Kia Ora - New Zealand S1


100% pure New Zealand adrenalin!


The south island of New Zealand's spectacular landscape provides the backdrop to some of the world's best adventure and adrenalin activities. This 9 day / 8 night trip takes in the best of what the South Island has to offer by including some awesome activities while also giving you the free time to do more. Our local Kiwi guide will make sure you get to experience as much as possible of this stunningly beautiful country. Kia Ora will truly reveal to you the beauty of this friendly, majestic country.


Night 1 - Pre departure (Sat 15 April)

Arrive at the centrally located hostel in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand, anytime on this day. Your Tour Guide will be based at the accommodation and will hold a Welcome Meeting at 8pm. (24 hour check in service at reception) and your name will be on the Colourful Trips list. Be up early the next morning for the start of your adventure!
Includes: accommodation, welcome meeting

Day 1 - Christchurch to Tekapo

Meet your Tour Guide and fellow adventurers at reception @ 7am. You’ll have time for brekkie before loading the bus and check out. Get to know the South Island’s largest city with a guided orientation tour which will include the Port Hills and Restart Mall – the start of the new city centre rebuild after the 2010 & 2011 earthquakes. 
Following the city tour we’ll then embark on one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives across the Shaky Isles of the South Island with plenty of surprise stops along the way. We’ll then arrive at Lake Tekapo which is the largest of 3 stunning turquoise blue lakes in the central South Island. Head to the Tekapo Hot Springs, so you can sit back, relax and soak in a stunning natural setting with views over the snow-capped Southern Alps.
Later on we’ll head up to Mt John which is known as the best observatory site in New Zealand because of its high number of clear nights throughout the year, the stability and transparency of the atmosphere and uniquely dark skies in the Mackenzie Basin.
Dinner this evening is self-catered and your guide will recommend places at Lake Tekapo.
Includes: coach travel, surprise stops, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, entry to the Tekpo Hot Spring, Mt John Observatory

Day 2 - Tekapo to Wanaka

We cross the Shaky Isles of the South Island today passing through the spectacular scenery of the majestic Southern Alps seeing the scenery made famous in movies such as the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Narnia. We then arrive into Wanaka and you’ll explore this stunning region on foot to discover panoramic views of the surrounding towering peaks!
Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the rest of the town as you like and if you are unsure then just check with your guide what’s on offer – we highly recommend mountain biking around the lake or hire a kayak or paddleboard to get out on the water.
Enjoy a quintessential kiwi BQ this evening organised by your guide.
Includes: coach travel, surprise stops, accommodation, breakfast, BBQ dinner, guided hike.

Day 3 - Wanaka to Queenstown

Take in the spectacular views today as you journey through the Southern Alps and over the Crown Range - the highest main road in New Zealand, with great views and gold mining history - it's a unique trip not to be missed. We’ll make plenty of stops along the way to include Cardrona Hotel and quaint historic Arrowtown.
We arrive into Queenstown early afternoon and you’ll enjoy a walking orientation tour of the town with free time to plan and explore the adventure capital of New Zealand!
Includes:  coach travel, surprise stops, accommodation, and breakfast

Day 4 - Shotover Jet

Today we’ll discover exactly why Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. Head out for a morning of thrills and spills with Shotover Jet as we reach speeds of over 85kph through narrow canyons – it really is New Zealand’s most thrilling jet boat ride so hold on tight!
This afternoon you have free time and there’s no shortage of things to do! From Bungy Jumping to Skydiving, Zip Lining, Canyoning, White water rafting, Kayaking and many more, this is also a hot spot for any Hobbit or Lord of the Rings fans that may want to embark on a tour of Middle Earth.
Lovers of the great outdoors are spoilt for choice with an abundance of fantastic hikes and mountain bike trails around the area too. Whatever takes your fancy, your tour guide will be able to help with suggestions and arrangements, and ensure you make the most of your time here.
Tonight we enjoy dinner at Fergburger – an absolute must do! Following dinner it’s time to check out the bars of Queenstown with an abundance on offer including entry to the famous Ice Bar!
Includes:  accommodation, breakfast, dinner, Shotover Jet Boat, Queenstown Bar Crawl

Day 5 - Queenstown - Free Day

Today you have an entire free day to pick an activity of choice. We would highly recommend a day trip to the majestic Milford Sound. For those adrenaline junkies then Queenstown Rafting is the ultimate adventure activity! 
If you fancy kicking back and chilling then your guide will arrange some low cost or free activities on the lakefront.
Dinner tonight is self-catered and your guide will provide advice and options galore.
Includes:  accommodation, breakfast

Day 6 - Queenstown - Haka!

Today is your chance to tick off what you didn’t have time to do yesterday as you have the most part of the day free to explore.
Later this afternoon we’ll head over to Skyline Queenstown and take a Gondola to 450 meters above Queenstown where you can marvel at the epic views. We’ll then check out the Luge which is a must-do activity! After Luge we’ll take you on a cultural journey of New Zealand as you step into the world of Maori and learn about the customs and traditions, including the world famous Haka!
Following Skyline, we head into town and enjoy a group dinner in Queenstown.
Includes:  accommodation, breakfast, dinner, return gondola ride, 3 luge passes, Maori Cultural Experience

Day 7 - Sheep Farm Experience

Today we head north through wool country and stop for a delicious BBQ lunch followed by an informative and interactive sheep shearing / dog working exhibition. Continuing onto alpine lakes and views of Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, before arriving back in Christchurch for our final night dinner to swap stories, exchange addresses and give teary farewells to all the great people you've met on tour. 
Includes: coach travel, accommodation, sheep shearing display, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 - Check out

Depending on your return flight time you have today free to do as you wish. Grab a souvenir or check out the restoration of Christchurch after the earthquake. If leaving the next day make sure you get to Hanmer Springs for the best natural hot springs in the country!
Includes: breakfast

Booking conditions:

  • This tour does not include airfare to/from Christchurch
  • Travel insurance is compulsory and and must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. We also recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
  • In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. Unfortunately no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including but not limited to missed flights, adventure activities, meals or sightseeing.
  • Under no circumstances can Colourful Trips be held responsible for extreme weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of extreme weather conditions.
  • It is the responsibility of each passenger to arrange suitable pre and post tour transport and accommodation to connect with and complete each tour. Any delays in connections are not the responsibility of Colourful Trips and it will be the responsibility of the passenger to catch up the tour, if required, at their expense.
  • If you need to cancel any tour you must notify us of that cancellation in writing or by email and charges apply.
  • No refund applies to non attendance, cancellations or transfers 30 days prior to a trip departing.
  • A 20% administration fee will apply to non attendance, cancellations or transfers greater than 30 days prior to departure.

From A$1,350.00

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7 days a week

Pick-up Points

YHA Christchurch

Drop off Points

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