• Topdeck group photo rafting

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 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…

Heads up! This trip is a lil shorter (just two days) than our 2024-2025 departures. On this trip, you’ll get two in one – your Trip Leader is also your Driver. 

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. Christchurch (South Island, New Zealand)


    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

  3. Franz Josef Glacier Region – Queenstown

  4. Queenstown

  5. Queenstown, including Milford Sound

  6. Queenstown

  7. Queenstown – Arrowtown – Lake Ohau

  8. Lake Ohau – Lake Tekapo – Christchurch


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



-4 nights in hostels (twin or double), 2 nights in lodges (twin or double), 1 night in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double)


- 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 $585

- Scenic flight over Franz Josef: from $385

- Jet boating in Queenstown: from $139

- Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $249

- Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $205

- Skydiving in Queenstown: from $299

- Funyaking in Queenstown: from $399

- Wilderness Jet adventure in Queenstown: from $279

- Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River: from $219

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

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  • Renee Ko December 2023
  • Neve Wa November 2023
  • Kristina Gr November 2023

    Loved everything except The Kiwi Experience place

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