New Zealand South Island Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $5,899 - $6,749 /person

9 days

8 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual & Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

New Zealand South Island Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

9 days

8 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual & Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Nov-Dec 2025: Jan-Feb

From $5,899 - $6,749 /person

Dolce Tempo Journey - Mountains & Rugged Coast from Christchurch to Queenstown

Imagine the world on a geological time scale. Volcanoes blossoming from the bottom of the ocean and poking their heads up out of the sea. Glaciers creeping like caterpillars, carving valleys from the earth. It’s difficult to picture—but it’s easier once you’ve seen New Zealand. Everything here exists on a different scale. Epic peaks, enormous glaciers, sprawling jungles. Ready for a new perspective? The South Island is waiting.

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Walking
E-biking
Raft

Highlights

  • Discover the South Island, a unique playground for outdoor fun as you e-bike, stroll and raft your way across these stunning settings for an adventure you’ll never forget
  • Explore the quaint villages and unique landscapes that define this youthful nation, and enjoy learning about its fascinating history—both geological and cultural
  • Experience one-of-a-kind hospitality at our casual hotels—enjoy stargazing from mountain retreats, views of snow-dusted peaks and dense rain forests
  • Sample the culinary riches of this island paradise, from tender lamb and other local specialties to the famous Pinot Noir of New Zealand’s burgeoning wine culture

 

 

New Zealand South Island Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour map

New Zealand

Start Christchurch

End Queenstown

Airports & Travel details*

* Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Meet your Trip Leaders in Christchurch, the oldest city in New Zealand • Travel to Arthur's Pass, soaking up the vistas along the way • Meet a sheep farmer and learn how New Zealand became the go-to producer of merino wool • Relax with a good book at our charming wilderness lodge, where expansive windows frame vistas of the towering Southern Alps.

Accommodations

Night 1

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Arthur's Pass
Casual Hotel

A welcoming mountain retreat and high-country sheep station surrounded by a beech forest and frosted peaks.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

Revel in stunning vistas of the Tasman Sea, bordered by glaciers and rain forests • Cruise by e-bike along the peaceful rural roads • Explore charming Hokitika, the setting of Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries • Meander through Westland National Park, taking time to photograph the quickly receding face of Franz Josef Glacier • Experience some of New Zealand’s gold-rush history in the quaint coastal village of Okarito • Opt for a scenic helicopter ride above the imposing glaciers • Enjoy local cuisine and fresh produce at our peaceful retreat in the woods.

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Franz Josef
*Premiere Hotel

A serene hotel that provides for every comfort—even offering a pillow menu. (spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-5

Description

Walk around Lake Matheson and take in the views of snow-capped Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak • Take advantage of the lodge’s many activities, from a leisurely kayak on Lake Moeraki to star gazing • Amble to Munro Beach or learn about forest ecology with a lodge naturalist • Cozy up at our riverside lodge for the next two nights.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
Lake Moeraki
Casual Hotel

This riverside lodge offers cozy guest rooms and excellent cuisine in a remote rain forest setting.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 6-7

Description

Feel the sea breeze on an e-bike ride to the sleepy fishing village of Jackson Bay • Journey from the verdant coast up and over the Southern Alps to the golden hills surrounding Lake Wanaka Explore the Haast World Heritage area, dotted with waterfalls and home to some of the country’s highest mountains and largest glaciers • Walk to a spectacular viewpoint below the iconic Rob Roy hanging glacier in Mount Aspiring National Park.

Accommodations

Nights 6-7

Edgewater Resort Hotel
Lake Wanaka
Casual Hotel

On the shore of Lake Wanaka with views of the magnificent Southern Alps. (spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 8-9

Description

Relax at a pebble beach or stroll the quiet streets of picturesque Wanaka • Opt to take a flight to the unforgettable landscapes of Milford Sound • Experience New Zealand’s burgeoning wine culture in this region famous for its Pinot Noir • Step out of your front door to raft the Kawarau River with expert local guides • Stroll the picturesque streets of historic Queenstown • Extend your stay with another adventure or some rest and relaxation in town.

Accommodations

Night 8

Millbrook Resort
Arrowtown
*Premiere Hotel

Set on a sprawling estate, this luxurious retreat offers style, tranquility and mountain views. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

In order to access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, strategic shuttles are incorporated into several days of our itinerary. Most will be limited to an hour or so at a time, but on some days you can expect to spend a bit more time in the shuttle—though always to reach a worthwhile destination!

Bike Routes

Due to a significant rise in tourism in New Zealand, the South Island has seen an increase in car traffic along its western coast. As a result, we do not ride on the iconic State Highway 6 (SH6). While our shuttles are often on this coastal road, we ride on scenic bike routes off the main highway to ensure your safety while still delivering as much of New Zealand's grandeur and stunning scenery.

Accommodations

While our hotels are some of the finest in New Zealand, the relaxed Kiwi approach to service is reflected in the hotels on this trip—they are down-to-earth, without a lot of bells and whistles, and may not offer the level of customer service that you might be used to.

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Hotels

Adventure-Ready Hotels

Ideally located with ready access to trip activities, our Casual hotels are also known for their character and charm.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Arthur's Pass

Casual Hotel

A welcoming mountain retreat and high-country sheep station surrounded by a beech forest and frosted peaks.

Nights 2-3

Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Franz Josef

*Premiere Hotel

A serene hotel that provides for every comfort—even offering a pillow menu. (spa)

Nights 4-5

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
Lake Moeraki

Casual Hotel

This riverside lodge offers cozy guest rooms and excellent cuisine in a remote rain forest setting.

Nights 6-7

Edgewater Resort Hotel
Lake Wanaka

Casual Hotel

On the shore of Lake Wanaka with views of the magnificent Southern Alps. (spa)

Night 8

Millbrook Resort
Arrowtown

*Premiere Hotel

Set on a sprawling estate, this luxurious retreat offers style, tranquility and mountain views. (pool, spa)

From $5,899 - $6,749 /person

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Bikes

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

From $5,899 - $6,749 /person

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