7 Day New Zealand Tour - South Island

Be amazed by stunning mountains, fantastic views, and the amazing Queenstown during this South Island trip. Admire unbeatable scenery and enjoy a massive range of optional activities!

Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Start time
8:00 am
Group size
16
Pick up & Drop off
Included
Minimum age
18 yrs
Meals
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What's Included

  • Transport
  • Accommodation ( max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Breakfast
  • Passionate Kiwi guide
  • Ticket to ride the Tranz Alpine Express train – one of the world’s top rated train journeys
  • Free gondola ride with stunning views of Queenstown
  • Wake up alongside the beautiful lakes of Tekapo and Wanaka
  • Two nights in Franz Josef surrounded by glaciers and rain forest
  • Small Groups - max 16. Find out why this is ultra important!
  • Guided tour of every location. We show you places you would miss when travelling on a flexible bus pass
  • Be treated to surprise stops only possible with a small group

WHAT TO EXPECT

This 7-day South Island trip takes you on a journey filled with wonders. Admire the stunning beauty of Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef and finish with the Tranz-Alpine Express - rated as one of the world's Top Ten train journeys.

 

Build your very own tour online by adding only the activities and experiences that suit you. 

 

Additional activities can be booked directly with Haka Tours after receiving a booking confirmation of Backpacker Deals.

 

Customise your journey by adding optional activities and upgrades:

 

Activities

  • Skydive over Lake Wanaka, NZ's 4th largest, and some would say the most beautiful, lake
  • Get the blood pumping in Queenstown with a bungy jump, canyon swing or jet boat ride
  • Option to do a Heli-Hike on a glacier in Franz Josef
  • Take an optional day trip to Milford Sound with cruise - bus or fly options available
  • Star gaze at the largest dark sky reserve in the world in Lake Tekapo
  • Kayak in Franz Josef past ancient rainforests, 900 year-old Kahikatea tree's and the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary
  • Take a phenomenal scenic flight from Lake Tekapo to see two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most breathtaking scenery

 

Upgrades and Extensions

  • Upgrade your accommodation to a private room, for $599. The cost is per room, so if there are two of you, you can split the cost.
  • Stay with us the night before and after your tour
  • Remember, nothing is compulsory – just choose what’s best for your journey.

 

 

Itinerary

We start and end our South Island trip in Christchurch. We will be making a clockwise loop to soak up the spectacular alpine surroundings of Lake Tekapo and Wanaka. We will also be spending 2 nights in lovely Queenstown. 

 

The trip starts at 8 am at our accommodation in Haka Lodge (or Haka HQ), Christchurch. 

 

Along the way, we included some special extras, such as a Gondola ride taking in stunning views of Queenstown. On our last day, we will travel from one coast to another, crossing the Southern Alps on the Tranz Alpine Express.

 

You can build your own tour online and add many optional activities. None of these activities are compulsory, however. Unsure about which ones to choose? No problem. Once you have paid a deposit and secured your seat, you can always add activities until 30 days prior to departure.

 

You can also pay for activities on the road - just inform your tour guide and he will be happy to help. However, availability cannot always be guaranteed when booking on the road. We suggest pre-booking any activities you definitely want to do. 

 

You can decide to extend your accommodation at Haka Lodge before and after the tour if you wish. Or you can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a 2-person private room for $599. The cost is per room, so if you share the room with someone else you can split the cost between you.

 

Additional activities can be booked directly with Haka Tours after receiving a booking confirmation of Backpacker Deals.

 

ITINERARY
Start Point:
Christchurch
End Point:
Christchurch

Christchurch was seriously damaged by earthquakes a couple of years ago. Today the city is undergoing an impressive transformation. It offers nothing but potential.

 

We will explore the iconic downtown area. We will find out in which amazing ways the whole city has reunited to rebuild their place. You will find many quirky shops, specialised cafes and characteristic spots to dine. Not to mention the young fun Kiwi culture! Christchurch is hot!

 

We will then leave Christchurch and make our way to Tekapo. One of New Zealand’s most famous lakes. The bright turquoise Lake Tekapo, surrounded by the jagged Southern Alps, will most certainly take your breath away. 

 

How could a lake possibly be so bright blue? Minerals left by ancient glaciers are the cause of its magical turquoise-coloured water. And that is not all! Towering mountains and pink and purple Lupin flowers along its banks make the lake almost seem surreal. 

 

After sunset, it gets even better. The area around Tekapo is known as a "Star Reserve" thanks to its incredibly clear skies. It is the ultimate place in New Zealand to see the stars and galaxies. Watch the stars appear over the lake from the hostel that’s just a few feet from the shore.

 

Available activities

 Scenic Flight $370

The road to Queenstown (passing plenty of glacial blue lakes, soaring mountains and green valleys) is almost as beautiful as the city. Taste some splendid wines in the famous region of Otago, or explore some of the local salmon farms. Grasp this unique opportunity to see a more diverse side of the South Island. 
 
Queenstown is the undisputed adventure capital of New Zealand. You cannot miss out on visiting this stunning place when travelling around the Southern Island. The city is surrounded by the awe-inspiring Remarkables. Some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in NZ. Lake Wakatipu is another must-see miracle. Postcard photo alert! 
 
The Gondola will carry us high up above Queenstown. There is nothing like watching the sunset over New Zealand’s prettiest city with new friends before experiencing the famous nightlife in town.
 
We will be spending the night at Haka Lodge in Queenstown. There we can cook some meals together, and chill out in the luxury hostel lodge. The next day is going to be packed with activities, so be sure to get a good night's rest!

 

Available activities

  •  Scenic Flight $370
  •  Kawarau Bridge Bungy $195

You will have a full day in Queenstown. Include as many bucket list activities and things to do, as you wish. Choose for paragliding, bungy jumping or mountain biking while your Haka friends cheer you on. Or how about horse riding through breath-taking Lord of the Rings locations in Glenorchy. Or swinging Tarzan-style through a canyon with a new friend. Queenstown is the highlight of any trip to New Zealand. No doubt about it! 
 
Did you know that Queenstown is also home to the most famous burger in New Zealand. Grab a yummy 'Fergburger' as you explore the town! 

Are you into hiking? Then why don't you try out New Zealand’s Great Walks and conquer part of the Routeburn track? Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. Driving into the park is amazing. And wait until you get on the water! Sail around the fiords passing thundering waterfalls and mighty cliff faces. You will find out why this is one of the most spectacular spots in New Zealand.
 
Milford is universally loved by all, no matter if it rains or if the sun shines. Experience it from the decks of a boat or kayak around the steep cliffs. If you're lucky, you might even spot a sea lion or dolphin popping up to say hello. Magical! 

 

Available activities

  •  Paragliding $219
  •  Canyon Swing $229
  •  Skiing/Snowboarding Day at The Remarks $160
  •  Canyoning Queenstown (October - April Only)$199
  •  Nevis Bungy $50 - $275
  •  Kawarau Bridge Bungy $195
  •  Extreme Jet Boating $145
  •  Horse Trekking at Glenorchy $165
  •  Heli-Mountain Biking $425
  •  Milford Sound Trip $125 - $499
  •  Skydiving over The Remarks $339 - $439
  •  Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown $185

Get ready for a spectacular drive from Queenstown to Wanaka. Great views, beautiful stops and plenty of surprises! We will stop in the beautiful historic Arrowtown. Get your exploring shoes on and go out to discover the town. 
 
Then we are off to Wanaka. We will stop at New Zealand’s oldest pub for a drink or two in Cardrona. Then we continue our journey towards Wanaka, a stunning lakeside holiday town.
 
Wanaka is a year round destination, surrounded by majestic mountains and a glacial blue lake. There is a thriving young vibe in the town and plenty of things to do. In the warmer months, you can do tons of lake activities. Go for a swim or try out waterskiing, wakeboarding or kayaking. Or how about a beautiful hike or bike ride. Go all around the lake and admire its surrounding natural beauty. 
 
In winter, Wanaka is one of the most popular snow sports destinations in New Zealand. There are several great ski fields close to the town. At the end of an active day, you can hit the cafes on the lakefront and enjoy a well-deserved drink with the group.

 

Available activities

  •  Paragliding $219
  •  Canyon Swing $229
  •  Canyoning Queenstown (October - April Only)$199
  •  Nevis Bungy $50 - $275
  •  Kawarau Bridge Bungy $195
  •  Extreme Jet Boating $145
  •  Horse Trekking at Glenorchy $165
  •  Skydiving over Southern Alps $339 - $439
  •  Heli-Mountain Biking $425
  •  Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride $299
  •  Skydiving over The Remarks $339 - $439

Is there a better way to start your day than with a thrilling skydive over Wanaka? Take in the stunning glaciers. Later in the day, you can admire the same glaciers from a different viewpoint. We will even get to see Mr. Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand. Or how about going back in time? Take a flight over the town and lake in a vintage Tiger Moth biplane.
 
You can also mountain bike along the lake or climb up the iconic Mt. Iron in town for some nice views. If you want to keep your day less adventurous, you can visit the iconic Puzzling World. Have some fun and try out all the games and activities.
 
We will then head towards the wild west coast of the South Island. We will be crossing the beautiful mountains in Haast and get a good view of the sea.

 

Get excited for one of the most iconic and scenic road trips around New Zealand. Apart from the stunning west coast views, there are plenty of other surprises and secret spots to dsicover today.
 
The whitebait season is between September and December. Whitebait is a small fish that is a delicacy in New Zealand. They serve it fried up with eggs and on toast. It is a local treat that you definitely have to try! We will stop at one of the secret local spots to try it out.

 

Available activities

  •  Skydiving over Southern Alps $339 - $439
  •  Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride $299

A South Island trip is not complete without seeing at least one of the glaciers. The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are world-famous. They are relatively easily accessible and descend to a low level. Nevertheless, they no longer extend far enough down their valleys to reach the forest.

 

A very popular way of visiting the glacier is by helicopter. There are also some Heli-hike options. We really recommend a Heli-hike if you can afford it. It brings you to the most amazing blue ice! Unfortunately, the Half Day Glacier Hike is currently not available. The bottom of the glacier is too unstable.

 

Trekking on the glacier is doable and not as challenging as it sounds. If the trekking still does not really appeal to you, the guide can bring you as close to the bottom of the glacier as possible. In the afternoon, you can take part in adventurous quad biking (booked on the day). Or go horse trekking, relax in the spa pool or TV lounge of the hostel or enjoy a drink in the bars and cafes. 

 

As it is our last night of the South Island tour, we often celebrate all the good times we have had with a farewell party.

 

Available activities

  •  Heli-Experience with Snow Landing $240
  •  Kayak in Glacier Country $115
  •  Heli-Ice Explorer $379 - $409
  •  Glacier Heli Hike $449
  •  Quad Biking $160

Our last day will be there before we know it! After having breakfast, we will continue along the beautiful west coast. Get ready for one of the most stunning drives in the world. A rugged landscape of green rainforest against breath-taking ocean waves and beaches.

 

We will be passing through Ross. An ancient gold-mining town. During the gold rush era in the second half of the 19th century, the west coast was opened up more and more for settlement. Before, a small number of Maori were searching the area for greenstone, or Jade. We also have the chance to stop at Hokitika. There we can visit a greenstone factory to see how it is used for jewellery and other ornaments. You can even buy some of them as a souvenir.

 

If there is enough time, we can visit the National Kiwi Centre. The centre has a nocturnal house with rare Kiwi birds that can be viewed.

 

On the way back to Christchurch, we will take the breath-taking Tranz Alpine Train Crossing. We will travel across the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass. We will arrive back at Christchurch by 6:05 pm to say our final goodbyes and go our separate ways.

 

No extra add-ons available

TOUR AVAILABILITY
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This tour starts at our very own Haka Lodge Christchurch, 518 Linwood Ave, Christchurch at 8 am on Day 1.

Many of our customers stay at Haka Lodge the night before the tour starts which means a super relaxed start to the tour and an informal chance to meet everyone before the tour. If you wish to do this, you can add the extra night as you build your tour.

On the final day, we take the world famous Tranz Alpine Express Train from Greymouth to Christchurch. This train journey is rated one of the top 10 train journeys in the world as the scenery is simply spectacular! This means the tour ends at Christchurch Rail Station at 6pm.

 

There are shuttle buses that take you into the city centre for around $5 and for all you staying at Haka Lodge after your tour, a group taxi will cost just a few dollars each. There is a busy taxi stand directly outside the train station.

 

A high number of people stay at Haka Lodge the night the tour ends but if you are needing to depart immediately, we suggest booking flights for anytime later than 8pm.

Yes. Around 70% of our guests are solo so you can absolutely join this, or any other of our tours.

Everyone has their own favourites, but in general we find that these are the most popular:

  • Milford Sound Day Trip
  • Skydiving - Wanaka
  • Nevis Bungy - Queenstown
  • Scenic Flight - Lake Tekapo
  • Heli-Hike - Franz Josef

Yes - but we cannot guarantee availability, especially in peak times, so if there is something that is definitely on your bucket list we suggest you pre-book it as part of your tour.

Additional activities can be booked directly with Haka Tours after receiving a booking confirmation of Backpacker Deals. The contact details of Haka Tours will be stated in the booking confirmation. 

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Terms & Conditions:

Age / Child policy

HAKA TOURS offers’ adventure, snow and mountain-biking tours across New Zealand that are designed for travellers that are young of heart and ready for a good time. To travel with us we require that you are at the minimum age limit of 18 years at time of travel. Anyone over the age of 50 years is more than welcome on our tours but please be aware that a moderate level of fitness is required whilst on tour, so we do recommend that you are relatively fit, healthy and looking for the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Luggage Limits

Within New Zealand travel, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day pack. Airlines permit only one cabin bag per person, in which personal items such as cameras, make-up etc. should be carried, though you need to check with your airline provider as to their specific requirements. Over-limit luggage cannot be carried. HAKA TOURS operates in a similar way and asks if you have over the above limit to please get in touch before your tour. Baggage is at 'owner's risk'. Most airports, hotels & hostels offer storage services for additional luggage.

 

Optional Activities Booked On Tour

Activities booked on tour will be charged at the standard retail rate. We operate a voucher system with our activity partners which means we pay in full via a "voucher" for any optional activities instead of you paying the activity provider direct. The activities you select whilst on tour will be added to your "Activity Balance Sheet" with the full balance taken at the end of the tour or when your activity balance exceeds $500 NZD. By operating a voucher system with our activity suppliers, we are able to better manage tour logistics. Your activity balance can be paid via MasterCard, Visa or cash. Credit card payments have a 2% credit card processing fee. Haka Tours does not qualify for any group booking discount with our activity suppliers. By agreeing to these terms and conditions you agree to our activity voucher process whilst on tour.

 

Private Group Tours

If we are under-taking a private group tour for you, there are some changes to our standard Terms and Conditions. A non-refundable deposit of 20% is required to confirm the booking and full payment is due 2 months prior to arrival. Cancellations within 2 months prior to arrival will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Amendments within 2 months prior to arrival will incur a $100 admin fee and any additional fees charged by and 3rd party suppliers. Please take in to account an additional $25 NZD bank fee if paying from an overseas bank account.


Cancellation Policy:

  • Outside 30 days prior departure: Loss of tour deposit
  • Within 30 days prior departure: 50% of tour cost
  • Within 7 days prior departure: 100% of tours cost


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