Day 1 Wellington Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1D) Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.
Ferry (3.50 hour(s), 92km)
Day 3 Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L) Start the day with a short hike before setting off from the beach to kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau.
Kayaking to Marahau
Day 4 Marahau/Westland District (1B, 1D) Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 5 Westland District/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.
Okarito Lagoon Walk
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)
Day 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 7 Franz Josef/Wanaka (1B) Transfer to Wanaka, where there are a variety of optional activities available. Opt to go mountain biking, skydiving, or check out the giant maze and optical illusions of Puzzling World.
Te Wahipounamu Visit
Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours, 290km)
Day 8 Wanaka/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.
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)
Day 9 Queenstown (1B, 1L) Enjoy a full-day hiking excursion along the world renowned Routeburn Track, taking in the gorgeous mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and lakes surrounding the track.
Routeburn Track Day Hike
Day 10 Queenstown Enjoy a free day for optional activities in Queenstown.
Day 11 Queenstown/Te Anau Travel to the fiords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat, then return to Te Anau for the night.
Milford Sound Cruise
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 120km)
Day 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.
Otago Rail Trail Cycling
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 315km)
Day 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.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 520km)
Day 14 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B) Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura.
A free afternoon can also be spent swimming with dolphins 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.
Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))
Day 15 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B) Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.
Departure Day (Activities)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 150km)
Ferry (3.00 hour(s), 92km)