New Zealand
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Spend 10 days hiking, biking, kayaking and wine tasting on New Zealand’s South Island, and discover for yourself why they say you can see the world without ever leaving the country.

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Small Ship
  • Gourmet Dining

Activity Level: Moderate (3)

This Tour

The scenery in New Zealand is so incredibly varied visitors often describe their experience as “seeing the world in one country.” From calving glaciers and coastal rainforest to mile-high mountains, serene sounds and pinot-perfect wine-country, New Zealand's South Island is, simply put, not to be missed.

Visit the coastal town of Timaru, where ancient limestone drawings tell tribal tales of a Maori past
Pedal Ocean Trail to Twizel, marveling at magnificent views of Mt. Cook as you skirt the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki
Sail Glacial Lake to the ice face of Tasman Glacier and kayak Okarito lagoon along a stretch of coastal rainforest
Take in the arid, rolling scenery of McKenzie country en route to the wine district of Central Otago, famous for its Pinot Noir
Peer over the 154-foot Kawerau Bridge in Queenstown, site of the first ever bungee jump ”“ watch or take the leap, the choice is yours!
Tear across the shallow, green waters of Shotover Gorge on a heart-thumping jet boat ride
Float quietly beneath majestic mountains jutting above the serene waters of Milford Sound
Strap on your crampons for a hike across the ice on Fox Glacier

Wine tasting
Photo: Wine tasting
& Map

Day 1: Christchurch
Day 2: Mt Cook
Day 3: Lake Ohau
Day 4: Queenstown
Day 5: Milford Sound
Day 6: Wanaka
Day 7: Fox Glacier
Day 8: Okarito
Day 9: Christchurch
Day 10: Christchurch

Nights 1 & 9: Chateau on the Park

A unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful, tranquil gardens, the Chateau on the Park offers hotel accommodation in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand that seems a world away from the stresses of daily life. With two restaurants, a bar, and a lounge it may be difficult to leave but just minute away from Addington Business District, there is much to explore.

Night 2: The Hermitage

From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect “base camp” to discover your Peak Experience. The main hotel has a range of room types and all 164 rooms have en-suites, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, IDD telephones and fridges. Wi-Fi is also available in all rooms.

Night 3: Lake Ohau Lodge 

Lake Ohau Lodge, established 1951 is a family run business and a place for peace an tranquility. On the shore of Lake Ohau, the lodge is seemingly remote. They offer dinner, a bed, and breakfast with fabulous food, friendly staff, stunning views over the lake to Mt Cook.

Night 4: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Take in the picturesque beauty of Queenstown from this luxurious hotel. Enjoy the comfort and impressive style of the hotel then head out to explore the many attractions Queenstown has to offer. Owner of a beautiful setting, the hotel's elevated position gives fantastic views of the Southern Alps and over Lake Wakatipu. Its convenience and quality of four-star apartment style accommodation make this hotel a must-stay.

Night 5: Milford Mariner

Spend the night aboard the Mariner and wake up to the dawn of a new day in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you're bound to encounter seals and if you're lucky maybe dolphins and penguins.

Night 6: Clearbrook

Clearbrook is an oasis of quiet comfort within easy reach of all that Wanaka has to offer. Relax in your apartment or on your private balcony taking in the views of Wanaka's mountains. Wander across the lawn to feed the trout in Bullock Creek. Stroll across the road for shopping or a meal at any number of restaurants. Walk to the lakefront in two minutes.

Nights 7 & 8: Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier (Te Wehaka Boutique Hotel)

Escape into the luxury of our spacious bedrooms, furnished with your choice of a king double bed or two king single beds. Relax in one of the comfortable armchairs and send a postcard to your family, or just enjoy a cup of plunger coffee. Breathe in the fresh alpine air from your own balcony.

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With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

The trip perfectly balanced adventure and relaxation. I got out of my comfort zone and had fun doing it.

Alison S., Sharon, MA

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Diane M., Crystal Lake, IL

exceeded expectations. The accommodations and food were excellent, however it was the guides that made this an extra special trip.

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go
  • 1. New Zealand has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. With glaciers, mountains, forests, rivers, fjords, and ocean all in such proximity, it”™s a truly unique part of the world.
  • 2. Holy sheep! There are 7 sheep residing in New Zealand for every one person.
  • 3. The late, great mountain explorer Edmund Hilary was a Kiwi and his face adorns the $5 bill.

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