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New Zealand: South Island Adventure

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19 Days & 18 Nights
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New Zealand: South Island Adventure

  • Explore the majestic landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Tramp on the Abel Tasman, Routeburn & Rakiura Great Walk Tracks
  • Behold the beauty of Stewart Island, Franz Josef Glacier & Nelson Lakes
  • Local gastronomy & wines, such as Central Otago’s Pinot Noir
  • Milford Sound & wildlife galore, including dolphins, sea lions & penguins

Walk and explore the length and breadth of New Zealand’s South Island on this drive and hike adventure.

Discover world-famous landscapes of lush peninsulas, snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers, and turquoise lakes. Enjoy coastal, mountain, forest and lakeside walks and spot a plethora of wildlife such as Hector dolphins, sea lions, Kea parrots and penguin colonies.

This 19-day odyssey offers awe and adventure in equal measure; hiking in Fiordland National Park, 2 nights on Stewart Island, where you can even spot the elusive kiwi, a smorgasbord of seasonal produce, local award-winning cool-climate wines such as Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc and the matchless beauty of the Southern Alps, which run along the entire length of this majestic and unforgettable island.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch and overnight Day 2 Rental car pick up. Drive to Kaikoura region Day 3 Walk the Kaikoura Coast Track, Buntings Gulley to Ngaroma 8 miles / 13 km Day 4 Queen Charlotte Track, Torea Bay to Punga Cove 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 5 Drive to Marahau. Abel Tasman Track. Boat to Anchorage Bay, walk to Marahau 8 miles / 13 km Day 6 Drive to Nelson Lakes, choice of walks 7 miles / 11 km Day 7 Drive to Arthur’s Pass. Bealey Valley Track 1.8 miles / 3 km Day 8 Walk the Avalanche Peak and Scott Tracks 5 miles / 8 km Day 9 Drive to Glaciers region and Franz Josef. Free time Day 10 Choice of Walks, Alex Knob Track, or Robert’s Point Track 9 miles / 15 km Day 11 Drive to Wanaka (Otago Region). Free time. Day 12 Roy’s Peak Track 10 miles / 16 km Day 13 Drive to Te Anau via Arrowtown/Queenstown. Day 14 Milford Sound Cruise. Routeburn Track, Key Summit 4 miles / 7 km Day 15 Drive to Invercargill, flight to Stewart Island Day 16 Port William Coastal Track (Rakiura Great Walk) 8 miles / 12 km Day 17 Flight back to Invercargill. Drive to Dunedin (3H30) via Catlins Coast 1.8 miles / 3 km Day 18 Free time in Dunedin. Drive to Christchurch Day 19 Onward Travel
THIS TRIP'S CARBON SCORE

This trip has a carbon score of 15kg per person per night, meaning it’s one of our best trips! For comparison, a carbon count of 15kg is equivalent to 88.5 candy bars. Here at Macs, we pride ourselves on being a responsible travel company and continue to adopt, develop and innovate ways to positively impact the environment. Find out more information about how we've carbon counted our trips.

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