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Southern Explorer: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 999

Explore the wonders of the South Island on this journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. On this New Zealand vacation for 18 to 39 year olds, you’ll hike the frozen landscape of Fox Glacier, experience action packed adventure in Queenstown, and marvel at the natural beauty of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak.


This 7-day New Zealand vacation takes you through the wondrous landscapes of the South Island and is specifically-designed for 18 to 39 year olds.

Your New Zealand tour begins in Christchurch, the Garden City of New Zealand. Head west and pass through the pastoral Canterbury Plains until green turns to white and you enter the realm of the Southern Alps. Explore the glacial stretches of Fox Glacier, hiking to the summit and venturing across a frozen world of ice caves and snow formations. Continue through the mountain range and head for Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World. Get your adrenaline rush in this picturesque city on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. Bungie jump off a bridge, jet-ski across the lake, or jump out of an airplane to experience the ultimate rush.

After spending a couple days satisfying your inner daredevil, take a day trip to Milford Sound, the stunning fjord carved by glaciers over millions of years. Explore the fjord and take full advantage of the photo opportunities here, capturing some Instagram pics of Mitre Peak, the most-photographed sight in the country and often-considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. On the final leg of your journey, pass into the gorgeous countryside around Lake Ohau. Try some Central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown before passing through the farmland in the shadow of Aoraki/Mt. Cook, where sheep outnumber humans 12:1. Return to Christchurch to end your journey.

This New Zealand vacation makes for a great add-on to a longer exploration of the country.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 999

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Day 1

Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and pounamu (jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Fox Glacier Inn and Pod Hostel

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    Fox Glacier Inn and Pod Hostel



    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

Today's your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as you roll into Queenstown.

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Duration4 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

Here's some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities. You have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with a bungy jump, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, hiking, horse riding or the skyline gondola. If you're bored here, there's something wrong. Need some time out? Head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, or kick back with a local pinot.

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Day 4

Queenstown

Free day, take two. Jump off more stuff or chill out and let your pulse drop. Your call.

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Day 5

Queenstown including Milford Sound Visit

By now you might be becoming a little desensitised to the otherworldly beauty of NZ but when you see the fjords for the first time, it's okay to enter a total Instagram meltdown! Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.

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Day 6

Queenstown to Lake Ohau

Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with venison burgers and a central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.

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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)

Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It's about as Kiwi as 'fush and chups' (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog. Then back to into the city of Churches as your trip winds to a close.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Jan 3, 11, 15, 18, 22, 26, 31; Feb 7, 8, 16, 19, 23, 27; Mar 2, 7, 15, 16, 27, 30, 31; Apr 10, 14, 22; May 11, 19, 31; Jun 19, 27; Jul 1, 9, 28; Aug 5, 9, 17, 31; Sep 5, 12, 16, 17, 25; Oct 13, 16, 17, 21, 24, 25; Nov 3, 16, 22, 26; Dec 1, 4, 14
2019: Jan 1, 9, 14, 16, 22; Feb 9, 16, 17, 22, 24, 26; Mar 2, 6, 20, 28

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 multi share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Multi share accommodation is single sex, mixed gender couples travelling together should not expect to share. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or twin/double travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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

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28 Mar 2019
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