12 Day South Island Adrenalin Junkie Tour
Starting from Christchurch, we will take you on an adrenalin-fueled South Island experience that is bursting with optional activities to get your blood pumping. We include two days in Queenstown to maximise the rush. It all starts at 8am at our Haka accommodation in Christchurch and ends around 9am on day 12 in Wellington.
As with all our tours, we do include a few 'must-do' events, ranging from a pounamu pendant carving experience, and the chance to paddle a waka (Māori canoe) with your group.
We have a massive range of optional activities available to add, from bungy jumping and dolphin swimming to jet boating and scenic flights. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want. Simply let your tour guide know.
As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to stay at our Haka accommodation in Christchurch the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning.
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What's included :
- Passionate Kiwi guides
- 11 nights in high-end hostel accommodation – dorm share, upgrades available
- Small groups, maximum 16
- Orientation tour of every location
- Comfortable bus transport
- Cross Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry
- Continental breakfast every day
- Carve your own pounamu (jade) necklace in Franz Josef
- Spend two nights deep in West Coast rainforest
- Discover NZ's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas
- Journey through multiple National Parks
- Plus many surprise stops on the way
What's excluded :
- Optional Activities
- 1 Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
Explore downtown Christchurch before heading to the striking lakes and mountains of Tekapo. The lake’s breathtaking turquoise colour and mountain backdrop is a photographer’s dream come true.
2 Lake Tekapo to Queenstown
We get to know a place like no other: Queenstown. Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie, an avid hiker, wine taster or scenery lover, Queenstown has something for absolutely everyone.
With a full day in Queenstown, let’s work on that bucket list! There are heaps of activity options to choose from
4 Queenstown to Wanaka
After the excitement of Queenstown, today is a chance to chill. Wanaka is Queenstown’s slightly quieter little sister, a mere one hour drive away. On the way we’ll stop in at charming Arrowtown, a historic gold rush village with heaps of old world character.
5 Wanaka to Franz Josef
After a relaxing morning in Wanaka, the journey to Franz is an another stunner – many of our Haka Guides rate it as their favourite drive in New Zealand.
6 Franz Josef
With Aoraki/Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) twinkling behind the glaciers, Franz Josef is about as beautiful a setting as you can find in New Zealand. Included in your tour today is a special opportunity to carve your very own pounamu pendant at a local gallery.
7 Franz Josef to Punakaiki
Road trip up the South Island’s wild west coast, and sleep at a hidden retreat set in a peaceful rain forest.
Hear the roars of the crashing waves on the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki. Whether you decide to soak up the sun on the unspoilt beaches or stroll through the rainforest to a chorus of birdsong, you’ll shed your cares in this magical place.
9 Punakaiki to Abel Tasman
Cruising up north from Punakaiki, the scenery gets better and better. The powerful, untouched coastline gives way to rivers and gorges before we drive over the hills and down towards the bayside town of Nelson.
10 Abel Tasman
Prepare to fall in love with Abel Tasman National Park. Abel Tasman you beauty. Lush forests, golden sandy beaches, sheltered bays, and jaw-dropping views not to mention the local seals, dolphins and bird life.
11 Abel Tasman to Wellington
Today you’ll start things off by learning to paddle a traditional waka (a Māori war canoe). Experience a karakia (blessing for protection) and learn tikanga (waka etiquette) all while getting out on the water to enjoy this unique included activity.
Our road trip continues along the northern edge of the South Island this afternoon. We’ll stop for tasting at a local winery, and there's a chance to taste some famous New Zealand mussels in Havelock as we wind our way towards Picton to catch the evening ferry to Wellington.
Wake up in the world's coolest capital city.
Departure Point :Haka Lodge Christchurch
Departure Time :8:00 AM
Return Detail :YHA Wellington, 292 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Minimum age is 18 years
- Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.