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12 Day South Island Adrenalin Junkie

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Overview

Are you looking for a trip that gets your blood pumping and pulse racing? Or are you someone who would love to see the very best of the South Island including some lesser known destinations away from the tourist trail? If so, this tour will deliver on both fronts.

Accommodation

All of our adventure and snow tours include dorm share accommodation, with a maximum of six people in one room. This accommodation is in high quality backpacker lodges chosen specially by our crew.

If you wish to have more privacy, you can upgrade your tour accommodation to a private room - either double or twin (two single beds). We guarantee an ensuite for a large percent of your trip (actual % depends on each particular tour). An ensuite includes shower, toilet and sink area.

The private rooms are usually located in the same accommodation as our dorm share rooms - so you will still be able to socialise easily with the group.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

Scenic Flight of Mt Cook

Scenic Flight of Mt Cook

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump, Queenstown

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump, Queenstown

Skiing at Coronet Peak Queenstown

Skiing at Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Canyon Swing Queenstown

Canyon Swing, Queenstown

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy Queenstown

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy, Queenstown

Canyoning Queenstown

Canyoning, Queenstown

Milford Sound and Mitre Peak

Milford Sound and Mitre Peak

Sky Diving Queenstown

Sky Diving, Queenstown

Paragliding Queenstown

Paragliding, Queenstown

Shotover Jet Queenstown

Shotover Jet, Queenstown

Nevis Bungy Queenstown

Nevis Bungy, Queenstown

Sky Diving, Wanaka

Sky Diving, Wanaka

Guided Walk on Franz Josef Glacier

Guided Walk on Franz Josef Glacier

Guided Walk on Franz Josef Glacier

Guided Walk on Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Flight to Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Flight to Franz Josef Glacier

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Sea Kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park

Sea Kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park

Hiking int Abel Tasman National Park

Hiking in Abel Tasman National Park

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 - 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.

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.

Paragliding Queenstown - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown! After a short briefing from your instructor, you will enjoy a tandem flight of 15-20 minutes before landing at the grassy Flight Park landing field.

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 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

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!

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!

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.

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!

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 Punakaiki

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. We like to boast that we are the only tour company to stay at the unique Te Nikau Retreat. A firm favourite on tour, the resort is set 3km north of Pancake Rocks; a set of spacious lodges and cabins in peaceful rainforest beside the coast. In the evening we watch the sunset over the ocean and make use of the resort's superb facilities.

Day 8Punakiki

Surfing, horse trekking, kayaking, four wheel driving, walking or simply taking in the view are all great activities in this region! In particular, Punakaiki is world famous for its 'Pancake Rocks', which are huge columns of limestone resembling stacks of pancakes. With a heavy swell running at high tide, seawater is forced upwards through blowholes with an impressive roar.

Underground Rafting - Additional Cost

Similar to Black Water Rafting, this cave adventure takes you into Paparoa National Park to explore primeval rainforest, enormous cave systems, and glowworm grottos!

Day 9Punakiki to Abel Tasman

Upon leaving Punakaiki we continue north along the State Highway 6. There is a stunning beach beside the Fox River where we can explore some awesome caves. Just ten kilometres west of Westport is Cape Foulwind where there is a fur seal colony accessible by a walking track.

Westport is home to a company that specialises in various adventure activities, including quad biking, extreme jet boating and river rafting along the Buller River. The river is one of the longest in the country and we travel alongside it for much of the day.

Our accommodation tonight is just on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park, near the town of Motueka. The golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water, native bush, seals and bird life make this an amazing year round destination.

Sky Diving Abel Tasman National Park - 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!

Day 10Abel Tasman National Park

During summer we will stay another night within the park, but in winter our accommodation is within Nelson. Today is all about exploring Abel Tasman National Park – New Zealand’s smallest, but by no means least beautiful, national parks. One way to experience the park is with a half day kayak to the Split Apple. No previous experience is required as qualified guides will teach you all the basic skills to make sure this is a safe, yet awesome activity!

Skydiving - Abel Tasman - 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!

Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park - Additional Cost

You have a choice of navigating Abel Tasman National Park in three ways – on foot, by water taxi or by kayak. This trip includes kayak hire for a one way journey into the park, with full instruction beforehand. You are welcome to walk back or return via water taxi (extra cost on the day).

Abel Tasman Canyons - Additional Cost

Let us take you to the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park where we jump, slide, abseil and zipline our way down Torrent River.

Canyoning in is a combination of lots of fun stuff all bunched into one exciting activity. Trips normally start with a walk up through beautiful scenery. Then it’s time to get the rubber suits on and start making our way down the canyon.

We jump off cliffs into deep pools below, slide down water polished chutes and abseil besides or sometimes even through showering waterfalls

Day 11Abel Tasman to Wellington

To visit the Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafés, artists and galleries and boutique shopping experiences. This region expertly combines the finest elements of the New Zealand experience and delivers them across stunning geography, sun-ripened at the perfect latitude under New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. Even the locals like to holiday here!

On our journey back towards Picton, where we will cross to Wellington once again on the Inter-Islander ferry, we stop at Havelock, the centre of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel industry. The Mussel Pot Café is a popular stop for seafood fans!

Skydiving - Abel Tasman - 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!

Day 12Wellington

Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village. Extending just two kilometres in diameter, the capital is a truly 'walking city’.

As always your tour guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays, a visit to Weta Studios, up to the lookout point at Mount Victoria and then through central Wellington, up the cable car, through the Botanic Gardens and to the Parliament Buildings.

Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all. Your tour ends this evening at 5pm.

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 - 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.

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.

Paragliding Queenstown - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown! After a short briefing from your instructor, you will enjoy a tandem flight of 15-20 minutes before landing at the grassy Flight Park landing field.

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 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

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!

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!

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.

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!

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 Punakaiki

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. We like to boast that we are the only tour company to stay at the unique Te Nikau Retreat. A firm favourite on tour, the resort is set 3km north of Pancake Rocks; a set of spacious lodges and cabins in peaceful rainforest beside the coast. In the evening we watch the sunset over the ocean and make use of the resort's superb facilities.

Day 8Punakiki

Surfing, horse trekking, kayaking, four wheel driving, walking or simply taking in the view are all great activities in this region! In particular, Punakaiki is world famous for its 'Pancake Rocks', which are huge columns of limestone resembling stacks of pancakes. With a heavy swell running at high tide, seawater is forced upwards through blowholes with an impressive roar.

Underground Rafting - Additional Cost

Similar to Black Water Rafting, this cave adventure takes you into Paparoa National Park to explore primeval rainforest, enormous cave systems, and glowworm grottos!

Day 9Punakiki to Abel Tasman

Upon leaving Punakaiki we continue north along the State Highway 6. There is a stunning beach beside the Fox River where we can explore some awesome caves. Just ten kilometres west of Westport is Cape Foulwind where there is a fur seal colony accessible by a walking track.

Westport is home to a company that specialises in various adventure activities, including quad biking, extreme jet boating and river rafting along the Buller River. The river is one of the longest in the country and we travel alongside it for much of the day.

Our accommodation tonight is just on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park, near the town of Motueka. The golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water, native bush, seals and bird life make this an amazing year round destination.

Sky Diving Abel Tasman National Park - 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!

Day 10Abel Tasman National Park

During summer we will stay another night within the park, but in winter our accommodation is within Nelson. Today is all about exploring Abel Tasman National Park – New Zealand’s smallest, but by no means least beautiful, national parks. One way to experience the park is with a half day kayak to the Split Apple. No previous experience is required as qualified guides will teach you all the basic skills to make sure this is a safe, yet awesome activity!

Skydiving - Abel Tasman - 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!

Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park - Additional Cost

You have a choice of navigating Abel Tasman National Park in three ways – on foot, by water taxi or by kayak. This trip includes kayak hire for a one way journey into the park, with full instruction beforehand. You are welcome to walk back or return via water taxi (extra cost on the day).

Abel Tasman Canyons - Additional Cost

Let us take you to the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park where we jump, slide, abseil and zipline our way down Torrent River.

Canyoning in is a combination of lots of fun stuff all bunched into one exciting activity. Trips normally start with a walk up through beautiful scenery. Then it’s time to get the rubber suits on and start making our way down the canyon.

We jump off cliffs into deep pools below, slide down water polished chutes and abseil besides or sometimes even through showering waterfalls

Day 11Abel Tasman to Wellington

To visit the Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafés, artists and galleries and boutique shopping experiences. This region expertly combines the finest elements of the New Zealand experience and delivers them across stunning geography, sun-ripened at the perfect latitude under New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. Even the locals like to holiday here!

On our journey back towards Picton, where we will cross to Wellington once again on the Inter-Islander ferry, we stop at Havelock, the centre of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel industry. The Mussel Pot Café is a popular stop for seafood fans!

Skydiving - Abel Tasman - 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!

Day 12Wellington

Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village. Extending just two kilometres in diameter, the capital is a truly 'walking city’.

As always your tour guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays, a visit to Weta Studios, up to the lookout point at Mount Victoria and then through central Wellington, up the cable car, through the Botanic Gardens and to the Parliament Buildings.

Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all. Your tour ends this evening at 5pm.

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