Wilderness Explorer’s Dream: South Island Outdoor Escapade

Wilderness Explorer’s Dream: South Island Outdoor Escapade

Welcome to an unforgettable 14-night journey through the diverse and breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand. This adventure promises to immerse you in nature, culture, and exhilarating experiences. From the pristine beaches of Abel Tasman to the rugged terrain of Aoraki Mount Cook, and from the tranquil moments in Kaikoura to the adrenaline-pumping activities in Queenstown.

Wilderness Explorer’s Dream: South Island Outdoor Escapade

New Zealand > South Island > Abel Tasman National Park > Nelson & Marlborough > Kaikoura > Mt Cook/Mt Aoraki > Queenstown & Wanaka 

17 Days, 14 Nights

Your adventure begins in the charming city of Nelson, where you’ll spend two nights at the Rutherford Hotel. Nestled on the South Island’s northern coast, Nelson is known for its vibrant arts scene and golden beaches. Wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast at the hotel. During your stay, explore local craft markets, visit art galleries, or simply relax on the beautiful beaches.

Next, embark on a 3-day adventure in Abel Tasman National Park. This experience combines kayaking and walking, allowing you to explore the park’s pristine beaches and lush forests. Your accommodation is provided, and most meals are included, offering you an immersive nature experience. Paddle along the turquoise waters, hike through the verdant trails, and discover the untouched beauty of this coastal paradise.

Pick up your intermediate car hire for the next 9 days. Enjoy the freedom to explore New Zealand’s picturesque landscapes at your own pace. Drive through scenic routes, stop at charming towns, and create your own adventure. Each turn of the road reveals new surprises and photo-worthy moments.

In Kaikoura, you’ll enjoy a one-night stay at the Sudima Kaikoura, including breakfast. The next day, prepare for an exhilarating Kaikoura Whale Watching Cruise. Witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, an experience that will leave you in awe of the marine world’s grandeur.

En route to Christchurch, stop to relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs. Unwind with a soothing spa experience, making the most of your spa pass. The therapeutic hot pools and serene environment provide the perfect setting to unwind and rejuvenate.

Grab some groceries and a good bottle of wine before heading out to your amazing Purepod stay.

Nestled in the Canterbury region, the unique Korimako Purepod offers you an immersive experience in nature. The stunning glass design allows you to stargaze from your bed, providing an unparalleled connection to the environment. Wake up to the sight of the Southern Alps and spend your days exploring the untouched beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is your next destination. Stay at the Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook for two nights, surrounded by the towering peaks of the Southern Alps. Experience The Adventurer - Tasman Glacier Hike, a thrilling journey through a glacial wonderland. Marvel at the immense ice formations and sweeping vistas.

Your final destination is the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Check into the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, your home for the next four nights. Each day is filled with excitement:

• Full-day Routeburn Guided Walk: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Fiordland National Park, walking through ancient beech forests and crossing crystal-clear streams.

• Funyaks Safari: Embark on a unique adventure through the Dart River, showcasing the wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park as you navigate the swirling waters in inflatable canoes.

• Jetboat Ride: Experience the thrill of high-speed jet boating on Queenstown’s scenic waterways, with 360-degree spins and stunning scenery.

• Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly: Discover the enchanting Milford Sound from the air and water. Witness majestic fjords, towering waterfalls, and the abundant wildlife in its natural habitat.

This comprehensive itinerary ensures you make the most of your New Zealand adventure, offering a perfect blend of relaxation, culture, and adventure. From the tranquility of Kaikoura to the adrenaline-pumping activities in Queenstown, this journey captures the essence of New Zealand’s diverse and breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy the freedom of exploration, guided experiences, and the comfort of excellent accommodations as you create lifelong memories in this stunning country.



  • Nelson: Abel Tasman National Park
  • Kaikour: Whale Wathing
  • Hanmer Springs: Spa Pass
  • Christchurch: Purepod stay
  • Mt. Cook: Tasman Glacier Hike
  • Queenstown: Wineries bike experience, Routburn guided walk, funyaks safari, jetboat ride, Milford Sound and Gondala with dinner and luge


  • Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Nelson, returning from Queenstown
  • 2 nights Nelson, Rutherford Hotel including breakfast
  • 2 night/3 day Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk including accommodation, guided touring and most meals
  • 9 Days Intermediate Car Hire including unlimited mileage
  • 1 night Kaikoura, Sudima Kaikoura including breakfast
    • Kaikoura Whale Watching Cruise
    • Hanmer Springs Spa Pass
  • 2 nights Motunau, Korimako Purepod
  • 2 nights Mount Cook, Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook
    • The Adventurer – Tasman Glacier Hike
  • 5 nights Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside or similar, including breakfast
    • Full-day Routeburn Guided Walk
    • Funyaks Safari
    • Jetboat Ride
    • Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee


Based on departures

Price per person from*

Based on Double Occupancy

April 1- April 30, 2024 8449
May 1 - June 28, 2024 8079
June 29 - July 24, 2024 8859
July 25 - September 25, 2024 8379
September 26 - October 16, 2024 9349

Group Size

Independent Vacation


April 1, 2024 - June 28, 2024


From $8079 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Valid for weekday departures and weekend returns April 1 - June 28, 2024. Transpacific departures Fri – Sun incur a $50 fee each direction. Advertised pricing reflects low season pricing. Seasonal surcharges apply for travel outside this season. Must be booked by December 31, 2023. Black-out dates may apply. Prices are current at time of posting (3/16/2024) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed, due to fare increases and currency fluctuations. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice.  Please call for our current prices. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.

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