South Island Organised Trips

Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Depart from Christchurch for the historic French settlement of Akaroa and travel over the unique Banks Peninsula area. Admire the incredible views of Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps from the high summit road and stop for lunch at a café in Akaroa. Board a catamaran for a nature cruise in the harbour and the chance to spot rare Hector’s dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins and other birdlife.

Duration:

9 hours

Doubtful Sound Cruise

Depart from Queenstown for this scenic full-day tour. Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, cross the waters of Lake Manapouri and travel across Wilmot Pass. Upon arrival at Deep Cove, board a catamaran for a three-hour cruise around Doubtful Sound. Glide past waterfalls, rainforest and mountains, looking out for fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and rare Fiordland crested penguins. On the return cruise, the vessel’s engines are turned off so that you can enjoy ‘The Sound of Silence’.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: Daily departures
Included/Excluded:

Includes return transfers to Queenstown hotels.

Gourmet Wine Tour

Depart from Queenstown for this full-day tour of the Central Otago Wine Region which includes a mid-morning cheese tasting in a vineyard garden and a gourmet platter lunch. Visit five premier vineyards in the Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn for tastings, explore New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave and enjoy an interactive experience at The Big Picture Wine Adventure which offers the world’s first visual and sensory wine experience.

Duration:

7 hours

Grand Traverse Flight

Glide high above the beautiful Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland National Parks on this scenic flight which departs from Mount Cook Village. Fly over an enchanting world of ice and snow, turquoise glacial lakes, river systems, remote sheep stations and rainforest. Highlights include some of New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers including the famous Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Every passenger on board can enjoy a window seat.

Duration:

50 minutes

Heli Hike

Explore Franz Josef Glacier, departing from the Franz Josef Glacier base. From here you will enjoy a ten minute helicopter flight to Franz Josef icefall where you will land on the glacier to enjoy up to a two hour hike amongst glacial ice formations with an experienced guide. Equipment will be provided including glacier boots, crampons, socks and a waterproof jacket, but make sure you dress warmly.

Duration:

3 hours

Marlborough Icons Tour

Depart from Blenheim for this full-day tour which journeys through the renowned Marlborough wine region. Visit wineries and enjoy two fine wine experiences including the region’s iconic winery, Cloudy Bay. Continue through the Marlborough Sounds for a unique seafood cruise. Learn about the local history, visit a marine farm and stop to sample some fresh seafood paired with a glass of sauvignon blanc before your return journey.

Duration:

6 hours

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Depart from Queenstown and travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau. Continue along the scenic Milford Road and board the Milford Mariner to sail the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Admire spectacular alpine scenery and look out for wildlife including dolphins and seals. Anchor overnight in Harrison Cove where dinner will be served. After breakfast the next morning, disembark and return to Queenstown.

Duration:

1½ days

Start time: Daily departures from Queenstown

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Enjoy a scenic drive from Dunedin to the Otago Peninsula where you will board the MV Monarch and cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour. Soak up the scenery and spot diverse wildlife basking at Taiaroa Head – the world’s only mainland nesting place for the Northen Royal Albatross. The region is also home to fur seals, dolphins and sea lions and the peninsula is rich in bird life including penguins and nesting birds such as spotted shags.

Duration:

3½ hours

Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu Basin

Discover locations from The Lord of the Rings films on this 4x4 off-road adventure which departs from Queenstown. See The Remarkables (The Misty Mountains), Deer Park Heights (The Battle of the Wargs) and the Kawarau Gorge (Argonath/Pillars of the King). Continue to Arrowtown and experience some off roading as you follow a gold mining road up the river where you can try gold panning before enjoying views of the Wakatipu Basin from Skippers Canyon.

Duration:

4 hours

TranzAlpine Train

Journey aboard the renowned TranzAlpine train from Christchurch and Greymouth via Arthur’s Pass. Enjoy the magnificent alpine scenery as the train crosses the Canterbury Plains and heads through the Southern Alps where it wind its way through the Waimakariri Gorge. The train arrives in Greymouth at 12:45pm which allows you plenty of time to pick up a hire car and continue your journey to the glacier region. The excursion also operates in reverse or as a return.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: Daily departures from Christchurch
Included/Excluded:

Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Whale Watching, Kaikoura

Every whale watching tour is different. Sperm whales are yearround residents so your chances of spotting one are very high. You can also see dusky dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and albatross year round. Dependent on season you can also spot Humpback whales, Pilot whales, Blue whales and Southern Right whales. There are also opportunities to see orcas as well as the world's smallest and rarest dolphin - the Hector's dolphin.

Duration:

3½ hours

Start time: Daily departures from Kaikoura

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