Day 1: WELLINGTON > PICTON > KAIKOURA
Kick off your trip experiencing what’s regarded as one of the most beautiful inter-island crossings in the world, the Cook Straight (included). Arriving into the top of the South Island we’ll journey through the dreamy Marlborough region, home to more vineyards than your eyes can see. Stopping off for a tasting (or two) along the way (included) to Kaikoura to spot unique marine life and experience local Kiwi cuisine.
Day 2: KAIKOURA > CHRISTCHURCH
Start the day with a sleep-in or for the more adventurous head out to sea to witness spectacular marine life such as dolphins, whales, albatrosses and so much more (optional activity). Around mid-morning, we’ll head up the Kaikoura Peninsula walkway to walk among a large seal colony (included). After a morning experiencing a real life Planet Earth episode we’ll cruise to the diverse city of Christchurch where we will go on a walking tour of the city (included) to learn about the street art, see the blooming botanical gardens, and learn about the history of a city that’s experienced so much in recent times.
Day 3: CHRISTCHURCH > LAKE TEKAPO
Saying goodbye to Christchurch we’ll hit the road and cruise into the magnificent Mackenzie Country, home to Lake Tekapo. Here we will visit the charming stone Church of the Good Shepherd (included), sat next to the breathtakingly blue waters of the lake framed with colourful lupins. As night falls, we will visit the ‘Dark Sky Project’ situated amongst the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve (included!).
Day 4: TEKAPO > MOUNT COOK > WANAKA
Cruising past the ‘powerade factory’ Lake Pukaki (you’ll know what we mean when you see it) we head for Mount Cook village where we will hike the Hooker Valley Walk (included) which has breath-taking views which will break your internet and blow your mind. Here you will have the opportunity to experience the Tasman Glacier by helicopter or take a scenic flight through the Aoraki National Park. From mid-morning, we will continue to cruise through the National Park, through the stunning Lindas Pass through to Wanaka.
Day 5: WANAKA > QUEENSTOWN
Here in Wanaka, we will have the morning to hike the famous Roys Peak (included), snap ‘That Wanaka Tree’ or climb Mount Iron (included). For the more daring in the group there’s the option to experience a via ferrata ‘Wild Wire’ or hit up the lakeside trails on a mountain bike. Late afternoon, you can catch your breath in the back of the bus as we cruise through the Crown ranges and head for the adrenaline-fuelled Queenstown. We’ll end the day heading up the Gondola (included) for a tasty dinner at the ‘Skyline’ overlooking Queenstown.
Day 6: QUEENSTOWN
On day 6 you will have a full day to fill with activities that suit all budgets and appetites for adventure. Try your hand at activities such as white water rafting, bungy jumping, skydiving, jet-boating or paragliding… if you dream it, it probably exists here in Queenstown. Speak to your Guide who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Day 7: QUEENSTOWN
On the final day of your 7 day tour we will head out into the heartlands of Otago to the picturesque town of Glenorchy to experience a scenic landscape brimming with southern charm.