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South Island Outdoor Adventure

Christchurch, Kaikoura, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Otago
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  • Indirect international flights, internal flights and transfers
  • 8 nights in 4-4.5* hotels
  • 3 days' car hire
  • 3-day guided Kayak & Walk tour of Wilson's Abel Tasman
  • 6-day Scenic Queenstown Otago Cycle Trail tour
  • Whale watching tour in Kaikoura
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Days 1-2

Fly from the UK to Christchurch

Day 3

Christchurch

Collect your hire car from the airport and get ready to explore your first destination – Christchurch. Observe the historic trams winding their way through the city, or perhaps enjoy a ride on a punt and glide along the Avon River before taking advantage of the shopping at The Tannery and delectable cuisine in one of the many restaurants. You could even hire a bike and explore the city on two wheels, taking in sights like the Botanic Gardens and Riccarton Bush.

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4* Chateau on the Park Christchurch, a Doubletree by Hilton

Days 4-5

Kaikoura

Drive on to Kaikoura, a wonderful wildlife-watching haven renowned for its whales, dolphins and fur seals. On your first day here, why not go for a hike and take in the breathtaking beauty of the area? You could also visit the fascinating Maori Leap Cave – which comprises staggering twisted rock formations, lava flows, huge stalagmites and stalactites and underground streams. On your second day, you’ll be heading out on a whale-watching tour, where – with a bit of luck – giant sperm whales will be the stars of the show. You’ll also get chance to witness pods of dolphins, wandering albatross and New Zealand fur seals, so be sure to take your camera!

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Whale-watching tour
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4* The White Morph

Day 6

Nelson

Continue your journey to the scenic Nelson. Nestled into the crook of New Zealand’s Tasman Bay, and known for its lush landscapes and friendly fur seals, there’s plenty to do here, including hiking, kayaking, fishing and canyoning. You can even embark on a helicopter ride over the Lord of the Rings filming spots for Rivendell, Dimrill Dale and many more, or why not set off along the Great Taste Trail to discover delicious local flavours at vineyards, breweries and orchards?

Included Excursion:
3-day Wilsons Abel Tasman guided walk & kayak
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Days 7-8

Wilsons Abel Tasman Tour

Get ready because today you’ll be setting off on a three-day guided walking tour of the incredible Abel Tasman National Park. Along the route, you’ll take in mature beech and rata forests, as well as secluded golden beaches and beautiful bays like Torrent Bay. Included is a Vista Cruise so you can take in the views from the water, as well as the opportunity to kayak. Keep your eyes peeled for fur seals and dolphins as well as little blues – the world’s smallest (and most adorable) penguins!

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Day 9

Nelson

Your tour of Abel Tasman finishes today, so you’ll be heading back to Nelson for the evening before flying to Queenstown. If you didn’t get chance to before, why not go for a hike or hire mountain bikes and explore the surrounding countryside and coastline?

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Days 10-11

Queenstown

Catch your flight to Queenstown, the heart of New Zealand’s South Island and its adventure capital. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’re in the right place, as there’s everything from bungee jumping and sky diving to jet boating and river rafting here. Of course, being at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range and with Lake Wakatipu as its neighbour, the views are spectacular, best seen from the Skyline Gondola – just don’t forget your camera.

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4.5* Heritage Queenstown

Days 12-16

Queenstown Otago Cycle Trail

Today you’ll be heading off on a five-day, four-night cycling tour, following the famous Otago Rail Trail. You’ll enjoy a beautiful ride from Arrowtown to the Kawarau ‘Bungee’ Bridge, before continuing on the 93-mile, vehicle-free trail. Along the way you’ll discover several small towns and abandoned gold diggings, as well as enjoying a ride on the incredible Taieri Gorge Railway into Dunedin. Love a tipple? You can even do a spot of wine tasting at a Central Otago vineyard.

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Day 16

Christchurch

After the tour, arrive back in Christchurch for the final day of your trip. Check out the International Antarctic Centre, an interactive exhibit which allows you to get a taste of the sub-zero conditions of the South Pole. If the weather’s good, perhaps take a wander down to the beautiful Avon Beach and reflect upon an incredible trip around New Zealand’s South Island.

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4* Chateau on the Park Christchurch, a Doubletree by Hilton

Days 17-18

Depart Christchurch and return to the UK

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