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Essence of the South Island - Active Adventures
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Essence of the South Island

8 days
4.9
(351)
From Christchurch to Queenstown
Tour Operator:
Active Adventures
Max group size:
14
Age range:
16 to 90
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
171902
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Highlights

  • Go for a hike in the winter wonderland of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Be amazed on a scenic flight into the remote Siberia Valley
  • Embark on an adrenalin-pumping jet boat ride on Wilkin River

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Itinerary

Start in Christchurch and end in Queenstown! With the Adventure tour Essence of the South Island, you have a 8 days tour package taking you through Christchurch, New Zealand and 9 other destinations in New Zealand. Essence of the South Island includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive, hike in Arthur's Pass
  2. Day 2: Hike near Franz Josef Glacier
  3. Days 3 to 4: Option A, Siberia Valley Wilderness in Mt Aspiring National Park
  4. Days 3 to 4: Option B, Makarora Adventure in Mt Aspiring National Park
  5. Days 3 and 4: Mt Aspiring National Park options
  6. Day 4 (afternoon): Finish Mt Aspiring National Park options, bike Queenstown Trail
  7. Day 5: Gondola ride, hike Ben Lomond or free day in Queenstown
  8. Day 6: Hike Fiordland National Park, kayak Milford Sound
  9. Day 7: Hike Routeburn Track
  10. Day 8: Depart for home
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Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.5
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.5
  • Food
    Excellent
    4.4
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    · February 6th, 2020
    The Active Adventures Tui trip taken January 2020 fulfilled all our hopes for an amazing vacation! 8 days to traverse the itinerary meant a few long driving days, but all drives included beautiful scenery, as well as stops for bathrooms, photos, and... Show more
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    Trip date: January 2020
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    · October 5th, 2019
    I couldn't have asked for a better vacation. This is the first time I booked a tour and as hesitant as I was for the unknown, I am very happy that I went with Action Adventure. Our guides Kaleb and Ruby were top notch! These guys have this trip planned... Show more
    Trip date: April 2019
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    · September 4th, 2019
    This trip was like living in day dream, so many beautiful things to see visually yet at the same time eating tonnes of chocolate whilst being driven around....perfection!...what I day dream about every day!! When I say ""driven around""...don't for one... Show more
    Trip date: October 2019
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    · September 1st, 2019
    From the moment we met our guides Hailey and Ruby we felt completely welcome and cared for. Within 10 minutes our group of 10 strangers quickly became close friends, I've never seen anything quite like that before, and our guides played no small part in... Show more
    Trip date: September 2018
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    · July 4th, 2019
    We had a really nice time on this vacation. The hikes were challenging and led us in to some very remote places of New Zealand. Day 3 of our trip in to the Siberian Valley and up to Lake Crucible was my favorite day. The scenery was breathtaking and the... Show more
    Trip date: October 2019
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    · July 3rd, 2019
    Fantastic guides. Excellent travel mates. Organized and well thought out itinerary.
    Trip date: February 2019
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    · July 3rd, 2019
    Nick and Elder were fantastic guides. Although we were rained out of one of our major events for the week, they did a good job of modifying the schedule of activities to get us close to what we were expecting to do. Nick and Elder could not have been... Show more
    Trip date: February 2019
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    · July 1st, 2019
    You certainly justify the ""Active"" in your name! Between the hiking, jet boats!, planes, cruising and biking, we did more and saw more than I thought could be fit into 8 days - and there was still free time for hang gliding, bungee jumping and patio... Show more
    Trip date: December 2018
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    · May 24th, 2019
    This was a great week long trip with all the South Island highlights. There’s enough time to create your own side adventures but Active has everything covered for you if you don’t want to do any extra planning on your own. We have used other tour... Show more
    Trip date: March 2019
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    · May 13th, 2019
    We have travelled to NZ a few times in the past, but never before have we experienced it like this. Active Adventures showed us the REAL NZ as only 'locals' know it and with non stop adventure! The ease and flexibility of the Tour, GREAT guides,... Show more
    Trip date: April 2019
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Essence of the South Island
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    • For any tour departing before December 20th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after December 20th, 2021, a minimum payment of $500 is required to confirm your booking with Active Adventures. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 90 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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