October 2018

October 2018

  • Wellington, Nelson, Picton or Christchurch
  • 9, 14, 15 or 16 days
  • Nelson or Wellington
  • from NZD$1,390.00

Flying Kiwi Local's Tip

Laura - Student tour guide 2013
"You don't need to join the tour with friends as everyone on board are just friends you haven't met yet :-)"

For High School students only.

29 September - 13 October 2018

From stunning golden sand beaches to snow-capped mountains and grade 5 white water rapids why would you want to go anywhere else!? We choose the best two tour guides to guide you from one amazing location to the next, while making it fun along the way!

When you travel with us, you don’t stay in a cramped hostel in the middle of a city, we get you out into the beautiful New Zealand countryside where you set your tent up beside lakes, oceans and rivers…perfect for an evening bonfire on the beach or a swim in the river.

Our student tours are very popular so get in quick! It's an ideal way to experience the "real" New Zealand, try once in a lifetime activities and enjoy loads of free hikes, bike rides and more, with students from around the world! We leave from Nelson and Christchurch but we're happy to help arrange your transport to/from other parts of NZ if needed (own cost).

If you have any questions, contact us here!

Tour inclusions:

  • Transport
  • Ferry transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Shared tent, 2 people per tent
  • 14 x Breakfasts
  • 6 x Lunches
  • 13 x Dinners
  • Free use of bikes
  • Free Tekapo Hot Pools
  • Free Flying Kiwi t-shirt
  • The chance to swim with dolphins in Kaikoura
  • Queenstown Ten Pin bowling competition
  • Group games
  • Spot prizes
  • Maximum 26 passengers
  • 2 professional Flying Kiwi guides
  • Flexible trip durations
  • Plenty of free optional hikes, entrance to national parks + much more!
  1. Join your guide and fellow travellers at the Railway Station in central Wellington city then it’s underway to the ferry terminal for our departure to Picton through the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Tonight, we stay at a great hostel with time tomorrow morning to explore before joining our group at 12noon.

  2. Leaving Nelson we travel towards Picton then onwards to Kaikoura. The Pacific coast to Kaikoura takes us along a stunning coastal route where close encounters with fur seals and sea birds are common. Optional fishing, sea kayak or whale watch flight and a spectacular evening peninsula walk. Stay at a beach camp with an amazing sunrise opportunity

    • Meals: Dinner
  3. *If your tour starts/finishes in Christchurch you will leave/join us at 2:30pm.

    For those that are keen there is the chance to rise early for a wonderful sunrise and then enjoy one of our most highly rated optional activities – dolphin swimming. The resident dusky dolphins are amongst the most interactive and entertaining in the world and it’s not unusual to swim with pods of 50 or more in their natural habitat, the ocean! We then have the chance to explore this quaint seaside town before heading through Christchurch to collect and drop off those starting /ending here. Now regarded as the Shaky Isles, you’ll have time to explore Christchurch city area as well as buy your lunch from one of the many of the quirky container cafes at the ‘Restart Mall’. Since the earthquakes, Christchurch and the residents are doing lots of cool things as well as restoring its heritage which is making the city stand out as a place to explore! Enjoy the tasteful street art, artwork from the earthquake and local crafts to purchase in the city.

    Say farewell to your friends leaving and hello to new Flying Kiwis because at 2:30pm we head out towards the Southern Alps with fantastic views across the Canterbury plains - real Lord of the Rings country! Tonight’s unique camp is at the Shearer’s Headquarters (an actual operating farm) located at the foothills of the Southern Alps.

    The Rangitata River flows for over 120 kms from the Southern Alps to the Pacific ocean. This is the river where you can try white water raft tomorrow morning -- highly recommended!

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Bike Rides: Cycle into camp along a quite country road through fields of cows, sheep and deer with a mountainous backdrop
    • Walks and Hikes: The Peninsula Walkway is a must if you missed it yesterday! You’ll also have plenty of time on your feet when we stop through Christchurch to check out the awesome rebuild of Christchurch city!
    • Available Upgrades: Yes
    • Drive Distance: Approx. 3.5 hours
  4. Optional white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River or explore the region with a morning cycle or walk in Peel Forest. Travel through Geraldine and MacKenzie Basin with views of the Main Divide before arriving at the amazing Lake Tekapo. We stay by the lake with wonderful outdoor Hot Pools to soak up the views of Mount Cook.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Bike Rides: Morning cycle to peel forest if not rafting
    • Walks and Hikes: exploring peel forest
    • Drive Distance: 2 Hours
  5. Scenic lake side drive or optional cycle past Lake Pukaki to the Aoraki National Park. Hike around the basin of Mt Cook, before making our way to the east coast. We have a short stop in Oamaru before heading to our camp overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Bike Rides: Short cycle along the lake or at camp later in the day
    • Walks and Hikes: walk to the base of Mt. Cook up the Hooker Valley
    • Drive Distance: 5 Hours
  6. Today starts with a short walk or bus ride to the mystical Moeraki Boulders. We then travel the short distance to the historic and picturesque Dunedin –home to the world’s steepest street! Sample the delights of the Cadbury chocolate factory or take to the sea and try your luck at surfing before we set up camp beside St Kilda beach.

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Bike Rides: cycle from camp to an awesome viewpoint
    • Walks and Hikes: walk up the worlds steepest street before exploring Dunedin
    • Drive Distance: 2 Hours
  7. Today we journey through scenic southern pastures, stopping for lunch at Gore and a group photo by the big Trout. Visit the lake town of Te Anau before travelling into the Fiordland National Park and our historic camp in the unspoilt Hollyford Valley with excellent cycle rides and some awesome bush treks.

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Bike Rides: Cycle a short distance to camp in the heart of Fiordland
    • Walks and Hikes: Short bush walks from camp
    • Drive Distance: 5 Hours
  8. Travel on a route voted in the top 10 drives in the World as we head to Milford Sound. Optional boat cruise to enjoy the fiord and all its beauty up close then it’s onto the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown!

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Walks and Hikes: Short walks on the way to Milford
    • Drive Distance: 5 Hours
  9. Time to enjoy any of the action-packed Queenstown activities on offer with too many options to list here – but you are guaranteed to find something you like. Test yourself with an adrenalin pumping bungy, canyon swing, skydive or enjoy a more relaxed horse trek or gondola ride – this place has it all. Tonight, we go out as a group for ten pin bowling and pizza.

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Bike Rides: While not on activities grab a bike to explore queenstown trails
    • Walks and Hikes: plenty of walks right from camp
    • Drive Distance: no driving today!
  10. Travel the dramatic Haast Pass with spectacular views of the Southern Alps. Short walks through rainforest, past waterfalls and pools to the wild West Coast. Picnic lunch then head to Glacier country and camp at Fox Glacier with a chance to explore this unique town.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Walks and Hikes: Lots of short walks along the drive
    • Drive Distance: 5 Hours
  11. Spend the morning taking in the scenery before an optional guided walk and heli-hike on the aware inspiring glacier. Optional cycle or walk around Lake Matheson. Early afternoon we travel further up the coast to camp at the remote Okarito beach where we relax with a beach fire while enjoying breath taking views of the Southern Alps.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Bike Rides: use the bike to visit the glacier before cycling to camp later in the day
    • Walks and Hikes: walking up to the glaicer before exploring lake matheson
    • Drive Distance: 2 Hours
  12. Start the day with an early morning walk and a chance to spot a Kiwi in the wild then it’s onto Hokitika and the Greenstone factories. There’s a great coastal walk option through native forest then we travel to the Paparoa National Park, home to Punakaiki and the famous Pancake Rocks! Catch the sunset then explore the Punakaiki cavern for glow worms.

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Walks and Hikes: Early morning walk and walks in Paparoa National Park
    • Drive Distance: 4 Hours
  13. Travel through the Buller Gorge to one of NZ’s most stunning spots – the Abel Tasman region. Optional skydive or hang glide. We camp for two nights with the Abel Tasman National Park on our doorstep.

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Bike Rides: cycle to camp
    • Walks and Hikes: short walks from camp
    • Drive Distance: 5 Hours
  14. Free day to explore the National Park by kayaking or sailing the crystal-clear waters, or multiple walking options.

    • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
    • Bike Rides: cycle rides from camp if not on activities
    • Walks and Hikes: Exploring Abel Tasman National Park
    • Drive Distance: No driving today
  15. Your last chance to exchange photos before we say our final goodbyes.

    • Meals: Breakfast

Departs:

Nelson Saturday 29 September @ 11am

Christchurch Sunday 30 September @ 2:30pm

 

Finishes:

Nelson Saturday 13 October @ 11am

*We can arrange your transfers to/from Christchurch or elsewhere within NZ (at your own cost)

 

Prices:

$2,049 NZD (14 days from Christchurch)

$2,099 NZD (15 days from Nelson)

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