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Southern Light ex Picton - 10 days - Top Rated Adventure Tour

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Southern Light ex Picton - 10 days - Top Rated Adventure Tour

Our tours offer a totally unique way to explore and enjoy the outdoor beauty of New Zealand. With our department of conservation license we provide you direct access to the most remote and beautiful areas of the country - getting off the beaten track.We combine accommodation in spectacular and remote locations.There's great flexibility to choose your favourite options everyday and with more meals included you will save time and money for the things you love.Top rated in National Geographic's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth"

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$2,656

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Duration

10 days

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • Accommodation as per itinerary
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • 2 x professional guides
    • Use of sports equipment on board
    • Museums and National Parks
    What's excluded :
    • Bike hire (optional)
    • Adventure activities (optional)
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

  • Day 1: Picton to Kaikoura. Explore the pacific coast with great cycle and hike options + whale watching and kayaking options.

    Pass By: Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, 40 Fyffe Quay West End, Kaikoura 7300 New Zealand
    Leaving Picton at 11am we travel the scenic Pacific coast to Kaikoura where close encounters with seals and sea birds are common. Kaikoura translates to 'meal of crayfish' (Kai - food, koura - crayfish) a reference to the abundance of seafood and sea life in the area. The town has transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a hot spot for whale watching, dolphin swimming and seal spotting. This picturesque town sits right on the ocean at the foot of the mountains a spectacular spot. Stretch your legs with a recommended afternoon peninsula walk and build up an appetite for a tasty feast of locally caught fresh seafood.

    Meals Included: Dinner

    Cabin upgrades available: Yes - limited options

    Optional activities (own cost): Whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Sleep to the sound of the waves with our beach side accommodation. Upgrades also available.

    Day 2: Kaikoura to Rangitata. Start the day with a dolphin swim before passing through Christchurch to the Southern Alps.

    Pass By: Rangitata Rafts, 53 Waikari Rd, Peel Forest 7992, New Zealand
    For those that are keen there is the chance to rise early for a wonderful sunrise and then enjoy one of our most highly rated optional activities – dolphin swimming. The resident dusky dolphins are amongst the most interactive and entertaining in the world and it’s not unusual to swim with pods of 50 or more in their natural habitat, the ocean! We then have the chance to explore this quaint seaside town before heading through Christchurch to collect and drop off those starting /ending here. Now regarded as the Shaky Isles, you’ll have time to explore Christchurch city area as well as buy your lunch from one of the many of the quirky container cafes at the ‘Restart Mall’. Since the earthquakes, Christchurch and the residents are doing lots of cool things as well as restoring its heritage which is making the city stand out as a place to explore! Enjoy the tasteful street art, artwork from the earthquake and local crafts to purchase in the city.

    Say farewell to your friends leaving and hello to new Flying Kiwis because at 2:30pm we head out towards the Southern Alps with fantastic views across the Canterbury plains - real Lord of the Rings country! Tonight’s unique camp is at the Shearer’s Headquarters (an actual operating farm) located at the foothills of the Southern Alps.

    The Rangitata River flows for over 120 kms from the Southern Alps to the Pacific ocean. This is the river where you can try white water raft tomorrow morning -- highly recommended!

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

    Bike Rides: Cycle into camp along a quite country road through fields of cows, sheep and deer with a mountainous backdrop

    Walks and Hikes: The Peninsula Walkway is a must if you missed it yesterday! You’ll also have plenty of time on your feet when we stop through Christchurch to check out the awesome rebuild of Christchurch city!

    Optional Activities: Highly recommended dolphin swim, dolphin viewing

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Tonight’s unique camp is at working farm located at the foothills of the Southern Alps. Upgrades available.

    Day 3: Rangitata to Lake Tekapo. Get your camera ready as we pass through some of the most stunning alpine landscapes in NZ.

    Pass By: Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
    Wake up to mountain views and try white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River! If rafting isn’t for you soak it all in with a morning cycle or walk through Peel forest. We then head through more jaw dropping landscapes (they don’t stop in the South Island) to the picture postcard, Lake Tekapo. Here you will view the most spectacular turquoise waters which get their colour from the glacial flour brought down from the rivers flowing from glaciers high up in the mountains.

    Relax in the nearby hot pools or enjoy star gazing at the Mt John Observatory and make the most of staying in an International Dark Sky Reserve, plus there are plenty of hike and cycle options to choose from.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Bike Rides: If you're not rafting in the morning hop on your bike and head to the Peel Forest walks. In the afternoon enjoy the trails at Lake Tekapo Regional Park then ride to camp or cycle from camp beside the lakes edge.

    Walks and Hikes: A variety of walk options today including the protected conifers of Peel Forest and then this afternoon you'll have some time to walk along the edge an incredible glacial lake or walk to the Mt John Observatory and take in 360 degree views of Tekapo

    Optional Activities: White water rafting (grade 5 rapids!), horse-riding, Mt John Observatory tour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Camp with amazing views over Lake Tekapo. Upgrades available.

    Day 4: Lake Tekapo to the Pacific Coast. Enjoy hiking by NZs largest peak in Aoraki National Park before heading to the coast.

    Pass By: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, 1 Larch Grove, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
    Today is a real chance to immerse yourself in the snow-capped mountain scenery that New Zealand is famous for. We will be exploring Aoraki National Park and hike to the base of NZ’s highest mountain - Mount Cook. We then head back to the Pacific coast with a short stop in the historic town of Oamaru. From there it’s a short drive down the coast to the small village of Moeraki. Go for a walk to a view point and take in the views of the Pacific Ocean and try and spot a little blue penguin along the shore. If you have a bike it’s possible to visit a colony of extremely rare yellow-eyed penguins near to camp.

    Mount Cook (Maori name - Aoraki meaning 'cloud piercer') dominates the skyline at 3,724m and is New Zealand's highest mountain. Nestled in between the other 18 peaks above 3000m within Aoraki/Mt Cook national, Mt Cook dominates the skyline and is the main feature in the backdrop of our hike to the bottom of the Hooker valley glacier.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Bike Rides: During the afternoon you can ride a short section of the Alps2ocean trail followed by a ride out to Katiki Point Lighthouse where you'll find a Yellow-eyed penguin colony

    Walks and Hikes: Enjoy walking into the start of Mt Cook National Park in Hooker Valley. A three hour return hike, you’ll be blown away by the mountainous landscape not to mention a glacier during the hike.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: A great camp looking over the Pacific Ocean with upgrades available.

    Day 5: Moeraki to Dunedin. Discover the wonders of the Pacific Coast including Moeraki Boulders before our coastal camp.

    Pass By: Moeraki Boulders, Moeraki Village, Oamaru New Zealand
    Before heading south, we make a stop at the nearby Moeraki Boulders - a collection of perfectly round rocks each weighing up to 4 tonnes that sit down on the beach, and then it’s onto the historic Scottish city of Dunedin - the South Island's second-largest city. Its name is the Scots Gaelic word for Edinburgh, a testament to the mostly Scottish settlers who came here. This southern city is also home to the world’s steepest residential street, which makes for a great challenge to see who can get to the top first!

    The Otago Coast stretches along the South Island's eastern side and Dunedin marks the halfway point along this coast which has a few decent surf breaks. Our camp is a short walk from the beach and you walk the short distance to St.Clair to grab some food at one of the laid back water front restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Bike Rides: Ride from camp into town or out to the Otago Peninsula later in the day if you’re not doing any optional activities

    Walks and Hikes: You’ll feel your heart pumping through your chest as you take a stroll up the world’s steepest residential street!

    Optional Activities: Surfing, Otago Peninsula wildlife tour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Excellent camp a short walk from the beach (with great surf!). Upgrades available.

    Day 6: Dunedin to Fiordland National Park. Experience jaw dropping scenery as we head into NZs most dramatic national park.

    Pass By: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
    Journey through scenic southern pastures to Te Anau, the hub and jumping-off point for Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Our accommodation tonight is a unique and historic site hidden in the unspoilt Hollyford Valley - a true wilderness escape. There is even an onsite museum to learn more about the region and history. For cyclists there is the chance to cycle into camp and for the hikers this camp offers some great short treks (ask your guide about secret glow worm trails).

    The south west corner of New Zealand is home to Fiordland - home to wild, dramatic and rugged landscapes. The main town for access to the Fiordland National park region is Te Anau, the park is a World Heritage Area over 1.2 million hectares in size. In this area everything is oversized - gigantic waterfalls, towering mountains and forested valleys meet you around every corner.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

    Bike Rides: Enjoy riding through the isolated and moody Fiordland National Park into Hollyford Valley where you’ll finish at our camp (literally away from all civilisation, it’s great!)

    Walks and Hikes: Short walks today as we’re on a mission to get to Fiordland National Park!

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Tonight we camp in the heart of the Hollyford Valley with cabin upgrades available.

    Day 7: Milford Sound and the Routeburn Track. Prepare to be amazed by the 8th wonder of the world and NZs best great walk

    Pass By: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
    MILFORD SOUND, THE ROUTEBURN AND TE ANAU - EXPLORING THE MIGHTY MILFORD SOUND

    Travel one of the world’s most scenic routes into Milford Sound! Described as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. The fiord's cliffs rise dramatically from the dark waters (home to seals and dolphins) whilst waterfalls as high as 1000 metres cascade downwards. Board the optional boat cruise to explore the fiord up close. Afterwards those who love hiking are in for a treat with the start of the Routeburn Track. This 3 day walk passes through 2 National Parks and is a haven for native birdlife. Charge up your camera as this hike offers everything from mountainous peaks and sheer rock faces to pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and dense, luxuriant forest. After dropping off our brave Routeburn hikers the rest of us will head back to Te Anau for the night where you can explore more of this small town with the awesome lake front and great mountain views.

    In any weather Milford Sound is an incredible spectacle. The sheer cliffs and dramatic waterfalls lead along a spectacular 16km journey to the Tasman sea and back again. The boat cruise lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and is a great way to see the fiord and get a feel for the scale of this awe-inspiring place!

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

    Bike Rides: Leisurely ride along the lakefront of Lake Te Anau and up alongside a river before looping back to camp. Go as little or as far as you please.

    Walks and Hikes: For those who have pre-booked, the absolutely unforgettable Routeburn Track! Explore the lakefront of Te Anau in the afternoon once we are out of Fiordland National Park.

    Optional Activities: Highly recommended Milford Sound boat cruise, Routeburn Track (3 day/2 night alpine hike), Te Anau glowworm caves & boat ride

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Perfectly lake front accommodation with great upgrade options

    Day 8: Te Anau to Queenstown. Time to enjoy the adrenalin capital of the World

    Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
    Today we journey to Queenstown along the shores of the photogenic Lake Wakatipu. Once we arrive at the adventure capital of New Zealand you have a huge selection of activities to choose from. There is everything here, from adrenalin pumping bungy, canyon swing and skydiving to a relaxing horse trek or boat cruise – this place has it all. There are great tracks around the lake ideal for bikers and hikers and all with wonderful views of this alpine region.

    Camping isn’t feasible in this bustling alpine village, for the next two nights we stay in dorm-share accommodation in a centrally located hostel. Perfect for making the most of all Queenstown as to offer.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Bike Rides: Queenstown offers a variety of different trails, so head out on your bike once we arrive in town

    Walks and Hikes: Plenty of walks we can recommend once we have arrived in Queenstown. If you’re into taking on a hill for views or leisure lakefront strolling, Queenstown won’t disappoint!

    Optional Activities: Bungy jumping, canyon swing, skydiving, horse riding, boat cruise plus much more! There really is something for everyone in Queenstown!

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: A great centrally located hostel - included free with your trip!

    Day 9: Queenstown. Enjoy a full day to explore this wonderful alpine town with panoramic views & adventure options galore!

    Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
    With so much to do we spend another day in fantastic Queenstown with the opportunity to enjoy those once in a lifetime experiences (don’t forget to try the legendary and very tasty fergburger!). Routeburn Track walkers re-join the group here with time to try the many exciting activities this vibrant city has to offer. Tonight you get the opportunity to dine out at one of Queenstown’s many delicious eateries - a great chance for your group to enjoy a true kiwi feast (own cost).

    Rightfully regarded as the adrenalin capital of New Zealand (if not, the World) Queenstown has something for every taste. It is also a spectacular location, nestled beside the deep blue of Lake Wakatipu by the foot of the Remarkables Range. Queenstown thrives year round with its superb alpine facilities and ski slopes - it was recently voted one of the top 25 cities in the World by a top travel magazine and we know why!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Bike Rides: Awesome bike options if you have a free day you can choose short or longer cycling experiences that will take you past jaw dropping landscapes, vineyards, great cafes and more!

    Walks and Hikes: Plenty of mountains you can hike to enjoy inspirational views of Lake Wakatipu and the alpine surrounds!

    Optional Activities: Bungy jumping, canyon swing, skydiving, horse riding, boat cruise plus much more! There really is something for everyone in Queenstown!

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: A great centrally located hostel - included free with your trip!

    Day 10: Queenstown

    Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
    Another chance to try any of the numerous activities including bungy, canyon swing, skydive, paraglide, horse trek or gondola ride - to name a few! This is the last day of the tour and there is plenty to keep you busy with options to extend the trip or stay on for more fun and frolics in the stunning, adrenalin capital. We say our final farewells by 2:00pm.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Optional activities (own cost): Too many to list something for everyone (see our website or ask us for details)

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Picton Railway Station, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    11:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    The Station Information and Booking Centre, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

2

Organised by Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours

Activity ID: 85672P10

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