October Tour

South Island Adventure Tour

02 - 10 October 2024

Tour starts in Nelson - Tour ends in Nelson

Stunning West Coast, exciting Queenstown, city vibes in Christchurch & beautiful Lake Tekapo – 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 programme, students can book extra activities.

$2,388.00*

Early Bird Price!

*plus Food Kitty

* Please note booking will incur a booking fee.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Nelson - Kaikoura

Kia Ora! Good to have you aboard our International Student South Island 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 town. In the evening you can cool off in our hostels’ own pool or relax in their hot tub .

DAY 2: Kaikoura - Christchurch

We leave Kaikoura in the morning and continue our journey south. Not too long of a journey, today our destination is Christchurch and you have the opportunity to do some shopping in New Zealand’s third largest city. And if shopping is not for you, there are plenty of sights to see while soaking up the big city flair - visit Quake City or follow the Street art trail!

Extra Activities:

Dolphin Swim or Watch, Whale Watch

DAY 3: Christchurch - 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.
*the extra activity is probably your only chance to see the glacier close up, as the walkway to it is an hour walk (one way) from the township.

Extra Activity:

Stargazing

DAY 4: Lake Tekapo - 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.

Included Activity:

Minus 5 Icebar incl. Mocktail

DAY 5: 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!

Extra Activities:

Kawarau Bungy (43m), Nevis Highwire Bungy (134m), Nevis Catapult, Nevis Swing, Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly, 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, iFly

DAY 6: 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.

Included Activity:

Skyline Gondola & Luge rides

Extra Activities:

Kawarau Bungy (43m), Nevis Highwire Bungy (134m), Nevis Catapult, Nevis Swing, Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly, 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, iFly

DAY 7: Queenstown - Franz Josef

We’ll be heading to the wild West Coast through the Haast Pass. 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:

Glowworm walk

DAY 8: Franz Josef - Westport

This morning, you’ll have the chance to fly up to the Glacier by helicopter – either for just a few minutes to enjoy the view – or if you feel adventurous, for a two hour hike on the glacier to see all those beautiful ice formations and blue ice. For those, that don’t want to do this, it’s a bit of a sleep-in today before we travel up north to Westport. On our way, we will stop at the famous Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki.

Extra Activity:

Glacier Helicopter Flight

DAY 9: Westport - Nelson/Home

Today we will complete our round-trip of the South Island and travel back to sunny Nelson. But before we set off you can take a surf lesson or go Stand Up Paddle boarding in the morning. Once arrived in beautiful Nelson we say "Goodbye" to all students, who are only travelling the South Island.

Extra Activites:

Stand Up Paddleboarding, Surf lesson or Surfboard rental

  • 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
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge rides
  • Excursions in Queenstown
  • Lots of fun

Extra-Activities: please send us an email to request a full list of all extra activities bookable on tour.

  • Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
  • Extra Activities
  • Food – a contribution of $315 towards a food kitty is mandatory (breakfast and dinner only)
  • Pocket money
  • If you are not from Nelson: 1 extra night accommodation (supervised) on 25 September before the tour starts
  • Minimum 15 students
  • Students who are not from Nelson will arrive a day earlier and will stay in a supervised accommodation (at extra cost)
  • Booking conditions apply
  • All inclusions are weather and time depending