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New Zealand – South Island Multisport

New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and there's nowhere in the country more suited to that than the South Island. On this two week trip, cover the ground (or water) by sea kayak, boat, bike, and on foot. Explore Abel Tasman National Park, glide along the waters of Milford Sound, and take two-wheels through the Rail Trail in Central Otago. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ONSA/142737
  • Starts: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Kaikoura, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Wellington

Itinerary

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Day 1: Wellington

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.

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Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau

Sea kayak in Abel Tasman out to the edge of the park.
Set off from the beach and kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau.

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Day 4: Marahau/Westland District

Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

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Day 5: Westland District/Franz Josef

Transfer to Franz Josef, stopping for a walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon en route. Enjoy free time for optional activities such as hiking and checking out the stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest.

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Day 6: Franz Josef

A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

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Day 7: Franz Josef/Wanaka

Transfer to Wanaka, where there are a variety of optional activities available. Opt to go mountain biking, skydiving, or check out the giant maze and optical illusions of Puzzling World.

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Day 8: Wanaka/Queenstown

Continue onto the “adventure capital of the world,” Queenstown.
Free day to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here.

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Day 9: Queenstown

Enjoy a full-day hiking excursion along the world renowned Routeburn Track, taking in the gorgeous mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and lakes surrounding the track.

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Day 10: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day for optional activities in Queenstown.

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Day 11: Queenstown/Te Anau

Travel to the fiords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat, then return to Te Anau for the night.

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Day 12: Te Anau/Central Otago District

Morning departure to Central Otago to spend the afternoon cycling 42km (26 mi) along the historic Otago Rail Trail.
Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.

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Day 13: Central Otago District/Christchurch

Drive through breathtaking Central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch in the evening.

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Day 14: Christchurch/Kaikoura

Transfer to Kaikoura, with optional whale- or dolphin-watching in the afternoon.
Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura.

A free afternoon can also be spent swimming with dolphins or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula. Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters frequent the area.

Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.

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Day 15: Kaikoura/Wellington

Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Ferry crossing to South Island
    • Water taxi to Abel Tasman
    • Sea kayak in Abel Tasman
    • Trek in Paparoa NP
    • Full-day Routeburn Track hiking excursion
    • Cruise on Milford Sound
    • Cycle the Otago Rail Trail
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (14 nts, some multi-share)
    • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Ferry, water taxi, kayak, private vehicle, boat, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown
  • Cruise through Milford Sound
  • Cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago
  • Hike the Routeburn Track.