'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington) (Ends in Christchurch)

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Duration: 10  days


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'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington)

Tour Code: NSHAD1509

Cat. Name: N/A

Tour Cat.: N/A

Duration: 10  days

Description:

Experience the best of New Zealands South Island - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Kick off this tour in the land of the Lord of the Rings, Wellington & quad bike in the bush! Hike a glacier, then it's on to Queenstown. Go bungy jumping, canyon swinging & quad biking - the activities endless (& the nightlife is legendary!) Choose to cruise through Milford Sound & take an amazing scenic flight over Mt. Cook!

Wellington to Christchurch

Kia ora! Meet up with your Contiki crew & travel buddies & set sail on the Inter-Island ferry for good times in New Zealand's stunning South Island. The South Island means a complete change of scenery with loads of wild nature. Cruise through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds, where thick forested peaks rise straight up from the sea. Its a camera-friendly spot with picturesque inlets, remote coves and tiny beaches that dot the islands. Youll also see some old wooden baches (New Zealand holiday houses) and boat jetties. After the cruise, its another jaw-ping drive to Kaikoura, via Marlboroughs wine country. We travel on to the wild, rugged east coast and stop at a seal colony, before passing through Kaikoura. This seaside settlement is known for whales, dolphins and delicious, fresh crayfish sold from roadside vans. The coach cuts across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Accommodations: Hotel
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 1


Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

After a leisurely start to the day we begin our journey west through stunning Arthurs Pass, following an old trade route. The dense native forest, alpine atmosphere and crystal clear rivers give the area its pioneer feel. Well stop in at the former gold rush town of Hokitika on the West Coast. Its great for a look into a traditional Maori art. Watch authentic carvers work with New Zealand greenstone (jade) and learn about the importance of this stone. You could even pick up a piece to take home. Sticking to the untamed coastline, we arrive in the Westland National Park. Franz Josef is our stop for the night, a town where lush bush land and glaciers almost reach the sea.
Accommodations: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 2


Franz Josef Glacier

This morning, get physical and pull on your crampons, grab an ice-pick and head out onto the ice of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. On this optional activity, youll learn about how these glaciers came about with our professional Local Guides.
Otherwise, you can get a birds eye view over these icy formations and sweeping vistas in an optional helicopter ride.
Accommodations: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 3


Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Relax on the coach, chat with friends and take in the stunning scenery of the Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls as we head down to Queenstown.
Cruise past remote beaches and the coastal dunes of the west coast before hitting Haast Pass. Ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls give this area its unique atmosphere. Theres even more scenery changes when we cross the Southern Alps and enter the region of Otago, with its golden grasslands, cliffs and hills.
Next up: Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. This is one high-energy destination that has something for everyone. From jet boat rides to fantastic local food, gorgeous countryside and the worlds most southern wineries, the list really is endless.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 4


Queenstown

This morning, youll take a ride on ‘The worlds most exciting jetboat the iconic Shotover Jet! Hold on tight - speeding down the Shotover River on a jetboat amongst the fierce canyon walls (so close you could probably touch them) is a thrilling experience & getting a pic to take home of the group in action is a must. Next up, legendary Queenstown! This traveller favourite is world renowned as the home of action & adrenalin & needs no introduction – your time here is guaranteed to be epic, no matter what you choose to do.
The nightlife here is equally as awesome as its adrenalin fixes & with VIP entry to one of the towns hottest nightspots you're sure the start the night out right.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 5


Queenstown

With two more days here, youve got time to try out adrenaline-pumping activities, to take it easy with a glass of local wine or beer and of course, to party – something Queenstown is known for.
Theres also the option to take advantage of our explore more highlight optional – your chance to experience the stunning Milford Sound.
Milford Sound is one of New Zealands gems. This slice of paradise has been voted one of the worlds top destinations & is known around the world for its gorgeous waters & stunning scenery. Set in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site so get ready for the epic scenery – high mountains rise straight out of the sea and waterfalls pour down sheer cliffs into the deep, dark waters of the fiord.
Youll get the ultimate angle on this natural wonder from the water when we cruise – youll learn about this jaw-pingly beautiful region from the on-board nature specialist. Youll get a really good look around the area and up close to its more hidden spots.
You can chill out and enjoy the scenery on deck & hopefully youll get a chance to spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins.
Choose to take a coach over, then jump on a boat & cruise this stunning spot then head back to Queenstown on the coach. Or, if youre feeling up for it, theres the option to fly back to Queenstown too.
Walk around the quaint town, hit the shops or head down to the lake for beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges, fittingly called The Remarkables. Board the old steam boat, the TSS Earnslaw, for a lake cruise and see it all from the water.
For adrenaline junkies, theres bungy jumpy, sky diving, jet boating, canyon swinging and quad biking. In fact there are so many adventure activities in Queenstown that you couldnt do them all in the 2 days if you tried. For those who like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground, take an easy-going hike or push yourself with a tougher trail.
Pumping at night, Queenstown is the place to hit some of New Zealands best bars and clubs. With cool cocktail bars, old-style pubs and plenty of clubs, there is so much to choose from.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (2 days), Dinner (1 day)
Duration
2 day(s)
Start Day
day: 6


Queenstown to Dunedin

Its time to jump on the coach as we head to New Zealands student hub, Dunedin. This really is the city that looks old, but definitely thinks young! Originally a Scottish settlement, youll see references to the citys past dotted throughout the city.
This afternoon arrival well visit the iconic Speights Brewery for a look at how this iconic Kiwi brew is made. As you tour the brewery with our guide, learn about the brewing process of this much loved Southern Ale. Youll finish up with a few tasters so youll discover for yourself why the locals love it so much!
Dunedin night life goes off, so later, why not take it up a level & head to some of the local night spots for a taste of how partying is really done! Ask your Tour Manager for some tips on wheres hot to head, or make your way to one of the local favourites around the Octagon – theres a huge variety of places to head for a fun night out.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 8


Dunedin to Lake Ohau

Before we farewell Dunedin well head to the base of Baldwin Street, the worlds steepest street, for a look at the sheer angle.
Its time to hit the road, via Moeraki for a look at these massive boulders located right on the beach. Its hard to believe these impressive structures really are natural & they make for some pretty cool pics to show off to your mates.
We jump back on the coach & head to historic Oamaru, with its cute old buildings, many of which are made out of its own stunning white Oamaru stone. Well stop at Benmore Dam for a look at this impressive structure & maybe spot some gliders – its one of the worlds premier spots for this pretty cool sport. Later we reach our overnight stop – a lodge by one of the South Islands stunning lakes, Lake Ohau.
Accommodations: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 9


Lake Ohau to Christchurch

Kick start the day with a spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt Cook. Later, well stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo, before travelling back through the MacKenzie country to Christchurch.
Make your last night on tour one to remember and enjoy a fun night out with your friends!
Accommodations:
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 10


Country Locations

New Zealand Christchurch
New Zealand Dunedin
New Zealand Franz Josef
New Zealand Franz Josef Glacier
New Zealand Lake Ohau
New Zealand Queenstown
New Zealand Wellington
Kaikoura Coast

  • Spectacular drive along the Kaikoura Coast & visit to a seal colony

Picton

  • Drive through New Zealand's largest wine growing region

Cook Strait

  • Cruise the scenic Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sounds

Haast Pass

  • Drive through Haast Pass & see Thunder Creek Falls

Wanaka

  • Only Contiki: Get cerebral with a visit to Wanaka's Puzzling World!

Arrowtown

  • Explore tiny Arrowtown

Queenstown

  • Only Contiki: Set your pulse racing with a hair-raising ride on the Shotover Jet
  • VIP entry to one of Queenstown's hottest nightspots
  • Stop at AJ Hackett's Kawarau Bridge

Alexandra

  • Stop in Alexandra in Central Otago

Dunedin

  • Only Contiki: Tour & tasting at the iconic Speight's Brewery
  • See Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street

Moeraki

  • Visit the impressive Moeraki Boulders

Oamaru

  • Stop at Oamaru & Benmore Dam

Lake Ohau

  • See Mt. Cook across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau

Lake Tekapo

  • Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo & Geraldine
  • See the historic Church of the Good Shephard

Christchurch

  • Pick up a treat at NZ's famous Cookie Time factory

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