• Delve Deep New Zealand South Island

Delve Deep: New Zealand South Island

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Trip Overview

(Previously called: Southern Explorer) TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. Take one week 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 Mackenzie Region, 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…
On this trip, we’ll be staying in a range of local accommodation – mixed-sex couples travelling together may be separated on some nights.

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Trip itinerary

  1. Christchurch (South Island, New Zealand)

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

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. Christchurch – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier Region

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  3. Franz Josef Glacier Region – Queenstown

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  4. Queenstown

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  5. Queenstown, including Milford Sound

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  6. Queenstown

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  7. Queenstown – Arrowtown – Lake Ohau

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  8. Lake Ohau – Lake Tekapo – Christchurch

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What's included

Included experiences

  • - Visit Hokitika
  • - Visit Lake Matheson
  • - Stay in the scenic Franz Josef region
  • - Scenic cruise on Milford Sound (including lunch)
  • - Mountain biking excursion in Arrowtown
  • - Orientation walk of Christchurch with Trip Leader

Accommodation

- 4 nights in hostels (twin-share), 2 nights in lodges (quad-share), 1 night in hotel-style accommodation (triple-share) Please note: on nights 1, 2 and 7 (Christchurch, Franz Josef and Lake Ohau) you may stay in larger rooms (up to quad-share) with travellers of the same gender. Mixed-sex couples travelling together may be separated on these nights.

Transport

- Air-conditioned minicoach

Optional activities

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

- Glacier Heli-hike excursion in Franz Josef Glacier region: from $485

- Scenic flight over Franz Josef: from $280

- Jet boating in Queenstown: from $129

- Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $199

- Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $205

- Skydiving in Queenstown: from $299

- Funyaking in Queenstown: from $299

- Wilderness Jet adventure in Queenstown: from $209

- Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River: from $199

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

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  • Anonymous October 2022

    New Zealand was beautiful, however I wouldn't travel again with Topdeck. The accommodation was beyond disappointing, just cheap and I felt like I was on a high school camp. I was unaware when I booked and was under the impression it was "hotel-style accommodation" and lodges but they were all hostels and the cheapest rooms. It wasn't for me. I was also disappointed by the lack of organisation by topdeck, most of the activities we were advised were happening never did, Glow Worm caves in Franz Josef....was nothing just a forest that our tour guide didn't take us on. All the activities in Queenstown weren't booked in advance and booked out by the time we got there, so badly organised and I travelled all that way for nothing.

  • Anonymous October 2022

    Too much driving and less time to experience especially before we reached Qtown. Heli-hike didn’t go ahead due to weather and guide told us out of 44 times he has done this tour help-hike only went ahead 6 times. It shouldn’t have been promoted without this disclaimer that it is very rare Occassion it will go ahead. I paid extra premium on my travel insurance to cover for help-hike. If I was aware it rarely goes ahead I might have reconsidered buying this add-on.

  • Anonymous August 2022

    Had the best time during my trip to NZ.

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