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Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2017-18 (7 Days, Christchurch to Christchurch)

Thrills and spills one day, relaxing and snapping pic after pic the next. This trip will be a rollercoaster of adrenaline and unbelievable scenery. What will be your favourite memory? The blue ice of Fox Glacier, the reflection of the mountains at Lake Wanaka, bungy jumping out over Queenstown or maybe just sipping pinot with your bus buddies in Arrowtown? Best find out.

Inclusions

Stay in Fox Glacier
Kiwi farm experience in Fairlie
Arrow River bike trails
Milford Sound nature cruise
Lake Matheson
Fiordland National Park
7 Breakfasts
7 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
7
Price From
AUD $1,169
Start Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
End Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
21 Nov 201727 Nov 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
05 Dec 201711 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
10 Dec 201716 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
14 Dec 201720 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
27 Dec 201702 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
15 Jan 201821 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
18 Jan 201824 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
31 Jan 201806 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
08 Feb 201814 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
19 Feb 201825 Feb 20186AUD $1,299
23 Feb 201801 Mar 20189AUD $1,299
07 Mar 201813 Mar 20183AUD $1,299
16 Mar 201822 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,299 
27 Mar 201802 Apr 20186AUD $1,299
30 Mar 201805 Apr 201810AUD $1,299
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and Pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be. Included today: -Lake Matheson walk Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 2: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Today's your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Fox Glacier hikes -Helicopter scenic glacier flights -Glacier transfers
Day 3: Queenstown
Here's some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities-you have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with bungy, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, or paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola. If you're bored here, there's something wrong. Need some time out? Head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, or kick back with a local pinot. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Jet boating -Bungy jumping -Canyon swinging -Horse riding -Skydiving -Skiing in winter -Wine tours -Hang-gliding -Zip lining -Birdlife park -Whitewater rafting
Day 4: Queenstown
Free day, take two. Jump off more stuff or chill out and let your pulse drop. Your call. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Jet boating -Bungy jumping -Canyon swinging -Horse riding -Skydiving -Skiing in winter -Wine tours -Hang-gliding -Zip lining -Birdlife park -Whitewater rafting
Day 5: Queenstown to Te Anau
By now you might be becoming a little desensitised to the otherworldly beauty of NZ but when you see the Fjords for the first time, it's okay to enter a total Instagram meltdown! Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework. Included today: -Milford Sound Nature Cruise -Fiordland National Park walks Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Te Anau to Lake Ohau
Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with venison burgers and a central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau. Included today: -Mountain bike ride (13km/2hrs) along Arrow River Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 7: Lake Ohau to Christchurch
Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It's about as Kiwi as 'fush and chups' (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog and a chance to watch them in action on a Kiwi farm. Then back to into the city of Churches as our trip winds to a close. Included today: -Mt Cook Village (weather dependant) -Scenic walks Meals: -Breakfast -Afternoon tea