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Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours: Summer Blast

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Explore all of the South Island to experience diversity from dolphins, whales and penguins toglacier hiking, rafting & kayaking to name a few. If hikes and bikes are your thing,then saddle up and get your boots on as we explore stunning landscapes and amazing National ...

What makes these tours unique:

1. MORE NATIONAL PARKS....

We have a license with the department of conservation that enables us to visit, and stay in, places other tours can't access.  We ensure our tours give you time to experience New Zealand's best national parks too, including Paparoa, Abel Tasman, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Tongariro and Fiordland.

2. MORE CHANCES TO GENUINELY GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK...

There are a number of World famous highlights on any trip to New Zealand - Milford Sound, Queentown, Rotorua to name a few and we make sure to experience the best these spots have to offer.  However, what makes our trips totally unique is exploring the lesser known spots that other tour groups don't visit.  Whether its a secret glow-worm walk at night, a lush rainforest-fringed pool for a dip, a bike ride along deserted roads hugging the coast or a local cafe that serves quite possibly the best muffins in New Zealand we have found the best secret spots - we know you will love them just try not to tell too many others!

3. MORE ACCOMMODATION BY LAKES, MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS...

Rather than wake up in a hostel dorm we wake up to amazing views, fresh air and away from the crowds.  By staying in these carefully selected sites you get to experience amazing sunrises, spectacular sunsets, campfires, sleeping to the sound of the ocean, morning dips, lakeside dining to name a few.  There are camping and cabin accommodation options (so something for everyone) and we do occassionally use hostels (3 on the entire 28 day trip) to give you access to the bustling city centres.

4. MORE EXPERIENCE = BETTER TRAVEL OPTIONS...  

Flying Kiwi is the original New Zealand tour company.  We are the experts with over 25 year experience in conducting tours of the highest quality and thousands of very, very satisfied customers.  You can be guaranteed that our team will provide a professional and enjoyable experience of a lifetime.

5. MORE TASTY AND HEALTHY MEALS...

Our trips involve a great deal of activity and we appreciate the importance of good food.  We usually offer breakfast, lunch and dinner which saves you time and money.   With an average meal out in NZ costing around $25 you'll save a fortune compared to other tour companies. 

6. MORE CYCLE OPTIONS...

With bikes on board you have the chance to cycle as much, or as little, as you want.  We cover a huge range of rides along the coast, by lakes, through mountain landscapes, downhill, uphill and even across hill - there is something for everyone and every fitness level.

7. MORE HIKES AND ACTIVITY OPTIONS (+LOADS OF FREE STUFF)...

We offer more hikes and activity options that any other tour company.  That gives you more choice everyday to try the hikes you fancy and the activities you have always wanted to try.  Everything is optional and there are always free alternatives.  We also include a number of the activities free of charge such as hot pools, Wai-O-Tapu thermals, gondola ride, wine tasting, scenic ferry crossing (both directions) and more.

8. MORE PEACE OF MIND WITH GUARANTEED DEPARTURES...

Once you are booked you are going.  Unlike other tour companies all our trips have guaranteed departures.  This gives you complete peace of mind and enables you to plan and look forward to your trip - trips do fill fast though so get in quick.

9. MORE FLEXIBILITY...

Our tours are designed to fit around you.  We aren't a traditional tour - you choose the activities you want to do, you choose the style of accommodation you want and you can even take extended breaks along the way - Flying Kiwi is the perfect combination of independant travel and touring convenience.

10. MORE VALUE FOR MONEY...

Quite simply our trips are unbeatable.  With transport, accommodation, most meals and use of sports equipment included you won't find a better value tour.  Our tours add up to around $125 per day which is a great measure to compare with other options (don't forget a meal out in NZ averages around $25 for starters and bike hire starts at approx $35 per day).

Activities to try are:
- Superb cycle rides (for all levels)
- Excellent hikes (for all levels)
- Dolphin swimming *
- Sailing
- Sea kayaking
- Longer hikes such as Routeburn, Kepler & more
- Whale watching*
- Skydiving
- Bungy jumping
- White water rafting
- Cruising the Milford Sound
- Paragliding 
- Glacier hiking or Heli hiking
- Surfing
- Horse riding
* Please note as dolphin swimming and whale watching are run in parallel it is only possible to choose one but it is highly likely on the dolphin watch you may see whales and visa versa.

Places to visit are:
- Cruise the Marlborough Sounds
- Character cities of Dunedin and Christchurch 
- Infamous Mount Cook
- Adrenalin rush of Queenstown
- Chilling Glaciers
- Picturesque Abel Tasman National Park
- Natural beauty of Kaikoura
- The spectacular Milford Sounds
- Real Lord of the Rings country
- The lush vineyards and hilly pastures of Picton and Marlborough
- Cultural and historical treasures

ITINERARY:

+ You can take extended breaks at any of the points on the tour
+ Most nights you can upgrade to cabins for a small fee and a taste of rural luxury

This itinerary shows a 17 day trip starting and finishing in Picton. This trip is a great loop around the stunning South. You can start and finish your trip in Nelson/Picton (17 days), head from Christchurch to Nelson/Picton (16 days) or do a full loop from Christchurch to Christchurch (19 days) and spend 2 nights in either Nelson or Picton (own cost).

Day 1: Leaving at 11am travel the scenic Pacific coast to Kaikoura where close encounters with seals and sea birds are common. This picturesque town sits right on the ocean at the foot of the mountains – a spectacular spot. Stretch your legs with a recommended evening peninsula walk and build up an appetite for a tasty feast of locally caught fresh seafood. Tonight we Camp with the sound of the waves – perfect! Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: Kaikoura peninsula walk with opportunity to spot seals and a variety of birdlife 

bike rides: wonderful road rides along the Pacific coast. Distances can vary from 9km - 60km 

optional activities: whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing 

meals: dinner

 

Day 2: For those that are keen there is the chance to rise early for a wonderful sunrise and then enjoy one of our most highly rated optional activities dolphin swimming. The resident dusky dolphins are amongst the most interactive and entertaining in the World and it’s not unusual to swim with pods of 50 or more. All this is enjoyed at sea in their natural habitat and on their terms and conditions. We then have the chance to explore this quaint seaside town before heading through Christchurch to collect and drop off those starting /ending here. At 2:30pm we head out towards the Southern Alps with fantastic views across the Canterbury plains - real Lord of the Rings country! Tonight’s unique camp is at the Shearer’s Headquarters (an actual operating farm) located at the foot of the Southern Alps. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: some great early walks from camp 

bike rides: local rides around Kaikoura or cycle towards the Southern Alps 

optional activities: highly recommended dolphin swim, dolphin viewing 

meals: breakfast & dinner

 

Day 3: Wake up to mountain views and refresh yourself even more with the chance to try white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River – this thrilling ride takes you through the heart of the mountains with amazing scenery and a few splashes and spills on the way! If rafting isn’t for you then no problem – soak it all in with a morning cycle ride or walk through the forest. We then head through more jaw dropping landscapes (they don’t stop in the South Island) to the picture postcard, alpine Lake Tekapo. Here you will view the most spectacular turquoise waters which get their colour from the glacial flour on the surrounding snow-capped peaks. From there we head to one of our best wilderness camps – sat on the shores of the lake you can set up your tent to nothing but views of lakes and mountains. 

hikes: lots of shorter options today but all with spectacular views 

bike rides: short local forest rides and then a long road ride to our lakeside camp 

optional activities: white water rafting 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 4: Today is a real chance to immerse yourself in the snow-capped mountain scenery that New Zealand is famous for. We will be exploring Aoraki National Park and hike to the base of NZ’s highest mountain - Mount Cook. We then head back to the Pacific coast with a short stop in the historic town of Oamaru. Tonight we are stay in another spectacular camp with panoramic views of the pacific ocean. For those that love their nature there is the option to view Yellow eyed penguins at their carefully managed reserve (these little guys are only found in NZ). We enjoy a few beach games on our idyllic and isolated sandy beach and for the brave and the bold it’s a great place for a bit of bodysurfing. Finish the day with great food and a beach campfire as we watch the sunset over the ocean. Sleep to the sound of the gently lapping waves.

hikes: highly recommended scenic hike to the base of Mount Cook

bike rides: ocean views along the Pacific coast to camp, one of the most unique stretches of road you will ever experience! 

optional activities: penguin viewing 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 5: After a tasty breakfast and sunrise ocean walk for the early risers we head to Dunedin via the totally unique and bizarre Moeraki Boulders. In historic Dunedin we enjoy the sights including the chance to walk/cycle/crawl up and down the steepest street in the World. For those with an appetite visit the Cadburys Factory or Speights Brewery - something for every taste. We have time to explore the Otago Peninsula - an area considered the wildlife capital of New Zealand and home to an abundance of magnificent wildlife including albatross and penguins. Tonight we camp out on the peninsula with fantastic cycle and walk options. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: try the World’s steepest street and explore the streets of Dunedin city. Great nature spotting walks from camp. 

bike rides: excellent winding downhill road ride into Dunedin, test your fitness on the World’s steepest street and enjoy 

some wonderful rides into our coastal camp 

optional activities: Speight's brewery tour, Cadbury Chocolate factory tour, Otago Peninsula tours 

meals: breakfast, dinner 

 

Day 6: Journey through scenic southern pastures to Te Anau, the hub and jumping-off point for Fiordland National Park and the Milford Sound. Our accommodation tonight is a unique and historic site hidden in the unspoilt Hollyford Valley - a true wilderness escape. There is even an onsite museum to learn more about the region and history. For cyclists there is the chance to cycle into camp and for the hikers this camp is ideal (ask your guide about secret glow -worm trails). Limited cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: plenty of short treks from camp 

bike rides: lakeside cycle, or cycle to camp in the stunning Fiordland National Park 

optional activities: none (this place is all about getting off the beaten track!) 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 7: Travel one of the world’s most scenic routes into Milford Sound! Described as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. The fiord's cliffs rise dramatically from the dark waters (home to seals and dolphins) whilst waterfalls as high as 1000 metres cascade downwards. Board the optional boat cruise to explore the fiord up close. Afterwards those who love hiking are in for a treat with the start of the Routeburn Track. This 3 day walk passes through 2 National Parks and is a haven for native birdlife. Charge up your camera as this hike offers everything from mountainous peaks and sheer rock faces to pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and dense, luxuriant forest. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: the chance to experience the awesome 3 day Routeburn Track (re-join group in Queenstown on day 9) 

bike rides: wonderful downhill meandering ride into Milford Sound, relaxed lake side rides and a great mountain bike track 

optional activities: highly recommend Milford boat cruise, Routeburn Track

meals: breakfast & lunch 

 

Day 8: In the morning we journey to Queenstown along the shores of the photogenic Lake Wakatipu. Once we arrive at the adventure capital of New Zealand you can enjoy spectacular views, a free Gondola ride and a huge selection of activities to choose from. There is everything here, from adrenalin pumping bungy, canyon swing or skydive to a more relaxed horse trek or sail – this place has it all. There are some great tracks around the lake ideal for bikers and hikers and all with wonderful views of this alpine region. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: multiple walking / hiking options 

bike rides: excellent options for cyclists with purpose built options including sections of the New Zealand cycle trail and 

for the keen the chance to try some serious mountain biking at Skyline Bike Park 

optional activities: too many to list – something for everyone (check site or ask us for details)

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 9: With so much to do we spend another day in fantastic Queenstown with the opportunity to enjoy those once in a lifetime experiences (don’t forget to try the legendary and very tasty fergburger!). Routeburn Track walkers re-join the group here with time to try the many exciting activities this vibrant city has to offer. Tonight you get the opportunity to dine out at one of Queenstown’s many delicious eateries - a great chance for your group to enjoy a true kiwi feast (own cost). Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: with panoramic views of this alpine area you are spoilt for walks and hikes of all distances 

bike rides: excellent options for cyclists with purpose built options including sections of the New Zealand cycle trail and 

for the keen the chance to try some serious mountain biking at Skyline Bike Park 

optional activities: too many to list – something for everyone (check site or ask us for details)

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 10: A last chance to indulge in Queenstown’s action before we depart at 2:30pm. We head to the scenic alpine village of Wanaka for some excellent walk and cycle options. There is also the chance to test your IQ at Puzzle World. After the thrills and spills of Queenstown we wind down with a beautiful campsite beside the tranquil lake with spectacular views of Mount Aspiring National Park. 

hikes: take a hike (and your camera) to the summit of Mount Iron to enjoy stunning 360 degree views 

bike rides: another chance to try some of the Queenstown trail and some great road rides heading to camp 

optional activities: too many to list – something for everyone, Puzzle World

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 11: Start your day with thrilling optional jet boat ride in Mount Aspiring National Park. We then begin heading up the West Coast – this region was rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 drives in the World. The bus ride is scenic but the bike rides are even better with the chance to cycle along the dramatic Haast Pass taking in panoramic views of the Southern Alps. This area is home to majestic rainforest, thundering waterfalls and tranquil pools - the wild West Coast. Tonight we will be staying in glacier country at the picturesque village of Fox Glacier. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: great range of short walks around the alpine region + secret night time glow-worm caves 

bike rides: long and winding scenic downhill cycle from Haast Pass + numerous short rides at camp 

optional activities: jetboating 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 12: Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders - Fox Glacier. This staggering beautiful work of nature is over 13 kilometres in length and plummets 2,600 metres from its peak in the Southern Alps. It is fed by four alpine glaciers that receive approximately 30 metres of snowfall each year. This snow compacts at the top to produce the wonderful blue ice hundreds of metres deep. You have the chance to hike or ice climb on the glacier, but if glaciers aren’t your thing then the area itself is a wonderland to explore. We would also recommend a cycle or hike around Lake Matheson where crystal clear reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman make the perfect photo opportunity. We then have a short drive up the coast to our beautiful beachside campsite next to the Okarito lagoon – one of the very few places where there are still rare sightings of our native kiwi bird.

hikes: wonderful hike around Lake Matheson 

bike rides: great hilly sections of various lengths 

optional activities: ½ day or full day glacier hike, heli hike, ice climb 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 13: Enjoy an early morning walk with a chance to spot a Kiwi in the wild. We then continue up this spectacular coastal stretch Hokitika – home to the Greenstone factories where you can see these skilled craftsmen at work and a great place for a traditional souvenir of your visit. We travel on through pristine native forest to Paparoa National Park where giant columns of water shoot skywards at Pancake Rocks! We will be staying at this great beach camp for a couple of nights with wonderful sunsets and a chance to explore hidden glow-worm caverns. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: sunrise trek to view the Southern Alps, coastal walks and night time cavern trek 

bike rides: cycle rides of various lengths along the coast to camp 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 14: Start the day with a hearty pancake breakfast then it’s your day to explore the dramatic Paparoa National Park. The region has walks and cycle rides galore along with the opportunity for an optional river kayak. If you didn’t get the chance the day before then time the tides right and you will get the chance to view the explosive blow holes and hidden wave rock. We’ll spend a second night at this magnificent camp. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: multiple hikes in the Paparoa National Park, Pancake Rocks 

bike rides: lots of rides to explore the wonderful area

optional activities: river kayaking, knife making

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 15: Today we head through the majestic Buller Gorge to our favourite National Park (and NZ’s only coastal park) – Abel Tasman. In one of the sunniest areas of the country you will discover beautiful secluded bays and stunning golden sands. There are all kinds of options to experience the park including skydiving, hang gliding or flying an aerobatic plane - all of which give you the perfect bird’s eye view with varying levels of adrenalin. Our campsite is located at the entrance to the park – perfect for exploring. We will be staying here for 2 nights to give you every chance to explore all corners of the park. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: short walk options 

bike rides: a great coastal ride to camp 

optional activities: skydive, hang glide or fly an aerobatic plane 

meals: breakfast & dinner

 

Day 16: Taking time to explore arguably the best beaches and clearest waters in New Zealand - there are excellent options for everyone here. You can walk, sail or kayak around the numerous golden bays and dive into the crystal clear waters along the way. There will be plenty of chance for wildlife spotting (dolphins, seals and even Orcas!) Explore the heart of the park by canyoning high flow waterfalls and rapids! Enjoy a fantastic group dinner (own cost). Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: an excellent day for walks - hike along the Abel Tasman track + the option to combine this with a boat ride home! 

bike rides: cycle rides of various distances available from camp 

optional activities: kayaking, sailing, water taxi, canyoning, horse riding, paddle boarding 

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 17: Today we head to sunny Nelson – the headquarters for Flying Kiwi and you will soon find out why. In addition to being one of the sunniest areas of NZ its home to more than 350 working artists and craftspeople creating traditional, contemporary and Maori arts – a visit to their studios is highly recommended. Alternatively sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine and café culture of our hometown We leave Nelson for wine country – Marlborough, home to some of the World’s best known grapes and we will be treating you to a free tasting in one of their best vineyards. Finish this fantastic day with a scenic ferry (cost included) through the Marlborough sounds to Wellington - our base for the evening. Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the nation’s capital so we will be staying a great hostel with various room options giving you the best access to explore. This is payable locally and we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board (prices from $28).

hikes: take a leisurely stroll around the cafes and studios of Nelson and enjoy an evening in the Capital 

bike rides: great option to cycle various lengths of the Tasman taste trail – part of the great New Zealand Cycle Trail 

optional activities: wine tasting (free - this one is on us ?) 

meals: breakfast 

 

For those that started their trip on day 2 from Christchurch you will have two nights in either Nelson or Picton at your own cost 

before joining us again from day 1.We can make a booking for you in a great hostel in either location.

 

Have more time? 

This trip can link with our Hot Rocks and Northern Express tours. 

If you are doing the loop back to Christchurch or want to head 

north let us know and we can help with travel arrangements. 

- contact one of our friendly team with any questions

 

TOUR STARTING NELSON OR PICTON

2016 departures:

9, 18, 27 FEB

7, 16, 25 MAR

3, 12 APR

MAY > SEPT - winter

24 OCT

2, 11, 20, 29 NOV

8, 17, 26 DEC

 

2017 departures:

4, 13, 22, 31 JAN

9, 18, 27 FEB

8, 17, 26 MAR

4, 13 APR

TOUR STARTING CHRISTCHURCH

2016 departures:

5, 14, 23 JAN

1, 10,19, 28 FEB

8, 17, 26 MAR

MAY > SEPT - winter

25 OCT

3, 12, 21, 30 NOV

9, 18, 27 DEC

 

2017 departures:

5, 14, 23 JAN

1, 10, 19, 28 FEB

9, 18, 27 MAR

 

Optional hires: You can hire any of the following equipement from us for the duration of your trip or bring your own gear. We charge a small handling fee for those who bring their own bikes but there are no charges for your own tent etc.

Cycle hire for entire trip (daily) $275 ($25) 

Bring your own bike $105

Single tent upgrade $85

Sleeping bag hire $50 

Tour extensions If you have a few days after your trip why not extend it with one of these great trips:

Hot Rocks Tour - The full North Island loop (starting and finishing at any point in the North Island)  includes the thermal wonders of New Zealand's volcanic region, the Bay of Islands, the superb Coromanel and the World's great one day walk - The Tongariro Crossing. 

Northern Express Tour - Take the short northward journey from Wellington to Auckland and enjoy the unique Waitomo caves on the way.