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Southern Explorer: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,016

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. From action-packed Queenstown to the spectacular Fiordland region, this is an unforgettable adventure.


The Adventure Capital of the World. A Slice of Heaven. Middle Earth.

New Zealand has been all these things and continues to amaze visitors with stunning scenery, fascinating culture and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Spend 6 days exploring the best of the South Island on this trip, designed specifically for 18 to 39 year olds.

Snap a few photos of Malborough Sounds on your ferry ride to Nelson. Then keep your camera ready for Abel Tasman National Park. This vehicle-free wilderness is yours to explore on foot or on the water by boat or kayak. Stop in at Kaikoura for some whale watching or dolphin/seal swimming before your arrival in Christchurch.

Take a ride through the spectacular Southern Alps on your way to Fox Glacier, then on to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure sports capital. Try bungee jumping, take a jetboat ride, or choose from a plethora of nearby hiking tracks.

Milford Sound is a breathtaking 16km fjord carved by glacial ice out to the Tasman Sea. It’s also New Zealand’s number one tourist attraction, and an idea place to spot some of the native wildlife, including dolphins and the occasional whale. Spend a night at Lake Ohau, visiting Mt Cook Village before your return to Christchurch.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,016

Itinerary

Day 1

Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Kia Ora and welcome to your Southern Explorer trip with Topdeck! The scenery will totally amaze you today as we head off across the Canterbury Plains and into the Southern Alps. Our path is only one of three that cut across these impressive mountains that form the backbone of the South Island. We'll stop for a break at Arthur's Pass then continue on through the Otira Gorge with waterfalls cascading overhead. Welcome to the wild West Coast as we head into the town of Hokitika for our lunch break -- the Whitebait fritters are a must when in season. We'll stop at the Jade factory and see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the Pounamu greenstone, known as Jade, and grab the chance to purchase a souvenir pendant. This afternoon we'll stretch our legs with an afternoon walk taking in the stunning scenery before we check into our accommodation. Let's hope Lake Matheson's waters are still and the skies are clear so that we can get that famous reflection of New Zealand's two tallest mountain peaks in its waters.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Fox Glacier Inn

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    Fox Glacier Inn



    Looking for somewhere warm and comfortable that offers hearty food, great beer, fun company and a good nights sleep. Then let us welcome you to the Fox Glacier Inn where we offer affordable accommodation and great hospitality.

    Looking for somewhere warm and comfortable that offers hearty food, great beer, fun company and a good nights sleep. Then let us welcome you to the Fox Glacier Inn where we offer affordable accommodation and great hospitality.

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Day 2

Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Westland National Park abounds with high mountain peaks and glaciers and today we could have a chance to walk on a flowing river of ice! Some options that may be available are a guided hike*, an excellent way to take a closer look at Fox Glacier as your ice guides take you alongside the face of the glacier explaining the formation and lifespan of these amazing geographical features. If you prefer to search higher on the glacier for stunning ice caves and formations take a heli-hike* onto the upper icefall and enjoy a more sedate walking pace as you explore with your ice guides and await the return of your helicopter. After lunch we will make stops for photos and short walks. A stop at Thunder Creek Falls, which flows into the Haast River amidst rainforest, highlights the beauty of this World Heritage area. We'll break at Makarora then journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and onto our destination, the adrenalin mecca of the southern hemisphere -- Queenstown, our home for next three nights! Don't miss out on a famous Topdeck recommended Queenstown Fergburger* whilst in town -- the Little Lamby is always a winner.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

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    Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park



    Just a 500-metre walk from the shores of the Lake Wakatipu and only 100 metres from the town centre, lies the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park. Opened in November 2001, this holiday park is your ultimate home away from home. With accommodation suited to all budgets, ...

    Just a 500-metre walk from the shores of the Lake Wakatipu and only 100 metres from the town centre, lies the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park. Opened in November 2001, this holiday park is your ultimate home away from home. With accommodation suited to all budgets, the wide range of accommodations include 2 bedroom motel units, spacious tourist flats, leisure lodges, ensuite studio units, and powered and unpowered camping sites that are serviced by modern amenities.

    Stay here and you are only minutes away from various adventure activities and spectacular scenic spots. The efficient and well-informed Front Line staff are always eager to help you plan and book the varied activities you can enjoy within Queenstown, and the neighbouring areas.

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Day 3

Queenstown

One is never quite enough so we've given you two full days in Queenstown and adventure waits at every turn! Queenstown is perfect for everyone from the adrenalin junkie to the leisure seeker - there is just so much to do. Try a bungy jump* or a giant swing through a narrow canyon*, skim past canyon walls on the Shotover Jet*, pass through the breathtaking scenery of the Dart River on a jet boat safari* or for a more leisurely view take a horseback ride* through Paradise. If this is not your 'cup of tea', enjoy the mountains and views on the numerous mountain bike trails* or hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views, admire Queenstown from above with a ride on the skyline gondola* or take one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer. With two full days in this ever popular resort town, it's also a perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of a Kiwi -- why not head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park*? If all of this seems just too much, you can always chill out in a local restaurant, cafe or bar, or simply chill out by the lake.

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Day 4

Queenstown

You have a second day to enjoy all Queenstown has to offer.

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Day 5

Queenstown to Fiordland (Including Milford Sound)

Departing Queenstown this morning we farewell this adventure playground and head to the Fiords. There will be time to stop and admire the reflection in Mirror Lake, the views down the Hollyford Valley, and we literally drive through the mountain via the Homer Tunnel and emerge back into a landscape of spectacular mountains and waterfalls. This afternoon brings a heightened enthusiasm rearing for your Milford Sound Nature Cruise and to enjoy the stunning views that have been pictured millions of times in the Fiord. Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins are often seen and, on the odd occasion the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins can also be out playing. Our afternoon cruise is an intimate look into the history and geology of the Fiord while exploring small nooks and crannies along the edges, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail and is sure to be a real highlight!

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Duration1 Night
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The Village Inn Hotel Te Anau

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    The Village Inn Hotel Te Anau



    The Village Inn Hotel, Te Anau provides quality accommodation to suit every need. This modern and unique hotel creates a feeling of 'stepping back in time' with its carefully recreated Pioneer Village facades and is within walking distance of the lake shore and town centre. ...

    The Village Inn Hotel, Te Anau provides quality accommodation to suit every need. This modern and unique hotel creates a feeling of 'stepping back in time' with its carefully recreated Pioneer Village facades and is within walking distance of the lake shore and town centre.
    Sample delicious cuisine from the comprehensive à la carte menu in the fully licensed restaurant. Choose an award-winning New Zealand wine to complement your meal and savour the Village Inn experience.
    At the end of the day come and join the relaxing atmosphere of the lounge bar beside the massive stone fireplace, an ideal way for guests to relax.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Lounge(s)
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Fiordland to Lake Ohau

We make our way along Lake Wakatipu this morning bound for quaint Arrowtown. You'll have some time to explore this historic gold mining town before tackling our next adventure. We leave the coach behind for just a little while -- this afternoon we're using pedal power! Departing Arrowtown on our mountain bikes, your Topdeck trip leader guides you along the willow-lined Arrow River. Crossing various bridges, you'll zig-zag across the river which is sometimes tranquil, often rushing over rocks, then widening to crystal clear pools. There's no shortage of photo stops along the relatively gentle ride either, none more popular than the halfway mark when we arrive at the most awe-inspiring suspension bridge -- it's a destination in itself. There is certainly time to take it all in and enjoy the journey before we finish at the famous Kawarau Bridge, home of the world's first commercial Bungy operation. Before too long it's time to hit the road again as we continue through to the Cromwell district before we venture up and over the Lindis Pass as we witness the dramatic variation in scenery of these ranges to those we've encountered in the west. Our home tonight is a classic Kiwi Lakeside Lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau. After a superb homemade meal, be sure to save room for dessert - it has been a Topdeck favourite for years! There's time for an evening stroll by the lake, or quiet drink on the deck as we watch the sun silhouette the peaks Mt Cook in the far distance whilst setting to the west.

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Duration1 Night
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Lake Ohau Lodge

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    Lake Ohau Lodge



    Lake Ohau Lodge is a 72 unit Lodge with warm centrally heated, comfortable accommodation on the shore of Lake Ohau with views of Glen Mary Glacier, Aoraki Mt Cook and the Ben Ohau Range.

    Lake Ohau Lodge is a 72 unit Lodge with warm centrally heated, comfortable accommodation on the shore of Lake Ohau with views of Glen Mary Glacier, Aoraki Mt Cook and the Ben Ohau Range.

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Day 7

Lake Ohau to Christchruch (via Mt Cook Village)

Wake up this morning to magnificent views of the mountains before you. Today we make tracks and follow the Southern Lakes hydroelectricity scheme around impressive blue water lakes with the ever-present Southern Alps as a backdrop. If the weather is right we'll head in to Mt Cook village^, there is an opportunity to take a walk in the National Park, or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery. Next stop, Lake Pukaki, and a chance for some amazing photos as we gaze across the clear blue waters back to Mt Cook -- known to the Maori people as Aoraki or "cloud piercer" -- hopefully no clouds in sight to obscure our view! The blue waters of Lake Tekapo greet us as we make a scenic lunch stop in the village. After lunch we make our way to the "Church of the Good Sheppard" and the monument to the Border Collie. On to Fairlie - situated smack in the heart of sheep country, we will learn about life on a Kiwi sheep farm and see the Collie dogs in action at our Kiwi Farm Experience -- the delicious homemade afternoon tea is true Kiwi Country fare. From here it's flat going as we once again cross the Canterbury Plains to reach our final destination and say our goodbyes ... as they say in Kiwi ... it's been real-as, bro! Ka Kite Ano!

Note: Mt Cook Village access is weather dependant, if the weather is in climate this stop will be bypassed.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:  Apr 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 27; May 5, 9, 17, 22, 29, 31; Jun 8, 12, 19, 23, 25, 30; Jul 2, 4, 9, 12, 17, 25, 27; Aug 4, 7, 15, 20, 28, 30; Sep 6, 10, 18, 22, 25, 29; Oct 3, 4, 7, 11, 16, 24, 31; Nov 4, 7, 8, 12, 16, 21, 29; Dec 5, 10, 12, 14, 21, 27
2018: Jan 3, 11, 15, 18, 22, 26, 31; Feb 7, 8, 16, 19, 23, 27; Mar 2, 7, 15, 16, 27, 30, 31

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights multi share accommodation in a mix of hotels, motels, lodges and hostels
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with WIFI internet
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

These tours available to guests between the ages of 18 – 39 years only.

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