New Zealand Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
South Island: Christchurch to Queenstown
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After this trip, the bar will be forever raised. Other coasts will seem less striking. Even mountains will pale in comparison. So many spectacular views. And incredible moments. From Kura Tawhiti's limestone monoliths to shimmering Lake Wanaka. After these nine days in New Zealand, your next vacation will have big shoes to fill.
- Hike through the unmatched natural wonders and sacred sites of the South Island—it's a Kiwi tradition!
- Explore the small towns of Franz Josef and Lake Wanaka, absolute gems of the South Island
- Discover the adventurer's paradise of scenic Queenstown, where architectural interest meets breathtaking views
- Experience a variety of landscapes, from alpine tundra to dramatic coastal rain forest trails to seaside
Tramp through the spectacularly beautiful South Island | Hike to a Maori sacred site, Kura Tawhiti, a gorgeous set of limestone outcroppings | Behold beech forests and alpine lakes as you ascend to a sheep-station hut | Bird-lovers rejoice: look for tiny rifleman and gregarious alpine parrots called kea | Soak up superb views during a hike to the summit of Arthur's Pass.
Tour the historic gold-rush town of Hokitika | Hike Franz Josef Glacier, one of the few glaciers in the world that descends into a temperate rain forest | Swap rain forest for pounding surf at Munro Beach and search for pounamu, the native jade | Explore the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area—choose hiking, swimming or canoeing with a naturalist on Lake Moeraki.
Stroll the shore of Lake Wanaka and visit the bustling town of Wanaka | Experience jaw-dropping Milford Sound, New Zealand's most famous fjord, on an optional excursion | Take a swing bridge across the West Matukituki River and climb to a spectacular viewpoint below the Rob Roy hanging glacier.
Explore the Central Otago wine region and enjoy a tasting of some of the best Pinot Noir in the world | Discover picturesque Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, situated near scenic Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by breathtaking views of the Remarkables mountain range.
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.
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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
2020 Private Trip Pricing
- 10 or more guests: from $6,099 pp dbl occ
- 9 Guests: from $6,599 pp dbl occ
- 8 Guests: from $6,799 pp dbl occ
- 2-7 Guests: Give us a call or reach out here!
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