• Topdeck tour group posing for a photo during their tour across Mou Waho Island

Delve Deep: New Zealand South Island

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Trip overview

TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. Take 10 days of pure unadulterated Kiwi adventures and turn them into a trip of a lifetime. From the adrenalin-pumping capital of Queenstown to the jaw-dropping scenery of Franz Josef, Milford Sound and Wanaka, this is your chance to see all this great southern island has to offer – with a bunch of mates just as stoked to be here as you are. It’s time to dive in: you ready?

Worth noting…
Departing on 18 Oct 2024? Your final night will be at Lake Tekapo instead of Lake Ohau. On this trip, you’ll get two in one – your Trip Leader is also your Driver. FYI all optionals are weather dependent.

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. Christchurch (South Island, New Zealand)


    One minute you’re stuck in that boring home routine, next minute you’re landing in Christchurch, meeting a bunch of people who are 100% different but 100% the same. We’re kicking off this South Island tour with an included group dinner – swap notes on all the weird and wonderful stuff you’re planning to do. Get ready to delve into local hot spots, legendary cities and mind-blowing natural wonders. See you in the morning!

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. Christchurch – Kaikoura – Hamner Springs

  3. Hamner Springs – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier Region

  4. Franz Josef Glacier Region – Lake Matheson – Wanaka

  5. Wanaka – Arrowtown – Queenstown

  6. Queenstown

  7. Queenstown – Te Anau

  8. Te Anau – Milford Sound – Te Anau

  9. Te Anau – Cromwell – Lake Ohau

  10. Lake Ohau – Lake Tekapo – Christchurch


Your Inclusions


  • Visit Kaikoura
  • Visit Hokitika
  • Stay in the scenic Franz Josef Glacier region
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Orientation walk of Wanaka with Trip Leader
  • Arrow River Bridges cycle ride
  • Orientation walk of Queenstown with Trip Leader
  • Scenic cruise on Milford Sound (including lunch)
  • Wine tasting in Central Otago region
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd


- 8 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double), 1 night in a hostel (twin or double)


Air-conditioned minicoach

Your Options

- FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.

- Whale watching in Kaikoura: prices available locally

- Visit Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa: prices available locally

- Kayaking on Lake Mapourika: prices available locally

- Glacier heli-hike excursion in Franz Josef Glacier region: prices available locally

- Bungy jumping in Queenstown: prices available locally

- Gondola and luge adventure in Queenstown: prices available locally

- Jet boating in Queenstown: prices available locally

- Canyon swinging in Queenstown: prices available locally

- Skydiving in Queenstown: prices available locally

- Glow worm cave tour in Te Anau: prices available locally

- Visit Te Anau Bird Sanctuary: free

Views & reviews

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  • Anonymous March 2024

    Very good trip. Your guide Dylan was amazing

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