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7 Day South Island Lick Tour

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Overview

Be awed by stunning mountains, fantastic views, and the amazing Queenstown on this South Island trip where you'll experience unbeatable scenery coupled with a massive range of optional activities.

Take in Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef and finish with the Tranz-Alpine Express - rated as one of the world's Top Ten train journeys.

Scenic Flight of Mount Cook, New Zealand

Scenic Flight of Mount Cook

Kawarau River Bungy Jump, Queenstown, New Zealand

Kawarau River Bungy Jump, Queenstown

Paragliding Queenstown, New Zealand

Paragliding, Queenstown

Canyon Swing Queenstown, New Zealand

Canyon Swing, Queenstown

Sky Diving Queenstown, New Zealand

Sky Diving, Queenstown

Canyoning Queenstown, New Zealand

Canyoning, Queenstown

Cruise on Milford Sound New Zealand

Cruise on Milford Sound

Nevis Bungy Queenstown, New Zealand

Nevis Bungy, Queenstown

Shotover Jet Queenstown, New Zealand

Shotover Jet, Queenstown

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy Queenstown New Zealand

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy, Queenstown

Skyline Gondola Queenstown New Zealand

Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

Skydive, Wanaka New Zealand

Skydive, Wanaka

Waterskiing Wanaka New Zealand

Waterskiing, Wanaka

Scenic Flight Franz Josef Glacier New Zealand

Scenic Flight Franz Josef Glacier

Guided Hike on Franz Josef Glacier New Zealand

Guided Hike on Franz Josef Glacier

Guided Hike on Franz Josef Glacier New Zealand

Guided Hike on Franz Josef Glacier

TranzAlpine Train Greymouth to Christchurch New Zealand

TranzAlpine Train Greymouth to Christchurch

Itinerary

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Day 1Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

This morning begins with a tour of Christchurch, and nearby areas. After lunch we leave New Zealand's 'Garden City' and head south. The jewel of the Mackenzie Country, Lake Tekapo is an alpine village in the heart of the South Island high country. It sits at the edge of its 20 kilometre glacial lake, completely surrounded by the impressive Southern Alps.

Scenic Flight - Additional Cost

Well worth the cost, this is a flight of a lifetime over two World Heritage National Parks and 200km of New Zealand’s most memorable and spectacular scenery.

The 50 minute flight passes over Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Westland National Parks, 12 major glaciers, the highest peaks in Oceania and the sub tropical rain forests of the South Island's West Coast.

Day 2Lake Tekapo to Queenstown

We have time to enjoy Lake Tekapo before leaving for Queenstown in the mid-morning. Your guide will take a break at one of the many salmon farms along the drive to allow you to feed the salmon and taste some sashimi. Queenstown has more adventure options per square metre than any other similarly sized town across the globe. It is one of the most beautiful settings on earth, nestled beside Lake Wakatipu. In the evening we take the Queenstown gondola to view our spectacular surroundings. The nightlife in the town is also second to none and there is always something going on no matter what day it is.

Scenic Flight Lake Tekapo - Additional Cost

This is a flight of a lifetime over two World Heritage National Parks and 200km of New Zealand’s most memorable and spectacular scenery. The 50 minute flight passes over Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Westland National Parks, 12 major glaciers, the highest peaks in Oceania and the sub tropical rain forests of the South Island's West Coast.

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Queenstown - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a bungy jump! The world's first and most infamous of leaps, Kawarau Bridge, is still going strong. You can choose from a number of options: topple over backwards, forwards, with another person, spin or somersault. The bungy is also the only one in Queenstown where you can choose to bob above the water, touch it, or be fully immersed.

Day 3Queenstown

You have a whole day to spend in Queenstown and you are spoilt for choice! See options below for what you are able to pre-book. For a more relaxed day, your guide may take you to Glenorcy where there are multiple half and full day walks. Another awesome and world famous experience that we fully recommend is a trip to Milford Sound – absolutely gorgeous. This can be accessed by coach or by flight.

Canyon Swing - Additional Cost

The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy. You are secured in a full body harness enabling you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable! Upon leaving the platform, you will have a pure free fall for 60 metres before the lines take up tension and swing you into a smooth 200 metre arc at 150 kph!! There are over 10 different jump styles to choose from on the day, some more scary than others!

Extreme Jetboating - Additional Cost

This is a jet boat trip like no other! Tour into Skippers Canyon, along the sheer canyon walls, on the 'road to riches' carved from the rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners over 120 years ago. And that’s just getting to the boat!

Skiing/Snowboarding Day at the Remarks - Additional Cost

From the first timer through to those who like to be challenged by narrow chutes, rock drops and off-piste powder, The Remarkables is all about fun, freestyle and the love of the big mountain environment.

Canyoning Queenstown (October - April Only) - Additional Cost

Descend the spectacular canyons, explore your way through crystal pools and native forest, plunge down water polished chutes, abseil down waterfalls.

Climb, swim and float through a spectacular world of water sculpted rock and sparkling, crashing waterfalls.

Nevis Bungy - Additional Cost

The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the Bungy Pod.

The bungy itself is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 134m (8.5 seconds of freefall). The ultimate adrenalin challenge!

Kawarau Bridge Bungy - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a Bungy jump.

Bungy was born in Queenstown and quickly rocketed this once sleepy town to the envious status of the adventure-tourism capital of the world.

Paragliding - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown!

To get to the Paragliding site, you ride the Queenstown Gondola. This ride is included on one of your days in Queenstown, as part of your tour.

However if for whatever reason you can't Paraglide on that day, you will need to pay an additional $33 NZD to get to the Paragliding site on an alternative Queenstown day.

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy - Additional Cost

The River Wild is a beautiful 2 hour horse ride across the delta flats between the Rees and Dart Rivers (in Glenorchy). The ride is suitable for all riding abilities, from complete novice to lifetime rider. There are several river crossings with opportunities for the more experienced rider to canter whilst beginners are tutored.

Heli Mountain Biking - Additional Cost

An amazing helicopter flight over the Remarkables mountain range is followed by 18 kms of exclusive and varied terrain. Starting from the 2000 metre summit of Ben Cruachen there's only one way down and that's on ya bike! Rolling ridge lines, gold miner's single track - thanks "oldtimers", then a flowing farm 4WD track leads you to the finish amongst the Gibbston Valley vineyards. It's big and beautiful but not too scary!

Milford Sound Trip - Additional Cost

This scenic day trip departs Queenstown where you travel by coach via Lake Wakatipu to stunning Fiordland. Upon arrival, you have time to explore the local area, after which you will step aboard a luxurious scenic boat and embark on a cruise of breath-taking Milford Sound. Flight option available.

Skydiving over the Remarks - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! It is said Queenstown is where beauty and extreme sports go hand in hand, and there is no better illustration than sky diving over the world's adventure capital.

Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown - Additional Cost

Come see Middle-earth in Queenstown! Hop on the safars and see the sets of Lord of the Rings.

Day 4Queenstown to Wanaka

Still time to do one more Queenstown activity in the morning! We then drive over the Crown Range along the highest inland road in the country. At the end of our drive we are greeted by the shores of picturesque lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Over 1,300 feet deep and an incredible blue, both lakes are fringed by breathtaking mountain ranges. During summer, wake-boarding, water-skiing, stunning lake cruises and swimming are always high on the agenda but in the winter Wanaka is a complete snow sports destination.

Skydiving over the Southern Alps - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! Beautiful Lake Wanaka is situated at the base of the Southern Alps offering a breathtaking skydiving adventure over the mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes of Mt Aspiring National Park.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride - Additional Cost

See Lake Wanaka like you've never see it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane. In this 30 minute flight experience the thrills of the acrobatic moves of the by-gone era while taking in the awesome scenery of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

Canyon Swing - Additional Cost

The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy. You are secured in a full body harness enabling you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable.

Day 5Wanaka to Franz Josef

After some time in Wanaka we head over the Haast Pass to the rugged West Coast. Travelling north through Fox Glacier we arrive at Franz Josef, our overnight stop.

Skydiving over Southern Alps - Additional Cost

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride - Additional Cost

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Day 6Franz Josef

You cannot visit Franz Josef without paying your respects to the glacier. Both the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are world-renowned on account of their relative accessibility and the low level to which they descend, although they no longer extend far enough down their valleys to reach the forest. The most popular way of visiting the glacier is with a half day guided trek.

Heli Experience with Snow Landing - Additional Cost

If your priority is seeing the many glaciers in the area including the Franz Josef glacier, the Westland National Park and our highest mountains; Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, from the unique perspective of a heli-copter, then this heli option is for you!

Glacier Hike - Additional Cost

Glacier trekking is considered an absolute must-do of New Zealand, and is actually suitable for all abilities. Half and Full Day Hikes available.

Kayak in Glacier Country - Additional Cost

Leaving from Jetty Bay, this unique guided half day kayak tour takes you across the glacial lake past rain forest and imposing vertical walls of glacial moraine.

You then paddle through the pristine environment of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and 900-year-old kahikatea trees.

Glacier Heli-Hike - Additional Cost

Glacier trekking is considered an absolute must-do of New Zealand, and is actually suitable for all abilities. We recommend the heli-hike as a quicker way to reach the bluer ice of the glacier, compared with the half day trek. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be one of your most memorable experiences whilst in New Zealand.

Quad Biking - Additional Cost

Embark on a 4WD adventure and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to your guide tell you about local history. Then drive through dense rain forest and soak up the atmosphere as you pass by ferns, mosses and mature podocarp trees in this lush watery world.

Day 7Franz Josef to Christchurch

We head to the beautiful west coast on one of the most spectacular drives in the world. A rugged, primeval landscape. We take a break at Hokitika to visit a Jade factory. This place experienced a massive gold rush in the late 1860s and today remnants can be seen everywhere: in original buildings and in the landscape, altered by excavations and vast mounds of tailings. We also make a quick stop at the National Kiwi Centre where you will be privileged to see a real but very rare kiwi bird! We reach Arthur's Pass Train Station by mid afternoon, where you board the Tranz Alpine train. The crossing takes 2 hours and travels through this absolutely stunning mountain pass. You reach Christchurch at 6.30pm and say your final goodbyes before making your separate ways.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

This morning begins with a tour of Christchurch, and nearby areas. After lunch we leave New Zealand's 'Garden City' and head south. The jewel of the Mackenzie Country, Lake Tekapo is an alpine village in the heart of the South Island high country. It sits at the edge of its 20 kilometre glacial lake, completely surrounded by the impressive Southern Alps.

Scenic Flight - Additional Cost

Well worth the cost, this is a flight of a lifetime over two World Heritage National Parks and 200km of New Zealand’s most memorable and spectacular scenery.

The 50 minute flight passes over Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Westland National Parks, 12 major glaciers, the highest peaks in Oceania and the sub tropical rain forests of the South Island's West Coast.

Day 2Lake Tekapo to Queenstown

We have time to enjoy Lake Tekapo before leaving for Queenstown in the mid-morning. Your guide will take a break at one of the many salmon farms along the drive to allow you to feed the salmon and taste some sashimi. Queenstown has more adventure options per square metre than any other similarly sized town across the globe. It is one of the most beautiful settings on earth, nestled beside Lake Wakatipu. In the evening we take the Queenstown gondola to view our spectacular surroundings. The nightlife in the town is also second to none and there is always something going on no matter what day it is.

Scenic Flight Lake Tekapo - Additional Cost

This is a flight of a lifetime over two World Heritage National Parks and 200km of New Zealand’s most memorable and spectacular scenery. The 50 minute flight passes over Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Westland National Parks, 12 major glaciers, the highest peaks in Oceania and the sub tropical rain forests of the South Island's West Coast.

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Queenstown - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a bungy jump! The world's first and most infamous of leaps, Kawarau Bridge, is still going strong. You can choose from a number of options: topple over backwards, forwards, with another person, spin or somersault. The bungy is also the only one in Queenstown where you can choose to bob above the water, touch it, or be fully immersed.

Day 3Queenstown

You have a whole day to spend in Queenstown and you are spoilt for choice! See options below for what you are able to pre-book. For a more relaxed day, your guide may take you to Glenorcy where there are multiple half and full day walks. Another awesome and world famous experience that we fully recommend is a trip to Milford Sound – absolutely gorgeous. This can be accessed by coach or by flight.

Canyon Swing - Additional Cost

The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy. You are secured in a full body harness enabling you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable! Upon leaving the platform, you will have a pure free fall for 60 metres before the lines take up tension and swing you into a smooth 200 metre arc at 150 kph!! There are over 10 different jump styles to choose from on the day, some more scary than others!

Extreme Jetboating - Additional Cost

This is a jet boat trip like no other! Tour into Skippers Canyon, along the sheer canyon walls, on the 'road to riches' carved from the rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners over 120 years ago. And that’s just getting to the boat!

Skiing/Snowboarding Day at the Remarks - Additional Cost

From the first timer through to those who like to be challenged by narrow chutes, rock drops and off-piste powder, The Remarkables is all about fun, freestyle and the love of the big mountain environment.

Canyoning Queenstown (October - April Only) - Additional Cost

Descend the spectacular canyons, explore your way through crystal pools and native forest, plunge down water polished chutes, abseil down waterfalls.

Climb, swim and float through a spectacular world of water sculpted rock and sparkling, crashing waterfalls.

Nevis Bungy - Additional Cost

The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the Bungy Pod.

The bungy itself is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 134m (8.5 seconds of freefall). The ultimate adrenalin challenge!

Kawarau Bridge Bungy - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a Bungy jump.

Bungy was born in Queenstown and quickly rocketed this once sleepy town to the envious status of the adventure-tourism capital of the world.

Paragliding - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown!

To get to the Paragliding site, you ride the Queenstown Gondola. This ride is included on one of your days in Queenstown, as part of your tour.

However if for whatever reason you can't Paraglide on that day, you will need to pay an additional $33 NZD to get to the Paragliding site on an alternative Queenstown day.

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy - Additional Cost

The River Wild is a beautiful 2 hour horse ride across the delta flats between the Rees and Dart Rivers (in Glenorchy). The ride is suitable for all riding abilities, from complete novice to lifetime rider. There are several river crossings with opportunities for the more experienced rider to canter whilst beginners are tutored.

Heli Mountain Biking - Additional Cost

An amazing helicopter flight over the Remarkables mountain range is followed by 18 kms of exclusive and varied terrain. Starting from the 2000 metre summit of Ben Cruachen there's only one way down and that's on ya bike! Rolling ridge lines, gold miner's single track - thanks "oldtimers", then a flowing farm 4WD track leads you to the finish amongst the Gibbston Valley vineyards. It's big and beautiful but not too scary!

Milford Sound Trip - Additional Cost

This scenic day trip departs Queenstown where you travel by coach via Lake Wakatipu to stunning Fiordland. Upon arrival, you have time to explore the local area, after which you will step aboard a luxurious scenic boat and embark on a cruise of breath-taking Milford Sound. Flight option available.

Skydiving over the Remarks - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! It is said Queenstown is where beauty and extreme sports go hand in hand, and there is no better illustration than sky diving over the world's adventure capital.

Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown - Additional Cost

Come see Middle-earth in Queenstown! Hop on the safars and see the sets of Lord of the Rings.

Day 4Queenstown to Wanaka

Still time to do one more Queenstown activity in the morning! We then drive over the Crown Range along the highest inland road in the country. At the end of our drive we are greeted by the shores of picturesque lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Over 1,300 feet deep and an incredible blue, both lakes are fringed by breathtaking mountain ranges. During summer, wake-boarding, water-skiing, stunning lake cruises and swimming are always high on the agenda but in the winter Wanaka is a complete snow sports destination.

Skydiving over the Southern Alps - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! Beautiful Lake Wanaka is situated at the base of the Southern Alps offering a breathtaking skydiving adventure over the mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes of Mt Aspiring National Park.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride - Additional Cost

See Lake Wanaka like you've never see it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane. In this 30 minute flight experience the thrills of the acrobatic moves of the by-gone era while taking in the awesome scenery of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

Canyon Swing - Additional Cost

The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy. You are secured in a full body harness enabling you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable.

Day 5Wanaka to Franz Josef

After some time in Wanaka we head over the Haast Pass to the rugged West Coast. Travelling north through Fox Glacier we arrive at Franz Josef, our overnight stop.

Skydiving over Southern Alps - Additional Cost

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride - Additional Cost

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Day 6Franz Josef

You cannot visit Franz Josef without paying your respects to the glacier. Both the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are world-renowned on account of their relative accessibility and the low level to which they descend, although they no longer extend far enough down their valleys to reach the forest. The most popular way of visiting the glacier is with a half day guided trek.

Heli Experience with Snow Landing - Additional Cost

If your priority is seeing the many glaciers in the area including the Franz Josef glacier, the Westland National Park and our highest mountains; Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, from the unique perspective of a heli-copter, then this heli option is for you!

Glacier Hike - Additional Cost

Glacier trekking is considered an absolute must-do of New Zealand, and is actually suitable for all abilities. Half and Full Day Hikes available.

Kayak in Glacier Country - Additional Cost

Leaving from Jetty Bay, this unique guided half day kayak tour takes you across the glacial lake past rain forest and imposing vertical walls of glacial moraine.

You then paddle through the pristine environment of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and 900-year-old kahikatea trees.

Glacier Heli-Hike - Additional Cost

Glacier trekking is considered an absolute must-do of New Zealand, and is actually suitable for all abilities. We recommend the heli-hike as a quicker way to reach the bluer ice of the glacier, compared with the half day trek. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be one of your most memorable experiences whilst in New Zealand.

Quad Biking - Additional Cost

Embark on a 4WD adventure and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to your guide tell you about local history. Then drive through dense rain forest and soak up the atmosphere as you pass by ferns, mosses and mature podocarp trees in this lush watery world.

Day 7Franz Josef to Christchurch

We head to the beautiful west coast on one of the most spectacular drives in the world. A rugged, primeval landscape. We take a break at Hokitika to visit a Jade factory. This place experienced a massive gold rush in the late 1860s and today remnants can be seen everywhere: in original buildings and in the landscape, altered by excavations and vast mounds of tailings. We also make a quick stop at the National Kiwi Centre where you will be privileged to see a real but very rare kiwi bird! We reach Arthur's Pass Train Station by mid afternoon, where you board the Tranz Alpine train. The crossing takes 2 hours and travels through this absolutely stunning mountain pass. You reach Christchurch at 6.30pm and say your final goodbyes before making your separate ways.

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