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New Zealand: South Island Encompassed - G Adventures
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16 days

New Zealand: South Island Encompassed

Start and end in Wellington
Tour Operator:
G Adventures
Max group size:
20
Age range:
18 to 39
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
46429
Private available:
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US $2,299
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Highlights

  • Go hiking, kayaking, cycling and bungee jumping!
  • See rainforests, glaciers and coastlines
  • Stay in a floating boat hostel
  • Experience a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest

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

    Celebrate an important event by only travelling with your friends or family

Itinerary

Start and end in Wellington! With the Discovery tour New Zealand: South Island Encompassed, you have a 16 days tour package taking you through Wellington, New Zealand and 10 other destinations in New Zealand. New Zealand: South Island Encompassed includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Wellington
  2. Day 2: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)
  3. Day 3: Abel Tasman National Park (1B)
  4. Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park/Westport (1B, 1D)
  5. Day 5: Westport/Franz Josef (1B, 1D)
  6. Day 6: Franz Josef (1B)
  7. Day 7: Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)
  8. Day 8: Queenstown (1B)
  9. Day 9: Queenstown (1B)
  10. Day 10: Queenstown/Te Anau
  11. Day 11: Te Anau/Central Otago (1B, 1D)
  12. Day 12: Central Otago (1B)
  13. Day 13: Wedderburn/Christchurch (1B)
  14. Day 14: Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)
  15. Day 15: Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)
  16. Day 16: Wellington (1B)
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  • Accommodation
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  • Meals
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  • Flights
  • Insurance
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Where You'll Stay

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.6
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.8
  • Guide
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.5
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.3
  • Food
    Good
    4.0
  • 4.6
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  • New Zealand: South Island Encompassed reviewer 1
    · May 30th, 2020
    ZERO stars if i could. I have booked a trip with this company as i met some people in Central America seemingly enjoying their time. Wow - how things changed fast with COVID. After i find out our country closes borders i immediately contacted... Show more
    Trip date: March 2020
  • RD
    · January 19th, 2020
    Breathtaking sights, great people and a well put together tour. I felt like I saw the best of what the South has to offer. Although it’s an amazing area of the world, I’m sure I’ll be back one day. I met some lovely people. CEO Robyn was an amazing... Show more
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    Trip date: December 2019
  • GM
    · December 15th, 2019
    Great people and scenery, plenty of options to either do activities or just hang out!
    Trip date: November 2019
  • MM
    · July 30th, 2019
    Fantastic trip with a great group and an outstanding leader, who kept us entertained throughout the trip! Everything was planned and detailed for you. Any queries, you could just ask.
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thank you Marina.
    Trip date: June 2019
  • D
    · March 6th, 2019
    The itinerary was very good always busy but I would of liked an extra day in kaikora and maybe a bit more time in Christchurch. The bus ride was very comfy and always entertaining it just got bit to hot sometimes. All the hostels was very good... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    So happy to hear - thank you Dain.
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    Trip date: February 2019
  • New Zealand: South Island Encompassed reviewer 6
    · February 28th, 2019
    Worth the price, great itinerary, Summer was an excellent guide. Breakfast could have been a bit more "colourful", but still did it. Regrettably weather is out of anyone's hand, but Summer made sure, that we have alternative options and activities.... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    YES! Thanks Krisztina.
    Trip date: November 2018
  • New Zealand: South Island Encompassed reviewer 7
    · February 27th, 2019
    Great trip, highly recommend as a fun way to see the South Island.
    G Adventures commented on this review
    YES! Thanks Julie.
    Trip date: February 2019
  • JC
    · February 4th, 2019
    Great tour to experience 2 weeks of the highlights of the South island
    G Adventures commented on this review
    YES! Thanks for sharing Jolien.
    Trip date: December 2018
  • A
    · October 28th, 2018
    This is my second trip with G and it did not disappoint. It's well organised and well paced
    Trip date: October 2018
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  • A
    · October 21st, 2018
    Everything was amazing!
    Trip date: October 2018
    Review collected by G Adventures

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16 days
New Zealand: South Island Encompassed
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • How many people are in the group?

      This is a small group tour so there is a Max 20 passengers and an average of 16.

    • Is this a good trip for a 28 year old solo female?

      This is a great trip with G Adventures! They run amazing trips that are very popular with solo travellers. Solo travellers would be automatically paired up with another solo traveller of the same gender, or they have the option to pay a single supplement and have their own accommodations.

    • Do you stick to your 18-39 age requirements for your trips?

      The trip will have a mix of ages with a range of solo travellers, friends and couples travelling together, however G Adventures trips are very popular with solo travellers which make up about 50% of their travellers.

    • Where can I find more detailed information about this tour?

      A trip note - which contains essential information about your trip will be given to you. Information such as the daily itinerary, where to meet on the first day, what time the trip starts, how to get to the joining point hotel, included activities, visa information, etc will be mentioned in there. Please contact us for this.

    • Do you have any advice regarding with luggage?

      In general we always advise a big backpack and a small one, so that you leave the big one at the hotel and carry only the small on during the day.

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