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Southern Explorer

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Trip Overview


Take one week of pure unadulterated Kiwi adventures and turn them into a trip of a lifetime. From the adrenalin-pumping capital of Queenstown to the jaw-dropping scenery of Franz Josef, Milford Sound and Mackenzie Region, this is your chance to see all this great southern island has to offer – with a bunch of mates just as stoked to be here as you are. Get off your butt, it’s time to see what all the fuss is about.

Worth noting…

Got more time? Our Kiwi Encounter trip has all this and more - a whole North-Island-more. It's worth checking out, trust us.


Trip Itinerary

  1. Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier region via Hokitika


    One minute you're stuck in that boring home routine, 'nek minnit' you're landing in Christchurch, meeting a bunch of people who are 100% different but 100% the same - and making tracks to one of New Zealand's most famous glaciers. First stop? Historic Hokitika. Head to the beach and find the quirky sculpture made by the locals. Buy a pounamu (greenstone) for good luck. And give 'mountain oysters' a try (hint: Google it first). We'll make a photo stop at Lake Matheson to make your friends back home jealous AF - before rolling into the jaw-dropping Franz Josef Glacier region. After tucking into an included dinner with the gang, you could seek out the resident glow worms on an after-dark adventure - just ask your in-the-know Trip Leader.

    • Included Today
      • Visit Hokitika
      • Visit Lake Matheson
      • Stay in the scenic Franz Josef Glacier region
    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. Franz Josef Glacier region to Queenstown

  3. Queenstown

  4. Queenstown including Milford Sound

  5. Queenstown

  6. Queenstown to Lake Ohau via Arrowtown

  7. Lake Ohau to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo


What's included

Included Experiences

  • Visit Hokitika
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Stay in the scenic Franz Josef region
  • Scenic cruise on Milford Sound (including lunch)
  • Mountain biking excursion in Arrowtown
  • Orientation tour of Christchurch


1 night in a lodge, 5 nights in hostels


Modern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi

Optional activities

-Glacier Heli-hike excursion in Franz Josef Glacier region: from $485

-Scenic flight over Franz Josef: from $185

-Jet boating in Queenstown: from $129

-Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $199

-Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $164

-Skydiving in Queenstown: from $299

-Funyaking in Queenstown: from $299

-Wilderness Jet adventure in Queenstown: from $209

-Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River: from $199

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

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  • Shania C February 2020

    Amazing trip great mixture of excitement and knowledge. I appreciate the amount of freedom also catered for, and never short for things to do the tour guides always have plenty of suggestions.

  • Carmen J February 2020


  • Joseph H February 2020

    Unlimited fun.

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