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Stray Journeys - MACKINNON (ASI14)

14 Day All of the South Island Tour

 

What’s Included

+ Experienced tour guide

+ Meals and touring as indicated

+ Multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double/single)

 

 

Activities Included

+ Winery visit

+ Walk in Abel Tasman National Park

+ Aqua Taxi ride or Paddle board hire

+ Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

+ Seal spotting in Kaikoura

+ Pounamu jade factory

+ Walks around Lake Matheson and the Blue Pools, Mt Aspiring National Park

+ Jet Boat Ride in Makarora

+ Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

+ Sea kayaking in Doubtful Sound

+ Central Otago Rail Trail with mountain bike hire

 

What to Bring

+ Sturdy walking shoes/boots

+ Bathers/towel

+ Hat & sunscreen

+ Motion sickness tablets

+ Water bottle

+ Toiletries

+ Warm clothing

+ Waterproof jacket

+ Insect repellent

+ Camera

 

Note:

  • ^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Doubtful Sound.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

Day 1:                  Christchurch to Picton

 

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)!  Your journey kicks off when we depart Christchurch in the morning to travel up the beautiful coast to the Marlborough Sounds. We’ll stop briefly in Kaikoura for a bite to eat, before heading to the coastal town of Picton. You have plenty of time in the afternoon to explore this charming seaside town – go for a walk to get your bearings or relax in the spa at your accommodation.

 

Accommodation included: Cozy villa

 

Day 2:         Picton to Abel Tasman

 

Spend the morning exploring the stunning Marlborough Sounds by foot or bicycle. You’ll meet your coach at midday to cruise through the famous Marlborough wine region. We visit a local vineyard, enjoy a wine tasting and discover a world famous Sauvignon Blanc; before heading to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. Tonight we enjoy some delicious seafood and a BBQ dinner at our exclusive campsite accommodation. (B,D)

 

Accommodation included: Beach accommodation in the national park

Activities included: Winery visit

Optional activities: Walk or hire a bicycle for sightseeing

 

Day 3:                   Full day in Abel Tasman

 

Today is a free day to experience the incredible Abel Tasman National Park. Explore this stunning, coastal area famous for being one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand. Walk the coastal track and discover some of New Zealand’s best natural golden beaches or choose an optional activity like sailing or sea kayaking (own expense). Tonight you can self-cater and use the BBQ facilities at our accommodation on the edge of the national park. (B)

 

Accommodation included: Beach accommodation in the national park

Activities included: Abel Tasman Track and Aqua Taxi or paddle board hire

 

Day 4:         Abel Tasman to Hanmer Springs

                                         

Today you’ll travel through beautiful scenery in the Kahurangi and Nelson National Parks where we’ll stop for a picnic lunch, before heading to the peaceful town of Hanmer Springs. This afternoon you are free to enjoy this alpine setting. Spend the afternoon surrounded by mountains and forest as you relax in the thermal hot pools. Tonight is a group dinner. (B,D)

 

Accommodation included: Cozy alpine chalets

Activities included: Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

 

Day 5:         Hanmer Springs to Christchurch

 

Today we head for the East Coast and the coastal village of Kaikoura, famous for a huge array of natural wonders from land to sea.  We arrive in Kaikoura early, so you are free to experience all this location has to offer.  Why not go out on the water and experience one of Kaikoura’s famous dolphin and whale spotting tours (own expense), see seals sitting right beside the road at Goose Bay or wander around the peninsula and check out the breath-taking views from the lookout. After the afternoon’s activities, we make our way to the city of Christchurch. Check out the city sights as you make your way to your accommodation in the city centre and enjoy a group meal in the evening. (B)

 

Accommodation included: Central city hostel

Activities included: Peninsula walk and seal colony visit

Optional activities: Whale watching, swim with dolphins

 

Day 6:         Christchurch to Franz Josef

 

We depart Christchurch this morning for a stunning journey across the Canterbury Plains and over the famous Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. Around almost every corner there is a picturesque backdrop to enjoy so have your camera ready as we stop often for walks and photo opportunities. We visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), before our day ends in the quaint little West Coast town of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Joseph Glacier. (D)

 

Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions

Activities included: Pounamu jade factory

 

Day 7:                   Full day at Franz Josef

 

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the mighty Franz Joseph Glacier. Navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible landscape on a Franz Josef Glacier guided tour which we highly recommend (own expense). There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region. Tonight we self-cater, giving you the opportunity to dine at one of the many local cafes and restaurants in town or make use of the self-catering kitchen at our accommodation. (B)

 

Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions

Optional activities: Glacier Ice Explorer, helicopter flight

 

Day 8:         Franz Josef to Makarora

 

Today we head down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake.  See waterfalls as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora then visit the stunning Blue Pools.  On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park we go jet boating, experience the best in shallow water boating skimming just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush. (B,D)

 

Accommodation included: Unique mountain chalets

Activities included: Walk around Lake Matheson – Mirror Lake, walk through beech forest to the Blue Pools, Jet Boat Mt Aspiring National Park

 

Day 9:         Makarora to Doubtful Sound

Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; it is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks to explore the fiord. (B,D)

 

Accommodation included: Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Activities included: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting

 

Day 10:       Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

 

We depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the ‘adventure capital of the world’ Queenstown. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music. (B)

 

Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

 

Days 11 and 12:  Queenstown

 

You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense. (B)

 

Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

Optional activities: AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging

 

Day 13:       Queenstown to Central Otago

 

Leaving Queenstown behind, we’ll jump back on the bus to head for the historic town of Naseby.  Located in a shallow valley in the foothills of the Mt Ida Range, Naseby is a unique gold mining village just minutes from the Central Otago Rail Trail. Arriving by midday, there is time to ride our favourite part of the Central Otago Rail Trail in the afternoon. It’s an ideal activity for riders of all abilities and the best way to soak up the incredible scenery of the area. (B,D)

 

Accommodation included: Fully restored historic hotel 

Activities included: Mountain bike Otago Rail Trail

 

Day 14:       Central Otago to Christchurch

 

From Central Otago we head back to the Pacific coast, where we’ll turn to head north on a scenic coastal drive towards Christchurch. Stop along the way to see the fascinating Moeraki Boulders and the town of Oamaru before finishing back in Christchurch in the afternoon. There is an option to stay with your group for a tour of the city’s highlights with your driver guide. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)

               

Optional activities: Guided city sights tour

 

 

What’s Included

+ Experienced tour guide

+ Meals and touring as indicated

+ Multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double/single)

 

 

Activities Included

+ Winery visit

+ Walk in Abel Tasman National Park

+ Aqua Taxi ride or Paddle board hire

+ Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

+ Seal spotting in Kaikoura

+ Pounamu jade factory

+ Walks around Lake Matheson and the Blue Pools, Mt Aspiring National Park

+ Jet Boat Ride in Makarora

+ Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

+ Sea kayaking in Doubtful Sound

+ Central Otago Rail Trail with mountain bike hire

 

What to Bring

+ Sturdy walking shoes/boots

+ Bathers/towel

+ Hat & sunscreen

+ Motion sickness tablets

+ Water bottle

+ Toiletries

+ Warm clothing

+ Waterproof jacket

+ Insect repellent

+ Camera

 

Note:

  • ^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Doubtful Sound.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

Departs Saturdays between Oct 16 - Apr 17