December & January Tours

South Island Adventure Tour

04 January - 11 January

Tour starts in Wellington, Nelson or Blenheim - Tour ends in Nelson

Big city life in Christchurch, exciting Queenstown, wildlife in Kaikoura – this tour gives you the chance to experience what the South Island has on offer. The itinerary combines city activities with awesome fun adventures. Additionally to an exciting group programme, participants can book extra activities.

from $1,448*

*plus Food Kitty

Itinerary and Extra Activities

Itinerary

DAY 1: Nelson - Kaikoura

Kia Ora! Good to have you aboard the South Island International Student Tour! This morning we leave the sunny city of Nelson and make our way to New Zealand`s whale-watching capital 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 the town. Or do you prefer whales and you have always wanted to watch them from a close distance? Then book a Whale Watching Trip to get up close and personal with the world´s largest toothed whales.

Extra Activities:

Wings Over Whales, Dolphin Watch or Swim, Whale Watching boat trip

DAY 2: Kaikoura - Christchurch

We leave Kaikoura in the morning to continue our journey down south along the East Coast. We stop in Christchurch – our destination for the day. You have the opportunity to do some shopping in New Zealand’s second-largest city and get an insight into this fascinating city, that has endured one of the biggest Earthquakes in New Zealand’s history – see how it reshaped the city and visit the old cathedral.

DAY 3: Christchurch - Dunedin

We journey on down the East Coast and today’s destination is Dunedin – one of the biggest student towns in New Zealand. Dunedin is named after the Scottish capital Edinburgh (in Gaelic Dun Eideann) and it invites with its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture. On our way to Dunedin we will stop at the famous Moeraki boulders – sphere-like rock formations on a beautiful beach. Once we arrive in Dunedin you have plenty of time to explore, may it be the iconic Railway station or one (or two 😊) of the many shopping malls right in the city.

Extra Activity:

Elm Wildlife Tour

DAY 4: Dunedin - Queenstown

Today is the day all you thrill-seekers and adrenalin-junkies have been longing for – we head off to 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.

Extra Activities:

Kawarau Bungy (43m), Nevis Highwire Bungy (134m), The Ledge Bungy, The Ledge Swing, The Ledge Bungy and Swing Combo, Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly, Milford Sound Coach/Nature Cruise/Coach, Doubtful Sound Coach/Cruise/Coach, Skydiving 9,000ft, 12,000ft, 15,000ft

DAY 5: Queenstown

Jump off a bridge, go skydiving or swing over a canyon – 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 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 will take the Gondola up Bob’s Peak to enjoy beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu and ride the Luge.

Extra Activities:

Kawarau Bungy (43m), Nevis Highwire Bungy (134m), The Ledge Bungy, The Ledge Swing, The Ledge Bungy and Swing Combo, Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly, Milford Sound Coach/Nature Cruise/Coach, Doubtful Sound Coach/Cruise/Coach, Skydiving 9,000ft, 12,000ft, 15,000ft

DAY 6: Queenstown - Lake Tekapo

In the morning we drive you to our destination for today: the picturesque turquoise colored Lake Tekapo and you’ll learn all about how the color came about. 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. Once in Tekapo we will visit the Tekapo springs with their 150-meter drop inflatable waterslide – so pack your togs 😊.

Extra Activity:

Stargazing at Cowan's Observatory

DAY 7: Lake Tekapo - Hanmer Springs

We leave Lake Tekapo in the morning and continue our journey back up north to Hanmer Springs, one of the top spots for hot pools and thermal springs in New Zealand.

Extra Activity:

Hanmer Springs Hotpools

DAY 8: Hanmer Springs - Nelson - Home

Today we will complete our round-trip of the South Island and travel back to sunny Nelson. We hope you had a lovely time exploring the South Island and all its wonders with us! Have a safe journey home!

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
  • Tekapo Springs Aqua Drop
  • Gondola + Luge rides
  • Lots of fun game evenings and group activities
Please come back soon for more information on all the extra activities we offer on tour.
  • Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
  • Extra Activities
  • Food – a contribution of $240 towards a food kitty is mandatory (breakfast and dinner only)
  • Pocket money
  • Minimum 15 students
  • Booking conditions apply
  • All inclusions are weather and time depending