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Activities & Transport
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Watching
- Rental Car
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
16 Day New Zealand South Island
- Enjoy the golden sands and turquoise waters of the Abel Tasman National Park
- Fiordland and the majestic Milford Sound
- Whale watching in Kaikoura
- Wanaka, Queenstown and the Southern Alps
Experience the best of South Island in 16 days with a lot of wildlife and the outdoors included. The South Island is a paradise for nature lovers and travelers seeking wide open spaces and untouched wilderness.
16 days will allow to explore all the highlights and immerse yourself in an incredible variety of landscapes: the Banks Peninsula and its spectacular volcanic ambiance. Also marvel at Kaikoura for the best whale watching in the country, Marlborough for its wines and flooded valleys, the golden sands and turquoise waters of the Abel Tasman National Park, the West Coast and its legendary rock formations and glaciers, Queenstown the adventure capital of the World, Fiordland and its majestic fjords, Lake Wanaka, and Mt Cook and the impressive sight of its glacial lakes.
You will be ending your trip in Christchurch, known as the "Garden City".
- 15x nights accommodation in double room (basic to luxury)
- Breakfast included in B&Bs, others can be added if required
- Airport transfers
- Rental car
- Cruise in Milford Sound
- Whale watch cruise (optional)
- Lunches and dinners
- Swim with dolphins in Akaroa (from USD 95)
- Dolphin cruise in Akaroa (from USD 50)
- Kayak safari in Flea Bay (from USD 60)
- Scenic flight over whales in Kaikoura (from USD 110)
- Whale watching cruise in Kaikoura (from USD 95)
- Kayak and walk in Abel Tasman Park (from USD 75)
- Jet-boating in the Shotover river in Queenstown (from USD 95)
- Glow worms caves in Te Anau (from USD 60)
- Flying over Doubtful and Dusky Sounds (fjords) with a seaplane (from USD 425)
- Helicopter flight over Mt Cook and the Tasman glacier (from USD 260)
- Lord of the Rings 4WD Safari of the Scenes (from USD 120)
Example Trip to customize
Welcome To Christchurch!
Welcome to New Zealand.
Take a shuttle transfer from the airport to your accommodation. Christchurch is still recovering from the major 2011 earthquake, but nothing seems to disturb the residents from their positivity and resilience.
Don’t miss out on the botanical gardens, the Restart mall made out of colorful ship containers and the Canterbury University with its iconic Victorian architecture.
Climb Up The Hills In Akaroa
Pick up your rental car and head to Akaroa, a charming village created by French settlers in the 1830's.
The village is nestled in a stunning harbor, formed by the caldera of a massive volcano some millions of years ago. Hop on a cruise to spot the endemic Hector dolphin, the smallest species in the world.
Climb up the surrounding hills for unforgettable vistas.
See Fur Seals And Dolphins
Head north along the Pacific coast towards Kaikoura.
Enjoy this beautiful part of the coastline, populated by New Zealand fur seals, dolphins, and whales, with alpine summits in the background.
You can either go on a cruise to spot whales or if you want to avoid the crowd, you can fly over them, allowing you to see the animals entirely.
Embark On A Cycling Tour
Keep driving North towards the Marlborough, the first wine producing region in New Zealand.
You can go on a cycling tour from vineyard to vineyard, or self-drive to the area.
You can also drive to Picton and hop on a cruise in the Marlborough Sounds, these flooded valleys created by a combination of land shifting downward and rising sea levels.
Take A Break In Nelson
Drive along the epic Queen Charlotte road, offering amazing views on the eponym Sound.
Drive past secluded bays and rolling farmlands, populated by native birds and fern trees.
You can take a break in Nelson, this town is well-known for its quality of life and for being the sunniest place in NZ.
When you reach Abel Tasman, the smallest national park of NZ, go and take a look at Kaiteriteri Beach and its golden sands.
Explore Abel Tasman National Park
Enjoy a full day to explore the stunning coastline of Abel Tasman National Park.
You can do it either by taxi boat, kayak, foot or sailboat! You can also sail on a waka with a group, this traditional double-hulled canoe used by Maoris.
Enjoy dramatic vistas on turquoise blue waters, peculiar rock formations and golden beaches.
Drive To The Wild West!
Drive to the Wild Wild West! After a windy drive along the spectacular Buller Gorge, reach the west coast and the Tasman Sea.
Stop at Tauranga Bay to look at the biggest NZ fur seal colony. Take a walk along the dramatic coastline towards Cape Foulwind's lighthouse.
You'll reach Punakaiki and its Pancake Rocks at the end of the day, walk through some of the most impressive rock formations in NZ.
Walk Through A Glacial Valley
Keep driving down the West Coast towards the South. The twin glaciers Franz Joseph and Fox have dramatically retreated these last 10 years, but their sight is still spectacular.
Enjoy a short walk through the glacial valley formed by the glacier. Don't miss out on a walk around Lake Matheson, where the reflection of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in the dark waters is almost perfect on a quiet day!
Relax At Wakatipu Lake
The road through Haast Pass, lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown is simply stunning!
Allow some time to stop for photos on the way. Stop at Ship Creek, a beautiful beach where you can often spot dolphins, and walk down to the blue pools and their surreal turquoise water.
In Queenstown, relax from the long drive with a stroll along Wakatipu Lake or go up the Skyline gondola for a memorable panorama on the lake and the mountains around.
Take A Stroll Down Te Anau
Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu then through farmlands towards the Fiordland National Park and the unmissable fjord of Milford Sound.
In Te Anau, you can go for a walk along the lake which is the beginning of the Kepler Track, one of the 10 NZ Great Walks.
You can also fly over the Doubtful Sound fjord and the area in a seaplane, or visit a cave covered with thousands of glow worms.
Travel To Milford Sound
The Milford road leading to the fjord might be the most epic of New Zealand.
Leave early so you can enjoy some great sightseeing on the way: the mirror lakes, the Eglinton Valley, or the Chasm canyon.
The two-hour cruise inside the flooded glacial valley will take you to another world.
There are thousands of waterfalls tumbling down the sheer rock walls, mountains rising straight out of the sea, and native wildlife as fur seals, penguins or sometimes dolphins.
Stop By Arrowtown
On the way to Wanaka stop in Arrowtown near Queenstown.
This former gold mining town is a lively but historic holiday destination, with a real “Wild West” feel to it. Once you reach your destination, enjoy the stunning setting of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park.
Just relax by the lake with a glass of local Pinot Noir. You’re in the southernmost wine producing area in the world.
Enjoy Stunning Lake Views
With many walks opportunities at your doorstep, the Mount Aspiring National Park combines the best the New Zealand Alps have to offer.
Marvel at beautiful lake views, snow-capped mountains, glaciers and turquoise river, the perfect playground for nature and hiking lovers!
Drive Down The Alpine Roads
Keep driving along the Alpine fault towards one of NZ’s most spectacular sights: Aoraki Mt Cook, 3754m high and its national park.
Enjoy a memorable walk with the NZ’s highest summit as a backdrop, once the favorite playground of Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealander, and the first man to reach the summit of Mt Everest.
A helicopter flight can take you to the top of NZ's largest glacier, the Tasman.
Make A Stop In Tekapo
Drive through the Mackenzie region and stop in Tekapo to take in its unique scenery, combining turquoise glacial lakes, arid hills and snow-capped summits in the background.
Finish your trip in South Island’s biggest city, Christchurch.