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  • 7 day multi-activity
  • 5 nights hotel/motel
  • 1 night boat
  • 1 Dinner
  • 6 Lunches
  • 6 Breakfasts

7 Days$2595USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10

Trip Code: SEN

Trip highlights

  • Indulge in the peacefulness and beauty of Doubtful Sound onboard a luxury overnight cruise
  • Explore the many nature walks and try spotting a Kiwi on the remote and pristine Stewart Island
  • Hike through the beautiful Catlins National Park
  • Get up close to the Otago Peninsula wildlife such as penguins and albatrosses
  • Hike beneath New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook (Aorangi)
  • Discover the heart of the South, New Zealand's Scottish capital!
  • Take a boat ride to enjoy an up close encounter of the Tasman Glacier with its towering ice-cliffs and huge floating icebergs

Come with us while we take you on some awesome New Zealand activities on our Southern Encounter tour from Queenstown to Christchurch via the undiscovered secrets of the deep South of the South Island.

Small groups travelling in modern, comfortable 16 seater buses for maximum enjoyment. Over the 7 days we will take you on activites such as: hiking, wildlife watching and kiwi spotting! Stay the night at quality accommodation in great and unique locations. Our friendly, supportive and qualified guides will make this an experience never to forget.

Important: The night before your tour is to depart your guide will call your pre tour accommodation to advise what time they will collect you the following morning. (Please make sure you have given us information as to where you are staying). If you are not around when your guide calls they will leave a message at reception – its really important that you check with reception if you have not heard from your guide directly. If for any reason you have not heard from your guide by the morning of the tour please call us in the NZ office on 0800 00 11 66 (from within NZ). Starting with a pick up after breakfast at Queenstown, our trip travels down the lake and into rural Southland. Across the rolling plains, the trip arrives at Te Anau and the chance for a quick break, before continuing the short drive down to Lake Manapouri. Here we leave the vehicle and start the trip into Doubtful Sound, firstly by launch across the lake, and then by coach over the spectacular Wilmot Pass and finally down into the Sound. Here we board our floating hotel and locate your cabin to begin the magic overnight cruise into this zone of natural quiet.

Meals:  L,D

The evening spent among the beech covered sound is followed by the morning spent nosing around various parts of the sound, often experiencing dolphins and seals on the shore. By midday we are back on the coach and retrace our path via Wilmot Pass and the launch. Then by coach we drive through to the southern most town of Bluff in time to catch the ferry across to Stewart Island and our most recent National Park: Rakiura NP.

Meals:  B,L

With only 29kms of road, Stewart Island is special and rapidly developing the reputation for the new frontier. There is a wealth of things to do, from a visit to the wildlife on Ulva Island, hiking the local tracks, or trying your hand at sea kayaking. The day is completely unstructured and yours to pursue as you wish - challenging, relaxing or even getting up close to our little native kiwi!

Meals:  B

Having experienced our free day on the Island, we depart this morning again by ferry to regain the coach. Heading up the east coast we enter the Catlins conservation park with its many magical locations and experiences. The fossilised forest on the beach, beautiful hidden waterfalls and/or remote lighthouses make this a day of discovery before locating our accommodation on the beach front for the night.

Meals:  B,L

Today we are Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula bound which takes us through the remainder of the Catlins and onto the rural plains leading into Dunedin, student capital of NZ! Sheltering the harbour is the Otago Peninsula and at the headlands is a wildlife treat with NZ’s only mainland Albatross colony. On the way back we get to visit NZ’s only historic castle on the hillside above the city before settling in and enjoying the local shopping.

Meals:  B,L

Mount Cook is spectacular and rises above the hermitage and the village nestled beneath the peaks and glaciers of the area. The 3.5 hour drive to get there is a delight as we track up the coast and then inland to the vastness of the tussock covered Mackenzie Basin and the huge glacial lakes. Once at the village we have a three hour easy hike on well formed tracks to the Hooker Glacier lake with superb mountain views. For further exploration – or as a less active alternative, the new Sir Edmund Hillary museum provides endless entertainment, - before an evening meal beneath the peaks of the Southern Alps.

Meals:  B,L

Few people get the chance to get up close and personal with a glacier and this morning we join a boat trip on the rapidly expanding terminal lake of the Tasman Glacier. The rigid hulled inflatables get us well up into the glacier and we receive a great interpretation understanding of the time we are ‘in the ice’. Back in our coach, we drive via Lake Tekapo and onto a farm lunch and a final kiwi family experience. A last sector back over the Canterbury Plains has us in Christchurch by early evening. Here we say our goodbyes as we each head in our own direction and the tour ends.

Meals:  B,L


  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 5 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation based on a twin share basis
  • 1 overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound, with shared facilities
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • Private vehicle transport (except Stewart Island ferry)
  • Ferry to/from Stewart Island
  • Tasman Glacier Explorer boat trip
  • Visit to albatross colony on Otago Peninsula
  • All hikes as indicated including National Park fees
  • Specialist guides for non-walking activities
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Optional activities on Stewart Island
  • Personal expenses (eg. Phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips

About Your Leader

Our Guides are one of our biggest assets. We pride ourselves on the standard and quality of these great people who you will be spending your holiday with. They come from all walks of life but they all have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, heaps of fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you. We provide you with the services of two guides for many of our trips, (this may depend on the size of the group). All are certified in first aid and CPR and many are very experienced hiking guides. To check out more about our guides see ‘Our Team’ page on our website (

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Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed South Island Multi-Activity Adventure trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

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Award Winning Adventures

Enhancing your journey with authentic experiences, genuine cultural exchange and real exploration are the focal points on all of our adventures. In 2019, we were crowned by our peers as the best in adventure travel at The Travel Awards in Sydney.

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Responsible travel is at the heart of every program we offer as a fundamental and long held philosophy. When you book one of our 100% carbon offset adventures you’re supporting true sustainability in the protection of local communities, natural environments and wildlife.

Ultimate Value

 When you book one of our adventures, you will receive quality services at the best prices with plenty of inclusions. There are no hidden costs, single travellers don’t pay more and you’ll enjoy many ‘extra touches’ that ensure your holiday is excellent value for money.

Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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