July 2017

Flying Kiwi Southern Adventure Tour
Dates: 08 – 21 July 2017 (14 days) from Nelson (11am) or
09 – 21 July 2017 (13 days) from Christchurch (12pm)
Start: Nelson or Christchurch Finish: Nelson (11am) (transfers can be arranged to Christchurch or elsewhere within NZ at own cost)
Prices: NZ$2195 for 13 days, NZ$2295 for 14 days (price includes food, transport, accommodation and much much more…)
Operator: This tour is a joint venture with Flying Kiwi, who operates the tour.
Tour Description: Join Flying Kiwi on this awesome and popular student trip. This tour is an ideal way to experience the “real” New Zealand, try once in a lifetime activities and enjoy loads of free hikes, bike rides and more with students from around the world.
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Itinerary:  Download Itinerary English Version

DAY 1: NELSON – HANMER SPRINGS Leaving Nelson at 11am you have plenty of time to get to know one another as we travel south towards the tranquil village of Hanmer Springs where we spend our first night. The journey takes us through the Lewis Pass with plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy along the way. Take a walk or cycle through the township then after dinner an optional soak in the Hot Pools. D

DAY 2: HANMER SPRINGS – AKAROA We start the day with a group walk up conical hill (weather permitting) before leaving at 10am to travel the short distance to Christchurch where we pick up those starting their tour here at midday. After lunch, we continue onwards towards Banks Peninsula and the coastal shores of Akaroa. There’s a great cycle option for those wanting to enjoy free use of the bikes before we arrive at our perfectly situation cabins overlooking the water. B/D

DAY 3: AKAROA – LAKE TEKAPO Another group walk this morning after breakfast to the lighthouse then an unforgettable optional dolphin swim, kayak trip or a chance to explore Akaroa. Leaving by 3:30pm we make our way through central South Island towards the breath-taking turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. Here we settle into our lakefront accommodation for the next 2 nights. B/L/D

DAY 4: LAKE TEKAPO We spend the full day in this stunning location with plenty to see and do. If you want to hit the slopes there is a skifield close by offering a great day out. If skiing isn’t for you grab a snow tube or take to the ice and try your luck ice skating. There are also some great walks and bike rides around this scenic lakeside location. Tonight, we go out as a group to the hot pools to soak away the day. B/L/D

DAY 5: LAKE TEKAPO – MT COOK Getting underway early we enjoy a scenic lake side drive past Lake Pukaki to the Aoraki National Park. Hike around the basin of Mt Cook, before settling into our unique lodge accommodation. Time to light the fire and if we’re lucky, watch the snow falling outside. B/L/D

DAY 6:MT COOK – QUEENSTOWN Today we make our way to the adventure capital of New Zealand…Queenstown! Leaving Mount Cook we travel through the dramatic and scenic Lindis Pass which links the MacKenzie Basin with Central Otago. Taking us up 971 metres above sea level you can expect to see snow in this mountainous area where snow tussock grassland dominates the landscape. B/D

DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN Your chance to explore one of the many ski slopes on offer or try one of Queenstown’s many famous activities such as the bungy, canyon swing, jet boating to name a few! This place has it all, as well as spectacular views. Great cycle rides and walks are also aplenty in this stunning alpine area. B/D

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN We spend another day here in Queenstown giving you plenty of time to enjoy its endless activity options. Tonight, it’s competition time as we enjoy pizza and challenge each other to a ten-pin bowling competition! B/D

DAY 9: QUEENSTOWN – FRANZ JOSEF Travel the dramatic Haast Pass with spectacular views of the Southern Alps. Short walks through rainforest, past waterfalls and pools to the wild West Coast. Picnic lunch then head to Glacier country where we stay at Franz Josef for 2 nights, plenty of time to explore this unique town. B/L/D

DAY 10: FRANZ JOSEF Spend the morning taking in the scenery before an optional guided walk or heli-hike on the awe-inspiring glacier. In the evening, we take to the hot pools for a well earnt soak in the steaming hot water. B/D

DAY 11: FRANZ JOSEF – PUNAKAIKI Today we continue our journey up the West Coast stopping for lunch in Hokitika with a chance to check out the Greenstone factories. Then it’s back on board as we head to Shanty Town, for some gold panning and to hear fascinating stories of life in the early years of colonisation both on the West Coast and New Zealand. Our next stop is the Paparoa National Park, home to Punakaiki and the famous Pancake Rocks! Catch the sunset and fall asleep listening to the pounding West Coast surf at our seaside backpackers. B/D

DAY 12: PUNAKAIKI – ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Travel through the Buller Gorge to one of NZ’s most stunning spots – the Abel Tasman region. Optional skydive or hang glide. We camp for two nights with the Abel Tasman National Park on our doorstep, a perfect base for exploring this stunning area. B/D

DAY 13: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Your free day to explore the National Park. The options are aplenty with multiple walking choices that can even include a one-way boat trip. Kayaking is an all-time favourite or for the more relaxed scenic option jump on board a sail boat. B/L/D

DAY 14: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK – NELSON Your last chance to exchange photos before we arrive in Nelson by 11am to say our final goodbyes. B


Please note itinerary is subject to change to meet the needs of the group, adapt for weather, etc.

Please click here to see the price list of all optional activities that can be booked on tour.

Included in tour cost

  • Transport
  • Accommodation in selected hostels and lodges
  • 13 x Breakfasts
  • 5 x Lunches
  • 13 x Dinners
  • Free use of bikes
  • Free Flying Kiwi t-shirt
  • Tekapo Hot Pools
  • Queenstown Ten Pin Bowling
  • Franz Josef Hot Pools
  • Entrance to Shanty Town
  • Group games
  • Spot prizes
  • Flexible trip duration’s
  • Plenty of free optional hikes, entrance to national parks + much more!

Additional Cost


  • Group size: maximum 24 students, with 2 professional guides per trip
  • Fitness Level: all levels
  • Food: tasty & healthy meals, some drinks provided- details on itinerary
  • Booking conditions of Flying Kiwi apply.
  • All inclusions are weather and time depending.
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