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Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (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.


Arrow River bike trails
Milford Sound nature cruise
Visit Lake Matheson
Stay in Fox Glacier region
Visit Fiordland National Park
7 Breakfasts
7 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $1,169
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
14 Apr 201820 Apr 201810AUD $1,304
11 May 201817 May 201810AUD $1,304
19 Jun 201825 Jun 201810AUD $1,304
01 Jul 201807 Jul 201810AUD $1,304
28 Jul 201803 Aug 201810AUD $1,304
09 Aug 201815 Aug 201810AUD $1,304
31 Aug 201806 Sep 201810AUD $1,304
05 Sep 201811 Sep 201810AUD $1,304
17 Sep 201823 Sep 201810AUD $1,304
13 Oct 201819 Oct 201810AUD $1,304
17 Oct 201823 Oct 201810AUD $1,304
26 Oct 201801 Nov 201810AUD $1,304
16 Nov 201822 Nov 201810AUD $1,304
22 Nov 201828 Nov 201810AUD $1,304
26 Nov 201802 Dec 201810AUD $1,304
04 Dec 201810 Dec 201810AUD $1,304
01 Jan 201907 Jan 201910AUD $1,304
14 Jan 201920 Jan 201910AUD $1,304
09 Feb 201915 Feb 201910AUD $1,304
16 Feb 201922 Feb 201910AUD $1,304
22 Feb 201928 Feb 201910AUD $1,304
26 Feb 201904 Mar 201910AUD $1,304
20 Mar 201926 Mar 201910AUD $1,304
02 Apr 201908 Apr 201910AUD $1,449
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 -Dinner Optional activities: -Fox Glacier hikes -Helicopter scenic glacier flights
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 a bungy jump, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, hiking, horse riding or 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 Optional activities: -Jet boating -Bungy jumping -Shotover Canyon Swing -Horse riding -Skydiving -Skiing in winter -Wine tours -Hang-gliding -Ziplining -Visit a 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 -Shotover Canyon Swing -Horse riding -Skydiving -Skiing in winter -Wine tours -Hang-gliding -Ziplining -Visit a Birdlife park -Whitewater rafting
Day 5: Queenstown (Milford Sound)
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 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. Then back to into the city of Churches as our trip winds to a close. Included today: -Visit Mt Cook Village (weather dependent) -Scenic walks Meals: -Breakfast