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'Sweet as' South

(Start Christchurch)

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The one that uncovers the spellbinding south island, on an eye-widening 9-day adventure

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  • Duration

    9 days

  • Places

    12 places

  • Meals

    8 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

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  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Christchurch, Lake Ohau, Te Anau, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Tekapo, Arrowtown, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Haast Pass, Hokitika, Arthurs Pass

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About this trip

Experience the best of South! From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Start off on a scenic flight over Mt. Cook then get ready to hit Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Try bungy, or you can opt to take a stunning Milford Sound cruise. In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier before your tour ends in Christchurch.

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  • Start Christchurch

    Option 1

    This is the full version of the trip, starting in Christchurch and travelling to Lake Ohau on Day 1

  • Reverse

    Option 2

    This is the full reverse version of the trip, starting in Christchurch and travelling to Franz Josef on Day 1

  • Start Wellington

    Option 3

    This version of the trip has an extra day, starting in Wellington and finishing in Christchurch

  • End Wellington

    Option 4

    This variation of the trip is one day longer, starting from Christchurch and finishing in Wellington

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. Christchurch

  2. via via

    Lake Tekapo

  3. 1 1 night

    Lake Ohau

  4. via via


  5. 1 1 night

    Te Anau

  6. via via

    Milford Sound

  7. 4 4 nights


  8. via via


  9. via via

    Haast Pass

  10. 2 2 nights

    Franz Josef Glacier

  11. via via


  12. via via

    Arthurs Pass

  13. Christchurch

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DAY 1 - Christchurch to Lake Ohau via Lake Tekapo


Christchurch what's up? New Zealand's South Island is the home to adventure, adrenaline and good times and we're here to take it all on.

Lake Tekapo

We'll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo. Here (from October 2020) we'll also get to enjoy an unforgettable Dark Sky experience, an interactive multimedia exhibition that mixes stargazing, science and traditional Māori astronomy, teaching us how the Māori people used to use stars to harvest food, and about the importance of reducing light pollution.

Lake Ohau

Onto Lake Ohau, with its glorious views of Mt. Cook. Yet another swoon-worthy location where you'll have to pick that jaw up off the ground.


Lake Ohau Lodge (or similar)


  • See the peak of Mt Cook from across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau

  • See the historic Church of the Good Shepard

  • Stop at Lake Pukaki Lake Tekapo and Geraldine


  • Grand Traverse Scenic Flight


DAY 2 - Lake Ohau to Te Anau via Arrowtown

Lake Ohau

Another day, another natural wonder to discover.


We make a quick stop for lunch in this historic gold mining town before heading onto Te Anau.

Te Anau

Arriving in the stunning lakeside town of Te Anau, why not take a guided jet boat trip to Fiordland National Park? From Te Anau through Lake Manapouri, it's an exhilirating way to soak up the scenery. You can also take a trip to the ethereal glow worm caves or simply cycle the gorgeous trails through native bush.


The Village Inn Hotel (or similar)


  • Experience rural NZ country life with a farm visit in Te Anau


  • Cruise Fiordland National Park on a guided jet boat trip followed by an optional cycle ride

  • Be awed by the magical twinkle of the Te Anau glowworm caves


DAY 3 - Te Anau to Queenstown via Milford Sound

Te Anau

It's time to make tracks to the spectacular natural wonder of Milford Sound. 

Milford Sound

Welcome to New Zealand's most stunning attraction, with a magical combination of mountain peaks, forest-clad cliffs and deep dark waters. We take an included cruise of the fiord and experience the beauty of this pristine destination by boat, the best way to see Milford Sound in all its glory. 


Later, we head to our home for the night in Queenstown.


Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)


  • Cruise the glassy waters of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Milford Sound

DAY 4 - Queenstown


Today is yours to get acquainted with Queenstown and spend some time mulling over the activities up for grabs in the next two days. First stop is the legendary Kawarau Bungy Bridge, get your morning adrenaline hit with a heart pounding jump at the world home of the bungy. Later, take a stroll around beautiful Queenstown, nestled in the Southern Alps this stunning town has plenty to offer other than adventure activities.


Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)


  • Stop at AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge


  • Group Photograph


  • Queenstown Wine Trail

DAY 5 - Queenstown


With our last day in adrenalin city ahead of us, this is the time to push yourself to the limits and hurl over any mental barriers you've put up around yourself. Jump into #NOREGRETS spirit and conquer those niggling fears once and for all. For those who did their dash yesterday, a day staying mellow and enjoying this beautiful region will prove more than sufficient.


Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)


  • Swing through the tree tops on a Ziptrek Zipline tour in Queenstown


  • Enjoy dinner with unparallelled views at Queenstown's Skyline restaurant


  • Canyon Swing


  • Funyaks


  • Take your happy hour in sub-zero temperatures at Queenstown's Ice Bar experience


  • Canyon Fox


DAY 6 - Queenstown


It's times like this that you really start to work out what sort of traveller you are. And human for that matter. You might be the one trailing through wine country and doing a spot of horse back riding, or you may be that guy that crams in a bungy jump, a skydive and a heliraft & still craves more. It's your holiday - run wild as you see fit.


Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)


  • Take the plunge on the world's OG bungy at Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown


  • Jump off the third highest bungy platform in the world at AJ Hackett's Nevis Bungy in Queenstown


  • Get a thrilling perspective of Queenstown's skyline with the famous AJ Hackett Ledge bungy


  • Go all out with Thrillogy - 3 of Queenstown's world class bungy jumps including the historic Kawarau Bungy, the freestyle Ledge Bungy, and the hair-raising Nevis Bungy


  • Take the swing of your life on the 300m Nevis Swing, one of the world's biggest canyon swings in Queenstown


  • Get your adrenalin pumping with AJ Hackett's Ledge Swing with sweeping views of Queenstown


  • Queenstown Adventurer Canyoning


DAY 7 - Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier via Wanaka & Haast Pass


Time to return our adrenalin levels to normal and make tracks to the wild (and often wet) West Coast and it's towering glaciers. But before we do, bridge bungy jump, anyone?


Enjoying our scenic drive we'll stop for lunch in Wanaka, a pretty ski resort town situated on a lake front and dwarfed by mountains. This town is fast becoming one of NZ's most popular spots, and a trip to the 'Dough Bin' for a luscious pie should be high on the list today.

Haast Pass

Our first piece of NZ eye-candy comes in the form of Hasast Pass, beautified by ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Note how the scenery changes as we roll away from Queenstown through the Southern Alps.

Franz Josef Glacier

Playing host tonight is the town of Franz Josef, home to some of NZ's finest natural beauty with bushlands and glaciers that almost reach the sea. Tomorrow we'll be out and about making the most of it - who's excited?


Rainforest Retreat (or similar)


  • Take the plunge on the world's OG bungy at Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown


DAY 8 - Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

This morning will be another big ol' tick off the list as we take to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier. We've got a heli ride over the glacier up for grabs, or the opportunity to carve your own Pounamu (jade) pendant, under the tuition of a Maori mastercraftsman. Pounamu is sacred to the Māori people, and this is a great way to learn about its cultural significance, while also creating a beautiful please of jewellery. An optional highlight today is a boat cruise across Lake Mapourika. But this ain't your ordinary boat cruise. You'll cruise up the glassy lake, framed by glaciers and mountains, before switching to a stand up paddle board and gliding along a narrow estuary. This takes you to your journey's destination, the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, where you'll get to meet New Zealand's adorable but vulnerable national bird.


Rainforest Retreat (or similar)


  • Glacier Country Kayaks


  • Across Country Quad Bikes


  • Scenic Helicopter Flight and Glacier Landing

    From NZ$245

  • Heli Hike


  • Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant using traditional Māori methods with a master carver

  • Boat and SUP the Kiwi Sanctuary

DAY 9 - Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch via Hokitika & Arther's Pass

Franz Josef Glacier

Armed with a new found appreciation for frozen water, we hop back on the coach & start making our way back to Christchurch.


In the gold rush town of Hokitika we'll watch authentic carvers get to work on green jade and take a look at traditional Maori art. Back on the coach we're coastline bound to one of the islands most jaw-droppingly beautiful spots...

Arthurs Pass

Take in the beautiful scenery as we wind our way across the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps.


Arriving into Christchurch marks the end of our adventure (sob). NZ - you've been real.


  • View a native greenstone carving demonstration in the goldrush town of Hokitika

Where You'll Stay

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    Lake Ohau Lodge

    Lake Ohau, New Zealand

    The serenity of Lake Ohau and views of the alps should be enough for an unforgettable stay, but if it’s not then this place has a bar, a games room and spa pools too

    1 night

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    Jucy Snooze

    Queenstown, New Zealand

    The funky Jucy Snooze hostel features futuristic sleeping pods and laid back social areas

    4 nights

  • 8 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Lodge, 1 night in Hotel

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