quad-share. Upgrades are limited and so are not included. If available you can upgrade on arrival and pay directly.

Itinerary

Stray Journeys

Haast (SH10)

Start: Christchurch

Finish: Christchurch

Total Days: 10

 

Day 1:          Christchurch to Franz Joseph   

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! You kick off your Stray Journey in New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch for a journey over the famous Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. Around almost every corner there is a picturesque backdrop to enjoy. 

We visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade) before our day ends in the quaint little West Coast town of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Joseph Glacier.Includes dinner

Accommodation included:Rainforest Retreat

Activities included:Pounamu jade factory

 

Day 2:            Full day at Franz Josef

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the mighty Franz Joseph Glacier. Navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible landscape on a Franz Josef Glacier guided tour (own expense) or visit the glacial terminal face for some spectacular photos. There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region. Tonight we self-cater, giving you the opportunity to dine at one of the many local cafes and restaurants in town or make use of the self-catering kitchen at our accommodation.Includes breakfast

Accommodation included:Rainforest Retreat

 

Day 3:                        Franz Josef to Makarora

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.  We’ll take a short walk to a waterfall as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora.  On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park there’s plenty of time to enjoy some activities including a short walk through beech forest to the stunning Blue Pools, take a scenic flight or go jet boating (own expense). Includes breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included:Makarora Tourist Centre

Activities included:Walk around Lake Matheson– Mirror Lake, walk through beech forest to the Blue Pools

 

Day 4:                        Makarora to Queenstown

Today we visit Wanaka a picturesque lakeside town and a great place to stop for lunch before we cruise to the‘adventure capital of the world’ and spiritual home of commercial bungy, Queenstown. We’ll head to Bungy Bridge, home to the world’s first commercial bungy and you’ll have the option to throw yourself over the edge or watch others take the leap; it’s entirely up to you. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music.Includes breakfast

Accommodation included:Reavers Lodge Queenstown (located close to town with awesome views)

 

Day 5& 6:     Full Days Queenstown

You have two free days to explore. Queenstown is a great place to spend some extra time no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving and local walks, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals are at your own expense.

Accommodation included:Reavers Lodge Queenstown (located close to town with awesome views)

 

Day 7:           Queenstown to Doubtful Sound

Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; it is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and cruise past fur seals, penguins and dolphins.  There are also sea kayaks to enjoy.Includes dinner

Accommodation included:Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay

Activities included:Doubtful Sound Cruise, sea kayaking

 

Day 8:            Doubtful Sound to Central Otago

We leave Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for Central Otago.

We stop at the historic village of Arrowtown, a charming gold rush village located among beautiful peaks and surrounded by the Arrow River. We’ll jump off the bus and stretch our legs by doing one of the short walks in the area, before jumping back on the bus to head for the historic town of Naseby.  Located in a shallow valley in the foothills of the Mt Ida Range, Naseby is a unique gold mining village just minutes from the Central Otago Rail Trail.Includes breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included:Royal Hotel Naseby 

 

Day 9:            Central Otago to Rangitata

This morning we kick off the day with an active mountain bike ride past parts of the Central Otago Rail Trail.  Cycle the historic gold mining rail trail, explore remaining gold mine relics and learn the history of the area. The trail is a lot of fun, suitable for all levels of riding abilities and a mountain bike ride is an ideal way to explore it.  Afterwards we’ll board the bus and make our way through Lord of the Rings landscape towards our overnight stop in Rangitata. Tonight we spend the night in one of Canterbury’s original sheep stations, a great place to get outdoors, wander the native bush in Peel Forest, or go river rafting (own expense). Includes breakfast

Accommodation included:Rangitata Rafting Lodge: one of Canterbury’s original sheep stations

Activities included:Mountain bike hire

 

Day 10:          Rangitata to Christchurch

It’s an early departure for an express haul across the Canterbury Plains for an early morning arrival. This is where your Stray Journey ends. We hope you had a blast!

 

What’s Included

+ Experienced tour guide

+ Meals and touring as indicated

+ Multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double)

+ Activities as per your itinerary

 

What to Bring

+ Sturdy walking shoes/boots

+ Bathers/towel

+ Hat& sunscreen

+ Motion sickness tablets

+ Water bottle

+ Toiletries

+ Warm clothing

+ Waterproof jacket

+ Insect repellent

+ Camera

 

Note:

  • ^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Doubtful Sound
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

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