Discover ‘New Zealand’s Great Walk’ on the South Island of New Zealand, with eight out of ten Great Walks of New Zealand is located on the South Island. Brimming with spectacular walkways and tracks that allow access to wilderness areas, forests, volcanos, mountains and places of historic and cultural interest. The South Island is well known for its many mountains and fjords found inland and its Southern Alps. Here you will find glaciers and the country’s largest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. Although these are ...

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  1. Best of Abel Tasman Lodge to Lodge Walk 4D3N, Self Guided

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    Immerse in one of New Zealand’s Great Walks - the Abel Tasman Coastal Track on South Island, boasting pristine coastline of golden sand beaches and idyllic inlets. Walk end to end from Marahau to Wainui and unwind each day to the creature comforts of luxury lodges along the track and gourmet food.

    Journey on an exhilarating 4 days pack-free walk showcasing the best of the Abel Tasman National Park on the renowned Abel Tasman Coastal Track. As New Zealand’s smallest National Park at 22,530 hectares, marvel at some of the country’s most pristine coastline with golden sand, turquoise blue water and green lush forests. Beginning at Marahau, traverse landscapes of rich native forests, beautiful beaches and idyllic inlets to the top north of Wainui. By scheduled water taxis, conquer the best sections of the trail each day, whilst at night unlace your boots to unwind at secluded lodges along the track. Be captivated by Abel Tasman’s iconic golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs and wildlife encounters of seals, dolphins and native birds. Feel fresh and rejuvenated on the daily as you uncover deep pools in freshwater streams and isolated beaches beckoning you in to swim.

    Your adventure includes 3 nights’ accommodation. Relax at the luxurious Awaroa Lodge surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest. Relax to the creature comforts at the beachfront Ratanui Lodge and you have yourself an unsurpassed fully immersive experience. Both situated within the National Park, making most of its secluded location allowing space to explore the area at your own leisure. Evenings are spent indulging over fine 3 course dinners, swapping stories with fellow walkers and lulled to sleep by the sound of waves. Walk in the comfort of just a daypack with all meals included, seamless luggage and transport transfers taken care of.

    Walk a coastal paradise and treat yourself to a perfect place for relaxation and adventure. Soak in New Zealand’s great outdoors and immerse in untamed natural wilderness on one of the world’s most acclaimed linear end-to-end walking experiences.

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    Nelson, New Zealand
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  2. Ultimate South Island Hike, Bike & Kayak Adventure 14D13N

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    Uncover the purest landscapes of South Island on this exhilarating 14 days adventure. Hike, bike and kayak into New Zealand’s natural beauty journeying through legendary icons Milford Sounds, Aoraki Mount Cook, Queenstown, Nelson Lake National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, the Alps to Ocean Trail and walking New Zealand's Great Walks including Routeburn and Kelper Track.

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road and immerse the splendour of majestic snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and mighty glaciers that define the natural wonderland of South Island. From drinking in unforgettable wildlife encounters to drinking in world class wineries to glacial valleys and star-filled skies, South Island will keep you on your feet of bucket list adventures in all its forms. Lace up your hiking boots in Mount Cook and Nelson Lakes National Parks, giving a glimpse of high mountain peaks across icy blue water of Lake Pukaki before trekking great walks of Routeburn and Hooker Valley Tracks. Kayak the majestic Milford Sounds, hike mighty glaciers descending through the rainforest into the sea at Franz Josef Glacier and cycle the renowned Alps to Ocean Trail. Filled with surprises at every turn, it will ignite your imagination. Discover the Adventure Capital of Queenstown to your heart’s desire and at your own pace. Hike mountain summits and stay in mountain huts absorbing New Zealand’s backcountry wilderness in all its glory. Along the way, find your connection with the Māori culture with ample opportunity of up-close moments with wildlife including seals, native birds and if you’re lucky dolphins, penguins and a migrating whale.

    Unwind each adventure filled day in carefully handpicked accommodations from lodges, chalets, mountain huts and hotels. Each stay embraces the quiet sanctuaries of New Zealand’s most stunning settings. This adventure includes 13 night’s accommodations with meals included as specified. You will be supported by two guides posing unrivalled passion as they bring the trails to life, ensuring you are well fuelled and hydrated.

    An authentic escape keeping you connected with nature while exploring South Island’s treasures where some are legendary and others a well-kept secret. Embark on a true kiwi adventure of a lifetime leaving you inspired and wanting more!

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    Christchurch, New Zealand
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  3. Essence of the South Island Hike, Bike & Kayak Adventure 8D7N

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    Discover the depth of New Zealand's backcountry by hiking, biking and kayaking through the essence of South Island. In just 8 days uncover the best of South Island journeying through legendary icons Milford Sounds, Arthurs Pass, Franz Josef, Mt Aspiring and Routeburn Track.

    Departing from Christchurch, immerse in an adventure of a lifetime where its iconic and remote wilderness is just as diverse as your activities. Experience the natural wonders of the Fiordland and enchanting Milford Sounds with an overnight cruise before gliding its pure waters on sea kayaks. Take it to where the sky is the limit with a scenic flight into the World Heritage Listed Mt Aspiring National Park, a dreamland of snowcapped mountains. Hike the hidden gem of Lake Crucible before an exhilarating jet boat adventure in ice blue glacial rivers. Your walk will be just as diverse from the renowned Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s great walks, the legendary Arthur’s Pass to conquering mountain summits including Ben Lomond. From unforgettable wildlife encounters to glacial valleys and star-filled skies, South Island will keep you on your feet of bucket list adventures in all its forms. Hike mighty glaciers descending through the rainforest into the sea at Franz Josef Glacier and cycle a section of the Queenstown Bike Trail. Filled with surprises at every turn, it will ignite your imagination. Discover the Adventure Capital of Queenstown to your heart’s desire and at your own pace. Along the way, find your up-close moments with wildlife including seals, native birds and if you’re lucky dolphins, penguins and a migrating whale.

    Unwind each adventure filled day in carefully handpicked rustic accommodations where each stay embraces the quiet sanctuaries of New Zealand’s most stunning settings. This adventure includes 7 night’s accommodation with meals included as specified. You will be supported by two guides posing unrivalled passion as they bring the trails to life, ensuring you are well fuelled and hydrated.

    A perfect week escape for the adventure seekers embracing South Island’s treasures where some are legendary and others a well-kept secret. Embark on a true kiwi adventure of a lifetime ticking off all its top bucket list.

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    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Discover the depth of New Zealand's backcountry by hiking, biking and kayaking through the essence of South Island. In just 8 days uncover the best ...
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  4. Subantarctic and Chatham Islands (Milford - Wellington) 15D14N

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    Embark on an adventure like no other to New Zealand’s most remote islands on this unforgettable 15-day expedition cruise to the Subantarctic and Chatham Islands.

    Located south of New Zealand in the remote Southern Ocean, the wild and beautiful Subantarctic Islands are a forgotten paradise. They are home to some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on earth, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. These remote islands have UNESCO World Heritage status and the highest protection of any nature reserves in New Zealand.

    Commencing in Queenstown, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores a region of wild landscapes, unique wildlife and forgotten beauty. Each wilderness experience is guided by a knowledgeable expedition team, as you spot rare birds, hike through fields of mega herbs and encounter numerous species of extraordinary albatross. Ten of the world’s albatross species breed in this region, as well as the most diverse range of seabird species anywhere in the world. You will also meet some of the world’s rarest penguins including the iconic Yellow-eyed.

    You will also spend 2 days discovering the remote Chatham Islands, first settled by the Moriori people and now home to small communities that are the first to see the dawn of each new day. Here, we will meet the local people and learn about the astonishing history and nature of these special islands.

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 14-nights aboard the Coral Geographer on a twin share basis. Catering to 99 passengers, this luxurious vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of New Zealand’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines, while her tender vessels enable you to venture even further. She even has 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.

    All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.

    Step into a pristine natural world without human intervention on this 15-day expedition cruise aboard the Coral Geographer. This cruise is perfect for those seeking to venture far beyond the beaten track.

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    Milford, New Zealand
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  5. "Coral Expeditions" East Coast Explorer (Auckland - Milford) 13D12N

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    Explore over 7,000-kilometres of New Zealand’s spectacular East Coast on this breathtaking 13-day expedition cruise from Auckland to Milford.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: tropical beaches, snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, raging rivers and active volcano zones. Whether you’re into nature and hiking or indulging in fine food and wine, New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Luckily for you, this thrilling cruise leaves no stone unturned on an epic journey from north to south. 

    Commencing in Auckland, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores New Zealand’s spectacular coastline, vibrant and charming east coast towns, and the deep and quiet fiords of Southland. You’ll receive a warm Maori welcome at a traditional Marae, and sample some of the country’s best food and wine in the Art Deco capital of Hawke’s Bay. You’ll retrace the path of Captain James Cook in the Marlborough Sounds, discover the history of Ship Cove and walk a section of the famous Queen Charlotte Track. You’ll also spend time on Stewart and Ulva Island, with opportunities for endemic bird watching and a chance to hike the Rakiura Track. Your journey culminates with an exploration of Fiordland’s most beautiful Sounds – the astonishing and rarely-visited Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, Thomson Sound and the majestic Milford Sound. 

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 12-nights aboard the Coral Geographer on a twin share basis. Catering to 99 passengers, this luxurious vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of New Zealand’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines, while her tender vessels enable you to venture even further. She even has 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.

    All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.

    Do New Zealand – and do it right – on this immersive 13-day expedition cruise from North to South. The diverse landscapes and exciting experiences will capture your heart.  

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    Auckland, New Zealand
    Explore over 7,000-kilometres of New Zealand’s spectacular East Coast on this breathtaking 13-day expedition cruise from Auckland to Milford. Tucked away at the ...
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  6. South Coast to Fiordland (Wellington - Milford) 9D8N

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    Discover the captivating coastline of New Zealand’s South Island on this breathtaking 9-day expedition cruise from Wellington to Milford.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, shimmering lakes, lush rainforests, fast-moving glaciers and more. The South Island is especially breathtaking as the home of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area. This 26,000 square kilometre (10,039sqmi) encompasses several national parks in southwest New Zealand including the fairytale-like Fiordland.

    Commencing in Wellington, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores the South Island’s spectacular coastline, vibrant and charming east coast towns, and the deep and quiet fiords of Southland. You’ll retrace the path of Captain James Cook in the Marlborough Sounds, discover the history of Ship Cove and walk a section of the famous Queen Charlotte Track. You’ll spend time on Stewart and Ulva Island, with opportunities for endemic bird watching and a chance to hike the Rakiura Track. Your journey culminates with an exploration of Fiordland’s most beautiful Sounds – the astonishing and rarely-visited Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, Thomson Sound and the majestic Milford Sound. 

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 8-nights aboard the Coral Geographer on a twin share basis. Catering to 99 passengers, this luxurious vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of New Zealand’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines, while her tender vessels enable you to venture even further. She even has 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.

    All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.

    Observe the wildlife, discover the history and be immersed in the stillness of unforgettable Southland on this 9-day expedition cruise aboard the Coral Geographer. This cruise is perfect for those wanting to experience New Zealand’s dramatic landscape from the deck of a small ship.

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    Wellington, New Zealand
    Discover the captivating coastline of New Zealand’s South Island on this breathtaking 9-day expedition cruise from Wellington to Milford. Tucked away at the ...
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  7. Ultimate Southern Alps Adventure 3D2N, Private Guided

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    Experience New Zealand backcountry trekking at its finest, with this luxurious 3-day hiking adventure in the Southern Alps on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park. This package is the perfect high-end getaway to embrace the great outdoors.

    Named for Mount Aspiring, one of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Mount Aspiring National Park is a wonderland of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes. In the past, Maori trekked through this beautiful region on their way to the Pounamu (green stone) fields of the West Coast. Today, the national park is an adventure and nature lover’s paradise, offering a large number of short walks and longer hikes that will take your breath away.

    Based out of the luxurious and remote Whare Kea Chalet, accessible only by a breathtaking 15-minute helicopter ride from Wanaka, spend your days exploring the stunning backcountry of the Southern Alps. With a knowledgeable and experienced private guide, discover a wide range of trails and terrain to suit every level of hiker. The scenic wilderness of Albert Burn Saddle and nearby Dragonfly Peak are an absolute must-see with panoramic views all the way to the mighty Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring with its tumbling glaciers. You will feel like the first person to leave a footprint.

    This all-inclusive 3-day package includes 2-nights’ accommodation at the Whare Kea Chalet on a twin share basis. Nestled among the peaks of the Southern Alps at 1750-metres (5700ft), Whare Kea Chalet is not to be confused with New Zealand’s typical alpine huts – this luxurious chalet overs an elevated experience, where comfort is paramount without detracting from the rugged wilderness. Features include 2 double bedrooms, a spacious loft, staff bunk room, central heating, power, hot shower and large windows framing incomparable views.

    All transport is provided including return transfers to Wanaka/Queenstown and heli-flight to Whare Kea Chalet. All meals included – look forward to a 3-course gourmet dinner each night.

    Get off the beaten track and embrace the great outdoors at Whare Kea Chalet. This backcountry trekking at its very best.

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    Queenstown, New Zealand
    Experience New Zealand backcountry trekking at its finest, with this luxurious 3-day hiking adventure in the Southern Alps on the edge of Mount Aspiring ...
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  8. South Island Nature Trail 10D9N, Self-Drive

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    Follow the path of the kiwi on this immersive 10-day self-drive road trip showcasing the South Island’s best nature and wildlife experiences including Stewart Island and Doubtful Sound.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of natural spectacles and unique wildlife encounters. It is one of the few places in the world where, within the space of one day, you can experience mountain vistas, ancient forests, volcanic landscapes and stunning coastline – all while spotting wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. The South Island is especially breathtaking as the home of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area. Located in the South Island’s southwest, this 2.6-million-hectare area is one of the greatest natural areas in the world, containing rocks, plants and animals dating back 80 million years to a time when New Zealand was part of the ancient super continent Gondwana.

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road to tick off the South Island’s best natural and wildlife experiences. Drive one of the top 10 drives in the world, the Southern Scenic Route. Tour the Otago Peninsula and see the world’s rarest penguin, the Yellow-eyed Penguin, in its natural habitat. Venture over to Stewart Island and Ulva Island and hunt for the elusive kiwi. Spend a night on Doubtful Sound and discover a haven for dolphins, fur seals and even larger whales. You will also have ample time to explore diverse cities and towns including Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown.

    This breathtaking 10-day nature- and wildlife-focused self-drive package includes 9-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Ten days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Embrace the great outdoors on this unforgettable 10-day self-drive road trip of the South Island. The natural beauty and wildlife will inspire you.

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    Christchurch, New Zealand
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  9. South Island Glaciers & Sounds 8D7N, Self-Drive

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    Revel in the spectacular natural beauty of the South Island’s glaciers and sounds on this thrilling 8-day road trip. This package is perfect for first time visitors wanting to see and experience the best of Te Wahipounamu.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, shimmering lakes, lush rainforests, fast-moving glaciers and more. The South Island is especially breathtaking as the home of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area. This 26,000 square kilometre (10,039sqmi) encompasses several national parks in southwest New Zealand – Mount Cook (Aoraki, Fiordland, Mount Aspiring and Westland National Park. On this road trip, you will visit them all!

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road to see and experience the best of Te Wahipounamu. Drive New Zealand’s most scenic roads including the Crown Range and Milford Road. Admire the remarkable turquoise coloured Lake Tekapo and bask in the brooding shadow of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Cruise the majestic Milford Sound and hike the famous Routeburn Track as well as the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. You will also embark on one of the world’s great rail journeys, the TranzAlpine, and have the opportunity to explore diverse cities and towns including Christchurch and Queenstown at your own pace.

    This exciting 8-day nature-focused self-drive package includes 7-nights’ superior hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools and spas. Six days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Discover the splendor of the South Island on this 8-day self-drive road trip. This sensational loop route is the perfect introduction to New Zealand’s glaciers and sounds.

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    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Revel in the spectacular natural beauty of the South Island’s glaciers and sounds on this thrilling 8-day road trip. This package is perfect ...
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  10. North To South Ultimate Traverse 22D21N, Self-Drive

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    Do and see it all on the ultimate New Zealand road trip, a 22-day odyssey from the Bay of Islands to the Southern Alps. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure showcases the country’s best active experiences including 3 of the Great Walks.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: tropical beaches, snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, raging rivers and active volcano zones. For the outdoor enthusiast, keen on hiking, biking, paddling and more, New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Home of the Great Walks (known to be some of the best hikes in the world) and many other day and multiday hikes, you could spend months trying to see it all. Luckily for you, this road trip leaves no stone unturned on an epic journey from north to south.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to tick off New Zealand’s best active experiences. Drive New Zealand’s most scenic roads including Buller Gorge, the Crown Range and Milford Road. Discover dramatic landscapes, magnificent wilderness and stunning wildlife on New Zealand’s Great Walks including the Tongariro Northern Circuit, the Abel Tasman Coast Track and the Routeburn Track. Uncover beautiful beaches and twinkling bays on in the Bay of Islands and Coromandel, and a geothermal wonderland in the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Follow the path of Captain James Cook on the Queen Charlotte Track, heli hike to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier and bask in the brooding shadow of Mount Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand’s tallest mountain. You will also have the opportunity to cruise Lake Wanaka and the magnificent Milford Sound, and explore diverse cities and towns including Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch at your own pace.

    This action-packed 22-day active and nature-focused self-drive package includes 21-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Twenty-two days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Do New Zealand – and do it right – on this thrilling 22-day self-drive road trip from North to South. The diverse landscapes and exciting experiences will capture your heart.

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    Auckland, New Zealand
    Do and see it all on the ultimate New Zealand road trip, a 22-day odyssey from the Bay of Islands to the Southern Alps. ...
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