April Tours - School Holidays

South Island Experience Tour

19 April - 26 April 2024

Tour starts in Nelson - Tour ends in Nelson

Marine Wildlife in Kaikoura, scenic Lake Tekapo, Lunch in Christchurch, exciting Queenstown and the stunning Westcoast – this tour gives you the chance to experience the best what the South Island has on offer. The tour combines city activities with awesome fun adventures. Additionally, to an exciting group programme participants can book extra adventure activities. This tour can be booked on its own or together with the North Island Experience Tour for a comprehensive and fun exploration of New Zealand.

 

$1,988.00*

*Plus Food Kitty $280

* Please note booking will incur an additional booking fee.

Itinerary and Extra Activities

Itinerary

DAY 1: NELSON - WESTPORT

Kia Ora! Good to have you aboard the South Island Experience Tour!

Our destination today is Westport on the beautiful West Coast of the South Island. Westport offers great surfing beaches, and this is your opportunity to go surfing on the South Island.

Extra Activities:

Surf Lessons

DAY 2: WESTPORT - FRANZ JOSEF

We’ll be heading further down South the along wild West Coast. On our way, we will stop at the famous Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki. In the afternoon we reach one of the world’s most accessible glaciers, the Franz Josef Glacier. Franz Josef Glacier was named after the Austrian emperor Franz Josef and is one of only three glaciers worldwide that Borders a rain forest. And tonight, we will relax in our cosy hostel, play some pool and might go for a little walk to find some glow worms.

Included Activity:

Glow Worm Walk

Extra Activities:

Glacier Helicopter Flight

DAY 3: FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN

This morning, you’ll have the chance to fly up to the Glacier by helicopter to enjoy breathtaking views and take stunning photos. For those, that don’t want to do this, it’s a bit of a sleep-in today before we are heading through Haast Pass to Queenstown, the birthplace of bungy jumping! Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, if not the world. Tonight, has a special treat in store for everyone. Before dinner we head along to the ‘Minus 5 Ice Bar’ for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The bar is made completely of ice, even your cocktail glasses. But you do not have to freeze, you will be given warm clothes and gloves, so you can enjoy your experience in comfort and marvel at the great ice sculptures at the bar.

Included Activity:

Minus 5 Icebar incl. Mocktail

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN

Jump off a bridge, swing over a canyon, paddle your way through a raging river – there’s nothing you can’t do (as long as you have permission from your parents of course). For the more faint-hearted there are stunning cruises to Milford or Doubtful Sound that are sure to inspire. Those of you that do not book any of the extra adventure activities have a chance to explore Queenstown. We will go for walk into town, do some sightseeing and shopping, and we take a walk along famous Lake Wakatipu. Tonight is free time for everyone, take a stroll into town or spend time to look at the fantastic photos everyone has made and update your Insta pages!

Included Activity:

Skyline Gondola & Luge rides

Extra Activities:

Kawarau Bungy (43m), Nevis Highwire Bungy (134m), Nevis Catapult, Nevis Swing, Milford Sound Coach/Nature Cruise/Coach, Doubtful Sound Coach/Cruise/Coach, Skydiving 9,000ft, 12,000ft, 15,000ft, Shotover Jet, Horseback riding, Dart River Wilderness Jet, Canyon Swing

DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN

Another free day to continue your adrenalin rush. For those of you who do not book any extra activities today there is lots to do and see in Queenstown. Go and check out the world famous Fergburger for lunch or enjoy a coffee on the shore of Lake Wakatipu.

Extra Activities:

Kawarau Bungy (43m), Nevis Highwire Bungy (134m), Nevis Catapult, Nevis Swing, Milford Sound Coach/Nature Cruise/Coach, Doubtful Sound Coach/Cruise/Coach, Skydiving 9,000ft, 12,000ft, 15,000ft, Shotover Jet, Horseback riding, Dart River Wilderness Jet, Canyon Swing

DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN - LAKE TEKAPO

We continue our journey to the picturesque, turquoise coloured Lake Tekapo. Once arrived you can explore this quaint town and enjoy the beautiful views. Dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is the perfect spot for stargazing. Don’t forget to take a picture with the famous Church of the Good Shepherd in the background. The stunning lake is understandably a popular theme for postcards.

Extra Activities:

Stargazing

DAY 7: LAKE TEKAPO - KAIKOURA

This morning we leave scenic Tekapo and make our way to New Zealand`s home of the Dusky Dolphin, Kaikoura, where you’ll have the chance to learn all about the vast marine wildlife. The Maori name Kaikoura translates to “meal of crayfish” (Kai – food, koura – crayfish) so make sure you try some while exploring town. In the evening you can cool off in our hostels’ own pool or relax in their hot tub.

Extra Activities:

Dolphin Swim, Dolphin Watch

DAY 8: KAIKOURA - NELSON/HOME

Today we will complete our round-trip of the South Island and travel back to sunny Nelson. After an amazing time together it will be time to head to the airport and travel back to your NZ-home. We hope you had heaps of fun!

Extras

  • Experienced Guides/Assistants
  • Comfortable accommodation at hostels/backpackers
  • All transport during the tours
  • Visit Kawarau Bungy Bridge
  • Entry & 1 alcohol-free cocktail at Minus5 Ice Bar
  • Excursions in Queenstown
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge rides in Queenstown
  • Lots of fun game evenings and group activities
Please find all offered extra activities for our South Island tour here:

Extra Activities South Island Tour April

  • Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start/end
  • Extra Activities
  • Food – a contribution of NZ$280 towards a food kitty is mandatory (breakfast and dinner)
  • Pocket money
  • Pre-tour accommodation for NZ$155: If you outside of Nelson, you can book 1 night supervised accommodation in a hostel in Nelson for the night before the tour starts.
  • Minimum 15 students
  • Students who are not from Nelson will need to arrive on 07 April 2023 and will stay in supervised accommodation
  • Booking conditions apply
  • All inclusions are weather and time depending