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Ultimate South Island Adventure - Active Adventures
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14 days

Ultimate South Island Adventure

Start and end in Christchurch
Tour Operator:
Active Adventures
Max group size:
14
Age range:
16 to 90
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
171905
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Highlights

  • Go for a hike and say hello to a fur seal colony in Kaikoura
  • Kayak on the crystal-clear waters of mystical Milford Sound
  • Go for a hike in the winter wonderland of Franz Josef Glacier

Travel, Your Way

Good reasons for travelling privately:

  • Personalise your trip

    Make changes to the itinerary, accommodation, or transport method

  • Increased safety during COVID

    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

  • Travel more exclusively

    Your tour guide can focus all their attention on your group

  • Travel for a special occasion

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Itinerary

Start and end in Christchurch! With the Adventure tour Ultimate South Island Adventure, you have a 14 days tour package taking you through Christchurch, New Zealand and 15 other destinations in New Zealand. Ultimate South Island Adventure 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 to a fur seal colony on the Kaikoura Peninsula
  2. Day 2 (morning): Visit vineyard, start multi-day options
  3. Days 2 to 4: Option C, Sea Kayaking, Marlborough Sounds (extra fee applies)
  4. Days 2 to 4: Option A, Nelson Lakes Hiking: The Angelus Circuit
  5. Days 2 to 4: Option B, Nelson Lakes Experience: The Rotoiti Circuit (extra fee applies)
  6. Days 2, 3 and 4: Multi-day hiking or sea kayaking options
  7. Day 4 (afternoon): Finish multi-day backpacking or sea kayaking
  8. Day 5: Hike Punakaiki Rainforest, explore Hokitika
  9. Day 6: Kayak Okarito Lagoon, hike coastal forest and beach
  10. Day 7: Hike near Franz Josef Glacier
  11. Day 8: Hike Rocky Mountain
  12. Day 9: Free day in Queenstown
  13. Day 10: Hike Routeburn Track
  14. Day 11: Sea kayak Milford Sound, hike Kepler Track
  15. Day 12: Journey over Lindis Pass, Bike the Alps to Ocean trail
  16. Day 13: Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park
  17. Day 14: Depart for home
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  • Meals
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    · December 2nd, 2019
    What a wonderful trip! Every detail was well planned; with a comprehensive itinerary. The guides were attentive, knowledgeable, so hard working and fun to be around. Wow, what a beautiful island. I'm so glad I chose Active Adventures New Zealand for... Show more
    Trip date: January 2019
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    · November 3rd, 2019
    Our trip exceeded expectations. First of all, New Zealand is a beautiful country and the people welcoming and kind. The weather was great as well with only 3 days having any sort of rain. Specific to our Active Adventures tour, our guides Pepper and... Show more
    Trip date: February 2019
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    · November 3rd, 2019
    Everywhere you look in New Zealand is beautiful. You simply cannot take enough photos and they never quite capture the magnanimity of it beauty. To top all the amazing places we travelled, our group was fortunate enough to have two truly amazing guides,... Show more
    Trip date: February 2019
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  • A
    · November 3rd, 2019
    The Rimu set the bar high for my first 14 days in New Zealand. The adventure format was excellent with challenging hikes full of vistas and undulating walks through the temperate rainforests. Amplifying the Rimu were Daniel and Kelsey, who are excellent... Show more
    Trip date: January 2019
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    · November 2nd, 2019
    You’ve heard it before, trip of a lifetime and yet also the gateway to a fresh way of seeing our world, new horizons, new sensitivities to our natural world. Did I mention fun, companionable, delicious, gorgeous...I believe this Rimu trip had it all and... Show more
    Trip date: January 2019
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  • A
    · November 2nd, 2019
    We've now been in New Zealand more than twice the time we spent with Active Adventures. The country itself is growing on us like nothing we've ever experienced. Valerie and I have done several guided tours, all of which have been superb. This one was... Show more
    Trip date: January 2019
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  • A
    · October 5th, 2019
    From start to finish, the folks from Active Adventures succeeded in creating the perfect outdoor experience in New Zealand. Our guides, Kaleb and Ruby, were truly the best and went out of their way to make sure our trip was exceptional. Ruby’s cooking... Show more
    Trip date: March 2019
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  • A
    · October 5th, 2019
    There is no better way to experience New Zealand. Active Adventures allows you to relax, hike, bike, kayak and sightsee with the best of guides and great company from all over the world. It wasn’t just about meeting people or seeing someplace new; our... Show more
    Trip date: March 2019
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  • A
    · October 4th, 2019
    New Zealand is one of the more remarkable locations I have had the opportunity to visit. It is truly a magical kind of place for me and seems to have had all the landscapes I love. Mountains that rise up out of the sea, beaches that you can have all to... Show more
    Trip date: April 2019
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  • A
    · October 3rd, 2019
    I took the Rimu Active Adventure trip to finally see the things I'd missed out on the South Island from my three previous visits. I was happy to have a holiday and be taken care of by two wonderful young women who were knowledgeable, capable, and fun!... Show more
    Trip date: February 2019
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Ultimate South Island Adventure
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    • For any tour departing before August 5th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after August 5th, 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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