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Sweet As South

Experience the best of South! From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Start off on a scenic flight over Mt. Cook then head to Dunedin! Later, get ready to hit Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Try bungy, or you can opt to take a day trip to stunning Milford Sound. In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier before your tour ends in Christchurch.

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  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 193.399B/211738
  • Starts: Christchurch (Nz), New Zealand
  • Finishes: Christchurch (Nz), New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Christchurch
  • Lake Ohau
  • Dunedin
  • Queenstown
  • Franz Josef Glacier

Itinerary

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Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Ohau via Lake Tekapo

Christchurch what's up! New Zealand's South Island is the home to adventure, adrenalin and good times and we're here to take it all on and more...
We'll stop off to see the inense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo - a spot you've most likely spotted on Instagram before. Well guess what, now it's your turn, and it's all about that #nofilter beauty.
Oh Lake Ohau how you impress with your glorious views of Mt. Cook. Yet another swoon-worthy location where you'll have to pick that jaw up off the ground. Kick start the evening with a spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt. Cook for all new views of the country's highest mountain. M Air Safaris Grand Traverse

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Day 2: Lake Ohau to Dunedin

You'll be waking up with a smile on your face this morning as you pull back the blinds to the sight of the bedazzling Lake Ohau. Another Instagram famous destination, rising early is pretty much the only way to make the most of the fresh lake air and insane glassy lake vistas.
A trip to the south wouldn't be complete without a stop at Moeraki for a look at the massive boulders located smack bang on the beach. Climb on top, take a pic, and learn about the Maori history here, before the road trip to the South continues. Next up, the great student city of Dunedin.
As the student hub of NZ Dunedin never fails to impress travellers, and for those from the UK you'll notice a distinct Scottish throwback. Take a tour of the iconic Speight's Brewery, where tasting their brews is simply good manners.

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Day 3: Dunedin to Queenstown

Before we farewell Dunedin we'll head to the base of Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street, for a look at the mind boggling angle. Seriously, living on this street would give you major vertigo.
Welcome to the adventure capital of the world. Rest up tonight - the next few days are going to be BIG.

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Day 4: Queenstown

Today is yours to get acquainted with Queenstown and spend some time mulling over the activities up for grabs in the next two days. To get you warmed up, we'll be treating you to an exhilirating Shotover Jet experience, so throw those hands in the air as you fly through narrow Shotover canyons at speeds of up to 85 kph.

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Day 5: Queenstown

With our last day in adrenalin city ahead of us, this is the time to push yourself to the limits and hurl over any mental barriers you've put up around yourself. Jump into #NOREGRETS spirit and conquer those niggling fears once and for all. For those who did their dash yesterday, a day staying mellow and enjoying this beautiful region will prove more than sufficient.

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Day 6: Queenstown

It's times like this that you really start to work out what sort of traveller you are. And human for that matter. You might be the one trailing through wine country and doing a spot of horse back riding, or you may be that guy that crams in a bungy jump, a skydive and a heliraft & still craves more. It's your holiday - run wild as you see fit.

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Day 7: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Time to return our adrenalin levels to normal and make tracks to the wild (and often wet) West Coast and it's towering glaciers. But before we do, bridge bungy jump, anyone?
Enjoying our scenic drive we'll stop for lunch in Wanaka, a pretty ski resort town situated on a lake front and dwarfed by mountains. This town is fast becoming one of NZ's most popular spots, and a trip to the 'Dough Bin' for a luscious pie should be high on the list today.
Our first piece of NZ eye-candy comes in the form of Hasast Pass, beautified by ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Note how the scenery changes as we roll away from Queenstown through the Southern Alps.
Playing host tonight is the town of Franz Josef, home to some of NZ's finest natural beauty with bushlands and glaciers that almost reach the sea. Tomorrow we'll be out and about making the most of it - who's excited?

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Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier

This morning will be another big ol' tick off the list as we take to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier. Want to double tick the list in gold sparkly pen? We've got a heli ride over the glacier up for grabs for an ultra special experience. Satisfaction levels on high, tonight will be topped off with story swapping and crew drinks at the local. Be sure to breathe in that fresh alpine air - doesn't it feel good.

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Day 9: Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch

Armed with a new found appreciation for frozen water, we hop back on the coach & start making our way back to Christchurch.
In the gold rush town of Hokitika we'll watch authentic carvers get to work on green jade and take a look at traditional Maori art. Back on the coach we're coastline bound to one of the islands most jaw-droppingly beautiful spots...
Take in the beautiful scenery as we wind our way across the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps.
Arriving into Christchurch marks the end of our adventure (sob). NZ - you've been real.

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • Hotels and lodges are the name of the game. Think warm, comfy beds and lively communal areas for you and your new best mates to socialise
      Food
    • We'll get 11 of your meals, you get the rest. You can expect a healthy breakfast every morning, as a few dinners along the way. We'll also give you plenty of opportunities to try the best gourmet eats in NZ
      Staff
    • Don't worry, your Trip Manager and Driver will show you the ropes, not to mention all your new travel mates. Whether providing local knowledge or lols, our team members are people you can trust
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Tour Highlights:
  • Lake Ohau to Dunedin: See Mt Cook across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau,Stop at Oamaru and Benmore Dam
  • Dunedin to Queenstown: Visit Baldwin Street New Zealands steepest street
  • Queenstown: Set your pulse racing with a hair raising ride on the Shotover Jet
  • Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier: Stop at AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge