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South Island New Zealand - Nature & Birding Experience

A tour planned for visitors to experience the stunning rugged beauty of South Island. Explore the ancient forests, its rugged coastlines, high gradient mountains, glaciers, roaring rivers and beaches. Take the time to relax and absorb these stunning surrounds, experience this land of the long white cloud, with an experience that will stay with you for a long long time.

Explore the amazing and unique birdlife. NZ has 396 recorded species to be precise, (85 of which are endemics), and use this opportunity to take some breathtaking photos!

Duration

13 days

Voucher

Mobile ticket

  • What's included :
    • 11x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 11x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 12 nights
    •  All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles
    • Accomodation as specified
    •  Local ENGLISH speaking guides
    •  All entrance fees as program
    •  All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program
    •  2 bottles of mineral water per person per day. On the busing during transfers and sightseeing only
    •  Government tax and service charge
    • Entry/Admission - Purakaunui Falls Walk
    • Entry/Admission - Devils Punchbowl Walking Track
    • Entry/Admission - i-SITE Christchurch Airport
    What's excluded :
    •  Travel insurance (compulsory)
    •  Airfares (international and domestic)
    •  Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
    •  Early check in or late check
    • Drinks
    • Visas
    •  Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
    •  Mineral water beyond that supplied
    •  Optional excursions and activities
    •  Items of a personal nature
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Christchurch (- / - / D)

    Stop At: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
    Settle in an meet fellow group members. If time allows it explore the immediate area.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: The George Hotel


    Day 2: Christchurch (B/ L/ D)

    Stop At: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
    Visit parks and drive interesting highways like the Great alpine route.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: The George Hotel

    Day 3: Christchurch – lake Pukaki – Lake Wanaka - Queenstown (B/ L/ D)

    Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    A drive through the dramatc landscape of Lake Pukaki & Lake Wanaka,covered with snowy mountains and lakes to the picturesque town of Queesnstown. Stopping to explore and take photographs.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Matakauri Lodge

    Day 4: Queenstown – Purakaunui falls (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: Purakaunui Falls Walk, Purakaunui Falls Road, Catlins coastal area, Papatowai New Zealand
    Continue to explore this area
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Kepplestone by the sea

    Day 5: Purakaunui falls – Stewart Island (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: Stewart Island, Stewart Island, Southland Region, South Island
    Travel across to the Island for its unique wildlife protected from many invasive species found on the mainland.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: South Sea Hotel

    Day 6: Stewart Island (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: Stewart Island, Stewart Island, Southland Region, South Island
    Enjoy this place of natural beauty
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: South Sea Hotel

    Day 7: Stewart Island – Milford Sound- Fjordland (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: Fiordland National Park, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
    Move onto this ancient landscape of high cliffs with gushing waterfalls in an almost surreal setting
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Ribbonwood retreat

    Day 8: Milford Sound-fjordland (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: Fiordland National Park, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
    Day of exploring the area
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Ribbonwood retreat

    Day 9: Milford Sound-fjordland – Franz Josef Glacier (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), West Coast Region, South Island
    Move onto another landscape of grey rivers and blue ice glaciers and if you are lucky witness large pieces of ice breaking into the river. Be entertained by the ever present Kea parrots.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Rain Forest Retreat

    Day 10: Franz Josef Glacier (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), West Coast Region, South Island
    Depending on the previous days timeline explore this area further.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Rain Forest Retreat

    Day 11: Franz Josef Glacier – Devils Punchbowl (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: Devils Punchbowl Walking Track, Punchbowl Road, off State Highway 73, Arthur's Pass National Park New Zealand
    Absorb the scenic beauty and capture them in your cameras
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Arthurs Pass

    Day 12: Devils Punchbowl - Christchurch

    Stop At: Devils Punchbowl Walking Track, Punchbowl Road, off State Highway 73, Arthur's Pass National Park New Zealand
    Scenic drive back to Christchurch stopping at all areas of interest on the way.
    Duration: 10 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Arthurs Pass

    Day 13: Tour Ends (B/ L/ -)

    Stop At: i-SITE Christchurch Airport, 30 Durey Road Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053 New Zealand
    Departure day
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We need your flight details if we did not book your flights for youAirports
    • Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

8

Organised by Side Street Explorers

Activity ID: V-122342P78

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